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Easy Rider turns 40

“Captain America” replica chopper at Harley-Davidson Museum

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jul. 14, 2009
The Harley-Davidson Museum is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the movie “Easy Rider” with a special showcase featuring the “Captain America” chopper.

The Milwaukee, Wis. museum is displaying a replica of the modified Harley-Davidson FLH police bike ridden by Peter Fonda’s character “Captain America” Wyatt in the film, originally released in the U.S. on July 14, 1969.

There were two original “Captain America” motorcycles used in the production of the film. One was destroyed in the making of the movie and the other was lost. The replica on display was built in 1999 to mark the film’s 30th anniversary.

The Captain America chopper is on display at the Harley-Davidson Museum.

The museum is also displaying other Harley-Davidson themed pop cultural exhibits such as a motorcycle owned by Elvis Presley, a replica of the bike Evel Knievel used in attempting to jump over 13 buses at Wembley Stadium in London, and motorcycles used in the film “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”.

“Harley-Davidson motorcycles have inspired filmmakers since the beginnings of modern film,” says Jim Fricke, the museum’s curatorial director. “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.”