Daredevil Doug Danger has succeeded where his hero Evel Knievel failed to do, jumping over a record 22 cars at the Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, South Dakota.
Danger’s incredible leap to the record books was a long time coming but for what it’s worth, he made all that waiting worth it. Riding the same 1972 Harley-Davidson XR-750model that Knievel used back in his heyday, Danger made the record-setting jump look elementary, easily clearing all 22 cars with plenty of real estate for the landing.
Such was the ease of Danger’s attempt that he actually almost overshot the landing slope, hitting the part of the slope that was already close to the ground. If you think about it, the man could’ve probably cleared 25 cars and still had enough space to make a comfortable landing.
It’s undoubtedly an incredible achievement for a man who has planned this jump for years. The preparation and training to make the jump wasn’t easy and Danger is the first to tell that the road to the record didn’t come easy. But the man who has built a career from stunts like this will also tell you that this was a stunt he had to do, not just for himself but for the man he considered his mentor of sort.s
Its no accident that Danger also used a 1972 XR-750 for the jump, the same model Knievel used in his own attempt back in 1972. While it’s the same bike for all intents and purposes, Danger’s bike did have the advantage of weighing only 200 pounds, compared to Knievel’s 1972 bike that weighed 350 pounds.
People will likely point to that as the biggest reason why Danger succeeded where Knievel couldn’t. I’m here to say that’s a short-sighted way of looking at Danger’s incredible achievement. Jumping over 22 cars, no matter what you’re using, is an incredibly risky proposition.
There’s a reason why not everybody does it. Doug Danger did, and he beat the odds. That, by itself, is an achievement nobody’s going to take away from him.
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At last year’s end, the world had witnessed the first ever Harley successful backflip achieved on a modified XR1200 by our favorite Australians. While that premier was already impressive, the Aussies are now exploiting the bike’s full stunting potential and have recently established an unofficial world record for the world’s longest Harley jump, 157.6 feet. Also, they got their hands on a HD Sportster 883 and started looping it around in the globe of death, so it’s one crazy idea after the other in the minds of those who have turned the XR1200 into a record-breaking machine. Videos are attached after the jump.
House of Thunder is a German custom motorcycle builder that brags to have built the world’s most expensive motorcycle. In fact, the bike is a customized Harley-Davidson Rocker, which sells together with a 45metre transoceanic yacht built by Sunrise Yachts. The package also includes a rescue-boat and two jet skis if that’s a relief when you’re a billionaire willing to spend 22.66 million U.S. dollars on toys.
The Harley-Davidson Rocker turned into the most expensive motorcycle ever features a cleaned-up frame, hand-fashioned fenders and fuel tank as well as foldable handlebar to ease entrance in the garage on the boat. The paintjob matches that of the boat.
Eric Vauth of House of Thunder: “We still will build our normal custom bikes for our customers, but this is a completely new market and we always welcome new impulses for markets yet unexplored.”
Nobody has ever before attempted to backflip a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and when the idea finally struck, it did in two different heads, that of Kain Saul in Australia and Chuck Carothers in Prague. They both recently performed their backflips on Harley-Davidson XR1200 motorcycles, meaning that both deserve our recognition and appreciation, despite the fact that the XR1200 used by Kain was specially-prepped for the job while Chuck’s much more rigid XR1200 threw him to the ground. See both videos after the jump.