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OG Custom Motorcycle show

OG Custom Motorcycle show

OG Custom Motorcycle show
May 11
12:18 2017


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A new show that debuted in L.A. on May 6 celebrated motorcycles as art, but it was not limited to traditional big V-Twins. You were as likely to see metalflake Honda CB550s, semi-apocalyptic Triumphs and reinterpreted Ducatis as you were Harleys at the Outliers Guild Motorcycle Show in Los Angeles, known as the OG Moto Show for short.

For anyone who grew up liking motorcycles in the 1960s, “custom” used to mean just one thing: choppers. Those were usually big, meaty Harley twins with long, extended front forks and big, tall “sissy bars” on the back for exaggerated stance, while loads of chrome were slathered all over. “Custom” still means choppers for a large number of bikers, but new designs are springing up in shops all around the world. In the U.S. there are two big custom motorcycle shows that celebrate new trends in custom bike design: The Handbuilt Show held in February in Austin, Texas, and The One Moto Show in April in Portland. On Saturday in Los Angeles the Outliers Guild Custom Motorcycle Show signaled a third show had arrived. 



Note the exposed timing belts Photo by John Pangilinan


It was put together by four dedicated design enthusiasts: John Pangilinan, Stan Chen, Ralph Holguin and Jay LaRossa.

“So between the four of us we’re like Voltron, we kind of each brought something to the table,” said Pangilinan.

Pangilinan said the four of them were thinking, “Everyone’s here in Southern California, how’s there not a show in L.A. that celebrates the café racer society, the younger rider?”

So they started planning for a show last year. Then, when they saw The Container Yard at the edge of downtown L.A., “…it was the perfect venue, we had to do this.”

Honda, whose older bikes are becoming something like ’32 Fords to customizers, came in as the title sponsor. Then Roland Sands Design, Bell Helmets, Deus, Royal Enfield, WD-40, Capsule Wallets, Hasselblad, Meta, and Indian joined in.

“Roland, we met with him, and he’s like, ‘I’m in!”



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Stand back, we’re making art!


Pangilinan said they wanted a lifestyle component in addition to the motorcycles -– “A cool vibe, young people.” Indeed, we out-aged everyone there, including the cops.

“We tried to combine art, too,” said custom cycle builder LaRossa. “You look at an event like The Quail (A Motorcycle Gathering, going on the same day in Carmel), those are beautiful, original bikes all restored to perfection and owned by rich guys; we’re more like, ‘Raaaaaaaaahhhhh! I wanted custom bikes.”

The inaugural event showcased customized bikes in the Café Racer, Bobber, Classic, Tracker, Scrambler, Modern Classic and Brat style. Flip through the gallery above to see examples of each of those. Dozens of custom builders and hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts turned out, too. The setting was a place called The Container Yard, a sort of post-industrial indoor/outdoor compound.



BMW

This BMW looks almost tame compared to some of the entries Photo by John Pangilinan


The OG show saw galleries of bikes parked in several warehouse-style rooms, some of the rooms formed by the remnants of 40-foot shipping containers. The all-star roster of builders included: Michael “Woolie” Woolaway, Shinya Kimura, Mitsuhiro “Kiyo” Kiyonaga, Dustin Kott, Brian Sloma, Kim Boyle, Craig Marleu, Brawn Built, Justin Webster, Aaron Guardado, Roland Sands, and Len Higa.

“There are so many great shows across the country that celebrate this style of vintage bikes and motorcycle culture, but none are here in Southern California,” said Jay LaRossa, custom builder and co-founder of the show.  “With so many of the top builders, brands, and a unique motorcycle lifestyle located here – it just makes sense to host our own event in Los Angeles.”

In addition, motorcycle-inspired art and photography were featured. One of the coolest was Roland Sands’ “Architects of Inspiration,” a unique semi-kinetic motorcycle art exhibit. It showed life-size mannequin moto riders in a flat track scene gone haywire, with two riders leading the pack sliding into a turn followed by three more riders in various states of calamity. If you look closely, the guy in the black spinning above the melee is clutching a canned beverage in his left hand. Funny.

Other art included fantastic welded metal sculptures by Australian artist Jamie Schena of everything from a perfect 1/10-scale Ducati to a mid-sixties Ferrari F1 car built entirely from recycled engine parts. Repurposed wheel bearings feature prominently in the works. Behind that were water colors by Carter Asmann. He would start with two rings left by coffee mugs, use those for the wheels and draw elaborate motorcycles from them. It was really cool stuff.

Like all shows, this one supported a worthy charity. In conjunction with Meta Magazine, limited edition photography prints were made available for purchase to support Waves for Water, which helps bring clean water to communities in need around the world.  Participating photographers include: CR Steyck, Estevan Oriol, Matthew Jones, Dylan Gordon, Dimitri Coste, Todd Blubaugh, Matt Wignall, Preston Burroughs, and Sebastien Zanella.  Featured artists include: Steve Cabellero, The Draculas, Carter Asmann, Tyler Cornelius, Andrew Ritter,

We hope the show does become an annual event and in the meantime, if anyone sees a nice, running CB550, sing out, will ya?















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