“This is awesome! I’m stoked!” Enslow said
after entering the record books.
The tattooed biker and his team spent a
year preparing for the 95mph jump. "We've worked hard at creating
history and we're all glad he landed it safely," Harley-Davidson
spokesman Adrian O'Donoughue said.
News reports that Seth
Enslow actually broke the record twice. The first
time he flew 175 feet, but cameras weren't ready to record
it, so he went again, this time adding an extra 8 feet. The previous world record for the Longest
jump in a Harley-Davidson was a 47.85m jump in Las
Vegas in 1999.
The heavily tattooed stuntman, a star
of the Crusty Demons motorbike troupe, held his crotch and
grimaced after landing “awkwardly” on the second jump, but
did not suffer any serious injury, a spokeswoman said. “I
think it’s just the way he landed but it’s nothing too drastic,
as far as I’m aware,” she said.
Aussie Harley expert Gavin Walker, who
worked with Seth to set up the jump, said the bike was a standard
XR1200 model, but had strengthened suspension and motocross
He added: "This was hard but I'm thrilled it
has been a success. A lot could have gone wrong but thankfully
it didn't." Seth
Enslow was injured when he failed to break the world
record in 1999 on a custom-built Honda bike.
Enslow's jump is not a Guinness World Record
as Guinness World Records has no category for specific motorcycles,
but it still stands as a world record and it is recognized
by the World Record Academy.
Evel Knievel, real name Roger Knievel,
set the original Harley jump record in October 1975, when
he jumped 115ft (35 metres) over 14 Greyhound buses at the
Kings Island theme park in Cincinnati, Ohio.