Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man Bike Specs

Channel: The Rex Review


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The timeless Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man Film bike, ostensibly, was either intended to be a supporting character, or, as is the case with so many inventions being discovered or rediscovered by accident, the 1989 Death Machine or Black Death Harley Davidson FXR with an 80 Inch Evolution hopped up with a 98 Inch Stroker Kit is, beyond contestation, an all-time classic and favorite machine with its own cult-like following.

The confusion arises when taking how films are made. As a rudimentary example, a 1990s era film project begins months or even years in advance as someone's idea, then a treatment, then a spec script, then a production script, and then pre-production starts followed by production and then editing where the film is actually what we see.

Mickey Rourke's original Harley FXR served as the template for the Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man low pass stunt bike, which is reportedly still on display and is a 1989 FXLR less the S&S Stroker Kit.

Rourke's own bike reportedly took one or two builds to get to what is believed to be his personal bike in the opening film scenes with chrome pipes; the pipes later in the film turn black.

So whether or not whichever bike is an FXR, FXRS or FXLR highly depends on the context of the question: which bike was used in Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man film debuting in 1991 against heavy box office hitters, what kind of bike is Mickey Rourke's personal Death Machine bike, what are the specs for the Harley Davidson and Marlboro Man? At any rate, the whereabouts of Rourke's bike is not precisely clear.

In the video is an incomplete replica of Rourke's bike and NOT the Film bike: 1990 FXRS rubber mount base bike, Jay Brake Forward controls, 29 inch California Design drag handlebars, two separate tanks literally (not one split in half and then joined) welded together, Performance Machine brakes & piston calipers, bone jarring steel struts, and many other specific details plainly visible on the project.

The Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man motorcycle, while heavily documented on film, in text, and with existing examples on display, is, nevertheless, one of the most difficult replicas to build and get it right.

I think this custom bike build is getting there or at least close to it.