It's perhaps the best-known chopper in the world, and to many, the Captain America bike from the film Easy Rider defines the breed.
The bike shown is not a replica; it is one of two identical choppers originally built by Cliff Vaughn for use in Easy Rider. This is the one that was wrecked at the end of the film. The other was reportedly stolen, likely sold for parts by a thief unaware of its significance.
After the filming, the wrecked bike was procured by actor Dan Haggerty, who began rebuilding it but never finished. It was then sold, the restoration being completed by Dave Ohrt. The owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, has graciously loaned it to the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa, where it is currently on display.
This example of the Captain America bike started life as a 1951 Harley- Davidson FL. The frame was chromed but is otherwise virtually stock. So is the engine. Added were extended forks, ape-hanger handlebars, upswept fishtail mufflers, "peanut" gas tank, and tall sissy bar, all of which grew to define an early chopper.
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Captain America Chopper Pictures
The Captain America chopper is one of the best-known motorcycles in the world. Below are more pictures and details of this powerful chopper.
People from around the world recognize the Stars and Stripes paint scheme of Captain America’s fuel tank.
Easy Rider, starring Dennis Hopper (left) and Peter Fonda (driving the Captain America bike), was released in 1969, and soon became a cult classic.