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  1. Actually, seven is a good number. Only once have there been more entries. But it's certainly not becoming as popular or successful as some people imagined it would. Cost must be the major reason for that, and until more bikes hit the roads, costs will remain stratospheric. Mind you, a Brompton bike race might attract more entrants. There are quite a few of this around. Just to put the record straight 2009. Entries. 11. Finishers. 6 2010. ". 9. " 5 2011. ". 8. ". 5 2012. ". 10. ". 4 2013. ". 10. ". 8 2014. ". 7. ". 6 2015. ". 9. ". 6 Total Entries - 64. Total Finishers - 40 If there is any cost that should be looked into it should be this event. The two bikes that finished 1st and 2nd are streets ahead of the rest of the field in development and speed. If either finished they were going to win. This has been going for seven years now , is boring, a forgone conclusion in its results, costs a fortune to run, and takes up valuable Practice Time from the main Races. I can only assume money ( or the promise of it) is involved or the Manx Government would have no part of it. I can only see one future for it when the new TT Organisers are announced - hopefully, it will be gone I totally disagree with you on this. This period of electric bike racing, and the limited number of manufacturers, is analogous to the period of petrol driven machines in the very very early years of motorcycle racing. This technology will develop much further in the next 10 years, and very soon electric bikes may be on a par with their petrol driven counterparts. Who amongst us thought that in a few short years, that they would be achieving the kind of lap times we are seeing now? More manufacturers will come, certainly as the technology improves and becomes more widespread. I would even suggest that in 15 to 30 years these races could begin to dominate the TT races. And as with petrol driven machines, much of the development will evolve around racing. But the technology has actually developed very little in the last six years, so what makes you think the next ten will be different? Unless there is a radical shift in battery technology, which seems unlikely, there will be little technologcal progress Motors have gone about as far as they can go. The only hope is that governents do more to encourage electric car and bike use, and this will bring economies of scale and lower prices. Batteries have been around for longer than the internal combustion engine. Even lithium batteries have been with us for 24 years, so it is unlikely we are going to see anything like the rapid development that characterised production of the early moto cars.
  2. Actually, seven is a good number. Only once have there been more entries. But it's certainly not becoming as popular or successful as some people imagined it would. Cost must be the major reason for that, and until more bikes hit the roads, costs will remain stratospheric. Mind you, a Brompton bike race might attract more entrants. There are quite a few of this around. I'd like you to qualify your statement that 7 is a good number of starters please. Globally, electric bike racing is truly on it's arse. Attempts by TTxGP founder Azhar Hussein and the FIM to run an international championship foundered at the end of 2013. The national championship in America went the same way. In 2015 there is a national club series in the USA which attracts about 6 riders. There is also another regional championship in Southern California - don't know how many entries they get though. Last year there was a series in Australia attracting about 7 entries. And there is TT Zero, which we know about. The technology exhibited by the leading teams is laudable, as is the speeds they are now achieving. If there were 35-40 competitive bikes turning up to TT Zero every year then it would be hard to argue against but there aren't and with so little activity around the World there probably never will be. To keep pissing money away on an idea that failed makes no sense. Feel free to try and convince me otherwise. You're a newbie here, I see. Were you to refer back five or six years you would find that I expressed considerable scepticism about electric bikes, and thereby attracted all kinds of scornful posts from one Slim, who was totally taken in by all the hype. And he was not alone. In the intervening years the improvements have been only incremental, and that was to be expected. I would dearly love to see more electric bikes (and cars) in cities, but sadly it seems that while electric bicycles are flourishing, electric motorcycles remain ludicrously expensive and therefore out of reach. Heigh ho. Be interesting to see what happens in five years time. With a powerful prod from government, electric city cars and motorbikes could take off.
  3. 'Twas the purest of coincidences. Unless, of course, telepathy played a part. I have always liked to think that telepathy should exist, despite there being not a shred of evidence for it. Dolphins have sonar; why shouldn't other animals have some sort of primitive radio? Perhaps God realised he had omitted a useful feature from Mk I homo sapiens, and by way of correction said: "Let Marconi be!". Cheaper and easier than reprogramming all that DNA.
