• Apr 30, 2008
Click on the image for more shots of Indiana's Harley-Davidson

It seems that the marketing folks at Harley-Davidson have managed to get a bit of product placement for themselves, following the likes of Audi with Iron Man, Volkswagen with The Bourne Ultimatum and GM with Transformers. The new Indiana Jones movie, titled 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Crystal Skull' features both Harrison Ford and Shia The Le Beouf riding what appears at first glance to be an old Harley. Upon closer inspection, the bike is actually a new model, complete with fuel injection and Harley's new six-speed transmission. The movie-crew manages to make the bike look much older by using parts from older machines, such as the old Sportster tank and pre-war "beehive" tail light. Look real close and you may even notice the fake kick-starter which must just be welded to the frame.

As a celebration of the upcoming movie's use of the bike, every Harley dealership will reportedly get the chance to order 30 pairs of free tickets to the movie to be given away as a promotion to customers.


[Source: Cyril Huze Blog, Harrison Ford Web]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      That's a modified Crossbones for sure.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Some performance details for this bike please. As a retro look it almost seems more Vinvcent/HRD in looks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Please tell me they aren't actually committing this Frankenbike to film! It will totally destroy any authenticity to whatever scene in which it might appear. I plan on seeing the movie, but I know I'll be distracted from what's going on in the story if I have to be picking out all the parts of the bike that are just wrong for that year.
      • 6 Years Ago
      so when is this film set? The late 50's? No Nazis? Man I hope this movie does not suck. I dont see how it can't. I woudl have rather seen a spinoff that takes place in the 40s to keep the "feel" of the movie the same.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yep, Harley is sure the choice of rebels and outlaws everywhere...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Shh! You're going to ruin it!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Like Apple, HD is a classic example of how image is everything and product is irrelevant.
      • 6 Years Ago
      it is so sad to see Indy look this old. This movie may ruin my childhood. We were saved geriatric Han Solo at least.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Forget the chromed out horrors you spot dentists and lawyers riding, that's what a HD should look like.
      • 6 Years Ago
      why could you not use a tricked up harley of that 50s era ?
        • 6 Years Ago
        i don't know about you but I'd hate to see a period bike get town up for any movie, not to mention iv been on Harley's for years and threw the camera angles they used, it looked dam good, only thing i noticed was the modern engine...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Does this bike actually appear in the movie? I'm no Harley expert, but I wasn't aware there were disc brakes on Harleys in this particular time period (1950s?). I wonder if it also has modern belt drive, too; it looks as though it may have chain drive, but I'm not quite certain.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Obviously, it would be ridiculous to use a period bike to do the stunts involved in a movie. One of the beauty things about Harleys is that they're still styled much the same way as they have been since the first OHV bike debuted in '36. The modern performance along with the better frame strength of modern bikes, not to mention the expense of obtaining and damaging several classic old panheads, make use of "antique'd" new bikes in moviemaking a common sense choice.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I built he bikes for the film. Harley Davidson supplied us with the bikes, and we had the job of rebuilding cosmetically as well as mechanically to make be able to handle the stunts. We had 6 weeks to do the bikes, and then we had to handle the daily upkeep while filming. We dropped a considerable amount of weight from the bikes as well as dramatically increased the horsepower. The bikes ran great. Although ideally we would have liked to use period bikes, product placement as well as safety issues kept us with new bikes. The stunt rider Lee Morrison is one of the best riders out there. He made these bikes do things that we didn't think were possible.
      For period stuff, check out Hell Ride this summer. We used lot's of good period bikes in that one.
      Justin Kell
      GLORY
      • 6 Years Ago
      But... but.. Indie doesn't ride bitch!

      Seriously they need to sell this bike. Not as a limited production whatever. I needs to come out as a model cause I'd buy it as is.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like it overheated... nice P.R. for HD. ;^P
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