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Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Harley Gnarly-ness

Crusty Demons creator Jon Freeman hit me off with an email containing an article about Seth Enslow and how he plans on setting the world distance record for jumping a Harley. Yeah, I said it — a Harley Davidson. Supposedly the bike is all tricked out, but come on — it's still a Harley. Leave it to Seth to get all gnar gnar like this and pull it off in Australia. It makes perfect sense really — Aussie's are amped on Seth and freestyle motocross. If Seth breaks the 160-foot mark like he plans, he'll no doubt enlarge his already massive legacy in the land down under. Good luck Seth and don't forget to wear a kidney belt!

Here are a couple paragraphs from the article, which ran in local paper, Mildura Weekly.

You've read about Evel Knievel... well this bloke is another real McCoy when it comes to death-defying acts, and he's got a titanium plate in his head to prove it! The Mildura Weekly's BEN PISCIONERI got the jump on everyone with his story about...

Daredevil Seth, and his bid for jump glory

MILDURA has been chosen as the base for freestyle motocross legend Seth Enslow's quest to break the world record for a distance aerial jump on a Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Seth gets gnar gnar on his har har.
The freestyle and distance jumping identity slipped quietly into Mildura this week, or as quietly as you can when you're clad head-to-toe in tattoos and recognized almost universally from staring roles in the phenomenally successful Crusty Demons of Dirt series, and countless distance jumping triumphs, to continue preparations for his world record attempt in January.

"The longest anyone has jumped a Harley is 158 feet," Seth said on Wednesday as he and his supporters set up their Mildura test jump site.

"The object is to get over 160 feet, maybe up to 200 feet, and set a new Harley Davidson distance record."

Harley Davidsons meanwhile, are designed for road going. The bike Seth is going to use weighs in at 250kg, or a quarter of a ton, and has suspension designed to take the impact of the odd pot-hole or rough bit of road, not touching down from death-defying heights! As a result, there are a lot of unknowns for both the rider, and the men spinning the spanners, with the majority of attention given to the suspension. "I've never really 'flown' one any distance in comparison with the normal Jap bike, so I don't really know how it's going to fly," Seth said.