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History’s Greatest Motorcycle Stunt Riders
Motorcycle stunt riders are the some of the most daring individuals ever. These men (and women) look death square in the eyes which each of their stunts. Their stunts thrill and delight us, and even if we are not brave (or crazy) enough to perform them ourselves, for moments in time we experience the thrill of doing the unbelievable.
Check Out These Great Motorcycle Stunt Riders
- Evel Knievel– Perhaps the best ever, Robert “Evel” Knievel was a household name in the 70’s. His bright jumpsuits and flare for the extraordinary set him apart in the world of motorcycle stunt riders. Knievel’s stunts were bizarre and unusual. In one, he jumped a tank full of sharks. I another he jumped an amazing 50 cards without a scratch. He faced numerous injuries from his stunts in the form of broken bones, a shattered pelvis, and numerous scrapes, strains, and abrasions. Never unnerved, Knievel went for his longest jump ever, a whopping 141-feet at Caesar’s Palace Hotel. He made the jump, but failed to clear the fountains and missed his landing. He ended up spending a month in the hospital. Of course, in traditional style, Knievel lived to jump another day!
- The Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team – Not one, but an entire group of stuntmen, performing in coordinated routines. This group will literally take your breath away with their over the top stunts and their trademark white helmets. The team, consisting of as many as 30 members, performs acrobatic maneuvers while on motorcycles. They began back in 1927 and cycle members in and out based on need. They continue performing to this day around the world.
- Putt Mossman – Orren “Putt” Mossman is one of the original motorcycle stuntmen. Born in 1906, he began performing as part of a troop that toured the world. He stood out among the other performers as his stunts were feats that only he could perform. Never one to back down, Putt continued performing into his 70’s. Not content with just one activity, Putt was an award-winning horse shoe pitcher and he won the national title twice. Putt also played baseball as part of the Boston Braves, wrestled professionally, and was an expert marksman. Clearly, this was one talented dude!
- Doug Domokos – Doug Domokos, also known as “The Wheelie King” became popular in the 80’s and 90’s. He would ride for long (and I mean LONG) stretches of time performing wheelies. In fact, he held the record for a 145 mile continuous wheelie- something that was unheard of at the time. Sadly, Domokos died in an aircraft crash in 2000.
- Robbie Knievel – Son of the famous Evel Knievel, he didn’t stray far from his roots. Robbie began riding at age 4, and appeared alongside his famous father beginning at just 8 years of age. Many of his stunts and performances were replicas of those his father made famous. Still, Robbie set 20 world records and made an astounding 350 jumps in his career. One of Knievel’s best known jumps was a replica of the jump that had nearly put his father out of commission years earlier. Robbie dedicated that jump at Caesar’s Palace to his father, and he successfully completed it.
These motorcycle stunt riders took life into their hands as they completed insane feats for audiences around the world. We know that riding a motorcycle is risky, and at Kass & Moses, we encourage you to reduce those risks by riding safely and being aware of others on the road. Sadly, we recognize that it is often the errors of others that cause accidents If you have been involved in a motorcycle crash, contact our experienced team of biker lawyers to help see you through! We may not be motorcycle stunt riders, but we sure do know what can happen when crashes occur!