Captain America Chopper Specifications
* Year: 1969
* Class: Early Chopper
* Owner: On display at National Motorcycle Museum
* Builder: Cliff Vaughn/Dave Ohrt
* Model: Captain America
* Frame: Harley-Davidson
* Forks: Telescopic, 12-inches over
* Rake: 42 degrees
* Rear susp.: Hardtail
* Front wheel: Spoke, 21-inch
* Front brake: None
* Rear wheel: Spoke, 16-inch
* Rear brake: Harley-Davidson, drum
* Rear tire: 120 mm
* Engine: 74-cubic-inch Harley-Davidson
* Exhaust: Cliff Vaughn
* Trans.: Harley-Davidson, 4-speed
* Paint by: Cliff Vaughn
its appearance in the film Easy Rider.
It's perhaps the best-known chopper in the world, and to many, the Captain America bike from the film Easy Rider defines the breed
The bike shown is not a replica; it is one of two identical choppers originally built by Cliff Vaughn for use in Easy Rider. This is the one that was wrecked at the end of the film. The other was reportedly stolen, likely sold for parts by a thief unaware of its significance.
After the filming, the wrecked bike was procured by actor Dan Haggerty, who began rebuilding it but never finished. It was then sold, the restoration being completed by Dave Ohrt. The owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, has graciously loaned it to the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa, where it is currently on display.
This example of the Captain America bike started life as a 1951 Harley- Davidson FL. The frame was chromed but is otherwise virtually stock. So is the engine. Added were extended forks, ape-hanger handlebars, upswept fishtail mufflers, "peanut" gas tank, and tall sissy bar, all of which grew to define an early chopper.