Southern California is one of the largest motorcycle markets in the country, even without the northern half of the state, so it has its fair share of motorcycle events over the course of the year. Not only are there plenty of enthusiasts to attend, the vast majority of motorcycle aftermarket companies are all within 150 miles of Los Angeles, and most of the big Japanese motorcycle manufacturers are headquartered there. One of the newest and hippest shows, returning for just the second year in 2018, is the Outlier’s Guild Motorcycle Show, aka the OG Motoshow.
The show is set up in a large space in the downtown L.A. warehouse district, where artists of all sorts live and work mixed into what is still a very active industrial area. Some of the people behind it included Jay LaRossa of Lossa Engineering, Ralph Holguin of RMD Garage, and photographer John Pangilinan, all of them well versed in custom bike and car culture. As an added bonus, the city of L.A. is in the process of building a huge bridge project right next door, which cast a very industrial chic tone on the whole proceedings.
The show featured new bikes with a retro look and old bikes from a sci-fi age yet to come, bikes from the distant past and the not too distance future, fast bikes and slow bikes, big bikes and small bikes. Every motorcycle building region of the world was represented, with plenty of American, Asian, and European makes there, all having lost their mass-produced anonymity and been lovingly remade into unique bikes. Some of the displayed custom bikes were so far removed from their factory look you would be excused if you didn’t recognize what it was immediately.
There was also art, of both the fine and lowbrow variety, plus an installation of old bikes in mid “rumble” right out of the old American International Pictures biker catalog. “The Clash,” as the installation was known, was the work of Rolland Sands and his crew, and featured young stunt riding guys taking on a group of weapon swinging gray haired bikers on knuckleheads with patina as weathered as their faces. On the walls were hanging a selection of custom painted helmets, bike related paintings and photography, and a small exhibit of Ornamental Conifer’s colorful typographic creations.
Entertainment the first night was first by DJ spinning a good selection high energy of tunes to get the crowd revved up. Then, after they were all well tuned and lubed, the punk-tinged garage sounds of the Wooly Bandits woke them up and kicked the party into 6th gear. A wireless mic allowed frontwoman Christa Collins to strut her stuff among the bikes instead of just stand on the bandstand and shout at the crowd.
If you’d like to check this show out for yourself, it is already too late. The show does last more than one day, with a VIP opening, then an all day Saturday and Sunday events opened to the public, but you’ll have to mark your calendars for next year. If the past two years are any indication, this show is going to be huge in a year or two, and in need of a venue like the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood to hold all the cool bikes.
Make a note in your datebook now, chances are it is happening the last week of March in 2019.