Quick, everyone laugh at this dumb squid

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An HFL PSA: if your I’m-trying-so-hard-that-I-crash-on-The-Snake pace isn’t fast enough to dust a dirt bike wearing knobby tires, maybe this whole motorcycle thing isn’t for you. Bet the guy in this video wishes we’d told him that before last weekend, when he did just that on his Kawasaki-green Gixxer. Sick riding skills, brah.

YouTube Preview ImageRoadside view.

YouTube Preview ImageChase bike view. Bear in mind this is from onboard a knobby-equipped KTM dirt bike.

  • Michael

    I don’t think crashing is funny. I don’t care how bad a rider or stupid or fat or whatever you are.

    • raphmay

      Wes was getting his knee down 1st corner he ever took apparently….plus he’s never crashed!

  • tomwito

    Maybe a few too many Mickey’s before they rode?

  • equ

    I don’t find this funny either.

    • http://lightsoutknivesout.tumblr.com/ Scott Pargett

      I do.

      I’ve spoken with the videographer. He says the worst injury he’s seen is a broken arm. That we can laugh at. Besides, the rider’s should be the first one’s to laugh, then learn from it. But that doesn’t mean we can’t do both simultaneously.

      Besides, squids need to get checked before they bit for reals on a freeway and don’t survive it.

  • matt

    looks like he got on the rear brake and locked the back tire maybe?

    • Edward

      Looks like a case of “Holy shit a guardrail!” Target Fixation is any enemy. But yeah the back for sure started coming out, but he was already standing the bike up and heading straight for the rail. Not really a squid though, just got caught out.

      • Paul

        My guess is he was focusing on the rider ahead of him, so the guardrail kind of took him by surprise.

      • http://lightsoutknivesout.tumblr.com/ Scott Pargett

        Mickey’s themed GSXR that rides far beyond their ability? Squid.

  • Glenngineer

    I think this is funny.

  • BenP

    Yeesh, that sucks.

  • contender

    I lol’d.

  • Kirill

    Target fixation is a motherfucker.

    • muckluck

      Ya either he did that, or he was distracted as well, he took similar turns at the same speed?

  • NewOldSchool

    At least he was wearing his gear. I was here last weekend and some gloveless tool in shorts and a t-shirt on a GSXR (surprise?) 750 was flying around that corner.

  • Johndo

    He was quite lucky considering how far he could have landed….

  • Scott-jay

    Sean crashes and he’s a victim of ‘bad suspension, bad roads, and bad health care. This fellow crashes and he’s a squid.
    I don’t understand.

    • Sean Smith

      We’re all just squids.

      • isambard

        Fair play — and count me in, too — but an acknowledgment of that above the line would do wonders for the sneery tone of this and a bunch of recent posts.

        • Sean Smith

          Point the finger at Wes :)

          • isambard

            That’s who it’s pointed at, Monty Python style.

      • NewOldSchool

        well said

      • zato1414

        There’s those who have and those who will…

    • isambard

      Agreed. The snark around here is getting more than a little stale.

      The last line from The Social Network comes to mind. You’re not an asshole, Wes. You’re just trying so hard to be.

      • Josh

        I’ll second that. You can watch this crap all day on youtube if you want to, but why bother? It’s negative and it’s not what riding is about. Some attempt at insight could perhaps have redeemed this post, but there wasn’t any.

        • je

          You guys do realize you subscribed to HFL, correct? While I didnt cheezeburger LOLz the wreck, I did LOLz his stickers.. snobs!

          • Josh

            The fact that I pay to subscribe is exactly why I commented. I’ve been taught to expect better from HFL.

    • Spencer

      I couldn’t get here fast enough to say the same thing!

  • http://www.xenophya.com Xenophya

    If it doesn’t kill or break you you can only learn.

    I don’t like to think about how, if fate had been different, on numerous occasions instead of sliding harmlessly on my on arse I could have ended up sliding down the wrong side of the road into a truck.

    We had a placement student a few years back had a similar sort of off 4 days after buying his first bike an sv650 he wasn’t so lucky instead on bouncing over the Armco he got tangled in it and his arm was ‘traumatically amputated’ (that means ripped off). Crashing is never funny and all but for the grace of God go I.

