UNBOUND: Man vs. Beast
The Isle of Man is one of a kind. Situated in the Irish Sea between northern England and Ireland, it has hosted the oldest and most unique motorcycle road race – the Isle of Man TT – since 1907.
While most will have heard of the incredibly challenging and unforgiving 37.73 mile (60.72 km) TT `circuit`, those who have not set foot on the island won´t have experienced the beauty spread across its 221 miles; mountains, beaches, traditional values, every conceivable type of weather happening simultaneously across the Island, fantastic riding roads and friendly people.
One person who has an unwavering love for the Isle of Man is the most successful World Superbike rider of all time, Carl Fogarty. Born in the northern England town of Blackburn in 1965, since he was a baby, all Fogarty family holidays centered around coming to the island to support his father, George, who raced the TT and other motorcycle races here as a hobby.
Inspired by his dad, Carl started circuit racing in order to compete at the TT and made his mark quickly by winning the 1985 Lightweight Newcomers Manx Grand Prix before going on to win three TTs. In his final TT in 1992, Foggy set a lap record that would stand for an incredible seven years. So who better to show us around the TT course and other iconic parts of the island as an 1290 SUPER DUKE R-mounted tour guide? Exactly. We just hope to keep up …
You want to join Carl for a trip around the famous circuit? Continue reading on UNBOUND …
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Photos: Chippy Wood