How it started…

In late 2010, being a vintage motorcyclist in the Portland area meant a lot of alone time in the garage, a lot of searching out parts on the interwebs, and a lot of solo riding in the rain.  The simplicity, affordability, style and inherent yet rewarding work that goes into riding and maintaining such a bike was easily lost in the isolation of one’s garage.  While everyone with modern machinery was out carving up the Cascade mountains, you were in your dimly lit garage,  standing at the polishing wheel, or pulling your hair out over the electrical ineptitude of the last person to work on your bike – who knows how many years ago.

Convinced it didn’t have to be that way, a sort of cooperative was formed.  An open group of riders with a passion for all things vintage and two wheels.  Anyone can contribute.  Anyone can walk away.  Need a part?  Ask.   Have something someone needs?  Offer it.  In a relatively short time, I’ve seen friendships formed, bikes brought back into service and good times had.

While the preservation of these relics will always be the destination, the journey cannot be forgotten.  That’s where this site comes in.   With it, we  aim to document the evolving role of the vintage motocyclist in the Portland motorcycle community.   A sort of photo and video journal of what’s going on around us as we carve a spot open for ourselves in the Rose City.

We hope you’ll come along for the ride.


About thelowside

A group of riders not concerned with plastic fairings or fuel injection. Vintage iron and a few pints are all we need.
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