The blessings I have received when booking jump shows is amazing including Drag strips in New Mexico – Dirt Tracks in Alabama, Florida, New York – Nebraska – and Harley shops were all hot on the Memorial Day Weekend Saturday May 28th. This time I was able to pick where I am going to Jump – and that will be at the “Bash at the Farm” for Shayne Suppes from my hometown of Scott City, Kansas is putting on a huge biker party for all with Music and more!
I am very excited to be in my hometown area and where my first jump was in Dighton, Kansas back in 1973. My hometown is close only like 15 miles away from the Bash headquarters at Shayne’s farm which is just south of Grigston, Kansas east of Scott City on hiway 96 about the same distance from Dighton.
I will be doing one jump by myself and then one with a passenger on behind me – Everyone is invited!
Google has the directions for you click here
The “curse” of Cape Girardeau, Missouri struck in the 2 o’clock afternoon show. I was nursing a leg injury and did not go out and check my set up until it was too late. Remember there is never a too late when you are setting up a jump…..I blew it! When I saw the take off ramp was set up over half way down the floor and saw no room to stop I did the old “awe it will be ok”….. oops that never works and is a curse. We had only about 75 feet to stop and was headed into a door way which was only about 4 foot wide.
On the slick concrete floor we had put coke syrup to help the quads race and the monster trucks to hook up and it worked but the area where I was needing to stop never got treated and was slick as it could be! I noticed it was a little slick and on a speed run with “TIGG” on behind me I told her to hold on this could get very interesting. Then I decided to take another step and that was to jump in 2nd gear where the engine would be screaming and might help shut the speed down. Got to the speed to make a safe jump and it was shutting down quick until I hit the part of the floor that was not treated and SPLAT down we went only I slammed into a door and it’s support with my shoulder and arm and wrist.
We both ended up on the concrete inside the lobby area and we were both basically ok. I finally got my breath back and was checked by the EMT’s where they finally released me. TIGG got a cut on her knee from the door but she was ok other than that.
We both decided to cancel the evening jump and not try to break the curse – Cape G has my respect I join two other jumpers (fmx guys) that crashed in that building also.
Thank you Jesus for making sure our injuries were small and we can recover!
After the crash in Tennessee my foot is healing up and is doing well.
The next jump on March 5th was a single jump with no one on the back but Jesus.
We are happy to appear in Arkansas and this is the first time since I jumped in Rogers, Arkansas at Pig Trail Harley-Davidson several years ago.
Prior to that in 1980 I jumped at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock but those are the only times I have performed in Arkansas
It was a great show with Monster Trucks putting on a great show!
Here is a photo of me in Hot Springs the bike felt so good with that new Penske shock on the back.
Dodge City, Kansas inside the United Wireless Arena on Saturday night Feb 20th, 2016 …We did it! Metissa Smith and I crawled on the 600 Harley and without practice or spending any time on the motorcycle prayed together and nervously aggressively blasted up the take off ramp and jumped 5 cars and the crowd went crazy!
First thing she said when we landed was she was ready to do it again!
M-et Smith will be my passenger on my Harley when we jump in Dodge City on February 20th inside the United Wireless Arena.
Metissa and I have been buddies for over 10 years. In fact she and my Son were good friends for quite a while. M-et as she likes to be called in 22 years old and is a competition body builder and a former motocross rider. She has the experience I needed to do this safely and she will be a hit with the hometown crowd.
I am excited and proud to have her as part of this jump!
We had a great weekend in Grand Island, Nebraska with two safe jumps and great crowds. We woke up on Sunday and then drove in all types of winter weather to Cookeville, Tenn where we were scheduled to do a Friday and a Saturday nights event on Jan 22-23. Winter weather slammed us the whole week. It was so cold I could not get warmed up.
We unloaded the motorcycles and it was evident we needed them in a warm place so Rusty from the venue got us a great room and we turned the heaters on and warmed them Harley’s up.
