Does anyone know if anyone ever located one of the original Captain America harley's from the 1969 Easy Rider movie? I love that bike!!!!!
Correct, except there was a back up for each motorcycle thus there were 4 of them (2 Billy's & 2 Capt. America's) and 3 were stolen. The only original surviving Captain America bike is in the National Motrocycle Museum in Anamosa, IA.There were 2 of them. One was DESTROYED during filming and the other was stolen and as far as I know never recovered.
Sorry, just did a check. The bike that was "crashed" in the filming, was rebuilt by Dan Haggerty who helped Fonda build both bikes the first time around. He sold it at auction in 1996. That is the only one left of the 2 Captain america's and the 2 Billy Bikes.
Hope that answers your question.
I did say there were 2 of each. And the one in Animosa is a replica just like the one in the Harley Museum is also a replica.Correct, except there was a back up for each motorcycle thus there were 4 of them (2 Billy's & 2 Capt. America's) and 3 were stolen. The only original surviving Captain America bike is in the National Motrocycle Museum in Anamosa, IA.
Yep, in "Motor Cyclist" interview with Dennis Hopper this month!The motorcycles for the film, based on hardtail frames and Panhead engines, were designed and built by chopper builders Cliff Vaughs and Ben Hardy, following ideas of Peter Fonda, and handled by Tex Hall and Dan Haggerty during shooting.
In total, four former police bikes were used in the film. The 1949, 1950 and 1952 Harley Davidson Hydraglide bikes were purchased at an auction for US$ 500 (equivalent to approx. US$ 2500 at 2007 currency rates). Each bike had a backup to make sure that shooting could continue in case one of the old machines failed or got wrecked accidentally. One "Captain America" was demolished in the final scene, while the other three were stolen and probably taken apart before their significance as movie props became known. The demolished bike was rebuilt by Dan Haggerty and shown in a museum. He sold it at an auction in 2001. Many other replicas have been built since the filmâ€™s release.
Hopper and Fonda hosted a wrap party for the movie and then realised they hadn't shot the final campfire scene. Thus, it was shot after the bikes had already been stolen, which is why they are not visible in the background as in the other campfire scenes.
I did say there were 2 of each. And the one in Animosa is a replica just like the one in the Harley Museum is also a replica.
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