Riding the Harley XR1200X from Bikaner to Jaisalmer

Evel Knievel was an American legend, a daredevil who made a living doing ramp-to-ramp jumps on a motorcycle. And one of his most famous jumps was on a Harley Davidson XR750 over 19 cars. That was a world record in 1971. A record held by Evel for 27 years before being broken by someone else. Again on an XR750.

Jumping records were not the only thing Evel broke. In a career that spanned over a decade-and-a-half, Evel also made it to the Guinness Book of World Records – not for a jump, but for having broken the most number of bones in a lifetime. That’s 433 broken bones if you’re interested.

Why this sudden history lesson on an American daredevil, you ask? Well, because I’m riding a Harley-Davidson XR1200X, a bike that pays homage to the XR750. The XR750 was Evel’s favourite bike, apart from being Harley’s most successful dirt track racer. So yes, unlike a lot of Harleys, which come with large padded seats to rest fat bottoms, the XR1200X is meant for a slightly different breed of riders.