  • 10/10ths

    He did not turn. Total target fixation. Once he slowed as much as he could, he needed to lean the bike and make the turn. He did not turn. He looked right at the armco and not where he needed to go. Textbook.

    • http://rider49er.blogspot.com Mark D

      Exactly how I see it. That R6(1?) before him was already well into his turn, then this guy just barreled through straight on.

      If he’s a new rider, he probably should be riding something a little more forgiving than a full-on sports bike (GSXR in Kawi green; my head is full of fuck); if its his first time riding that road, he shouldn’t be going 9/10ths on virgins turns.

      I suppose he could have been a great rider who just had a brain-fart at the wrong time, too. But let’s all point and laugh anyways; its only funny because it could be us.

      • Roman

        I’m gonna go with new rider on this one. Looked pretty crossed up going into all the previous turns, and sitting a bit too upright for riding a sportbike. Whatever, shit happens, most us have crashed doing something equally stupid, we just didn’t have 15 people standing around ready to put it on youtube.

        • oldnick

          My friends and I, all old guys, are amazed we have managed to live so long. I’m just glad youtube wasn’t around when we were young because we would have ended up looking like complete dicks. Instead, we tell tales of our close calls and sound almost cool; thank god there is no video evidence.

          I feel sorry for a lot of new riders now because there is so much expectation that they emulate people on videos and also “need” to get their knees down. Why has having fun on a bike become so fucking serious?

          • gsx750f


          • Eddie


          • Roman

            It’s pretty much the same now, unless you happen to crash on the Snake or the Dragon. I’m 30 and had plenty of stupid crashes over my 6+ years of riding. Ok, I have one youtube crash, but that on the track and actually helped me figure out what I did wrong. So like anything else, you take the good with the bad.

  • FZR 1000 Got Smashed By A Car Alex

    shit happens

  • Noah

    Glad this dude was able to walk away. Having a beer logo on your bike is a pretty strange choice. Unless maybe you own a beer company.

  • Jeromy

    LOL its the same corner that “Desmo Dave” ate shit on!


    I can even see the dent that his 140,000$ Ducati left in the guard rail!

    • dux [87 CBR600, 95 XR600R]

      Good catch!

    • Groomez

      Same corner many people have crashed on.

  • http://www.muthalovin.com the_doctor

    Haha, that guy crashed. Good stuff. Now, actual content please?

    • th3w3s

      Agreed. Crashing sucks, I don’t get how posting a video of some poor sod hitting the wall, and making fun of it, is cool, or qualifies as decent content.

  • JTourismo

    I believe from an educational standpoint (This was a PSA) it is good to watch videos like this, it’s great to observe the real mistakes of other’s so we can avoid them. This includes riding beyond your skills, and riding neon green gsx-r’s.

    Enjoyed these comments, would read again.

    • The other Joe

      Better to learn from the mistakes of others than from your own mistakes. I know this because I have three older brothers.

    • Miles Prower [690 Duke, MTS 1200]

      “This includes riding beyond your skills, and riding neon green gsx-r’s.”


  • Raubert Van Harris

    Not as bad as the guys who ride that road wearing nothing but a t-shirt and an icon back protector.

    • The other Joe

      Really! Totally bottomless? That’s ballsy.:)

  • Tiago

    every weekend the snake bites someone at the apex. if you have nothing better to do just go and enjoy the show. Sit, sip a beer an watch ‘em go down. its not cool unless its one of the “RR” guys that wears jeans, tshirt and sneakers ’cause they’re tough enough. f-hilarious. they ride like idiots on a bunch and when its time to go up this road, one usually licks the ground trying to get a knee down for the picture. i miss LA…

    • Roman

      Why not just go riding instead? Great roads, awesome weather, 15 minutes away from the city…ugh, I’m such a bitter east coaster.

      • Sean Smith

        Riding on the weekends in Malibu is just a bad idea. You wanna share the road with 1,500 retards (all aiming to take you out) and the CHP?

        • Roman

          I obviously don’t know the geography as well as a local, but Ojai seemed like a pretty reasonable destination for a day ride. And oh man, Route 33 and especially Cerro Noroeste was freaking empty on a Sunday! So yeah, don’t wanna hear any complaining….

  • donniedarko

    Guy was in gear, wasnt really riding like an ass, target fixated? Shvt happens. Ive seen a HFL contributing writer up there riding like its a race track like a real fvckin moron. Him or his buddies go down they kill themselves or someone else… throwing stones at glass houses is dumb. Glad the rider walked it off

  • Campisi

    Hopefully he recovers and keeps on riding. The cheap laugh isn’t worth losing a rider.

  • oldblue

    About as funny as it was entertaining.

  • filly-fuzz

    poor dude, he just farked up.
    That’s all.

  • Archer

    That video does provide a pretty good “how NOT to” guide. This guy was so crossed-up he coulda started his own religion…

  • Michael

    Looks to me like it’s where the view opens up and the riders, if you include Duc Dave, enjoying the ride, want to take in a breathtaking view, and execute a left hand hairpin at the same time. It’s best to do one or the other.

  • Murat

    I thought the title was Wes being sarcastic and not actually laughing at this guy’s misfortune. But then English is my second language…

  • TuffGong

    As stated,a prime example of target fixation,eyes bugged and asshole tight. Hard to call it funny, however predictable…at least explainable,unlike those who feel the need to cross the center line and then call themselves fast ….

  • http://bloodfalcons.blogspot.com motoguru

    I’m blame his jacket.

    • Denzel


  • http://twitter.com/metabomber Jesse

    Glad he’s able to walk it off, and he has some gear. That could have been way more devastating that just to his internet-ego.

  • Tony

    The video is educational… but this guy is not a squid and he is not dumb. Making fun of him – that is totally retarded.

  • http://www.damiengaudet.blogspot.com damien

    wow, that could have been much worse.

  • matt

    That is a pretty great view over that guardrail. The tone of this would have been much less juvenile if the HFL caption was “look at the road, not the scenery. And also don’t use the back brake while riding fast until you are really great with the front brake. – a psa from HFL”

    great to learn from these videos, but just making fun of people? no thanks.

  • http://www.racetrackstyle.com Racetrack Style

    So…what are the various factors that cause one to get target fixated? Experienced riders instinctively stop the fixation before it quickly snow balls, but everyone could become fixated somewhere along the ride to varying degrees.

    Based on the Frame-by-frame replay of this video, I wonder (as he rolled through the right hand corner and into the left), did the lack of trees in that corner cause him to freeze and begin the fixation? “oh shit, there’s a cliff”

    Interesting to note there are directional arrow signs on the downhill direction of this road, but nothing uphill on this corner….not making excuses, just trying to identify the start of target fixation

    • gsx750f

      I think he was just going faster than he was really comfortable with.
      You can see his brake-light flashing in some of the corners before, I think he was just going faster than he felt safe with, and when he went into the turn where he crashed he was just thinking “oh shit, there is a cliff! I’m way to fast, I’m not going to make it! Shit, I have to brake, shit, shit! I’m going to hit the guard-rail, BRAAAAKE!!!!!!”

      It happens to me (and probably everybody else) quite often, the secret is to force yourself to stop braking and commit to the turn at one point, even if you still think you are going too fast. And if you start to look at where you are afraid to crash into, it’s game over.

      • http://www.racetrackstyle.com Racetrack Style

        Yea, his speed and novice riding level contributed to the outcome, but the previous corners did not end with this level of fixation. There was another factor in this corner which seems to be the change of scenery that initiated the target fixation.

  • FiveG

    I wonder whether the target fixation really was that he came on a curve that had a big open space in front of it. Looked like all the preceding ones were bounded by hills etc on the side. This one, he comes up and sees a big opening which leads to a “Oh ****” moment (i.e., “I may go off that big ol’ cliff if I don’t watch it”), which leads to him “watching it.” My guess is that’s what led to the fixation and to going straight, not the guard-rail. And that’s actually a useful lesson.

