A Harley fit for a superhero

Oxford (08 August 2011) - Harley-Davidson® motorcycles are never too far from the silver screen – the Easy Rider, Wild Hogs and Terminator II: Judgement Day movies to name just a few, have all featured Harleys in some way. Now the legendary motorcycle manufacturer has hit cinema screens again as a superhero’s steed in Captain America: The First Avenger, which was released in July.

Harley-Davidson® technicians worked closely with the film’s producers to specially develop five WLA military-style bikes – like those the company produced during World War II – to fit in with the movie’s 1940s setting. As well as incorporating a number of one-off accessories, including an ammunition box and leather gun holster, the modified Cross Bones® models were painted in olive drab to perfectly match the original bikes.

Captain America himself, played by acclaimed actor Chris Evans, uses one of the motorcycles as his mode of transport throughout the film. Marvel studios even added a flamethrower and machine gun assembly (not available in the Genuine Parts and Accessories® catalogue)! A behind-the-scenes video of the bikes in action can be viewed here.

In celebration of the movie’s release, Harley-Davidson is displaying an authentic WLC motorcycle – courtesy of Warr’s Harley-Davidson – at the Customising, Culture & Harley-Davidson exhibit at the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) in Manchester. The impressive machine, which has been in the Warr family since it was de-mobbed in 1947, has the famous 750cc side-valve V-Twin engine mated to a 3-speed, hand shift transmission and 16-inch front and rear wheels.

The exhibit, which runs until September 2011, also features more than 30 other Harley-Davidson motorcycles, including models from the UK, Germany, Belgium, Japan and the USA. Tickets can be bought from the MOSI Information Desk in the Great Western Warehouse, at Ticketmaster or by calling 0844 847 2261.

For more information about Harley-Davidson and to view its latest 2012 models, please click here.