April 12th. The day Raleigh Motor officially launched our story at the annual European and Euro-inspired motorcycle show, Raleigh Eurobike. Located in downtown Raleigh at Seaboard Station, this show brought out some of the best bikes and custom builds this area has to offer. But even though we were surrounded by hundreds of amazing bikes, food trucks, activities, and a handful of awesome vendors, we'd have to say our favorite part of the event was meeting everyone and talking about their love for these bikes and this rising community of artists and designers we have here. We even had the pleasure of meeting several fine folks from surrounding areas as far out as Charlotte and Virginia.
In short, this event kicked ass. While we don't know the official count, there must have been at least 300 bikes on display. From vintage Moto-Guzzi's and Nortons to custom built Honda cafe racers, there almost wasn't enough time to take it all in. The event featured several gear and apparel vendors from the area and food rolled in on Raleigh's finest food trucks. Above is a shot of the newest addition to the Raleigh food truck scene, Fire Chef Raleigh. This 1967 Ford F600 was customized last year and is now rolling the streets serving up some delicious gourmet dogs. This classic fire engine has got to be one of the coolest food trucks in the country.
The competition for top prize was stiff, but once again, for the third year running, Johann Keyser of Moto Motivo took home Best in Show with his Honda CX500. As we've noted before, this bike is flawless. It was great to see Johann take home the gold! We're not sure what he's got cooking for next year, but it's bound to be another solid build. We're looking forward to seeing what else comes out of his shop in the year ahead.
A couple other bikes from the event also caught our eye—and we're glad they did because we got a chance to meet the people behind the builds. Above is a shot of Tattoo Moto's 1972 BMW R75/5, which took home the Best German Custom award at the event. As we took a shot of this bike we were greeted by Rudy Banny, the bikes designer / builder and the owner of Tattoo Motorcycles out of Charlotte, NC. Rudy was incredibly friendly and excited to tell us about this build. Here's a solid write up on this bike from the crew at otomotif.org accompanied by a quick interview with Rudy himself. We were honored to meet Rudy and shake his hand. We will definitely be following his story and his work going forward.
This last bike created quite the buzz as it rolled into the show and caught our attention immediately with it's wood grain tank and seat pan. This Honda CB750, built by Spencer Tull out of Fort Mill, SC is as clean as it gets. The hand dipped hyrdo-graphics on this tank and seat pan had just about everyone at the event talking and most were unsure if the bike was made from real wood or simply had an amazing paint job. We had a brief moment to talk with Spencer and congratulate him on the build, but we are hoping to see him back in Raleigh later this year for Bull City Rumble where perhaps we'll snag a more in depth interview with him about this bike. It deserves the attention.
If we took just one thing away from this event, it's that the community of builders, riders, makers, and designers is alive and well here on the east coast,...and poised to produce some amazing work in the year ahead. We couldn't be more excited to be giving it a go and joining you all! We only hope our bike and our stories can hit the bar that has been set so high.
Thanks again to Dave Minella, Stella Pittman, Scott Dail and the folks at Do The Ton Triangle for putting on such a great event! We'll definitely be back for more next spring.