Breaking Wheels.

Robert Gull and the S 1000 XR on a special mission.

A snow-covered landscape, frozen lakes – by looking into the distance, you can see your own breath start to freeze. Lapland shows its coldest and yet most beautiful side. But there's something different today: because not only the growling of the wolves can be heard – so too can the engine of the S 1000 XR. Amidst this winter backdrop, Robert Gull sets out on a unique undertaking: Crushed Ice made by Motorcycles

Close to the province of Kilpisjärvi, the virtually deserted landscape looks like something out of a fairytale. Layers of ice several metres deep on the lakes and snow as far as the eye can see. At ten degrees below freezing, your breath freezes not just because of the coldness of this icy abyss. Because together with the twilight, a breathtaking backdrop forms – artificial props are not required. The stunning northern lights dance to the rhythm of the crunching ice across the dark night sky. This is where the icy air meets the hot engine of the S 1000 XR.

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If my bike and I need to get to the starting line, my father makes sure we are ready.
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Robert Gull

Clanking cold meets hot engine.

Clanking cold meets hot engine.

Snow, ice and motorcycles – Robert Gull can hardly imagine anything better. The world record holder for the fastest wheelie on ice has come to Lapland to take on a new challenge: Crushed Ice made by a motorcycle. Robert was happy to go through the 19-hour car ride for this project. It was even welcomed, because he can't go training on the usual lake back home right now. The layer of ice is not thick enough. Even when bike tours get cancelled, Robert's father is always there to support his son. And their Crushed Ice mission is no exception.

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They have both spent 40 hours in the workshop here. The 500 specially made spikes were carefully affixed to the motorcycle tyres. Helping Robert to safely traverse the frozen lake is not their only benefit – they have a considerably bigger task today. So on the journey to Klipisjärvi, Robert has taken his entire team. "I have a fantastic team – because they are my family." His mother is there for emotional support and helps Robert with his every endeavour. Anders Gull, his father, is his own personal bike mechanic. Together, Robert and his father tinker with their bikes nearly every weekend. "If I need to get to the starting line with my bike, my father makes sure we are ready."

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Icy pit stop.

Icy pit stop.

Those who think of crushed ice think of a cold cocktail. But what is a cocktail without the atmospheric ambience of a bar? At ten degrees below zero, metres of ice layers are easy to find. And the best thing of all: they are not only impressive in their natural form. Chopped up with a chainsaw and stacked on top of each other: an ice bar in the middle of the deserted Lapland landscape rounds off the filming background. This is not only where Robert's mission will end. The pinnacle of the film will take place here.

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The past is an infinite source of inspiration and creation, which brings a bit of elegance into today's world.
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Sébastien Chirpaz

Mission crushable.

Mission crushable.

"I read the script and thought: what a crazy but brilliant idea!" Before Robert slides his visor down and takes another deep breath, he gathers his thoughts. Do he and his S 1000 XR have what it takes to make crushed ice? Engage gear. Robert not only has the magnificent northern lights in his visor. This time, a special highlight is waiting on the home straight: the ice bar. The unique backdrop and crystal clear cocktail bar were to be celebrated with a crowning finale this evening: Crushed Ice Made by Motorcycles.

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Now Robert can show how much finesse he has on his bike – his challenge is to fill two cocktail glasses with crushed ice. His only help are the spikes on the rear wheel of the S 1000 XR. The secret to success: the right angle. Because this is the only way to sling crushed ice directly into the glasses. The eyes of the whole team are excitedly focused on Robert. Were they about to enjoy the cocktail with the crushed ice made by motorcycles in just a few seconds?

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Once again, Robert interrupts the silence of the idyllic landscape. Engine on. Full throttle. Engine off. A quick and tense look over his shoulder: he did it. The cocktail glasses are filled with crushed ice. After this adrenaline rush, an ice-cold beer cocktail is just what he needs despite the sub-zero temperatures. The glasses filled with crushed ice are mixed with Bavarian engineered Beer at the ice bar. Staying true to Robert's philosophy, the beer is of course non-alcoholic: "Drink and Ride – only non-alcoholic." And on that note, merry Christmas and cheers!

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