A recent video of a motorbike police officer having an awfully hard time handling their BMW K1600 police bike has gone – as we believe the kids say – viral.
Now, we understand that is a lot of bike for anyone, especially with the entire police kit on it, but you would assume this isn’t the officers first day on that rig.
The video starts off with the officer seemingly unable to lift their bike off the side stand. The bike might be on a slight incline but its hard to tell from the video. Luckily, a nice gentleman stops to help the officer. He helps hold the bike upright as the officer mounts the motorcycle. The officer seems to get situated, pulls up the side stand… and promptly falls over. I’m not an expert, but I don’t think that was the plan…
Again, the bystander came to rescue! He helped pick up the fallen bike and hold it for the officer. This continues on for couple more minutes. In the process they somehow turn on pretty much every turn signal and flasher on the bike. Eventually the officer gets herself and the bike right and sets off, albeit very slowly, down the road.
We don’t have much info on the officer or where this took place other than it was South Africa. We don’t know what the requirements are for motorbike cops down there, but hopefully they provide a whole lot more training than this officer received.
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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.
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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!