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Evel Knievel dies at 69

  1. Nov 30, 2007 #1

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    wolram

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    He sure had guts, does any one still have a toy Evel?
     
  4. Nov 30, 2007 #3
    Wow another icon gone. That guy was 100% insane.
     
  5. Nov 30, 2007 #4

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    Well, maybe 90% risk-taker, 9% showman, and the rest insane. I've come through some stuff on bikes that I didn't deserve to, and None of them were as well-planned or thought-out as his stunts, though some were as crazy.
     
  6. Nov 30, 2007 #5

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    Turbo, you mean to say you miss used your velocipede, chuckle.
     
  7. Nov 30, 2007 #6

    Ivan Seeking

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    He was definitely a very gutsy [or insane] daredevil, and for many years he was quite the celebrity. Perhaps his most amazing feat was to survive to the age of 69. RIP EK.
     
  8. Dec 1, 2007 #7

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    He sure looked a lot older than 69 (and he should).
     
  9. Dec 1, 2007 #8

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    He may not have died during a stunt, but his death was surely a direct result of them.

    The coolest toy I had growing up, next to my Six Million Dollar Man with the zoom vision bionic eye, was my Evel Knievel wind up motorcycle with Evel action figure. I used to take that thing everywhere.

    I remember when he would do a stunt, they would devote tons of prime time TV to him. His Snake River stunt seemed to go on for weeks.
     
  10. Dec 1, 2007 #9

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    Oh yeah. I had a Yamaha RD 350 with an incredible power-to weight ratio. Both times that I've been down on a bike it was because I wheelied over backward without intending to. Once was at noon-time in front of the town's only bank on payday - I couldn't have gotten together a bigger crowd if I tried.
     
  11. Dec 1, 2007 #10

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    The guy certainly was brave, and 69 isn't a bad age really.

    I've had a similar experience to Turbo on a Yamaha. When learning in the UK you're only allowed upto a 125cc and for good reason. When I passed my motorbike test I decided a Yamaha R6 was my next bike and nearly killed myself instantly.
     
  12. Dec 1, 2007 #11
    His death is directly linked to the case of hepatitis C was get contacted due to a blood transfusion after a stunt.
     
  13. Dec 1, 2007 #12
    Haha that is true. It's amazing some of the stuff you can come out of without a scratch. Last summer I hit a hidden trench (about 4-5 feet deep) in a field on my bike cruising along at about 80km/h through the hay field.....I nailed the trench and pretty soon my bike was 6 feet in the air and i was above the bike holding my handlebars by my fingertips "superman style". I hit the ground hard and came down hard on my handlebars but somehow rode it out and didnt even crash....didnt have so much as a scratch.
     
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