The One Moto Show in Portland, Oregon, celebrated its 10th birthday this weekend by throwing a party for riders who refuse to buy their motorcycles off the rack. Pretty much every motorcycle on display was the result of an individual’s creativity, ingenuity and, yes, suffering. These bikes did not come to exist without a serious investment in time, money and bleeding knuckles. This is art that requires commitment.
The show kicked off with a screening of the documentary “Oil In The Blood” on Thursday night. The movie was a perfect primer for the following three days of gazing in awe of the bikes, art and music on display inside Portland’s Pickle Factory. The movie is a series of interviews with motorcycle fabricators (many who displayed works) that helps the uninitiated appreciate what they are seeing at the show and shuts the mouths of critics. While The One Moto Show did bestow builder awards on the last day, every bike in the exhibit was a winner. Here are just some bikes that caught my eye before the batteries went dead on my FujiFilm X100s.