The Captain America chopper on Easy Rider has become one of the most iconic images in the world of motorcycling.
But things took a turn for the worst on Monday, as one of two motorcycles certified by collector guru Dan Haggerty as an original Harley-Davidson custom has burned in a warehouse fire in Austin, Texas.
Sony Pictures is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the iconic 1969 movie, "Easy Rider," that changed history. Peter Fonda’s Captain America Jacket and Vest is being manufactured exclusively by Kerr Leathers. This is a limited, one time offer to Harley Davidson dealers only.
The jacket and vest will come complete with a signed certificate of authenticity by Peter Fonda, himself and will be available with an Easy Rider movie poster and soundtrack CD for promotional purposes.
Only 3000 jackets and vests will be manufactured worldwide.
Easy Rider Electra Glide
Diverse parentage often makes for alluring and durable offspring in motorcycles, as well as people. In 1971, motorcycle icon Willie G. Davidson combined the post-Easy Rider custom motorcycle scene with Harley-Davidson’s Electra Glide chassis and 1200cc powerplant. That enlightened fusion yielded the original “factory custom” motorcycle, the legendary 1971 Harley-Davidson Super Glide.
When Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper set off in search of "America" in ’69, Hopper went for a beat-up old hat to complete his gear whilst Fonda opted for the now iconic Captain America/Stars and Stripes open-face Jet. What they found out there (freedom, insights and some harsh truths amongst other things) was to have a profound influence not only on audiences but on film-making itself.
You’ll want to be sure and catch Michael Lichter’s 9th annual Motorcycles as Art Exhibition during this year’s Sturgis Rally at the Legendary Buffalo Chip. The exhibit titled "Rebel Rousers- Motorcycle Icons that Inspired Us to Ride" is a must-see attraction at this year’s festivities. The exhibition will be open to the public Saturday, August 1st through Friday, August 7th, and admission is free.
Although legendary actors Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper received top billing in the seminal 1969 film Easy Rider, their co-star Captain America—a chopped Harley-Davidson Panhead with an American flag emblazoned on its gas tank—gained just as much attention. It became one of the most evocative motorcycles in American history, transcending its function as transportation to reach mythic status as a postmodern icon.
At play we were, making a nimble game of the myriad turns of Highway 1, snaking up the coast of California, the Pacific Ocean our loyal accomplice, steadily reeling in our destination: Big Sur. We were aided and abetted in our escape from the city by two very capable sport touring motorcycles, the Honda Interceptor and Triumph Sprint ST.
Certainly every motorcyclist knows something about this motorcycle legend. A 1947 Fourth of July weekend Gypsy Tour gathering of bikers in Hollister, Calif., was embellished by the fanciful imagination of a San Francisco Chronicle reporter and became “4000 Touring Cyclists Wreak Havoc in Hollister.” The story is picked up across the country, culminating with the infamous staged photo of a slovenly, drunken biker in Life magazine, who became our unelected representative. The image was burned into America’s collective cornea and we’ve been dealing with the fallout ever since.