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The 2016, 2018 & 2019 Handbuilt Motorcycle show in Austin, TX

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by TwoManyXS1Bs, Feb 22, 2016.

  1. John_B

    John_B XS650 Enthusiast

    It's been very cool in years past! Well worth the time. I'm definitely going again this time.
  2. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    This was quite a show. Massive attendance, strong showing of XS650s.
    Took a lot of pictures. I'm wore out.

    First, the XS650s:

    The River Rat calendar cover bike
    Tangerine gradient/fade paint looks stunning in person.

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    More XS's

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  3. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

  4. cycleranger

    cycleranger Generally Ok.

    I was there Saturday for a couple of hours.
    It was a big show this year. I went two years ago and it was much smaller.
    Glad to to see it's growing.
    Lots of interesting bikes.
  5. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    I went there Friday and Saturday, with DogBunny as guide.
    Boatloads of creative talent on display.
    I'll post pics of the other interesting (and odd) bikes in a bit.
  6. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    A streamlined, full body BMW:

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    The new Indian Scout, streamlined cafe:

  7. Very cool builds is that a Vincent motor? They build NICE in Texas:D
  8. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    I have no clue what this is.
    Vertical tank, no backbone.
    Apply bleach eyewash after viewing...

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  9. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    Hey, Rich! Gotcha. That's the Musket. A pair of Royal Enfield cylinders in a V-Twin configuration...
  10. DogBunny

    DogBunny Motorcychologist Top Contributor

    Because of logistics the show is weighted toward Central Texas, but it draws from all over the country and even the world.
    I think this was about it's fifth year, and like anything interesting in Austin it's become over-run by posers. The crowd was really out of control.
    I had a bike in it last year, pic below, a 1978 XT500 (with an XS650 front end) that I built for a customer.

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  11. cycleranger

    cycleranger Generally Ok.

    Very nice XT500! At least you could ride that. Many of the bikes there were so over-styled as to become objets d'art. Not really my thing, but I get it.

    Yeah, pretty big crowd. I saw a lot of skinny jeans and beards...
    I talked to one guy who rode down from Tennessee just for the show.
    He didn't do his homework and couldn't find a hotel room.
  12. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    Tell me about it. I found the very LAST room way up by Round Rock. Expen$ive!

    Crazy weekend, simultaneous MotoGP and Lonestar Roundup (huge car show with tons of vintage hot rods).

    These folks from New Mexico tracked in alongside me on the route into Austin.
    Pic taken in Dripping Springs:

  13. cycleranger

    cycleranger Generally Ok.

    Yeah, I was going to go to the hot rod show but i blew it off. Maybe next year.
    There was also a car show at the convention center too.
  14. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    I thought I had heard about that. We also cruised S. Congress, a mile long stretch of customs parked everywhere. Then, on the return trip, saw another impromptu car show at some strip mall, halfway to Dripping Springs...
  15. John_B

    John_B XS650 Enthusiast

    Lot of bikes again this time...

    Saw this parked out front

    And then this one inside amongst the others... different for sure

    And a couple of ratty choppers were in a pick up in the side dirt lot, one being a xs650 - but I didn't get a pick.

    All in all a very good XS showing!
  16. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    Hey, John B! Yeah, I saw that #72 too, and a stock XS2 just west of it, but they were gone when I got back outside.

    I thought about wearing my hat, so as to be reckanized, but decided no, might upset the posers...
  17. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    Last edited: Apr 23, 2018
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  18. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    That’s some wild stuff there!
    TwoManyXS1Bs and Jim like this.

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