The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show 2017

The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show, one of my favorite events of the year, was in town for Moto GP weekend in Austin this past weekend. I always look forward to this great show. As always, there was an incredible collection of handbuilt one-of-a-kind custom motorcycles and restorations. There was so much to see that I had to visit the show a couple days in a row.

This show has become quite popular amongst motorcycle enthusiasts around here. Every year the number of attendees seems to have grown. That's a good thing and a bad thing. This year was the first time that admission was charged and I wondered (hoped) if it might tame the crowd a bit. Amazingly, it appeared to be more crowded than ever. Friday night there was a continuous long line to get in as only so many people could be inside at once due to fire regulations. The crowded show floor made photography a challenge. I'd brought a small tripod in order to reduce my camera's ISO but that would have been futile. Just too many people milling about and I didn't want to induce a trip hazard.

Friday night was the first time I've gone to the show in the evening. There was definitely a larger crowd at night than in the early afternoon on Saturday. I wanted to try photographing the bikes at night because the lighting is warm inside but a lot of daylight pours in through open dock doors during the day, making for a terrible time of color correction (something that is already challenging enough for this color blind photographer.) I got plenty of shots in the evening and returned to wander around a bit more on Saturday. There was also the opportunity to check out the bikes outside that people rode in on and get some shots in the daylight. I shot a roll of film for that and I'll share those later when my film comes back from the lab.

Here are a few of my favorite sightings at the show.

There are so many interesting and creative details on some of these bikes that I feel like I can't do them justice in a single image. Here are a few bikes I'll highlight with some detail shots.

All images taken with a Fujifilm X-T2 and a XF 18mm F/2 or XF 23mm F/1.4 lens, Classic Chrome film simulation. Need even more motorcycle porn? Check out all my photos from the event on my gallery site.