Kain Saul Lands Backflip on HD XR1200

December 4, 2009
JC Hilderbrand
Melody DeKorte
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Melody rides anything with handlebars & a motor and always wants to beat the boys. Be it sand, dirt, track, or street she loves to ride day, night, rain, or shine. A true dedicated motorcycle and powersports enthusiast with a need for speed and corners, she loves the sound of a revving motor and the smell of race fuel. Life on two wheels, what a beautiful thing!

What possesses a person to attempt a backflip on a dirt bike? The right to be tagged as one of the craziest people alive if they complete it. Add a couple hundred pounds, as in a full-size street bike, and you’ve passed crazy and gone straight to awesome!

In two separate instances, two thrill-seekers have attempted to be the first to backflip a Harley-Davidson XR1200. Australia’s Kain Saul took the honors on November 27th in Sydney with American Chuck Carothers making his attempt on November 28th in Prague. Saul’s success is believed to be the first time a complete backflip has been accomplished on any full-size street motorcycle.

Click on the video to watch Kain Saul’s practice jump:

And then check out this monster accomplishment by Saul onto the dirt in Sydney:

American Chuck Carothers performs his backflip at the 2009 FMX Gladiator Games:

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