The one who dances with the bike.

Stunt rider Mattie Griffin and the G 310 R.

He is referred to as an artist on the motorcycle – and a dancer: Mattie Griffin. With spectacular tricks on the G 310 R, the Irish stunt riding star enthralled the audience at the BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Tinkering on the workbench.

Tinkering on the workbench.

Mattie Griffin can be found in his workshop on Ireland's west coast. Standing at his workbench at the back of the room hidden behind the vehicle hoist and countless motorcycle parts. When he goes out, the simple mechanic is a world-famous stunt rider, who makes the crowd roar with his daring stunts. Rolling stoppies, one and no-handed wheelies, backwards burnouts, bike surfing, front flips – Mattie has mastered all the stunts for which the average biker doesn't have enough skills or courage – or the required cash for subsequent bike repairs.

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A ballet on the motorcycle.

A ballet on the motorcycle.

Mattie Griffin has hardly ever fallen off his bike. But sometimes it does happen, particularly when he's trying out new tricks which no one has ever tried before. For him, this is just part of it, to ensure he delivers a surprising and nevertheless flawless performance in the end. Mattie does whatever he enjoys. And nevertheless: his job is not an easy one. He trains for two hours a day, six days a week. Instead of a day of rest on Sunday, four more exhausting hours of training are on the program. Although this takes its toll on the body, it is the only way he can manage to perfect the stunts which have made him famous. "Someone once said that my show is like a ballet on a motorcycle", the 36-year-old said.

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From mechanic to freestyler.

From mechanic to freestyler.

Mattie developed his dab hand for all things on two wheels early on. "My father bought this old bike and promised that he would pass it on to me as soon as I brought it to life", he recounts. "I put my heart and soul into it. When it finally ran, I searched the whole house for coins lying around to buy petrol for it. After school, I rode around – everywhere. In old quarries, through abandoned territory. That's where it all started."

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Then came the first trials. Mattie realized that he was capable of doing things on a motorbike that other people found difficult. Repairing and riding motorcycles – he could hardly decide which he preferred. At the age of just 22, he opened up his own motorcycle shop. While his buddies were on the go with the motorcycle, Mattie's life was going round "in circles". He practised and perfected stunts in his microcosm. When a friend inspired him to take a professional approach to freestyling, Mattie promptly bought a motorcycle which had been in an accident and converted it into a stunt bike. In 2004, he gave his first show.
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The G 310 R as a stunt bike.

Twelve years later, in the summer of 2016, Mattie Griffin had already given hundreds of shows all over the world. And his big performance at the BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen was still before him. There, he took the place which had been filled by stunt legend Chris Pfeiffer for the past ten years. When the stunt hotshot ended his career, Mattie was immediately considered as his replacement. Mattie felt honoured to be following in the footsteps of his favourite idol and accepted the offer. "Chris Pfeiffer inspired me. He helped me believe in myself and gave me lots of tips. With his stunts, he had set the bar high. He will always be my role model."
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Chris Pfeiffer inspired me. He helped me believe in myself and gave me lots of tips. He will always be my role model.
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Mattie Griffin

At the BMW Motorrad Days, Mattie appeared with the new G 310 R. He spent the weeks leading up to the event making the standard motorcycle fit for stunt riding. A process which actually takes months – even for a talented mechanic. Because a lot of parts have to actually be made. But because the event was not that far off, Mattie spent day and night in his workshop, to make sure that fans at the BMW Motorrad Days would actually get to see Mattie Griffin and the new G 310 R.
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G for Griffin. G for G 310 R.

G for Griffin. G for G 310 R.

"It was great to be the first to perform stunts with the G 310 R Stunts ", Mattie said. "The BMW Motorrad Days are the perfect opportunity to show what is possible with this light, agile bike with its powerful engine." Here's what he changed on the G 310 R: The standard machine received reinforced footrests, a bigger rear pinion, a rail for your feet and straight handlebars with rear wheel handbrake. "I didn't have to make any significant changes to the engine."

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With his technical expertise and the reliability for which BMW Motorrad is renowned, Mattie never had any problems with his previous F 800 R stunt bike. He was expecting the same from the G 310. People often ask him how long the engine and coupling system last on his journeys at full tilt. Mattie can only stress that he has never had to replace a single clutch disc.

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What I enjoy most about doing a show is the look on peoples' faces when I make them smile or marvel.
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Mattie Griffin

"Apart from a modified bar, nothing has ever gone wrong with the bikes. The F 800 R has a really good engine, smooth and very powerful. The only thing I have to replace is the engine oil, the oil filter and the rear tyre. I enjoy working on these motorcycles just as much as I enjoy riding them. It is important to know precisely how everything works, and that everything works – after all, it's a matter of my health."

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Being so engrossed in his work that he forgets everything around him – this is definitely not the case with Mattie Griffin. Even when he is fully concentrated during his show, he is still aware of what is happening in the stands. It's the applause from the audience, the recognition of his performance, that makes his dedication worthwhile. "What I enjoy most about doing a show is the look on peoples' faces. When I make them smile or marvel. And when they take the time to talk to me afterwards – that is fantastic. Motorcycling is my life, my passion. I consider myself lucky to be earning my living riding motorcycles."

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INTENSE RIDING PLEASURE.

The BMW G 310 R.

The agile power pack is the essence of riding pleasure. It was built for pulsing cities and for all those who simply love riding motorcycles. It is manoeuvrable, easy to handle and sporty at the same time. Whether you're a large or small rider – every type of rider feels immediately at home on the BMW G 310 R! Go to the G 310 R

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