Outlier’s Guild Moto Show celebrates LA’s new custom motorcycle scene


Car reviews / Вторник, Апрель 3rd, 2018

The second annual Outlier’s Guild Moto Show in Los Angeles highlighted the best of a new breed of LA motorcycle customizer.

In ancient times, and even up to today, motorcycle customizers often focused their talents on the omnipresent Harley-Davidson. That was fine — just check out those cool choppers in the movie “Easy Rider” designed by Clifford Vaughs and built by Ben Hardy. The café racer style, with fairings and tank-cradling riding positions, has also been popular for years. There are others, too. But a relatively new style of custom motorcycle is showing up, based on the suddenly retro-cool Honda CB550 and CB750 bikes, as well as Ducatis, Triumphs and BMW R nineT platforms (a 1969 Honda CB750 prototype sold for $233,000 only a couple weeks ago).

The Outlier’s Guild Moto Show celebrated this new wave of two-wheeled artistic expression last weekend in LA, with 130 bikes from 24 customizers, along with two-dimensional art and another glorious moto mannequin scene by artist and customizer Roland Sands. There were even live bands and a truck offering tacos al pastor. What more could you want?

“It’s younger, it’s a different vibe, more millennial,” said co-organizer John Pangilinan.

It’s LA’s version of big shows like Handbuilt in Austin and The One Moto Show in Portland.

“I’m like, ‘Dude, we need a show,” said SoCal customizer and OG co-founder Jay LaRossa. “Eighty percent of the builders are here!”

 

This year organizers doubled the number of customizers invited from 12 to 24. There were also more moto artists hanging drawings and photographs of motorcycle art around the gallery’s walls. (This was the same place then-Lord March of Goodwood fame showed his photographs.)

The custom bikes were arranged in one big brick warehouse on the south end of the complex while the artwork and a nice collection of postwar Italian motorcycles lined up in another. There was something for everyone in a pleasant setting that was, as we say in LA, freeway close. There was even plenty of parking in the warehouse industrial district between downtown and East LA.

With this now-annual show, The Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride and regular happenings at Lucky Garage, as well as monthly runs by the Venice Vintage Motorcycle Club and The Californian at Santa Anita Park May 5, the Los Angeles moto scene continues to evolve. Looking forward to next year’s show. And to whatever else the next guy thinks up.