Captain America has had his share of motorcycle mishaps. In 1964, Fonda, wearing nothing but a bathing suit and loafers, rode his Triumph over a Tinsel Town speed bump and through a corner where a car was making a turn. The result: a torn-up back and a hipbone poking through his skin. Then, Fonda lost a half-inch of his height due to surgeries required after breaking his back and neck in a 1985 wreck. In 1993, he collided head-on with a deer – a wreck, he says, that cured him of riding after dark or without full gear.
And he’s feisty as ever. Earlier this month, Fonda filed a $3M lawsuit against Nordstrom and Dolce & Gabbana, claiming the retailer and fashion designer didn’t have his permission to sell – for $295, no less – a T-shirt with his likeness featuring the slogan “Easy Rider.”
In a 2007 article promoting the biker movie Ghost Rider, Fonda gave the LA Times a list of the bikes he’s owned: a BMW R 27, multiple Triumphs, a Bultaco, a Montesa, a Ducati, two BMW R1200RSs, two Harley-Davidson Fatboys, a Road King and now rides an MV Agusta F4-1000.