Travis Pastrana completes iconic Evel Knievel jumps

Famed biker Travis Pastrana completed three historic motorcycle jumps that the late stunt performer Evel Knievel attempted in his illustrious career.

At the event “Evel Live” in Las Vegas Sunday night, Pastrana jumped 143 feet over crushed cars and 149 feet over the fountains at Caesars Palace to conclude the event. His longest jump, the second of the night, was 192 feet over Greyhound buses on an Indian Scout FTR750 motorcycle.

Pastrana, who was wearing a costume similar to those worn by Evel Knievel, said afterwards, “It’s just such an honor to live a day in Evel’s footsteps and literally his boots. To be here in Las Vegas, so much of my history has been here. I proposed to my wife here. I had [the] first Nitro Circus show here. This was definitely the coolest thing I’ve ever done.”

Knievel attempted to jump the Caesars Palace fountain as one of his early stunts, but did not make it and sustained serious injuries. Knievel did jump over crushed cars in 1973 and Greyhound buses in 1975 in California and Ohio respectively.

Knievel, born Robert Craig Knievel Jr., died in 2007 at age 69.

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