The Captain America Bike

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6-30-18 Update: The last time I featured this bike, I didn’t mind there wasn’t as an asking price but I was very curious. Now I know, as it’s available on that auction site with an unmet opening bid of $100,000 or a BIN of $300,000. Let’s see what the market thinks it’s worth. Find it

In the late 70s, Marvel and Universal partnered to create two made-for-TV movies starring Reb Brown as Captain America. As Cap is not endowed with the gift of flight, he relied on a motorcycle to get around. The stunt rider was Gary Davis (whom I’ve featured before), and Gary is trying to sell this piece of Americana.

The sale is actually a long time coming. As noted in this article, Gary had accumulated 274 bikes over the years and he started to sell them off via, of all things, a Craigslist post. Dana Mecum of Mecum Auctions came in and took 19 of the best motorcycles, and the rest of have been sold over the years. In fact, this specific bike (which originally started as a Yamaha TT500) has been offered twice in Mecum auctions in the past: in 2015 bidding stalled at $16,000 and a year later it only got $11,000. For more details about the bike, check out this excellent profile in Road and Track by Chris Cantle (current Editor in Chief of Motorcyclist magazine)

In this listing, Gary notes that he used this bike not only as the stunt double for the Captain America movies, but also for some stunts like a wheelie across the Folsom Dam and a jump off the top of Folsom Prison! He just got it back after a loan to a museum. Find the Captain America bike for sale here on Craigslist in Auburn, California. There’s no asking price – normally that means I wouldn’t share it on Bike-urious, but I couldn’t help it in this case.

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