'Pure Evel, American Legend' and more motorcycles on TV

Evel Knievel prior to his jump over the

Evel Knievel prior to his jump over the fountain at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. ( Dec. 31, 1967) (Credit: Bettmann/CORBIS)

"Pure Evel: American Legend," a new documentary (airing Monday on Discovery) about Evel Knievel, will attempt to figure out what made the legendary motorcycle jumper tick. To mark the occasion, let's rev up our engines and look at five other TV shows (not named "Sons of Anarchy") that featured motorcycles.

THEN CAME BRONSON (1969-70) In this short-lived series, Michael Parks played a newspaperman who takes to the open road on his Harley-Davidson Sportster to ponder the meaning of life after the suicide of his best friend.

HAPPY DAYS (1974-84) The world's nicest juvenile delinquent, Arthur Fonzarelli, aka The Fonz (Henry Winkler), rode a Triumph TBS Trophy.


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CHiPs (1977-83) Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada were Jon and Ponch, two members of the elite, motorycle-riding California Highway Patrol.

STREET HAWK (1985) Rex Smith starred in this action drama as an ex-motorcycle cop who was injured on the job. A scientist agreed to heal his injuries if he would become the test pilot for his "Street Hawk" cycle -- a futuristic vehicle that traveled 300 mph and could leap through the air, among other benefits.

CROSSROADS (1992-93) Robert Urich played a New York prosecutor who put his career on hold to hit the road on his vintage motorcycle with his troubled teen son on the back in an effort to straighten out the boy.

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