The thrill of riding on two wheels is only understood by those who have experienced this. A motorbike or motorcycle is one of the coolest creations of man. Passionate riders have showcased their love for the two-wheeled bikes by modifying and beautifying its exteriors and looks to a whole new level. Today, you can find stunning and unbelievable motorbikes with beautiful artwork on its seat, handles, and exterior body parts. It wouldn’t be wrong to call such motorcycles as ‘Art on two wheels.’
A Few Examples Of Art On Two Wheels
Harley Davidson bikes have garnered a name for themselves in the biker’s world. These are every biker’s dream come true. They have some of the finest examples of art on two wheels.
- The first of its kind came up in 1928. The 1928 Harley-Davidson Two Cam had a speed of 85 mph, which was the unheard-of speed at the time. With just a few modifications, the bike could speed up to 100 mph. But, this bike was soon outlawed for sports racing because the new bikes could not beat this one.
- The 1980 Harley-Davidson Captain America bike had created quite a stir amongst bike enthusiasts. Being one of the most sought-after choppers in the 1960s, this bike was later showcased in ‘Easy Rider.’ It then shot to fame and was later also used in the sequel of the movie.
- The Pea Shooter was a rare bike made by Harley-Davidson with a single-cylinder only. It has a unique engine that popped when the bike accelerated. But, the company soon stopped making bikes with single-cylinders after 1918.
- Another rare bike in David McGraw’s collection is the 1915 Board Tracker by Harley-Davidson. Only two such bikes were ever made. This bike was raced by Harley-Davidson to put a halt to racing and prevent the severity of injuries associated with such engines.
David McGraw – Passionate Collector Of Harley-Davidson Rare Bikes
These mentioned-above and many such others are passionately collected over the years by bike enthusiast David McGraw. Moreover, he has worked all his life to collect and restore iconic Harleys and such other rare bikes. So, one can see ingenuity, artistic excellence, and stunning designs in his bikes. They all boast of being made to run only on America’s open roads. Also, he takes part in various bike exhibitions across the world.
He buys old bikes from people across the globe and then spends months, and sometimes, years restoring them. One of the rarest bikes he has in his collection is the Crocker, which was built in California by Al Crocker. Around 60 bikes were made, but soon after he was sued by Harley’s for patent infringement. It was one of the most sought-after bikes in the ’30s in America.
Art On Two Wheels: The Last Exhibition
The last exhibition of ‘Art on Two Wheels’ was held between September 21 – November 24, 2019, at the Cultural Centre of Cape Cod, South Yarmouth, MA. The exhibit has distinctive artwork and memorabilia on the walls taken from the collection of McGraw. He assembled each piece with great patience and enthusiasm. Moreover, he claimed that all the artwork was original and only a few things were reproduced. The artwork looked incredible and one could see a cornucopia of posters, signs, artifacts, and paintings.