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Riding to honor movie legends

‘Easy Rider’ 50th anniversary remembered in motorcycle run to Dennis Hopper's grave

By Rick Romancito
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 9/29/19

The roar of heavy motorcycles is indelibly linked to the legends of Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda, stars of the iconic hippie-biker movie “Easy Rider” (1969). Nowhere was that more apparent ...

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Riding to honor movie legends

‘Easy Rider’ 50th anniversary remembered in motorcycle run to Dennis Hopper's grave

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The roar of heavy motorcycles is indelibly linked to the legends of Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda, stars of the iconic hippie-biker movie “Easy Rider” (1969). Nowhere was that more apparent Saturday (Sept. 28) along the sleepy Espinoza Road in Talpa when more than 100 motorcyclists convened at the cemetery where Hopper was buried in 2010.

As part of the weeklong Albuquerque Film & Music Experience, the 50th anniversary of “Easy Rider” was celebrated with a film event at the historic KiMo Theatre Friday (Sept. 27), followed by “The Ride to Remember” on Saturday, which followed the route where part of the movie was filmed and ended at Hopper’s gravesite.

At the cemetery, bikers parked where they could and respectfully walked to the grave, avoiding those of local deceased. Various people used a mic to express their sentiments on what Hopper and his iconoclastic legend meant to them, including Satya De La Manitou, who was Hopper’s “right hand man” and assistant on many of his films.

“With the news of Peter Fonda’s passing on Aug. 16, the ‘Easy Rider’ events in New Mexico during AFMX will honor the legacies of Peter and Dennis Hopper, who directed and starred in the film, as well as what the film meant to many generations," said Ivan Wiener, AFMX executive director in a press release.

A portion of the proceeds raised by the event will benefit the New Mexico Motorcyclist Rights Organization Biker Down Program, and is sponsored by Law Tigers of New Mexico, Thunderbird Harley-Davidson and AFMX.

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