The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show is one of the very best motorcycle shows on the planet, period. Hosted by Revival Cycles each year during MotoGP weekend in Austin, Texas, the show celebrates hand-built machinery in a world that seems to be speeding toward what is virtual, digital, and mass-produced:
“As our collective existence slips further into digital abstraction, we at the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show believe something has been lost and it is time to revive the culture of physical craftsmanship. Although in today’s modern mass-produced world few young people are taught how to do physical work or are encouraged to embrace a trade, there remains a universal attraction to the beauty that can only be formed by human hands.”
For 2022, the show featured 116 custom bikes and 12 builds from Revival Cycles themselves, including two debuts: “The Fuse” Ducati 1100 and the “Alloy Guzzi.” Other highlights included:
BMW R18: 20 on display and for demo
Indian Motorcycles: 10 demo FTR1200s & Scout Bobbers
Zooz: 10 E-bikes for demo (Ultra Urban 250, 750, 1100)
Volcon E-Powersports: 5 Grunt bikes for display
LAND District Motorcycle: 1 for display
KTM/Husqvarna: 3 Kids’ Balance Bikes
60’s Honda Superhawk honoring Robert Pirsig
Our man behind the camera this year was Texas-based photographer Kody Melton (@kodymelton). Over the nexst week, we’ll be rolling out a series of features on various groups of bikes from the show.
First off are machines from two ends of the spectrum, united in that they don’t have four-stroke engines: Two-Strokes and Electric Motos. Now y’all place nice!
Handbuilt Show 2022: Two-Strokes and E-Motorcycles