‘Crashes? I’ve lost count!’ ‘Most of my miles on the bike are go­ing round in cir­cles’

BMW rider Mat­tie Grif­fin, 37, is a pro­fes­sional stunt rider and master of the an­gle grinder Q13 Q18 Q19

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Q1 What are you rid­ing?

A mod­i­fied BMW F800R, which I use for my stunt shows all over the world.

Q2 Which liv­ing motorcyclist do you most ad­mire?

That’s a tough one, but it would have to be Rossi. To achieve what he has in rac­ing and still be hun­gry for more is amaz­ing. Get well soon Valentino!

Q3 What’s your worst habit?

My in­sane ad­dic­tion to wheel­ies.

Q4 If you could have one rid­ing su­per skill, what would it be?

Tri­als. I grew up with it and still ride now, which helps me on my stunt bike, but I’d love to be the best at it.

Q5 What’s the fastest you’ve ever gone on a bike?

Most of my rid­ing is re­ally slow speed stuff on my stunt and tri­als bikes, but I’ve done a few track­days on an S1000R. I was never brave enough to look down at the speedo, but it would’ve been pretty fast.

Q6 When were you last scared?

I prac­tice ev­ery­day, so the stunts them­selves don’t nor­mally scare me, but some­times the sur­faces I do shows on can be slip­pery. At the Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed this year I was sit­ting on the han­dle­bars do­ing a cir­cle when the back skipped out on some de­bris, which was pretty ter­ri­fy­ing in front of such a big crowd.

Q7 How many miles have you done in the last year?

It’s hard to say. Most of them are done go­ing round in cir­cles!

Q8 What five bikes would you put into your dream garage?

I’d have that new BMW Car­bon HP4 Race, one of Sch­wantz’s 500cc GP bikes, Ago’s MV Agusta, a tri­als bike and, of course, my F800R stunt bike.

Q9 What’s the high­est mileage you’ve cov­ered in one day?

I’m not a big dis­tance rider and gen­er­ally don’t do big road miles, ex­cept for in my van trav­el­ling to shows.

Q10 What ir­ri­tates you most when you are on a bike?

Car driv­ers.

Q11 Got one pearl of wis­dom for new rid­ers?

Get the best safety equip­ment you can and wear it. Also, get proper rider train­ing.

Q12 What ad­vice would you have for bud­ding stunt rid­ers?

Most peo­ple would tell you not to do it, but I say do it and take the time to learn prop­erly on pri­vate ground, not the road. Wear the cor­rect gear and don’t ride around in a T-shirt look­ing cool.

Ever fallen off in a car park (or some­where equally embarrassing)?

Yes, but most of my shows are in car parks so what do you ex­pect?

Q14 Do you have one in­dis­pens­able item of kit?

It’s a bit of a cliché, but my hel­met. It’s a car­bon-fi­bre one from BMW, which is re­ally light and per­fect for the kind of rid­ing I do when I’m work­ing and do­ing the shows.

Q15 Who would you in­vite out on a Sun­day ride?

Def­i­nitely my brother. He comes with me to most of my shows. I’d have to in­vite some fel­low stunt rid­ers along for a bit of fun, too.

Q16 Do you have a tool you couldn’t live with­out?

My Tinkers tool­box, vice grips and a four-inch an­gle grinder. You can’t just buy parts for a stunt bike off the shelf, so I make all my own parts like the sub­frame, footrails, en­gine pro­tec­tor and brack­ets.

Q17 Do you ad­just your sus­pen­sion?

No. My stunt bike is ac­tu­ally on stan­dard set­tings. I prob­a­bly should change the springs, to be hon­est with you, but I don’t know enough about sus­pen­sion, which is why I don’t play with it.

If you could have one of your old bikes back, which would it be?

I still have the old Fireblade that I started stunting on, but I’ve never re­ally got at­tached to the bikes I’ve had. I wouldn’t want them back be­cause they would’ve been wrecked!

Which road (or track) would you have built on a desert is­land?

The Nür­bur­gring and the Isle of Man TT course, back-to-back! That would be quite some­thing.

Q20 If you ruled the world, what new law would you pass?

I’d ban re­li­gion and then there would be no wars.

There are stop­pies and then there are Mat­tie Grif­fin stop­pies

Sit­ting down on the F800R’S sad­dle is just so last year you know

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