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The Handbuilt Show 2017

This year I decided to take a little break from motorcycles, and go check out a motorcycle show I had never been to (There is a big difference from the crowd rather than behind a booth!). I'd seen coverage and photos from the Handbuilt show put on by the fellows at Revival Cycles before and it always looked like a great show, and of course the location in Austin, Texas was just a bonus.

Showing up at Fair Market, the venue for the show, I was greeted with delicious smells from several food trucks parked out in front of a cool warehouse space. The street is closed off except top motorcycles, essentially creating a motorcycle show in the street right out front. As soon as I walked  to the roll up doors I could see a ton of cool bikes inside, so I snuck in a little before opening to get a chance to walk the rows and snap some photos of all the show bikes. 

 

 

Christian Sosa absolutely killing it with this Knucklehead. Lowbrow Customs - Handbuilt Show 2017 Christian Sosa absolutely killing it with this Knucklehead.

It was an extremely interesting mix from a "chopper guy" perspective, it was definitely heavier on the metric side than American or British, but there was something there for everyone. The one thing they all had in common was they were all handbuilt. There was a ton of high-level craftsmanship in that room mixed with some unique vision from dozens of builders; No bolt-on customs in this room! I'm pretty sure I came across half a dozen bikes I would love to have in my garage, none of them motorcycles I would traditionally have on my list. 

 

The Handbuilt Show was packed all weekend long! Lowbrow Customs - Handbuilt Show 2017 The Handbuilt Show was packed all weekend long!

Charlie and the guys from American Motor Drome Company had their wall of death set up in the courtyard, putting on shows from open to close, and entertaining what must've been thousands of people over the three day weekend. The mix of people was also interesting, the cafe crowd, chopper guys (and gals), road racers, and Europe heavily represented since so many people were in town for the MotoGP race which was the same weekend at the Circuit Of The Americas in Austin. 

 Makoto Endo doing what he does best at this year's show - Lowbrow Customs - Handbuilt Show 2017 Makoto Endo doing what he does best at this year's show
Craig Rodsmith and his Chromed out Turbo Moto Guzzi. Lowbrow Customs - Handbuilt Show 2017 Craig Rodsmith and his Chromed out Turbo Moto Guzzi.
Jorel Shockely and this 1952 BSA A10, So good! Lowbrow Customs - Handbuilt Show 2017 Jorel Shockely and this 1952 BSA A10, So good!
White Cole Foster Grips on Jorel Shockely's BSA. - Lowbrow Customs - Handbuilt Show 2017 White Cole Foster Grips on Jorel Shockely's BSA.
Check out the rear section on Jorel's BSA! - Lowbrow Customs - Handbuilt Show 2017 Check out the rear section on Jorel's BSA!
Mark Atkinson's BMW Rocket ship was turning heads all weekend. Lowbrow Customs - Handbuilt Show 2017 Mark Atkinson's BMW Rocket ship was turning heads all weekend.
Cockpit of Mark Atkinson's BMW racer. Lowbrow Customs - Handbuilt Show 2017 Cockpit of Mark Atkinson's BMW racer.
"The Tramp" This '39 Knucklehead in 1954 set a world record at Bonneville Speed week with a 152 mile per hour run - Lowbrow Sustoms - Handbuilt Show 2017 "The Tramp" This '39 Knucklehead in 1954 set a world record at Bonneville Speed week with a 152 mile per hour run.
American Motor Drome Company Wall of Death.
American Motor Drome Company Wall Of Death was putting on shows all weekend long. Lowbrow Customs - Handbuilt Show 2017 American Motor Drome Company Wall Of Death was putting on shows all weekend long.
Jeremy Cupp from LC Fabrication with his insane 1250 Sportster. Lowbrow Customs - Handbuilt Show 2017 Jeremy Cupp from LC Fabrication with his insane 1250 Sportster.
Jay Moore 1963 Triumph - Lowbrow Customs - Handbuilt Show 2017 Jay Moore 1963 Triumph
"The 72" by Sean Cooney - Triumph T100r - Lowbrow Customs - Handbuilt Show 2017 "The 72" by Sean Cooney - Triumph T100r
Ryan Gore's 1955 Panhead was looking real clean. - Lowbrow Customs - Handbuilt Show 2017 Ryan Gore's 1955 Panhead was looking real clean.
Aj Pushkarna 1982 BMW R100 - Lowbrow Customs - Handbuilt Show 2017 Aj Pushkarna 1982 BMW R100

All in all, this is an excellent event with a ton of great motorcycles, great people and of course that famous Texas hospitality. If you get a chance to, put this one on your list!

Photos and words by
- Kyle Malinky

  • DeWitt Eaton

    Great event put on by a unique bunch of guys. I hope to be a supporter and volunteer in 2018.

  • Russell Riddell

    My newly built bobber was there. A 69 Sportster with Lowbrow air cleaner, and rear fender clearly showing "Lowbrow" but you didn't see it! S&S saw their carb on the bike and photographed it.