Outlier’s Guild to hold Los Angeles custom motorcycle show

Motorcycle designer Roland Sands tears up some turf on a custom Harley-Davidson.
(Matt Wignall)

The inaugural Outlier’s Guild Custom Motorcycle Show will be held Saturday in Los Angeles’ warehouse district.

The one-day affair will showcase local vintage motorcycle culture, uniting bike builders, designers, customizers and riders with the artists and photographers whose work is informed or inspired by two-wheeled machines.

Sponsored by Honda Motorcycles, Roland Sands Designs, Bell Helmets, Hasselblad cameras, Indian Motorcycle and others, the event will be held at the Container Yard in downtown Los Angeles.

Its co-founder said the arrival of the show, which will be a local version of events such as the One Motor Show in Portland, Ore., or the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show in Austin, Texas, is overdue.

“There are so many great shows across the country that celebrate this style of vintage bikes and motorcycle culture,” said bike builder Jay LaRossa. “But none are here in Southern California.”

Kickstart Garage will bring examples of its work to the Outlier’s Guild Custom Motorcycle Show.
Kickstart Garage will bring examples of its work to the Outlier’s Guild Custom Motorcycle Show. (Anthony Scott)

Bikes, bikers, biker art

Somewhere between 70 and 100 custom and modified motorcycles will be on display, including about 25 from local moto hero Roland Sands.

It will also include a revival of the “Architects of Inspiration” feature that Sands helped organize in 2008 as part of a Toyota Motors-sponsored national exhibition. That event involved huge canvases, which traveled across the United States, depicting motorcycle-themed artistic expression.

This year’s artistic expression will include a life-sized depiction of a flat track race — or at least a moment in a flat track race when things go horribly wrong, Sands said.

It will include five or six Sands-designed Indian flat trackers, ridden by mannequins. Two “riders” are about to experience a violent separation from their machines.

“It’s like you’re walking into the middle of a flat track race, in the middle of a big Indian crash sequence,” Sands said.

Featured designers include:

  • Roland Sands - Rolands Sands Design

  • Jay LaRossa - Lossa Engineering

  • Len Higa - Sleeper Speed Shop

  • Shinya Kimura

  • Brian Sloma - Spirit Lake Cycles

  • Kio Mitsuhiro - Kio's Garage

  • Kim Boyle

  • Craig Marleau - Kickstart Garage

  • Michael "Woolie" Woolaway - Deus

  • Michel Valle - Alchemy Motorcycles

  • Dustin Kott - Kott Motorcycles

  • Aaron Guardado - Suicide Machine Co.

  • Justin Webster

  • Samuel Kao - JSK Moto Co.

  • Ezikiel J. Dacanay - N°37 Garage

The first annual show will be held Saturday.
The first annual show will be held Saturday. (Outliers Guild)

Featured photographers include:

Craig "CR" Steyck

Estevan Oriol

Matthew Jones

Dylan Gordon

Dimitri Coste

Todd Blubaugh

Sebastien Zanella

Preston Burroughs

Matt Wignall

Unfortunate timing

The Outlier’s show — which organizers hope will become an annual event — was originally headed for a March calendar date, Sands said. Then the Container Yard became available for May 6, and the organizers jumped on it — before realizing that date is also claimed by the Quail Motorcycle Gathering, the West Coast’s most important annual motorcycle meetup.

That Monterey Peninsula event, going into its ninth year, is favored among vintage motorcycle riders, restorers and collectors, and includes up to 400 highly valuable bikes, primped and polished to perfection.

Traditionally held in mid-May, this year the weekend show moved into the first week of the month.

Sands stressed that the Outlier’s event is a distinctly local gathering, for a younger and less wealthy enthusiast.

“This is a different show, for a different crowd,” Sands said. “It’s free to get in. I think it will be a little more hip, and a little less old money.”

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