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Gallery: Feast on a flavour of Bike Shed London ’17



We spent the night shooting the breeze, chewing the fat and doing other, less idiom’atical things at the Bike Shed London show.

It’s that time of year again, and with the last weekend of May upon us, we get all excited about the Bike Shed custom motorcycle show and head on down to London for our yearly lesson in motorcycle cool.

Having expanded into another series of rooms at Tobacco Docks, this year’s show feels wider and more varied than any that have gone before. There’s certainly more manufacturer and ‘big brand’ involvement with showings from Indian, Yamaha, Honda, Ducati, Ohlins and various others all looking to see if they can caché in by association onto some of the Bike Shed vibe. But it doesn’t feel any less ‘hip’ than any of the previous shows, and the extra space does allow for the machines to breathe a little. Although there are a LOT of bikes this year and they’ve really filled the space.

We have to admit to not spending as much time as we would have liked perusing the metal and generally getting under the skin of the builds on display – we went on press night and instead of walking around and taking time like a ‘punter’, we were dragged from pillar to post by conversations with old friends and business acquaintances looking for a few minutes of our time – so what follows isn’t our ‘pick of the bikes’ or a list of our ‘top ten builds’.

It’s just a pretty solid look at the type of machine on display and should offer you a flavour of this year’s event.

And you should go. Seriously. A show with this kind of atmosphere and general ‘joy for biking’ is rare on Britain’s shores, and with the sun shining, music playing and bikes to peruse, there probably isn’t a better thing that you could do this weekend.


Suzuki GS-XX 400 by Ed Turner Motorcycles


Honda CB1100TR ‘Concept’


Honda CMX500 Rebel by Dan Gold & RB


Fantic ‘Caballero’ Scrambler


Turbo-Charged Yamaha MT10 by Goblin Works Garage


‘The Vorticist’ 1978 Honda CB550 by Rebels Alliance


1991 Harley-Davidson Evo Springer Softail by V-Moto


Ducati 900SS by Deep Creek Cycleworks


Indian ‘Spirit of Munro’


Kawasaki GPZ 1100 1984 Projet Z by Sur Les Chapeaux De Roues


MV Agusta F4 ‘Manta’ by Shinya Kimura


2006 KTM Super Duke 990 by Untitled Motorcycles


GL1100 by Sur Les Chapeaux De Roues

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Custom of the Week: Yamaha SR500 ‘Scrambler’ by Daniel Peter




SCRAMBLERS ARE A HOT TOPIC. Build one, and you’re sure to be judged solely by how well equipped it is for hardcore off-piste use.

But that’s not all that scramblers are about. Daniel Peter compares his latest build to his childhood BMX—and it’s pretty much how we feel about modern-day scramblers too.

“When I was four years old, my BMX bike became my life,” he explains. “It was so simple, yet so fun. Just wheels, pedals and brakes. I’d ride it to the beach, jump a few curbs along the way, race my friends. Those were the good days.”

“30 years later, I set out to build a motorcycle based on the same principles. There’s nothing on this bike that doesn’t need to be there. It has wheels, a punchy engine and great brakes. I didn’t even put a speedo on it, because I never looked at the one on my last bike.”

Daniel works as a photographer in Chicago, but wrenches during the winter to keep his passion for riding alive. He keeps a workshop in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, outfitted with a tool cabinet, a welder, and a 1940s South Bend lathe.

This 1978-model Yamaha SR500 is the fourth Yamaha 500 he’s built to date. “It’s the most simple, yet the most thorough, of the bunch,” he says.

The motor’s been bumped to 540 cc, with a grocery list of go-fast bits that includes a lighter XT500 crank, a new piston from JE and a Megacycle cam for better torque down low.

R&D valve springs with titanium caps, a Powerdynamo ignition and a high-flow oil pump from Kedo round out the package.

Hoos Racing refreshed the crank and cut new valve seats for Daniel, but he tackled the rest of the rebuild himself. Every single bearing and seal was replaced along the way too. As for the carb, it’s been swapped out for a 39 mm Keihin FCR flatslide number, fed by a fat K&N filter.

The exhaust system is a combination of a custom made stainless steel header, and a Cone Engineering muffler.

The SR rolls on 17” supermoto wheels, borrowed from a KTM (front) and a Honda CRF450 (rear). They’re wrapped in Pirelli MT60 Corsa tread; a 120 up front, and a chunky 160 on the 5” rear rim. (“It juuust fits,” says Daniel.)

The brakes have been upgraded with a mix of Brembo and Beringer parts, with an RCS 14 radial master cylinder up front.

On top is an aluminum Yamaha XT500 fuel tank, wrapped in a paint scheme “inspired by an unforgettable riding trip through Baja.” Just behind it is a new saddle from MotoLanna, with a new kicked-up subframe loop.

It’s just about spring in Chicago, so Daniel must be itching to rack up the miles on his SR500. And we’re betting it’s going to be impossible to get him off it.

A version of this article first appeared on Bike Exif. It’s republished here with permission.

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Icon claim back the streets in their latest, epic video



Street’s Not Dead.

Regular readers will know that we eagerly await anything released from the US streetwear firm Icon Motorsports. So the moment that a video drops from the Portland firm we’re bound to pay attention.

That’s an interest piqued double when they post it alongside what is essentially a call to arms…

“Street’s not dead. If you think it went away, you’d be wrong. Street’s still here undermining pompous authority, rejecting standards, and bucking the status quo..”

And they’re not kidding either. With the Icon clad rider thrashing their Kawasaki ZX-10R through city streets, car parks and even a public fountain at one point, there’s a lot to take in.

Couple that with their usual loud, Icon style and you’ve certainly got a statement of intent.

(Don’t try this at home kids).



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