The Discovery Channel began airing its docu-drama last night with the first of a three-part mini-series that delves into the roots of one of America’s most iconic brands; the Harley-Davidson Motor Company. Produced by Raw Television and directed by Ciaran Donnelly, the six-hour show is shot entirely in Bucharest, Romania where Castel Film recreated turn-of-the-century America for this little opus.
Alex Wheeler produced the various bikes for the project at his South Africa-based, Apocalypse Production studio, and I gotta’ say I’m impressed with the finished products. Far from just being lick-and-stick stage props, these machines look and ride much like the originals, and to those who bemoan the lack of absolute authenticity or even complain that genuine antiques weren’t used (read: destroyed) in the process of filming some of the not-always-intentional crash scenes, I say get a grip, take a breath and enjoy the story for what it is.
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The late Marlon Brando didn’t just portray and influence the biker lifestyle in The Wild One, he actually was an avid motorcycle enthusiast in his personal life long before the 1953 hit movie. One of his rides just fetched over a quarter-million dollars at a Julien’s Hollywood Legends auction. The 1970 Harley-Davidson FLH Electra-Glide, with black sheet metal and “gangster whitewall” tires, had only 13,859 miles on the odometer when it was purchased by a lucky, and apparently well-heeled, enthusiast for a staggering $256,000.
Mr. Brando bought this sled on April 8, 1970, and was the original owner, leaving it pretty much stock and keeping it in very good condition. The engine is what the old boys called a “Shovel-Pan.” It had the Shovelhead top end with the old Panhead bottom end, evidenced by the peanut-hull shaped gearcase cover on the right side that accommodated the generator drive gear that ran off the cam gear, as opposed to the nosecone-style cover used on the later Shovelheads that replaced the generator with an internal alternator housed within the primary-drive cover.
This detail adds a bit of rarity to the bike, in addition to the star power bestowed upon it by its original owner, especially since the 1970 FLH model is listed as having the nosecone/alternator setup. This makes me believe that either this is not the original engine, or perhaps it is actually a 1969 ½ (maybe?) sold as a 1970 model. Whatever the case, the new owner must be tickled pink to score such an interesting and iconic sled. I only hope that said owner actually rides it (carefully) and doesn’t relegate it to a museum display.
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A 1969 Harley-Davidson FLH Electra-Glide has been put up for auction at Julien’s Auctions on June 27, 2015. This isn’t just your regular classic Harley, though, because a certain Hollywood icon once owned this particular bike. That actor was Marlon Brando, who many of us remember for his iconic roles in the Godfather, Apocalypse Now, and Julius Caesar.
The history behind this specific Harley FLH Electra Glide began in 1970 when Brando first purchased it. Fast forward to 2015 and the Electra Glide is about to get a new owner, who could end up forking as much as $400,000 to own it.
That’s Julien’s Auctions pre-auction estimate of the bike, although something that once belonged to Don Vito Corleone himself could fetch a lot more than that. From what I’ve gathered, past motorcycles owned by Hollywood legends have commanded huge sums of money.
A recent example is music legend Jerry Lee Lewis, who auctioned off his 1959 Harley-Davidson for $385,000 in January 2015. That winning bid is a stout one, but still pales in comparison to the Harley chopper ridden by Peter Fonda in the 1969 movie Easy Rider. That one sold for a whopping $1.35 million, making it the most expensive auction price for a motorcycle in history.
I don’t know if Brando’s ’69 FLH Electra Glide will hit that number, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it approaches seven figures. These pre-auction estimates are typically on the conservative side, especially when it comes to celebrity-owned items. If I we’re to make a guess, I think Brando’s Harley could sell for somewhere close to $700,000.
Fortunately, the auction is in two weeks so we won’t have to wait too long to find out how much it’ll go for.
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You can always count on Jay Leno to make us all feel inadequate. The affable comedian was at it again when he featured his unrestored 1936 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead in the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage.
In his own words, Leno believes that the Knucklehead was the bike that launched Harley-Davidson’s company back in the day. Knowing how much he knows about automotive and motorcycle history, it’s hard to argue against that point.
As far as the specific bike itself is concerned, Leno explained how he got possession of the Knucklehead back in the 80’s. Even then, it took him a while - 30 years, by his count - to give the beaten down Knucklehad a little fixer-upper, only to find out that it actually didn’t need anything more than a clean carburetor and a full tank of gas to roar back to life. Leno and his crew did add a few more parts to make it function like new, but the point is that a bike this old shouldn’t work the way it does if it was basically forgotten for the past three decades.
