News 30 Nov 2009

FMX: Saul completes world first back flip on Harley Davidson


Defending Australasian Freestyle Motocross Champion Kain Saul has done the impossible; landed a back flip on a road based Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Saul made the decision to attempt the incredible stunt only 24 hours prior to boarding the XR1200 Sportster machine for the very first time. He made the trip from his home on the Gold Coast in Queensland, to Tooradin, South- East of Melbourne Victoria to spend an afternoon jumping into a purpose built foam pit. Immediately he knew the jump was within his grasp and the very next day made history.

“I didn’t really tell too many people about this jump. I wanted to keep it on the low-down just in case things didn’t feel right, or I wasn’t feeling comfortable. Kain Saul said.

For Saul this stunt is arguably one of the most dangerous of his career. The XR1200 Harley weighs in at a massive 257kg’s; around two and a half times the weight of his regular FMX bike, a Yamaha YZ 250F. The consequences of getting a back flip on this nature wrong, would be catastrophic however Saul took the challenge and the inherent risks in his stride.

“I was actually surprised at how comfortable I felt on the bike right away. As soon as I did my first flip into the foam pit, I knew I could get it done. I was pretty nervous, but that feeling I got when I landed was just amazing; that feeling is why I love riding dirt bikes so much!” Saul said.

The modified Harley Davidson XR1200 is the brainchild of Mildura based, Quick-Fix Harley Davidson dealer principal Gavin Walker. Walker has spent close to two years planning for this moment and searching for the right rider to attempt the stunt.

“I’m just so wrapped to see Sauly (Kain Saul) land the worlds first ever Harley back flip! So much work has gone into making this happen, it feels so good to finally see it pay off.” Gavin Walker said.

The future of the Harley back flip from here is uncertain however both rider and creator suggest there could be the possibility of far more amazing Harley Davidson stunts to come.

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