The Harley-Davidson Museum occasionally opens its doors on Collection X, the strangest exhibits from its archives. CNET checks out the extreme ends bikers will go to worship motorcycles and riding.
Motorcycle wrapped in leather
MILWAUKEE--The Harley-Davidson Museum's Collection X assembles the stranger exhibits from the history of motorcycles and biker culture, including rare motorcycles, artwork, prototypes, concept designs, and machines that managed extreme driving feats.
A highlight of Collection X is the 2000 Red Moon Evo Chopper. Twenty Japanese artists took two years to hand-stitch fine warm-hued leather over every inch of this high-handlebar motorcycle, including engine parts.
This chromed-out Harley-Davidson concept V-Rod drag bike was a handcrafted, one-off design that weighed in at 60 pounds--lighter than the standard V-Rod. It included drag-racing controls and an air shifter.
The 1981 Nova V4 was to be the result of a partnership between Harley-Davidson and Porsche to design and build liquid-cooled motorcycles. But the concept never got out of the design phase. These are preproduction and racing mock-ups.
This 1977 Harley-Davidson water-cooled Motorcross Racer was an experimental cousin to the air-cooled MX 250. Designed in conjunction with Italy's Aermacchi, the MX 250 was the last Motorcross bike ever built by Harley-Davidson.
Hawk Vehicles was a subsidiary of Harley-Davidson in the early 1980s. This 1982 Hawk Vehicles Trihawk car-bike crossover had a 1300-cc engine and a fiberglass body. Harley-Davidson suspended production after building less than 100.
Harley-Davidson built motorcycles for America's war effort in the 1940s. It's only natural to assume the legendary Captain America would have had his own armed bike as he carried his shield into battle against the Red Skull.