The One Moto Show – 2015

Exploring the custom scene in Portland, OR

The One Moto show is a testimony to the extraordinary power of the creative itch. The show, held last weekend in an old manufacturing facility in Portland, Oregon was 20,000 square feet of individual stories. Each bike, helmet and piece of art on the rustic walls told a tale of rising from an idea to existence.

Far from the columns of copy-and-paste hard tails and lookalike café racers, the show is regarded as one of the nations best for genre-bending builders, artists and adventurers seeking to pay homage to their creative drive.

Bending genres, breaking new ground. Builders bring creativity to life.
This focus on the individual and creativity over cliché is reflected in the show’s name and the mission of its promoter and curator, Thor Drake, who believes that a bike means more to someone through stories and experiences. If show attendance is any indication, Drake is spot on.
A persistent line of people 3 abreast extended around the block for the 3 day show. Over 13,000 visitors came to see what can happen when artists and builders give way to their creativity. The diversity of builds made it impossible for anyone to walk away unsatisfied. Battle worn adventure bikes having made the journey of a lifetime stood as equals among intricate builds brought to life one hand-formed piece at a time.
Portland likes bikes. The line for The One Moto show encircled the block all day long.
Big names among the new wave motorcycle scene like Roland Sands, Deus Ex Machina and Ronin meshed with one-off builders from far and wide to fill the building with inspired works. Some exalted form over function, others allowing form to follow function. None seemed to shy away from being bold.
Larry and Carol Romestant of Northridge, California drove 18 hours straight to display their hand-crafted BMW K1200. “It was a pretty big ask because it’s a long way and expensive to get here. But we knew this was important. There’s some big names here and we knew we needed to be here.”, he says of the shows draw. The Romestants used the BMW K aka “The Brick” as an unlikely platform for a café racer style of bike that could have been produced by the factory.
Larry Romestant and his K1200 K’Agusta
“The K engine didn’t start production until 1983 and it missed the chance to be a part of the café craze of the 60’s and 70’s. So, I’m trying to give it that opportunity”, Romestant says of his K’Agusta, a mixture of German engineering with beautifully crafted Italian styling. More about the K’Agusta here.
In keeping with the show’s penchant for individualism, the accompanying 21 Helmets display took center stage, showing that you can make your lid a thing of beauty. Artists from around the globe were given a Bell Bullitt helmet to decorate any way they saw fit. Noted Los Angeles based artist Ornamental Conifer‘s work featured a painted visor, something he’s caught some grief over.
“One of the old Bell helmets, the Drag helmet, was really cool because it had a small slot and they’re really hard to find now. I kind of paint my visors like that and they work great.” he says of his inspiration. “But people are always like, ‘you’ve ruined a perfectly good helmet, can’t even see out of it, stupid art on helmets..’, but it’s fully functional. The Bullitt is pretty deep and you can see better than if you were wearing goggles.”
The 21 Helmets show shows that you can have fun and be safe.
In typical Portlandia fashion, there was no shortage of coffee drinks to be had. Title sponsor See See Motor Coffee Company had the crowd sipping all organic lattés and Americanos from paper cups during the day and beer filled can koozies during the afternoon hours. Add to this the organic Bratwursts and other extraordinary hand-held cuisine and there just didn’t seem to be any reason to leave the building.
Keeping Portland weird
That is, unless you wanted to try your hand at mini-moto flat track racing. Yep, for a $5 donation you could strap on a helmet and take a few turns of bar-banging, flat track action astride a pit bike on a scaled down plywood track, complete with flagger and race announcer.
“This is probably one of my favorite parts”, announcer and instigator Thor Drake says of the racing. “I love to call the races!”
Bar-busting, mini-moto flat track action at its best.
Live music from inside the show crashed and echoed off of the surrounding industrial buildings keeping the vibe alive for revelers inside as well as for the hopeful participants surrounding the building making the wait a bit more bearable.
Packed house
While Portland gets a bad rap for epic beards, coffee snobbery and GMOphobia, there’s a vibrant space for creativity to thrive. It’s creativity that draws people from long distances. They come not exactly sure what to expect, but knowing that they’ll likely not find it anywhere else. In the case of The One Moto show, they’re right on target.
The One Moto show is an annual motorcycle show held in Portland, Oregon that’s free for attendees and builders thanks to the generous support from BMW, ICON and See See Motorcycles.
Story and photos by Patrick Farrell – Instagram | Twitter

The Survival Bike by Motoped

Ever needed to bug out of town in a hurry? Wanted to travel trails and terrain where even a motorcycle might not be totally practical? Well, you don't have to wait for the zombie apocalypse to get a bike that would prepare you for one. The Survival Bike by Motoped might be the ticket for you. Marketed as "your tactical blank canvas", it's a utilitarian, military-inspired motorized mountain bike outfitted with a customizable universal rack that accepts a various bolt-on mounts, harnesses, and fitments so you can pack what's necessary to you.

