Manoeuvres on wheels

Manoeuvres on wheels

Part of the excitement at the Relio Quick Auto Mall which is scheduled to take place at the Bangalore Palace Grounds from November 13 to 15 will be the MTV Stunt Mania Riders who will be putting up bike stunt shows  everyday.

“I am a rapper and a stunt man,” says Kaship, a stunter with MTV who will be extolling the merits of  stunting and encouraging youngsters to take it up as a profession albeit under strictly supervised conditions and with proper protective gear in place.

“The most widely known motorcycle stunt is the ‘wheelie’, where the front wheel comes off the ground and the vehicle is balanced on the rear wheel. I also specialise in handstands, the Endo (a stunt which lifts the motorcycle's rear tire off the ground while balancing the bike on the front wheel while it is still rolling), the Stoppie (stopping a moving motorcycle, so the rear wheel is raised in the air while the machine is balanced on the front tire and comes to a complete stop), the 12 o' clock wheelie, a circle Wheelie (which is manoeuvred while riding in a circular motion), and Combo Wheelie featuring multiple rider manoeuvres on one wheel,” he explains.

But what does it really take to be a good stunt-rider? Why are they willing to risk their lives and limbs just for a few seconds of speed and high octane action?
 “Motorcycle Stunt Riding is just like any other sport. The degree of difficulty may be harder than the others but just the same, for a rider to be successful he has to know all the tips and tricks of his own trade. Nothing can be achieved if you don't know how to respect yourself, your colleagues and the danger you're placing yourself in when you do your stunts,” he says.

“I would like to go into movies full-time as a stunt man and my way of reaching young audiences is through rap music that is specially written about stunting,” explains Kaship, who has also inducted his young cousin Khalid into the sport, adding, “we will be performing with my team for three days at the Auto Mall and will be happy to interact with young people who want to get into the thrilling world of motorbike stunting.”

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