Well the dust has settled–or maybe more appropriately, "the snow has melted"–since The One Motorcycle Show 2014. Our 5th year in operation: a milestone we never anticipated when we first dreamt this up back in 2010.
This was our biggest and best show to date. We worked harder and longer to get more bikes, more people, and more fun packed into a weekend celebrating 2-wheeled culture. Despite the worst snow storm Portland has seen in 5 years, we pulled it off without a hitch. It was a little worrisome that people would be scared away by the weather, but that was not the case. We had more than 9,000 attendees over two days and more than 120 bikes in the show!
It was smiles for miles. Check the1moto.com and seeseemotorcycles.com for more
The objective of this film is to illustrate the atmosphere & conditions surrounding El Solitario's creative ground, our inspirational provenance. Like our native Galicia, what we forge in our workshop is wild, rugged, thrilling, often beautiful, some times creepy... but always uncompromising. El Solitario, started life in 2010 and is very much a reverberation of its founders, friends, lifestyles and influences. This is exactly what we have tried to reveal in this picture by capturing on film, a day in the life of El Solitario; the workshop; the nature & paths around it; our technique, the permeating rain; and the deep understanding and application of the laws of causality and sustainability.
El Solitario motorcycles are not intended to seek for beauty, content or practicality, as these are attributes that dominate today's spectrum and therefore do not interest us. Our machines are mere autobiographical exercises that depict an instant capture of the vital journey in which we are immersed in, as we strive to reveal the essence of the motorized two wheeled artifact. We seek for those attributes that make a bike stand out in contemporary society's imaginary & not on the open roads. Those qualities, in the old days, easily identifiable in every motorcycle, have today been lost and it is for their recovery & exaltation that we work for. But what are we talking about here? Simple: The traits of speed, traction, power, character, personality, respect, fear, danger… Embracing these attributes, we quest to create an impact on the observer and this does not necessary mean to please their eyes with easy indulgent proposals.
We know a lot more now than when we started this long journey and our motorcycles are getting closer to our ideal. At first we followed the rules as we didn't know better, but slowly these wild side became present and more & more dominant in our agenda, only limited by the necessity of our art to be rideable, and rideable hard. We do not produce show bikes as we despise that genre, understanding that it is a shame to spend countless hours constructing, a supposedly liberating instrument like a motorcycle is, for the sole purpose of looking at it.
Enjoy the conception of Impostor and beware of your dreams as they might become true!@#
El Solitario would like to special thank:
Pepe Caruso for the amazing art on Impostor's tank and the titles on this film
Apenino (Marco Maril) for the great original soundtrack and sound map of our workshop
Our beautiful animals that protect us & in some cases give their lives to create more life
The One Motorcycle Show 2014.
February 7th-8th- 9th 2014 Location 800 SE 10th Ave Portland Ore. the1moto.com
The One Motorcycle Show is not about rules or pre-conceived notions because their is no right or wrong way to build a bike. It’s about motorcycles with a purpose and a story. It’s the opportunity to get rare, weird, old, new, and all around amazing bikes together in one spot. It’s one-off concepts, and pristine-better- than-showroom classics. It’s the old and new generations getting together to celebrate the One motorcycle. We’re a community on the search for the ultimate truth of mechanism and it’s essential one-ness.
Brad Smith (FTWCo) Des Moine, IA
Wes Orloff Milwaukee, WI
John Wilson, Kenosha WI
Warren, Heir, Jr. Milwaukee, WI
Scott Johnson, Milwaukee, WI
Pete Ploskee, Sr., Kenosha WI
Tony Giorno (Redline Cycle) Kenosha WI
Jeff Wright (Church Of Choppers) Des Moine IA
Noot - Charles City, IA
Jack Kainz, Milwaukee, WI
Charlotte Kainz, Milwaukee, WI
Josh Kurpius, Genoa, IL
Louie Lauters (West Bend HD), West Bend WI