The third weekend of April marked the return of two-wheeled celebrations of speed and style to Austin, Texas. MotoGP races were taking place at the nearby Circuit of the Americas racetrack, while downtown Austin hosted the annual celebration of motorcycle art and design at the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show.
The Handbuilt show returned to the cavernous underbelly warehouse of the Austin American-Statesman newspaper building for its eighth season. With more than 100,000 square feet of space, Handbuilt has grown from just a bike show into a cultural event that attracted 150 bike builders and thousands of onlookers from every slice of life. There was a large outdoor stage backdropped by the Austin city skyline with a nonstop lineup of bands and DJS, and attendees were entertained with a sportbike stunt show and the Ives Brothers Wall of Death.
The star of the Handbuilt Show is, of course, the collection of custom motorcycles and a few hotrods. Bikes came from all over America, as well as Canada and Mexico, and one even traveled from South Africa! A wide range of bikes were on display, and the curators have made it their mission to include variety in the show. There were motorcycles from champion builders and home-built creations alike.
We’ll bring you all the details and plenty of pictures of bikes seen at the show in American Rider’s June issue. Enjoy this taste of epic builds from Handbuilt below, and be sure to catch the full story in June! Subscribe here.