Big doesn’t always mean beautiful, but the record-breaking Bike Shed London 2018 will be the exception to the rule.
Feature image by Ludovic Robert.
With an extra three areas to showcase the largest ever number of bikes, every one of them invited and curated by Bike Shed founder Dutch van Someren and his team, it promises to be the best event yet.
Triumph builds will blaze a trail at the three-day show starting at London’s Tobacco Dock on 25 May and featuring more than 250 brand, dealer and independent custom bikes from around the world. The extra space will give an even greater profile to the shed-builders – non-branded amateur builders working in their gardens, garages and living rooms – who are making the custom scene the biggest growth sector in motorcycling.
“The lifestyle cafe brat scrambler scene is the fastest-growing area of motorcycling and we have to make sure we grow in line with it. The extra space this year will help us do that,” says Dutch. “We’ve got around 32 shed-built bikes and a lot of them are Triumphs. That’s in addition to the bikes on their own stand.”
They include the Bonneville Thruxton, Bonneville Bobber Black and Bonneville T120 designed by street art icon D*FACE and they will sit alongside the GQ-Barbour International Triumph Thruxton R (pictured top) by Untitled Motorcycles, designed by Adam Kay. Jack Lilley has been hard at work too and its Rusty Bobber and Clue Street Cup will also be on display, next to the 2017 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride Dapper Bonnie.
Many of the bikes on show this year – including some from Triumph devotees Down and Out Café Racers – have never been shown publicly before. Dutch says: “You have to be allowed or invited to get your bike on a plinth and that’s important because it means the bar is set very high in terms of quality.”
A full line-up of musicians has also been added for the Saturday and Sunday, along with a far greater choice of food from countries around the world where we love to travel, overseen by the team from Bike Shed’s Shoreditch home.
Dutch adds: “As well as doubling the food and drink proposition, we’ll have the usual Thy Barber crew there if you need a trim or beard shave in a real family atmosphere and no ropes or barriers blocking you off from the bikes.” Look out for offerings from de Bolex, Foundry Motorcycles, Injustice Customs and Old Empire, who have all turned to Triumph to show their art in the last year.