Harley-Davidson Captain America: history, specs, pictures

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1999 Harley-Davidson Captain America
1969 Harley Davidson Easy Rider

This "chromed and raked" panhead chopper is a replica of the machine that was featured in the movie Easy Rider. There were actually two Captain Americas, one being a backup bike in case one of the old machines failed or got wrecked. One was demolished in the final scene, and the other believed to have been dismantled for parts before their significance as movie props became known.

'Harley-Davidson Captain America'
Also called Captain America Chopper
Production 1969
v2, four-stroke
Bore / Stroke 86.4mm x 101.6mm
Top Speed 89 mph (144 km/h)
Horsepower 58.74 HP (43.8 KW) @ 6000RPM
Fuel System carburetor. linkert
Ignition battery/ coil
Transmission Clutch: four speed
Suspension Front: telescopic fork extended
Rear: rigid
Brakes Rear: expanding brake (drum brake). expanding shoe
Weight 600.1 pounds (272.2 Kg) (dry),
Manuals Service Manual

The Harley-Davidson Captain America Chopper was a v2, four-stroke standard produced by Harley-Davidson in 1969. It could reach a top speed of 89 mph (144 km/h). Claimed horsepower was 58.74 HP (43.8 KW) @ 6000 RPM.


The engine was a air cooled v2, four-stroke. A 86.4mm bore x 101.6mm stroke result in a displacement of just 1200.0 cubic centimeters. Fuel was supplied via a overhead valves (ohv).


Power was moderated via the four speed.


The front suspension was a telescopic fork extended while the rear was equipped with a rigid. The bike weighed just 600.1 pounds (272.2 Kg).