It was during that attempt to jump 13 London buses that Knievel crashed on the landing, broke his pelvis, and then announced a brief retirement, although he later staged several other high-profile jumps.
“Like so many other kids growing up in the 1970s, I was a big fan of Evel Knievel, and I am thrilled to bring this exhibit celebrating his amazing life and career to a new audience. His spirit resonates with people of all ages, and there definitely is a little Evel in all of us, even if you’ve never ridden a motorcycle,” said Bill Davidson, Vice President of the Harley-Davidson Museum.
As many of you know, Knievel’s bike of choice was the Harley-Davidson XR-750 and he was sponsored by the Motor Company through most of the 1970s. The 10,000-square-foot exhibit honoring that bike and its rider will engage visitors with the story of “the man behind the seemingly fearless performer.”
Visitors will see legendary pieces including his signature leathers and cane, personal photographs and letters, collectors’ toys and memorabilia, and the rocket-inspired Skycycle X-2 used in Knievel’s infamous 1974 attempt to jump Idaho’s Snake River Canyon.
According to Harley-Davidson, it will be the largest exhibition the Museum has ever presented, and will run from July 10 through September 6.