The guys over at Pipeburn couldn’t make it to the One Moto show this year in Portland so they asked me to cover the event for them. My writing was paired up with Scott Toepfer’s photography.
As they say, the show must go on… and it did. Friday everyone loaded in their bikes across icey terrain and dusted off the snow, signed in and rolled into the photo line. Every single bike, one after another, completely different than the next and all stunning in their own right. Each had it’s own purpose, mood, it’s own voice… and the one that seemed to speak the loudest was ‘The Impostor’ from El Solitario. It rolled in dusted in snow from the blizzard like fluff whipping around outside, then was positioned in front of a double-stacked set of display boxes and hoisted by not three, not four, but five people into it’s resting position in the middle of the upstairs ballroom. It’s rough yet elegant cage like fairing and bodywork pulled in the eyes of everyone in the room. Folks fluttered about getting the space prepared in a flash- and before you could blink an eye the show began, and people began to pour inside the doors to the big warm gallery from the frigid outside.