Antique Bikes on Main-Chesnee, South Carolina
Do you like antique and vintage motorcycles? I do. Not to own (they can be money pits), but to ogle, to imagine their place in history, to listen to the sound of their ancient engines and smell their exhaust, to appreciate the mechanical art these machines embody. The large venues that showcase beautiful, fully restored motorbikes such as seen at Barber Motorsports Museum are great, but there is a nostalgia associated with down home, small town bike shows with restored and “as is” machines lined up and down Main Street.
So it was on the last day of July, I hopped on the little cafe retro Suzuki TU250 and rode 50 miles to the one stoplight town of Chesnee, South Carolina for the 12th annual Antique Bikes on Main vintage motorcycle show.
Main Street, Chesnee, South Carolina
Family friendly too! The amusement park arena
A funny thing happened on the way ………..
As I parked the Cafe TU, a regular Joe dressed in plaid Bermuda’s and a polo shirt, walked across the street to me and said: “That’s a small bike for here.” I was fiddling with my camera, looked up and said, “Pardon?” “That’s a small bike for here” he repeated as he walked around the diminutive (to him) Suzuki for the second time, as if studying every detail. “For here?” I said. “What does that mean, a small bike for here?” “Well, it’s a small bike. Most men ride big bikes.” “Really?” I said. “What big bike do you ride?” “Oh, well, I’m between bikes right now.” Ahhhh. The infamous “I’m between bikes” statement. We’ve all heard that before. “But I like the style you made with it. Looks cool for a small bike. Enjoy your day.” And he walked on. Hmmm. Very strange.
The bike that’s too small for here, (according to one)
On with the bike show!
How about a few of these?
(and one BSA)
Now here’s a bike that might be construed as too small for here ………………
(OK. I’m letting it go)
Speaking of Honda….the iconic CB series (a Suzuki crashed the picture)
An original Indian Scout
The Vintage off-roadies
Live music too, playing what else? Southern Rock of course!
Beautiful vintage iron everywhere!
This guy must be a Ford man
Is that the original Triumph Tiger? Tony the Tiger says so……
Back on the little Suzuki Cafe TU and I’m heading home. Vintage bikes always make me feel like riding a modern retro, small motorbike. I’m smiling in my helmet.
Hope y’all enjoyed the show.