QOTD: Is the 1Moto Show the Best in the US?

Jason R. Sakurai
by Jason R. Sakurai

’60 H-D Bobber 113 CI, rigid frame, 4-speed, suicide shift. Harvey Mushman, owner/builder.

The 1Moto Show, the annual showcase for custom motorcycles held in Portland, Oregon, took place April 30-May 2. Is the 1Moto Show the best bike show in the country?

’16 H-D ‘Forty Eight’ by Veselka Works

Held in the Zidell Yards barge building, the facility launched its last ship in 2017.

’65 Honda CB450 by Guerrero.

The vast expanse inside and out was great for bike displays, vendors, and food trucks.

’08 Ducati 1098S by Jake Lindeke

Social distancing was not a problem, along with staggered admission.

Firestone Walker Brewing Compay’s 805 brand Yamahauler Dodge van and Yamaha bikes.

Most importantly, the 1Moto Show retained the funky vibe that has made it a perennial favorite.

Over the years, the 1Moto Show has drawn attendees and exhibitors from across the country, and around the world.

Harley-Davidson long bike by Jeff McL.

With hundreds of bikes on display, our aim was to give you an overview.

’65 Triumph Tiger Cub by Red Clouds Collective

A number of sponsors also had bikes on display, such as Red Clouds Collective, and Icon Motorsports.

’08 Ducati 848 Turbo by Dylan. The teal frame was a nice touch.

Due to the pandemic, Canadians cannot cross the border into the US. As a result, they were missing at the One Show. Visitors from other countries couldn’t come either, so the event lacked some of its international flavor.

2019 Ducati Panigale V4S NH69 by Portland’s MotoCorsa.

We’ve debated alternate forms of transportation, presenting many of them. In other countries, motorcycles and scooters are the preferred mode of transportation.

1949 Harley-Davidson Panhead in blue, by POD.

Most Americans haven’t considered motorcycles among available alternatives.

Zero Motorcycles are all electric.

We could lower our dependence on fossil fuels if motorcycles were considered as a viable alternative. There are plenty of electric bikes now, with more on the way.

Western Power Sports’ display

Indian Motorcycles, Zooz Bikes, Modern Artifacts, Western Power Sports, Icon Motorsports, Red Bull, and Poler Stuff all had displays at the 1Moto Show.

Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorney’s Justine.

SW-Motech and Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys were also among those displaying.

[Images: © 2021, J. Sakurai]

Jason R. Sakurai
Jason R. Sakurai

With a father who owned a dealership, I literally grew up in the business. After college, I worked for GM, Nissan and Mazda, writing articles for automotive enthusiast magazines as a side gig. I discovered you could make a living selling ad space at Four Wheeler magazine, before I moved on to selling TV for the National Hot Rod Association. After that, I started Roadhouse, a marketing, advertising and PR firm dedicated to the automotive, outdoor/apparel, and entertainment industries. Through the years, I continued writing, shooting, and editing. It keep things interesting.

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  • Pig_Iron Pig_Iron on May 10, 2021

    Held in the Zidell Yards barge building, the facility launched its last ship in 2017. :-(

  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on May 11, 2021

    Most "custom" motorcycles at shows are unrideable in the real world.

  • Kwik_Shift_Pro4X As much problems as I had with my '96 Chevy Impala SS.....I would love to try one again. I've seen a Dark Cherry Metallic one today and it looked great.
  • Susan O’Neil There is a good reason to keep the Chevrolet Malibu and other 4 door family sedans! You can transport your parents and other somewhat handicapped people comfortably and safety! If someone can stand and pivot you can put them in your car. An armrest in the back seat is appreciated and a handle above the door! Oh…and leather seats so your passenger can slide across the seat! 😊Plus, you can place a full sized wheelchair or walker in the trunk! The car sits a little lower…so it’s doable! I currently have a Ford Fusion and we have a Honda Accord. Our previous cars were Mercury Sables-excellent for transporting handicapped people and equipment! As the population ages-sedans are a very practical choice! POV from a retired handicapped advocate and daughter! 😊
  • Freddie Remember those ads that say "Call your doctor if you still have...after four hours"?You don't need to call your doctor, just get behind the wheel of a CUV. In fact, just look at one.I'm a car guy with finite resources; I can't afford a practical car during the week plus a fun car on the weekend. My solution is my Honda Civic Si 4 door sedan. Maybe yours is a Dodge Charger (a lot of new Chargers are still on dealer lots).
  • Daniel J Interesting in that we have several weeks where the temperature stays below 45 but all weather tires can't be found in a shop anywhere. I guess all seasons are "good enough".
  • Steve Biro For all the talk about sedans vs CUVs and SUVs, I simply can’t bring myself to buy any modern vehicle. And I know it’s only going to get worse.
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