Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Robbie Knievel,The Famous Stuntman Is Son of Legendary Daredevil Evel Knievel

Robbie Knievel,The Famous Stuntman Is Son of Legendary Daredevil Evel Knievel
Robert Edward "Kaptain" Knievel is an American daredevil and son of the legendary daredevil Evel Knievel.Robbie Knievel is the third of four children of the late famous stuntman Evel Knievel and his first wife Linda. Knievel began jumping his bicycle at age 4 and rode motorcycles at age 7.Robbie Knievel's jumping career is markedly different from his father's, in that Robbie used high-performance Honda CR-500 motocross bikes that have been designed for jumping up until 2008.Evel Knievel used Harley-Davidson motorcycles which were significantly heavier and less agile, and which were really intended for track racing.

Robbie has completed over 250 jumps, setting 20 world records. These include the Caesars Palace Fountain jump, the building to building jump and The Grand Canyon jump.Knievel successfully jumped on June 7, 2008 at the Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, Texas. He cleared 21 Hummers on the front stretch of the speedway.While performing pre-jump wheelies at the LCO Casino near Hayward, Wisconsin on August 16, 2008, Robbie fell off the bike and slid into some hay bales, dislocating his shoulder. Despite his injury, he performed the jump clearing four small airplanes and a small helicopter.

Robbie ended 2008 with a New Year's Eve jump at the newly renovated volcano at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was advertised as jumping OVER top of the volcano & its flames, but watching it live it was clear he was in front of the flames. The live FOX television special marked the 8th live special in Robbie's career.In the summer of 2009 Robbie will travel to London and attempt to jump over 16 buses using the same Harley Davidson XR-750 that his father Evel Knievel used in his failed 1975 jump.


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