Riding up a twisty canyon roads is one of the best things about owning and riding a motorcycle. It’s that feeling of freedom of being out in the open air that’s unmatched by anything else out there. It doesn’t matter what your skill level is, riding a motorcycle is an exhilarating experience. Professional stunt rider Aaron Colton still gets that same feeling when he goes out for a canyon cruise, only he adds a few variations to keep it interesting.
To showcase his many talents on a motorcycle to the world, Colton teamed up with Red Bull and went out to the absolutely gorgeous Donner Pass in the Sierra Nevada mountain range to shoot a slightly Gymkhana-ish style video. Apparently, they used some new audio technology that’s supposed to provide amazing quality with even the smallest of sounds. It’s part of Red Bull’s Sound of Sports series that’s intended to show you an in-depth look at the most intimate details of your favorite action sports that will allow you to see, and hear, them in ways you hadn’t before.
If we’re being honest, we didn’t notice any major difference in the video as far as the audio was concerned. Don’t get me wrong, it sounds great and we love these raw audio sounds of high-revving, high-performance engines of all kinds. But it wasn’t noticeably any different than any other well-produced video out there.. Granted, they do recommend that you listen to it with headphones on, which I didn’t do.
That’s not to take anything away from Colton and his riding ability though. The bike control required to pull off some of the things he does are beyond comprehension for 99% of motorcycle riders in the world. And his bike does sound fantastic. Speaking of the bike, it took a bit of research to figure out exactly what kind of bike he was riding. But I finally managed to track down some information on a forum that states he was riding a Yamaha FZ09, at least it started as one and has been heavily modified over the years.
Colton says the reason he chose the FZ09 was because of it’s 900cc three-cylinder engine that supposed to provide excellent torque in the mid to low RPM range. That’s very crucial to be able to control that torque curve when you’re drifting around corners and riding a heel clicker wheelie on the edge of a cliff. Plus the bike is fairly light and therefore easier for him to throw it around.
So while it may not be quite as good as the Gymkhana videos, it’s still pretty damn awesome to watch. If you have some headphones handy try putting them on to watch the video and see if the audio is any better than what it is through regular speakers. We found there were times it didn’t sync up well with what Colton was doing on the bike. Nonetheless, it’s still a badass video with an awesome sports bike that happens to have some incredible scenery along the way. You can’t go wrong.