When we rambled our grinning selves on down to The One Moto Show in Portland last week I had a sneaky little bucket list item in mind. Have a shot with Craig Rodsmith, of Rodsmith Motorcycles in Grayslake, Illinois. Mission accomplished, Now kindly pardon me while I fanboy it up a bit.
Just gonna say right off the bat that Craig is one patient and gracious guy. When we were getting ready to head back to the hotel after a full day, and I still hadn't had a chance to say Hi, I pretty much just grabbed the poor bastard on his way past. Wouldn't have blamed him a bit if he'd told me to get stuffed, but it turns out he's a lot nicer than I am, even if he is still the only person I've met that swears more than I do.
* (Full disclosure: I use the word "Fuck" like a comma.)
Between displaying his new Pipeburn featured turbo Guzzi V9 at the Chicago Progressive International Motorcycle Show on Friday and participating in the Rizoma Behind the Build panel at the One Moto Show in Portland Oregon on Saturday the man had a chock-full docket, and that's before gearing up for Mama Tried in Milwaukee later this month. Doing two shows in two days, on opposite coasts, would pretty much have me in permanent, "I'm not a morning person" mode, but not Mister Craig Rodsmith. Nope, he was all friendly and personable-like.
In a perfect example of karma, my completely platonic man crush got to meet one of his own idols this weekend, when they were co-panelists. A certain Miguel Galuzzi, designer of the Ducati Monster, head of Piaggio's Advanced Design Center (PADC) and design manager of the Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Derbi and Gilera motorcycle brands. can not freaking wait to see what kind of potential creative collaborativity-type stuff comes out of that particular friendship!
Safe to say that we all really dug the cool, relaxed vibe at The One Moto Show and, with any luck, we'll all be meeting up again next year. This time though, Rodsmith Motorcycles and Killman Customs Independent Buildhouse will both be bringing bikes, and you all KNow that's going to be a good time.
Thanks a ton for the courtesy Craig, It made a serious impression. if you're ever looking to chill out, head on up to our neck of the woods some time. We'll get our knees in the breeze, check out some nature and hoist a few!