Caught On Tape: Motorcyclist Flies Off Cliff, Lives To Tell About It

CALABASAS (CBSLA.com) — In the GoPro video motorcyclist Matthew Murray drives through the Santa Monica Mountains in Calabasas, then veers towards a gravel turn out and flies off.

There’s almost a minute and half of silence before he makes a noise.

“It processed immediately in my head that you’re gonna die,” Murray said.

Where Murray landed, there’s little luck of getting anyone’s attentions but he tried.

“I tried to walk to my motorcycle to get to my phone and call 911 but I couldn’t walk down hill so I just turned around and halfway up the hill I went into shock.”

Murray, 27, climbed up the hill and when he got to the side of the road he flagged down a driver and called 911.

Murray gave us the video he says an officer shot of the scene.

“There’s your bike and that’s where you landed, 250 feet down there,” the CHP officer said. “The last guy I saw come out of here was in a basket in a helicopter ride.”

Murray is laid up for the next couple of months with a list of broken bones and a fighter’s mentality.

“They just said people have a fight or flight, or whatever it is, and I just decided to fight,” Murray said. “Honestly my legs were done so I just kind of crawled up and once I made it to the top I just collapsed.”

Murray thinks the bike’s steering locked up and caused him to lose control.

“I love taking corners and I was only doing 40 mph and I went to lean into this turn and this bike would not let lean.”

After six years on a bike Murray has given up riding for good and wishes he never took a spin up the mountain.

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  1. John Basler says:

    65 going into a turn hitting the breaks makes the bike want to stand up straight which affects turning.

  2. “I was only doing like 40 mph” yet his own GoPro shows him speeding at 66mph into the turn..smh.

  3. The steering on this bike didn’t “lock up” as that’s damn near impossible. What is more likely is that the rider went into a turn too fast for the conditions and panicked, target fixated (looked right where he was going to crash) rather than look through the turn, and then he did the worst thing you can do when the bike is leaned over…. he hits the brakes.

    If you’re watching this story and scared of motorcycles, educate yourself rather than listen to these news stories and the biases that they lean towards.

    This gentleman should have taken a training course (more advanced than the MSF class) or taken his bike to the track so he could learn the capabilities of the bike and become a more proficient rider. Had he had more experience (because just having a M1 license for 6 years means nothing if you ride with bad habits) this may not have happened.

    Probably best that the kid isn’t on two wheels anymore. Hope he heals up quick.

  4. This is why you need to learn how to ride in a controlled environment. This rider made a rookie mistake on a 150-hp motorcycle, and it almost killed him. There was zero reason for this crash other than human error.

  5. Bob Kratchet says:

    “I was only doing 40mph”? Weird, I see 68mph on his speedo as he approaches the corner that (in the video) had a 25mph advisory for it. His steering didn’t lock up, the corner was too sharp for the speed he was going. Glad he’s alive, but no idea why his inexperience is being celebrated.

  6. Keith Code’s classic survival response: he misjudged and entered the turn too fast, panicked, braked, stood the bike up and followed his nose off the cliff. His speedometer shows how much he is braking, and he looked to where he went, off the cliff. Glad he’s not a statistic and hope he heals well, but it’s not the bike’s fault.

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