It was pretty wild to watch. Travis Pastrana, decked out in identical leathers to his iconic hero Evel Knievel completed a series of three jumps in Las Vegas last night that were done as tributes to the man who put motorcycle jumping on the map. Flying over piles of junked cars, a massive line of buses and ultimately over the fountains at Caesar’s Palace casino, Travis Pastrana’s high flying abilities were on full display. Riding a modern Indian Scout motorcycle prepared by Roland Sands, the History Channel show was designed to give a massive kick off to their “Car Week” programming. It seems to have worked.
While the show itself, outside of the vintage footage and jumps was cringeworthy at times with and had a curious lineup of guests that shared the ability to bring zero value to the table, we still thought the whole thing was fun. It’s the way of the world now that everyone sits around and complains about everything but at the end of the day, the main hook of the event paid off. He skied that motorcycle like a boss three times on the same night and lived to tell the tale.
While Pastrana’s jumps were the “same” as Knievel’s we do agree with the line of reason that favor’s Knievel’s attempts as being more difficult because of the lack of engineering in the ramps, the lack of horsepower in the motorcycle, and the massive weight of the bikes he jumped. It is way cooler that Pastrana did this stuff on a street stye bike than a dirt bike and we’re taking nothing away from his guts to even try this whole thing.
Lastly, Kelly Knievel seemed to have had a big hand in making this show. Kelly is Evel’s oldest son and unlike Robby, never was into motorcycle jumping or really even into the public eye. We found it kind of sad and Robbie’s name was never once mentioned during the show, nor the fact that he had jumped those same fountains about 20 years ago successfully. We’re guessing those boys do not get along.
The video below shows the jumps and replays with none of the weirdly forced interview sections of the show!