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Thread: Captain American Panhead Easy Riders Replica on Ebay

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    Re: Captain American Panhead Easy Riders Replica on Ebay

    The guy in the middle, is that Tom Cruise's dad?

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    Re: Captain American Panhead Easy Riders Replica on Ebay

    Ha! Here's one for half price. On sale now. Dont' miss out.

    http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/2001926999.html

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    Re: Captain American Panhead Easy Riders Replica on Ebay

    Ha! Here's one for half price. On sale now. Dont' miss out.
    Must be half price since they forgot the kicker pedal!
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    Re: Captain American Panhead Easy Riders Replica on Ebay

    Electric start only...need to add the fake kicker pedal.

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    Re: Captain American Panhead Easy Riders Replica on Ebay

    When the movie Easy Rider came out I was in the Navy going to the Defense Language Institute in Anacostia just outside DC. I went with some buddies to see the movie and they were selling posters in the lobby - I bought one then and still have it. Very soon thereafter I went to a big car show in DC (don't remember the venue) and they had a Captain America bike in the show. The signage said it was one of the original ones used in the film and the display was a promotion for the film. So, the story about display bikes built for promotional purposes is certainly true. This would have been in the winter of 1969 and the poster is dated 1969.
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    Re: Captain American Panhead Easy Riders Replica on Ebay

    Quote Originally Posted by panz4ever View Post
    Electric start only...need to add the fake kicker pedal.
    And what's that shiny plate mounted to the front wheel? Oh, that's right, it's a disc brake. Hmmnnnn, don't remember that on the movie bike. :-)
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    Re: Captain American Panhead Easy Riders Replica on Ebay

    Over the years I've heard several stories about which Panheads were used in Easy Rider and although I have a copy of the movie I can’t tell the exact years of the bikes. And it seems there is still some confusion about them.

    A while ago from the library I borrowed a book called Don't Tell Dad which was published in 1998 and written by Peter Fonda. I made some notes for future reference, including mention from page 253 that the bikes for Easy Rider were bought at auction from the LAPD. The years of the bikes were not disclosed on page 253 but page 259 stated they were a 50, two 51s and a 52.

    After seeing this thread I rang the library and again ordered Fonda’s book, picking it up today. Quoted from page 259: ‘The old LAPD bikes were getting close to completion... We had one 1950, two ’51s and a ’52.’

    And IF those bikes were 50, 51 and 52 models then that would explain why they have rigid frames.

    It further seems there is confusion regarding what happened to the bikes after filming and today I scanned the pieces below from pages 278-279 of Fonda’s book:




    Fonda doesn't give any clue in the book regarding which biker gang was involved and neither does he say what happened to the Captain A bike that was wrecked in the film. Has anybody else got any info about all this? Eric

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    Re: Captain American Panhead Easy Riders Replica on Ebay

    If they are early '50's machines why do they have rubber band heads? LAPD wasn't selling rigid frame Panheads in the late '60's. Ya gotta remember that Dennis wasn't the only one doing drugs and hallucinogenics.
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    Re: Captain American Panhead Easy Riders Replica on Ebay

    The first picture below is from the back cover of Fonda’s book and although it isn't great I don’t see rubber band heads:



    In the next picture (not from Fonda’s book) Fonda’s bike appears to have an eight-rib gear cover and that is consistent with early-1950s, not 1960s. However, Hopper’s bike, in this instance his number one bike, has a four-rib gear cover:



    In the third picture I again don't see rubber band heads on Fonda's bike. Has anyone got Peter’s phone number? Eric


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    Re: Captain American Panhead Easy Riders Replica on Ebay

    Hey, if anyone talks to Fonda, ask him how much air he ran in them tires! HeHeHe

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