How To Ride A Motorcycle On Water

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How To Ride A Motorcycle On Water

Five-time world Enduro champion Ivan Cervantes wanted to set a challenge for himself. At his practice facility, in the mountains above Madrid, there’s a pond five feet deep and 141 feet across. Ivan wanted to ride across it, skimming over the surface of the water.

Photos: Alberto Lessmann

Attempting the feat aboard his Gas Gas, Ivan was initially defeated. Entering the pond at 56 mph, the bike dove head first to the bottom.

Second and third attempts ended much the same way, despite flatting his body down on the tank to take weight off the front wheel.

Ivan quickly surmised that it wasn’t necessarily his method that was the problem, more the medium. In order to achieve adequate hydroplane, the surface of the pond needed to be completely smooth. “As it was a mirror, with no bumps in the shore,” he describes. “The main trouble with the aquaplaning is that you’ll never know how the entrance is going to be. And getting to the other shore depends entirely on this.”

Waiting for the waters to calm before fourth try, Ivan was finally successful. “I felt an amazing adrenaline rush, overall as the ride was perfect,” he said afterwards. “Going for 40 meters over those five feet of water was not easy and for a moment I thought we couldn’t make it, but I’m stubborn and when I want something I totally fight for it.”

 

All in, the attempt took 14 hours of riding in a single day. “To me, riding a bike means freedom, passion, sacrifice and will,” says Ivan. “Enduro is a very lonely kind of sport but racing against the clock is a big adrenalin rush. It’s necessary to have new challenges. Actually, it’s the best thing that could happen to a rider.”

  • Eric

    toma huevos!!

  • Andres Freire

    That was pretty cool! I guess motorcycles are pretty big in Spain huh.

  • http://mansgottado.tumblr.com/ Andy Gregory

    Pretty neat. Would’ve been cool to see it in real time, but then it probably wouldn’t have looked as extreme or match the obligatory beep boop womp womp womp womp as well.

  • Lawrences

    Ivan: Apuesto a que puedo montar este Gasgas a través de ese estanque …

    Ivan’s mechanic: Oh no, Iván, es mi día libre!Se trata de una enduro no es un submarino!

  • Tim

    They should have shown the first 3 attempts as well.

  • Kevin

    That’s pretty impressive without a paddle tire

  • Wilbur

    All you need is a very smooth entrance angle and stay on the gas.

  • Trev

    That was pretty freaking cool.

  • Holden and Annette

    It’s a waste of 2-1/2 minutes if they refuse to show it in real time. That would have added maybe two or three seconds to the video.

    I just don’t get it. Why not show the stunt at regular speed, too? What kind of person makes that decision?

  • carbon

    Yeah, real-time + engine noise = win. This = fail. Like others have said, the other 3 attempts would’ve been icing on the…donut.

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