The 1 Moto Show 2017 - Photo Recap
Photos and Article by Eric Stafford
Our friend Eric Stafford travelled to Portland, OR a couple of weeks ago to check out the 1 Moto Show organized by See See Motorcycles. The photos make it look like we missed out on a great show but luckily for us and you Eric captured some great photos and shared his thoughts on a great weekend of bikes in the Pacific North West!
From Eric: The One Moto Show was created to showcase the weird, rare and the eccentric side of motorcycle culture. This vision was created by See-See Motor Coffee co. and has grown into annual ritual, drawing in people from all over the world for 8 consecutive years.
The show started at an old abandoned factory and has kept with that tradition each year inviting motorcycle builders, artists and vendors to showcase their work amongst talent from Portland and beyond. With each successful year, the roster list grows making it a challenge to host at an equally, or better venue than the last. This year’s venue did not disappoint, the 100-year- old factory in North Portland pays tribute to The One Moto’s tradition and serves as a unique backdrop to the machines being shown.
Friday night is the big kick off for The One Moto Show. The admission is free thanks to donations, apparel sales and help from some big-name sponsors like Harley Davidson, BMW and Icon to name a few.
Each room in the 2-story factory was as different and interesting as the last, bikes ranged from a barn fresh Indian racer to an Alta Motor electric street tracker. Bikes of all kinds and conditions are welcome.
A few bikes that stood out amongst the rest was a hand-crafted knucklehead, built by Cristian Sosa, the owner and operator of Sosa Metal Works. Every detail on the bike was handmade, including the mechanical throttle which was made up of a series of rods and gears that linked from the handle bar to carb.
Another motorcycle that caught our eye was the Ghost Works XR69 race motorcycle. Ghost Works is an Industrial Design consultancy in Portland known for doing a variety of projects including footwear design. The team set out to design and build around an Yamaha FJ 1200 motor. This bike was planned and built specifically to compete in Australia at The Philip Island Classic.
For those who wanted try their hand at some no rules racing there was a minibike race track set up on the second floor. The course included some sketchy plywood barriers, a random hump and a corner littered with crushed PBR cans.
If three days of an entire factory building full of custom motorcycles wasn’t enough, the One Moto Show also hosted The 1 Pro flat track race just 45 minutes outside of Portland. The most exciting class of racing was the increasing in popularity Hooligan class. Hooligan racing is all about the “run what you brung” mentality. Racers take heavy street machines like Harley Sportsters and Indian Scouts and convert them into lean racing machines.
With the three days of the show behind us this was the perfect way to end the weekend, watching racers compete on a dirt oval track.
Its amazing to see what See-See Motorcycles has created, not only building a brand but also creating a community and gathering spot for builders, manufacturers and people with motorcycle interest to come socialize. With this year being a huge success we can’t wait to see what next year brings. Big thanks go out to See-See Motor Coffee co. and all their sponsors on making The One Moto show such a fun and inspiring experience. If you haven’t been, be sure to put it on your list for shows to see.