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Photo Gallery: 10th Annual One Moto Show

Feb 20 2019

Before setting foot into Portland’s historic Pickle Factory, we knew we were in for something special. Title sponsor Indian Motorcycle’s towering shipping containers served as a beacon once the overcast Portland skies gave way to nightfall, creating the perfect entryway for what was perhaps the most diverse assembly of motorcycles we’ve ever seen.

The brainchild of Thor Drake and his caffeine-carbureted crew from See See Motorcycles and See See Motor Coffee Co. celebrated its 10th birthday as a Portland mainstay this year. While the show’s roots lie in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, its reach has grown far beyond PDX thanks to a copious amount of hard work and dedication to supporting moto culture by the See See team. Not to mention the show’s ability to annually draw an amazing pool of talented builders and artists eager to display their craft at one of the premier motorcycle shows in the country.

The One Moto founder and man behind See See Motorcycles, Thor Drake, with his custom Indian FTR 1200 build

The core crowd of attendees is undoubtedly immersed in motorcycles and the culture surrounding them, but we found it rather interesting to see so many non-riders and aspiring riders attending the show and taking it all in. Proof that true art hath no boundaries. In fact, the One’s website states that the show is “crafted to celebrate the weird, rare and unconventional bikes that we love in a way that everyone can enjoy”. We couldn’t have said it better.

More than 200 motorcycles from every imaginable discipline were the main attractions. The local AMCA chapter was well represented with a stellar collection of vintage resto-mods including one of the cleanest collections of Triumph Tiger Cubs around. We admired some early Excelsior board trackers, Knucklehead, Panhead and British choppers (plus a killer display of mini choppers), café racers from mild to wild, street and flat trackers, scramblers, supermotos and a glimpse into the future through a handful of electric bikes. It’s safe to say we’ve never been to a bike show that had so much diversity curated in one place.

The trip was extra special for us, as two of our employees’ builds were included among the eclectic mix of machines. Kuryakyn Senior Photographer Andy Kawa’s ’79 Yamaha XS650 “street scrambler” and Industrial Design Manager Michael Bates’ Sportster scrambler both garnered plenty of attention throughout the three days.

It was a real honor to have my build included as a part of The One Moto. I have never attended as a builder and it was a great experience sharing stories and learning from other builders. No two builders were the same; some had day jobs as fabricators, welders, 2nd generation painters, even accountants. Overall, there’s a great positive vibe, which makes you glad to be a part of what is going on.
-Michael Bates, Kuryakyn Industrial Design Manager

What a trip! The 1 Moto was a whirlwind of awesomeness. It’s such a fun event, and Thor really knows how to throw a party! It’s a unique gathering of artists from so many genres that it goes beyond being just a bike show. The amount of creativity is truly inspiring, and to have my bike on display amongst so many other incredible builds was quite the honor. I’m so happy I could be a part of it.
-Andy Kawa, Kuryakyn Sr. Photographer

The CROIG Triumph Street Cup Ice Racer offering a sneak peek at our new Prism accent lighting system (coming soon!)

The weekend also features some bar-bangin’ action at the Salem Speedway where flat trackers dueled it out on one of the fastest dirt tracks around. Included in the mix was the season opener of the Roland Sands Design Super Hooligan National Championship, where the highly anticipated Indian Motorcycle FTR 1200 made its hooligan debut.

Jimmy Hill introducing the FTR 1200 to SHNC racing action

In the midst of the madness we spoke with Thor and some of his crew, albeit briefly, and there was a refreshing air of humility and modesty surrounding what they’ve worked so hard to establish over the past 10 years. Yes, at its core, The One Moto is a bike show. But once you walk through the doors it quickly becomes clear that this gathering is worthy of so much more than such a simplistic label. And despite its growth, one of the show’s focal points aside from showcasing an awesome variety of bikes is highlighting homegrown talent. Local artists, musicians, lifestyle brands and, of course, the culinary goodness that turned Portland into an oasis for the most ardent foodies helped keep the PDX vibe intact.

On that note, we’ll end with a shout out to Thor and his team for putting together one hell of a good time. We’re already looking forward to our next trip to Portland. If you love motorcycles as much as we do, make sure The One Moto is on your hit list.

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