El Solitario in Spain is making punk spirited custom motorcycles and riding gear for today’s road life. They built “La Sal del Diablo” with the Bonneville salt flats in mind. It was modified to meet stringent safety regulations: new Avon Distanzia tires good for 120 mph, new electrics, and an emergency cut-off loop attached to the rider. Other mods include short bars, certified fuel lines and a vintage drag-style nose cone.
The donor bike was a matching numbers T120R that underwent a full ground up engine rebuild. Performance upgrades come in the form of a QPD open belt drive, a twin Amal mono block, Boyer ignition, custom exhaust pipes and a fresh set of electrics. A hardtail frame holds the 19 inch Borrani rim at the rear. It’s 21 inch Borrani brother sits in the front end beneath a set of Triumph TT triple trees and Webco short inverted bars. The peanut tank and rear fender are both Wassell units and that front fairing is a one off custom. Paintwork by Nicolai Sclater of Ornamental Conifer.
Legend has it that on the morning of the epic jump, Evel Knievel popped into the Caesars Palace casino and lost his last 100 dollars at the blackjack table, had a shot of Wild Turkey at the bar, then headed outside to the jump site where he was joined by two showgirls. He went through the motions for the pre-jump show, and took a few routine warm-up approaches. According to Knievel, on the actual approach the motorcycle unexpectedly decelerated when he hit the takeoff ramp. The sudden loss of speed caused Knievel to come up short of the projected 141 feet, and he landed on the safety ramp supported by a van. The bad news was– the resulting crash left Knievel in a coma for a month, a crushed pelvis and femur, as well as fractures to his hip, wrist and both ankles. The doctors flatly told him he may never even walk on his own again.