The Harley-Davidson used during the road movies of the Easy Rider franchise will be up for auction next month. The Captain America Harley-Davidson entered cult classic status when it appeared on the big screen, ridden by Peter Fonda in the 1969 film Easy Rider.
Currently owned by California businessman Michael Eisenberg, the motorcycle was previously owned by Dan Haggerty of Grizzly Adams fame. Haggerty acquired the motorcycle after his stint as the Easy Rider film crew’s maintenance technician for the motorcycles on set.
Eisenberg previously co-owned a theme restaurant in Los Angeles with Fonda and Easy Rider co-star Dennis Hopper until the two actors’ deaths. He purchased the bike in 2013, along with three letters of authenticity (including one signed by Fonda himself). The other three bikes used in the film were stolen before the fim’s release, according to Haggerty. This particular panhead Harley was used during the explosive crash scene climax.
The motorcycle is expected to auction for over a million dollars. A chunk of the proceeds will go to the American Humane Association, a favorite charity of Peter Fonda.