Riders who seem to think bikes were designed to fly...
8: Gary Wells
Although there was one name in motorcycle jumping in the 1970s that eclipsed all others – we’ll get to that in a bit – Gary Wells’ career put him up against both Evel Knievel and Robbie Knievel. But like Knievel Snr, his most famous moment was a bone-crunching crash during an attempt to clear the fountains as Caesars Palace.
6: Trigger Gumm
Gumm was a Guinness record holder for much of the first decade of the 21st century, and one of the most well-known members of the Crusty Demons troupe of stunt riders and jumpers. Others have since gone further, but Gumm’s efforts – including long-distance jumps while on fire – put him in the true daredevil category.
4: Eddie Kidd
Britain’s most famous bike-jumping export, Eddie Kidd was a household name in the 1980s. Few daredevils since have been so well-known. A 1993 live jumping show-down between Kidd and Robbie Knievel ended with the Brit on top. But in 1996 it went wrong at the Bulldog Bash at Long Marston Airfield, leaving him with life changing injuries.
2: Travis Pastrana
Although less a distance jumper than some others on this list, Pastrana has been a legend for the last couple of decades, founding an entire career on extreme sports including the first ever double backflip. This summer he’s planning to replicate three of Evel Knievel’s most famous jumps in just three hours, using an Indian FTR750 as his mount.