Evel Knievel Stratocycle Up for Auction

Mecum's to auction Viva Knievel movie scoot Jan 27

Viva Knievel was as close as Evel got to being a superhero and his Stratocycle from the movie ranks up there with anything Batman ever rode either on TV or in the movies. Unlike the `90s Batflicks, no one was stupid enough to put nipples on Evel’s costume. That shit never would’ve played. If you ever wanted a Stratocycle yourself, here’s your chance. Mecum’s is auctioning the one from Viva Knievel this Friday in Vegas.

Its unique and dramatic appearance prompted a toy version of the Stratocycle to be made by Ideal Toy Company ( to this day the most valuable and collectable of all Evel Knievel toys).

The motorcycle has undergone cosmetic restoration; the Plexiglas windscreen and alloy wheels have been replaced to bring it back to screen used appearance.

Measures 96 in. long x 60 in. wide x 54 in. tall. Sold on a Bill of Sale.

This is the only known film-used, stunt-ridden motorcycle by Evel Knievel to reach the auction block.

The motorcycle, custom built by non other than ” Bud Ekins ” on a modified 1976 Harley XLCH Sportster 1000, features a futuristic fiberglass fairing with integral wings, custom exhaust ports, and sports a red, white and blue eagle-motif paint scheme.

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Ridden by Evel Knievel in the daring rescue sequence when he breaks his mechanic friend, played by Gene Kelly, out of the mental hospital.

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VIN# 4A20750H6 shown

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The provenance of this motorcycle is beyond exceptional: it comes with original California registration card issued for (VIN# 4A20750H6) from “AMF Harley Davidson MTR Co.” to “Warner Bros. Inc.” and the original invoice from Harley-Davidson Motor Co., Inc., dated 8-14-78, selling the motorcycle following the production to “Rich Budelier Company” (the Los Angeles Harley dealership which provided the motorcycles for the film) with the following notation: “Used in Evil [sic] Knievel Movie. To be sold for $500. No freight per Tom Bolfert…4A20750H6 Note 1976 bike.” (Tom Bolfert was the ex-head of archives for the Harley-Davidson Motor Co.)

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evel knievel stratocycle

The closest I ever came to my own Stratocycle.

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