Not sure if Josh Herrin is testing the Yamaha R1’s traction control, lean-sensitive ABS, or both at once. But he’s got the tires howling like a pair of mating orangutans in this sideways video clip our pal Jim found on Alpinestars’ Instagram feed. Our best advice is not to ride like this on the street unless you have an AMA Superbike Championship and a Daytona 200 win on your resume. Also, stay in school so you don’t have to be a videographer. Actually, come to think of it, whoever shot this clip on their phone is the bravest person in the room, or possibly just the least familiar with an important law of physics. Cue disclaimer: Professional rider on closed course. Do not try at home.

Gnarly slide from @josh_herrin on his #R1! Just listen to that rear tyre..! 😱🤤 #AlpinestarsProtects

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  • Jon Jones

    Just. WOW!

    • 12er

      I went with DANG! (channeling my inner Joe Dirt) but WOW! works fine as well

      • Jon Jones

        Might be time to watch “Joe Dirt” again. Pretty damn funny.

        • Rocky Stonepebble

          No.

          • Jon Jones

            OK.

          • Rocky Stonepebble
          • Biker Dash

            Freakin incredible racing! A billion times more entertaining than NASCAR anyday!

          • Larry Kahn

            Golf is more entertaining than NASCAR.

    • Rocky Stonepebble

      It’s been done:

      https://youtu.be/YwSIX0lNSVo

      • john burns

        the slightly important distinction being: How wide is a California traffic lane?

      • john phyyt

        Yes Garry Rode 500s for Kawasaki . I remember him and ( Other guy) riding the wheels off them and yet they were 1-2 sec off the pace. This is what I find most incredible about current Alien. He does this when needed ( with trick TC of course) but it is just part of the armory.

      • Tinwoods

        Yeah? Well let’s see you do it if it’s all that common and routine.

        • Rocky Stonepebble

          You call me out, and you don’t even know who I am?

          WTF is wrong with you? How do you know I’m not Pascal Picotte?
          Eh? Do you know that? Well?

          Well, as it turns out, luckily for you, I am not. As a matter of fact, watching me ride is like watching an epileptic play drums in the bathtub.

          BUT, YOU did not know that! So, there!

          (And, I actually used to do that for a laugh on my SV1000s; all of my deux-temps would just wheelie).

          • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

            I prefer to play my drums in the shower stall, thank you very much!

          • Rocky Stonepebble

            LOL! But, is the stall flooded?

          • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

            So dump your books out of the milk crates you stole and build a platform!

  • Starmag

    If Josh had made a small mistake on that “closed course” the “videographer” would have new appriciation for Van Halen’s “Jump”.

    • john burns

      or maybe, duck. It would need to be the right decision made quickly.

      • Rocky Stonepebble

        You do know that every tune ever from Van Failing was crap do you not?

        • Max Wellian

          I prefered the Stonepebble Pilots.

          • Rocky Stonepebble

            LOL

  • StripleStrom

    Wish I could do that! I probably could, once, and for a short stretch, right before meeting Jesus.

    • Rocky Stonepebble

      Dang. Is this a born again biker site?

      • StripleStrom

        No, but I’m a born again biker.

        • Max Wellian

          Another born every minute…

          • Tinwoods

            Not according to national motorcycle sales. Sadly, it’s more like one dying every minute.

          • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

            We’re bound for sad little gray ‘people pods’ in the future.

          • Rocky Stonepebble

            You mean Toyotas?

  • Gruf Rude

    This is just so wrong , , , he didn’t even get his elbow down.

  • Jim

    I never heard that sound before. That could be why I’m still alive. Let’s see if we can MotoGP to do trackside microphones!

  • JMDGT

    Rumor is that all these wild rider videos published on MO are all John Burns.

  • John B.

    Now, I’m sure I’m not a real motorcyclist. Whether I tried that on an open course or closed course would make no meaningful difference.

    • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

      Dear Sir,

      A real motorcyclist goes by the mantra, “Never ride faster than you can think.”
      Works for me!

      • Rocky Stonepebble

        If I followed that, I’d walk.

        • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

          eep!
          As one who has more than once ridden around Borrego desert and the “mountains” west of it, I say, “eep.”

          Paralyzing tequila hangover + motorcycle = slow but not too slow. Fast but not too fast, until you start feeling crappy again and slowing down for a while. It’s almost like a wave form. And then you have to drop the kickstand and puke on a cactus. Eh, all part of those weekend rally things!

  • Rocky Stonepebble

    “Do not try at home.”

    Well, D’uh!

    That’s why I try that crap in Muskoka or Haliburton..

  • Merlin Stewart

    I can’t quite figure this out. He’s chopped the throttle and disengaged the clutch. Does he have the back brake jammed on and the ABS is cycling hence the steady chirps? I don’t have ABS, slipper clutch, traction control or any of that fancy stuff so I can’t test this out in person.

    • Rocky Stonepebble

      I used to just wallop on the throttle of my SV1000s to get the rear end to light-up whilst taking a bend. No idea what this guy was doing.

    • StripleStrom

      I think that’s exactly what he’s doing- just cycling the ABS.

  • Mad4TheCrest

    Sounds like he’s trying out the mode that lets you brake slide/spin up to finish the turn; isn’t that a new feature on the 2018 R1 electronics package? I am pretty sure it is on the Ducati V4 Speciale. Supposedly you can go crazy doing that and the electronics will hold things in check. I would never attempt it.

  • Max Wellian

    Alrighty then. Guess Harleys ain’t so bad afterall…

    • Tinwoods

      Huh?

  • It’s all fun and games until your small Italian clothing company hires people to work for it and then gets them killed in a reckless impact-zone photo shoot.

    • Rocky Stonepebble

      THEN, it becomes sport.