WORDS Iron & Air
IMAGES Iron & Air | Revival Cycles
2018 marked the fifth annual Handbuilt Motorcycle Show in Austin, Texas. The Handbuilt Show is the brainchild of Austin’s mad-moto scientists Revival Cycles. Over the past decade Revival has cemented its place in motonerd culture, producing some of the motorcycle scene's wildest customs and restorations. The first four years of Handbuilt redefined what a “motorcycle show” could be, and this year Revival raised the bar yet again.
The invitational draws an international audience of spectators and brings together motorcycles from some of the most prominent builders, collectors, and restorers in the world.
With over 150 motorcycles on display, the show needed a larger venue to accommodate its growing audience. The former Austin American-Statesman newspaper production facility fit the bill, and Revival sweat every detail as it grew into its expanded venue. Larger-than-life hand-painted banners hung from the ceiling, and spectators could enjoy experiential booths from BMW, Yamaha, Progressive, REV’IT, and more. Outside, the American Wall of Death — a Handbuilt Show staple —did shows every hour, surrounded by local food trucks. Buses transported guests to the Circuit of the Americas for the only U.S.-based Moto GP race, which takes place the same weekend as Handbuilt.
The invitational draws an international audience of spectators and brings together motorcycles from some of the most prominent builders, collectors, and restorers in the world. Renowned builders such as Craig Rodsmith, Max Hazan, and Walt Siegl showcased their work alongside the creations of up-and-coming builders like Jay Donovan, Alex Earle, and Justin Webster. International spectators rolled in from all over the moto scene, including Australia’s Mark Hawwa of DGR and Scott Hopkin, co-founder of Pipeburn, Indonesia’s Putra Agung of Thrive Motorcycles, and the UK’s Dutch and Vikki van Someren of the Bike Shed.
If saying the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show is unequaled in the growing array of moto events is hyperbolic, then so be it. There are other shows that deserve a spot on your calendar, but make sure you prioritize the Handbuilt experience accordingly. We can’t wait to see how the motonerds at Revival outdo themselves next year.
Baresteel's Yamaha XS650
J. Webster Design's Triumph Tracker
Spoken Moto's k75 Adventure
Thompson Cycle's Triumph Bobber
Union Motorcycle Classic's BMW R100 Racer
Licari Co.'s XS650 Tracker
Austin Motorworks' Shovelhead Chopper
Craig Rodsmith's Ducati-Davidson
LC Fabrications' Dual Sportster
Earl Motors' Ducati Alaska