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Evel Live?
« on: July 09, 2018, 03:54:30 pm »
Any of you see this program on the History Channel?    I caught some of it, seemed Pastrana made Evel's jumps very easy and show was just a lot of hype?

With modern computers used to build the ramps, it's no surprise that he made all of 3 of the jumps.


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Re: Evel Live?
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2018, 04:51:09 pm »
I watched all 3 jumps on YouTube this morning.  Didn't waste 3 hours watching all the hype last night.  ::)

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« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2018, 05:44:09 pm »
My biggest question is why in the world was there no mention of Robbie kenevel and when he jumped the fountain???


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« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2018, 05:54:49 pm »
 I want to see him do it on 70,s bikes..
 Bigger stunt cred..
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« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2018, 07:41:03 pm »
4 times the suspension travel and a bike that is 1/3 the weight and a power band they could only dream about back then..........................didn't watch it, and would not be impressed. Now if he did it on an equal bike to Evil's then I would be impressed.

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« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2018, 04:24:39 am »
I think Travis said it best. "I think the hardest part of all this was getting in my costume."

It was a nice tribute, and absolutely stellar marketing for Indian. The streets were packed 3-4 hours before it all started. Thousands of folks crammed in ever where they could get to in 113° heat for hours and hours. Couldn't have gone any better for Indian.

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« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2018, 05:41:43 am »
I don't care how "easy" modern technology makes it. I think there's still plenty of risk. I ain't doing it.
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« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2018, 06:13:53 am »
My biggest question is why in the world was there no mention of Robbie kenevel and when he jumped the fountain???


All that was mentioned was that others jumped it on smaller [lighter] bikes
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« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2018, 06:57:01 am »
I don't care how "easy" modern technology makes it. I think there's still plenty of risk. I ain't doing it.
First two jumps, he damn near overshot the slope on the landing ramp and landed on flat ground. First onr was something like 192', and he cleared it by a good 50'.

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Re: Evel Live?
« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2018, 07:33:24 am »
My biggest question is why in the world was there no mention of Robbie kenevel and when he jumped the fountain???


All that was mentioned was that others jumped it on smaller [lighter] bikes

Word was he did it on dirt bikes.
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« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2018, 08:01:08 am »
My biggest question is why in the world was there no mention of Robbie kenevel and when he jumped the fountain???


All that was mentioned was that others jumped it on smaller [lighter] bikes

Word was he did it on dirt bikes.
Correct it was a cr500.  Just odd how they keep talking about the entire Evel family was there and supporting this and Robbie was never mentioned not was his successful job with his dad present and giving him a big hug.  They just kept referring to this jump like no one had completed it most of the time.  A few times they threw in that no one has done it on a v twin.  Just very odd to me


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« Reply #11 on: July 10, 2018, 08:26:07 am »
Not sure but Evel used the XR 750 for a lot of his jumps.
 They are actually pretty light, around 320 lbs.

Looks like it was a Triumph for the fountain jump.
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« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2018, 08:50:36 am »
Not sure but Evel used the XR 750 for a lot of his jumps.
 They are actually pretty light, around 320 lbs.

Looks like it was a Triumph for the fountain jump.

He used an Indian FTR750 (Flat Track Racer -- $50K factory race bike for AMA Flat Track) with the suspension springs/valves modded to the max to handle the landings.  At 350 lbs it is still about 130 lbs heavier than a motocross bike and has 1/3 the suspension travel.  He made it "look" easy but you try it.  I'm glad I DVR'd it so I could fast-forward through all of the filler.
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« Reply #13 on: July 10, 2018, 09:06:18 am »
Like many kids growing up in the 70s, Evel Knievel was a bad-ass.  Little did we know that he was a cocaine-addled, hard-drinking, womanizing partier who wasted most if not all of his dough. 

A few years ago, Johnny Knoxville produced a documentary "Being Evel" that showed the good and the very ugly.  Thankfully, Travis Pastrana is as cool as Evel and doesn't carry the bad along with it.



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« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2018, 12:42:39 am »
evel knievel was like an elvis Presley on a motorcycle?

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« Reply #15 on: July 12, 2018, 03:12:00 am »
Like many kids growing up in the 70s, Evel Knievel was a bad-ass.  Little did we know that he was a cocaine-addled, hard-drinking, womanizing partier who wasted most if not all of his dough. 
Are you implying there’s something wrong with this behavior?  ???
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« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2018, 07:14:27 am »
No kidding, wasn't everyone dabbling in 'ludes and nose candy in those days?
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« Reply #17 on: July 12, 2018, 12:51:52 pm »
I won a million dollars once,i spent the bulk of it on fast cars women and booze the rest I just squandered.

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« Reply #18 on: July 12, 2018, 04:29:28 pm »
Lordy! Youthful ignorance was bliss.
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« Reply #19 on: July 12, 2018, 06:39:33 pm »
Lordy! Youthful ignorance was bliss.
At what age do you expect me to alter my proclivites, exactly?  >:(
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« Reply #20 on: July 12, 2018, 11:21:55 pm »
Lordy! Youthful ignorance was bliss.
At what age do you expect me to alter my proclivites, exactly?  >:(

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