Co-owner (Thor Drake) did had a weird dream that this guy was riding a cafe-racer bike and on the side of his helmet was this logo (our logo, with the two big eyes and crazy smile). The eyes are looking forward, or backwards depending on how you perceive it...like you can see the future or you can see the past. Maybe like inspired by the past and creating our own future. So the company had a logo and needed a name, obviously it looks like 2- C's, cubic centimeter motorcycles is too pigeon holed, so See See Motorcycles it was. A dream come true...
See See produces The One Show each and every year and is part of the reason many of us bikers have become acquainted with Portland. What’s special to you guys about the area and why’s it so fun?
Yeah Portland has always been this little metropolis in the pnw. Oregon has the best skateparks, well at least in the early 2000's it did. Our team did A LOT of that in our past time and then eventually got back into motorcycles as a fun escape from the board world and helped us utilize the entire year, rain or shine. Portland has a quality of life thing that as outdoorsers is really appealing. A lot of interesting people live here subsequently. The caveat is that in recent years it has changed and grown a lot because of it. its grown into a rather big city. Some people who don’t live here just picture bearded men in flannels, tattooed ladies and eating overpriced doughnuts while wearing hip clothing. Fact is... it’s pretty rainy and hard to make a living unless you are motivated…. But we like the stereotype, it’s created some good conversations and some sensational creativity.
The One Show helped usher in a new generation of bike shows. How do you think the One Show has affected the industry?
The point of the One Motorcycle show was to create a new open and inclusive environment. The first show almost a decade ago brought together all types of motorcyclists. Old guys, old gals, young people, families, racers, chopper folk, and yes bearded men in flannels. It was always meant to highlight the bikes as art and the people who build and care for them as the artists. Additionally, the winter can be pretty long up here and it gave people a reason to get together. The show grew naturally and we’re proud to say each and every show has been way different and doubled in size. We believe the show has had a really positive effect on the moto world. From the garage builder both men and women, to the full fabrication shop, even OEM's its provided a space for everyone a place to participate. Not only that, the show has inspired a lot of other shows very similar in style to pop up. We can’t claim anything but we’re happy for what are little team created with the One Show. Hopefully motorcycle manufactures see the importance and continue to support us. (wink wink)
IT seems See See is into all kinds of motorcycle related stuff and you always do it in a unique way. What feeds that creative fire?
Everything on a motorcycle has already been done right? Motorcycles are just innately fun right? Just add a little weird to fuel the fire, and combine the two and add a bunch of hard work and sprinkle some creativity on top and you have a tasty motorcycle cupcake… I just how we do.. And we’re a family.
See See is big on the race scene, What’s next for See See’s racing endeavors?
We’d love to have a national level competitive racing team of some sort, we have a ktm dealership now, almost a year and ½ old. One day we hope to have a full team. As far as race promotion goes, we will continue to host and support the pnw flat track and motocross scene and as many race scenes as we can. We’d like to start hosting off-road races, maybe like multiple day treasure hunt races as well. We also strive to pump out one to two race bike builds a year that support our current race team and our addiction to motorcycles that we want to see become a reality. We are currently building out a Ural sidecar Coffee Cart that will be attending all the races we can manage!
Flat-track or Off-road?
Beer or Whiskey?
Beer, plenty of it every day.
Would you rather have a rock in your shoe or a sliver?
A sliver because you can forget it’s there… and scramble the word and it becomes silver… which isn’t gold, but yea, it’s second place.
Fast or Slow race?
What the hell? Who wants to go slow?!
Will there be relay races again for the mini-bike races this year at Babes in the Dirt?
Heck yes. Pick your teammates now!
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