We just had a stunt ride here in Louisville Ky a couple weeks ago where this gentleman was doing the same stunt as the Ride of the Century in St. Louis. There were 50 bikes or so and while plenty of traffic laws were broken there was no incident with the police (although we went past several).
These type of stunts were performed on a long open stretch of highway and while I am sure a few motorists were upset with us taking up all the lanes we would have gladly made way for emergency vehicles. At the time there were very few cars on the road anyway so there really was very little impact.
Our local stunt team organizes these rides a couple times a year so it is by no means a regular occurrence. The majority of the ride is spent off the highway riding around downtown and surrounding areas. I can assure you that while some motorists may be upset by a brief delay due to the number of bikes most of them waved and even followed us to watch. Pedestrians on the road and tourists downtown also got a cool unexpected show as well as the local kids at the skate park. The atmosphere was actually almost like a parade.
These guys do not regularly do these kind of tricks on the open road, there are specific practice areas where they meet and work on their technique. All the tricks are practiced hundreds of times off the road before anything is ever attempted on the road. Also I would say that they are professionals at wrecking, by that I mean that they have gone down countless times doing their stunts and are very aware of the risks that they are taking. We (the non-stunters) are also very much aware of the possible mishap and thus stay a safe distance away from anybody doing tricks.
So I agree that it is stupid to do crazy stunts on the open road because of the variables and the danger level, however given the specifics on the particular ride/day I was tagging along I would say the danger level was minimal. There is also always a couple trucks in the event of an accident that can pick up damaged bikes. We had a guy go down and within a few min his bike was loaded up and we were able to keep rolling.
I completely understand and expect most people to find this behavior totally unacceptable. I guess it all comes down to how you can justify and rationalize various behaviors. Some people think speeding in any form or fashion is terrible, others think 10-15mph over isn't a big deal, while others go well over 100mph and still feel responsible in their actions. Personally I think that some of the tricks are crazy and it is irresponsible to perform them on the road, however it is fun to get together with 50 other guys and watch and enjoy a few hour ride together.
Please try to turn down the hate a little bit if you can, I just felt the need to try and explain since this stunter is actually a pretty cool guy and really does have some incredible talent even if perhaps lacking a bit of risk evaluation skills.
No ones saying it doesn't look fun... but in that 2 minute video, any car that caught up, was stuck doing 25 in a 70. I'm going to go on a limb and guess this ride was more than 2 minutes though. They did at least 3 exits and at that rate, probably took 10-20 minutes to do so. If I were a pedestrian at the time of this ride, yea, I would watch, clap, and have a good time. If I was on the way to dinner or heading home, no big deal either. I would probably watch, count it as time lost and not really care. If I was heading somewhere with a time restraint such as a job or appointment or driving my pregnant girl friend to the hospital, I would wish ill upon everyone involved.
Also, if you want to put yourself at risk, go for it. No one cares. Most people will just ignore a 100+mph driver too. You see the ass hole for 3 seconds and they are gone. Usually they will also slow up in traffic and let someone going even faster pass. No big deal. At the very least, this group could have left one lane open for cars to get by. This cannot be compared to anything you tried comparing it to other than a heard of cows who decided to wander onto a freeway and refuse to move. And even still, some people love seeing cows so there goes your awe factor too.
If you want to do this ****, gtfo of public road ways... especially a freeway. No one cares about your little penis. You would be singing a completely different tune if a crowd of Harley riders were traveling at 20mph on the interstate and you were stuck behind them for a half hour... an episode of south park comes to mind... FAGS! (not trying to name call, if you saw the episode, you will understand)