Sometimes you don’t need a reason.
You’re at a racetrack in Yekaterinburg in central Russia with the guys from BMW Motorrad and their new BMW RnineT Racer, and you just happen to be a renowned parkour expert.
What are you going to do?
Well, if you’re Oleg Shestyarenko, you take a couple of test leaps and then you take on a speeding motorcycle head-on by somersaulting over it.
This isn’t the first time he’s done this kind of thing either. Earlier on in the year he took on a BMW i8 in much the same way. Which is actually more impressive if you think about it.
Why? Because he can, that’s why! If you don’t speak Russian, the bit you want to skip to is 25 minutes in.
Video: Watch Sarah Lezito show you how to drift a motorcycle
Yes, drifting on two wheels is possible. Especially if you’re an insanely talented stunt rider from France.
There are a few stunt riders worth following across social media and YouTube but few get the numbers of French stunter Sarah Lezito.
Shot in a cold, wet and snowy location, it’s hardly the easiest of environments for riding a motorcycle – although possibly better for skids! – but the control from Lezito, and her instruction, is captivating.
Why learn how to drift? Well, Lezito says that it might help in learning how to save from slipping, keeping the balance on your bike or just improving your stunting skills.
And her top tips?
- First find a small bike – a 50cc or 125cc machine that’s easy to handle.
- Find a slippery spot, like a wet floor after some light rain.
- Put hard tyres on the rear and more air in the front tyre.
- Protect everything… On you and your bike.
- Prepare to crash. A lot.
We’re hoping she’ll be adding to her channel over the coming months and that this is the start of a series of ‘How To…’ videos from the young stunt rider.
Video: Ari & Zack’s review of the Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 is great because they actually care!
Ari & Zack from Motorcyclist Magazine have produced what is the best review of the new Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 so far.
To say that we have been excited about the new Husqvarna Svartpilen and Vitpilen motorcycles is a bit of an understatement. And now, they’re finally here, in dealers and their saddles have been well and truly worn-down by visiting journalists all testing out the new machines and given us their verdicts.
In fact – here’s ours, courtesy of the lovely people at the esteemed custom motorcycling publication Bike Exif.
However, not all reviews have been equal and despite trawling the Internet on a daily basis, solid video reviews from the press have been hard to find – until now.
As to why this video from Ari Henning and Zack Courts by Motorcyclist Magazine is our favourite? Well, production values count for a lot. As does the fact that somebody has actually bothered to spend some time planning the shoot and has also spent some money on recording equipment…
But mainly it’s down to the fact that these two are enjoyable to watch, come across as fantastically knowledgeable and actually look as if they want to share their newly found leanings with us – their audience.
All we seem to get here in the UK are people rattling off numbers and shouting the names of their publications as often as possible. This ladies and gentlemen, is how we reckon video reviews should really be done. Well done Motorcyclist chaps… The publishing world may be a tricky climate right now, but the attention to detail here on your videos is much appreciated.
Plus, they address the common concerns with the machine, discuss the whole ‘it’s for hipsters’ nonsense and still manage to pull off a few wheelies at the same time!