KTM’s life saving electronics deciphered
A rider is not born but is made. There is absolutely no harm in accepting that you are not the best rider and that there is always a better rider out there. But, that does not mean you don’t try to improve on it. The more you ride, the more opportunity you will find to try and match synergies with your motorcycle.
The same also applies to motorcycles. There is always a better one out there. So manufacturers and engineers come up with new technologies and innovation that make that same motorcycle perform better and safer than before. And KTM is one of those who is world renowned for giving us bikes that loves walking on the edge of performance and handling.
Helping them do that is not just their mad mechanicals, but some really smart electronic wizardry. They tap into multiple parameters to give the rider the optimum control of their bikes without losing the joy of riding.
Jay Leno gets a taste of Travis Pastrana’s craziness
A professional motocross racer, 17-time X Games winner, world record distant jumper, and the list goes on. Having so many tags behind his name, Travis Pastrana is undoubtedly the crazies daredevil there is out there. He has already had 32 surgeries and is still earning to get onto his bike every single time.
Jay Leno, the host of "The Tonight Show" back in his days, had the 15-year-old Travis on his show just when the stuntman had turned Pro. Now, after a decade, both meet at Travis’s own show: The Nitro Circus.
Leno is going to participate in one of the crazy stunts happening at the Nitro Circus and it is a huge deal.
Loading a Royal Enfield onto a bus, carrying it on the head!
Thinking of it makes me stretch my neck. An average human being will struggle to lift 100 lbs over his head. But folks in India are used to lifting heavy pots filled with water over their head for centuries. Even today, you will find vendors selling fruits, toys and all kinds of stuff from a basket over their head.
Balancing anything on your head is no easy task. When you make that thing a motorcycle, and you scale a ladder as you do it, you enter the realms of the superhuman.
Wheelie through London traffic
NOTE: We do not endorse/promote stunt riding on public roads. Keep yourself and other road users safe. Always consider safety first and wear a helmet and all riding gear.
Getting stuck in traffic. We are always in shock and denial, and even though we knew it was coming, we always find ourselves amazed at the hour-long standstill line. Then there is this guy who beats it on his two-wheels.
And he just doesn’t ride it through small spaces but does it in his own style.. pops a wheelie.
At the age where you start walking, this kid is racing on bikes
What did you do when you were 4 years old? I’m sure you can’t even remember nor will this kid from Ukraine. But the whole world already knows that he rides motorbikes better than most riders on the streets now. He not only rides them, he participates in racing and stunt competitions.
Have you ever tried jumping off a cliff, on a bike?
Motocrossers. All they need is a wacky little dirt bike and a very big ramp to shoot themselves up in the air long enough to showcase their talent and land safely. I’m sure you wished you could do that too.
But Pro MotoX rider Brad O’Neal here has taken this concept to the next level. Part of an old crazy Crusty Demons gang, this kid here came up with an idea to go all out crazy with his dirt bike. In a video titled "Follow your Fears," Brad explains how he planned to zoom up a ridiculously vertical ramp and shooting himself as high as he can go before pulling his chute and, hopefully, floating to the ground.
Sarah Lezito shows you how to flip the perfect wheelie
Just how many people can you carry on a motorcycle? 58 says the Indian Army
Formed in 1982, team ’Tornadoes’ of the Indian Army Service Corps (ASC) already holds a total of 19 world and national records and has now added one more jewel to its crown.
Breaking a previous record of 56 men, Tornadoes carried 58 Indian Army personnel on a single 500cc Royal Enfield motorcycle for a total distance of 1200m (0.75 miles) which happened only after three attemps and two falls later.
How about a career in stunt riding? Sarah Lezito shows you how.
There are many women taking up riding now and unlike before it is no more a taboo as perceived by society. Then there are those few who kick out all norms and do what they believe in. Enter Sarah ‘Lezito’ Vignot.
A girl who has been gifted with a bank of talent to dance around with a machine on two-wheels. Where, for some, balancing on two wheels becomes a task, Sarah takes it to a different level altogether.
NOTE: We do not endorse/promote stunt riding on public roads. Always consider safety first and wear a helmet and all riding gear.
Travis Pastrana’s barge-to-barge backflip on the river Thames.
