Robbie Knievel to Jump 16 Buses on XR-750

December 16, 2009
Bryan Harley
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Robbie Knievel at Kings Island
Daredevil Robbie Knievel announced that he will attempt to jump 16 double decker buses in Wembley Stadium on May 22 aboard the motorcycle his father Evel helped immortalize, the Harley-Davidson XR-750.

Motorcycle daredevil Robbie Knievel will attempt to jump 16 double decker buses in London on a Harley-Davidson XR-750 on May 22 at Wembley Stadium. The son of the legendary Evel Knievel will attempt a jump similar to the one that almost ended his father’s career. Evel broke his pelvis during his attempt to jump over 13 buses at Wembley back in 1975 after his rear wheel clipped the last bus, sending Evel rolling down the ramp with his motorcycle crashing on top of him. After the wreck, the daredevil announced that he was retiring from the sport, but was jumping again five months later.

Robbie Knievel has made more than 350 jumps primarily using a modified motocross bike, the Honda CR500. In London, Robbie will use a Harley-Davidson XR-750, similar to the bike used by his father. The XR-750 presents new challenges because of its heavier weight and handling. With a successful jump, Robbie can silence the critics who dismiss his achievements because of using the Honda and he can set a new world record for bus jumping on an XR-750. The current record is 15 buses held by stuntman Bubba Blackwell.

This is not the first jump that Evel failed to complete that Robbie has tackled. In 1989, Robbie successfully jumped the fountains at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. According to his website, it also appears that Robbie is contemplating jumping the Snake River Canyon in 2010, another one of Evel’s stunts that went awry.

On Sept. 8, 1974, Evel hopped aboard a rocket-powered ‘X-2 Sky-Cycle’ in an attempt to jump the Snake River Canyon. The ride was doomed from the start. During test runs, the rocket never cleared the canyon. When Evel attempted the jump, the parachute on the ‘Sky-Cycle’ accidentally deployed, robbing him of thrust. Strong

Harley XR-750
Robbie Knievel is trading in his Honda CR500 for the London double decker bus jump and will use a motorcycle similar to the one his father jumped on, the H-D XR-750.

headwinds blew Evel back into the canyon where he barely missed crashing into the river.

Clicking on the Snake River Canyon 2010 button in the Robbie Knievel Photo Gallery takes you to a page that states “One Man… One Rocket… One Dream… Snake River Canyon Jump. Witness history as the world’s greatest daredevil Kaptain Robbie Knievel attempts to avenge his father Evel Knievel and jump the Snake River Canyon in a rocket powered cycle.”

But first there are 16 double decker buses and a new world record waiting in Wembley for the motorcycle daredevil.