Revival Cycles’ Handbuilt Motorcycle Show
Handbuilt is Hot Hotby TJ Hinton, on
Custom bikebuilder Revival Cycles hosted its Handbuilt Motorcycle Show for the fourth year running, and shame on me for not taking notice of this not-so-small event sooner enough. The premise of the show is simple; provide a venue for mechanical artists to showcase their work for the younger generations who never learned to work with their hands. Meant to inspire creative drive in folks who may have never even thought about building anything that doesn’t use code and scripting to arrange pixels on a screen — so no, Minecraft constructs don’t count.
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The event was held at 110 East 5th Avenue in beautiful Austin, Texas. If you’ve never been there I can give you a general idea of what to expect if you ever go. It’s a college town with a Texas twist. ’Nuff said. This show started out as a somewhat more intimate affair than what they have now. Last year they had over 35,000 head of bike enthusiasts, and this year was expected to be even bigger. I’d say that’s a great thing since the point of the exercise is to share the passion of building, and biker comradery, with as many people as possible.
The event ran from April 21st through the 23rd this year, and it came complete with food, musical entertainment and the Wall of Death. This event ain’t no po-dunk thing with just a local shop on board either, they had sponsorship from none other than BMW, Moto Guzzi and Ducati as well as a whole host of parts manufacturers such as Ohlins and Ikon to name a few. The host of this shindig used the event as a platform to show off its own custom-building skills with the V-twin powered Revival 140 as the flagship unit, and the hawk-like ride really sets the bar high for the rest of the field. If you missed the show this year, it’s not too soon to book a room for next year, and the sooner the better judging by the increasing attendance numbers.