Travis Pastrana recreates Evel Knievel jump in Las Vegas

Travis Pastrana recreates Evel Knievel jump in Las Vegas

Motorcycle daredevil Travis Pastrana pulled off an incredible triple feat on Sunday night in Las Vegas by recreating three of late stuntman Evel Knievel's most famous jumps on live TV.

Pastrana successfully replicated three of Evel Knievel's motorcycle jumps.

In the age of social media and millions of eyes being on live events like this, it was surely health'n'safety-ed to the max.

"I look around, and I think this is as big a spectacle today as it was 50 years ago", Knievel said.

"Man I tell you what, it's been such an honor. I'm pretty nervous. It's keeping me up a little bit at night".

Viewing them back-to-back-to-back might lessen the effect of Pastrana's effort, but the still images go a long way to show the majesty of his accomplishment.

"He never wanted to do the same thing twice".

The jump was flawless, the landing tight but successful, and Pastrana had done what he had set out to do - fulfill Evel Knievel's promise never to leave a jump unfinished, albeit 50 years later. It was also the shortest of the three jumps which allowed Pastrana, straddling his Indian Scout FTR 750, to get some proper warm up.

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Knievel attempted the jump on New Year's Eve in 1967.

Pastrana took the stunt to another level, jumping 16 buses on his 350-pound (roughly 160kg) bike - flying 192ft in the process.

And then there's the finale, a replication of perhaps Knievel's most infamous stunt, jumping the fountain at Caesars Palace. In fact, it put him in a coma for almost a month, crushing his pelvis and femur and fracturing his hip, wrist and both ankles.

"In the history of stunts, this is the one". Pastrana didn't disappoint, though, as he flew 149 feet through the air to clear the fountain and thrill the attending crowd.

"It's just such an honor to live a day in Evel's footsteps and literally his boots", Pastrana, according to ESPN.

"So thank you to everyone watching, and thank you to all in Evel's family for coming out and helping my dream come true".

All three took place over the course of a few hours in Las Vegas, Pastrana rattling through them with nearly ruthless efficiency. Proposed to my wife here.

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