Artem Boldyrev Russian bike blogger dies moments after sharing video of him riding motorbike with his feet while texting.
A widely followed Russian biking blogger has been killed in a road crash moments after steering his BMW bike with his feet and texting on his phone, it is reported. It is believed the biker was at the time traveling at speeds of 85mph.
Artem Boldyrev, 34, sent the video to a friend just minutes before he was killed smashing into a truck 40 miles from Moscow on Monday.
Known by his nickname Bolt, the blogger had just on 289, 000 followers on a YouTube channel called Moto Nexus where he regularly posted bike reviews.
His latest video – a comparative review of Indian Chieftain and Harley motorbikes – was published online about an hour before the accident. (see screenshot at bottom of page).
His friend Evgeny Matveev said the father of one had sent him the video just before the crash the dailymail reported.
Matveev posted: ‘Time to confirm the news. This is the last video of Bolt which he forwarded to me. Bolt has crashed to his death’.
Among the biker’s final words on his video were: ‘Most problems arise due to the fact that I don’t give a ****.’
Artem Boldyrev Russian bike blogger: ‘I would rather die in a crash than be disabled for life.’
Russian newspaper Komsololskaya Pravda reported that he was texting at the time of the crash.
He died on Russian federal highway M4, just over 42 miles from Moscow on the way to Rostov-on-Don.
Friends say Boldyrev preferred to ride without a helmet saying he would rather die in a crash than be disabled for life.
But in the fatal incident he was wearing a helmet which came off as he crashed.
The bike enthusiast owned several motorbikes, including a Harley Davidson – but is believed to have died while riding his BMW bike.
Many of his fans paid tribute to the popular biker.
One read: ‘Thank you for your love to motorbikes! ‘You were busy doing what you love. You died doing what you love.’
While another posted: ‘Artem rest in peace. Looking at your race, I always wondered when it would happen. It’s a pity that many other bikers died.’