6th Annual One Motorcycle Show

Stephen Bischoff
by Stephen Bischoff

On an abnormally beautiful Valentine’s Day weekend in Portland, Oregon, love was truly in the air as motorcycle enthusiasts of all types, shapes, and sizes turned out to see the sixth year of The One Motorcycle Show. The event was hosted in the lower Eastside industrial area of Portland in an old historical manufacturing warehouse with more than 20,000 sq.-ft. of floor space. Additionally, the building had a massive fenced in parking lot that was perfectly set up for mini-bike races, beer and merchant booths.

Originally started as a small event dedicated to showcasing “the weird, rare, and unconventional bikes that we love, in a way that everyone could enjoy,” the show is now on the cusp of bursting at the seams with a shoulder-to-shoulder crowd. The Show has grown into other facets beyond just the bikes such as the original motorcycle themed art and photography adorning every wall. Also, the free admission, due to the donations of sponsors like Icon Motorsports and BMW Motorrad USA, certainly helped to keep a line of visitors around the block for all three days of the show.

It doesn’t get much weirder than Super Rat’s amazingly funky 2004 Yamaha WR450F.

Despite the flowing beer, the live bands, and the cool swag, the story of this show was undoubtedly the bikes. This was a stage for some of the nation’s top builders with a good mixture of first-timers. Whatever your flavor of bike, this show had it in spades. I can say, in a completely unbiased way, that this is one of the most impressive shows I’ve ever been to for seeing custom builds. Even the streets surrounding the show were packed full of beautifully built customs.

One of the highlights was a show-stopping custom “Track Chief” Indian by Roland Sands Design. Boasting a springer fork on the front, this funky racer definitely helps keep the vintage feelings of yore.

“Track Chief” Indian by Roland Sands Design. Put it on the Christmas list.

There were also bikes like builder Julian’s name-worthy “Victor Frankenstein Monster,” a wild ’97 Ducati Monster built in 30 days for $1000, which is an incredible feat in itself.

Triumph had the Castrol Rocket on display. At 306 inches long, this bad boy uses two Rocket lll motors turbocharged to a combined output of 1000 hp. If you ever get to see this running on the salt flats, don’t blink.

Super Rat won my award for funkiest of the show by producing two of my favorite bikes; a 2004 Yamaha WR450F and a 2007 998 “Jigsaw.” I’ll be eagerly anticipating their future builds.

Hand-painted helmets.

There were also 21 custom painted helmets by 21 artists that were designed and completed skillfully in every style. Honestly, writing about these bikes is like trying to paint a picture of the best of the Rolling Stones, you just can’t do it justice. So I’d highly recommend checking out the gallery of photos seen below.

My take away from The One Motorcycle Show is that the motorcycle culture and community are strong as ever. Triumphs appear to definitely be making a major comeback, at least that’s how it appears on the West Coast custom motorcycle scene. Everyone from hardcore motorcycle gangs to the neighborhood scooter gang to mom and dad with the kids were interacting enthusiastically and positively in the giant industrial space. The future is bright for the custom motorcycle world and, if you ever need a reminder of that, show up next year in Portland to The One Motorcycle show and let yourself bask in its light.

Simply “The Cobra”.
The infamous Exile Choppers Trike.
The Oregon Motorcycle Road Racing Association trying to recruit some new riders.
’76 BMW R90 by Brian Sloma of Spirit Lake Cycles.
Clean looking Kawasaki ZRX1200 by Hot Rod Conspiracy.
The Triumph Castrol Rocket. Pure speed.
“Victor Frankenstein’s Monster” built in 30 days for $1000.
Triton Triumph/Norton mashup by Rick Chappelle.
A slick ’74 Honda CL 350 by Kick Start Garage with skateboard.
“Bare Metal Pan” also by Cristian Sosa.
The “Suavecito” by Cristian Sosa.
’59 Triumph Triton by The Gas Box.
“Cherry Log Rd.” an ‘03 Triumph T-100 by Studio Nine Cycles.
A long ’73 Triumph 650 Bonneville.
A clean ’85 Honda VT500 by Strange Coast.
Gorgeous paint on this Lossa Engineering ’77 Honda CB550.
Another shot at that paint.
JSK Custom Design’s “Ivory Comet” a ’97 Harley XL 1200.
Super Rat’s ’07 “Jigsaw” 998 looks fast and fun.
The Shop Vancouver’s “69ish” Harley.
’72 Yamaha by Bobby Wenick.
Fun was clearly had by all.
Even looks good in the dark.
Icon’s Keith & Andy DiBrino’s ’06 Honda CRF.
2013 Yamaha YZF-R6 by Icon’s Keith DiBrino and Eric Dorn.
A complex and beautiful Ducati.
’04 Thruxton Triumph by British Customs.
Romestant Engineering and Design’s K’Agusta BMW. Read about it here.
Federal Moto’s nice little 1980 Yamaha XS 400 “Due South.”
This ’73 Honda CR250M by Mike Thomas and Bob Valon was appropriately named “Ass Kicker.”
A custom ’07 Triumph Thruxton by BA Moto.
1964 Ducati 250 by Kick Start Garage.
Another pretty Honda.
Great art and great bikes in every niche and corner.
Nothing brings a smile to my face like a dirty/ridden custom trail bike.
1968 CL175 Honda by Alchemy Motorcycles.
1923 T140 Triumph by Aaron Egging.
Crazy custom on the street in front of the show.
2005 H.D Sportster “Pata Negra” by Brawny The Speed Merchant.
’76 Yamaha RD400 affectionately named “The Belmont.”
Twice as nice.
High Test indeed.
Busch and Busch’s ’72 H.D. Bonneville Racer, “Sportster Silver Fox II”.
Another incredible helmet.
Intergalactic helmet by Timebomb Kustoms.
Helmet by Ornamental Conifer.
Custom Helmet by Dillon “Salty Dill” Turner.
Another great custom lid.
Photos of the East Side Moto Babes X Mighty Motor.
Hand-painted mini-signs by HUDGE.
The band keeping a packed crowd lively.
The line is literally around the block to get in.
At least there are a lot of cool bikes to look at around the block during the wait.
Even custom campers appeared at the show.
Bikes outside the show.
A Holiday Cycles Yamaha hiding outside the show.
A truly great space with a perfect vibe for the show.
Cool cars and hot rods made appearances.
The mini-bike night races were keeping the crowd amused.
Proud show sponsor SEE SEE Motor Coffee Co. dishing the cups of joe.
Hop the sponsors on the way in the door.
It’s a packed house folks.
Roller Girl Volunteers scooting about.
The most disappointing moment of the show for most of the visitors.


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  • Susan MacVittie Susan MacVittie on Feb 23, 2015

    We traveled from Vancouver Island, BC to see the show and went all 3 days. It was a great V-Day weekend - Cee Cee knows how to put on a show. We help to host a rally here on Van Isle: www.cumberlandmotorcyclerou...

  • Doug  Towsley Doug Towsley on Feb 13, 2016

    Get on out there. Just got home from the 2016 show, Same venue, same great time, just different bikes and stuff to look at. Same hipsters and grey haired old farts, and a healthy amount of pretty young ladies