A YouTuber is in big trouble after a mountain bike ride in a supermarket
YouTube has something for everyone, including car enthusiasts with a soft spot for weird automotive news. There are a wide variety of automotive chains. You can find everything from consumer-focused videos like those by Doug DeMuro and Scotty Kilmer to instructional videos by Car and Driver and Jay Leno. There are also channels that feature stunts like Street Speed 717’s video of a Lamborghini jumping over another Lamborghini, motorcycle stunts, etc. One YouTuber even used a dirt bike.
While trying to pull off a stunt in a vehicle to get YouTube views seemed like a good idea at the time, there are some things you should consider before trying to be Evel Knievel. It is important to know all applicable laws and be knowledgeable about safety.
Jump over a Lamborghini in a Lamborghini
Take the case of YouTuber Michael Hyssong. According to Fox News, he decided to jump in an all-new Ram 1500 TRX in January 2021. The jump attempt across a Pennsylvania creek was slightly too high. The end result was that he landed hard and destroyed his new pickup.
The good news? Hyssong got around two million views. The bad news? He was charged with 18 misdemeanors for allegedly violating Pennsylvania environmental rules.
For his next stunt, Hyssong decided to skip his fiancee’s Lamborghini Urus, valued at over $200,000, and his own Lamborghini Aventador, valued at over $420,000. Both cars were finished in the brand’s signature Giallo Auge yellow paint. He designed two dirt ramps in the middle of a Pennsylvania field and trial run the Aventador tightly between them.
When he went to perform the stunt, Hyssong pulled it off. He cleared the Aventador with one foot and managed to land without a problem. This is a very good thing considering that there were over $600,000 worth of vehicles involved.
Riding a mountain bike in a supermarket
Another YouTuber ran into legal trouble for performing a stunt, according to Times-Union. Traitin Knight has a popular YouTube channel where he shows off his dirt bike skills and offers advice on bikes and other off-road vehicles. Earlier this month, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor misdemeanor reckless driving and operating an all-terrain vehicle in downtown Schenectady, which is prohibited by city code.
According to court documents, he ignored red lights and stop signs while riding his bike the wrong way on a one-way street last June. He also drove on sidewalks with pedestrians present in an attempt to evade authorities. For the incident, he was charged with misdemeanor on the run from police as well as a long list of motor vehicle and traffic offences.
Knight was already on probation for another incident in 2018. That year, Knight decided to ride a dirt bike during an ill-advised ride through a Price Chopper supermarket. During that incident, Knight had attached a GoPro camera to his helmet to film the ambitious drive through the Schenectady supermarket where he even jumped a wheelie. He later posted video footage of the stunt on social media.
Dirt Bike Safety Tips
Although riding a dirt bike can be an exciting experience, it is important to know a few safety precautions to prevent yourself from serious injury.
Proper attire is vital. A properly fitted helmet with a DOT compliance sign is essential to protect your head. If it doesn’t have a visor, wear goggles to protect your eyes from flying debris. Clothing should be long, breathable and lightweight for comfort and body temperature regulation. Boots are also advised over open shoes.
Riding a mountain bike under the influence of alcohol or drugs, prescription or otherwise is not recommended. Also, ride during the day as visibility is better and most dirt bikes are not equipped with light features.
Only ride dirt bikes on trails designated for their use and within safe speed settings. Also, do not ride on paved roads. They are called dirt bikes for a reason.
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