Was Evel Knievel really any good….
Or was he just mental and crashed a lot? (Obviously this has come about as a result of the toddler bikes on main page).Posted 6 years ago
I definitely remember him being a total idol as a kid and even having a pull back and let go motor bike toy for which i would set up many deaf defying trick in the hall way.
But really did he just crash a lot?martymacSubscriber
you cant really compare evel to travis pastrana, for one thing, the equipment available to evel was absolute CRAP compared to even a half decent modern mx bike.Posted 6 years ago
for another, H&S would never allow pastrana to attempt some of the things evel did.
this is not an attempt to ‘diss’ pastrana in any way.
it would, im sure, be interesting to see pastrana on evel’s harley,
and evel, on a modern bike.Garry_LagerSubscriber
The Travis comparisons are pointless, like comparing Muse or someone to Led Zep and saying Muse play their instruments better. It doesn’t matter, one is a legendary icon of 20th century popular culture, the other is just a face in the crowd relatively speaking.Posted 6 years agoschnullelieberMember
Well if you need a new hero, how about Eddie Kidd? Britain’s very own stunt jumper world record holder from the 80s. Ended up paralysed after a crash in the 90s. This year he entered the London Marathon to raise money for a children’s charity. One month in he has just passed the 16 mile mark.Posted 6 years agoPigfaceMember
As a show man and self promoter the man had few rivals.
As a successful motorcycle jumper he was hopeless, used a Harley Davidson for gods sake. His potective clothing was ….. well lets face it a leather suit and a cape was never going to cut it.
Brave or just plain insane is open to debate.Posted 6 years agorangerbillSubscriber
I reckon Evel Knievel was more a Daredevil.
Bud Ekins was a stuntman and excellent rider, as was his mate Steve McQueen.
As TJ say he was paid to ride an overweight underpowered Harley instead of the better lighter faster European bikes.
Knievel was good at crashing thoughPosted 6 years agoGary_CMember
Well if you need a new hero, how about Eddie Kidd? Britain’s very own stunt jumper world record holder from the 80s. Ended up paralysed after a crash in the 90s. This year he entered the London Marathon to raise money for a children’s charity. One month in he has just passed the 16 mile mark.
Saw a report on tv the other week, Eddie doing his marathon.
Very humbling.Posted 6 years agosamuriMember
He was a dickhead.
He chose the most pointless bikes (American) to do crazy things. He crashed an enormous amount because he didn’t plan things properly, didn’t employ professionals to work stuff out for him, didn’t take the right precautions and basically just winged pretty much everything he did.
And had balls the size of melons. He TOTALLY works for me. He was shit but he was ace. 90% of the stuff he did was doomed for failure before it even started, which didn’t matter. He broke stuff all the time, rockin!Posted 6 years ago
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