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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.

Clothing

 

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

6 Comments

6 Comments

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    Robert Campbell

    May 27, 2017 at 11:13

    The turbo MT-10 and MV F4 look crazy gorgeous. Like something out of a Manga cartoon!

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    MotoFire

    May 27, 2017 at 11:57

    You’ll be seeing a lot of the builder behind the MT10 soon. And as for the MV? That’s the work of this legend: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinya_Kimura

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    Jim Bohm

    May 27, 2017 at 15:53

    Where’s the real motorcycles ?

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    MotoFire

    May 27, 2017 at 17:19

    All these bikes are working machines Jim :)

    What would you have liked to have seen?

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    Jim Bohm

    May 28, 2017 at 02:45

    They definitely are a different breed of bikes.
    Seems like a lot of people like the cafe racer look.
    Just doesn’t do much for me.
    And thanks for asking.

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    RoadRash

    July 30, 2017 at 17:04

    Oh dear. That “Vorticist” CB550 displays an alarmingly wrong swing arm angle/rear shock length/chain angle. Notice the countershaft sprocket location in relation to the rear axle- poor handling and suspension travel guaranteed, if somebody actually tried to ride it.

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