Travis Pastrana to recreate Evel Knievel stunt live!

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  1. Mr Excitement

    Mr Excitement Team Owner

    Well, this should be entertaining. Best of luck Travis.

    https://www.motorcyclenews.com/news/2018/june/travis-pastrana-evel-knievel-jump/
    Published: Today 09:54

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    Travis Pastrana will attempt Caeser's Palace jump

    Just over 50 years after Evel Knievel’s ill-fated attempt to jump the fountains at Caesar’s Palace, Travis Pastrana is recreating the stunt on an Indian Scout FTR750.

    The 11-time X Games gold medallist will also recreate two of Knievel’s other famous stunts on the day (Sunday, July 8), attempting to clear 52 stacked, crushed cars and then 16 busses before the fountain jump.

    Evel Knievel attempted to jump in 1967 but crashed on his landing ramp. He sustained multiple broken bones and was in a coma following the event.


    Stuntman Gary Wells attempted the jump 13 years later, but missed his landing ramp altogether sustaining horrific injuries.

    The jump has been completed successfully by Knievel’s son Robbie Knievel on a motocross bike, but the Scout FTR750 to be used by Pastrana is similar to the machinery used by Evel or Wells.

    The attempt will be shown live on the History channel, Sunday, 8 July, and if you're interested find Indian motorbikes available at MCN Bikes for Sale now.

    By Ben Clarke
     
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  2. kkfan91

    kkfan91 Taking a 10-200

    ...on the History Channel....
     
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  3. Reck

    Reck Enrique?

    Travis is bored with life, I see.

    Good luck.
     
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  4. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    I wonder what that tank weighs?
     
  5. Hotrod

    Hotrod Team Owner

    I have loved these kind of stunts my whole life.
    From Evel to the new years eve red bull stunts.
    I even had my older brothers take me to watch the
    Evel canyon jump on a closed circuit large cinema screen
    at our local municipal auditorium. We couldn't find
    plywood and cinder blocks quick enough to make
    our own bicycle jumping ramps as kids.

    Good luck Travis, and uh, wear a cup.
     
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  6. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    That isn’t a motorcycle I’d be comfortable riding any farther than 3’ off the ground.
     
  7. kkfan91

    kkfan91 Taking a 10-200

    I just saw a commercial for this...its a 3 hour broadcast?
     
  8. DUN24

    DUN24 Skeptical of the Spectacle

    The bike he’s using is nothing like Evel’s... it’s basically an AMA flat track bike. The suspension is subpar, but it’s not like he’s jumping buses with a bus.



    Still gnarly, just sayin
     
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  9. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    POS bike for jumping.
     
  10. DUN24

    DUN24 Skeptical of the Spectacle

    Oh for sure.
     
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  11. Greg

    Greg 2014 RF YAHOO CHAMP Your leader

    I just hope he does not kill him self.
     
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  12. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    I'm guessing there will be pads everywhere, but still this ain't no joke. I'm thinking if he makes it, that sets up jump #2 break Evil's record. I'm not buying Pastrana has similar equipment, it might look similar, but that's about it IMO.
     
  13. acmerocket

    acmerocket Crew Chief

    i wonder why that bike?$$$$$ i bet 97.5% of the people watching think a bike is a bike.oh well good luck to him.
     
  14. Hotrod

    Hotrod Team Owner

    Y'all ready? Coming up in about an hour at 8pm EST on The History Channel.
     
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  15. DWDawg

    DWDawg Team Owner

    Forgot about this. Thanks for the reminder
     
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  16. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    We don't have it down here....please update us as to how it goes.
     
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  17. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    looks like Travis is on an Indian flat track bike.
     
  18. Hotrod

    Hotrod Team Owner

    First jump successful. He said the hardest part was putting his suit on!
    He is in full leathers and its 100 degrees fh there.
    Bus jump coming up next, then the fountains.
     
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  19. VaDirt

    VaDirt Dirt Track Fanatic

    It is, sort of. Probably a lot lighter, but specially made to replicate what Evel jumped with.
     
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  20. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    gobs more HP. Man, they are stringing this out
     
  21. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    Evel crashed because he was riding antique motorcycles that weren’t designed for jumping.
     
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  22. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    Made it over 16 buses easily
     
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  23. Hotrod

    Hotrod Team Owner

    His front end came up a little higher than I would have liked on the landing.
    I think they said that was 193 ft. jump. Fountains next, probably in an hour or so.
    Back to catching up on the dvr recordings.
     
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  24. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    I’m not disputing that. I’m just telling you why he crashed.
     
  25. kyle18fan

    kyle18fan Team Owner Contributor



    About 400 pounds
     
  26. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    I had an XL600 (298 lbs.) that I used to jump the crap out of. I repaired frame cracks in three different places, including swing arm pivot.
    For me it comes down to how much suspension travel there is.
     
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  27. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    I’d rather be on the XL than that Indian if I’m getting any serious air.
     
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  28. kyle18fan

    kyle18fan Team Owner Contributor


    The weight I listed was an estimate, the Indian flat track bike is available to the public for about 49 thousand dollars. If the ramps are right then the landing will be pretty smooth. They use that Indian for TT races as well and there are jumps, but small ones
     
  29. DWDawg

    DWDawg Team Owner

    They said the bike weighs 340lbs, 4 inches susp. travel
     
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  30. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    You can bet they ran the math on the jump and those ramps.
    Or this wouldn’t be televised.
     
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  31. DWDawg

    DWDawg Team Owner

    Just as many commercials as a NASCAR race
     
  32. kyle18fan

    kyle18fan Team Owner Contributor



    A million times, as well as the exact speed. That Indian might be a tad lighter than 400, they list the XR-750 Harley at 295 dry ( which I find difficult to believe) The jumps should be a sure thing, I hope so, I really like Travis. We got to meet him when he was racing Nascar and he is a real nice young man
     
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  33. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    Knievel had some balls, doing what he did with the available equipment.
     
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  34. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    I raced with Flying Mike Brown on minis when we were kids. I almost threw up when I saw the footage of his failed jump many years later.
     
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  35. kyle18fan

    kyle18fan Team Owner Contributor


    He was nuts to jump that crap but Travis he wasn't
     
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  36. kyle18fan

    kyle18fan Team Owner Contributor


    The one with the flatbed trailers ? That was frikken horrible
     
  37. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    Yes
     
  38. Hotrod

    Hotrod Team Owner

    Fountain jump successful. That stuff still makes me stop and stare 48 years later.
    Glad he was safe. Now I say he does the rocket over the snake river next. I am sure
    Elon Musk and SpaceX can hook him up with something .
     
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  39. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    Thank you for the updates. :)
    And glad Pastrana made it home safely.
     
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  40. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

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