Is it a western movie with bikes replacing horses or just a male-bonding LSD joy ride across the USA? It doesn’t matter. the way you see or live it. Today, the road movie Easy Rider turns 40 and the quite simple story of 2 bikers traveling the country and enjoying their freedom has be deemed “culturally, historically and aesthetically significant” enough to deserve to belong to the U.S. National Film Registry. Just a reminder that Peter Fonda as “Captain America” rides a custom chopper created from a Harley-Davidson FLH police model.
As a matter of fact, 2 “Captain America” were built. One was crashed during the filming for the final scene, the other mysteriously disappeared from the movie set. Many replicas have been made by individuals and custom builders, but only one is considered “period exact”, and was created for the movie 30th Anniversary 10 years ago. It is permanently displayed at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. Will this 40th Anniversary stimulate the resurgence of the American flag tank and of the ultra-high-back sissy bar seat on new bikes to be built?