Guy Martin: When You Dead, You Dead
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"The maddest 12 months of my life. The journey starts with an oddball race up an American mountain and ends with me checking myself out of hospital with a broken back. Again. . ."
As Guy Martin's grandfather Voldemars frequently reminded him, "When you dead, you dead." So, before it's all over, Guy Martin is making the most of the time he’s got. In this past year alone, Guy has raced the Isle of Man TT and finished on the podium; bike trekked through India; competed in solo 24-hour bicycles races; flown a stunt plane; broken a go-kart speed record down a French mountain; and dusted himself off after a dramatic crash at the Dunrod 150 Superbike race. And he’s done all this around his day job as a truck mechanic. But let Guy tell you about it himself: "This book starts in a Transit, ends in a Transit, and in between I’ve raced a few pushbikes, raced a few motorbikes and got a fair few stories to tell you." Spot on.
corners without running wide. I think the very slight braking pressure kept the tyre distorted in a certain way to give me enough grip to get me around the corner. I would hold the brake right to the apex of the corner, but by doing that I’m increasing the chances of crashing, because I’m carrying a lot of lean angle with the brake on, which you shouldn’t do if you can help it. By riding like that, I’m asking a lot of the front tyre, and I’m losing momentum, because I’m braking, so I’d have to
put more stress on the tyre and the chassis exiting the corner to make up the time I’d lost from the start of the bend to mid-corner. But I’m still winning races and finishing on the podium doing that. Metzeler made me a special, stiffer tyre, so I didn’t have to stay on the front brake for so long. It was offered to the other Metzeler-supported road racers, but none of them liked it. You might think a softer tyre would distort more and help, but the answer, as far as I was concerned, was
bike without the training wheels. Obviously you can’t stick a leg out if you think you’re going to fall over, so it has stabilising wheels that tuck away into the bodywork when they’re not needed. It must be a tricky beast, and I’m looking forward to giving it a go. DiSalvo got to 230-odd, and, from what Matt said, it sounded like he didn’t want to go any quicker and made some excuses. The team’s official attempt in 2014 was rained off, but then they went and rented Bonneville for themselves.
back, looking where I’m going. You’re looking 180 degrees round the wall. You can’t just look right in front of the front wheel, because that’s when you make mistakes and over-correct. So it was lots of ‘Look at the wall, look at the wheel, look at the wall …’ I rode loads that day, then I rode again the next two days at Dirt Quake, where Luke was set up with the other wall. Dirt Quake is a dirt track event held at King’s Lynn speedway and run by Sideburn magazine. I went in 2014, raced a
it didn’t let us down. Cameron Whitworth at the top of Pikes Peak. Top man and the only bloke for that job. Me and Cammy at Devil’s Playground on the first day of Pikes Peak practice. It’s summat like half-three in the morning. I’m in shorts and it didn’t feel that cold, but we tested the road temperature and it was 2°C, stupidly cold. This was the café five miles from the Pikes Peak start line that we went to for breakfast after practice. I had biscuits and gravy, an American breakfast of