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'Ghostrider' biker speaks out: 'don't even try it'

The Local · 5 Jul 2012, 14:58

Published: 05 Jul 2012 14:58 GMT+02:00

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The anonymous rider's latest video on YouTube shows him racing from Luleå to Boden, both in northern Sweden, in just eight minutes – a journey which should take 27 minutes if the legal speed limits were followed.

Now, the rider has spoken out about his latest ride, in which he hit speeds of 280 kilometres per hour with the sun directly in his eyes.

“I saw almost nothing at all and just took my chances. When you’re driving at 280 kilometres an hour you don’t have any time to focus on anything,” he told the local Norrländska Socialdemokraten (NSD) newspaper.

“It was purely an impulsive thing. We were sitting at home on a Sunday and didn’t have much to do. My friend had a helmet camera, so I came up with the ‘smart’ idea to drive from Luleå to Boden as quickly as possible.”

The clip shows a few near misses, including one occasion where the rider overtakes a truck on a stretch of road under repair.

However, views of near misses and breakneck speeds are nothing new for internet fans of the mysterious Ghostrider -- or Ghostriders -- whose videos have spawned a cult following since they first appeared in 2002.

YouTube also features a number of "Ghostrider" clips which have received millions of views, turning the mysterious motorcycle rider into a celebrated folk hero among rebellious web surfers and motorcycle enthusiasts.

But not everyone is impressed by this latest daredevil's antics.

“Mum and Dad were sad after seeing the video. There were many tears – it wasn’t nice at all. I felt bad for a few days afterwards,” he told the paper.

While the 23-year-old confesses he has “always done dumb things”, he has a message for anyone watching at home.

“Don’t even try it. People should not be injured just because they’ve been inspired by someone driving fast,” he told the paper.

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16:21 July 5, 2012 by KingArthur
This is NOT the original Ghostrider.....
16:25 July 5, 2012 by canam
Question - if the first "Ghost Rider" video came out in 2002 and this guy is 23, how can he be the original?
16:33 July 5, 2012 by rise
People doing these kind of things are like drug addicts. Imagine the adrenaline, the rush of it... And so they are becoming addicted. Drugs kill and so are these kind of things.
16:52 July 5, 2012 by Vstrommer71

It's sure that is not a single man series,guess there must a be a team of several people driving.By the way,the dumbiest scenes they have done are while driving their Imprezas.My wows to the guy who drives the Subaru in the movies,he's 110% skilled.

You may find it weird but I think that Ghostrider videos are kind of promotional for Sweden,in a way.They show how beautiful is the scenery in rural regions,for driving a motorcycle :-P
17:04 July 5, 2012 by KingArthur
Also the fact "we where sitting at home, and then the Luleå trip" does not make sence. The real ghostrider lives close to where i live, thats about 1200 km away from luleå.......
18:07 July 5, 2012 by Ingmar_och_Saga
Uff Da. Idioter.
18:30 July 5, 2012 by theibmsstate
he is looser like other.
23:21 July 5, 2012 by sparc
What this people do not understand is not so that YOU are protected...

While living in the EU south I used to be "addicted" to speed, riding my sport bike to its limit of 250kph very often. At some point had an accident; got driven over by a car. The irony? Someone else was speeding. I was riding normally at 70 with a limit of 90, waiting behind cars. Took me 2+ years to recover and still, almost 7 years later I have problems. However, back then, as soon as I got the bike fixed and myself in a state to ride, I was out in the streets again. That's how powerful this drug is.

Coming to Sweden meant goodbye to motorbikes. Eventually got "detoxed" although still missing the rush from time to time. Looking back to my older habits I was nothing but foolish. There is no place for such speeds in communal roads. It's simply stupid. No excuse, no but.

I still get the urge, but now I satisfy it differently. From sky diving to bungee jumping to diving, they're all as exciting but much much safer. Most importantly though I do not risk injuring someone else, someone "innocent" for life. A lesson I didn't learn even when it happened to me.
10:12 July 6, 2012 by Da Goat
Free Darwin awards to all wannabes! do try not to kill any bystanders not worthy of Darwin Awards!

bikes are dangerous even if used properly some hoon will run you off the road.
10:55 July 6, 2012 by rise

I'm glad to see someone confirming my statement. You seem to have turned out ok despite the accident, thankfully, but generally guys like you are in need of professional help. People might see you as deadly superegos, there's nothing cool or admirable by what you're doing, but one has to understand it becomes a drug and the speeder can help it much...

When 15-16 year old I together with two friends did the bungee jumping at some festival. None of us had drinken one single drop of alcohol, but still, after the jump... the intoxication of it was inexpressible! I cannot even begin to picture the rush from speeding at 300km/h..!
02:18 July 8, 2012 by HelmiVainikka
#4, The "real" ghost rider is Patrick Fürstenhoff. Old news and very well known in the biking scene. He was shooting Nürburgring laps with his team in Germany for one of his DVDs years ago. Craploads of pictures floating around the web. Also, a whois search reveals the official site is registered to Nina Fürstenhoff, which I assume is his wife.
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