Pushing the boundaries-
Truly I have pushed the boundaries in nearly everything I have ever done in life. Now at 65 years old (July 6th) I am still able to do these jumps and in fact I seem to be doing them better than I did a few years back. Since I began my career back in 1973 have jumped 10 semi trucks with my Harley – Jumped over two helicopters with the blades spinning- jumped over 25 people laying side by side – Jumped over a million dollars worth of Limousines – BUT one of the craziest things I did was jump with a passenger on behind me!
The passenger jump was something no one else had ever done and the first one to do it was an old friend of mine Dennis Sharpe from Dighton, Kansas which is about 25 miles east of my birthplace and old home town of Scott City. I was performing my first professional jump at a Demo Derby in 1973 at the Dighton fairgrounds and I was to jump 5 cars ramp to ramp on my Yamaha MX 360. I had been practicing for about 4 months and doing a 5 car jump was easy but they would not let me do any more than that. So I thought what if I had a passenger and knowing Dennis was just as crazy as I was and he was about the size of a jockey so he was light and small – perfect! We did the jump that night and then everyone wanted to see that!
I was convinced that other people wanted to see this and talked Floyd Reed from the Death Riders Thrill Show this should be part of his show. His son Danny Reed came down one winter day and after I hand scooped the street off in Scott City next to my house we hopped on my bike and did the jump with him on the bike. He and I did that as part of a 21 act Thrill Show until I got hurt bad and had to quit the show.
For our 7th Wedding Anniversary my wife (at the time) I convinced Linda to jump with me for Canada Dry in 1978. Linda was a trouper and jumped with me and we toured many years until we had our son Scotty and decided she better not take a chance on getting hurt.
I then found a pretty athletic daring young lady by the name of Vicki Sims. Vicki was just breaking into Hollywood as a stuntwoman and I hired her also to do a free fall into an airbag. With plenty of courage and the help of my old friend Spanky Spangler we safely taught her how to do falls from nearly 100 foot! We were thinking of a name and I came up with Falling Angel! Crowds loved her and her and I were best friends.
When I stopped jumping and touring back in 1994 we lost track of each other. Vicki went on to be a very successful action actress which means she could act and do stunts. Currently she is a Physical Education teacher and she says she is ready to climb on the back of this Harley and fly again. People have been asking to see this and I know the crowds will come and the media loves it.
Look for the return of the passenger jump and hopefully with my sweet friend Vicki Sims on the behind me as we raise the bar again and follow our dreams!
My friend Gene Sullivan is a 68 year old motorcycle jumper and evangelist, Gene was Evel’s body guard for a few years. He and his family including Ceci Sullivan and Daniel Sullivan and their group JUMP FOR JESUS team have a great way to spread Jesus’s word and give people lots of great music filled with messages about our Lord Jesus Christ.
When Gene does his jump it is an attack on the Devil as he leaves the ramp and jumps a long ways to slam into a 2,000 degree flaming, skin melting firewall as Gene crashes the gates of Hell with his high flying motorcycle.
I sincerely hope he can do his program in my and your hometown area sometime soon. I know everyone would like it and we need this type of attack on the Devil in these days filled with stupid attacks on historical flags and then radical Muslims attacking our non armed Marines in Tennessee.
God Bless Jumping for Jesus and keep Gene Sullivan on the road all over the World!
Check out his video and if you are interested in helping him getting a program in your area and want to help you can contact our office 940-683-4742 or get on his website www.jumpforjesus.net
Torrential down-pouring for at least 5 hours made the staff of the Speedway move the date to Sunday evening June 28th. After a big rain storm on Thursday night there was no way to make the show happen on Friday night at the Lakeside Speedway. Lakeside is a 3/8 mile high banked dirt track about 4 miles north of the Kansas Speedway NASCAR track. Big Ed was there to be the first motorcycle jumper to ever perform at that track and to jump over 10 new Chevrolet trucks from McCarthy Chevy.
After officials called the race a rain out and it was evident the phone calls were going crazy Big Ed came to the rescue. Friday evening Ed answered the phone telling everyone that called about the event being moved to a rain-date on Sunday and it seemed to go over big with the speedway’s customers. “Hey I am way more of a personality than an answering machine”, Big Ed laughingly said.
Saturday our crew went to the track and did some suspension work on the 600 Harley. “Nothing was wrong but we had time to maybe try some different settings. We wanted to adjust the pre-load on the rear shock and to add some compression dampening to the front forks,” said Beckley. Nothing else to do on Saturday so Big Ed spent the evening attending a sold out Rolling Stones concert in Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday night (don’t even try to figure out how he got tickets it will blow you away!). Sunday the crew woke up to a beautiful sunny day and the track crews were getting the race track ready when we arrived and it looked great. We needed to do some speed runs but it was apparent they did not want us to ride on the track.
Everything on jump day is usually done with a check list followed with speed runs and placement of the ramps and the cars or whatever we are jumping over. Not at this event. We were scheduled to be during the first intermission which was scheduled for around 8pm and that is when we found out we had been moved up on the schedule and Ed had 5 minutes to change into his leathers!
