The Outlier’s Guild Moto Show – Two Wheeled Art in L.A.
From the minute we set foot inside the 2nd annual Outlier’s Guild Moto Show in Los Angeles, we could sense this wasn’t going to be your typical motorcycle show. The show was held inside of a warehouse complete with exposed beams and graffiti on the walls – the perfect backdrop for over 100 one-of-a-kind custom bikes from 24 of the best motorcycle builders on the planet.
The OG Moto Show braintrust of Jay LaRossa, Stan Chen, John Pangilinan and Ralph Holguin have created a unique motorcycle experience for the masses that showcases an eclectic mix of motorcycles, bobbers, café racers, choppers, scramblers and classic bikes all under one roof. Well…kind of.
While the warehouse was the main showroom, the adjacent art gallery showcased a vintage Italian motorcycle collection featuring everything from Ducatis to a 1947 Gilera Saturno Sport. Original motorcycle-inspired art work and stunning photography from some of the top motorcycle photographers working today hung on the walls, and everyone was intrigued by the cool moto mannequin display by Roland Sands Design.
As the day got rolling, the show spilled outside where you could find more bikes, vendors, live music, food, drinks and cool event merchandise. The OG Moto Show proved to be a hit, drawing a large crowd of motorcycle enthusiasts of all ages, some from faraway lands.
Several hundred show-goers rode their bikes to the event and parked on side streets all around the venue, creating a show in itself.
The California motorcycle scene dates back to the earliest days of the motorcycle itself, and the culture surrounding it has a rich history all its own. The OG Moto Show is attempting to put L.A.’s motorcycle scene front and center, with the likes of other popular shows like Handbuilt in Austin, TX, and The One Show in Portland, OR.
The Outlier’s Guild Moto Show is all about celebrating motorcycles as pieces of art. An outlier by definition is a person or thing that differs from all other members of a particular group or set and guild has a medieval association with craftsmen. “So essentially this is a group of unique and original craftsmen,” Jay LaRossa says.
By the look of things, we’d say the world of custom motorcycles is in good hands. Boutique shows like this pave the way for new blood and creative minds to excel in keeping the motorcycle culture alive while honoring the past.