The 5 Best Harley-Davidson Movie Scenes in Hollywood History
Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron premieres this weekend and features some of Hollywood’s hottest stars. It also spotlights two awesome Harley-Davidson motorcycles that we’ve talked about in the past. Our Harley-Davidson dealership near Nashua, NH, started thinking about all the other times a Harley stole the scene in a major motion picture. We decided to rank the coolest movie moments and the hog featured in each scene!
5) Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Harley-Davidson Springer Softail Classic (modified)
In the fourth “Indiana Jones” movie, Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) meets up with young and rebellious Henry Williams (Shia LaBeouf), who tells him about the titular crystal skull that was found in Peru. However, KGB agents come looking for them, and the two make a pulse-pounding escape on Williams’ Springer Softail Classic, modified to look like a typical bike from the late 50’s.
4) X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Harley-Davidson FL Duo-Glide (modified)
As far as Harley action scenes go, it’s hard to beat this one. In this movie, we learn the origin of everyone’s favorite Canadian mutant, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). In the scene below, Wolverine is recovering on a nearby farm when he’s attacked by a member of the team he abandoned. What follows is an intense action sequence which gives Wolverine plenty of opportunity to use a Harley FL-Duo Glide and his new metal claws.
3) Captain America: The First Avenger
Harley-Davidson Softail Cross Bones (modified)
It’s worth noting that many of the most popular superheroes in the world ride Harleys. The hero who seems to love them most, though, is Captain America. In “Captain America: The First Avenger,” Cap (Chris Evans) rides into battle on his Softail Cross Bones, modified to fit the World War II era, and fends off the Nazis. What we like best about this scene is that it really portrays the Harley-Davidson as an unstoppable machine and a real force to be reckoned with. Cap must think the same thing: he drives around on a modern Harley-Davidson Street 750 in the sequel, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” and he rides the same bike in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
2) Terminator 2: Judgment Day
1990 Harley-Davidson Softail Fat Boy
Now we turn to the pop-culture phenomenon and science-fiction staple that is Terminator 2: Judgment Day. For our money, Arnold Schwarzenegger turned in the performance of his career as the unfeeling, unyielding robot that must now protect Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) and her young son John (Edward Furlong). The only thing standing in his way is an unstoppable upgraded Terminator, the T-1000 (Robert Patrick). Nothing stops a Terminator, and nothing stops a Harley!
1) Easy Rider
Custom-built Panhead Chopper
Typically, when you see a sweet bike in a movie, it’s racing down a highway or dodging gunfire like in the previous examples on this list. Every once in a while, though, you see a film that captures the spirit of riding and owning a great hog. 1969’s “Easy Rider” is that movie. It stars Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper as two bikers who hit the wide open road to try to get to New Orleans in time for Mardi Gras. Along the way, they get a real sense of the culture of the people they meet and places they go. No movie captures the freedom of hopping on a Harley and just going for a drive better than this one. This movie also features probably the most iconic motorcycle ever made, the custom-designed “Captain America” (built with a Harley-Davidson Panhead engine). Dig that patriotic color scheme!
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