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Kain Saul Lands Backflip on HD XR1200

Friday, December 4, 2009
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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StreetFighterJoe -XR1200 does first full sized streetbike backflip  December 13, 2009 04:03 PM
Guy, the XR1200 is the first full sized street bike to ever successfully do a back flip. Travis Pastrana did it on a dirt bike on Nitro Circus last season. See web address: http://nitrocircus.com/2009/09/travis-pastranas-double-backflilp-green-screen/ Either way, these are very dangerous and all three of these guys are heroes.
StreetFighterJoe -The XR1200 & XR750  December 13, 2009 03:34 PM
On top of XR750's flat track championships, Evil Knievel helped make the bike a legend. Now it's the XR1200's turn, and heroes like Saul and Chuck will show the world how versatile the Harley XR brand is.
78 Z -AWESOME  December 7, 2009 06:37 PM
That was awesome! Seriosly what suspension is on that XR it looks like Progresive in the rear w/ a dual rate spring? I know that the forks on the new XR a pretty beefy, is it just heavier springs? Come I want to know!
Barry -Huh?  December 7, 2009 05:44 AM
What dirt bike suspension did it have??Looks pretty much like the stock set-up.
x2468 -Harley  December 6, 2009 01:58 PM
That's actually a pretty cool looking harley. With enough modifications I bet it make an awesome hill climber. especially out in the dunes. There are some bored/stroked methanol running drag harley motors that make massive power.
Tim B -Yeah what about Travis?  December 6, 2009 09:52 AM
Travis did flip a street bike on the Nitro Circus TV show. And that bike didn't have its suspension modified like that Aussie's XR did. That XR suspension has a lot more travel than stock.

And is it just me or does that Australian look TINY on that bike?
c -one of em landed it  December 6, 2009 09:48 AM
looks like an amazing bike, oldskool offroaders, but I think they should have to land the trick for it to count
irksome -wtf  December 6, 2009 09:16 AM
Outrageous. A Harley that actually accomplished something other than make a racket. Srsly, that boy needs his head examined. Way to go.
Guy -Don't think he's the first on a ful sized street bike...  December 5, 2009 11:44 AM
I think Travis Pastrana did it on a GPZ1000 on Nitro Circus last season. First try, first attempt, flipped it dirt ramp to dirt landing. Though he did dent the tank with his knee on landing. The bike was also unmodified, unlike the XR1200 you see here with dirt bike suspension and all. Still a nice job here, way to go Kain.
Me -Nuts  December 5, 2009 11:17 AM
Leave it to Aussie's. Nice job though.