A backdrop of the O2 arena on the iconic river Thames. A perfect setting for the 34-year-old American stunt rider, Travis Pastrana, to give his show "Nitro Circus" a well-marked announcement for the 2018 tour in Europe.
On what seemed to be an easy picture-perfect backflip attempt, Travis had very few things under his control to get that landing right. The typical English weather kept playing around throughout his preparation and things could’ve gone south anytime.
And of course, there are the unmoored barges who have no minds of their own but of the winds and the rain. Travis called it his scariest single flip ever since he knew about flips.
A 0-62 in 0.55 seconds. What sorcery is this?
To put things into perspective, that is less than the time it took for you even to read half of the title of this article.
One of my fondest memory of my childhood was a red tricycle my dad gifted me for my birthday. It used to be my transportation, dinner table, shopping cart and a lot of other things. In fact, I even learned my first drift lessons on that tricycle. But then one day, life happened, and I never saw it again.
Fast forward a couple of decades and out comes this French lunatic known as François Gissy who just made the fastest accelerating thing on three wheels ever. Making use of a 6000 psi water tank, he did the 0-60 in half a second and went all the way to 162 mph.
2016 - 2018 Ducati Hypermotard 939
Ducati updated its Hypermotard for the 2016 model year and carried that forward to 2018. Fairly fresh off a revamp in ’13, the new Hypermotard variant brings Ducati’s EURO 4-emissions compliant Testastretta to the range along with its increased, 937 cc displacement and 113-pony output. The factory also padded the range with a MotoGP-liveried, 939 SP that sports top-shelf racing suspension and is generally skewed toward track work, or riders who wish they were doing track work. Both rides benefit from Ducati’s rider-safety technology with onboard traction control, ABS and the like. Good thing too, since this is exactly the kind of bike that will allow you to get in trouble all three ways: quick, fast, and in-a-hurry.
Continue reading for my review of the Ducati Hypermotard 939 and 939 SP.
Aprilia’s Dorsoduro line gets a major addition for MY17 with the all-new Dorsoduro 900. This supermoto-inspired ride serves as the successor to the popular Dorsoduro 750. It brings over 95-horsepower to the table with a ride-by-wire throttle, variable power delivery, traction control and ABS to help riders cope with the extra power. Not only does this show a certain amount of model-maturity, but it promises some security and safety for those who would use it in their day-to-day riding. Officially billed as a sportbike-supermotard hybrid, the factory also refers to it as “the fun bike.” Let’s dive right in and see what all Aprilia packed in to back up that nickname.
Continue reading for my review of the Aprilia Dorsoduro 900.
Indian Sets Three Land Speed Records On The Salt Flats
Ya know that feeling you get when you accidentally break a world record? How about three world records? Yeah, me neither, but apparently the folks over at Indian Motorcycle do. See, the factory had some people down at the dry lakebed at El Mirage, California to make preparations and practice for the upcoming Burt Munro 50th Anniversary commemorative run. The commemorative run itself is not about breaking speed records, but what are you gonna do when you have fast bikes on the Salt Flats? Yeah, ride fast.
Continue reading for more on the speed records.
We all remember where we were when Robbie “Maddo” Maddison seemingly did the incredible when he rode a KTM dirtbike on Tahiti’s world famous Teahupoo and Papara waves. At that time, everybody was going nuts over the stunt, including yours truly. But anybody who knows anything about physics will tell you that unless it’s Jesus we’re talking about, riding a bike on a wave is impossible.
Naturally, Maddison didn’t really ride the world famous waves. A lot of work and preparation went into making it look like he really ride those waves yesterday, September 27, 2015, ABC took its viewers behind the scenes into the making of the stunt. The one-hour show, dubbed “Behind the Dream: The Making of Robbie Maddison’s Pipe Dream,” was shown at 4pm ET. Most people might have been enjoying their fill of NFL football, but those who did watch the episode caught a good glimpse of the incredible amount of work that was put into perfecting the stunt. The episode offered a complementary take into a similar “making-of” episode created by DC Shoes, videos of which you can watch above.
Let’s not just consider the fact that it was a dangerous stunt to begin with. No amount of preparation can really prepare anybody, Maddison included, for the elements that come with riding waves as huge as the ones found in Teahupoo and Papara. But thanks to a dedicated group of professionals, we were treated to what really is one of the most incredible stunts we’ve ever seen. Visually, it looks absolutely incredible, even if there were a few sleight of hands involved in making it look the way it did.
