In August, Metzeler rider Rudi Bauer wowed the motorcycle world with the now-famous shot of him dragging his handlebars. It wasn’t his only accomplishment of the year either—he came second place in the S1 Class of the Austrian State championship. This week, we caught up with Rudi over email to learn more about him, how he did it, and what he thinks of the Racetec SMs that he used to lean the bike as far as it would go.
What is it like to drag handlebars? Have you been dreaming about this stunt for a long time? Is it faster through the corner or just for fun?
Rudi Bauer: It’s a good feeling to touch the handlebar, I have timed it and it’s not faster, it’s just for fun.
Did you have to prepare the tires in a special way for this shot? What do you think of Metzeler, and which tires were you using.
Rudi: The tires were just standard Metzeler Racetec SM‘s with the K1 composition and grooves which I cut myself. They have good grip and a very long life. I think very highly of them.
How old were you when you started riding competitively?
Rudi: I started with supermoto in 2005, when I was twenty-three years old.
Do you also ride motorcycles on the street?
Rudi: No, I do not drive on the road, that’s too dangerous, so I drive only off-road!
How do you conquer fear when you’re riding?
Rudi: I have no fear!
Do you prefer riding 2-strokes or 4-strokes?
Rudi: I prefer 4-strokes for supermoto.
What do you do when you’re off the motorbike?
Rudi: I work as a stone layer.
Thanks for taking the time to speak with us Rudi, and good luck in next year’s championship!
Pictures from rudibauer.at