While the ramps were being set up Ed was getting ready and pushing out the 600 Harley he was to jump with. As he entered the race track the crowd began to shout out “Go Big Ed!”
Here is where it got interesting to say the least! As Ed rode his Harley 600 around on the track it was very evident the track was higher on the south end of the straight a way that meant he would be jumping up hill! With that being the case the landing ramp was higher than the take off ramp was after it was set up because the landing ramp was on the South end. No time to change it around Ed decided he needed about 8 mph faster take off speed to vault over the distance which was nearly 85 feet and it was up hill so it was like jumping 100 feet. As he started the bike up and started doing a speed runs and then sited the ramp in and that is when it was apparent this was not going to be easy! There was three vans on the end and one of them had flashing lights on it and another the one closest to the landing ramp had a luggage rack on top and was a foot taller than the landing ramp!
Big Ed the professional shook it off and grabbed a big handful of Harley power and blasted off the takeoff ramp and started arching towards the sky and it looked really good then the bike snagged the van to and Big Ed whacked the throttle and drove it off without a problem which was a heck of a jump and then completed without being a tragedy! After signing autographs till the last person had their signed photo the crew took out for World famous Bridgeport, Texas the home of the World’s Largest Motorcycle DareDevil!
We are very excited to announce that Big Ed will be performing at the Lakeside Speedway just outside of Kansas City, Kansas. The track promotion department was just as excited and confirmed today they have put us on the schedule for Friday night June 26th!
The jump Big Ed will be attempting will be a ramp to ramp jump on his Harley over 10 new Chevrolet trucks!
Big Ed says, “Thank you Jesus for the opportunity to do these jumps and share my faith and witness to these great people who attend events like this.” Big Ed’s last appearance in Kansas City was back in 1981 at the old Lakeside Speedway which Evel had jumped there a few years before. “No motorcycle daredevil has attempted a ramp to ramp jump over cars ever at this new Speedway so I am making history and will be doing my best to make a exciting and safe jump!” said Beckley.
Big Ed is originally from Western Kansas but even if his hometown he grew up in is over 300 miles away he has plenty of friends from the Kansas City area and wants to invite all of them out to Lakeside to cheer him on!
Thanks go to his friends that help him prepare like Charlie Shirley – Robbie Brasher – Frank Hardman Pig Trail Harley-Davidson/Buell – Kenny Hapke Haps Leathers – Travis Smith – Curt Winter BTR Moto – Kenny Tolbert and Scott Scherb!
SOMETHING NEW THAT WILL HAVE THEM ALL TALKING!!
RACE TRACKS, DRAG STRIPS, CELEBRATIONS, DEALERS, BIKER RALLIES!
Here is the hook to grab spectators and some big PR!
Big Ed’s ready to do a Harley Sportster Jump
lengthwise over a 14 x 70 Mobile Home at your event!
Call Big Ed Beckley 940-683-4742 now!
Nearly 10,000 people were in the McLane Stadium at Baylor University in Waco, Texs on Saturday night May 2nd! They were so pumped up and loud I could hear them over my Harley! After the jump we were invited to party with so many people after the show or to join them in their suites in the stadium and well we had a good time to say the least!
Robbie Brasher his wife Tamara and his son Ryan and his son’s side kick Stetson plus Risky Rick and his wife Edie and my buddy Charley Shirley extended my take off ramp from 6 ft to 8.5 feet and changed the angle to 15 degrees to launch me over the semi trucks and wreckers they brought me.
Coming out of the back of the stadium rear parking lot shifting gears and revving up that bike was exhilarating to say the least! As I was heading to the take off ramp it was rough and the flashbulbs were going off and as the bike went in the air I could hear the crowd screaming! As it landed I knew I had made it and let her down smoothly and got it stopped before I crashed into the stadium wall!
Thank you Jesus and all the Glory goes to my Lord for keeping me safe!
Special thanks to Tow King of Waco, Haps Leathers and Kenny Tolbert and also the Rock Church of Bridgeport, Texas
Like a fat kid with Cake I am smiling ear to ear!
I am so proud of my new HAPS LEATHERS
made by Mr and Mrs Kenny Hapke from Illinois!
These are some of the most awesome feeling,
fit, good looking costume that I have ever had.
The UPS truck unloaded the box here in my office
and when I opened the box if was as if magic popped out!
These are here in time and fit so I will be able to use them in Waco
when I let that Harley jump bike fly Saturday May 2nd!
Saturday May 2nd 2015 hopefully I get to cross one of my bucket list.
That specific item is a 10 Semi Truck Jump with my Harley which will take place inside of the McLane Stadium on the campus of the Baylor University!
Ironically 10 semi trucks is the jump I saw Evel do back in 1971 at the Kansas State Fair and that is what started my career. Never the opportunity has come around – till now!!
This will start out a even bigger show than me with 10 monster trucks in competition for the first ever open competition NO LIMITS Monster Truck World Championship! Also there is a Hot Rod Truck N Tractor Pull as well!
This is big . . . . this is the Big Show!
TicketMaster has tickets phone 1-800-745-3000 to order your tickets for this must see event or get them at the box office at the Stadium or on line ticketmaster.com