Every now and then, we like to look into motorcycle history here at BON. In 1930’s Munich, Germany, if one was looking for some entertainment to fulfill their day, they might find it in some daring and insane motorcycle gymnasts, performing tricks and stunts alongside the roaring of motorcycle engines. See, back in the 1930’s, Germany was the epicenter of leading motorcycle manufacturers; clinching the reputation of being the country with the highest density of motorcycles in the entire world – earning the right to show off.
Munich made a spectacle of motorcycle shows during the 1930’s, showing off what two wheels had to offer while simultaneously featuring daring artists, who navigated through dangerous obstacles and devious stunts. In the video we have for you today, from 1934 Munich and archived by British Pathé, you’ll see a motorcyclist navigate a series of insane obstacles, elevating the sidecar of his motorcycle and swerving the bike around a track, all before jumping off the still running motorcycle, crawling beneath a set of tables, and hopping back on said motorcycle – all with ease.
You’ll have to see it for yourself – check out the video below, of 1934 Munich, Germany motorcycle gymnasts, and tell us in the comments how insane you think it all is. If motorcycle gymnasts performed today, would you make it a point to go see the performance? Do you think this art looks like fun, or do you find it to be a dangerous, unnecessary way to treat a motorcycle? Here at BON, we think we’ll just stick to the art of the open road….