The Poler Vortex (the storm, not the company) might have taken over Portland, but that did not stop throngs of people from heading out into the ice to see the One Motorcycle Show over the weekend. Unfortunately they had to close down for the Sunday edition due to the sheer ice that was coating pretty much everything in sight. We went Saturday to avoid the crowds (impossible) and practice our mountain bike skids on the way there.
In its 5th year, the Moto Show has grown beyond belief. From a garage to the large bays of Sandbox studios the show has been on the rise. Last years edition was held over at founder Thor Drake's coffee/moto shop See See Motor Coffee Co., which, if you have yet to check out, you would do well to make that happen. However, it is no surprise to see that the show has grown beyond what their little space on Sandy can accommodate. Besides, who wants to do burnouts on Sandy anyway?
Helmet by Jeff Proctor
Since the show was canceled today we rushed to get some of the photos out so that people who could not attend could see them. The disclaimer to that is that I become more enthralled with most everything aside from the actual motorcycles, so if you're expecting to see a catalog of show bikes, you best look elsewhere. And I have no idea where that elsewhere would be.
The coolest thing about the show is the art that Thor brings in. From the helmets that are custom rendered to the Moto Show Awards that Ornamental Conifer painted. The artists that come out for this show are nothing short of fantastic.
But, what do you do there if you are unawares of what really goes into the making of the bikes? Just looking around should cut it, there is more than enough photo - illustration - pinstriping - custom painted tanks - or speedometers to keep your interest. Plus, with Stumptown Coffee hanging out and Chrome making on the spot patches - Mr. Drake has tapped into something that is starting to turn into a tradition - the One Motorcycle Show.
Close up of David Neevel's LED covered helmet.
- David Neevel - made one of the coolest helmets. Well, they are all cool, but this one was particularly cool. He built a couple straps with LED's on it and then programmed them in a pattern - both blink and color - to great effect. Apparently it has a couple blinking patterns, because I watched one that was changing through solid colors when we got there and then one that was just blinking like crazy that you can - SEE HERE.
- Chrome Industries - was out in full effect again. I love that the do not hold themselves to the bike market here. That may be their main steeze (is it?) but that they continually support everything that they (and their personnel) are into. One of the actual bikes in the show is owned and built for Steve McCallion, President of Chrome was out of control. And the hilarious part was listening to him tell people's reactions to it "Wow, that's beautiful" they would say "what are you going to do with it?" "Do with it," McCallion countered "I'm going to fucking ride the shit out of it, that's what I'm going to do with it." No matter what the medium - be it bikes or hot shit shoes, bags, or whatever you are into - these things are meant to be ridden. I don't think anyone at this show would argue that sentiment.
- Death Spray Custom - Pretty much in love with everything that these guys do. Their painted gas tanks - that they were raffling off to --- I'm blanking here --- were fantastic. The only trouble was that they had no lighting to highlight the stained glass effect that went into them. Super cool and fun to see these guys in the hood. Their bikes/forks have been mind blowingly awesome. Check Prollys - Death Spray Tag.
- Icon Motorsport - these guys had one of my favorite bikes of the show. Not so much for the bike itself, I probably wouldn't drive something like this, but for it's execution. The hand painted body looked so fucking cool. The 1991 Harley Davidson Sportster just looked damn cool sitting there at the show. Possibly it was a standout in comparison to their other machines that were straight up bro-tacular race machines. This one was all class though.
There were more interesting things as well. Many of them. The See See collection of soft goods was out of control. The custom speedo display was great and pulled in another small batch of artists. Plus, this is all free to the public. Just walk in and check it out. Not only was this show great for what it brings to the art and motorcycle community, but it should be noted when it comes to the tradeshow community as well - is there a tradeshow community? Most notably because I WANT to go into a show like this. A space where I can spend my $20 on a t-shirt from the show, or a couple beers and not just to get through the door. Kudos to Drake and his team.