  • http://www.TroyRank.com Troy R

    The super-rich ducati crash…I can see why you’d justify that. But why post this?

    • http://www.postpixel.com.au mugget

      You can see how you’d justify that? But not this?? Seems like a bit of a double standard there… Or it’s just funnier to laugh at rich people doing stupid things? Personally I think it’s just as funny when a normal person does something stupid…

      • http://www.TroyRank.com Troy R

        Then go to youtube, what the fuck do you need a for pay motorcycleblog for? And yes , the richer the funnier.

  • zero

    Eh, pretty low speed crash, rider OK, silly cause…Funny.

  • Chuck

    Last week I would probably have made fun of this dude BUT I totally ate shit today riding to work. I had a brain fart and didn’t notice the light was red until I was almost in the intersection. Grabbed a handful of front break, hit the crosswalk paint, then listened as my mirror and newly repaired fairing made a shattering noise.
    Luckily it wasn’t a big deal and I wasn’t hurt, but I’m going to be a lot more hesitant to make fun of people in the future. Shit happens.

    • Michael

      Agreed. I wonder how many people who think this is funny actually have come to in a ditch on the side of the road wondering if you’re going to be able to move all the parts and started taking inventory: “Right arm moves. Left Arm moves. Right foot, cool. Left one moves and I can move my head. Awesome. Now why does my fucking back hurt so much and what’s wrong with that and why is my chest on fire every time I try to take a breath? By the way, what happened to those teeth I can feel missing and holy shit my fucking back hurts….Why did I try to take that corner so fast?”

      I never liked crash videos of any kind, but ending up laying in a ditch on the side of West Virginia Rt 33, dragged out strapped to the fucking board…oh, fuck it. Assholes will still think this shit’s funny no matter what I say.

      And Rt 33 is still an awesome ride. Hope to finish it one day.


    • http://www.postpixel.com.au mugget

      Okay – this is one of the major problems I see as far as people’s attitude to safety and their own responsibility. Shit happens? No it does not!! A motorcycle will not “just crash”, not ever. You made a mistake not paying proper attention & you blew your braking. Desmo Dave made a stupid mistake, even HFL’s Sean made a mistake and crashed. Sure I’ve crashed a few times on the street, but the important thing is to make sure you don’t make the same mistake twice (and I haven’t), not just to blow it off with an “oh well, shit happens…”

      Watching dumb novice errors like this video don’t actually make me laugh though, just wonder about how some people will survive.

      (BTW I’m glad you weren’t hurt, but you’ve gotta sort your stuff out so you don’t make the same mistake again.)

      • Chuck

        Very true. I don’t say shit happens then forget about it and not learn from my mistakes.

        I’ve been riding bikes for 9 years. I didn’t go down because I have a lack of experience panic braking. I live in New York and have had to stop quickly many times.

        For sure I am going to be more aware of the terrain I’m heading into incase I have to panic brake, but it is one of those situations you can only prepare so much for.

        Now the guy in the video, was being irresponsible riding like that where he wasn’t comfortable. It was a dummy mistake and hopefully he will learn from it. (and never read this article!)

  • parkwood60

    Today I watched a squid with his girl on the back try to pass a city bus on the left and turn right in front of it, only to find a bus rider crossing the street, and the bus driver pulling away from the curb at the moment the bike turned in. It could have been ugly, but luckily nobody hit anybody.

    Unlike the time I watched a couple in shorts and no helmets crash in the gravel along the access road that runs from the pits to the balcony at Willow Springs (speed limit 15mph)

  • lidewij

    Crashing is always stupid. Because it hurts. Unless it is not your fault. Been riding 21 years now and crashed seriously 5 times. Only one time it was my own fault. Target fixation on a video camera at 200 km/h that was mounted rearwards. When I looked up and in the direction I was going It felt it was too late to turn in and hit the front brake instead of leaning it in. Flipped the bike over several times and landed in the dunes with my head 10 cm close to a concrete pole. Plain stupid. Only twisted my finger. luckily…I did wear the full monty .

    BTW… The other times I got hit was by a cars and had severe injuries