Watch the Failed First Motorcycle Parachute Jump From 1926
Guys have been pulling off stunts on their motorcycles for ages. Sometimes they succeed and sometimes they fail in a tangle of limbs and wheels. It's a dangerous pastime, but particularly so if you were trying the first motorcycle parachute jump in 1926. The grainy, black and white video makes it look even more like a bad idea. If we haven't yet figured out how to make a decent video, then perhaps jumping a bike off the end of a 200-foot cliff isn't a good idea. According to BangShift, Fred Osborne thought it was a great idea so he gave it a go. RELATED: Motorcycle School: Essential for Not Dying Immediately
The result of his effort in Los Angeles, California is a spectacular crash and a fire. He puts on his parachute and takes off down a wooden ramp that looks like it was made by a 12-year-old skater kid. Off the end he goes, and then down, down, down he goes with a parachute that never fully opens.
It looks like the chute gets caught up a bit in a few power lines, slowing things slightly before Osborne hits the ground. People come running as the bike burns, but somehow Osborne is okay, even saying a few words post crash looking happy and ready to give it a second shot.
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