Nate Bos, a 28-year-old motorcyclist, was out for a leisurely ride in Orem, Utah, in early May when he spotted a cup precariously teetering on the back bumper of a second-generation Ford Explorer. Rather than watch the liquid-filled mug fall onto the road, and likely be lost forever, he decided to retrieve the drinkware and return it to its owner. "It just kinda struck me that it was a good thing to do," Bos told ABC News in an interview this week. "I knew right away, I knew when I saw that cup (that) I was going to give it to the lady. I was going to give that cup back."

Bos accelerated his 2003 Honda CBR 600RR up to the Explorer's rear bumper, tucked in low, and then grabbed the mug. After moving it to his left hand, and executing a 90-degree turn and a few impressively smooth shifts (sans clutch), he caught back up to the oblivious driver... who finally noticed him. Scroll below to watch the hand-off happen yourself.

If this story were told to his friends over a beer, few would have believed Bos. But thankfully, he caught the whole escapade on his helmet-mounted GoPro Hero 3 (filming in 1080p, no less). After posting it to YouTube, his stunt has gone viral.

"I've got 10 years riding experience. I really wouldn't recommend anybody else sneaking up on a car like that," Bos said wisely. But we'd take his advice a few steps further by telling riders to always wear full motorcycle attire and remind them that shadowing another vehicle, regardless of experience, is flirting with disaster - no cup is worth it.


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      closetmke
      • 1 Year Ago
      And then she wastes it all and doesn't swallow. typical.
      Sasha
      • 1 Year Ago
      Reminds me of a time I saw a dude in a jeep pitch a whole black garbage bag out of the window in a mountain setting..I whipped a quick 180, grabbed the bag, turned around again, raced past traffic on my noisy cruiser, and caught up with him stopped at a traffic light. I pulled up and dropped the bag right in his lap. It was a couple soldiers in full green camo. They were too shocked and embarrassed to do anything, the expression on their faces was priceless...
        Rob8
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Sasha
        Sure you did. It didn't happen without the video.
          S.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rob8
          Oh look, random internet commentator wants proof.
      Patrick
      • 1 Year Ago
      Risky to grab it like that, obviously, but nobody seems to acknowledge the dangerous projectile that mug would become to someone like him, or even a car. Someone needed to flag her down asap.
      stevenrhatfield
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, Orem, Utah has some nice scenery. Those mountains in the distance are beautiful!
      manure
      • 1 Year Ago
      As a coffee addict who is absolutely forgetful, I've considered how many times I must have done this. Probably five.
      Israel Isassi
      • 1 Year Ago
      I once left a food container on the roof of a Chevy Tahoe.. although people in cars kept honking, no one was brave it enough to save that blackened chicken!
      Corner49
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why is her roof rack on backwards?
      Ben Mathis
      • 1 Year Ago
      Them mountains!!
      username
      • 1 Year Ago
      After seeing all of the references to ABC News all I can think is "THIS is newsworthy?"
        nassau
        • 1 Year Ago
        @username
        more so than what they normally "report."
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 1 Year Ago
      Years ago my sister-in-law left her keys on the back wing of my father-in-law's Merkur XR4ti. He got up the next morning, drove 25 miles to work and gets a call from his daughter. Sure enough - her keys were still sitting on that big, goofy double wing those XR4ti's had.
      AcidTonic
      • 1 Year Ago
      I saw a Semi truck flatbed carrying a big steam-roller that had a McDonalds large plastic drink in the cupholder of the steam-roller. The cup was teetering in the holder every time the truck hit bumps. After a few blocks we came to our turn, but me and my girlfriend were so busy laughing and predicting when the cup would fall, that we ended up just following him for awhile. Eventually he came to a railroad crossing and the bumps finally shot the cup up and out of the holder and it just fell to the side and spilled in the street. We followed it for an easy 2-3 miles before it spilled then just randomly u-turned. The truck driver I believe figured out what we were doing and right as it spilled he gave a big thumbs up out the window right as we turned. Not as amusing as this, but a similar category of fun when you're bored and see something like this.
      Rob8
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, how stupid is this guy? And then to brag about and post it online! Just a matter of time for Darwin's Law to catch up to him.
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