The new RSC trigger lever has made riding in the friction zone so much better for me lately. From just street riding, to aggressive offroad, urban moto and of course stuntriding. I am a person who never takes my finger off of the clutch lever of the bike, whether just riding down the street, or working the clutch and brake at the same time on my stuntbike.....
The trigger lever feels very natural on my clutch finger, almost like an extension of my index finger. Off camber clutch actuation (friction zone) has been much better, now being able to still keep a consistent grip on the clutch lever, allowing me to keep the revs up and the engine still partially disengaged while hanging off of the bike.....
I admit I was skeptical at first when Josh said he had an idea on improving the most loved clutch lever on the planet. Because how do you improve on an already perfect product that has been a global staple in the stunt world, and copied for the last 10yrs? RSC just showed us exactly how with the new Trigger series levers ?
Edmondson is no stranger to stunt work, Enduro21 catches up with the four-times Enduro World Champion for a cup of tea in his motorcycle shop and beside us in his office sits a stunt bike he rode in one of the Bourne films alongside a championship-winning GasGas.
No Time To Die is the biggest yet though and not just because Paul is the stunt rider for Daniel Craig, but because this new Bond film has some meaty movie chase scenes featuring bikes and they aren't fake.
Did Paul get to meet the star of the film, Daniel Craig much? Oh yeah, of course, he does some riding on the bikes, actually he can ride pretty well. He does the scenes where it is A-to-B so to speak and when it gets a bit exciting, C-to-D shall we say, we swap over.
The Globe of Death is a circus and carnival stunt where stunt riders ride motorcycles inside a mesh sphere ball. It is similar to the wall of death, but in this act riders can loop vertically as well as horizontally. There have been three performance-related deaths recorded between 1949 and 1997. The only Globe of Death World Record officially recognized by the Guinness World Records is six riders and one person in the center by the Infernal Varanne team on the set of Lo Show Dei Record, in Milan, Italy, on 13 April 2011. It is sometimes the finale of the circus.
In the 134th Edition of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Crazy Wilson Dominguez (who normally performs on the Wheel of Death) is the first person to split the Globe of Death apart from the top. During this stunt, four sections of the globe are split apart, with three members of his family on motorcycles staying in the parts of the globe which are still welded together.
The globe of death is produced using several segmented, bowed portions of welded mesh where sections of material are fitted together and riveted. One panel of steel at the bottom of the globe acts as a trap door where riders and their bikes can enter and exit. While there are standards, many groups of riders use their own globes of various sizes. While the 5,300 pound 16 foot globe is most common, some performers use smaller sizes, and even 17 foot globes.
The most commonly used bike in the globe of death act are dirtbikes. The majority of riders use single cylinder dirt bikes to traverse the globe. Often made from mass market manufacturers such as Suzuki or Honda, riders tend to choose bikes that are lightweight and with high torque so that they can quickly achieve the speed required to complete loops within the sphere. Many riders may also have to go from high speeds to a dead stop very quickly. While mass market bikes are cheaper to use in the globe many riders customize their bikes to their liking; this is because the globe of death stunt does not require a bike with a powerful engine, suspension, and drive train as they require a top speed of only 40 to 65 miles per hour or 65 to 105 kilometres per hour. Stock dirt bikes are limited and so performers modify the bikes in order to make the stunt safer and easier.
The Globe of Death, as its name implies, is a very dangerous stunt. There have been many accidents involving this act. Some have occurred due to the globe breaking or otherwise failing, causing the riders to lose control and crash. Others have been due to rider error. Some recent incidents are listed below:
May 24, 2014: Five motorcyclists were injured when performing stunts in the "Globe of Death", during a function in Circus Rhodes in Argentina. They were injured when the roof of the globe burst, sparking a multiple collision. One of the riders suffered a broken clavicle and others had burns and minor injuries from the motorcycles.
May 25, 2015: Two motorcycle riders crashed in midair while performing the stunt at Uncle Sam's Great American Circus in Chantry Park, Ipswich, England. One rider sustained head injuries while the other was injured in the leg and upper body, but both riders recovered without any permanent injuries.
