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Easy Rider

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"Billy bike" from the film

Easy Rider is a 1969 road movie starring Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Jack Nicholson, about a motorcycle ride from Los Angeles to New Orleans. The film is a canonical work of the postwar biker and hippie cultures, and revived the Harley-Davidson motorcycle as an icon of freedom.

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Easy Rider is an image of Sixties counterculture at both its best and worst. The story of a man who "went looking for America and found nothing there" is an archetypal roadtrip film and an emblem of motorcycle culture. Travellers go far and wide to journey the same routes as its protagonists, but hopefully not meet the same fates.

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