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Old 02-22-2016, 09:00 PM   #1
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The One Motorcycle Show 2016

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Each person’s style is reflected in the bike they choose to show, and attendees get to see a collection of wildly different motorcycles all in one place. Well loved race bikes, rare barn finds, full custom builds from some of the best people in the industry, and some strange examples of creative engineering as well.

The One Motorcycle Show takes place every February in the famously funky Portland, Oregon. Now in it’s seventh year, it’s grown from a local grassroots motorcycle show to a massive soiree drawing attendees and builders from around the world. One of the best parts about the event, however, is despite the quick expansion, it retains the intrinsic Portland feel while bringing over 100 motorcycles to one space. Curated but full of personality; like a well-restored motorcycle that still knows the thrill of the open road. See See Motorcycles dubbed the event the One Show to reflect the basis for display bikes- if you could only own one bike, what would it be?

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The double turbo equipped Boxer Metal 1980 BMW R100 drag bike stole the show, winning the attention of onlookers and also the One Motorcycle Show Motorrad award (hand chosen by BMW). The gold metal flake tank with hand painted logo and pinstriping coordinated beautifully with other gold and brass details throughout. Exhaust and intakes curl together around the boxer engine like a snake coiling around it’s prey.

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MotoCorsa, the Portland Ducati dealer, brought their own off the wall build- a Ducati Diavel with a completely reworked brushed aluminum body. The usual radiator covers revamped to have a bit more flair, the knee dents in the tank mirroring the famous trellis frame. Rather than leaving the bulky stock dash, they built it into the tank.

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Ian Halcott’s lime green Yamaha R6 was both extreme and understated, if such a thing is possible. Icon 1000 awarded him with the “1000% Good” trophy, noting all the hand worked aluminum and perfectly distressed frame. Looks good, and rides better.

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Salt Lake City based Bang Moto brought this 1979 Honda XL500 that stayed true to the spirit of it’s dirtbike heritage with a touch of class. Knobby tires combined with a high pipe exhaust keep it well equipped for handling off road riding, and the bright side by side headlights light your way.

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Ronin Motorworks brought along the last of their build series, including #2 named Teraoka Nobuyuki, with hand paint by Samuel Lee Turner (aka Unicorpsegrinder). The paint job, heavily influenced by traditional Japanese artwork, tells the story of masterless r?nin Samurai warriors from medieval Japan. Ronin motorcycles are built on a Buell 1125 chassis (mostly), and are all limited edition.

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Even in the chilly weather of February in Portland, the streets outside were filled with bikes rolling through to see the show. Moto folk trek in from all over the globe to see what the One Show is about. Above, Liz Horton snaps a photo with her vintage camera.

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Blue Jack Studio’s 1964 Ducati 250 was a sort of barn find that Jared, the builder, came upon by accident. He wasn’t necessarily big into Italian bikes but couldn’t pass up the vintage. His rigid tracker stays true to Ducati history in essense, while bending the rules to keep it interesting.

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One Down Four Up, from Redding, California, who won awards both this and last year, are a humble and talented pair.

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OFDU’s idea of a good custom motorcycle is one that embodies both good design and function. Their 1978 Yamaha SR500 looks capable, comfortable, and fun to ride.

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The Bend, Oregon local Spoken Moto 1970 Honda CL450 was a lean mean machine, sticking to an underlying scrambler theme this year. Gun metal gray and satin black tones over the whole bike give it a stealthy appearance, while the high mounted, unmuffled straight pipes probably give the parallel twin engine a nice purr.

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The Church of Choppers laid down something a little different with this BMW. Stainless custom stacked exhaust, exposed wiring and battery box tucked in the cafe style bump tail, carbon fiber accents, bare metal under german flag colors across the tank… and even a nickel plated frame. Certainly a horse of a different color.

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W&W Cycles brought this old 1946 Harley Davidson VL45 racer all the way from Germany. The story goes that when they were bringing the bike through customs into the USA, they were told it wasn’t approved because of emissions standards. The owners responded something to the effect of “Emissions? You made this piece of junk!” Their bike Cannonball Knuckle brought home the “American Made” trophy.

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Seattle based Twinline Motorcycles’ 1973 Yamaha RD350 cafe racer is more than just good looks. It’s a 2 stroke speed machine with style. The complementary line work on the body doesn’t end on the tank and the tail- from every angle it just works.

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The leather embossed 1985 BMW K100 from Vintage Steele in Vermont- a pretty great example of a retro modern build. You’d never realize that it came from a plump touring outfitted beemer. Diamond stitched brown leather knee pads and seat coordinate nicely with the removable side bag. Bulky side covers were replaced with a streamlined metal plate, fork gaiters and dualsport tires blend in well with the black platic on the engine.

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Not all of the bikes were brought from far away places or full customs- this 2004 Yamaha Hillclimber was owned by Shane Donaca. Shane was a fixture of the Portland motorcycle scene for years- he passed away during a practice run while preparing for the Northwest Nitro Nationals Pro Hill Climb. Having his bike on display was a nice memorial for all those who cared for him.

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Icon brought some weird (and awesome) with their raw 1986 Suzuki GSXR road warrior. Solid hubs and almost no shiny surfaces in sight, the Icon Motosports post apocalyptic style lives on. Details include hand painted characters with text that reads, “die falsche flasche”.

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The Untitled Motorcycles + Marin Speedshop Ducati Scrambler drew attention from all types. Clear wet clutch cover, open belts, brushed metal belly pan that melds into exhaust, GSXR Showa forks and custom covers, a wild LED headlight array… the custom touches seem to go on and on. After all was said and done, their chopping and changing saved 85 lbs, making this a 325lb scrambler.

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Wiggling your way through the crowds of people which ebb and flow through each day and night, if you know who to look for, you’ll catch glimpses of notable builders, racers, and motorcycle industry big-wigs roaming around in the wild.

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Another award winner- ‘El Taco Truck’ by Kickstart Garage from Northern California. The vintage BMW is equipped with a gator skin seat and matching green tinted headlight lens, while the sidecar rick was transformed into a motorcycle carrying platform. The vintage racing Bultaco that it usually carries is how it earned it’s name.

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Thor Drake takes a moment to chat with friends in the crowd on busy Saturday night- one of the owners of See See Motorcycles, he is the main organizer and creator of the One Motorcycle Show. A racer, builder, and all around cool guy.

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Each motorcycle at the One Show has a story to tell, sitting in a spotlight toward the main exit was Josh Deardorff’s 1982 Honda CX500. With the rear portion of the frame hoop cut out and shortened, the lines flow much better even with the transverse engine a lot of people find oversized. It captures the spirit of the One Show- build a bike that makes you happy.

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As the winner of the Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys bike giveaway is drawn, the air drumroll starts, smoke machine blows, and a sea of motorcyclists wait in anticipation. The giveaway bike appeared in earlier years of the One Motorcycle Show- a race bike build by Drake McElroy from Smoking Seagulls. A fella name Venkat went home extra happy that night.

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Thor presents the trophy, goodie bag, and one of a kind Bavarian Motor Works bomber jacket to Chris and Rebecca of Boxer Metal, the builders behind the twin turbo BMW that took home one of the biggest awards of the show- the BMW Motorrad award!

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