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post #1 of 3 Old 09-13-2019, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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Evel Knievel Museum

Rode down to the Evel Knievel Museum in Topeka, KS today. I was pretty impressed with it: they've got a lot of stuff. Unfortunately, my photos don't do it justice as I obviously must have inadvertently set my camera to some mode that wasn't really compatible with indoors, especially the motorcycles on the slowly-revolving stands (a nice feature).

If you need some trivia, I learned today that Evel Knievel was the first actual living person to be made into an Action Figure.......

Triumph used in some of his earlier shows:

I would say the crown jewel of the collection is the Mack Truck/Trailer used to travel to shows. The original was actually found somewhere and restored for the museum. The ramps in the trailer are Evel's actual jump ramps, saved from some field in Montana. Due to the space, it was impossible to get a shot of the entire rig at once.

Some of the jump bikes were originals: some were rebuilds. Again, my apologies for the image quality. I think they had 6 total jump bikes: Honda Scrambler, Triumph, Laverda American Eagle and Harley Davidsons.

This was the "Skycycle" used for a test run. There were two. This one and the one he rode on the jump. I liked the incorporation of "dog food can lids" into the Skycycle's "engine design." The only thing I've ever used a dog can lid for is a kickstand pad. The ramp under the Skycycle is an original section of the Snake River Canyon ramp.

All kinds of other neat stuff: actual helmets he wore for the Caesar's Palace and Wembley Stadium jumps, his '77 Cadillac pickup, his canes, leathers and a neat comparison of the suspension components his jump bikes used (a whipping four inches of travel) compared to the components used in today's run-of-the-mill dirt bikes. Huge collection of Evel-branded merchandise: bikes and toys for kids, fork oil and chain lube for adults. And, of course, the interactive video display that showed all the bones he had broken along with x-ray images and the "virtual jump." I didn't do the virtual jump, but watched others doing it and it looked like they were having "quite a hoot" at it.

Anyway, I was bummed my photos all sucked, but "if you ever find yourself in Topeka," I highly recommend the Knievel Museum. I'm amazed that somebody went to all the time and effort and actually accumulated all this stuff in one place. I would think they would eventually run out of white males aged 50-65 to come visit the place as that's all there were there............
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-14-2019, 01:47 PM
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Brings back memories. I was a big fan as a kid. Always wanted to see him in action but never got the chance.

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I went there this past August on vacation.

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