Captain America. The First Avenger. Defending Freedom And Justice On A Harley WLA Motorcycle.

On July 22, two icons of freedom will roll onto the silver screen when Marvel Studios releases Captain America: The First Avenger, who defends freedom and justice for all on a Harley-Davidson® WLA motorcycle. During World War II, Harley-Davidson produced and dispatched almost 70,000 WLA motorcycles overseas to support the war effort. The motorcycle was affectionately known as the “Liberator” by U.S. Service Men and Women.

To celebrate this reunion, Harley-Davidson Motor Company has created the “H-D® Free the World” promotion, which features two grand prizes. One lucky U.S. military member, as well as a non-military member, will each win the opportunity to work with Marvel and the Motor Company to customize their own one-of-a-kind new Harley-Davidson Sportster® 1200 Custom motorcycle in Harley-Davidson’s hometown of Milwaukee, Wis.

“Captain America makes the perfect marketing partner for Harley-Davidson as he truly embodies the iconic, heroic and American aspects of our brand,” said Dino Bernacchi, Harley-Davidson’s director of Marketing Communications. “Both Captain America and our motorcycles are great symbols of freedom.” Each of the grand prize winners of the “H-D Free the World” promotion will travel to Milwaukee to create the Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom of their dreams at one of the Motor Company’s production facilities. The promotion also features unique “first prizes” for one U.S. military member, as well as non-military member to attend a Harley-Davidson Academy of Motorcycling Riders Edge® class to learn how to ride alongside a friend.

Additionally, Captain America fans can visit their local Harley-Davidson dealers to secure an exclusive poster featuring Captain America on his 1942 Harley-Davidson “Liberator,” while supplies last. Harley-Davidson’s promotional Website, also features behind the scenes footage that was produced in collaboration with Marvel. Legal residents of the United States who are at least 18 years of age can enter the “H-D Free the World” promotion through December 1, 2011.

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10 Responses to “Captain America. The First Avenger. Defending Freedom And Justice On A Harley WLA Motorcycle.”


  1. 1 Ed Jul 10th, 2011 at 7:31 am

    Not really a WLA, more like a modern Harley-Davidson Crossbones retrofitted with military accents. & weapons. I can’t wait to see it on the big screen!

  2. 2 Rob Campbell Jul 10th, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    A friend of mine posted a pic of from the film showing Captain America on what looked mostly to be a WLA, but appeared to have a late model engine, judging by the heads. Anyone got more info on this?

  3. 3 dannyb278 Jul 10th, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    From what i read it is a retrofitted crossbones, gussied up to look like a ww2 liberator.

  4. 4 Lyle Jul 10th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    The bike pictured in the poster doesn’t even remotely resemble a WLA. It’s a modern HD painted OD green.

  5. 5 Michael Jul 10th, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Same old Harley switcheroo Hollywierd pulled on the last Indiana Jones movie… Let’s just hope that Marvel does better with Cap than Spielberg did with Crystal Skull. -That bomb took a chunk of my childhood with it.

  6. 6 chopperfreak29 Jul 10th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Does this make me more of a man than Captain America because I ride a real WLA?lol Seriously, I don’t get why they didn’t just use a real WLA for most scenes, but maybe it was too much of a visual difference between the original and the stunt double they surely would have had to use for alot of action sequences. I mean, I beat the hell out of mine and have done some crazy stuff on it, but i don’t plan on jumping exploding tanks or anything like that. Judging by some of the pictures I’ve seen of GI’s doing some incredible stunts on their stock trim WLA’s I’m sure the bike could pull it off, I just don’t have the balls.LOL

  7. 7 Ed Jul 10th, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    I think they should have just called it a special experimental motorcycle instead of trying to pass it off as a WLA. It would fit the storyline to have a special motorcycle made for the super soldier. In WWII they had the shaft driven Harley XA too, so I don’t think it would be that big of a stretch to have it be a special one of a kind Captain Ameri-cycle for him.

  8. 8 Rob Campbell Jul 10th, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Great link, Ed! Great info on the Liberator!

  9. 9 luSca custom design Jul 11th, 2011 at 1:26 am

    It’s quite similar of the same job done for the harley used in the last Indiana Jones?

  10. 10 Ed Jul 21st, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Here is a clip of the bike in action: http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1810026349/video/26004585

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