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The road trip movie Easy Rider, starring Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper as two bikers who decide to travel the country, opened in New York on July 14, 1969. The movie is revered as a classic road trip movie and it was nominated for two Oscars.
In the movie, Fonda plays a character named "Captain America" and rode a radically modified Harley-Davidson motorcycle that was adorned with an American flag.
One of the two motorcycles used during the movie was destroyed while filming and the other disappeared later, but a replica of the bike has been created with the help of Peter Fonda and those who created the original bikes, and it is on display at the Harley-Davidson museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
“Harley-Davidson motorcycles have inspired filmmakers since the beginnings of modern film,” said Curatorial Director, Jim Fricke. “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.”
According to a press release issued yesterday, the Museum also features a bike once owned by Elvis, a replica of Evel Knievel's bike from his attempt at jumping 13 buses at London's Wembley Stadium, and it also owns bikes used in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
For more information, you can visit the web site for the Harley-Davidson Museum.
Source: Harley-Davidson Museum Press Release
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