Evel's leathers were unlined and I would imagine, very hot and rough on bare skin.
Another little known, usless bit of Knievelbilia is that Robbie had Bates make him "press leathers" that had no padding sewn into them. Bates made him agree to never jump in them and only use them for personal appearances.
Of the jumps that I was involved with, Robbie jumped in the press leathers probably 5 times including the Hummer jump. Robbie gave Eddie Gossage the leathers after that jump.
The contract actually requested the leathers as a condition of the agreement. After the jump, RK signed the leathers and gave them to Eddie. Eddie also owns the helmet that Sedlac painted for Robbie.
Another tidbit... When Wembley ultimately refused to allow Robbie to use the stadium it was given serious consideration to hold the XR750 16 bus jump at Texas Motor Speedway.
: Great pictures Jeff..thanks for
: sharing..However is there not a whole
: process of putting the leathers on..I
: remember seeing Robbie once years ago
: wearing powder or something..but crazy none
: the less to jump in jeans and a t-shirt..
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