April 6, 2015: Three riders collided and crashed to the ground while performing at the Jordan World Circus at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup, Washington. One motorcyclist suffered a broken leg and another a broken rib.
July 7, 2015: Stunt riders from the Great Moscow Circus crashed while performing the Globe of Death at Munro Martin Park in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. Six riders were reported injured, with two suffering arm fractures with one also reporting neck tenderness.
December 9, 2016: In Colombia, stunt rider Cristian Camilo Hernández Sáenz was killed while riding with three other riders. The 20-year-old performer fell and later died in hospital, apparently of an internal hemorrhage.
Mastering a wheelie will be a lot easier if you put the motorcycle in first gear. First gear is the lowest gear and the easiest for climbing hills. Power wheelies are about using acceleration to pull the bike's front wheel upward so you will not have to worry about shifting. Staying in first gear will allow you to pull the front wheel of your bike upward much easier than any other gear.
Finding the right speed is essential to master a wheelie because the main goal is to get enough speed to get your front wheel up in the air. It is recommended that you start learning wheelies at a speed somewhere between 10-15 mph. If you attempt to pop a wheelie at a slow speed, you will not have enough force to pull the front wheel up. If you are going too fast, you may lose control of your sportbike causing you to twist the throttle which can be very dangerous. Staying at a constant speed will allow you to master the wheelie and ride it for a longer time.
Once you have dropped your speed a little, hit the throttle hard! As you do this, pull the front wheel of your bike up. If you feel like you are going too far back just hit the back brake a little to prevent you from flipping all the way back. By hitting the back brake your front wheel will come back down. When your wheel is coming down try to land it as straight as possible. If the wheel does not land straight it can shake on impact causing you to flip off the bike.
Once the wheel is up in the air, you must find your balance so it can stay there. Lean back on the rear side of the bike and make sure the balance point of you and your bike is in the center (the seat). Tipping forward or backward will make you lose your balance causing you to tilt and lose control of the wheelie. Having balance will help you ride the wheelie for a longer period of time.
When you want to end the wheelie, simply use your rear brake to bring the front end of your sport bike back onto the road. Make sure to hit the rear brake very slowly to ease your way back down. If you hit the brake too harshly the front wheel will crash down too quickly causing you to shake or fall. Once your motorcycle is on the road again maintain your speed and attempt to wheelie again.
Popping a wheelie is a stunt all motorcycle riders want to conquer. Although it is fun to do make sure that you are doing it safely by wearing the proper gear and are practicing in a secluded area away from other riders. Doing a wheelie on your motorcycle might seem like the most difficult stunt to do, but if you keep practicing it step by step, you will master it in no time. Popping wheelies are extremely fun and you will want to continue doing them once you master them!
In those threads, the advertised price was exactly what it is today for a bike of higher mileage today! This means that people held on to the motorcycles, put on kilometres, maintained them, and then are able to sell them for the same price.
I have just picked up a very tasty 12/03 954 in black over red. One owner bike with 30000klms. Truly immaculate and has never seen a wet road. Paid $7000 and was happy to do so. Its a keeper. I do believe these will become a low teens investment in the next 5 years.
The main difference is the riding position and many times the torque curve on the same basic engine will differ on the two different types of bikes with the naked bike peaking in the mid-range area of r.p.m. and the sportbike peaking near the highest r.p.m. that is safe for the design. Also, Naked Bikes tend to be a little easier on the back because they have a more upright riding position. Both bikes deserve respect and are enjoyable.
Unlike the bikes they emulate, they won't cause your arms to go numb or rattle all the nuts and bolts off the engine, like the good old days. Not really a stunt bike but more of one to enjoy long rides. With 47 H.P. at a low 7200 R.P.M. and a proper staggered crank, not the old skool 360° cranks, this thing is a dream to ride!
While less of a thing these days because stock bikes are so good, from 40 years ago until 10 years ago, riders would dump the wobbly forks and heavy frame and pay a firm like Spondon to custom build a bike or a partially finished bike frame using a highly tuned sportbike or naked bike engine. 2b1af7f3a8