YouTube star crashes motorcycle doing wheelie

FHP investigating biker's 'dangerous' driving videos

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ORLANDO, Fla. – A Central Florida biker who runs a controversial YouTube channel fell off his motorcycle and injured himself while doing a wheelie near Walt Disney World, videos posted to the website show.

Jake Anthony Bigby, 29, records videos of his risky motorcycle rides using cameras mounted on his bike and helmet.  He later posts clips on his YouTube page, RPSTV.

Following a News 6 report about Bigby's previous videos, the Florida Highway Patrol launched an investigation into the biker.   That probe is still underway, according to the agency.

"He has no regard for anyone else out on the roadway," FHP spokesman Steven Montiero said in April.  "For him to build a fan base off of dangerous situations and disrespecting other drivers is just plain wrong."

In June, Bigby posted videos of himself attempting a stunt on State Road 535 under the I-4 overpass while riding his motorcycle next to a car.

As the front wheel of his motorcycle lifts off the ground and the bike is launched airborne, Bigby falls backward off the seat and skids across the pavement.

[Scroll down to see Florida Highway Patrol commentary on biker's videos]

No other vehicles were struck by Bigby's motorcycle and no one else appeared to be injured, the video shows.

In one of the YouTube clips, titled "Motorcycle crash!  Wheelie Fail,"  Bigby can be heard moaning as a paramedic examines his bloody leg.

According to Bigby, the crash broke his left ankle.

Bigby told crash investigators his motorcycle began to stutter and then suddenly accelerated, throwing him from the bike. 

"Obviously I take some calculated risks.  Wheelies, or riding a motorcycle in general," Bigby told his YouTube viewers while later narrating the video footage.  "(It) launched me and there was just no way to calculate that kind of an error happening in the middle of what was supposed to be a smooth launch."

Under Florida law, both wheels of a motorcycle must be kept on the ground at all times unless the road surface or other circumstances beyond the operator's control cause vehicle to briefly lose contact with the ground. 

Violators can be cited with a moving violation, punishable by a $1,000 fine for a first-time offense

Bigby did not respond to a request for comment News 6 submitted to a GoFundMe page that was established to pay his medical expenses.

FHP previously expressed concern that the biker could injure another motorist.

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"If he makes a mistake and causes another driver to mess up, he can cost someone's life," said Montiero.

In one of Bigby's videos, another motorist can be heard issuing him a prescient warning.

"I almost hit you!" yelled the unidentified driver from the open window of her car.  "You're putting yourself at risk!"

About the Author:

Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter Mike DeForest has been covering Central Florida news for more than two decades. Mike joined News 6 just as Florida officials began counting hanging chads in the aftermath of the 2000 presidential election. Since then, he has covered some of the biggest news events in Central Florida.