In 2009, the very first One Moto Show was hosted in an abandoned warehouse near downtown Portland. Why? “Because we thought it’d be fun,” organizers say.
The multi-day One Moto Show festival is more than just fun, however. For several days, thousands of motorcyclists (and moto-enthusiasts) roll into Portland to celebrate bikes and biker culture, with dozens of motorcycles from around the world on display, ranging from vintage to strange and custom-made.
“Since we started, the motorcycle industry has grown a lot, making the quality of bikes go up and the amount of people who pay attention to them,” says Thor Drake, organizer of the event. (Drake also owns Northeast Portland’s coffee shop/biker gear store See See Motorcycles.) “I’m proud to say we are the biggest show of its kind in the world. … I have been to many similar shows, and I always try to make ours bigger and better.”
The One Motorcycle Show (often referred to simply as “One Moto”) celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2019. Couldn’t make it to the festival’s epic 10-year anniversary? Drake says not to worry. “Our goal is always to make it bigger and better without compromising the integrity of the show,” Drake says, meaning that whenever you can attend, the one thing to always expect “is that it will be the best show we’ve ever had.”
One Moto Show 2022
The 2022 venue was the historic Zidell Barge Building, a rustic, open-air building along Portland’s Southwest Waterfront. The show was held Friday, April 29th through Sunday, May 1st, a full weekend of immersive motorcycle fun (plus some pre-festivities and Thursday Night Motocross).
The heart and soul of this awesome event is the unparalleled collection of 200+ custom-built motorcycles submitted and inspired by builders worldwide. Guests can browse the coolest bikes and featured art during cushy-four-hour blocks. The ever-popular 21 Helmets showcase featured custom motorcycle helmets that simultaneously make wearing a helmet look both cool and safe.
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