A primary fuel tank plus the added fuel from two side-mounted tanks will take you 400 to 500 miles without a fill-up. If you really do need to run from those blood-thirsty zombies having a range like that could be good. Or, maybe a bit more practical, if this was in the back of an RV on a Baja surf trip and you ran out of gas (we've done it before), this really could be a life saver.
Each can be purchased as either a fully-assembled bike that's ready to ride (including stock 49cc engine), or as a partially assembled kit (supply your own engine), or as a KD box-kit you assemble yourself from the ground-up and bolt your own engine onto.

Engine Displacement - 49cc / 125cc 
Max Horsepower - 49cc - 2.41 HP @ 7500 RPM / 125cc - 7.78 @ 7500 RPM
Max Torque - 49cc - 1.70 ft-lbs @ 5500 RPM / 125cc - 6 ft-lbs @ 5000 RPM
Starter Type - 49cc - Electric / 125cc - Electric & Kickstart
Front Suspension - Adjustable DNM USD-8 Forks (8" travel)
Rear Suspension - Adjustable DNM Burner - RCP2 Shock
Brakes - Hayes Prime DH Hydraulic Forged 4 - Piston Calipers. Hayes 224 (9") Rotors
Rim Size - Alex Rims 26" Front & 24" Rear
Tire Size - Front: 24 x 2.6 Rear: 24 x 3
Wheelbase - 52"
Bottom Bracket Height - 10"
Seat Height - 35" (Adjustable)
Max Speed - 24 MPH
Unit Weight - 132 lbs. 
• Patented Jacksaft Pedal Drive System
• 165mm Square Tapered Aluminum Crank Arms
• DNM Adjustable Front and Rear Suspension (8” active travel)
• 4130 Chromoly Single Tube Frame (2.8” Wall Thickness)
• Double Heat Treated 6061 Aluminum Swing Arm
• 22” by 6” Aluminum Rear Rack (50 lb max load)
• Hayes Prime DH Hydraulic Forged Mono-bloc 4-Piston Calipers Front & Rear
• Hayes 224mm (9”) Rotors Front & Rear
• Custom Motoped® Alex Rims 26” F & 24” R 36H 13 gauge spokes (Wider, thicker dual wall design)
• 1 Gallon Storage Tanks (x2)
• Custom Motoped® performance rear hub

If the Survival Bike isn't for you, maybe the Tarus 2, a Russian-built 2x2 Armageddon Motorcycle should be your vehicle of choice. Check it out here.

Bullitt SP gets a Termignoni Full Race System

After months of running a little GP-styled exhaust that was louder than the loudest Harley, it was so amazing to hear what this bike was meant to sound like. The Termignoni full race system, with the included up-map, is amazing! It makes the bike smoother all around and has a much better top-end pull. The most noticeable change surprisingly came under deceleration. The sound is pure music and it turns the stock engine braking into a much more gradual process.

While pulling off body work and removing all the necessary parts required to install the new system, we hit a little snag. There was one bolt at the front of the airbox that was tucked near the neck of the frame that proved to be difficult. After pulling the whole front end off, and basically getting this bike down to a frame and motor, we decided we might as well remove the airbox altogether and add in some UNI pod filters. Let's let this baby really breathe! 

We hit another snag trying to get the UNI's to sit on the manifolds. Whenver the filters were clamped down, they would slide right off! After a few curse words and a little time scratching our heads we realized that by pulling the snorkels out of the airbox and fitting them on the manifolds first, the filters would slip right on. Viola! 

Overall the new Termi's are a huge improvement to an already awesome bike. Highly recommended mod to any Hyper out there.

And for those of you that are dying to hear them in action; here's a dark and somewhat shaky cell phone clip snapped moments after we finished. At least you'll get the idea...

Radial Ducati Matador

Matador Racer by Radical Ducati

We've been spending some time lately kicking tires around the garage and discussing how we wish Radical Ducati never closed their doors. We were talking about how to us, Radical Ducati embodies a modern interpretation of the cafe racer mentality in the 60's; strip off all the unnecessary bits only leaving on only the go-fast parts. Focus on that and a raw beauty emerges, leaving the motor and all the components fully exposed. Vulnerable even. The difference between Radical Ducati and the Ton Up Boys of yesteryear is that Pepo and Reyes had Ducati superbikes to work with.

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