Now in its sixth year, the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show has cemented its place as one of the most influential custom shows in the US. What started as an extension of Portland’s The One Motorcycle Show has grown into a beast entirely its own and uniquely encapsulates its home city of Austin, Texas. At the center of the show is one shop, Revival Cycles, not only pushing its show to be the best it can be, but also bringing wild and beautiful custom models built in its Texas workshop.
There were several themes that could be traced through this year’s Handbuilt Show: unpainted bikes with raw or polished metal exteriors, two-strokes, and, of course, trackers. There were choppers, vintage restorations, some wild trikes and dragbikes, but the majority of bikes were function-focused and seemed to be very rideable. Builds blending high-performance parts with show-bike aesthetics were around every corner.
Beautiful lobster-scale welds on One-Up Motorcycles’ custom BMW R65.
The Haas Moto Museum, known for snatching up some of the most well-known and exotic custom motorcycles of the last decade, brought out a handful of said motorcycles to be displayed in its own section near the show’s entrance, immediately setting the tone as patrons walked through the doors.
Moto Guzzi, Indian Motorcycle, and BMW were all sponsors of the show as well, but it was the German motor company that really stole the show with its BMW prototype-based build “The Birdcage,” built by Revival Cycles.
The Birdcage, inspired by the Maserati Tipo 61, is based around the same BMW prototype engine that Custom Works Zon built on to win Best in Show at the Mooneyes Yokohama Show—the R18. This massive air-cooled powerplant is not only daunting because of its size, but because of the importance and secrecy of working around an unreleased BMW motor. We don’t have any details on this engine yet but hope to soon, as BMW continues to hint at real concepts and a production model.
This Yamaha XS650 built by father-daughter team Sofi and George Tsingos.
Jeff Palhegyi’s TZ750 four-cylinder two-stroke flat-track racer.
Hand-engraved scrollwork and cutaway sections on a beautiful Triumph chopper.