Galway stunt-riding sensation ‘Mattie Griffin’ will perform his array of signature motorcycle skills at the IFS.
Ranked fifth in the world at Street Bike Freestyle Riding in 2008 and 2009, Mattie’s presence at events such as the Annual Goodwood Festival of Speed, Motorcycle Live Show at the NEC Birmingham and countless bike shop open day’s throughout the UK and Ireland have been warmly welcomed by his growing fan base.
The 32-year-old from Galway works hard to entertain his audiences, training for two hours a day, six days a week, and for four hours on Sundays ( when not away performing ) to practice his routine and develop his signature tricks. It’s a dream job for Mattie, whose motorcycling career began at an early age – thanks to an enthusiasm for trials riding and talent for mechanics.
Building the bike in his workshop was almost as enjoyable as honing his stunt-riding skills and gave the young motorcyclist greater confidence in his abilities. “I’v been doing mechanic work since I was very young and I have always enjoyed working on motorcycles in particular. It can take months to complete a stunt bike, a lot of parts have to be made especially for it, and it can take a some time to get over any teething problems, and before you feel totally comfortable on it.”
Soon after he decided to start stunt riding, he was spotted by BMW Motorrad Manager Conor McRory at the Irish Motorbike Show in Dublin in 2004. “Conor saw me perform and was pretty impressed by my riding skills. From there, I carried out some demonstrations at numerous BMW events on different BMW motorcycles and was introduced to the BMW Motorrad team.”
Happily, stunt riding is now a full-time profession for Mattie. Most of his week is spent training, practising, preparing his BMW F 800 R for shows and working in his home office in Galway.Mattie Griffin – Street Bike Stunt Rider