The One Motorcycle Show, Portland, Oregon
Article and Photos by Savannah Rose, Originally published July 2019
The One Moto Show has been running strong for ten years – and for some reason, I never had the chance to make it to the show. This year, I decided I had to experience all that this show and the Pacific Northwest has to offer… and it did NOT disappoint.
This show hits right in the “slums” of winter, February 8, 9 and 10. I live in the Midwest, where we park our bikes for the snowy season, toss them in the garage and take them apart. The “One” is perfect timing for that end-of-winter inspiration, and motivation to finish up your winter projects – and perhaps, give you a few new ideas to work on!
Opening Friday night, the crowds came out despite the chilly weather to check out some motorcycles. This show takes place in “The Pickle Factory” – an old, well. Pickle production warehouse. Right up front, Indian Motorcycle had a killer display ranging from the new FTR1200 models to their variety of Scouts. Every corner turned revealed a new section – to the left, there was a room full of cafe racers which boasted some incredible custom British and Japanese bikes. Another room housed a variety of dirt bikes of all sorts – from XT500’s to a full custom KTM 300 two stroke with full raw metal paneling.
The far room on the bottom floor was Thor’s favorites – you may know Thor from See See Motorcycles & Coffee, also in PDX. Thor picked some of his favorite bikes, from an old Indian flat tracker to a classic hot rod that matched his new custom build. There was even a Husqvarna dirtbike, equipped with a Husqvarna chainsaw. Oh, and a highlight of the show was – electric mini bike racing!!! The smallest of the small mini bikes compete in the self-proclaimed “unreliable” races – and Farley comes to mind, with “big guys on little bikes.” I actually raced and figured out the hard way that the battery on bike #1 is fully unreliable and ended up pushing myself through most of my race. Beware, these racers fight dirty, and the crowd chucks near-empty beers into the ring in an attempt to foil your win.
Heading upstairs, the warehouse provides killer lighting through leaded glass windows. The light shined in on another full variety of bikes, including a row of Mini Choppers! I got to build a mini chopper and was lucky enough to work with, The One and Dice. We did the Chopper God Mini Moto build off. Jr’s Cycle Products, Prism Supply, Moto Galore, Church of Choppers all built a mini-Motorcycle based upon a MegaMoto mini bike, which we later raced in an impromptu parking lot flat track race. My mini chop is a scaled down replica of my Sporty chop which made for some hilarious photos.
A highlight of the upstairs room included the chopper room – it was lined with a variety of custom choppers, ranging from Triumphs to Harley-Davidson models. These were some of the best customs: A Shovelhead with a coffin tank boasted some killer graphics, a couple of cool Ironhead chops tried to steal the show, and a classic Indian adorned the entryway. There were a couple of favorites that included a couple of killer Panheads, Shovels, and even a bike you may have seen grace the pages of Cycle Source recently!
Another room boasted some killer race bikes, including the Indian that Travis Pastrana recreated Evel Knievel’s jump on, along with a few flat track race bikes.
Bands took to the stage inside the show all night, providing some extra entertainment and definitely drawing a crowd.
Saturday morning brought the snow but it didn’t stop the crowds. They came in droves, fighting the flurries and near zero temps to check out the bikes, vendors, and have some drinks. The flurries flew, but people waited in line despite the weather.
Later that day was the One Pro, a semi-indoor flat track race. It was held at the Salem Indoor Speedway. Racers took to the track, fighting to score the SuperHooligan win for the night. Even the chilly temperature didn’t stop the crowd from witnessing the fast-paced action, which smelled heavily of race gas and two-stroke smoke! Sammy Halbert won the pro class, and Joe Kopp took the top spot in the SuperHooligan race. Rich Silva took the Hooligan Amateur class, and Jordan Baber scored the Dash 4 Cash. “Rubbin is racin’” was definitely the theme for the night, and let’s just say that some of the Hooligans decided to shake things up!
After parties galore grace the Portland area during this show – and show goers are often seen partying late into the night at the surrounding bars and clubs. Ask about the best spot for karaoke. Trust me. But, what happens in Portland stays in Portland, so you’ll have to attend the show to get the full experience!
Sunday morning rolled in, and even MORE show goers walked through the doors to see the 200+ custom bikes on display. More One Show branded beers, and plenty of Olympia’s were chugged that day, as everyone dreaded the close of the show!
The One Moto is now a personal favorite of mine – I will be making my way to the PNW for this show next year, for sure. I hope I’ll see you there!