Art On Two Wheels: The One Moto Show

Lyle Ellerbee

I recently had the pleasure of attending one of my favorite motor-oriented events – One Moto Show.

Organized by See See Motor Coffee Co. this one of the world’s best-known custom motorcycle shows, and for good reason.

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For me, this year’s event was extra great. The lofty Zidell barge building on Portland’s southwest waterfront encapsulated more than 200 expertly-crafted motorcycles.

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Cobwebs and ancient factory equipment elegantly complemented the grungy See See ethos.

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Something that makes this show special is its cross-medium nature. The bikes are showcased as art, while also being used by modern stuntmen and vintage era performers.

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Not only that, but the underlying motorcycle culture is fully embodied. Vendors selling vintage Harley-Davidson t-shirts, handcrafted leather accessories and jumpsuits coated the perimeter, while artist-painted helmets, crusty bands, vintage Americana cars and food carts with names like ‘Chicken n’ Guns’ were dotted throughout the interior.

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No detail was left to chance.

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The vision behind the event included many talented individuals, each of whom added a hyper-detailed piece to the whole. The results were overwhelming in the best of ways.

The show was about really excellent bikes at the core, but the schedule included several ultra-engaging live performances.

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The first performance I encountered was the Icon show. Rob Carpenter, Sean Sets and a tiny accomplice created quite a scene as they battled each other, sport bike versus dirt bike versus V-twin.

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Next up was Aaron Colton, a Red Bull street freestyle rider who seemed to become one with the electric bike he straddled. It’s rare to see someone make such difficult maneuvers look like a natural ability.

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Rounding out the afternoon, The Seattle Cossacks performed motorcycle acrobatics with a nostalgic tone.

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I’ve been to three One Moto Shows and every year they get better. With success comes more success and Thor Drake of See See is clearly fulfilling a beautiful dream. I’ll leave you with a giant gallery below.

Sara Ryan
Instagram: pockowokosara

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