Motorcycle News - Damage Control: How the ‘Evel Knievel’ FTR750 was built
Pastrana picked the Indian Scout FTR750 as his weapon of choice. Why? Because the stunt was an homage to the days before purpose-built FMX machines became a thing.
Roland Sands Design was selected to prep the FTR750 for the abuse it would take. And the Californians also had to tweak it to suit Pastrana’s riding style. “We started with a great bike,” the guys tell us, “so it was really about making Travis comfortable, and getting the ergos right.”
Specialist Jimmy Wood stepped in, revalving the stock Öhlins forks to increase stiffness, and building a custom Race Tech GS3 rear shock.
The FTR750 still rolls on flat track rubber, in the form of 19” Dunlop DT3s. But the wheels have been swapped for a set of ‘Traction’ race items from RSD’s own catalog.
Curious about what sort of pressures you’d run for jumping over things? It’s 28 psi at the front, and 32 psi at the rear—considerably lower than the recommended pressures on the road-going Scout.
Other components include ProTaper grips, and a TrailTech Stealth Striker speedo. The foot controls are a mix of RSD mid-mounts, with ProTaper platform footpegs.
In the end, the skies were overcast at the time of the jump, and the temperature in the low 70s.
Equal consideration went into the gearing. RSD fitted Superlite quick-change race sprockets, but shortened the gearing so that Pastrana could get up to 2nd and 3rd for the jumps. That way, they could eliminate any possibility of a false neutral between 1st and 2nd at a critical time.
We rarely profile bikes with stock bodywork. But the FTR750 looks so good out the box—and is so period correct—that there was no need to swap out the tank and tail. The only bodywork change was subtle—but very necessary. Seat specialists Saddlemen built a custom, MX-style gripper seat to RSD’s spec.
With that sorted, Airtrix laid down probably the most important mod of all—an Evel Knievel replica livery.
Neither Pastrana, nor the FTR750, broke. We’d call that a win.
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August 9, 2018 at 12:25PM