The XR1200 makes headlines again, providing the vehicle to take US Daredevil, Seth Onslow, into the record books as the longest distance jumped on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle: a distance of 56 metres – or 183.7ft.This broke his previous record of 53.34m/175ft that had stood for a few minutes, which had shattered the ten year record of Bubba Blackwell who had jumped 157ft in Las Vegas in 1999, breaking the record established by Evel Knievel in 1975.

Don't go looking for any of these in the Guinness Book of Records, because there isn't one that specifically identifies a make of motorcycle: maybe Guinness is sensitive about letting commercial interests and branding detract from the honour of the achievement ;-)

There is no mention of the modifications made to the XR1200 used, which looks like it was stripped for weight savings, but I'm sure that any aftermarket suppliers will be quick to capitalise on the opportunity if it arises.

Next up to the plate will be Evel Knievel's son, Robbie, who will be attempting to jump 16 London buses in May, at Battersea Power Station, exactly 35 years after his father failed to clear 13 buses in a career threatening crash. Robbie normally jumps using a Honda CR500, but for this monumental tribute to his father, he will be swapping that for an iconic XR-750, as used by Evel.