08 March 2019
2019, marks the 50th anniversary of the release of one of the biggest and most iconic road movies ever made. Easy Rider had all the ingredients of late 1960s Americana to make it an unmissable cinematic experience. Stars of the film included such greats as Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson. There were bigger stars, however, in the form of customised Harley-Davidson® motorcycles. By mixing acting and motorcycles with a memorable soundtrack, Easy Rider was already on its way to becoming a true classic.
To celebrate and remind the world of how a half-century of Easy Rider has shaped so many lives, journalist Jeremy Taylor, along with pro photographer Richard Bradbury, decided to cover the route and locations used in the film. Of course, this had to be achieved on motorcycles.
While the original Easy Rider customised chopper-style Harleys are consigned to possible collectors and other theories of their whereabouts, today’s Harley-Davidson range of motorcycles are just as great – and more ideally suited to everyday use especially the Touring range when big mileage is the order of the day. For the trip, Taylor and Bradbury elected to ride the latest Softail®
From clashes with wild donkeys (relatives of the creatures used in the gold rush days