Portland, Oregon is officially and unofficially the home of weird, rainy days, gray skies, strip clubs and more rain. If you don’t like that then stay home, we love it here and don’t need it to get crowded like all those other big cities overrun with a**holes gentrifying everything they can get their hands on. Cities have culture because of traditions, from one apprentice to another, passed down from one generation to another, it’s what makes a scene rich with followers and creators. We like tradition, we grew up to union working parents and appreciate the idea of passing down skills that have cultural value, it’s what makes us who we are. With that said, last weekend kicked off the 8th annual One Moto Show presented by Harley Davidson, here in Portland, Or.
The show, a mashup of Portland’s motorcycle enthusiasts, craftsmen and womenof all kinds proudly displaying their works of art in a massive abandoned warehouse on the North East end of Portland. The show was founded by the good folks at See See Motor Coffee Co, whose flagship located in South East Portland caters to the moto/caffeine fiends. The One Moto show is somewhat of an extension of the shop but more so representational of the culture that revolves around it. The show brought together motorcycle builders from around Oregon and beyond, the desaturated look of the abandoned warehouse served as the perfect backdrop to the motorcycle builder’s creations. The smell of oil and gas mixed with cheap beer and perfume made for a perfect night.
We roamed the show wandering from one vendor to the other, ranging from Bridge City Cycles to Lincoln Design Co. Bell Helmets had an artist on hand pin striping helmets for eager customers along with the presence of brands like Iron & Air and Slow Burn Co who specialize in fabricating handlebars for Harley’s amongst other things. There was a lot of chrome and some very unique builds that captured the attention of all passerby’s. We couldn’t help but fall in love with a period correct 1970’s CB750 chopper called Jolene built by Rawhide Cycles. One of the attractions of the show were the mini bike races that took place around a makeshift track on the upper floor of the warehouse. Open to anyone in the audience, the races took place on mini electric bikes. The races lasted about 10 minutes or so each, the audience was full of energy, hooting and hollering as contestants were whizzing by. By the end of the race we saw there were cans of beer on the track and the crowd was boiling over with excitement.
At the end of our night, we were pretty from slamming an unknown number of PBR cans. We attempted to soak it all up with Olympia Provisions sausages which held us down. Eventually, we had no gas left in our tanks and had to head home. This being our first One Moto Show, we can proudly say it won’t be our last. If you can get your ass up to Portland, schedule your trip around the One Moto Show, at the least you’ll get a good view of some sweet rides and some cheap beer.