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H-D Museum opening Evel Knievel exhibit

Rocket-propelled Skycycle X-2 included in display

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Apr. 30, 2010, Photography by Harley-Davidson Archives
The Harley-Davidson Museum will display a new exhibit honoring motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel.

The 10,000 square foot True Evel: The Amazing Story of Evel Knievel exhibit will be featured at the Harley-Davidson Museum July 10 – September 6.  Items on display include Knievel’s iconic riding suit and diamond-headed cane, personal photographs and letters, collectors’ memorabilia and the rocket-propelled Skycycle X-2 motorcycle Knievel used in his 1974 attempt to jump Idaho’s Snake River Canyon.

“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,” says Bill Davidson, great-grandson of a Harley-Davidson founder and recently-appointed vice president of the Harley-Davidson Museum.

Evel Knievel on his Harley-Davidson XR-750. Copyright Harley-Davidson.

2010 also marks the 35th anniversary of Knievel’s attempt to jump 13 buses in London’s Wembley Stadium on his Harley-Davidson XR-750. On May 25, 1975, an audience of 90,000 watched as Knievel crashed on the landing, breaking his pelvis.