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Dirt Bike Surfing Waves... And it's Real!

Bryan Burnett

Just released today is probably one of the most incredible motorcycle videos I've seen in a long while. The cinematography, landscape, and visuals would be stunning in it's own right, but the actual feat of riding a motorcycle on water is insane. Throw in some some surfing at the end and it's damn near jaw dropping. Here's the tech angle below,

Maddison’s early attempts involved a Honda CR500R, outfitted with two skis: one beneath the front wheel and a larger one that extended from beneath the frame back to the rear wheel, which was outfitted with a paddle tire normally used for dune riding. With no existing “water bike” projects to learn from, Maddison and his team experimented with a wide range of options, including dozens of different ski and tire options, and even a booming KTM 450 SX-F four-stroke. “Contrary to what you might assume, the overall power output of the bike didn’t have that much effect on its ability to ride across the water,” says Maddo’s mechanic, Buddy Morgan. “Instead, it was the shape and angle of the skis and the number of paddles on the rear tire that made the most difference.” As one might think with such a project involving so much trial and error, sinking the bike was a very real part of the learning curve. “I’d say that through the entire project, we sank the bike 30 to 40 times,” explains Morgan, who was faced with a five-hour workload every time the motorcycle was submerged. Thankfully, switching back to a two-stroke for the final setup—a KTM 250 SX—simplified the teardown and rebuilding process.”

Apparently at the end of the video, that 20ft wave wiped Robbie out, losing control of the bike he was stuck by the bike underwater. Fortunatly he was fine and was able to recover the bike after about 90 minutes when the on-board flotation device was deployed.