RideApart 17: Jamie the manchild

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The problem with motorcycle racers is that they grow up in a vacuum. It’s all motorcycles, motorcycles, motorcycles and more motorcycles. You can never really rely on them to act their age. Which is why, when one calls and asks if he can borrow they keys to your longterm Aprilia RSV4 “for work” you should be a little more skeptical than I was. Honestly, I can’t tell you how many times in the course of an average day I utter, “Fucking Jamie,” but it’s a lot.

  • PenguinScotty

    Hahaha, you guys are nuts.

    Loved the out-takes! Might want to check that helmet now :P.

    I’m glad that a racer like Jamie is saying that the limit of Super Bikes are so high that you’re having a hard time exploiting them. I thought i was just too slow!

    You guys getting some sponsorship in now? In regards to the Porsche. It’s quite a departure from your little truck. Nice way of doing it, though!

    Can’t wait for next week. Keep it up!

  • Roman

    Man, that track looked like a glorified kart track. Totally mental taking a RSV4 on there.

    • Scott Jones

      It is a kart track. They do ride a lot of supermoto there though.

      • Roman

        I’ve ridden some kart tracks on a 125 two-stroke and it felt mega fast. Liter bike on a kart track….just does not compute.

  • Core

    I’m surprised your camera guy doesn’t carry an extra gallon of gas in the vehicle or something.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Camera guy rides a DRZ sumo.

      • coredump

        I’m surprised your camera guy doesn’t carry an extra gallon of gas ON the vehicle or something.

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

          Ha, you should see how loaded down that thing is with camera gear. Nik’s a fucking hero for managing it all.

    • ike6116

      So, you weren’t able to piece together that this was scripted?

      • Scott-jay

        ‘piece together’ ?
        Sorta smacked up-side my head.

        Like looks of that RSV4.

  • stefano

    wes you lookin’ fit dude. i mean no homo and all that

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      This was shot pre-injury. Working hard to get back there.

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

    Sweet vid. I’ve discovered that litre bikes are just too much on the street as well. Great fun when you’re new to them, put a smile on my face for the first couple of months and I wasn’t even riding above 6k RPM! But now it’s just frustrating not being able to open the taps. Which of course you can do, but on the streets it just means you end up doing go-to-jail speeds. And I’m much too pretty to go to jail.

    Supermoto is where it’s at for street riding!

  • gsx750f

    Maybe it’s me not being a native speaker, but to me it sounded like Jamie was saying “murdercycle” a few times.
    Quite fitting!

    • filly-fuzz

      In the Australian media they are know as Murdercycles.

      Apparently these ‘murdercyclists’ are drunk 24/7, do 350km/h in every school zone, wheelie through graveyards and rape/pillage innocent children.

      • Mr.Paynter

        You guys did start the trend with Mad Maz though! Own it!

      • Ben

        Sounds like my average day.

  • bluemilew

    You guys are much better journos than actors.

    LOL @ empty gas can

    • The other Joe

      Yeah, I noticed that hollow sound from the can too!

      I love V4s! The sound, the low powerband, the narrow engine! That’s why I ride a VFR.

  • Coreyvwc

    Haha did the RSV4 ever get out of first gear at the cart track?

  • RT Moto

    That RSV4 sounds mean!! I thought you had an aftermarket pipe on it but I guess not.

    • http://www.lgdm.fr stempere

      Test rode it in the city and in what you’d call canyons and i seriously think it’s the best sounding stock exhaust ever made.
      The first time i engaged first and the valve opened i was amazed that thing is legal.

    • NewOldSchool

      Yea they are surprisingly loud stock, same with the Panigale. You almost don’t need to buy aftermarket cans for either of them, unless weight savings is your goal.

  • Dylan

    So this might be a dumb question…but what exactly do journalists mean by a long term tester bike. Like in your case Wes were you just given the bike? What are the stipulations attached? Mileage limit? Or Long Term Tester a code for personal motorcycle

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      It’s a bike that’s on-loan for longer than the typical 2-3 week period. That can mean a variety of things, in this case we just used it for a bunch of stories throughout the summer.

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

    Moto video and an Obama win. Good fucking times.

  • carlos guarderas

    Jamie is great on camera. It cracks me up every time he drops a Wow or My Goodness. Love it!

  • carbon

    Cable channel in the works?