Cole Freeman: The Modern Day Evel Knievel! 100 Foot Jump Aboard a 1,000 Pound Harley
To many people, Evel Knievel was their hero, an outlaw biker who they could grow up ...
To many people, Evel Knievel was their hero, an outlaw biker who they could grow up watching jump just about anything on his beloved Harley, anywhere from California to London. Evel had no fear, Whether it was Caesars Palace, a jump that almost killed him, or the Snake River Canyon, which also almost killed him. It didn’t matter, Evel just wanted to put on a show for his fans, with his signature Red, White, And Blue Leathers.
For years after Evel stopped jumping the world didn’t have a daredevil on a motorcycle until a new sport, Freestyle Motocross, came to be thanks to the X Games. Thees guys were doing tricks on dirt bikes, catching ridiculous air, and a man named Travis Pastrana started throwing back flips and completely changed the game. The sport grew to a point that even Travis, literally one of FMX’s founding fathers, doesn’t compete anymore, opting instead to tour with his insane stunt show, The Nitro Circus, selling out stadiums around the world.
Today we have Cole Freeman, the modern day outlaw biker who just loves to ride. Cole has been jumping his Harley’s for a number of years now, but things have been escalating. Jumping anything from bsses, to hay bales, at any state or event in the country. Cole just wants to have fun! He brings along his crew of outlaw bikers. “Ill Conduct”, a group of stunt riders who throw down stunts on street bikes, and Harley’s while setting up for Cole’s big jumps.
In this video we see Cole on his 1000 lb Harley Davidson road glide. Yes, that’s right, a bagger, a big heavy bike you normally see cruising the highway on a cross country road trip. Cole jumps a bunch of hay bales, and in typical fashion, things get a little sketchy. Riding in true Evel style without the aid of a speedometer, Cole has to take his best guess at his approach speed. He comes in a little too hot, overshooting his landing by a few feet, which results in a hard impact that sends the bike crashing through the ramp, but Cole has the skill and presence of mind to keep the bike under control and upright. The total distance for the jump is 99 feet, resetting Freeman’s own Road Glide jump record and cementing his place as the modern king of the outlaw stuntmen!
Cole Freeman set a record yesterday at the Corn Palace. Congratulations buddy! Glad I could be a part of that day!
Posted by Cameraman Chris on Friday, August 3, 2018