Fayetteville, Arkansas original.

My name is Taylor Art and I've been ruining all my good shirts with grease and oil for over seven years.

Flow: an activity that consumes your mental and physical abilities to the point where you lose track of time, becoming meditative in the actions of the venture. Flow can be found in almost any activity; for me, it is in building, restoring, riding, and appreciating everything about motorcycles. Over the near decade since I first laid hands on a bike, my life has changed significantly. I graduated high school, then college, rode across the country on one of my bikes, made many new friends and ultimately found myself. The one constant through my adult life has been motorcycles. It hasn't been easy turning my flow into a career, but I can't see myself doing anything else with my life.

One-Up Moto Garage came about as an expression of my desire to improve in this trade. The goal is to give lost motorcycles a new life, and constantly one-up myself in doing so (I also inadvertently tend to build one-up motorcycles). Scroll down to see my favorite projects, and contact me if you're interested in my work.

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HELLION

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SHANDY

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MAYONAKA

One of my favorite motorcycles sits before you now. Over 7 years ago I got my first taste of motorcycle heaven on a Ninja 250, maybe that is why I have a soft spot for them. As you may know, I am a lover of vintage bikes, but equally obsessed with the ride quality and reliability that is the industry standard today. I built this 250 Ninja with one goal in mind: make a neo-vintage machine; the best of both worlds. The gas tank is from a 1978 Kawasaki KZ650, with a form fitted One-Up Garage hand made seat that is molded to the custom sub-frame. Over 70lbs was shaved off to produce a significantly lighter ride. The new stance is inspiring, sound is finally audible (a stock bike would be drowned out by a sewing machine), and with proper tuning and gearing the end result is better performance, and a more enjoyable ride than any 250 I’ve experienced. It is easy to learn, but difficult to master Mayonaka.

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PURL

Purl: “To flow with curling or rippling motion, as a shallow stream doesover stones.”

The Yamaha XS650 is iconic in the vintage motorcycle world for its versatility. Nearly every genre has been graced by the “poor man’s triumph” and what’s even more impressive, it often takes the cake (if cakes were given to the best build). To endeavor into an XS650 is akin to trying to write a unique song. In order to bring my own flare to this build, I brought out a form of art I did back when I first got into this practice. It is known as “sharpie art” and while I’m no pioneer to the medium, it hasn’t been on a vintage custom that I’m aware of. To further distance this build from the crowd, the color scheme was carefully chosen by my fiance and I over a few games of scrabble and wine. The cream frame is striking at first glance, muted by the natural gas tank which is darkened with sharpie art. It is graced with a One-Up Moto Garage original seat of brown matching the Italian GT grips. Accents of purple tied with the tank by more sharpie can be found throughout the bike. It isn’t all about the looks though, a pair of fat 36mm VM round-slide carbs, breathing through velocity stacks feed in and out via chrome 2-1 headers. The machine’s brains were upgraded to a permanent magnetic alternator with an electronic ignition to boot. Sitting on lipped aluminum rims wrapped in Dunlop Gold Seal tires this bike is ready to Purl.

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MRS. MINIMOTO

Small motorcycles make some of my favorite builds. This 1981 Honda CM200t was created with my fiance in mind. The goal was light, low, and easy to control. To be complete in my eyes, it also needed better brakes, and an inspirational suspension and handling characteristics that a stock CM could never understand. So the only thing to do was a mini front end swap from a KX80. It was a challenging swap, but with enough machining and parts-making, anything is possible. While it was getting off-road components, I decided a vintage enduro tank would fit nicely as well. Complimented by some meaty street legal enduro tires to box it in. Finally one of my favorite One-Up hand made seats and some sneaky electrical and mechanical upgrades made for a fierce little tyke. The ole’ lady never took to it but I sure did, thus she was named Mrs. Minimoto.

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SLASH

Are you a curious person? I always have been. If you’re like me, every time you pass a dirt road you wonder where it goes. That’s why I built this 1983 Yamaha Virago XV500/ RM250 conjoined twin. Sometimes you just need to venture down that dirt road or take the single track path. I’m not a purist, I believe in combining various parts to create a better end result. For example, I machined a Suzuki RM250 front end to this old V baby; paired with a front – to rear matching 16″ mag with beefy front brake to give the bike a stable stance, better braking power, and smaller diameter front wheel. An 80’s inspired black and purple paint scheme is torn apart by silver slashes across the sides of the tank. The end result is a cafe-racer inspired adventure bike proudly boasting 80’s heritage. Slash is simple, comfortable, and inspires the rider to find a new way home.

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