Just a few hours ago, I marveled at my artist friend as she prepared to bike several miles home with a newly purchased serger machine strapped to her back. If I tried to do that, I’d definitely either lose my balance or crash into something, spilling my bag’s contents everywhere.
If that thought didn’t already make me feel inadequate enough about my own biking abilities, these photos of people from around the world riding overloaded motorcycles seemingly at ease certainly did!
Japan’s Road Traffic Act stipulates that motorcycle riders may carry a maximum of 60 kilograms (132 pounds) of cargo loaded on their bikes, so you’re not likely to see many of these sights in Japan.
The people in the following photos from around the world must be pros at the whole balancing-while-driving thing, but you can’t help feeling a little twinge of panic as you think about what would happen if they did fall over…along with their oversized cargo.
1. Just takin’ a drive with the goldfish…
3. Brings new meaning to the term “porta-potty”!
6. Um, can he even see?
8. Does he take passengers?
10. How meta.
12. Haruki Murakami would (presumably) be proud.
15. Those trees must be perfectly balanced for him to swing this.
17. Wow. Just wow.
20. Was this a family trip to KFC?
22. What’s one, two…seven extra people?
We don’t recommend that you attempt these stunts at home, folks–especially when live animals are involved!