Indian Motorcycle has announced that Travis Pastrana will be jumping an Indian Scout FTR750 in tribute to Evel Knievel, the founding father of motorcycle stunts.
‘Evel Live’, which is being run in partnership with Nitro Circus, on Sunday July 8th, will see Pastrana attempt three of Knievel’s most famed jumps on the Scout FTR750, including jumping the length of 52 crushed cars, 16 Greyhound buses, and the ill-fated Caesars Palace fountain jump that left Knievel fighting for his life. And if successful, Pastrana will be the first individual to complete all three jumps in one three-hour timespan and on a motorcycle similar to those Evel used. Cool right?
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Pastrana said: “It was extremely important to use a motorcycle similar to the ones Evel jumped. The Indian Scout FTR 750 is just that, a modern-day evolution of the flat track motorcycles of the past. It has the power I need and handles well, but I’m only going to have a few days to get comfortable on it, not to mention I’ve never jumped a V-twin before. I’ve got my work cut out, but we’re used to going big at Nitro Circus, so we’ll make it happen.”
The Indian Scout FTR750 is powered by a 750cc 53-degree V-Twin, and utilises 43mm conventional front suspension with an adjustable Ohlin’s mono-shock on the rear. Introduced in the American Flat Track racing series in 2017, the Indian Scout FTR750 secured 14 victories along with the manufacturer’s and rider’s championship in its first year of competition. But it’s not known for its stunting prowess just yet.
Reid Wilson, Senior Director, Marketing and Product Development for Indian Motorcycle said: “We couldn’t be more excited for Travis to be piloting the Scout FTR750 as he looks to make history by recreating three of Evel Knievel’s most historic jumps in a single evening. Evel Knievel is truly a global icon, and we’re proud to be a part of this incredible event that pays homage to his legacy in such grand fashion.”
To learn more about the Indian Scout FTR750 and Travis Pastrana’s attempt to make history as part of ‘Evel Live’, visit: www.indianmotorcycle.com