The One Show just wrapped up its 14th annual celebration of moto-culture with three days of music, art, and amazing custom machines. (@MrPixelhead/)
It usually rains a lot in Portland, Oregon, but it turns out Gore-Tex wasn’t needed at this year’s One Moto Show, which celebrated its 14th edition with balmy temps, blue skies, and a whole lot of sun. There were zero complaints about that turn of events, especially since Thor Drake and his merry crew at See See Motorcycles put on yet another rip-roaring motorcycle event in the vast, shadowy expanse of the Zidell Yards Barge Building in Portland’s South Waterfront.
Editor’s note: Check out more One Moto editorial in the The 2022 One Motorcycle Show Rolls Lucky 13, Favorite Custom Motorcycles From The 2019 One Moto Show, The 2019 One Motorcycle Show Ups The Ante, and 10 Wild Rides Of The One Motorcycle Show 2019 articles.
The one-time shipbuilding structure still serves up copious amounts of grit and grease, but has no actual boats in production (it stopped that in 2016). Which is fine, since gritty and greasy made a perfect backdrop for the hundreds of custom machines that were rolled out this year, and the show definitely didn’t disappoint in either the quantity or quality of the builds we scoped out. Thousands of stoked bike fans flocked through the giant metal doors to check out the renowned Pacific Northwest classic (sold out last year), which held court in the massive metal warehouse for the third year running. As it has consistently done over the last nearly decade and a half, the One Show shone a spotlight on every kind of expressive custom and concept motorcycles you could think of, serving up another epic weekend of art, music, bike demos, stunt shows, live music, and all things moto.
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Indian Motorcycle was one of this year’s presenting sponsors, and had almost a dozen custom bikes displayed. (Andrew Cherney/)
There were also smaller shows taking place within the larger event, including a dozen live bands, the annual 21 Helmets art showcase presented by Bell Helmets featuring 21 pieces of custom head protection decked out with wildly imaginative artwork, and the first-ever Direct Current Show put on by Ryvid, featuring a group of electric motorcycle customs from up-and-coming companies as well some of the more established ones.
But the show’s main focus and reason for being was still its enviable collection of more than 300 custom-built motorcycles on display; some of them weird, a few rare, a bunch of them stone-cold classics, and yet another group that felt completely unconventional.
This lovely 1963 Triumph Thunderbird from Barry Weiss won the Champ of Champs Award at this year’s show. Cristian Sosa contributed some of the detail metal work. (Andrew Cherney/)
“When we started 13-plus years ago we noticed there wasn’t a common place for ‘everyone else,’” founder Thor Drake says. “The garage tuner, the racers, the creatives, the weirdos, and the hyper-focused; an inclusive place for all types of people to share stories, learn from one another, and participate together. It was then we decided to host the first One Motorcycle Show, around the concept of ‘The Oneness’…however that interprets.”
No shortage of Beemers of all kinds this year, including this slammed 2023 R 18 bagger from Fred Kodlin. (Andrew Cherney/)
“Thirteen years later it just keeps growing,” Drake says. “The one weird thing is that there’s now people that have come to the show as non-motorcyclists, become motorcyclists, and then become custom builders. It’s all start to finish!”
As is traditional after three days of nonstop energy, this year Drake once again presented custom-made trophies to winners of the various One Show awards. Some of those winners and some of our favorite bikes at the show are below.
Dubbed “Slim,” this frame-up, special construction chopper features a 1976 Shovelhead engine, custom Pill-style oil tank, and a Shure microphone as an intake! Owners Gino and Denise Ilacqua did much of the concept, fabrication, and assembly. (Andrew Cherney/)
One of our show favorites was this rigid frame custom with an Indian springer fork and Indian Four tanks, powered by a Ukrainian Dnepr 650 engine and customized by Morto Olson. (Andrew Cherney/)
Winning the Apocalypse Machine Award was this 1969 BSA B 25 from Adam Baumker. (Andrew Cherney/)
Among the returning favorites was Cristian Sosa’s 750cc “Suavecito,” a steampunk mashup of boardtrack style with custom fabbed bodywork and frame based on a 1940 Indian Scout. (Andrew Cherney/)
Tim Lovell’s incredibly detailed 1975 Ducati GTS 900 was a bike he wrangled for his dad! Now that’s some gift. (Andrew Cherney/)
This original 1960 Honda Dream 300 came accompanied by its entire 60-year-old history, all on display. (Andrew Cherney/)
This one-time 2022 Indian Chief Dark Horse became a cafe custom via a collaboration between <i>DicE</i> magazine and Indian. Called R/T Four Thirteen, the bike features work by Noise Cycles, Hindes Design, and Ornamental Conifer, with the rear end converted from a twin shock to Öhlins monoshock arrangement. It won the American-Made Award. (Andrew Cherney/)
Every time we turned around there seemed to be a stunt show going on next to the Barge Building, with Icon stunt riders Rob Carpenter and Sean “Sets” Hadley among the pros entertaining the crowds. (@MrPixelhead/)
The One Moto draws some of the best designers in the biz. Here Piaggio’s Miguel Galluzzi is checking out “Lil’ Man,” a Honda Z50 that won the Heavy Metal Award. (Andrew Cherney/)
Ebike maker Ryvid proudly displayed its Anthem model, which features a bespoke, lightweight stainless steel chassis, adjustable ride height, and a removable 4.3kWh battery pack. This custom e-ADV bike looks the business. (Andrew Cherney/)
We can always count on some out-of-the box lid designs at the annual 21 Helmets art presentation, a show-within-the-show put on by Bell Helmets. (Andrew Cherney/)
Founder, moto-savant, and See See Motor Coffee fanatic Thor Drake put together the first One Moto party in a shabby warehouse after he noticed “there wasn’t a common place for ‘everyone else’ ” in the motorcycle custom world. He wants everyone to feel welcome at the One, he Says. (@MrPixelhead/)
This 2014 E1pc from MotoCzysz was featured in the Direct Current electric bike display. (Andrew Cherney/)
A show regular, Makato Endo was spotted doing his trademark painting with India ink and chopsticks at the back area. This year’s subject was a 1995 BMW R100. (Andrew Cherney/)
Every year the One Show gives out handmade custom trophies; for 2023 it was these welded beauties. (Andrew Cherney/)