Charlie helps get Big Ed ready to fly!
“I am ready to think about hanging up my leathers, helmet also putting my motorcycles in a museum,” recently said Big Ed Beckley the World’s Largest Motorcycle Jumper. The next jump could be his last after a career that started in 1973 after going and watching Evel Knievel do a jump at the Kansas State Fair. Since then over 1,000 jumps and 10 really bad crashes it may be time to hang it up and retire.
Beckley who is now 66 years old recently (June 25th) made a jump at the Route 66 Biker Rally just outside of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was successful and the promoter had a great crowd to watch Ed do his show.
Big Ed Beckley while seaming having 9 lives says ” Oh yah I have been asked if I have used the Cat life theory. I have probably used up 10 of them out of the 9 they are supposed to have but hey I am 66 years old and no cat ever lived this long!”
Beckley will ride/fly/jump off a 7 foot tall 30 feet long ramp and hopefully sail about 100 feet through the air as he attempts to jump over a bunch of cars and vans during the NO LIMITS MONSTER TRUCKS at Arena’s and Race tracks all over the U.S. and Canada. Beckley has crashed attempting these same jumps and he has made it also “You never know what is going to happen until it does. When you go off that ramp the bike rises up to about 20 feet from the ground in the apex of the jump and that takes my breath away every time!, Beckley said.
Riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles is nothing new to him. The first time Big Ed was only 15 years old and he was on his Harley Sportster and his Mom and Dad where on their big Harley and as a family they rode to the Sturgis, South Dakota motorcycle rally. He has been using Harley’s exclusively to jump with since 1988.
Continuing to think about retiring Big Ed is skeptic of the will and desire to keep on jumping,”I love it and love the people’s expressions and meeting them when they find out I am 66 years old and still do this!,” Beckley said.
Big Ed’s jumps are always be first thing after the National Anthem and a prayer by the Christian Motorcyclist Association who attend most of Beckley’s jumps all over the United States. “I am not going off that ramp without Jesus on the motorcycle with me, he has kept me alive when doctors said I was a done”.
Stay tuned more about Big Ed’s next jumping event will be posted on this website when scheduled.