Check out the videos above and learn how Robbie Maddison’s Pipe Dream episode came to life.
Continue reading to read more about Robbie Maddison’s amazing wave-riding stunt.
British stunt rider Gary Rothwell has a new world record to call his own after setting the world wheelie speed record at the World Motorcycle Wheelie Championship at Elvington Airfield in England over the weekend. Rothwell was able to hit a top speed of 209.8 mph on just the back wheel of his bike over a distance of 1 kilometer (.62 miles), setting a new bar for aspiring wheelie riders to beat.
Setting world records has become kind of an old hat for Rothwell. Over the course of a career that has spanned two decades, Rothwell has set numerous records, including the famous “Fastest Man on Skis” stunt that saw him get pulled along on titanium skis fitted into his boots at 156.3 mph. His newest record is pretty incredible considering the degree of difficulty attached to it. Performing a wheelie isn’t that difficult for a short stretch, but when you factor in the speed and distance Rothwell did it in, it’s absolutely incredible.
Now that he’s etched his name in that proverbial stone, it should serve notice to everyone who may want to attempt to break it in the future. Gary Rothwell owns the world wheelie speed record. If you want to break, you’re going to have to do better than 209.8 mph.
Continue reading to learn more about Gary Rothwell’s new world wheelie speed record.
Australian daredevil Robbie Maddison pulled off his most audacious stunt yet when he successfully rode massive waves in the island of Tahiti.
For a man who has performed some of the most nerve-wracking stunts in history, riding one of the world’s most treacherous waves in a KTM dirt bike fitted with skis is next to mental. Yet somehow, whether its through force of will or just downright luck, Maddison pulled it off in spectacular fashion, proving once again that when it comes to fearless stunts, the Australian has no peer.
The incredible footage of Maddison’s wave ride was used in his “Pipe Dream” video and it’s really a sight to behold. The editing made it look even more incredible, but you can’t deny Maddison’s steely nerve to attempt a stunt like this in Teahupoo, considered as one of the premier surfing destinations in the world.
The mere suggestion of performing a stunt like this is crazy enough on its own. But Maddison’s an entirely different level of crazy and he proved as much when he somehow rode past the towering waves in his customized KTM dirt bike.
Maddison’s stunt itself is incredible to watch, but what isn’t shown is the intense preparation that goes on leading up to the death-defying ride. According to Maddison himself, this particular stunt took two years of preparation before the actual ride happened in April 2015. Even with all that time to prepare for his sick wave ride, it took Maddison a handful of attempts before finally succeeding in pulling off his amazing derring-do.
The video doesn’t do it enough justice. I’ve never seen anything quite like it and after watching it, I’m confident that a lot of you will share in my sentiments.
Continue reading to read more about Robbie Maddison’s incredible wave stunt ride in Tahiti.
Part of being a successful daredevil is understanding the hazards that come with your trade and being prepared to face whatever perils that come with it. The best daredevils in the world like Evel Knievel were comfortable with that and far more often than not, that fearless attitude propelled them to successfully pull off the most death-defying stunts in history.
Daredevil Doug Danger is in that position now as he prepares for a jump that not even the legendary Knievel could pull off. At the 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Danger will attempt to clear a line of 22 cars in a single jump. It’s a stunt that’s as incomprehensible as it is dangerous. In other words, it’s the kind of showcase feat that a daredevil like Danger lives for. Should he be successful, it would be the “hello, world” moment for a stunt rider who has lived in the shadow of Knievel for so long.
Making things more interesting, or at least related to what Knievel tried and failed back in September 1972 is Danger’s decision to ride a 1972 Harley-Davidson XR-750, the very same bike Evel used in what turned out to be a failed attempt at the record.
The bike is over 40 years old so there are legitimate questions on how it’s going to handle the pressure of accomplishing something its first owner couldn’t do. For his part, Danger seems to be taking things in stride as he begins practicing for the big attempt on August 6, 2015 at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip ampitheater.
It’s hard to put into perspective the success of these practice jumps, but our concerns aren’t what’s important for Danger. It’s being able to clear all 22 cars before he lands Knievel’s XR-750 safely onto the ramp.
