ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– To get some rare air, Matt Buyten had to modify his motorcycle.
“I cut the grab holds here, the air blocks and the number plate, and you trim the seat down and that’s how we do our grab holds where we’re hanging off the back of the bike legs up and what not,” says freestyle athlete Matt Buyten.
Buyten is a motocross cyclist soaring above audiences in arenas across the U.S. as part of the Nuclear Cowboyz tour.
“Then when you flip you put both of these levers up and then they’ll hit your forearm,” says Buyten.
“So you don’t flip over?” asks Patrick Clark.
“Yeah so when you’re flipping you hit theseand that`s how we get back on the bike,” Buyten.
Buyten had to stiffen up his suspension since landings are hard on joints.
He’s one of many motocross riders regularly defying the laws of physics and gravity, jumping 35 feet in the air.
Each time they do it, they’re traveling a distance of 75 feet, inside an arena, with pyrotechnics, lasers and Shaolin Kung Fu warriors all around.
“You just got to believe it’s you man and machine and you guts got to dance together and get home safely,” says Buyten. “That’s the overall goal so do what you do, but get home good.”
Solid boots, helmets and chest protectors help protect organs from impact.
But after his 16 week stint, this cowboy won’t get any z`s; he’ll have to saddle up for the X games in May.
“You got to live man,” says Buyten. “The way we see it we’re getting full use out of your skeletons and they have doctors who’ll put us back together. It’s all good. There’s a job for everyone.”
“That’s right, keeping people employed,” laughs Clark.
“Yeah, we know what we’re doing,” says a smiling Buyten.
These riders have a handle on things, and a handle bar that keeps them from flipping over their bike.
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