Captain America, the summer blockbuster movie based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, has officially had the largest opening weekend of any comic-based flick in 2011. Incidentally, it also knocked the latest Harry Potter flick, which opened one week before, out of first place.

But we don't really care about all that. What we're more interested in are all the cool vehicles seen in the film, not the least of which is the motorcycle that the U.S. war hero himself rides. Befitting a man who is apparently the Captain of America, the film's superhero finds himself atop the most quintessential of American motorcycles: Harley-Davidson.

Meant to be a modern interpretation of H-D's classic WLA military motorcycles, Captain America's custom machine started life as a stock Harley-Davidson Cross Bones model. Fitting, as the Cross Bones, with its spring-mounted solo saddle and springer fork, is arguably the most period-correct platform in H-D's current line from which to begin.

Want to know more? Check out the video after the break, where Harley-Davidson breaks down the thought process that went into creating Captain America's motorcycle. You'll also see a few brief snippets with riding footage from the film.

One more thing: Click here for details on how to win your own customized Harley as part of a Captain America-themed promotional giveaway. Enjoy!



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      killvirus33
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now, every American who wakes up thinking that Captain America won the war. Russian soldiers Won war cost 30 million lives. Say thank you. Do not invent stories.
        Woody Becker
        • 3 Years Ago
        @killvirus33
        Must bE a Canadian, ever wonder how many supplies were given to the Russians?
      otiswild
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's a shame they couldn't give Cap a Harley XM.. That's the one with shaft drive and a boxer motor, aka the Harley BMW ;)
      unixwacky
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh I forgot to mention that most guys that drive the Hardleys look like POS with their stupid beards/facial hair and long hair. You want to learn about quality manufacturing and old school meets new school technology watch this show on HDTV. http://www.caferacertv.com/
      Cavin
      • 3 Years Ago
      Harleys are the best and I would support american made products anytime over a pasta/kraut/rice burner
      unixwacky
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hardley's yes I meant Hardley's Davidson motorcycles are under engineered bikes with over engineered prices. The only good motor they have is the V-rod liquid cooled and it was designed by Porsche. I'll take my 1975 CB550 up against a hardley anytime.
        Tim Huntzinger
        • 3 Years Ago
        @unixwacky
        The real problem is Harley lack of modern suspension/ braking/ handling actually kills people. Those bikes suck in a turn, on a straight away, look like crap with chrome on it and... KILL People. Compared to any modern motorcycle they are so much more unsafe only an idiot would ride one. There brand is dead because they keep killing their customers faster that they can convert them. They killed their only hope of survival when they separated from Buell and sold MV.
      Sims
      • 3 Years Ago
      He should've ridden a Suzuki.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sims
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      Todd8080
      • 3 Years Ago
      All it takes to go from Harley hater to Harley lover is to ride one. Unless of course your only reason to own a motorcycle is to do wheelies & stoppies, in which case any disposable plastic oriental bike will do. But if your idea of a motorcycle is one that you can ride great distances day in and day out, one that will last your whole life and can be handed down to your son, then there's no substitute for a Harley. It's sort of like the difference between a Zippo lighter and a Bic lighter. One's made of solid steel and designed to last a lifetime and the other's made of brightly colored plastic and designed to be used a short time and then thrown away.
        goober1424
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Todd8080
        Uggh... you and Tim are opposite idiots from the same mother. I have no problems with HD in general, they just don't suit my tastes. I prefer the Brit bikes and an occasional Japanese bike. For example my 1989 Yamaha FZR 1000 and 1991 Kawasaki XLR250. Both are far from a "disposable plastic oriental bike". Both are ridden frequently and on the street and in their native environments - track and dirt, respectively. I would strongly suggest you follow your own advice and ride a Japanese sport bike. Why can't we all just enjoy the thrill and fun of riding motorcycles, regardless of country of origin or type!?
      Tim Huntzinger
      • 3 Years Ago
      The real problem is Harley lack of modern suspension/ braking/ handling actually kills people. Those bikes suck in a turn, on a straight away, look like crap with chrome on it and... KILL People. Compared to any modern motorcycle they are so much more unsafe only an idiot would ride one. There brand is dead because they keep killing their customers faster that they can convert them. They killed their only hope of survival when they separated from Buell and sold MV.
        goober1424
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tim Huntzinger
        Gee Tim, bias much? I'm no HD fan boy, far from it, but your post is just ignorant horse sh*t. Suspension components like springer fronts, hardtails , or sprung seats are all old designs to be certain but they are no less "safe" than their modern counterparts when used in the proper fashion. I wouldn't want a hardtail YZF-R1 because that's not the application for it. I would love to see your source for the claim that they are killing people in greater numbers than their counterparts. Lets face it, riding a motorcycle is dangerous. It doesn't matter what bike, if you push it beyond the bike's capabilities or your abilities, you are going to crash. In terms of rider demographics and safety; riders or cruisers, customs, sport bikes and scooters all take the cake for irresponsibility. It would seem dual sport and touring riders are the most likely to be wearing the proper gear and riding their bikes with-in their limits. You don't like Harleys, we get it. Don't make yourself look like an idiot though and mouth off wholly incorrect statements.
        Gypsie the joker!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tim Huntzinger
        Poor old Timmy boy. You don't ride a Harley so you can weave throuh the peak hour traffic. Its a life style choice man and I can assure you the body count from Asian and European bike owners is far far higher. So next time your out on your Vespa just remember its you holding up all the traffic. So either get a real ride or catch the bus.
      unixwacky
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hardley's are garbage. Put simple they suck. Under engineered and over engineered in price. A lifestyle, fine Have a hardly lifestyle but at what cost? I would much rather have a Boulevard, which by the way is a lot more agressivly styled and a better engineered motorcycle all around. Fact my 1975 cb550 has better engineering than modern hardleys. On top of that I have ridden a hardley and found nothing special about it. What I have noticed is that most hardley owners are white trash, just go to any bike rally or bike show. Huge zz top beards and ponytails. I am pretty sure that their bike cost more than their mobile home :-). My cb550 and cbr929 will out ride and out perform any past or modern hardley.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      nicardo
      • 3 Years Ago
      HD is HQ'd in Wilwaukee, this is where the engines (co-designed by HD & Porsche) are built. They have a factory in York, PA where the Softail, Touring and CVO (factory customs) are built, a factory in Kansas City, MO where the Dyna, Sportster and V-Rods are built, and a factory in Tomahawk, WI where all the fibeglass body components are built. HD uses vendors from all over the world for their parts, Italy's Brembo produces braking components, Showa forks from Japan, some of the wiring is done in Mexico, and some of the wheels are made in Australia and China. All-in-all, HD is ABOUT 60% ALL AMERICAN. I know this sounds kinda bad, but stop and think about US auto manufacturers.....there are NO 100% American cars either. The US alone just can't produce EVERYTHING at a low enough cost to be affordable to the average person, just like in most businesses today, SOME things are just simply to expensive to do in-house and get outsourced to people that specialize in those particular areas....payroll is the biggest and best example....ever hear of ADP Payroll Services???......... Even Buell, HD's American Sport Bike Division has Austrian based Rotax building their new engines....Erik Buell and a group of Buell engineers designed the new engine from the ground up and contracted Rotax to build it for them, this saved the time and cost of building a new factory. In order for Buell to do this on their own, it was estimated to cost almost $6 billion and 3-4 years to build a facility and tool it up for production.
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