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Remembering What Motorcycles are Capable of (with video)

The “Crusty Demons of Dirt” days are long gone, but there are still freestyle motocross videos being made that can remind all of us what motorcycles are capable of in the most skilled hands. If you hang in there (the first few minutes are not that interesting), you will see some amazing riding in the out-takes of “Chasing the Storm 2” below.

The most nimble bike in the air? A two-stroke, of course. You can view an official trailer, and purchase the full video here.

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  1. James says:

    Kind of boring video, but I do agree that it’s nice not to have rage music blaring in the background

  2. Al Banta says:


  3. Gutterslob says:

    This gets a thumbs up from me simply because there’s no sibilant emo-rock/metal or EDM music playing in the background like 99% of freestyle vids these days.

  4. spokes says:

    Thought the accents were different and then when I saw the guy named “Bilko” and he didn’t look anything like Sgt. Bilko I knew we weren’t in Kansas anymore!

  5. bryan says:

    My off road hero is Graham Jarvis. I follow hard enduro because it’s closer to the type of riding I do, except way harder. The top riders ability to go fast on ridiculous terrain is just amazing. I just looked up the FMX notables and I didn’t recognize any of the names except Pastrana, who everybody knows. Just doesn’t seem that interesting to me.

  6. Gary says:

    Okay, this is going to make me sound like an old man, but here goes.

    I really don’t like this kind of YouTube stunting. “Hey, watch me hurt myself! I’m going to do something totally insane. Watchmewatchmewatchme.”

    I remember when motocross was a real contest of skill and speed. How fast can you navigate a dirt bike across rugged terrain and natural obstacles? Ake Jonnson. Bengt Aberg. Joel Robert. Brad Lackey. These guys were gods. And in the process of going fast across natural terrain, they showed some style and grace.

    But that wasn’t enough. Rather than settling for natural terrain, supercross came along, and earth movers were used to create ramps and jumps to launch riders ever higher and farther. It became a gladiator sport, with riders ramming each other. Winners are frequently those willing to take the biggest risk. But … okay. It’s still racing.

    Now we have this. Hold my beer and watch me hurt myself. If I don’t crash, cool. If I DO crash … all the better. More clicks.

    So thanks, but no thanks. I’m glad I grew up during a time when acrobatics and style were the byproducts of going fast, not the sole result.

    To me it’s all sizzle, no steak.

    No sale.

    • Gershzilla says:

      I blame all of those Supercross style tracks on Gary Bailey. Where in nature do we have stutter bumps? Supercross sucks.

    • Dave says:

      My DVR player picks up two hours of outdoor motocross footage every week there’s a national. Plenty of that stuff to see (which I prefer as well).

      I really enjoyed the 1st crusty demons video. It was full of impressive freeriding stuff, less man-made jumps and more footage of guys trying to jump up cliffs or huge sand-dune rides, and stuff like that.

    • guu says:

      You do realize that before there was motocross (or it’s predecessor scrambles) there were people riding in the hills and fields pushing themselves and the bikes to new limits and breaking bones on the progress? Freeriding is where motocross came from, not the other way around. If you like MX racing then that’s fine. They are still racing it every weekend.

      • Gary says:

        Why, yes … yes I do. I was one of those poor saps. I don’t recall stunting, though. Just playing at racing when there was no race that weekend, or no one with a pickup truck or a trailer to get to the race. But I do seem to recall some bones breaking. None of my own, thankfully.

        • guu says:

          No you weren’t unless you are over 100 years old. The sport started well before WW2. Since then the sport has progressed as the bikes and riders get better. And so has freeriding.

          You never pulled a wheelie? You never did even a butt-whip? Nose wheelie? All stunts that are fun AND develop rider skills for racing also.

          Btw. One of the riders on the clip was a winner at the very highest level of the sport this year having fun on a off-day.

          • Gary says:

            guu … it may have started 100 years ago, but it was certainly alive and well in the late 60s and early 70s, when I started riding and racing. So, cash me oussidehowbowdat?

          • guu says:

            Its just that your premise that MX and dirt bike riding in general was something else yesteryear than it is today is false.

            People stunted for “likes” in the roaring twenties and you don’t win a motocross race in 2017 by ramming people but with speed and skill.

    • gary t says:

      The gods you have listed, maybe one of them invented the “crossup”?
      Supercross….a gladiator sport, with riders ramming each other?…. That is aweful, Just a bunch of goons I guess? I certainly will not watch that any longer.
      The riders on this video are highly skilled motorcyclist. If its not your flavor, fine. But please do not disrespect them by mistakenly associating them with the hold my beer youtube crowd. If I crash, all the better. Thats not these guys. I see shovels not beer.
      I am fortunate to not dislike any type of motorcycling. Harleys, sportbikes Moto GP, SPEEDWAY!, vintage, trials, whatever…. I don’t understand why someone would make crap up just to hate on a form of motorcycling that doesn’t suit them.
      Thanks to Motorcycledaily for keeping me up on all aspects of cycling. Bravo

  7. Dave says:

    Maybe time to start talking to the aviation guys about inverted fueling/oiling.

    • spectral says:

      The bike is in microgravity (aka freefall, like that experienced in orbit around Earth), which I don’t think poses the same difficulties as full inversion (negative g’s). In other words, the oil in the crankcase is merely floating around, rather than being forced into the cylinder bores and head as would be the case with full inversion.

      The whipping motion may cause some sloshing that may mimic full inversion, though. There’s a lot going on there, so it’s hard to tell exactly how the fluids are affected, but the primary factor is going to the microgravity environment.

      • Dave says:

        I’m just seeing bikes upside down, being revved hard to adjust their attitude in the air, even if only for a second. I’ve read that air in the oil line, even just for a second, during high revs is a problem. Don’t sport bikes have their oil sumps and pump pickups arranged to deal with oil migration under acceleration?

  8. Provologna says:

    Praise God in heaven! The soul (soul?) “music” track is the sound of burnt dinosaur bones!

    Great video. Thanks.

  9. Hot Dog says:

    Hold my beer and watch this…

  10. Jon says:

    thats gotta be a great feeling! not for the old though, sigh…

  11. Norm G. says:

    that moment you had an easy get off, but think you just did your collarbone anyway…

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