#2 – “Easy Rider” Captain American Chopper


Perhaps the most beloved motorcycle movie in American cinema is the 1969 classic “Easy Rider“. A modern-day Western, “Easy Rider” dipped into the American counterculture of the ’60s and the themes of freedom and rebellion. The film was written and starred film icons Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda but it also provided the first big break for actor Jack Nicholson.

Fonda’s character Wyatt “Captain America” rode a custom chopper with a panhead engine in a hardtail frame built by Cliff Vaughs and Ben Hardy. With its ape-hanger handlebars, upswept exhausts, peanut gas tank and 42-degree rake, the Captain America motorcycle is the epitome of the chopper esthetic.

  • Ron Austin

    USMC Hayes Diesel Kawasaki M1030M1!!

  • Brankin Brehmer

    Where did you happen to find that picture of the EBR 1190RS? The reason I ask is that it matches a photo I took of it at the races at Road America in June of 2012 and posted on http://www.badweatherbikers.com. http://www.badweatherbikers.com/buell/messages/4062/683137.jpg Not irritated, just thought it was cool seeing something I shot being being spread to the masses.

    • denchung

      Got it off a site written in what looked like German. But if you took the picture, I’ll gladly give you credit for it. It’s a great shot.

      • Brankin Brehmer

        German? That could potentially be explained by the fact that one of my closest friends (and fellow Buell owner) from Germany had come over for the EBR/Buell Homecoming in 2012 – which the races at Road America are a part of the festivities. I know he and I have shared pics in the past, so perhaps he posted it on the X-BORG forum – essentially the German equivalent of http://www.badweatherbikers.com. There’s no doubt in my mind that I took the original picture, however. Amazing that an aging digital camera – going on 9 years of ownership – can still produce a striking image.

        • Tinwoods

          Come on, guys, it’s just a parked motorcycle. Anybody could have taken this with any camera. Show me a shot you took of Bigfoot (the creature, not the truck) and I’ll be impressed.

  • Ray Cole

    easy choice for me . . Peter Fonda’s bike from “Easy Rider” . . . I was 12 & rode away from the movie on my Honda 70 with my friends . . ready to go out & kick some ass ! . .

  • Speedwayrn@yahoo.com

    Huh, and not one Motus…..