• Video: Rider saves himself after a 130 mph speed wobble

Tank Slappers, steering wobbles, shimmy, speed wobble, and even death wobble are all names of the same dangerous situation that can happen to any motorcycle rider, especially for all the sportsbike fanatics. That is not at all a nice feeling when out of nowhere your bike starts wobbling like a maniac and there is very little that you could do.

That is exactly what happened to this bloke here who was caught on a GoPro footage taken by fellow motorcyclists while they were doing a high-speed freeway run. At 130 mph, his Ninja ZX-6R started wobbling heavily leaving the rider with no control of the bike for several hundred meters before the bike slowed back down and the rider gained control.


Sports bikes have a short wheelbase and an aggressive steering geometry to provide the ability to make very quick changes in direction. But this also has its harmful effect on operation making the bike less stable, more prone to feedback from uneven road surfaces, and more difficult to control.

This rider here, while slipping through a stream of traffic probably gave a bit too much steering input, which obviously resulted in the steering to swing right back with brute force, thanks to the 130mph speeds. This caused the steering to wobble out of control, and you see how the rider must have thought that it was his end.

Video: Rider saves himself after a 130 mph speed wobble
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It needs a lot of skill to get back your bike in control and a huge load of luck. But this guy right here had all his stars aligned that day, and probably nothing could go wrong for him. Somehow the rider gained back control after cutting his throttle and he moved to the slow lane to regain his breath and composure.

Sagar Patil
Sagar Patil
Motorcycle industry expert since 1997! - sagar@topspeed.com
Over the years, a deeper conscience of machines moving body and soul has given him a crisp grasp over the concepts of motorcycling. A sucker for details and common sense, he loves getting his hands dirty every once in a while. His love affair with motorcycles ushers in the specialist skillset making Sagar our go-to expert for everything on two-wheels.  Read full bio
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