The Big Red trailer that carried some of Knievel’s jump bikes will be on tour with some of the museum collection for a year. When the museum opens, it will have many of Knievel’s jump motorcycles, a larger-than-life bronze and copper statue, and original performance leathers and helmets, including the helmet Knievel wore in 1975 when he crashed while trying to jump over 13 buses at Wembley Stadium in London. Knievel attempted more than 75 jumps in the 1960s and ’70s and became known for the stunts he landed and his crashes. The museum will include some of the x-rays of the 433 broken bones he amassed in his lifetime. He died in 2007 at the age of 69 from pulmonary fibrosis.
Memorabilia of motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel will tour the country before settling into a permanent home in the summer of 2016 at the new Evel Knievel Museum at Historic Harley-Davidson in Topeka, Kansas.