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Harley-Davidson Showcases Easy Rider Bike

Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Harley-Davidson Museum Showcases Captain America Bike.
The Harley-Davidson Museum Showcases ‘Captain America’ Bike as Easy Rider celebrates its 40th anniversary.
Easy Rider, the classic American road movie, turns 40 today (July 14). The movie, starring Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper, tells the story of two bikers who travel the country to experience the freedom of the open road from the saddles of their motorcycles.

Fonda played “Captain America” in the movie, and his bike is one of the most recognizable motorcycles in history. There were originally two “Captain America” choppers used in the film, created from Harley-Davidson FLH police bikes. One of the original choppers was destroyed in the filming of the movie, and the other mysteriously disappeared from the movie set. A decade ago, to celebrate the film’s 30th, and with the help of Fonda and those who created the original bikes, an exact replica was created and is featured at the Harley-Davidson Museum. It’s part of a hotbed of pop culture goodies with ties to Harley-Davidson. The Museum also features a bike Elvis once owned, a replica of Evel Knievel’s bike from his attempt at jumping 13 buses at London’s Wembley Stadium, and owns bikes used in Lucasfilm’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

“Harley-Davidson motorcycles have inspired filmmakers since the beginnings of modern film,” said Curatorial Director, Jim Fricke. “Our bikes have been featured in countless movies to portray the spirit of individualism, freedom and rebellion, and we have many examples of this at the Museum.”

The Harley-Davidson Museum is a celebration of America’s historic love affair with independence and the open road, and the company that has fueled the flame. Riders and non-riders alike will appreciate the Harley-Davidson success story of four young entrepreneurs who created a true American icon that has journeyed through 106 years.

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bill bike -Ben Hardy  September 10, 2010 06:13 PM
Ben Hardy info with good vid.

http://thevintagent.blogspot.com/2009/03/ben-hardy-creator-of-captain-america.html
Who Cares -Captain America  November 3, 2009 07:16 AM
I remember reading that Dan Hagarty of "Grizzly Adams" fame owned one of the movie bikes for a while.
Lou Juliana -Major Trivia Question  September 25, 2009 07:17 AM
Ok, at the beginning of the movie, Billie and Peter Fondas character were riding dirt bikes. What kind of bikes were these? Anybody know?
mysteriously yours -i know where the last bike is  August 22, 2009 06:32 PM
one got destroyed, two fonda has, third in the museum, fourth is at kreater custom motorcycle in mississauga, ontario, canada
terry -Bikes  July 24, 2009 09:26 PM
Well Harley D- are a Joke if it wasn't for the film easy rider HD would not have been so famous.
i would not buy a HARLEY again. that was 1980.
B Shattuck -Easyrider  July 15, 2009 05:52 AM
In 1968 when Easyrider was being filmed Harley Davidson was in rough shape and in no condition to give away bikes even if they had wanted too. They were in talks with AMF to take over and was very concerned with their public image. AMF was a family oriented sporting goods business and Harley was presenting motorcycles as being wholesome and didn't want to be associated with anything that detracted from that image. It wasn't until Willie G became a force in the company that Harley finally began to imbrace the "biker' lifestyle. The other two bikes were customized to make the ones that Dennis Hopper rode and I believe that they, along with the surviving Captain America bike were stolen at the end of production.
Tim B -Four Bikes  July 15, 2009 04:43 AM
Dennis says four bikes were made? This article says only two were made. What happened to the other two bikes? Harley Davidson is a hypocritical organization. They only want to be involved with things that help their "image" and help them make money. They don't stand for what they believe in and their stand on things changes as they see fit. But that's another article in of itself.
Uneasy Rider -a little hypocrisy from Harley...  July 14, 2009 07:39 PM
Just finished reading my August 2009 issue of "Motorcyclist" magazine. There's a five question article with Dennis Hopper. He was asked: "Where did you get the bikes for the movie?" His reply: "We bought four police bikes at auction and made choppers out of them. We asked Harley-Davidson to give us bikes, but they didn't want anything to do with a "biker" movie. I've heard now that there are actually replicas of both movie bikes in the new Harley-Davidson Museum." Ironic, isn't it...