The One Motorcycle Show in Portland, Oregon was once again a must-see event. Now in its 11th year, Thor Drake and the See See Motor Coffee Company crew put together a killer show that put choppers, race bikes, rare antiques, resto-mods and everything in between on display. It truly had something for every motorcycle enthusiast to enjoy. Add in some flat-track racing, savory food, tasty beer, and rocking bands and you have yourself a perfect Oregon winter weekend.
We were able to make our way in before the crowds started filling up the place to check out the scene and snap some pics. There definitely were plenty of quality bikes to point a lens at. The show has now grown to over 200 motorcycles, and is held in the 197,000 square-foot Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Along with the bikes, there were 50 artists and more than 80 apparel and equipment brands scattered about. And if that wasn’t enough to keep you busy, there were four concerts as well as pro and amateur flat-track races on Saturday.
Sunday’s builder awards found Patrick Tilbury of Royal-T Racing winning The One Motorcycle Show Award.
His FXRT-style, turbo-blown custom with all hand-formed, sheet-metal bodywork was definitely worthy. It’s one of those bikes you can stare at for an hour and still probably miss some details. It’s a showpiece of fabricating skill.
Portland bike culture is a chill and diverse scene. One of my favorite attributes of a show like this is that a builder can leave their cycle, go have a beer, and check out the other iron without having to worry about anyone messing with a bike. People are friendly and willing to chat about their motorcycles as well. It is worth mentioning that somewhere in the neighborhood of 60,000 folks attended this year, and the show sold out. So get your tickets early next year, or maybe check out volunteering and being part of the action.
It was an awesome event and I plan on being back next year. It’s obvious why The One Motorcycle Show has steadily become one of the premier bike shows in the country, and I am happy to report it shows no sign of slowing down!
Check out the One Moto Show's website for updates on next year's show and give them a follow on Facebook and Instagram. - Blane
Photos by Blane Johns
Editor's note: I want to welcome Blane to the ChopCult Family and look forward to working with him. Please follow him on Instagram. -Lisa