Japan. Gymkhana. Rain.

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We’ve seen the Japanese gymkhana. A bizarre mix of extreme bike control, crazy lean angles and low speeds. It seems to defy typical motorcycle riding physics. But, can they do it in the rain? Of course they can. This is an incredible feat of riding skill.

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  • ktaisa

    too bad they cant win a gp

    • Groomez

      onoudidn’!

  • MG

    USA. Me. Rain. Mortal.

  • Spencer

    This makes my brain hurt just watching it….. syntax error, does not compute.!!!

  • Sean

    Amazing the way the rider leans the bike to the point just before he’s dragging EVERY SINGLE TIME. Precision. I’m guessing the inevitable comparison between this and the ‘Murrican cop on a Harley will surface, but personally I think they’re two sides of the same coin. Nothing better or worse about either technique, just different approaches.

    Badass nonetheless. I only wish.

  • Steve

    Unjustified smugness that Japanese cops ride my bike. Supposedly they have special cop bike parts such as larger alternator and radiators that I would LOVE to my hands and tools on. Anyone know of a source?

    • Myles

      Its got cop shocks, cop tyres, cop brakes, cop engine.

      • Gregory

        Bike’s got a lot of pick up.

        Fix the cigarette lighter.

      • Steve

        It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark… and we’re wearing tinted visors. Hit it.

    • Ted

      The parts aren’t actually larger, the riders are just comparatively smaller. The ‘optical inch’ if you will.

      • Joe

        That’s not what he was talking about. Larger alternator to power more electronic gadgets that cops need and larger radiators to cool an engine that gets ridden hard all day, every day.

  • http://www.twowheelsplus.com/ Anders

    Will I be this good if I get a VFR?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Yes.

      • Noah

        Its gotta be a 98-2000 800cc model which in the US had linked brakes, which some people hate in the wet in particular.

        • Steve

          Even most VFR riders don’t understand the linked brakes. They are much more sophisticated that most people think, including sequencing delay valves and proportioning valves in the plumbing.

          For example, as you squeeze the front brake, initially there is no rear braking, then as you build front brake pressure it starts to apply the rear. When you get on the front brake really hard the proportioning valve actually reduces the rear brake pressure, such that you won’t lock up the rear as you shift the weight forward.

          As great a bike as it is, it was probably too sophisticated for the average rider to understand and use correctly. The price and the boring image didn’t help much either.

  • Coreyvwc

    This is even crazier if you’ve actually seen what a lot of japanese roads are made of. Crushed Coral, literally slick as ice when wet. Bravo sir.

  • newt

    Reminds me of those Dog Agility competitions. Pretty sweet.

  • http://krtong.com KR Tong

    Those tall risers on the VFR make a huge difference. All he’s doing is sitting perfectly upright, steering the bike and then leaning his tiny body over the side mid-turn.

    Heres another wtf video
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXUWVVxdoo8

  • Robert

    VFR = Very Fine Ride

  • Jim

    Thats amazing stuff

    now his second run should be on of the customs in the other article.

  • jason McCrash

    One of the things I tell everyone I know who starts riding: Get comfortable riding in the rain. After that dry pavement is a cakewalk.

    I like the ones of French cops on FJR’s shooting as they ride. The driver shooting and then with a passenger doing the shooting.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p31Uu536WQA

    There are some good videos on Youtube of the training these guys go through.

  • Skank NYCF
    • Joe

      Impressive, but pretty expensive repairing all the chrome damage. Those things definitely weren’t meant to lean over!

  • Archer

    More proof as to why the Adeys of this world wouldn’t last three minutes in Japan…