Easy Rider Bike Auction

A vintage "Easy Rider" Captain America motorcycle is shown at Profiles in History auction house in Calabasas, California.

Damian Dovarganes, Associated Press

EASY RIDER (1969)

Starring: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson

Our verdict: Thumbs up

The classic road movie. Besides from having one of the most amazing soundtracks to ever grace film, “Easy Rider” is partly responsible for inspiring a new era of filmmaking after its successful debut. We love this film for its music and interpretation of those in the counterculture movement. But we especially love its colorful characters -- our favorite is the drunken lawyer played by Jack Nicholson.

THE WORLD'S FASTEST INDIAN (2005)

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Cauffiel, Diane Ladd

Our verdict: Thumbs up

“Feel good” movies get a bad rap. What’s wrong with watching an uplifting film that’s chock-full of charm and heart? Never mind Anthony Hopkins’ questionable Kiwi accent, “The World’s Fastest Indian” is a delightful flick about New Zealand motorcycle racer Burt Munro and his heavily modified Indian Scout motorcycle. Is it full of cliches? Yes. Is there a happy ending? Of course. But since when was that a bad thing?

GHOST RIDER (2007)

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Peter Fonda

Our verdict: Thumbs down

There’s a certain Weekender writer who has an unbridled fascination with Nicolas Cage and his string of unsuccessful movies, but even he can’t stand “Ghost Rider.” Apart from the eponymous character’s cool design, there’s really not much to marvel about this comic book movie. What makes this film even worse is that “Easy Rider” star and motorcycle enthusiast Peter Fonda actually stars as Mephistopheles, The Devil, who gives Cage his superpowers. If only he knew how awful this film would become.

ON ANY SUNDAY (1971)

Starring: Steve McQueen

Our verdict: Thumbs up

This documentary by Bruce Brown takes a look at the lives of motorcycle racers and their respective followers. From motocross to Grand National racing to desert racers, “On Any Sunday” covers bikers from all walks of life. The racing footage is incredible still to this day, which is one of the main highlights of the film itself. It was also nominated for an Academy Award in 1972 for Best Documentary Feature and was narrated by The King of Cool himself, Steve McQueen.

WILD HOGS (2007)

Starring: John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence

Our verdict: Thumbs down

The 2000s was an odd decade for John Travolta. Either he was some crazed over-the-top villain, a sappy schmuck or a painfully unfunny guy. Guess which role he fills in “Wild Hogs”? With the cast members’ careers ranging from somewhat-washed-up to completely dead, this movie feels like a weak cash grab with no substance or humor. Oh, and the Motorcycle Riders Association uses the film’s opening sequence as an example of things not to do when riding a motorcycle. What does that tell you?

HELL RIDE (2008)

Starring: Larry Bishop, Michael Madsen, Dennis Hopper

Our verdict: Thumbs down

If you’ve ever been the person that said, “Quentin Tarantino can do no wrong,” we’d like to point you towards “Hell Ride.” No, he didn’t direct it, nor did he write the script. But he was the producer and allowed this bore of a movie to be made. Unsurprisingly, it’s a tale of revenge and stars many of Tarantino’s cohorts. Even “Easy Rider” star Dennis Hopper makes an appearance. Marketing for the film said “Hell Ride” is a throwback to spaghetti westerns by Sergio Leone. We want to punch whoever said that. Repeatedly.

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