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Can a Motorcycle be Art?

By Sean Doorly for Cycle World Magazine Online
Photos by Author

The Guggenheim Museum in New York City proves that yes a motorcycle can be art. The Guggenheim has assembled over one hundred motorcycles for its exhibit Art of the Motorcycle, which runs till September 20th. The exhibit chronicles the development of the motorcycle and places it within a cultural and historical context.

The exhibit is organized chronologically, from the creation of the Michaux-Perreaux (1868) to the MV Agusta F4.

Notable motorcycles on display are; the chopper from the film Easy Rider, Lawrence of Arabia's Brough Superior SS100, and the last known surviving 1933 Dollar V4.

For more information please check out the Guggenheim Museum's website at: www.guggenheim.org.


The entrance to the Art of the Motorcycle exhibit a the Guggenheim Museum

Bianchi B2N Sport 350cc, 1927 (Italy)
Private Collection, Verona, Italy

Bohmerland 598 cc, 1925 (Chezchoslovakia)
Collection of D.J. Light

Brough Superior SS100 Alpine Grand Sport 988 cc, 1926 (United Kingdom)
Collection of Jack Silverman, Silverman Museum Racing, Aspen, Colo.

Harley-Davidson U.S. Military Model U 74 ci, 1944 (United States)
Collection of Chris Le Sauvage

Harley-Davidson XR750 750 cc, 1972 (United States)
Collection of Glenn M. Bator (This is the motorcycle from the movie "Easy Rider")

Millet 1924 cc, 1893 (France)
Musee des Arts et Metiers (CNAM), Paris