Make no mistake, though. There are so many things that could go wrong with this jump, no matter how prepared Danger is, as he claims. But it’s also nice to see the stunt rider exude the same level of confidence and enthusiasm into the attempt the way he did when the stunt was first announced in January 2015.
I’m rooting for Doug Danger to successfully accomplish what his long-time hero, Evel Knievel couldn’t. I’m not saying he will, but rest assured, he has our full and unwavering support.
Continue reading to read more about Doug Danger’s death-defying stunt at the 2015 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
17-time Trials World Champion Toni Bou recently put on a showcase of stunts with Repsol Honda teammates Takahisa Fujinami and Jaime Busto at Capus Repsol in Madrid, Spain in front of almost 4,000 Repsol employees who had no idea that they’d be treated to an incredible display of skill and balance.
The three Trials riders are no strangers to obstacle courses; that’s a big part of their day jobs. But it must be especially sweet for all three to perform in front of employees of the company that employs them. Bout, Fujinami, and Busto all look like they’re enjoying themselves in the video and can you blame them? It’s one thing to perform in front of its competition; it’s another thing to do it in front of the people who are directly and indirectly responsible for helping them compete in the FIM Trial World Championship.
Oh, and Repsol CEO Josu Jon Imaz was also there to take in all the action. Must’ve been nice to run through the custom-built obstacle course in front of the man that cashes their checks.
Those Honda Montesa Cota 4Rs also get some well-deserved camera time and if I do say so myself, the way the shocks and suspension on those bikes handle all the obstacles serves as a ringing endorsement of the capabilities of these championship-winning trial bikes. Indirect promotion at its finest, ladies and gentlemen.
In any case, watching all three Trials riders isn’t going to inspire to do what they’re doing. I’m smart enough to know what my limitations are. But still, it’s entertaining as heck and more importantly, it shows the level of skill and concentration needed to be good at what they do, or in the case of Bou, to be a 17-time champion of the Trials World Championship.
Motorcycle stunt-riding is a skill I’m confident I’ll never have. I’m not afraid to admit that I have the fluidity of an oak tree so there’s no reason for me, now or ever, to be doing what professional stunt riders do. Sarah Lezito, on the other hand, is a stunt-riding goddess, capable of performing stunts on a motorcycle that most of us can only dream of doing.
The recently held 2015 Stunt Grand Prix in Poland provided the perfect venue for Lezito to showcase her skills in motorcycle stunts. She only finished in ninth place, but don’t let her standing fool you. Lezito absolutely stole the show, thanks in large part to a unique blend of skills that made her stunts seem so natural. As impressive as that was, Lezito’s best stunt years are still ahead of her, which is awesome for us and not so much for the rest of the competition.
If you’re not familiar with her now, it might be time to get used to seeing her in more and more stunt-riding competitions. Her performance at the 2015 Stunt Grand Prix earned her a lot of acclaim. Some have even labeled her the best female stunt rider in the world. That’s high praise for someone who was the only woman who competed in the event.
You can check out her performance at the 2015 Stunt Grand Prix by watching this video and after doing so, I encourage you to hop on to YouTube and search for her performances. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed. This young lady could very well be the present and future of female stunt riding.
Now’s the best time to see her in action before that bandwagon fills up.
To say that Indian Motorcycles has a long-running relationship with the Bonneville Salt Flats is something of an understatement. Bike designer Jeb Scolman builds on the success of his Burt Munro tribute bike with the new Black Bullet Scout. Last year’s Munro bike mounted the 111-inch Thunder Stroke engine, but this time around Jeb is working with the 73.2-cubic-inch (1,200 cc) Indian Scout engine to propel his aptly named “Bullet” in pursuit of the standing speed records. Just one look tells you why the name fits – the bullet-shaped front fairing with its rather stealthy windshield looks like nothing more than a big, black bullet. The very low profile, teardrop-shaped fuel tank, vestigial seat (face it, this ain’t for your everyday commute) and tapered rear fender complete the look, leaving the engine sans fairing and exposed to the world. Hopefully this lack of “full fairingness” won’t bite later, because the Bullet has its work cut out as it will have to compete against engines of up to 1,350 cc displacement.
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