The Easy Rider movie is one of the most iconic films in motorcycling, the film featuring Peter Fonda exposing the sub culture of the 1960s.The main actor of the Easy Rider cast, Fonda (Wyatt) rode a chopped Harley-Davidson Panhead with the American Flag painted on the gas tank. Fonda’s Hardtail – coined “Captain America” – became a symbol of freedom for bikers, and now one of the original Easy Rider bikes is on display at the EMP Museum in Seattle.
This Captain America – the “last remaining motorcycle from the landmark film” – is on display at EMP Museum was “partially destroyed in the film’s final scene, then rebuilt years later.”When Fonda and Dennis Hopper (Billy) began their search for “America” in 1969, both found out their journey would have a profound influence not only on audiences but on film-making itself.Easy Rider came helped create the “New Hollywood,” and helped summarize the conflicts and contradictions of the counter culture.For additional information, visit EMP Museum.Photo credit: Brady Harvey/EMP MuseumAbout EMP MuseumEMP is a leading-edge, nonprofit museum, dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel popular culture. With its roots in rock ‘n’ roll, EMP serves as a gateway museum, reaching multigenerational audiences through our collections, exhibitions, and educational programs, using interactive technologies to engage and empower our visitors. At EMP, artists, audiences, and ideas converge, bringing understanding, interpretation, and scholarship to the popular culture of our time.EMP is housed in a 140,000 square-foot Frank O. Gehry-designed building. This spectacular, prominently visible structure has the presence of a monumental sculpture set against the backdrop of the Seattle Center.
Easy Rider Motorcycle – Captain America Photo Gallery
This week Teejay chats to Tyler Poppe. Tyler works on the TV show Mayans MC–and yet he doesn’t ride an American V-Twin. Wassup with that?? Also, Arthur finds out from friend Mike Cardillo about his thoughts on the full-size version of the Kawasaki KLX 140R F trail bike.