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aaArticle rank 30 Aug 2011 The Vancouver SunBY MISTY HARRISPostmedia News Motorcycle stunt riders dealing with roadblocks 3Illegal in most of the country, enthusiasts having trouble attracting fans
It’s a world few people on the outside know about, and even fewer on the inside will talk about — least of all to reporters.
MARK WHITEHEAD Adam Chodkowski does a ‘ Hand Stand Burnout’ in Vancouver. DVDs and YouTube are popularizing the sport, he says.
But when you get past the cloak-and-dagger defences, personal politics and the tiny matter of it being illegal almost everywhere in Canada, streetbike freestyle — better known as motorcycle stunting — is really just like any other sport that could put you in the hospital.
Its practitioners devote many hours to their craft — surgical precision becomes fairly important when riding backward on a temperamental 180-kilogram machine. Thousands of dollars are invested in tires, parts, insurance, fuel, travel and repairs. Relationships wither in the shadow of the pursuit.
And the riders do it with almost no chance of recognition or reward.
“I just love it,” says Matty Augustine, a stunter with Westcoast Freestyle in Vancouver. “I see beauty in it. There’s an artistic element of going out on my bike and doing [ a trick] right.”
A stunt bike is a rattlesnake on two wheels — and often just one. As twitchy as it is unforgiving, the machine wants nothing more than to catapult its rider face-first into the concrete before committing hara-kiri into the nearest wall.
The buttery smoothness of those who’ve mastered it, however, belies the danger lurking behind every trick. In fact, when done right, the sport is almost like watching motorcycle ballet — all graceful pirouettes, quick changes and polished aplomb.
In Canada, where stunting is prohibited on public streets, freestyle riders are pushing for a sanctioned national competition that would pit the best names in the game against each other — much like what’s seen in the U. S.based XDL Show Championship.
Getting people to pay to watch a sport they’ve never seen, let alone heard of, would be another challenge entirely.
“Most people don’t really know what they’re looking at when they see a stunt show,” says Andrea Taylor, a motorcycle columnist from central Alberta. “The uninitiated see some tricks that look really dangerous that riders are actually loath to do because of the lack of technicality. ... And the really crazy tricks involving front and rear brakes, clutching and throttlecontrol are lost on them.”
But Taylor concedes the greatest challenge of stunting going mainstream may be the stunters themselves.
“Part of the reason is the politics between some of the riders and the communities, and the tensions that arise as a result,” says Taylor, noting the number of stunt teams far exceeds the number of paying gigs. “I’ve seen Middle East peace negotiations be less divisive.”
Canadian filmmaker Saturnin, of asphaltjunkiez. com, was given unprecedented access to the insular sport for his Throttle Trauma documentary series, the final instalment of which just arrived on DVD ( Throttle Trauma 3: Once More We Survive).
In tracking worldwide freestyle for nearly a decade, the Abbotsford auteur says the differences between Europe — where motorsports are fixed in the cultural DNA — and Canada, where “stunt-riding is just a sideshow to a sideshow,” are enormous.
“It’s underground [ here] because it’s not easily accessible or marketable,” says Saturnin. “Also, the number of people who ride in each province is so small that it doesn’t make financial sense to have a big show.”
Freestyler Augustine says stunting bylaws have created a frustrating paradox: Public interest is needed for events to be profitable, but the public has little way of knowing the sport exists because it’s practised in secret spots — usually private lots or industrial sites. “My sport is misconceived as hooligans and criminals who go around harassing the public on the streets,” says the 28-year-old electrical technician who’s been stunting for four years.
“But if we want to make this into a part-time or full-time career, we can’t screw it up just because we want to show off. So these [ secret practice] spots are very important to us.”
Augustine, whose goal is to become the best freestyle rider in Canada, counts among his repertoire of manoeuvres the dramatic “switchback Christ stand,” which involves a 180-degree turn on the motorcycle tank before standing up, arms outstretched, and riding the bike backward at speed.
