Watch Travis Pastrana Nail Evel Knievel's Jumps

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Next, a 192-foot, 16-bus jump to beat Knievel's 13 buses, albeit one he never successfully completed.

The US extreme sportsman Travis Pastrana successfully recreated three of Evel Knievel's famous motorcycle jumps in Las Vegas last night.

In 1973, Knievel traveled 120 feet when he jumped over 50 crushed cars at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The finale was a recreation of perhaps Knievel's most famous (or infamous?) stunt: jumping the fountains at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Knievel famously crashed after missing the landing on that jump. Back in 1967, Knievel attempted to jump the fountain at Caeser's Palace.

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"It's just such an honor to live a day in Evel's footsteps, and literally his boots", Pastrana said.

Pastrana completed the feat easily, landing with plenty of room to spare and breaking Knievel's jump of 120 feet over 50 cars at the L.A. Coliseum.

Knievel came down short (he said his Triumph 650 suddenly lost power on the take-off) hit the edge of the landing ramp and tumbled into the Dunes carpark, breaking his pelvis, femur, hip, wrist, and both ankles.

In the age of social media and millions of eyes being on live events like this, it was surely health'n'safety-ed to the max.

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The fountains jump was actually the lowest and shortest of the three, but by far the most hard and unsafe because the run-up was less than 61 metres.

He said he was not trying to outshine the notorious stuntman, who died in 2007, but pay homage to his legacy of wanting to go higher, farther and more risky than anyone had gone before.

Over 50 years after Knievel's memorable crash, Pastrana cleared the fountains outside the Las Vegas casino. I proposed to my wife here, I had [the] first Nitro Circus show here.

But Evel may no longer lurk under the jumpsuit of Travis Pastrana. "I'm not done yet, but this was definitely one of the coolest things, the coolest thing I've ever been able to do".

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After finishing with a few burnouts, Pastrana celebrated his triplicating feat by diving into the fountain. And to replicate the kind of bikes his predecessor jumped, Pastrana will do it on an Indian Scout FTR750 - not one of the much lighter motorcross dirt bikes typically ridden in the X Games events.