Indiana Jones Comes Back On A Harley Springer.

Always nice to see a motorcycle starring in a movie. Lucas Film and Paramount are about to release May 22nd the 4th Indiana Jones movie in the unforgettable series, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Crystal Skull.” The movie stars are Harrison Ford, the young rising star Shia La Beouf and a heavily modified new Harley-Davidson Softail Springer. The motorcycle was customized to fit into the time period of the movie. To celebrate Harley involvement, each dealer will have the opportunity to obtain 30 sets of tickets to the movie at no charge. These tickets will be used in local markets to help drive customer traffic to the dealerships during the peak of riding season. The promotional period will be May 1-June 1, 2008. 

Dealers will receive a pack of 30 uniquely coded, branded cards to hand out to qualified customers. Each card will have the value of two movie tickets.


24 Responses to “Indiana Jones Comes Back On A Harley Springer.”

  1. 1 Dave B. Apr 27th, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    This looks like the best chance Harley has had in years to have a good looking bike in a movie.

  2. 2 Chris Behar Apr 28th, 2008 at 8:44 am

    Paid appearance in movies is very efficient. Nice to see a teen riding the Springer.

  3. 3 Rodent Apr 28th, 2008 at 9:13 am

    I started riding motorcycles(Norton) after watching Steve McQueen stealing a Triumph from the Nazis and chasing himself around the fields of Germany in “The Great Escape”, the finest motorcycle sequence ever filmed. (see it on You Tube) I didn’t know for years that Bud Ekins made the big jump.
    Indian Jones might influence youg bikers but HD is stupid to give the tickets to dealers.
    They should pass them out in schools to inpressionable kids….like tobbaco companies do.

  4. 4 STROKERZ Apr 28th, 2008 at 10:09 am


  5. 5 STROKERZ Apr 28th, 2008 at 10:10 am


  6. 6 Roy Paterson Apr 28th, 2008 at 11:20 am

    Movies and video games placement are the best way to influence teen-agers in buying/using a product.

  7. 7 Chopperdave Apr 28th, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    You would think movie makers would finally realize that peopel don’t want to see fake shit.

    I saw a preview for that and everything looked period correct, until i saw a softail springer in it.

    I don’t care how customized it is, its not a period bike, therefore I shouldn’t be in a “period” movie.

    There are plenty of WLA’s out there they could have used. in my eyes it just makes the movie people look stupid and think that they believe the public is stupid, coz “Hey, they will think its old!”

    Those assholes


  8. 8 Curt! Apr 28th, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    I gotta agree with ChopperDave. Although, i think it would be more exciting with a WR or WLDR. Even a cool old Knuck would have still promoted HD and kept the period correct mandate.

  9. 9 Nicker Apr 28th, 2008 at 2:29 pm


    “…and think that they believe the public is stupid…”

    Well, by-n-lager, they ain’t that far off……. 🙁


  10. 10 Antone Apr 28th, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Any chance of seeing a picture of the bike without seeing the movie?

  11. 11 Jeff Apr 29th, 2008 at 4:45 pm


  12. 12 James Apr 30th, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    I am not sure that it was product placement. I work outside the train station they filmed certain parts of the film, including some motorcycles stunt scenes. All of the bikes were dressed-up and modified brand new harleys. Several had been done up to look like Indians, obviously some had be made to look like old harleys. From watching them use and abuse these bikes during filming, as well as the risk to the riders and cast that existing in the riding they were doing (riding at speed through a croud on a train platform) it became clear to me that (1) you would be a fool to attempt what they were doing on a period correct bike (with its 50 year old brakes) and (2) you would be a bigger fool to abuse a collector bike like that.

    That said, they could have done a much better job with making the new bikes looking old.

  13. 13 Chopperdave May 7th, 2008 at 1:00 am

    yes a much better job, like not puting 1955 – 56 tank badges on a 40’s bike…

    for example.

  14. 14 Dave B. May 7th, 2008 at 5:04 am

    Geez, it’s a movie… you can’t expect (in a movie of this type), a movie company to go to the trouble and expense to find and use actual “period correct” bikes for filming just to satisfy us in the industry that can recognize the real mccoy.
    It is as unecessary as finding a man that can actually fly to play in a Superman movie. If you want to see a movie with old bikes in it, I suggest “The Wild One”.

  15. 15 Justin Kell May 15th, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    I built the bikes for the film. Because of product placement deals, we had to use new bikes. I originally wanted to use new short stroke Knuckle motors. The bikes had to do all kinds of crazy stunts. when you see the film, you’ll be shocked. The stunt rider Lee Morrison has got to be one of the best riders I’ve ever met.The movie is going to be great.
    Justin Kell

  16. 16 Dmitry Khitrov May 23rd, 2008 at 6:12 am

    You’re talking about Harley is not original? Yesterday I was really laughing how they showed Russians. I wonder why they didn’t ride Urals?
    Waighting for Tarantino’s Hell Ride…

  17. 17 Tug Riley May 24th, 2008 at 12:43 am

    I just saw the film, and the first time you saw the bike, you didn’t think about it.–so I guess they did all they could within the parameters of using a new the second time you saw the bike,(when he turns around on the train platform) the “suspension of disbelief” is gone, They swapped out the handle bars for some oddball part, but they left the front brake cylinder attached, Just about the time you notice this, you start looking at the primary, and realize that is wrong, And, of course, your eyes start to seek out what engine is being used….The action moves fast, so most civilians won’t even notice…it would have been better if they put the kid on a Hummer, and had Jones save the day on a WLA or a K….Then they could ride to Chico together as like a male bonding thing …in search of the long lost $2 drink special…and they would find it in Chico….WE NEED A REWRITE.!!!!

  18. 18 Daddyfrisco May 25th, 2008 at 9:50 am

    I’d have to agree with Chopperdave, i’d still think they would have better it off with any 1930’s or 40’s “WL’s” or “UL’s”, coz mind you, remember the 1991 movie “Born to Ride” with John Stamos?, they did pretty awsome stunt riding on those bikes too, well besides them camo it when the jump scene i bet they used a dirt bike for it…cuz it’s impossible to jump a hardtail.

  19. 19 Biker John Nov 27th, 2008 at 3:39 am

    Get over it. It’s “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” not “Indiana Jones and the Harley Davidson” They did OK considering they needed 5 identical bikes safe enough to risk Harrison Ford’s butt. Instead of being happy it wasn’t an Indian, you babies are pissing in the pool. Try being happy for Harley instead of bitching every time you see someone younger, less arrested, or with more teeth. I love everything about Harley Davidson and I am thankful the company is still in business; how about you?

  20. 20 Street Motorcycle Dec 13th, 2010 at 2:59 am

    It is so glad to hear this news.

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