What motivates mere mortals to put their lives on the line in the name of glory, fame, and a Guinness World Record? For decades now, motorcycle stunt jumpers have been defying the impossible to sail further and higher into the sky than their predecessors. Let’s take a look at the ones who sailed to greatness.
Evel Knievel was the most well-known American daredevil of his time. One of his most famous jumps, in 1975 at the Kings Island theme park in Cincinnati, Ohio, earned him the record for successfully jumping the most buses (14) on a Harley Davidson, which he held for the next 24 years. He was also bestowed with the honor of “most broken bones in a lifetime” by the Guinness Book of World Records. It wasn’t long before his son, Robbie Knievel, was nipping at his heels and recreating his previous jumps. At the Snake River Canyon in 1999, the younger Knievel set his personal record with a jump of 228 feet.
It would appear as though records for the most daring motorcycle jumps are set to be broken. From the “longest motorcycle ramp jump” to the partner event of “motorcycle moving ramp jumps”, stunt jumpers have had to come up with new, creative ways to beat the legends that came before them.
Even if you’re baffled by their life-threatening endeavors, it’s hard not to be impressed by the stunt jumpers who dared to push the limits.
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