2014: FIVE YEARS OF THE ONE MOTO SHOW
HALF A DECADE AGO SOMETHING SHIFTED IN THE MOTORCYCLE WORLD. A MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE REALIZED THEY WANTED SOMETHING MORE THAN JUST A PURCHASED EXPERIENCE, THEY WANTED A HANDS-ON, GET DOWN AND DIRTY REAL LIFE STRUGGLE–A REAL LEFT EXPERIENCE. IT WAS A MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE WHO SAW THE PICTURES AND HEARD THE STORIES OF "THE GOOD OL' DAYS" FROM THEIR GRANDPARENTS. SIMULTANEOUSLY THE ECONOMY WAS IN THE GUTTER, AND THE OLD TIMERS STARTED CLEARING OUT THEIR COLLECTIONS OF RUSTY MOTORCYCLES, LIQUIDATING BASEMENT PROJECTS AND FREEING UP THE MOTHERLODE OF VINTAGE BIKES.
We started picking up bikes for free and on the cheap. We pulled off the stuff that was unnecessary, put a little money into getting the cycles a bit more safe to ride, and rode the crap out of ‘em until we needed to rebuild. In the process we found the places where we could score parts, met people who could help us, and learned.
I quickly began to notice that there was a growing number of people who loved this subculture of motorcycling. This was when I decided to host the first gathering of what we would deem The One Motorcycle Show. The idea that a bike meant more to someone through experiences and stories. The notion that a motorcycle was built, restored, constructed, invented, or modified for particular reasons, using the means at their disposal. This doesn’t stop at a particular year. People are expanding their range: you see a lot of late model customs inspiring vintage customs, and vice-versa.
We are in the 5th year of our show and want to continue to highlight innovative “Doers” and inspire others to pursue the real life experiences a motorcycle can deliver, be it modern or vintage. We want to be inclusive, to bring young and old folks together. We want to be THE ONE place where people come together and celebrate 2-wheeled culture.
THIS YEAR'S SHOW
In five years we have learned a lot. We have done things that work and things that didn’t. The one thing we have always tried to do is double the experience of the previous show. This year is no different. We decided a bigger location was needed and found a wonderful, historic building less than a mile from last year’s spot, now closer to downtown Portland. With this larger expanse comes the opportunity to expand the show in many ways. Though we’re still in the planning stages, some possibilities are a film festival, an organized ride, off-street bike parking, a dinner gathering, longer show hours, more bikes, more people...