And yet here it is, looking good as new and purring like a kitten the way it once did. It kind of makes you jealous that for all of his cars and bikes, Leno can still stumble into a classic bike like the Knucklehead.
Oh, the episode concludes, as it always does, with Leno taking the Knucklehead out for a spin around the neighborhood. If you didn’t know any better, you would have thought that this Knucklehead was in its dying stage before being taken out to pasture.
But when it comes to classic cars and classic bikes, you don’t underestimate Jay Leno’s uncanny knack to find hidden and neglected gems and bring them back to their old opulence.
I’ve kind of given up on the Terminator franchise because I quite frankly don’t know what to make of it anymore. Too much time-travelling. Too many characters. Too many Arnold Schwarzeneggers. Yes, it’s come to that point when the Terminator character has become so dry they’re trying to pull an X-Men: Days of Future Past and erase whatever happened in past movies like they never happened.
That seems to be the ethos of the latest Terminator movie, called “Terminator: Genisys”. Now I don’t know if there’s a reason behind the mis-spelled “Genesis,” but I do know that this movie is another attempt at confusing the world on what exactly is the point of all these Terminator movies.
Thankfully, the first trailer of the movie did offer a glimpse of something I found particularly interesting. Check out the trailer, specifically 2:09 into it. In it you see Schwarzenegger drop down from God-knows-where into a moving train, all while riding what looks like a Harley-Davidson or a Victory cruiser.
Seems kind of fitting that Schwarzenegger’s resorting to these stunts just to make the movie more dramatic. I like the effect of a motorcycle dropping into a train and then racing on top of it, even if I’m not quite sure how this particular stunt will turn out.
Hopefully, the bike remains intact after its excursion atop the locomotive. I’m not keeping my hopes up, but still, my fingers are crossed, which is short of saying that I might end up watching the movie just to see how this particular stunt plays out.
Yes, I get excited over mundane things like that, so as long as they involve Harleys, Victorys, or any other cruiser, for that matter.
We’re not here to do or say anything perverse, but the fact that one of the sexiest and most beautiful women on the planet is doing an ad campaign with Harley Davidson makes it a little harder for us to control the urge to salivate at our keyboards.
That being said, we’re going to resist the urge and adhere to a little self-control. So Harley Davidson, as if they needed any more promotion and marketing, went out and got one of the most gorgeous pieces of eye candy in the world to promote "Start Something", a series that pretty much invites everybody to ride a motorcycle by debunking all those reasons people might have in opting for safer modes of transportation. While we’re already safely on Harley’s side of the fence, there are still people - especially men - that have erred on the side of caution when it comes to riding motorcycles. To those men, Harley Davidson would like you to meet Marisa Miller. And if this drop-dead vixen can’t get you to ride a motorcycle within a week’s time, chances are, you won’t ever do it.
Check out the behind-the-scenes footage of how the shoot came to be. Word of warning, though. We’re not claiming responsibility if your computer decides to overheat due to the video’s steaminess.
Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE) and Graceland Harley-Davidson have teamed up to offer a special edition Street Glide and so commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Elvis Presley’s Las Vegas comeback in 1969.
Featuring a unique paint scheme created by O’s Custom Paint in Memphis, the Vegas Elvis Harley-Davidson Street Glide shows images from the 57 live performances that took place in only four weeks, while the billet alloy wheels, custom seat and LED lighting are meant to stay in tone with this bike’s touch of exclusivity. And with only five such machines built and a $50,731.69 price, every single bike is as exclusive as it could get.
Also, each one comes with a painted and numbered (like the bike) St Blues Bluesmaster guitar, so there will be five more kings of rock ‘n” roll out there.
Is it for real or is he acting? That’s the first question that goes through someone’s head when hearing about Justin Timberlake mounting and riding a custom Harley-Davidson motorcycle. But it’s for real. The 28-year-old celebrity was pictured as a Harley bad boy just yesterday after lunching at Italian restaurant Cafe Med in Los Angeles. He was also wearing a very shiny half-helmet and a jacket from his fashion label, William Rast.
Everything Sonic is a short Harley-Davidson film, which features Dave Grohl playing drums while his Road King’s engine is running. Foo Fighter front man is talking about his passion for motorcycles and how it all started for him in this domain, but also how it influenced his life and music.
