Captain America Using Harley Bikes to Defend Freedom
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For this movie, which traces Captain America's origins as a World War II era Super Hero who rode a military motorcycle as a means of transportation, five motorcycles were created.
The current Harley-Davidson Cross Bones model was modified to resemble an original 1942 WLA Army motorcycle. Additional parts, such as an ammunition box and leather gun scabbard, were recreated as so the motorcycles looked as authentic as possible.
Three bikes were used in the film for riding and stunts, and two were reserved for a scene in which Captain America lifts a motorcycle over his head at a USO appearance.
Two of the motorcycles will become part of the Harley-Davidson Museum's permanent collection and one will be featured in a special temporary display at museum showcasing a sampling of items from the movie, including a Captain America leather "rescue jacket," his signature 'A' helmet, and shield he carried in the film.
The American manufacturer has also decided to launch the "H-D Free the World" promotion, which features two grand prizes. One lucky U.S. military member, as well as a non-military member, will each win the opportunity to work with Marvel and the Motor Company to customize their own one-of-a-kind new H-D Sportster 1200 Custom motorcycle.
They will also attend a Harley-Davidson Academy of Motorcycling Riders Edge class to learn how to ride alongside a friend. Additionally, Captain America fans can visit their local Harley-Davidson dealers to secure an exclusive poster featuring Captain America on his 1942 Harley-Davidson "Liberator," while supplies last. Promotion runs through December 1, 2011.
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