Depending on where you live the winter can be a pretty dreary time. It may snow, it may rain, it may freeze. However, the winter doesn’t have to mean months without getting your motorcycle fix. There are things like rallies, shows, toy runs, and charity rides, all over the country during the winter.
One such event is The One Motorcycle Show. Now in its 9th year, the show is held in Portland, Oregon every February.
The name of the show comes from the idea that all bikes possess some undeniable, unique feature. Their website describes it best when they say:
“Funny thing about motorcycles, when you get one, you want two.
When you get two, you want ten. Then one day you have ten motorcycles.You start to think about how to combine all of them into one bike. Not literally combine the parts into one, but take all the knowledge you have accumulated and build a machine that encompasses your vision of the ideal bike.
The ONE motorcycle.”
The array of bikes chosen for the the show illustrate this concept by including custom built and restored bikes of all shape and size. Anything from one of a kind, hand built custom big twins to flawlessly restored metric dirt and dual sport type machines.
Unique to the One Show is the One Show Pro Flat Track Races held on the last day of the event. The races are held about 45 minutes away at the Salem Indoor Speedway. The full day of racing features both Pro and Amateur racers riding a vast array of makes and models. However, as you might have guessed, Harley-Davidson and Indian have the largest vendor and sponsorship presence. The event has open pits that allow you to see the bikes and riders as they prepare and repair for the next race. Its a great experience if your into bikes and racing but make sure you bring ear plugs, the venue holds in the sound and it gets noisy.
The One Show has developed a core, cult like following in the area and is popular among seasoned riders, hipsters, art enthusiasts and just about everyone in between. This has caused rapid growth resulting in the venue moving around over the years to accomodate the crowds. You should expect to wait in line to get it but in my humble opinion it is worth the wait. Once your inside you’ll enjoy top flight bikes and experience as culturally diverse a subsection of the motorcycle community you can find anywhere. And best of all admission is free (though donations are accepted).
This year the show kicks off in Portland on February 9th at 6 pm. It resumes Saturday the 10th from 9am-11pm and ends Sunday the 11th at 3pm. It will be held at 900 North Columbia Blvd. The Races will be at the Salem Indoor Speedway in Salem, Oregon on Sunday the 11th from 9am-6pm.