I was taken immediately by the first bike I saw: a 1972 Kawasaki H1 750 2-stroke. Next to it was a Harley Davidson 1949 EL, loving owned and ridden by Ed from Mills Falls MA for the last 38 years. I was ten feet into the Stanley Lynde Motorsports' Art on Wheels exhibit and knew the event was well worth the three hours of Interstate riding I had done to get here.
Art on Wheels is not a bike show. This is a street event, which is part of Brattleboro's monthly Art Walk. It is raw, spontaneous and exciting. The organizers do not know prior to the event, which bikes will show. Enthusiasts ride in and park their bikes for us to enjoy.
I was impressed to see these classic, collectable motorcycles registered and street legal, ready to ride. A brief rain shower fell and the bikes stayed outside.
Rare bikes like a Brough Superior SS100, a late-seventies Moto Morini 350 Sport and a 1978 Harley Davidson XLCR Café Racer shared the space. A mid-seventies Harley AMF SX 175, dual-sport, casually parked behind the band. Indians, Shovelheads and Knuckles were on display: cared for, but ridden.
Good art isn't just pleasing color, lines and shape - it invokes emotion. These bikes were good art, expressing the motion and passion of motorcycling. Art on Wheels was true to its name: art on wheels.