Custom bikes, custom people, and custom ideas — it all comes together for three nights each year at the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show in Austin, Texas.
Words: Adam Waheed
Images: Revival Cycles
When it comes to custom motorcycle shows in the U.S, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better example than Austin, Texas’ Handbuilt bike show. For three nights each year, downtown Austin is the place to be if you want to see one of the finest collections of truly custom bikes in the world.
The Handbuilt Show runs parallel with another savory attraction: the Red Bull USGP, taking place at the nearby Circuit of The Americas. Yet, even with the buzz at the track, on Friday night, it isn’t unusual to see mechanics from the Repsol Honda garage moseying around the venue. Drink in tattoo-armed hand, taking in the proper mood lit sight of dreamy one-off, well everything. Name a brand, and you’ll likely find a perfect ten example. Despite spinning wrenches on the most high-tech and exclusive prototype race machine on the planet— the equipment money can’t buy, there’s just something cool about seeing a turbocharger wedged into an old Kawasaki KZ1000 street bike.