• Oct 28, 2010
Motorcycle-mounted Mythbusters versus the tablecloth – Click above to watch the video after the break

Remember that viral video of the BMW S1000RR superbike pulling off the old tablecloth trick? Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, better known as the Mythbusters, took a liking to the clip and decided it needed to be put to the test.

The premise is simple: Can a near-200-horsepower motorcycle muster up enough acceleration from a dead stop to pull the tablecloth from under 24 full place settings without sending them all toppling to the ground? And if not, what would it require to make that feat a reality? 100 mph and a quarter-mile of rope?

Instead of using the German machine, Jamie pressed his very own Erik Buell Racing 1125R. No worries about whether or not this bike is powerful enough for the test... it is. And then again, it isn't. You'll just have to click on past the break for the three-part video series to see what we mean. Oh, and feel free to fast forward through the parts you care less about, though it's all pretty interesting to us.

[Source: Mythbusters, YouTube]







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      • 4 Years Ago
      It's clearly a different setup. Notice, nothing on the table in the original video. No shine, glare. Let's say the camera allows the reflection to not show up, there is nothing but the table and the place settings on the table during that entire video. Pause it at anytime.

      I don't think it's busted Myth boys, because in your experiment, even in the "movie style" final pull, the plates get launched a little in the air from the front of the table. Where as this didn't happen with the BMW.

      I believe it's all about technique and the motorcycle. Hey, it's BMW power, remember. lol
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not really. Apart from being a BMW fan, quaint sarcasm is mystifying.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And if you'll notice they never have one continuous shot that zooms in on the table right after the cloth was pulled out. They cut the scene to the bimmer bike with the cloth attached doing a wheelie, and then the scene is cut again to reveal the bike coming back to the table and that's when you get the close up of the table, which obviously looks clean and clear.

        The little kink that occurs with the 100mph test further proves that the ad was fake...unless you're suggesting that the BMW S1000RR can go from 0-100mph in about 1 to 2 seconds, which would eliminate that long rope from pulling up on the end of the table cloth.

        Or of course they could've micro-manipulated each piece on that table. Aka, instead of the quick and dirty way of putting huge sheet of plastic, BMW could've just put small, low-friction contact patches on the bottom of each piece of table setting they had in addition to using a specially made/treated cloth as well as a specially treated table surface.



        • 4 Years Ago
        you're clueless
        • 4 Years Ago
        People called this when the commercial first aired, maybe it was here, I can't remember. But if you look at the original commercial on Youtube, a glass or plastic top is ever so slightly visible if you look for it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The original video was obviously a staged trick and nothing more. No amount of setup or practice can make up for the fact that in the video the dishes that were at the far end moved no more than the dishes at the near end. They clearly knew exactly how BMW faked it, and saved the reveal for the end. It was a viral video, of course it was faked.
        • 4 Years Ago
        who carez .... we're getting faked everyday ... phone bill ... internet connection ... cable tv ... supermarket ... restaurants ... etc ... etc

        :P
      • 4 Years Ago
      lol, it failed because it wasn't a BMW.

      That aside, I think the second run would have worked only if the table cloth didnt rise so much at the start. That kinda messed things at the start. Nonetheless, always wanted to see that experiment :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll just write what everyone is thinking:

      Mmmm Kari
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm just angry because the bike they used is almost 500 hp less than the BMW bike and I have a feeling that extra horsepower might gave made the difference.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If it wasn't gonna happen at 100mph head start, it damn sure wasn't gonna happen with 50 extra HP from a stand still.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you mean that they would have gotten all the stuff to stay on the table, OK, maybe.

        But if you mean that none of the stuff would have even tipped-over or moved that much (like the YouTube clip), then no way in hell. I don't care how much faster they were going, there would have been enough turbulence at the end of the table to have tipped over and moved a bunch of stuff.

        I thought it was quite obvious that it was faked from the 1st time I saw that video clip a while back. I figured though that they used magnets underneath the dishes/glasses, but Adam's way is much cleaner.
        • 4 Years Ago
        maybe a little more speed and a table with less friction between the sheet and table and between the dinnerware and sheet.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Horsepower has nothing to do with it. If anything the torque is far more important. Regardless, in the original you can see the plastic strip they used on the BMW video. Its a promotional video, not an science experiment.

        Besides, before the Mythbusters got around to it, Aprilia proved it can't be done.
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NG57XNgKPNU
      • 4 Years Ago
      i'm not saying that it would work with the BMW. However, if they were serious about it, wouldn't they try to make the conditions just like they were in the original video?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thanks for putting this up ^_^
      • 4 Years Ago
      The stand in for the best bike on the planet. A (now defunct) Buell. At least the torque is there...
        • 4 Years Ago
        It his one of his new racing bikes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was hoping that was Erik Buell's new bike (the one he's working on now, post-HD) since Jamie specifically called it an "Erik Buell" and not simply a "Buell".
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great episode. So crazy to think that Jamie has a race-prepped Buell 1125r, never would have guessed. Such a cool guy. Wish he was my crazy uncle or something.
        • 4 Years Ago
        yeah, I was kinda shocked straight-laced Jamie would own such a beast - He's always such a safety nut
        • 4 Years Ago
        I bet he can drive it on a rainy day without getting his white shirt dirty :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I must say, I really laughed at Kari's comment in the 3rd video.

      "Grant, you're such a nerd"
      *crazy arm wave* "Newsflash!"
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hey, look at that! Jamie finally popped a wheelie. I was wondering if he was going to do that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've seen this somewhere... at least a year ago.
        • 4 Years Ago
        you've seen the Viral video, but the Mythbusters was aired yesterday for the first time.
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