Put on by Portland’s own See See Motor Coffee, 2016 marks the seventh year for the free-to-enter event. Builders from all over the country submit bikes for the adoration of the leather-clad, flannel-laden, beer-swilling bearded masses in attendance over Valentine’s Day weekend.
Naturally there are some really beautifully done builds filling this warehouse in East Portland, but the show is much more than that. It’s a showcase of craftsmanship and skill in all industries close to motorcycling. Bike builds take center stage, but there are artists featured throughout the show inside and outside the warehouse.
Motorcycle-themed art hangs on the walls, leather goods such as saddlebags and seats are a popular add-on for vintage bikes and even jewelry and an incredibly expensive shirt made from shop-rag material are there – ready and waiting for your credit card.
All tolled, 75 builders filled the 20,000 sq. ft. exhibit space. No exhibitor fees, no entrance fees and no kidding, you aren’t even hit over the head with logos and sponsorship from the fine companies who helped make this year’s event possible (BMW, Harley-Davidson, Icon).
This 1964 Ducati 250 by Jared Smith of Blue Jack Studio hit all the right notes for me.
A bike that really captured my attention was this beer-themed 1970 Harley Davidson shovelhead build by Nick Dirks which had a lot of touches that attracted me, for whatever reason.
It even had this message at the butt of a dagger that was welded into the sissy bar. Hard to argue; and unwise to argue when such a statement is part of a rusty dagger.
I appreciated the effort on this cool little BMX-style bike with a 1968 Honda CT90 engine. It had me ready to plug in my VCR and watch Rad again.
Enjoy a few more shots from around The One Moto 2016, starting with Twinline’s entry and those totally tubular (sorry, still thinking about Rad) pipes.
The One Moto is a Pacific Northwest motorcycle staple and a great reason to visit Portland. Be sure to visit See-See Motor Coffee and support these moto pioneers who do so much for the culture and advancement of motorcycling.