  4. Actually, seven is a good number. Only once have there been more entries. But it's certainly not becoming as popular or successful as some people imagined it would. Cost must be the major reason for that, and until more bikes hit the roads, costs will remain stratospheric. Mind you, a Brompton bike race might attract more entrants. There are quite a few of this around. Just to put the record straight 2009. Entries. 11. Finishers. 6 2010. ". 9. " 5 2011. ". 8. ". 5 2012. ". 10. ". 4 2013. ". 10. ". 8 2014. ". 7. ". 6 2015. ". 9. ". 6 Total Entries - 64. Total Finishers - 40 If there is any cost that should be looked into it should be this event. The two bikes that finished 1st and 2nd are streets ahead of the rest of the field in development and speed. If either finished they were going to win. This has been going for seven years now , is boring, a forgone conclusion in its results, costs a fortune to run, and takes up valuable Practice Time from the main Races. I can only assume money ( or the promise of it) is involved or the Manx Government would have no part of it. I can only see one future for it when the new TT Organisers are announced - hopefully, it will be gone Sorry, I was looking at finishers. I expected, naively, that entrants would be Magnus Magnusson fans. "I've started, so I'll finish."
  5. Actually, seven is a good number. Only once have there been more entries. But it's certainly not becoming as popular or successful as some people imagined it would. Cost must be the major reason for that, and until more bikes hit the roads, costs will remain stratospheric. Mind you, a Brompton bike race might attract more entrants. There are quite a few of this around.
  6. I think they are coming along. Haven't seen many electric bikes on the road yet, though.
  7. Poor old Catamite of Shite. Robbed of his vengeance. S
  8. What business models are sustainable? Farming and fishing. S
  9. ?????????????! A manager? Gordon Brown? It's the way you tell 'em, PK; cracks me up every time. Britain is in the worst shape of all the major economies. Yup, Brown can deal with the numbers all right. What planet are you on? S
  10. They have a local IOM based and resident Ship Manager responsible for their Manx registered vessels. All Manx registered vessels are required to have a local IOM Ship Manager - as I said. Clear now ? ETA: the specific requirement is here at the Registry website. I might be wrong, but I don't think it's one per ship, Pongo. You'll probably find a handful of people manage the lot. S
  11. Yes - maybe it's all about 'presumption of innocence' - the cornerstone of our legal system - a principle seemingly not adopted by some of the 'flaming torch and pitchfork lynch mob' appearing on this and in other 'did they/didn't they' type topics in various threads/forums. By guessing, and undermining anyone - don't you see that you actually undermine yourself? - Imagine if you faced any charge or inference and were innocent? I hate these type of threads. Full of non-thinking quick to judge illiberals, willing to throw away a thousand years of history and the right of an individual to defend himself against his peers. Shut up...and wait until the outcome. . Absolutely. S
  12. Opera? Are you perhaps referring to Oprah Winfrey on the telly? There is no high culture on the island. By which I mean symphony orchestras, opera houses, proper art galleries, decent museums, good theatres with professional actors. Etc. There is plenty of music and plenty of things to do, but it's all locally-based. Culture in the broadest sense of the term, yes, but at a pretty modest level. Mind you, in the UK, not many places offer much more. S
  13. Its getting harder and harder to do just that - particularly for those not wanting to be UK tax resident. Unfortunately its getting to the stage that you actually have to live here to avoid being tax resident somewhere else. No. You just have to avoid being in OTHER places for too long. You could spend one day here as long as you don't spend more than three months in the UK, or France, or Germany, or wherever. Other jurisdictions don't care how long you are in the IOM. They only care how long you are with them. S
  14. It would be the Manx Government's fault if they didn't mount a challenge to an illegal act that drastically reduces their income. So if it is illegal why did they so readily accept the change? It's not illegal. Lawnmower thanks that by calling it illegal he can make it so, but sadly, he's wrong. S
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