In December of 1967, with the world watching, Evel Knievel attempted to jump the water fountains at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The leap measured 141 feet and would be his longest to date.
Although he was best known for his jumps on Harley-Davidson XR750s, the bike Knievel rode at Caesars was a 650cc Triumph T120. Knievel cleared the fountains on that fateful night, but in the end things went horribly wrong — a surprise deceleration of the bike on takeoff resulted in a botched landing, with Evel hitting the ramp and then the pavement, sliding into the Dunes parking lot.
With more than 40 broken bones and a concussion, Knievel spent 29 days in a reported coma.
Now, ex-motocrosser and rally racer, and still-stuntman and truck racer (and, oh yeah, Nitro Circus co-founder and occasional competitor) Travis Pastrana is set to recreate the famously failed attempt at Caesars, but it'll be on a motorcycle brand that wasn't even in business back then — an Indian.
Black Rifle approached Pastrana with the idea after others told them it was too crazy.
It's a stunt concocted by "action sports collective" Nitro Circus and Indian Motorcycle, but Pastrana will be doing all the work, using the championship-winning Indian Scout FTR750 to attempt three of Knievel's most famed jumps, including jumping 52-plus crushed cars (to surpass Evel's event), a jump of 16 Greyhound buses (to re-create Evel's stunt), and capping things off (hopefully) with the Caesars Palace fountain jump.
The event will be presented live (of course) on "Evel Live," on Sunday, July 8, on History in partnership with Nitro Circus. If successful, Pastrana will be the first individual to complete all three jumps in three hours.
"It was extremely important to use a motorcycle similar to the ones Evel jumped. The Indian Scout FTR750 is just that, a modern-day evolution of flat-track motorcycles of the past," Pastrana said. "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."
The Indian Scout FTR750 is far different from the lighter motocrossers Pastrana usually jumps; for one thing, it rolls with a 750cc V-twin and an adjustable Öhlins monoshock on the rear. We'll definitely be tuning in to see just how Pastrana handles that big flat-tracker in the air.
This piece originally appeared at Hot Bike.