Just Let it Die: Captain America Bike

ER_Chopper We wrote an article about the loss of the “Captain America” Harley Davidson ridden by Peter Fonda in Easy rider in a Texas fire. There are articles floating around the Internet that are titled “Easy Rider Motorcycle NOT Lost or Destroyed in Arson Fire”.  Just let this story die, let it go, move on, find something new to write about. Let’s say this, “The motorcycle is destroyed for insurance purposes.”

This means that absolute annihilation is not essential, bits and pieces can be left. The way this motorcycle was originally built was from bits and pieces so it can be rebuilt again in the same manner.

Bill J. from Austin on photoblog.statesman.com wrote “God only knows how many newspaper and magazine column inches (and now internet units of bandwidth) have been dedicated to the topic. Entire books could (and may yet) be written solely about the film’s iconic motorcycles.”

Let’s put this one to bed until “Captain America” gets torn down, paint stripped off and a full restore gets done. Then we will have the all new much improved version of this classic motorcycle.   Let’s spend more time doing a story or stories on Ben Hardy one of the original builders of “Captain America”.  Now that would be a story worthy of using up several units of Internet bandwidth.

Written by John Campbell, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

Captain America Harley Goes Up In Flames

CaptAM At the end of the iconic biker rebellion film, Easy Rider, Peter Fonda’s “Captain America” Harley-Davidson Panhead went down on the pavement in a tangled mass.  A total of four customized Harleys were used in the film.  Now it seems that a fire in Austin, TX may have severely damaged one of the two originals that are still believed to be in existence.

The fire was in a building owned by a vintage car and motorcycle collector who said that the building contained 22 cars and eight motorcycles. Arson investigators are treating the fire as suspicious and have used dogs to sniff for an accelerant that may have been used to ignite the fire.

What a shame that such an important piece of Americana may have been lost in a hateful act of vandalism. Even if the bike can be restored, the fact is that its original form has been lost forever. The Captain America bike was only one of the historically significant vehicles that were lost or damaged in the fire.

Jay Janner’s photo (from The Austin American-Statesman) shows investigators gathering evidence in the fire scene.  The damaged Harley can be seen in the photo.

Written by Tim Kessel, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com