Is this the year’s craziest stunt on wheels?
RED Bull and GoPro need to get their act together, because the #1 craziest extreme promo video on the Internet today belongs to a shoe company.
Representing DC Shoes, Australian motorcycle daredevil Robbie Madison has dropped into a good-sized Tahitian wave and surfed it — on a lightly modified KTM dirt bike.
This is one of the most supremely ridiculous and jaw-dropping things we’ve ever seen.
The bike appears to be a KTM 350 cc two-stroke, with a big fat paddle tyre on the rear.
While we’ve seen dirtbikes aquaplaning at top speed on a still body of water before, Madison needed some extra help out there in the surf, so it seems they built him a couple of small platforms either side of his front and rear tyres to give him a bit of lift as he gassed it through the waves.
Like the tank tracks used by crazy Nordic riders to ride over deep lakes on heavy snow quads, the KTM’s rear tyre has two-inch high rubber paddles instead of grooves for threads.
Together with the small skis on the sides, these puddles provide enough forward thrust to keep the bike aloft as he takes the drop. DC Shoes call their video Pipedream, and it begs for Madison to bring the modified dirt bike to the kilometre-long pipe near Donkey Bay on the West Coast. This is the ultimate pipe in the world, but its remote location and hairy entry makes it a spot which only pros can surf.
Surely this pipe on the diamond coast, Madison’s skills and that crazy bike is YouTube video made to go viral. Extreme sport fans sure deserve to see these three come together.
More details about the bike and the making of the video are sure to emerge soon and we’d love a behind-the-scenes on this gorgeous video.
But for now, just watch the damn thing, over and over again, and marvel at the times we live in. — Gizmag.
Australian motorcycle daredevil Robbie Madison surfs on a KTM bike with a modified rear tyre and small skis beside the wheels.