take what you want from it
its long but at least bike related
The Speedo stays for seconds long at 299km/h. A standard Suzuki GSX-R1000 canít go any harder. Itís a normal day, 8pm, itís still busy the highwayís in Holland. These are no circuit images, but a recording of a motor ride from Rotterdam via Utrecht towards Amsterdam.
ďIím always scared, whit out fear youíre just stupidĒ
The sound from the limited running engine escorts the images from the people who are being pasts so fast, that they donít have the chance to make a scaring movement. At full speed we drive under the ďgouwe-aquaductĒ, traffic regulation donít matter. The driver of the bike uses all traffic lanes and passes cars on the flight counterfoil and the small piece of concrete between the left lane and the crash barriers. The right turn that makes the connection between the A12 and the A2 lets the speedo drop a bit, after that the 299 appears in the screen again. The traffic plates that points in the direction of Amsterdam, flashes by, at an average speed of 248 km/h are 20min and 32sec enough to set the 85 km.
The driver calls himself Ghostrider, he sells heís DVDís whit these movies especially thru the internet. The ride between Rotterdam and Amsterdam comes from heís latest product ďGhostrider goes crazy in EuropeĒ. The reactions are always obvious: the one person likes to watch the movie the other thinks heís a potential killer of innocent fellow road users. After some seeking we make contact whit the Ghostrider. Not a brave young local crazy ass but a well English speaking Swedish person, who is suspected to be close to 40 yearsÖ
MOTO73: If you watch the images on the Ghostrider-dvd, youíve been swing around between excitement of the spectacle and the evil of danger were other are put in trough.
GHOSTRIDER: Yes, itís for the most people the same. Everybody who is looking is fascinated, they all keep watching it. Many people scream that they think itís extremely dangerous, but they watch the whole DVD. I had even orders off police officers, judges and lawyers.
They mail me that I, based on images of the movie, should be in prison but they do like it to watch it. And that the DVD has to be banned; The texas Chainsaw Massacre (a bloody horror movie of the year 1974; IvdV) first also was banned, but now itís a cult-movieí.
MOTO73; How did this came so far?
GHOSTRIDER; I have been before in several disciplines as motocross and road races where I raced pretty successfully. With taping I just started in 2002, it started as a joke that progressed in a movie. We called it then ĎThe Final Rideí. That movie was a kind of parody on the Swedish movie called ĎThe Getaway in Stockholmí. In that movie you see very clearly that all the action scenes who where made in the city, where truly modified. Then we would like, just for fun, let them see how it was in the reality. Four months after we had the movie finished, we were approach too distributor Iceman and so the ball was started to roll. When we made the first movie, it was only a Ďpractical jokeí, now there are already a hundred thousand copies off Ghostrider 1 and 2 sold and I can live from it. The reason that keeps me going, I canít give it to you. That lies in a personal atmosphere and could be a clue for my identity.
MOTO 73; About youíre identity; I didnít have to much trouble to found out who you were.
GHOSTRIDER; Itís maybe not so hard to found out who Ghostrider is, but proving it, is another case.
You are also not shore of itís really me or not. I think that the Swedish police are sure about 100 percent that I am Ghostrider, but make it hard, they couldnít. Lawfully we covered it all up; de motors are owned by SWT-race-team (Swedish Wheelie Team), we rent it from them. So they canít take the motors under seizure when we are on stock exchanges. Iíve been on an exchange in Sweden next to the rank of the police. They had to laugh about it and made jokes about is like that they had criminals as neighbours.
MOTO 73; Donít you think that the danger is too big? I mean; if you ride 299 km/h on a well filled highway, isnít there not too much to crash.
GHOSTRIDER; There always can be, when youíre on your way, happens everything, but we always let accidence on the free road. By the last movie ĎGhostrider goes Europeí, we were with a crew about fifteen or twenty people. Before I go on the road for a drive, people check the road to see or there are no things loose or oil-marks on the road.
Behind me, always drives a car with a medical-ambulance with a complete first-aid-kit. Beside we are looking for roads without crossings and we are connected to a walkie-talkie. Itís not so that we are maniacs who are of to go something, we prepare everything and make plans before it as far as itís impossible.
MOTO 73; So many people see you as a freak that brings other in dangerÖ
GHOSTRIDER; If people say I am a potent ional killer, I will say that I havenít got any accident about 3 years. All road racers regular crash, but I didnít even once crashed. There is surely a risk that I take, but as I even said before; we try to limit this as far as itís possible. There always been a stupid risk that I have to take and so far I found it accept ional. I donít know what I should do when someone drives like me, would hurt my family by a crash, I even have no clue how I would react. There are people who rather had nothing to do with me when for example a family member died in a traffic accident, I do understand it. Everybody has made out for him or herself what he or she would like to do; itís always your own decision so it has no sense to try too in flooding it. I wouldnít mind if I go into prison but I would never want to hurt some one else. There is a little minority people who wants to hurt others deliberately. They need to go to a legion for foreigner. I even donít fit in there.
MOTO 73; Isnít it so that your scenes in floods people to drive like crazy on the highway?
GHOSTRIDER; No, no it canít be. There has been already driving like that since the first sports motors and even before. There is from the beginning when motors are invented, racing around in the traffic only I am the first who brings it on screen. If there are people who donít like the images, they have to look the other way. If people have seen MotoGP, they donít want anything else but racing at their self. If people have seen a stunt movie, they also want to do the same, but after showing Ghostrider 3 in the cinema with 200 visitors, there was nobody who wants to do the same. It stands just to far from the regular motor drivers. I have never been copied by someone else. If people asked after it, I always say they donít have to try it because itís going to be their dead. Young folks better donít try this, because you would be better of if you won races first and practice a lot and drive only on the highways.
MOTO73; On your last DVD, beside the ride between Rotterdam and Amsterdam, we marked your drive trough Paris on, because someone else already has done this a couple years ago.
GHOSTRIDER; After all this time I have broken the record of Pascal ĎThe Black Princeí. His time, eleven minutes and four seconds has been for eleven years a record. I drove the same distends of 23 kilometres now in nine minutes and 57 seconds. I only drove at night in stead of the daylights. Pascal drove on daylights in busy traffic, but I founded it to dangerous. Many people say that Pascal is dead, but I can tell you it isnít so. His problems with justice are already been past, so we will surely hear from him soon. I donít want to tell if I met him because itís too dangerous.
MOTO73: arenít you afraid when you ride like that?
GHOSTRIDER: of course, Iím always afraid, whit out fear youíre just stupid. you got to be afraid to be able to react better. Iíll live just as long like all other people. However I myself am changed thru personal reasons I donít want to mention. All I could say is that the reason why I did this recently ended. This is resulting that, if I watch the movies again, that I beginning to find them stupid. I notice that these changingís in my situation are making me to view things different. The next DVD will therefore not be the same, no Ghostrider goes USA, but less high-speed video pictures and more funny and special video pictures. Although, you never know what the future bringsÖ