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Evel Knievel

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posted on Dec, 6 2011 @ 02:50 AM
Evel Knievel used to ride a Triumph Bonneville T120 (with a 650cc engine). Then he switched to a Harley-Davidson XR-750.
My question is , in this day and age modern motocross jumping bikes can jump ridiculous distances that make
Evel Knievel's jumps look tame , It would be great to see some jumper start to jump using the same older bikes.
Taking nothing away from the modern jumpers , the bikes are purpose built to withstand the landing , respect would be due to a jumper who put himself through the test like Knievel did . Modern riders defy gravity it seems BUT the risk factor is greatly reduced , I understand that the old bikes were not engineered for jumping , but there lies the test and courage factor , unlike the lightweight jumping bikes of today. I now looking back on the old footage of Knievel's jumps , see the great courage and balls that the man had.

posted on Dec, 6 2011 @ 03:49 AM
Evel Kenivel is a legend

I had two toys of his as a kid

The wind-up motor cycle with a ramp

and the wind-up car that would fly apart when it hit a wall or whatever

posted on Dec, 6 2011 @ 08:07 AM
I had the second toy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mr Evel Kenivel has achieved retro god like status in the eternal world of the internet

posted on Dec, 6 2011 @ 08:31 AM
I had the motorcycle when I was a kid...loved it!

All the rumors and legends about Evel made him a mysterious fascination.

Ah...those were the good old days indeed!

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