How does one do a burn out on an AWD motorcycle? Simple, chain it to a big-ass post. Gregor Halenda, who I met on the photoshoot for the Silodrome + MotoLady Icon 1000 Akorp jacket review, teamed up with his studio partner Thomas Liggett to create this rather awesome video.
It took me a while to sit down and watch this trailer, despite multiple people sending it to me. Why? I’m not sure. Perhaps because I felt capturing “why we ride” in a trailer is impossible, and in a full length film difficult yet. But also because I felt that I needed to devote a minute of my undivided attention to the footage, and forcing myself to do that is sometimes difficult these days.
I finally pressed play and have to admit- I got goosebumps, there may have been some tears. They did an amazing job showing the passion of riders in just their trailer. After all, their slogan is-
It’s about the passion of the riders, and the soul of their machines.
Chances of backflipping a Harley Davidson motorcycle of stock variety (and landing it for that matter) is a tall order.
Back in 2008, Chuck Carothers went for it with his 1200cc Harley Davidson Sportster at the FMX Gladiator Games.
At first I almost wanted to avoid posting the video of the SUV running over the motorcyclist and then getting pulled out of his car because it was all over the internet already and I’m really not one to “beat a dead horse”. However, after countless people have sent it to be or asked my opinion I figured it’s time to unleash the verbal beat down (on everyone involved). Every report I’ve read about it on huge news sites has been incredibly biased.
Post script addition: Seriously people, I’m not on the motorcycles side here I’m just talking about all the facets of what happened so unbunch your underwear please.
Firstly, I don’t know what happened before all this hubbub when the riders initially surround the SUV and get rear ended. But the fact of the matter is that both parties were being unsafe, the riders should have stayed out of the crazy guy’s way, and the crazy guy should have NOT rear ended the motorcyclist… and definitely not run them over. Bikers should not have mobbed his vehicle, either.
However what I’ve found infuriating is that almost each and every big-news website coverage of this incident includes some classic biker-belittling about how this family in the SUV was just “cruising along” and were surrounded by motorcyclists and how horrifying riding next to 300 bikes must be! Give me a break, motorcyclists ride with thousands of cars five times their size every day. This second-year ride “Hollywood Stuntz” was organized to be a sort of critical mass gathering in Times Square “with well over a thousand motorcycles, dirt bikes, quads, four-wheel vehicles” as the Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly stated.
My friends, I have featured Lanakila MacNaughton’s photography from her project the Women’s Moto Exhibit many many times, but this time you get to see the woman behind the lens. This look behind the scenes literally gave me goosebumps- Austin Will perfectly captured the essence of art, artist, and subjects. I got chills and they’re multiplyin’!
“I’m shooting medium format… film on Hassleblad. I’m manually focusing on a moving at 40 or 50 miles an hour.”
For those of you who haven’t fiddled with this style photography (or even much at all for that matter) you see everything in the frame BACKWARDS, and the focal plane is very fine and exact. This woman is a goddess with a camera. See more stills and watch the amazing video, full of strong, independent, and beautiful motorcycling women.
Can anyone identify this man? Perhaps one of you works with him somewhere in the Seattle/Tri-Cities area… and can look him dead in the face and remind him that motorcyclists are people too? And that what he did was not only life threatening, but absolutely sociopathic?
The definition of a sociopath is, “a person with a psychopathic personality whose behavior is antisocial, often criminal, and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience” (from Dicationary.com). This behavior, the “I will f*** you up” threat, combined with “you need to learn to follow the rules” statement right before attempting to run the rider off the road, is absolute craziness and we need to put an end to this type of road rage which I’ve started referring to as “CAGE RAGE”.
Video posted by JammerDuc to youtube and screenshots of the incident to follow.
Protecting yourself isn’t just about a helmet, gear with proper armor, or real rider training… I witness us two wheeled travelers arguing about helmet laws, lane splitting, and so many other
I saw a video on youtube yesterday that really made me sick to my stomach- it was footage from a rider’s helmet cam that showed him slowing in traffic to allow a car to merge followed by him being rear ended by a police officer. The shocking part? The officer then ripped him a new one, yelling about how he was riding unsafely, when in all reality the motorcyclist was giving ample space and keeping himself in a good line of sight for cars!
Then today, I see the horrific footage on NBC’s website of a police officer just ramming straight into the back of a rider and passenger at high speed on the freeway.