YouTube videos in your email inbox – we all get them. If you spend enough time in the motorcycling community, your riding buddies start sending you race crash videos. To be honest, I’ve never really liked them - I guess they hit too close to home. They tend to remind me too vividly how close to disaster every motorcyclist really is.
With this in mind, let’s focus on a happier topic – great motorcycling saves! Here is a look at some of the most amazing examples ever caught on video of great riders snatching survival from the jaws of disaster.
Great Save Number 1:
When you put hyper-fast motorcycles on the mean streets of the real world, you get conditions that truly test both man and machine. In races like the infamous Isle of Man, some of the world’s most ballsy and talented riders fly on roads designed for more sedate vehicles and speeds. Watch to see how a racer tests his suspension, his riding talent, and his toe sliders in a near disaster at triple digit speeds:
Great Save Number 2:
Sometimes great riders create their own amazing problems, and then display equally amazing solutions. Now retired Spanish racer, Alex Criville, delivers a case study in turning a potential disaster into a truly remarkable save. The former MotoGP World Champion racer shows how the rear brake and great balance can be a rider’s best friends:
Great Save Number 3:
Here at AllAboutBikes, we make a big deal about wearing appropriate riding gear. So what’s the big deal about CE approved knee armor? The answer is in the next amazing save. I just wonder if there was some praying while he was on his knees:
Great Save Number 4:
Sometimes great saves are a process, not just an act. Modern MotoGP bikes are the zenith of modern motorcycling technology, but they’re intended for road use only. In this next clip watch a KTM rider test his tires on wet pavement, then grass, and then sand; and still come out the other end unscathed. Truly amazing:
Great Save Number 5:
This video was sent to me several years ago and it’s still my favorite. Ever see a rider give his front fender a little kiss at full speed? Yes, that’s what I said. What this clip lacks in video resolution, it more than makes up for in sheer…well see for yourself:
Now that you have seen my short list of the best motorcycle saves on YouTube, it’s time for you to vote on your favorite. If you have a favorite, list it below.