The hero bike: Honda CR500 motorcycle, unmodified.
The stunt: Robbie Knievel was predestined to jump the Grand Canyon. He was, after all, raised in the presence of daredevil father Evel Knievel, who devoted a significant portion of his life and career to facilitating this very stunt. In 1999, the pieces came together not for Evel, but for his son, to attempt the jump on an unmodified 500cc motocross bike. By closing a gap of 228 feet, Robbie edged out his previous record of 223 feet.
Best known for: The TV announcer’s grave pre-stunt remarks that foretold “certain death” as a result of any mishap, which turned to ebullient post-stunt commentary. “That’s what it looks like to fly over the Grand Canyon.”
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