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He has just secured the world title for the fourth time. His shows have caused quite a stir. Chris Pfeiffer has become an icon in the stunt riding scene. So it's hardly surprising that Tom Cruise asked the stunt rider for a personal performance.

Mission: Impossible? Not if Tom Cruise requests a performance.

Mission: Impossible? Not if Tom Cruise requests a performance.

At the European premiere of "Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol", Tom Cruise asked Pfeiffer for a performance. Even Pfeiffer was surprised about this. "My job was to warm up the crowd until Tom Cruise stepped onto the red carpet in front of the BMW Welt centre. And that's precisely what I did. When Tom saw me in my motorcycle gear, he asked my why I wasn't on my bike. I explained the situation and he said: 'No, I want to see you perform.' So I seized the opportunity," says Pfeiffer and adds: "It was so surprising – I was already pleased to be part of the premiere, but to be personally asked by Tom for a performance was incredible."

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A test of strength with a golf ball.

A test of strength with a golf ball.

After being struck, a golf ball accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in just 0.25 milliseconds. Can a motorcycle or a car match this speed? In August 2006, Hans-Joachim Stuck in a BMW M5 and Pfeiffer on a K 1200 R took up this challenge at the BMW International Open in Munich. Their opponent at the tee: former Ryder Cup winner Ian Poulter.

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Pfeiffer wins World Championship in Zurich.

Pfeiffer wins World Championship in Zurich.

In 2007, Pfeiffer prevailed over 16 opponents on his F 800 and won the stunt riding World Championship in front of 60,000 spectators with an almost perfect final score. "It was incredible how the competitors performed their tricks and stunts in this hall," says Pfeiffer after the event in Zurich.

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You have to ride over this bridge.

It has been his dream for ten years. In 2008, it finally became a reality: Pfeiffer crossed a tied arch bridge in Italy with the BMW G 450 X. The unique thing about this stunt: He was going to cross the one-meter-wide arch above the bridge. Pfeiffer only had one attempt. Photographer Bernhard Spottel recorded this moment.
"Once you've set off, there's no going back – you simply have to keep on riding, otherwise you will fall down into the abyss. If you don't get it right from the word go, you are in grave danger," says Spottel. Pfeiffer manages this daring manoeuvre. At the bridge's highest point, he was around 20 metres above the water. "Riding over the arch of the bridge was a dream come true for me," says Pfeiffer after his stunt.
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Stunt trophy in Austria.

Stunt trophy in Austria.

Just a few weeks after a back injury, Chris was back on the motorcycle in 2008. In the Austrian town of Roethis, he won the title of best stunt rider at the European Stunt Riding Championships for the third time in a row.

Pfeiffer was in the lead after every round and raked in 200 points in the semi-finals and finals. He beat the competition with an incredible 601 points – almost 50 points more than second-placed Zoltan Angyal, on a Kawasaki. "It was great confirmation to be in the lead for all three rounds," says Pfeiffer after the competition.

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Third world title.

Third world title.

The chances for a third world title at the Indoor Stunt Riding Championship in 2009 were pretty slim. Pfeiffer had to miss the first day of training with the flu. What was more, he had tough competition. In the first qualifying run, Chris was only able to manage third place. "I didn't feel fit and can consider myself lucky to have managed third place," says Pfeiffer. He had considerably more success on the second qualifying run and made it into the finals. But in the second stage, he fell during the "touch-ground circle" – a one-handed wheelie invented by Pfeiffer. This fall cost him points. He nevertheless impressed the jury with his stunts and won the competition. "When I saw the result in black and white, I was overjoyed," says Pfeiffer after his victory.

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Boundless.

Boundless.

In September 2009, Chris played the leading role of a breathtaking video project with his F 800 R: Pfeiffer performed breathtaking wheelies 19 storeys over Munich – on the roof of the BMW building. Over two million fans all over the world viewed the clip on YouTube.

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A victor for Pfeiffer and the BMW F 800 R.

A victor for Pfeiffer and the BMW F 800 R.

In June 2010, Chris successfully defended his title with the F 800 R at the German Stuntriding Open at the Hockenheimring racing circuit. "I was very pleased to win. Only the world's best riders take part here and display many new and extremely difficult tricks," says Pfeiffer after the competition.

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Faster, higher, further – Pfeiffer at the BMW Motorrad Days.

From his first right up to his last performance in 2015, Pfeiffer was one of the most popular live acts at BMW Motorrad Days.
No-handed wheelies standing up or stoppies on the front wheel – Chris Pfeiffer's show, with its countless stunts and tricks, was breathtaking, and one of the highlights in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
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A kiss for the stunt rider.

A stoppie for a kiss. In 2013, Alena Gerber gave Chris Pfeiffer a kiss at BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The model is a presenter and rides a motorcycle herself. As a big Pfeiffer fan, she was overjoyed by this affectionate stunt.
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