5 years ago… R.I.P. Evel Knievel
We all know Evel and the XR-750 went hand in hand, but he rode plenty of metrics as well.
Knievel briefly used a Honda 350cc motorcycle, using it to jump a crate of rattlesnakes and two mountain lions, which was his first known jump. Knievel then used a Norton Motorcycle Company 750cc. He used the Norton for only one year during 1966. Between 1967 and 1968, Knievel jumped using the Triumph Bonneville T120 (with a 650cc engine). Knievel used the Triumph at the Caesars Palace crash on New Year’s Eve 1967. When Knievel returned to jumping after the crash, he used Triumph for the remainder of 1968.
Between December 1969 and April 1970, Knievel used the Laverda American Eagle 750cc motorcycle.
I’m willing to look past a man’s mistakes and give a twist of the throttle to salute a fallen rider, an international icon, and for some riders the reason they got into motorcycling.
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