The artist, family man and father is currently taking some time off to focus on a newborn, but still working on the upcoming Foo Fighters Greatest Hits and spinning the wheels of his Harley-Davidson bikes and trike.
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Michael Jackson will sell his police spec Harley-Davidson Road King together with more than 2000 items from his Neverland ranch during a five-day auction in Beverly Hills, California. Julien’s Auctions organizez the event which will take place between April 22 and 25.
As reported, part of the money will go to charity, but most will end up in the pop star’s continuously shrinking pocket.
Due to the unexpected cancellation of musical act Aerosmith, the Harley Owner’s Group (H.O.G.) has announced a revised lineup of entertainment for the CLUB H.O.G. 25 anniversary celebration and has announced that all activities at Milwaukee’s Miller Park during the group’s August 28 event will be free to all H.O.G. members.
According to a spokesperson for Aerosmith, the group has canceled its performance at the H.O.G. concert due to medical reasons and does not have any other dates scheduled (...)
Women riders and enthusiasts looking for inspiration turn to the Women and Motorcycling section on the Harley-Davidson Web site which features women’s inspirational stories on how they entered the sport. Every few months, a new featured rider is highlighted on the Web site and as of Friday, March 16, that rider is musical artist Alecia Moore, also known as Pink.
Pink rides a Harley-Davidson Fat Boy and says, "Riding a bike exemplifies how I live my life - my way." She learned to (...)
Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE) is pleased to announce the new Elvis Rock ’n’ Roll Ride for Life benefiting the American Diabetes Association, which will begin and end at Elvis Presley’s Graceland, the legendary superstar’s home in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 22, 2007. This event for motorcycle enthusiasts will serve as a fitting homage to Presley’s passion for motorcycles and to his lifetime of generosity to individuals and charitable causes. Festivities at Graceland will include the (...)
Harley-Davidson Senior Vice President and Chief Styling Officer and Motorcycle Hall of Fame member Willie G. Davidson will share his vision of Harley-Davidson’s iconic design heritage at the 19th Annual Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum Fundraising Breakfast during Daytona Bike Week. The event will take place Friday, March 9, in Daytona Beach, Fla., at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort. After the breakfast, Willie G. will host an autograph session.
The funds raised at the breakfast (...)
Harley-Davidson teamed up with Touchstone Pictures to supply motorcycles for the five main characters in the new movie, "Wild Hogs." In the movie, the characters ride a 2006 Sportster 1200 Custom and four 2006 Softails: a Fat Boy, Night Train, Springer Softail, and Screamin’ Eagle Fat Boy. Harley-Davidson also supplied MotorClothes for the lead characters.
"Wild Hogs," which premieres March 2, 2007, is a comedy-adventure about a group of friends who decide to take a (...)
Craig Jones, Buell Motorcycles professional extreme rider with two solo stoppie Guinness World Records, has been busy rewriting the record books and rules of extreme riding once again. This time, however, Jones has set the Guinness World Record for the longest two-man stoppie. Riding an astonishing 305 meters (1,000 feet) on the Buell Firebolt XB12R’s front wheel, Jones and former European champion and co-rider Wing Chui set the new milestone at the UK’s Donington Park race circuit. Chui was (...)
Harley-Davidson styling guru and Motorcycle Hall of Fame member William G. Davidson, better known to millions of enthusiasts as Willie G., will share his vision of Harley-Davidson’s iconic design heritage at the 19th Annual Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum Fundraising Breakfast. The event takes place Friday, March 9, 2007, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Daytona Beach, Fla. Each year, funds raised at the breakfast play an important role in supporting the non-profit Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum’s (...)
Multi-platinum rapper/actor Ludacris, The Ludacris Foundation, Harley-Davidson and Disturbing Tha Peace Records are hosting a Christmas party for approximately 100 children, ages 6 to 14 years old. The party will take place on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Adamsville Recreation Center in Atlanta. Children attending the party will be visited by Santa and treated with games, entertainment, and great food.
"The Christmas season is all about finding joy in making others (...)
While discussing economy during an official visit in Pennsylvania, president George W Bush decident to give up to the presidential limousine and try one of the Harley Davidson motorcycle.
With cool sun glasses and riding a moto like this he will conquer for sure the hearts of all the American people...