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.
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