My first real introduction to Street Bike Tommy happened in late 2008 while they were filming for the first season of Nitro Circus on the MTV. Rick Kosick and I were visiting the set to acquire behind-the-scenes video and photos for jackassworld.rip, and it was clear from the get-go that most every cast member had little more than a whiskey throttle of an attention span.
They were sort of like the jackass cast in that sense, but dangerously compounded by the fact they were all on motorized vehicles and you really had to keep your wits about when around them—especially so with Tommy. In two instances he nearly ran me over while wildly out of control; once in California when he crashed a mini-motorbike through a fence I'd thought I'd safely situated myself behind, and the other in Utah after he bailed off a snowmobile and it skipped off my leg while I leapt to the side.
Despite these close calls, I'm always happy to run into Tommy on the random occasions that I do—he was an exceptional meaty treat to work with on jackass 3 and 3.5, where his bulk came in especially handy—and I'm proud to say I know someone who has done one of the most ridiculous things I've ever seen on a motorcycle and lived to not only walk away from it but launch a whole damn career.
If you have no idea what I'm front-flipping referring to, then click on in to the video below for the origin of Street Bike Tommy...
(Photo by Sean Cliver; California 2008)