One Stop for Everything Motorcycle
By Darren Wright
The One Moto Show in Portland, Oregon had the widest range of all things motorcycle that I have ever seen. In its 11th year, there was something for everyone, whether your interest is vintage or modern, touring or racing, One Moto had it all. The show had bikes, bike related art and dirt track racing all under one roof.
Memorial Coliseum was a perfect venue for an event of this magnitude. Walking in, the outer ring of the stadium had vendors and bikes, but the majority of the things to see were in the exhibit halls downstairs. Hundreds of bikes and thousands of people filled the halls and hallways looking at bikes from the early 1900’s as well as prototype electric bikes still being developed.
I have always thought that motorcycling goes with anything and everything, but Traeger took that to a whole new level. They turned a sidecar attached to an Indian motorcycle into a grill! BBQ and biking, does it get any better? I think not.
The biker community has always been a charitable group. This held true at One Moto. Many charities were represented, including a group from Vancouver, BC, Bikers for Autism. I spoke with the founder of the group, James Baker who told of his personal connection to autism. His passion for helping is clear and dedication is resolute.
One lucky attendee won a Yamaha SR500 vintage motorcycle from Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys. People also signed up for Russ Brown’s BAM (Breakdown Assistance and Legal for Motorcyclists). Membership is free. BAM is a unique volunteer organization of bikers helping bikers. Motorcycle Attorney Russ Brown started BAM over thirty years ago to provide breakdown assistance to motorcyclists across the country. BAM’s nationwide volunteer network of roughly two million motorcyclists can help you in an emergency. If you are a member and experience a breakdown or mechanical problems while on the road, call 1-800-4-BIKERS, and they will search their volunteer network and send someone out to help.
Dirt track racing was a big part of the event. This was the first year that One Moto had the racing and show under one roof. This was a significant topic of discussion and approval by attendees who in the past had to drive 45 miles to see the races. All classes of racers gave their all, from the pro riders to the tots on tiny dirt bikes. Personally, I enjoyed watching the young riders. They were fearless, and even when they crashed, they picked up their bikes and rode on, no tears, no tantrums. But all of the riders were burning up the track …literally.
One Moto was a great event for the motorcycle enthusiast. Be sure not to miss the 12th annual next year.