Can you walk on water? Can you ride a motorcycle on water?
We are not sure about the first, but looks like you can ride a motorcycle on water if you have the skills, right bike and of course right location with perfect conditions.
Ivan Cervantes, a five time World Enduro Champion recently decided to try something little different while at his practice facility, in the mountains above Madrid.
Ivan came up with a wild idea to ride his motorcycle over a small pond that is 141 feets (43 metres) across and five feet (1.5 metres) deep.
It took Ivan in total 4 attempts. At first attempt he entered the pond with his Gas Gas at 56 mph and the bike dove head first to the bottom.
Second and third attempt ended the same way, though he took as much of his body weight off the front wheel, by flatting his body down on the tank. The third crash was so heavily, he began to doubt if he could pull off the trick.
Soon Ivan realized, that the solution to his problem is not to improve speed nor his body position, but the pond itself.
To achieve the adequate hydroplane effect, the surface of the pond needed to be completely smooth with not a single wave on it.
No bumps at all, like a perfect mirror!
Getting to the other shore depended entirely on hitting the top of the water correctly.
So with the fourth attempt it all came down to a perfect entrance. Once you are on the water and the speed is right, the hardest part is over.
He waited for the waters to calm down and successfully entered the surface going on it for 141 feet over a five feet deep water.
“I felt an amazing adrenaline rush… the ride was perfect., though going for 40 metres 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.” commented Ivan shortly after the well planned ride on water.
Pretty amazing and as far as we know, no one has done it before on an Enduro bike. What Ivan did is something no one should attempt on his own without the skills, support people and of course right motorcycle accessories to keep the attempt as safe as possible.
The epic, part slow motion video looks like it was not hard at all, but in fact it 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.”
Ivan Cervantes is well known for anyone who is passionate about motocross. In 2005, at the young age of 23, he made motorcycle racing history by becoming the first Spanish enduro world champion in category E1 enduro.