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Old 10-15-2007, 02:41 PM   #1
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For gixxerbill / mythbusters

This is something I think someone needs to submit to myth busters or do a good internet / youtube search for

is it possible to launch someone off the back of a motorcycle using enough speed and a parachute?
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This is something I think someone needs to submit to myth busters or do a good internet / youtube search for

is it possible to launch someone off the back of a motorcycle using enough speed and a parachute?
Actually, YES.

All you need is about 45 to 50 MPH.

The parachute would already have to be opened though.

If the chute was closed and you opened it at speed, it would just yank you backwards. But with it open, you could controle it.
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but thats the thing, I WANT it to yank someone off the pasenger seat.... is there a way to then get a little bit of lift into it as well. Otherwise, how would you keep it from opening or dragging too much before you got to speed?
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Old 10-15-2007, 02:52 PM   #6
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I'd rather like to see if that roadrash queen's claim is true. If your helmet opens at 130mph, can you be yanked off the back seat of a sportbike?
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YES, heard of happening to more than just her
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why would you want to yank someone off the back. I dont get it. You want to see if you could hold on with the shoot open?
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I saw a post on here (I think) sometime back with a link to a web site by a girl that was riding on the back of her old mans gixxer 750. He was going downhill and the speed was enough to lift her off the back. The reason it stands out in my mind was the amount of damager she sustained due to a lack a of gear. It might have been a Racer X post.

Anyway, with the rate of accellerations and the torque curve of the engine...
I am going to have to say yes. If it can suck a person off the back, luanching a parachute shouldn't be a problem.
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No, think parasailing only on the back of a bike on land, the IDEA is to launch off the passenger seat
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but thats the thing, I WANT it to yank someone off the pasenger seat.... is there a way to then get a little bit of lift into it as well. Otherwise, how would you keep it from opening or dragging too much before you got to speed?
Ever seen parasailers, the guys that run down a mountain until the parachute has enough lift???

Well, you could use the same system seated on the back of the bike.

However, if you opened the parachute at speed, you would get no lift at all.
It would yank you straigh back out of the bike and onto the ground.

Parachutes have a left and right toggles, these are handles that you pull the steer the parachute left and right as well as more or less lift. but those aren;t available until the parachute is completely deployed.
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why would you want to yank someone off the back. I dont get it. You want to see if you could hold on with the shoot open?
Sounds like he is looking for a new way of parasailing or whatever that is called?
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I saw a post on here (I think) sometime back with a link to a web site by a girl that was riding on the back of her old mans gixxer 750. He was going downhill and the speed was enough to lift her off the back. The reason it stands out in my mind was the amount of damager she sustained due to a lack a of gear. It might have been a Racer X post.

Anyway, with the rate of accellerations and the torque curve of the engine...
I am going to have to say yes. If it can suck a person off the back, luanching a parachute shouldn't be a problem.
yeah I believe thats who was being refered to as the roadrashqueen, lost I believe 55% of her skin.... obviously this would be done in track gear.
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Ever seen parasailers, the guys that run down a mountain until the parachute has enough lift???

Well, you could use the same system seated on the back of the bike.

However, if you opened the parachute at speed, you would get no lift at all.
It would yank you straigh back out of the bike and onto the ground.

Parachutes have a left and right toggles, these are handles that you pull the steer the parachute left and right as well as more or less lift. but those aren;t available until the parachute is completely deployed.
I see.... I was thinking there would be a kinda thrill in being yanked off.... if you could control the whiplash, although I think you paraglide... isnt parasale off the back of a boat?
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yeah I believe thats who was being refered to as the roadrashqueen, lost I believe 55% of her skin.... obviously this would be done in track gear.
May be two different girls.

Roadrashqueen claims she was riding with another friend and they were going 130 mph on the freeway when her lid open and yanked her head around and she got jerked off the bike sliding several hundred feet.
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I see.... I was thinking there would be a kinda thrill in being yanked off.... if you could control the whiplash, although I think you paraglide... isnt parasale off the back of a boat?
Yes, And the reason all of those parasale as well as paraglides work is because of the gradual gain of speed. Plus these don't have containers, meaning there's no bag.

A parachute on the other hand is a completely different beast. It's design to stop the person and to slow fall rate. Not really for lifting off.
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May be two different girls.

Roadrashqueen claims she was riding with another friend and they were going 130 mph on the freeway when her lid open and yanked her head around and she got jerked off the bike sliding several hundred feet.
if she was holding on the rider should have went with her, or the bike done a wheelie, thats just me, I would have been holding on for life.


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Ever seen parasailers, the guys that run down a mountain until the parachute has enough lift???

Well, you could use the same system seated on the back of the bike.

However, if you opened the parachute at speed, you would get no lift at all.
It would yank you straigh back out of the bike and onto the ground.

Parachutes have a left and right toggles, these are handles that you pull the steer the parachute left and right as well as more or less lift. but those aren;t available until the parachute is completely deployed.
Good point, the rider should head off a cliff or something. the bike can fall and then they can float to the ground safely. Maybe the rider and passenger can both have shoots or ride tandem...
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Good point, the rider should head off a cliff or something. the bike can fall and then they can float to the ground safely. Maybe the rider and passenger can both have shoots or ride tandem...
Actually with a paraglider, you probably would't even need a hill. Paragliders can create their own lift.
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Good point, the rider should head off a cliff or something. the bike can fall and then they can float to the ground safely. Maybe the rider and passenger can both have shoots or ride tandem...
like when Vin Diesel does it on with the corvette?
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