It’s sort of like the Breakfast Club. Everything and everyone belongs somehow. You don’t have to understand it to love it.
by Starla Shaulis
The One Motorcycle Show has been held annually in Portland for the past 6 years. I believe it is the brain child of Thor Drake of See See Motorcycles in Portland, OR. This year was well attended and many of us waited in a long line around the building appeasing the Max capacity rules that keep the local fire department relaxed. The line moved along quickly and it was sunny. Bikes and sun.. what more…?
The building, a former machine stamping building and warehouse at 831 SE Salmon Street in Portland’s Central Eastside industrial district.
It houses a huge press in the center and the clouded panes allowed just enough light patterns to highlight the machines and faces.
To me the best part about this show aside from the Motorcycles is the acceptance, tolerance and sharing. Something so alive comes together by means of cold hard elements and a little rubber .
Present were Beamers, Harleys ,Duc’s , CB’s, RD’s and many more. Much vintage stock but mostly builds. Some bikes made you go “Oooh” and some made you go “Hmm?” but whatever you felt , you knew it was something special because each and every one of those bike held a piece of somebody’s heart and vision.
Art was a big highlight of this show. Light and shadow everywhere. In the center there was a great display of helmets all the same style but painted by individual artists, each making a statement, collectively creating another vision.
If you get a chance next year make the trip out. It truly is an amazing event. Let the pictures speak for themselves.