In a terrifying display of courage, motorcycle daredevil Doug Danger today pulled off a jump that even the most famous of all daredevils, Evel Knievel, couldn’t quite accomplish. Riding Knievel’s own 1972 XR750, Danger roared down a dirt path between packed campers, under a steel bridge, up an engineered ramp and over 22 cars set along the main street through the center of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip amphitheater. The back tire of the 40-year-old Harley bit the edge of the landing ramp and stuck after a quick bounce. Danger just barely missed the edge of the decking surrounding the Chip’s famed Top Shelf bar where onlookers gasped at the daring feat from just 20 feet away.
Evel Knievel, the undisputed king of stunt showmanship, attempted this jump on Sept. 1, 1972 in Monroe, WA. His crew warned that the bike would not attain the speed needed to clear the distance, but because Knievel insisted on doing the jump, they built a safety ramp over the last three cars. Knievel bounce-landed on the safety ramp and left defeated. More than 40 years later, Doug Danger was able to successfully clear the same jump on Knievel’s own bike.
“This is the best day of my life,” exclaimed Danger just minutes after completing the jump. “That bike landed like a ton of bricks, and I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to keep it from bouncing down the ramp, but I did it! I broke Evel’s record and cleared those 22 cars!”
“These people saw one of the greatest jumps in the history of motorcycling today,” said Buffalo Chip President Rod Woodruff. “Thousands of people were holding their breath and the tension was unbelievably high when Doug flew off the end of that ramp, but he was successful and it was an incredible moment.”
Danger will spend the rest of the rally week relaxing and signing autographs around the campground and at the Evel Knievel Thrill Show located in the CrossRoads area at the Buffalo Chip.