“Every time I do it, it’s scary,” says Augustine, laughing. “ You have to be really serious to do the tricks I’m doing.”
Sgt. Kerry Bates, of the Edmonton Police Service, explains the crackdown on stunting as a way of preventing driver distraction, as well as any collisions that may result from a motorcyclist’s poor reaction-time or diminished control.
“ They’re not watching where they’re going if they’re screaming down the street on one wheel,” says Bates.
But even riders who hone their skills outside of traffic aren’t safe from the law.
In 2009, a motorcyclist ticketed for popping a wheelie on an out-of-theway Saskatoon road took his case all the way to Court of Queen’s Bench — his argument being that he couldn’t distract anyone if there was nobody around to distract — and lost.
Severin Urban, a Provincial Court agent from Edmonton, says the majority of the stunting tickets he fights on riders’ behalf are for simple, short wheelies. In other words, regular motorcyclists having a goof as opposed to freestyle riders showboating ( though the latter is certainly not unheard of).
Adam Chodkowski, a 35-year-old stunter from Vancouver, says DVDs and YouTube videos are helping bring more positive attention to the sport, countering any notions that it’s “ reckless and irresponsible.” But he remains uncertain whether it’ll ever move into the mainstream.
“ There really isn’t much variation in the tricks that can be done on a bike — or at least not enough to keep spectators stoked enough to become hardened fans of the sport,” says Chodkowski, a financial planner by day. “ Having said that, people all over the world watch figure skating.”
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Ah, Motorcycle Ballet. Is there a more majestic baggy pants, X-TREME sport out there?
Not counting filming yourself loading your bike up a ramp,,,
They have a point. If people can't understand the technique/talent behind it, they won't understand/appreciate it and won't pay to see it.
rebecca black > bcaa
Stunters don't wear rapper baggy pants , good job on keeping with the times
my BCCOM fees at work......
what a timely and relevant article /sarcasm
Clearly, within this quote, it's obvious: they've asked for the opinion of someone who HAS NO FUCKING CLUE WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUTThey’re not watching where they’re going if they’re screaming down the street on one wheel
Oh, yea, it was a cop that said that. That explains everything.
Seriously though, stunting is sorta doomed from the begging, for one simple fact: IT IS FUCKING BORING TO WATCH FOR MORE THAN 5 MINUTES.
I don't care how much you jump around the bike. "Average Joe" only sees the same thing over and over again. There is little room for true inovation (that can entertain the masses).
MX guys atleast fly through the air with imminent threat of extreme failure, injury, and perhaps even death.
Street Stunting usually involves spinning in circles until everyone's dizzy.
See the difference?
In the end, everyone wants a tragedy.
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"I dread beyond all else the growth of the petty tyranny of restrictive legislation, the transference of disciplinary authority from the judiciary to the constabulary, the abandonment of every constitutional safeguard of individual liberty."
I don't see any correlation between BCCOM and this article other than it being posted under the profile name, and
it being a motorcycle related article......I thought it was positive, and reasonably well written, props to the stuntaz
I remember when SBW used to have stunt shows on site. I think there were three in all.
Nobody topped 5Th Gears show, for sure. The tricks were both fast and slow technical shit. Very cool. Gaston ( I hope I spelled it correctly ) and Brother Bill were amazing to watch as were the rest of his crew.
But more to the point. In my opinion one of the biggest issue to 'main streaming' could be the riders themselves can be seen as anti social at times and abrasive. The average Joe doesn't really understand the scene from which stunting came from.
And I think society in general sees no distinction between the punk that cuts them off on the highway or surface streets and the stunt rider.
Last edited by Nine-and-a-half; 08-30-2011 at 11:17 AM. Reason: Major ESL issues. sorry my bad.
Sorry; my mistake it's baggy culottes now.
that guy deserves a darwin award.
My new riding music is RAMMSTEIN.
i don't drag knee, i drag FOOT!