Friday the snow was so bad no one was moving and schools were closed and even Walmart closed. So we pulled the plug and postponed the Friday event and placed it on Saturday afternoon.
When we opened up the doors on Saturday afternoon for ticket sales there were a few brave soles that made it out but it was only 11 degrees! The jump was set up with a whole lot of take off room and so we put 9 car jump together and everything looked good. Before the show the monster ride truck had given rides and the dirt was packed in and everything looked good. The crew had opened up a side door I was to use to go outside if I could not stop. It was only about 8 foot wide and at a 45 degree angle.
The jump went great I was spot on where to land and the new set up on the bike was amazing and everything looked great until I started to get closer and closer to the end and I was not slowing down….the dirt had frozen and it was like ICE!! I slammed into the gate and wall about 40mph and broke/shattered 3 toes and 4 bones in my foot and took most the the skin off my right arm and my whole right side was bruised and hurt. I ended up walking inside after this huge horrific crash and told the crowd come back at 7:30pm because no matter what I was jumping. And I did! That 7:30pm jump was again spot on and this time I crashed into big round hay bales and was not injured.
About 1 am we finally got to the hotel and started taking off my leathers and boots. That is when we saw the damage to my foot and arm and it was horrific! That early 1am Sunday morning I went to the Emergency Room at the Hospital and all they did was clean it up and bandage it and gave me some pain pills. I do not take pain pills.
Below are some graphic photos hope they do not upset you – but I thought you needed to see how bad I was hurt.
Below is My foot the first night at the hospital!
Later on Wednesday in Maryland I went to the doctor and they freaked out! My foot Smelled allot like dead fish! I was severely infected two more visits and I flew home on Saturday and been taking all sorts of meds and keeping care of it.
Currently February 6th I am almost healed up and I have until Jan 20th until I jump again with Metissa Smith on behind me in Dodge City. Praise God for the healing!
Sometimes I wonder if I might have hit my head too many times! Here I am jumping in Grand Island, Nebraska for two nights January 15th and 16th inside an arena with no where for me to start and get speed and then if I do not crash trying to make the jump the landing is going to be treacherous! When I land the bike from the jump and hit the brakes I have less than 50 feet before I am outside in the ice and snow at about 55mph! What the heck was I thinking!?!
We will do our best when we set the ramps to give me all the space there is for my attempt to get speed up to jump! I am not worrying about style all I want to do is clear those cars and land on the landing ramp! Landing short like I did in New Mexico almost killed me, what I am I saying? It did kill me! The ambulance flight doctor lost me twice to a severe concussion and brain bleed plus my ribs were broken, sternum split, spleen ruptured, bruised my heart, and flattened one lung for a while! Heck yah this is some serious stuff people!
There is the reason I do this . . . you fans! I Love yah big time and want to give you the best show ever and want to prove to myself that just because I am 65 years old there is no reason to hold back. Please come to this show I need to hear you and get those handshakes and biker type huggz I am all about my fans and friends coming to the show and this one is going to be great. Here is your souvenir collector poster and the latest bio sheet on me!
Tickets are available ticketmaster.com or dial 1-800-745-3000 or they are available at the Heartland Events Center box office.
Indoor jumps are so intense!
The 2016 Winter Indoor Jump schedule is looking busy:
He will be revving up his Harley-Davidson’s
and jumping at these NO LIMITS MONSTER TRUCK events:
2016 BIG ED BECKLEY Up-coming Jump Schedule
Jan 15-16 Grand Island, Neb
Jan 22-23 Cookeville TN
Jan 29-30 Salisbury, MD (Passenger Jump)
Feb 5-6 Memphis, TN
March 5 Hot Springs, ARK
March 11-12 Pasco, WA
March 19 Billings, MT (Passenger Jump)
April 2nd Pocatello, ID (Single and Passenger Jump)
stay tuned more dates to be added…