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.
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Here’s a nice little video that can get you started with your day. We all know how difficult it is to perform a motorcycle wheelie, but some people just seem to have a knack for it. I can’t tell you how much I envy these guys. They make it look so easy, which is no small task itself given the incredible amount of skill needed to perform stunts like this.
The video even gets up close on the level of skill it takes to balance the bike on just its rear wheel while still going full blast down busy roads. It’s impressive in every which way you look at it. It even kind of makes you feel inadequate, right? I know that’s how I felt when I first caught sight of this video.
Sadly, not everyone can do a wheelie as good as these guys do it. So personally, I’ll settle for the next best thing. If I can’t do it, might as well just watch people who can do it. Trust me, it’s a better alternative than actually thinking you can do it when you know you can’t. The results, as I can attest, can be really painful.
Here’s a tip if you’re going to do some kind of silly bike stunt on a busy road. Make sure that a) you have a helmet on, and b) you’re not disturbing the traffic that will most likely build up if you somehow make a mess out of your stunt.
The dude in this video forgot to do both things, which is why he gets the ignominious honor of being called out for his foibles. The stunts themselves were pretty neat so I’m going to give him some props too. But he gets little to no love from me for risking life and limb without any safety equipment on. In fact, those sunglasses of his is probably the closest thing to a safety equipment he has on.
Things start off fine as the rider mixes in some stunts while riding his motorcycle. Then he decides to do a front wheelie. Whether it was putting on too much brakes or it was just a case of forcing too much momentum on the front wheels, the bottom line is the dude ends up falling on his bike, unable to pick up his bike by himself. Not only did that cause the cars behind him to lurch to a stop, but his buddies capturing the scene promptly leaves him behind to fend for himself against a mass of frustrated commuters.
Well done, fine sir. Maybe next time you do your stunts in less populated streets?
Here’s a video that shows all you Jackass wannabes things you should never do at home. Yes, they look cool, but they are being performed by a professional - stunt riding world champion Chris Pfeiffer to be exact - and should not be attempted unless you share the same title.
This video titled "Wheelie" is part one of a short series on motorbike stunt tricks. In it, Pfeiffer explains that a tremendous amount of practice goes into successfully performing these tricks, and watching a one and a half minute video doesn’t cover that kind of practice time.
Enjoy yourselves, but remember, this series is for informational purposes only and the tricks should not be attempted by amateurs. Yes, this means you.
Stay tuned! We’ll bring you part two of this series as soon as it is released.
While it may be hard to believe that someone can lift the front end of a fully loaded BMW R1200GS and keep the bike steady for enough distance to call the achievement a wheelie, this video simply blows away all expectations.
It shows a very skilled rider performing a 3km wheelie during the 2.26 minutes video on the Beemer in South Africa. Looking at it, you’re not too far off if suspecting this guy can go like this forever and ever as long as there’s no traffic and the road is nice and straight.
It is things like this that spice up one’s journeys and we really like to see people taking bikes beyond what they thing the limits are.
It looks like BMW would go to any lengths only to impress their audience and because simply releasing a video of their new S1000RR superbike performing on a closed-course track would have made them look like pattern followers, they instead choose to pull out an old trick with new means.
Pulling the tablecloth off a table without smashing the dishes is cool, but where does the S1000RR intervene? Well, the 193 horsepower superbike capable to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds can slightly increase the scale. So, will the dishes stay put or go flying all over the place? Click past the break for an answer that comes in a blink of an eye.
US stunt rider Chris McNeil recently got his skillful hands on a pair of new wheels and smoked the hell out of them. More precisely, he performed slides, stunts and wheelies on BMW’s superbike, the 190bhp S1000RR.
The bike appears to be adequate for such a rough treatment as in a very short amount of time McNeil managed to do great part of his worming up routine. Watch the video after the break.
United Kingdom TV show Record Breakers can brag about some of the most impressive world record attempts ever to end up on the TV screen, including the 13 people motorcycle wheelie attempt, which they consider successful even though the rider managed to keep that front wheel up for…half of second? See the video after the jump.
Kane Friesen is a Canadian stunt rider and the current record holder of the world’s fastest nose wheelie after managing to lift the rear end of his 2006 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R at the amazing speed of 137 mph and then coming to a complete stop. The previous record of 98 mph was set by Gary Rothwell in 2002, but like the wheelie master himself says: “my personal goal is 135 mph to set the bar so high up that no other rider wants to even attempt it any time soon.”
Former professional body piercer, Kane’s longest wheelie was of 12 miles, while he’s fastest stoppie measures more than 900ft.
Those of you who have always wanted to do a high speed wheelie won’t be inspired by this video!
This biker actually achieves a long distance wheelie at speeds in excess of 95 mph, but loses control after passing along a group of riders watching him. Amazingly, the helmet-cam that he used didn’t end up in flying pieces allowing us to actually see the crash through the rider’s perspective.
Funniest motorcycle crash by two arabs. These two should have never been on a motorcycle in the first place and if they are smart (something that doesn’t emerge from this video) they’ll be staying away from motorcycles as long as they live. And if not, you’ll be seeing them on our site…hopefully!
This guy has got it all wrong! Seeing stunts on the internet isn’t supposed to determine you buy a Kawasaki ZZR600 and try doing the same. In the happiest situation (which is also the one displayed below) you’ll simply fail and make a foul out of yourself.
And the guy filming is a total disaster. He first goes to his friend, next to the bike and back to its friend. “Damn and shit” are apparently his favorite words.
This guy takes every single ledge as a challenge when training in the city on its trial motorcycle and the results are simply fabulous. It doesn’t stay in one place too much so that it won’t create a crowd and because the city architecture has a lot to offer, it wouldn’t be in its advantage anyway.
What I like about this video is the fact that it doesn’t try to present the guy as an expert, but as an experienced rider who, normally, makes errors. What would you give in order to have the ability to do what this character does and experience as much as he does in a single day of city riding? I’d sure give a lot!
I understand if you feel like riding on the back wheel all day and I can also understand the “pleasure” of riding in the rain, but bringing your own source of water in order to do this is a little out of my understanding capabilities. I guess it is easier to lose grip and the tire doesn’t wear that much, but I’d rather spend money on a rear tire than on medicine. Even so, the guy is a real showman.
Training for the 2008 edition of the Festival of Speed is Dougie Lampkin which is allowed to make a round of Goodwood House and it does it in the best way it can: on a trial motorcycle.
The ride offers viewers of the video the opportunity to get a feel of the objects and people inside, exactly how they are. Even better is that they see it through a motorcyclists eyes and that is pretty much how they’ve perceive it anyway.
The trial champion makes an impressive incursion composed of many wheelies, stoppies and 90 degree turns from one move and it is very enjoyable to watch, even though I think it missed lost it on the narrow stairs area, just before reaching the roof. But why don’t you check it out yourself?
It is everything for the show and it seems that the rider in this video definitely enjoys standing out from the crowd. It simply has itself set on fire and quickly does a tricky wheelie in order to keep the flames from surrounding it. I think at the movie “Ghost Rider” each time I see it and tend to associate this living torch with Nicolas Cage.
Brandy Valdez, a professional motorcyclist and almost a stunt man on its Kawasaki, makes us believe that everything is possible and that our daughters will soon ask for our bikes instead of our cars. The age (18 years old) is no barrier between it and the stunts, but we can only sit and enjoy how a passion grows together with each mistake and eventual fall sown in the video. Way to go!