Shed heaven

Cus­tom show stuns

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By James Archibald

With just one show this year, the Bike Shed had to pull out all the stops for their Lon­don event and boy did they de­liver. The Tobacco Docks venue was packed to the rafters with cus­tom bikes and cool gear. More than 14,000 peo­ple made their way through the doors last week­end and they were greeted by over 200 cus­tom bikes rep­re­sent­ing a broad spec­trum of styles and tastes.

With an equal mix of ama­teur and pro­fes­sional builders, there was a real range of kit on show from clas­si­cally styled shed-built ma­chines, to £70,000 show-stop­pers.

“Af­ter so much hard work, from our crew and vol­un­teers, I’m chuffed to bits that so many peo­ple came through our doors,” said An­thony ‘Dutch’ van Someren, Founder of the Bike Shed. “Our goal is, and al­ways was, sim­ple: make the best in­de­pen­dent bike show in the world without com­pro­mise. We’ll never be sat­is­fied, but we’re work­ing on it.

“It fact we’re al­ready work­ing pretty hard on 2018, which will be big­ger and bet­ter - again. So save the date: May 25-27!”

Still grounded in its grass­roots be­gin­nings, the Bike Shed has de­vel­oped the show from an un­der­ground sen­sa­tion to an event that can truly of­fer some­thing for ev­ery­one – biker or not. There aren’t many as­pects of mo­tor­cy­cling that can ap­peal to such a broad au­di­ence.

With plans al­ready afoot for next year’s event, we imag­ine the bat­tle to get your shed-built bike on show will be fiercer than ever. We have picked out some of our favourites, in­clud­ing Death Ma­chines of Lon­don’s stunning Guzzi spe­cial (be­low).

‘I’m chuffed to bits that 14,000 peo­ple came through our doors’

It’s not your av­er­age bike showé

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