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Stunt riding is gaining momentum – why?

How often do you go to different motorcycle events? Have you noticed that extreme performance of motorcyclists and various shows have now become popular? The audience is waiting for this, very much looking forward to it! They are even surprised when at an event no one drives in the back, does not stop or jump over the steering wheel.

What once began a long time ago with “look how I can!” and “PF! Yes, I can do that too ”, developed into a technical and spectacular motorsport. Previously, stunt riding concerned only professionals, stunt performers were considered stuntmen, and now motorcyclists from young to old with different levels of training are fond of it!

Why is stunt riding so popular?

The main top answers to this question will look like this:

  • Spectacular
  • Extreme
  • Increases the level of driving skill

Motorcyclists love attention. Well-executed stunt riding tricks will delight the audience and delight the performers. The higher the level of professionalism, the more interesting the performance of the motorcyclist.

Is it dangerous? Of course! While learning new tricks, pilots are injured, overturned, dropped the motorcycle more than a dozen times! But then they still raise it and continue what they started. And so it will not work out yet. For what? Why do athletes train?

Improving your driving skills is a great excuse to train. Stunt riders get:

  • new skills of owning a motorcycle, maneuvering
  • improve reaction speed
  • develop a sense of balance
  • develop technical knowledge

Stunt riding makes the rider imbued with technical knowledge, because with the number of falls that a motorcycle can endure, no, no, you can do the repairs. And to make the bike obedient, you should do a good job on its characteristics, make changes to its equipment and monitor the general condition. In addition, many of the tricks on a stock motorcycle are extremely problematic. We will talk about improvements in stunt riding motorcycles in the next article. But you must understand that the basic equipment of the motorcycle was not calculated at the factory for stunt performances by desperate craftsmen.

Stunt riding is still not recognized as an official sport, but this does not prevent people from organizing competitions, holding championships, and choosing winners.

What are the stunt riding tricks?

There are many basic elements in stunt riding, but they can be conditionally divided into several main groups:

  • Acrobatics
  • Drift
  • Burnout
  • Willie
  • Stoppy

Acrobatics

Many complex elements fall here – jumps and stands that adorn the demonstration performances. Acrobatics is a rather serious, laborious and traumatic side of performances, it requires special training and attention. Pilots are creative by coming up with new tricks based on existing solutions. Non arm support or no arm support, even with a headstand. The diligence of stunt riders knows no bounds.

Drift and Burnout

In common people, drift tricks are called “sideways”, and burnout in the concept of ordinary people is comparable to “burning rubber”. Think drifting is boring and everyone can do it? What about backwards execution? Switchback drift is not as simple as it seemed. Drift is a controlled drift, and the more original it is, the more interesting it is for the public.

Burnouts are pretty effective. Well, who has not seen how the rear wheel is burned until the tire bursts? And this contented hooting of the crowd when the wheel finally exploded or caught fire? Chainsaw, Crazy Larry, Suicide bernout, Hyperspin are popular burnouts that people recognize visually, even if they haven’t heard their names. Smoke, the smell of burnt rubber … that’s how stunt riding smells.

Willie

Few people need to explain what a willy is. He is very fond of city racers and from him the eyes of motorists twitch hysterically. In motorcycle culture, the performance of a wheelie is called “goat”. Anyone who owns a fairly powerful motorcycle or has their own special, high relationship with traction (but the former is much more common) is able to lift the motorcycle’s front suspension from the surface of the asphalt. It is logical that it was the wheelies who began to improve first. Now, simply riding on the rear wheel is too commonplace for public speaking. Stunt riding has stepped forward. Today the list of wheelie-based tricks is impressively long: Chempion, Can Can, Switchback wheelie, Highchair, Frog wheelie and Watch tower, 50/50, Foot drag, Scrape, Superman, Flamingo wheelie, Wheelie park, Hand drag, Stall.

Willies in stands, with their feet through the handlebars, with hands / feet touching the ground, wheelies with sparks from touching the tail of a motorcycle to the asphalt – what has not been invented by inquisitive minds of our time!

Stoppy

If there is riding on the rear wheel, then it is true that there should be on the front. The difference also lies in the technical approach, because the wheelie is primarily working with gas, when the stop is based on the work of the brake. In city conditions, stoppies rarely end well, especially for beginners, who squeezed the front brake, locked the wheel on the move and tumbled over the steering wheel in a beautiful swallow.

Like a wheelie, stoppie has a ton of varieties: Kangaroo, No foot stoppie, 180/270/360 Stoppie, High chear stoppie, Side saddle stoppie, Stoppie park and the most famous Stoppie Kiss.

In stunt riding, it is not so much speed that is important as the technique of execution, the skill of owning both a motorcycle and oneself, filigree maneuvering, which forms its own personal style.

I also advise you to watch interviews with wonderful stunt riding pilots:

“What does Stunt Hamster think of Icon and how did he become a stunt rider?”

“What does Nikita Prysyazhnyuk perform and train in?”

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