Thursday, September 30, 2010

Chris Pfeiffer: “I’m scared of railway crossings!”

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Fearless? Pah! Show Mr Pfeiffer a snake or a railway crossing and he'll show you a clean pair of heels. But on his BMW F800R, the man is a stunt god...
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BMW-riding motorcycle stunt god Chris Pfeiffer was in Mumbai a few months ago, where FHM India magazine caught up with the man for a quick chat. Here are some excerpts from what Chris had to say:

On the bikes he got started with, when he was a kid

I started riding when I was very young [and my first bikes were] a Sachs 100 and a Zundapp with a sidecar.

On his BMW F800R stunt bike being a bit heavy

You have to understand that weight is not always a disadvantage – it also helps to stabilize the bike in a lot of tricks. There are so many tricks that are almost impossible on a small bike. I do use my Beta streetbike [for a few tricks] but still prefer the bigger BMW for typical stunt riding. Besides, it’s more spectacular to ride a big bike!

On whether stunt riding ever scares him anymore

Yeah, definitely! There are some situations during riding that can be scary. Besides, I’m scared of snakes and railway crossings. Fear sharpens your senses and you should not disrespect it. In stunting, you need to be smart, not a daredevil who who goes for it without thinking.

On falling down

When you fall, you have to stand up and try again. Practice, practice, practice… it’s very important to practice a lot. The most important thing is to be dedicated. I think when you really want something, your dream can come true.

On the attention he gets from the ladies

I’m married, so there’s not much to mention here. Some women love people with a freestyle spirit and maybe some don’t. But it’s not a bad thing to attract girls!

Mr Pfeiffer shows us why he's a better rider than most of us can ever hope to be in our wildest dreams. The man is just unbelievable. Chris, you rock!!!

Interview by Sarmad Kadiri of BIKE India magazine, for FHM India

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Quadro 3D, 4D: The three- and four-wheeled bikes that can’t be crashed!

Motorcycle safety? Forget ABS and traction control, get two more wheels for your bike!

Quadro Tecnologie s.r.l., an Italian company founded by the Marabese family, are showcasing two brand-new motorcycles (if three- and four-wheeled vehicles can be called motorcycles…) that appear to be quite uncrashable. Watch the video above and see the bikes being ridden on wet surfaces, and you’ll understand why we think these bikes – especially the 4D – seem to be quite uncrashable.

Quadro Tecnologie s.r.l. will unveil the Quadro 3D (two wheels at the front, one at the back) and Quadro 4D (two wheels each at the front and rear) bikes at the EICMA Show in Milan, in November this year. These bikes, which are a part of the company’s ‘Quadro Suite’ of vehicles, will be launched in Europe between 2011 to 2014. The first bike to go on sale will be the Quadro 3D, followed by the Quadro 4D. There will also be hybrid/electric variants and an off-road machine as well.

The Quadro 3D and 4D will feature a high-tech hydraulic tilting system (HTS) that features independently sprung wheels that can all tilt in tandem, allowing the bikes to be ridden in ways that would be near impossible on a conventional two-wheeled motorcycle. We think the Quadro 4D is simply brilliant – we’re in love with this bike already! It has a place in our ‘dream garage,’ where it’ll be parked between our Aprilia RSV4 Factory and BMW S1000RR
The Quadro 4D is just so totally COOL!!! The 3D isn't bad either...

Via Motoblog