• Video: The Greatest Motorcycle Jump Of All Time?

  • To The Stars The take-off ramp for the jump: couldn't even walk up it!
  • He Jumps Over 100 feet High Maddison easily clears the top on the jump. Turns out that was the easy part
  • On Top Of The World Maddison acknowledges the crowd from the top.
  • Is He Sure About This? Going up from firm ground is one thing, looking down knowing you are about to ride off the top is another
  • But He Does It Great multiple shot view of the jump back down. He landed it despite slightly overshooting the ramp!

Going up is fine: coming back down is something else again

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Robbie Maddison performs what could be the best motorcycle jump ever in Las Vegas in 2009. Jumping up onto the replica of the Parisian Arc De Triomphe is one thing but then standing on the top and preparing to jump back down is another thing completely.

The Greatest Motorcycle Stunt of All Time?

Seeing as how we celebrated Evel Knievel’s career in this video, we thought it was only right to bring the story of motorcycle jumping a little more up to date with this incredible stunt performed in 2009 in Las Vegas.

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He Jumps Over 100 feet High
Maddison easily clears the top on the jump. Turns out that was the easy part

Robbie Maddison needs no introduction to fans of motorcycle jumping. In 2007, he broke the world record for distance by jumping 98.34 metres. In 2008 in Australia, his home country, he then jumped 106.98m (350.98 feet) and broke his own record.

But then, in 2009, he performed a jump that, when I watch it, still gives me the willies.

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Is He Sure About This?
Going up from firm ground is one thing, looking down knowing you are about to ride off the top is another

Las Vegas is home to some amazing structures and one such is the replica of the Arc De Triomphe in Paris. Standing 90 feet tall, Maddison took a relatively short run up on his Yamaha TZ250 MX bike, took off and easily landed on top of it. That in itself was impressive but what happened next was terrifying.

Even watching the video from the comfort of my desk, looking down from the top is vertigo-inducing and the thought of crawling to the edge, let alone riding a bike to it, to look over, is not something I would do easily.

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But He Does It
Great multiple shot view of the jump back down. He landed it despite slightly overshooting the ramp!

So, what does Maddison do? He only calmly rides over the edge to land on a second ramp that guides him back to terra firma. In fact, his ’take off’ speed was slightly too high and he almost overshoots the vertical portion of the ramp. But he lands it, with a broken thumb the only casualty.

Written like that doesn’t do justice to the stunt and you really have to watch it to realise the full scale of the achievement.

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We’ll look out for some more death-defying jumps for your entertainment but, in the meantime, what are your favourite motorcycle stunts? Let us know in the comments section

Harry Fisher
Harry Fisher
Motorcycling Contributor
Born and raised in England, he has lived in South Africa with his family since 2002. Harry has owned examples of Triumph, Norton, BSA, MV Agusta, Honda, BMW, Ducati, Harley Davidson, Kawasaki and Moto Morini motorcycles. He regrets selling all of them.  Read full bio
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