Photos: A Future AMA Star in the Making

05/10/2012 @ 9:22 am, by Jensen Beeler15 COMMENTS

One of the banes of any photographers existence is when someone walks right into the middle of your shot. There seems to be two schools of thought on how to deal with such an incident, with some preferring to let nature take its course, and wait for the intruder to leave the frame, while others prefer the scream/temper-tantrum school of thought that may or may not include throwing a gear bag in a fit of rage.

Where a photographer falls on that spectrum seems to be a function of how much time he or she spent setting up the shot, how much Red Bull had been consumed that morning, and whether it was another photographer who decided to start working with reckless abandon for his fellow photojournalists. However, there are some incidents where when someone walks into your shot, it is a welcomed addition. Snapping photos of the American flag-clad Erik Buell Racing 1190RS, I had such a moment, which I think touches the inner-child of all of us.

Practically hugging the front of the bike before walking around to its side, this little boy probably spent three minutes checking out every detail of the EBR 1190RS with earnest curiosity. Included in his inspection of the bike were a few good throttle twists, accompanied by subtle engine noises, which were then topped off with a smartphone photo shoot by dad. I think it’s safe to say that a future motorcyclist was made that Sunday afternoon. Cool stuff.

Photos: © 2012 Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0

  • Dr. Phil

    Kinda creepy taking pictures of other peoples children then posting them on your website. Just sayin.

  • Seriously?

  • F1

    Great picts
    ~ His undivided attention to that bike (like all kids that age don’t suffer from A.D.D.) is priceless, He’s a future biker for sure>> How many people could tell you the first time they were hooked on 2 wheels.. This kids moment if forever documented. I hope that you were able to forwards this to his parents e-mail for future framing.

  • Yuri

    @Dr. Phil – are you retarded or trolling? There’s nothing creepy about this, it’s a hilarious/touching candid shot of a kid genuinely engrossed in a motorcycle. If you find this creepy, maybe there’s something wrong with YOU. There’s nothing inherently wrong with a picture of a child, especially one where it clearly shows him during what might end up being a formative moment.

  • Dr. Ken

    Dr. Phil is an idiot. That is my professional opinion. Great shots, and the prose was on the money.

  • Bill Robinson

    methinks dr. phil protesteth too much.

    as for the photos, i think it captures the essence of what many, if not all of us, find in motorcycling, regardless of what we ride. the tech and the racing and the specs are all interesting, but it’s all driven by a sheer visceral fascination both with the machinery and the sensation of being propelled through space on it.

    keep it up, beeler…the fact that you haven’t forgotten the intangibles about our sport makes A&R worth reading time and again.

  • MikeD

    Flip-flops: Check
    Shorts: Check
    Shirt: Check
    Gixxer-ish looking Sport Bike: Check
    Future SQUID Material on the making 10-15 years from now: Check

    Stereotypes and B.S aside.
    Nice pic. I think ENVY took the best of me. At he’s age all the “fast moving objects of desire” i had available to touch and feel was a Chinese made Bicycle (THAT OVERWEIGHT P.O.S)…this most probably is like the stuff that dreams are made of to him.

    Dr. Phil: RELAX, this is a clean PG-13 MOTORCYCLE oriented website, not some pedophile ciber-shelter…

    Jensen, u did nothing wrong. People have to relax, live is too heptic as it’s already.

  • MikeD

    Ramdon observation aside:

    Are those the same Pirelli tires that the 1199 comes equipped with from factory ?

  • Michael L


    The Pirellis on the Panigale have a continuous tread in the shape of a lightning bolt, where these break the shape into two segments. Cheers! ;)

  • MotoRandom

    Okay, so there is no way in hell I would have done that when I was a kid. My dad made it very clear that we were likely to lose a hand or worse if we touched someone else’s motorcycle. Now this was back in 70s when that sort of violence against youngins was marginally acceptable in civilised society. He ended up being a patch holder in a small, unknown outlaw club through most of my teens which certainly warped me permanently. Who were your role models?

    Here in the 21st century where most parents have their lawyers on speed dial because there is no way in hell THEIR children should ever be held accountable for their own actions, I get really nervous when I see a kid near my bike. The hands, they go exploring. The hot pipes ready to be found. Not to mention that many factory kickstands are a precarious balancing act on less than perfectly smooth and level pavement.
    I hate seeing kids get hurt, even more so when liability sharks will try to make it my fault.

    So yeah, this makes me nervous in a non-creepy Dr Phil kind of way.

  • MikeD


    Ok, i see what you are saying here…very true and realistic scenario.

    Let’s give it the benefit of the doubt and say his “parents” were “right behind him watching his every moves.”

  • Skadamo

    I did not think this type of kid existed anymore. He has most likely burnt his hand on another bike already.

    He has many years of daydreaming ahead!

  • Castrophony

    I love those pics; formative biking fantasies going on right there.

    Just imagine if it was an electric bike, his throttle twisting might’ve ended up in an impromptu trip!

  • cds

    This must be the same kid that screws with my mirrors in the parking lot.

  • Grant Madden

    Yep that was me thousands of years ago.Maybe a bit older but none the less fascinated by bikes and their riders.Sounds like dad was watching,it does say that dad took a photo with his phone.Dont mind kids looking or touching my bike but will always tell them to be carefull around the hot exhaust and engine.Great photos,I hope the kid will get a copy someday to remind him of his beginning in the world of motorcycles.A magic time.