Sunday, May 30, 2010

Dennis Hopper RIP

"""The motorcycles for the film (Easy Rider), based on hardtail frames and Panhead engines, were designed and built by chopper builders Cliff Vaughs and Ben Hardy, following ideas of Peter Fonda, and handled by Tex Hall and Dan Haggerty (of Grizzly f-ing Adams fame!) during shooting.

In total, four former police officer bikes were used in the film. The 1949, 1950 and 1952 Harley Davidson Hydra-Glide bikes were purchased at an auction for US$ 500 (equivalent to approx. US$ 2500 at 2007 currency rates). Each bike had a backup to make sure that shooting could continue in case one of the old machines failed or got wrecked accidentally. One "Captain America" was demolished in the final scene, while the other three were stolen and probably taken apart before their significance as movie props became known. The demolished bike was rebuilt by Dan Haggerty and shown in a museum. He sold it at an auction in 2001. Many other replicas have been built since the film’s release."""

When the aged Hopper or Fonda jumped on a hardtail supposedly from Easy Rider--they're just saddling a mutha-f-ing replica! The original panheads were stolen during the making of that semi-legendary flick. RIP, Billy or in the extended original, Anima eius et animae omnium fidelium defunctorum per Dei misericordiam requiescant in pace.

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