Daredevil Lawrence “Legend” Ryan is as famous for his crashes as he is for his death-defying stunts – and his star shines a little brighter after the weekend.
Mr Ryan attempted a world record at the Rhythm’n’Rail Festival by jumping a Harley Davidson over a train carriage and was lucky not to break any bones as he crashed the bike upon landing.
He cleared the carriage but a misfire in low revs and rogue gear change impacted his landing by throwing the handlebars out of his left hand.
“You can’t claim it as successful if you don’t ride the bike out of the jump,” Mr Ryan said.
“You have to have those failures.
“People will remember this one.”
Mr Ryan sustained a sprained wrist and pulled shoulder muscles after landing under the bike.
Mr Ryan holds genuine concerns that one day he will have a serious crash in front of a young audience.
But he said every time he walks away from a failed jump, he ensures he interacts with the crowd, assures them he is alright and promotes the benefits of safety clothing while riding.
Mr Ryan has been in the business for 26 years and while he admits he is “getting on” he has no intentions of slowing down, despite the rising ranks of young riders gunning to take his place.
“These young fellas are doing front flips and back flips and I can’t compete with that and I don’t have to,” he said.
“I don’t have to jump as far, I just have to jump interesting objects.
‘Now it’s time to move onto the next one … although, I might come back to this later.”