Revving up a motorcycle and jumping the length of 52 crushed cars. Jumping 16 Greyhound buses. Jumping the freakin’ Caesars Palace fountain.
These kinds of feats were simply unheard of 50 years ago, until that iconic American daredevil, Evel Knievel, showed us what’s possible. This weekend, modern daredevil, FMX innovator and Nitro Circus star Travis Pastrana, will pay homage to those feats and, if all goes well, surpass them, doing all three in one night.
You can check out all the action this Sunday at 8/7c on HISTORY‘s Evel Live. Of course, the first question we have is, what’s he gonna be riding? And we were happy to find out he’ll be using a bike like Knievel rode: the Indian Scout FTR750, a flat track racing motorcycle designed to push the boundaries of speed and redefine control with two wheels firmly on the ground… but not necessarily jumping.
“It was extremely important to use a motorcycle similar to the ones Evel jumped,” says Pastrana. “The Indian Scout FTR750 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 far different from the lightweight motocross bikes you would typically find Travis Pastrana jumping. The engine of the FTR750 features a powerful 750cc 53-degree V-Twin and utilizes 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.
So while it’s not designed for jumping per se, it is a damn good bike. And come Sunday, it’ll sure be fun to watch it fly…