It’s certain that many dream of driving the “Captain America” Harley-Davidson motorcycle in the “Easy Rider” film on a Route 66 journey.
Now you have the chance to do it, if you have a million bucks or so.
Several media outlets reported a few days ago the now-iconic motorcycle from the 1969 film starring Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson will be auctioned next month by California-based Profiles in History. The estimated sale price will be $1 million to $1.2 million.
A few details about the legendary chopper emerged:
- Four such “Captain America” bikes were used in the film, in case one broke down during filming. However, three were stolen before the movie’s release, and their whereabouts remain unknown.
- The motorcycle was featured in the film’s final scene. It was damaged during that climax, but repaired.
- The film’s motorcycle mechanic was Dan Haggerty, best-known as the star in the “Grizzly Adams” movie and TV show. Haggerty kept the motorcycle for years after “Easy Rider’s” release.
- The bike is owned by businessman Michael Eisenberg, who once owned a motorcycle-themed restaurant with Fonda and Dennis Hopper. The bike once was owned by the National Motorcycle Museum in Iowa.
- It has letters of authenticity from the museum, Fonda and Haggerty.
- A “significant portion” of the auction’s proceeds will go to the American Humane Association.
- Yes, it runs.
More photos and details of the motorcycle can be found with the auction house’s book here (you’ll find it on page 382).
A really good website about all the filming locations in “Easy Rider,” including those on Route 66, is here. And you can’t have an “Easy Rider” post without this: