“Crash Proof” Motorcycle Hoax Video Revealed

03/15/2011 @ 9:50 am, by Jensen Beeler8 COMMENTS

You’ve likely seen the video where a “crash proof” motorcycle, which has rider detection aids on-board, gets plowed by a truck as it enters the highway. If you haven’t seen this video, well…we just sorta ruined it for you, and we’re going to ruin it some more for the rest of you who thought it was real, as the group behind the video’s making has finally stepped forward, and revealed it was all a hoax to get you thinking about rider safety.

Produced by the Thames Valley Safer Roads Partnership (TVSRP), as part of the Safer Rider campaign, the locale has been trying to make riders in their 30’s and 40’s aware of the area’s high casualty rate on the roadway. “Our aim was to produce a video that encouraged people to discuss the attitudes and ability involved when riding a motorcycle and for it to spread virally within the motorcycle community,” said Craig McAlpine of TVSRP.

“The ‘Crashproof Motorbike’ viral campaign achieved this and the comments we have seen on motorcycle forums demonstrates that the underlying message has been clear,” McAlpine continued. “Encouraging people to look into advanced riding skills is now the key message we would like to push out via the Safer Rider website and of course ultimately reduce the number of casualties.”

The video was put together by the ST16 production company, and garnered over four million hits on YouTube. You can see the making of the video below, with the original farther down.

Source: TVSRP

  • fazer6

    Seriously, anyone who ever thought that was real is lacking sufficient grey-matter to ride a bike.

  • johnrdupree

    “fazer6 says:
    Seriously, anyone who ever thought that was real is lacking sufficient grey-matter to ride a bike.”

    And that is exactly who it is aimed at.

  • Ecosse

    there was much suspicion on the sohc/4 forum this was fake. but i’m disappointed they piqued our curiosity about the fake only to neglect explaining how they pulled it off. yes, i understand their interest is getting the safety message across, and i agree with that objective, but come on lads!

  • Andrew

    Rule number one for viral video production – don’t make the viewer feel like they’ve been “tricked”. Fail.

  • MRC

    “Seriously, anyone who ever thought that was real is lacking sufficient grey-matter to ride a bike.”

    That’s the problem……with over 4 million hits…….some 3.9 million thought it was genuine.

    Don’t know about your country……but here in the USA about 95% of motorcyclists haven’t a clue what they are doing on a motorcycle. We hand out drivers licenses as if they are birth certificates because “it’s good for the economy’….. or if I can paraphrase it for you……. “We couldn’t care less if you die, just as long as you buy a bike and ride it like the complete idiot you are.”

  • Eric Kalmus

    you mean it wasn’t ???

  • limdog

    Not everyone has extensive experience in film so they can’t always tell the difference. This is why so many false flags go unnoticed. People don’t notice the B rated acting, lack of continuity, sloppy set dressing, stunt clothing etc.

  • Kirk

    95%? Might be a little high? I’m not sure what backwater you live in, but in most developed parts of the country they still require a physical riding test to get an endorsement. It might not be as comprehensive as it should be (although it’s been 15 years since I took it, hopefully it’s improved), but it’s a serious stretch to imply that endorsements are like “birth certificates” in the eyes of the state. Driver’s licenses, yes…2 wheel endorsements, not so much.