It was called "Seth VS Death" by the marketing gurus in Milwaukee. Seth Enslow, who we've barely heard a peep from in years, emerged yesterday atop a modified Harley-Davidson XR1200 with the goal of breaking the world record for longest jump aboard a Bar and Shield-clad cycle.
For reasons unknown, his quest takes us to Sydney Harbor in Australia. Utilizing a ramp-to-ramp setup, Seth managed to surpass the existing record of 157 feet, set by Bubba Blackwell in 1999, extending the new mark to 183.7 feet. This came as a result of a second attempt, due to the fact that cameras were not rolling (oops) during his first flight of 175 feet. What does it feel like to set a flight record aboard American Iron? Mr Enslow said he was "stoked" and continued, "I might have broke a record, but I think I broke my nut too." Apparently, the 562 pounds plus metal tank multiplied by 183 feet equals pain equation had not crossed Seth's mind.
In it's official press release, HD cites the hope of appealing to "a new generation of counter-culture riders" as the reason behind promoting the jump. And, of course, there was a nice Evel Knievel reference thrown in for good measure. Is this the last we will see of Seth and his airborne XR? That seems doubtful, but judging by the crowd, or lack thereof, this could be one record that may stand the test of time. Click past the break to watch the video. Thanks to G.D. for tip!
Enslow will attempt the jump aboard a modified Harley-Davidson XR1200 in Sydney, Australia, on Monday, March 1st at 4:30 PM U.S. Central Time. The jump will be broadcast live from Australia across the globe via http://www.harleyworldrecordjump.com and post-event video will be shown on Harley-Davidson's YouTube channel and to Harley's half-million Facebook fans as well.
"To many, Evel Knievel was the original extreme athlete – long before there were extreme sports," said Mark-Hans Richer, Harley-Davidson Senior VP and Chief Marketing Officer. "This latest generation of riders still revere Knievel – even as they attempt to smash his records."
Drawing inspiration from the Harley-Davidson XR-750 racing motorcycle that Knievel helped make legendary, the new Harley-Davidson XR1200 is helping ignite a spirit of rebellion in a new generation and giving them the opportunity to push Harley riding to its limits once again.
"A new generation of counterculture riders are embracing Harley-Davidson motorcycles, just like the generation before them," said Richer. "The XR1200 and our new Dark Custom motorcycles, like the nearly sold out Iron 883 launched a year ago and the new Forty-Eight introduced last month, have given them an authentic way to express themselves. In fact, we now sell more bikes to this generation of young riders than to the young adult generation before them."
Richer added, "It's cool to see it happening out in the streets. Even cooler to see one flying more than 150 feet through the air."