I don’t know how anything gets done in present-day America. If you have a computer with an Internet connection, all day long you’re bombarded with invitations to waste a minute here or five minutes there watching or reading the flotsam and jetsam of media your friends, family and people you don’t know send you.
Well, here’s one more thing, and though it’s 8 1/2 minutes long, it’s worth watching. Really. It’s a lap on board with German endurance racer and Nurburgring veteran Tim Rhotig as he rides the famous Nurburgring. What sets it apart from most such video is the nature of the camera. Developed by DORNA for MotoGP use, it uses gyros and other technology to keep the camera level while the motorcycle is being tossed from one side to another. It’s about the size of a small tankbag, and it’s mounted just in front of the rider.
Watch as Rothig—on a Kawasaki ZX-10R during tire testing of the new Bridgestone R10—makes what looks like a perfect lap of the 13-mile Nordschleife circuit. With the horizon rock-steady, you can really see Rothig’s lines, braking points—and some wicked wheelies down the straights and off the turns. You can also see how fast and precisely a professional like Rothig can turn a motorcycle, study his handiwork on the controls, all without the distraction of an obnoxious techno-beat or hip-hop soundtrack. Instead, production company Radio Viktoria mixed input from two microphones to get a perfect blend of intake and exhaust sounds—without too much wind noise.
Hey, whatever you’re doing can wait eight minutes and 32 seconds, right? Just don’t start watching Radio Viktoria’s other videos…