Wow, what a wonderful trip! Even with snow delays in the airport and two bikes that never made it past Salt Lake City, Utah I can honestly say I still had a wonderful trip. I'd like to say thank you to Thor and his crew from See See Motorcycles & Coffee Shop. Those guys and gals never cease to amaze me! They even turned the fact that my bikes got stuck in Utah (due to snow) into a joke and gave me the "nice try" award!! I finally got a piece of Ornamental Conifer art so I'm super stoked.
I missed my travel partner, Sasha Valentine but I had Erinsunshine, Redcrazyred, and Natalee from Good Clean Fun Life to fill in the gap. The bikes were absolutely amazing and even though the snowpocalypse hit Portland, there was still a big turnout. I actually feel that because of the snow... a lot of the bikes were more visable and I personally got to hang out more with friends in the industry. Portland was a ghost town and the One Moto Show was was hopping like a burger joint on Friday night. Some of the most exotic bikes from around the nation and world were on display with no lack of true talent of skill and design in every corner. Special thanks to Icon 1000 for the VIP room Friday night. And to James and Jason from British Customs for having the only four-wheel-drive rental that could slide and jump snowbanks. If you get a chance and you can do only one or two major shows next year.. this one definitely worth putting on your short list. I can't use words like best or my favorite but I can tell you that the diversification of bikes, people and just the raw talent are truly one-of-a-kind. Natalie from Good Clean Fun Life was kind enough to follow me and snap photos of the amazing adventure. Check them out below!
Now some words from Natalee...
Documenting experiences through the lens of my camera has given me the opportunity to get involved in areas that I never dreamt possible. This past weekend I was lucky enough to travel to Portland, OR for The One Moto Show with Loaded Gun Customs. Never having traveled to the west coast until this weekend was exciting enough, yet getting introduced to so many talented and creative people from all walks of life was incredible. The weather was not cooperating, and made it difficult for travel of both people and bikes, with some missing the show altogether. Portland is not used to such wintry conditions, but that didn’t keep the interested crowds away from the show.
From gorgeous classic styles, to out of the box creative masterpieces to sleek modern styles, there were bikes of all types on display. There really seems to be a camaraderie rather than competition, between the builders and designers of these works of art. I enjoy the fact that there seems to be a sharing in a common passion rather than negativity.
Personally, I do not yet ride but since some large changes happened for me this past Fall I vowed to take the motorcycle safety course as soon as winter breaks. This past weekend solidified that for me. Photographing the mechanical canvases full of varied colors, textures and styles fully exposes the unique personalities of each builder. Being a weekend full of firsts for me, I look forward to seeing what moto experiences I can gain in the coming months, and the bikes and people I will have the chance to photograph.