Housed in a renovated warehouse in one of Austin’s hottest neighborhoods, the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show paid homage to the growing league of design-driven motorcyclists and drew several thousand spectators over its two day run. The custom bikes on display varied greatly, from 50cc two-stroke scoots, all the way to land-speed racers built to shatter records on the salt flats.
To add to the excitement, the popular Wall of Death was stationed just outside the confines of the warehouse, and was built to resemble the wild circus act from decades gone by. The entire event, including admission to the Wall of Death, was free, though donations were warmly accepted. In fact, the WoD riders had to work hardest for their tips, snatching greenbacks from the hands of spectators while riding in circles at dizzying speeds.
As one of the sponsors of the event, Rev’it commissioned Austinites Brian Philips, Fort Lonesome, Rich Cali and Logan Hirsch to add original, custom design to four leather Roamer jackets from the Spring/Summer 2014 urban collection. The artists used traditional techniques from embossing to chain-stitching to create works reflecting a long tradition of American motorcycle culture. The jackets were displayed as part of a larger “Second Skin Custom Jacket Show”.
Rev’it-sponsored MotoGP rider Alvaro Bautista made a special appearance on Friday night, in a cross-over of motorcycle genres, and mingled with fans and press in front of the popular Wall of Death.
Rev’it also provided this large gallery of the event, showing the great variety of bikes, people, and art on display. Enjoy.