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The Most Iconic Harleys in the Movies

Every Which Way But Loose

There’s no shortage of Harleys appearing in Every Which Way But Loose, including an Electra Glide, a Panhead, and Sportsters. The sportster with the sidecar is the coolest bike in the film, which, while not an obvious choice, isn’t without good reason. The biker gang in the film was called The Black Widows, and they have a pretty great thematic paint job on the sidecar. It also managed to escape from Ma (Ruth Gordon) and her shotgun. The Black Widows gang may not have consisted of the brightest individuals in the world, but they certainly knew how to ride cool-looking bikes. Eventually, of course, Philo Beddoe (Clint Eastwood) manages to foil their attempts to take revenge out on him.

Rocky 111

The third movie in the Rocky franchise focused on Rocky’s attempts to the deafest younger and hungrier contender Clubber Lang (Mr T). The Italian Stallion is still being trained by Micky Goldmill (Burgess Meredith). Rocky could be seen on his 1978 FLH Electra Glide in much of his movie, but there was one scene, in particular, that stood out. Mickey had just died from a heart attack and Rocky rode on his bike before stopping at his own statue that had been erected by his hometown. Mad at himself, he throws his helmet at the statue. He had fame and fortune, but what was it all for without his beloved mentor by his side? The scene also turned out to be the film’s turning point.

The Cannonball Run

Burt Reynolds may have been the official star in this one, but it seemed like half of Hollywood made appearances throughout. Sammy Davies, Jr., Dean Martin, Jackie Chan, Farrah Fawcett, Roger Moore, and Dom Deluise all appeared. The basic premise of the movie couldn’t be any simpler: it’s a screwball comedy revolving around a collection of amateur racers taking part in a race from the west coast to the east coast called The Cannonball Run. Peter Fonda’s ”Chief Biker” character is particularly great, especially in the credits, which features a parody of his Harley-riding image for which he had been known for since Easy Rider. It’s always great when you can see an actor willing to make fun of himself. It’s even better when they’re also an expert at doing wheelies.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

There’s no question that the bike vs semi chase scene ranks among the most iconic movies scenes ever to feature a Harley. In fact, disregarding the Harley for a moment, it may well be one of the most iconic scenes ever. But then that’s not what we’re here to discuss. What we will say is that John Connor’s (Edward Furlong’s) Honda XR-1— dirt bike was not only super-fast but was also great to manoeuvre. The T-100’s (Robert Patrick’s) semi would have certainly managed to catch it, however, if Arnold’s The Terminator hadn’t intervened. Here, we also saw one of the best ever gun reload sequences ever made.