Hooniverse Asks: What did you think of Travis Pastrana's tribute to Evel Knievel?

Travis Pastrana just had a pretty impressive Sunday. Three jumps in one day, all as a means to both pay homage to Evel Knievel and also to better him. The jumps were a bit longer than Knievel’s, and two of them were quite a bit more successful. If you didn’t catch them, the video above has all three (minus the 2 hours+ of commercials from the live broadcast).
Pastrana pulled off all three jumps while riding an Indian Scout FTR750. He wore the proper leathers. And the temperature in Vegas was well over 100 degrees. Even if Travis makes the jumps look easy, they are anything but.
So what do you think of Pastrana’s homage to Evel Knievel?

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22 responses to “Hooniverse Asks: What did you think of Travis Pastrana's tribute to Evel Knievel?”

  1. outback_ute Avatar

    I can only imagine the difference in preparation and practice! I wonder how this rates on Pastrana’s personal degree of difficulty? I’m not saying it was easy, just reflecting on how much has changed.

  2. racingconnoisseur Avatar

    A complete joke. Turned it off after the second jump which he cleared with plenty of room and no issues. Evel was awesome because he was just a guy who attempted stunts with real no training. Travis Pastrana is a pro motorcycle rider with years of racing. Makes it not really comparable.

    1. Tank Avatar

      wouldn’t a professional rider make it the exact opposite of a joke?

      1. neight428 Avatar

        Tend to agree. I’d say it raises more questions around the mystique of Evel Knievel as the death defying stuntman if in fact, he was just foolhardy and couldn’t be bothered with a bit of professionalism.

        1. Tank Avatar

          Yeah, not preparing and showing up drunk doesn’t really make you cool… it just makes you a doofus

  3. Fred Avatar

    So he did it on a older Indian and not a modern motocross bike?

    1. Maymar Avatar

      I think it’s a factory prepped flat track version of the Scout, roughly (they have a street legal version slated for next year as well).

      1. Tank Avatar

        that’s cool, I was just on the Indian site and it kind of sucks none of the scouts they have for sale even compare

  4. 0A5599 Avatar

    Call me when Pastrana’s pinball machine comes out.

        1. Alff Avatar

          Best Hornet mod ever.

        2. outback_ute Avatar

          Lunch box?

  5. neight428 Avatar

    Was Pastrana’s jump different than Mike Metzger’s in 2006, apart from the choice of equipment, and Pastrana not doing a backflip?

  6. longrooffan Avatar

    never really cared for Evel Knievel and his stunts…always seemed kind of ridiculous to me and a starving desire for self publicity…I feel the same about these recreations….I do, however, have a respect for Travis for some of the acts he has put on in the past, just not these…..there is a lot more entertainment value to showcase your racing talents rather that your life threatening PR stunts…just saying

    1. Zentropy Avatar

      My thoughts exactly. Never a fan of EK, and the stunts themselves don’t so much demonstrate skill as they do calculations and extensive preparation. (Much like the hours you spent as a kid creating the Hot Wheels track for that jump over the arm of the couch and onto the track beyond.)

    2. outback_ute Avatar

      The Robbie Maddison jump on to the top of the building and then back down again from a couple of years ago looked like it had a proper could-die level of danger

  7. Alff Avatar

    Evel was prepared to die to make some bucks. Pastrana
    might be willing to mess up his hair.

    1. neight428 Avatar

      Seems the difference might be in preparation and in Knievel’s case, quite possibly a ripping hangover. Had he managed that differently, he could have simply been prepared to cash the checks like Pastrana is.

  8. Joe Dunlap Avatar
    Joe Dunlap

    Yawwwwwwnnnnn. Chirp…chirp…chirp…

  9. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

    It reminds me a lot of when the Hoverspeed Great Britain took the Blue Riband record from the SS United States 38 years later. In both cases, a totally different era, and thus totally pointless.

  10. SoldierofaDifferentStripe Avatar

    Didn’t much care for Evel back in the day.