Pastrana to channel Evel Knievel
Nitro Circus and Indian Motorcycle have announced that Travis Pastrana will be jumping an Indian Scout FTR750 “when he looks to pay tribute to Evel Knievel, the founding father of motorcycle stunts, and surpass America’s most iconic daredevil.”
“Evel Live”, an unprecedented three hour live event in partnership with Nitro Circus on July 8, will see Travis Pastrana attempt three of Knievel’s most famed jumps - on an Indian Scout FTR750. The stunts will include jumping the length of 52+ crushed cars, 16 Greyhound busses, and the ill-fated Caesars Palace fountain jump that left Knievel grasping for his life with 40 broken bones.
If successful, Pastrana will be the first individual to complete all three jumps in one three-hour timespan and on a motorcycle similar to those Evel used.
“It is extremely important to use a motorcycle similar to the ones Evel jumped. The Indian Scout FTR750 is just that, a modern-day evolution of the flat track motorcycles of the past,” said Pastrana. “It has the power I need and handles well, but I’m only going to have a few days to get comfortable on it, not to mention I’ve never jumped a V-twin before. I’ve got my work cut out, but we’re used to going big at Nitro Circus, so we’ll make it happen.”
“We couldn’t be more excited for Travis to be piloting the Scout FTR750 as he looks to make history by recreating three of Evel Knievel’s most historic jumps - in a single evening,” said Reid Wilson, Senior Director, Marketing and Product Development for Indian Motorcycle.
“Evel Knievel is truly a global icon, and we’re proud to be a part of this incredible event that pays homage to his legacy in such grand fashion.”