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Bike Shed boss hails best Triumph custom ever

Bikeshed3It won’t be easy deciding which way to turn at this year’s London Bike Shed show, with custom Triumphs scattered across all four corners of the venue.

Even if the exact locations of the bevy of Triumphs haven’t been decided yet, Bike Shed founder Dutch van Someren insists the Hinckley marque’s fans are in for a treat.

“I’ll be honest, a few days away from the opening and it was like a jigsaw puzzle with bikes everywhere and the team trying to find the perfect place for them all,” he said.

“There are so many stunning builds this year it’s become a logistical nightmare deciding where to put them all to ensure there is something different for everyone. One of the bikes this year is arguably the best custom build I’ve ever seen, but it wouldn’t be fair to say which one.”

He’s staying tight lipped, but could it be the Foxy Lady, the latest sensational offering from Spanish custom kings Macco Motors.

After the success of previous show hits Black Baron and Lizard King, the Cadiz builders have taken a 2010 Bonnie T100 EFi and, amongst other things, given her Ducati forks, Brembo radials and farmyard leather saddle to create a properly beefy feel.

Just as it was in 2014 at the same Tobacco Docks location, another Barbour International collaboration looks set to be the talk of the Triumph-sponsored show which runs through Friday, Saturday and Sunday (May 27, 28, 29).

The BIT2 Thruxton R Café Racer has been created by Yorkshire-based Down and Out Café Racers to showcase the shared history of two of Britain’s most iconic brands.

Like its predecessor before it, there will be a subtle blend of the joint heritage featured alongside the groundbreaking technology of one of the five new classic Bonnevilles.

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BIT2 Thruxton R

If that’s not your thing, then the boys from Barnsley have something else up their sleeve… a unique candy orange Street Twin rework starring spoke wheels and a handmade saddle. In another corner you’ll find the custom Bonneville Scrambler designed for World Super-bike legend Carl Fogarty.

Dutch said: “But for Triumph offering a fantastic base for customisers, builders and shed fettlers to work on Bonnevilles and Scramblers, there’d be a huge gap in the current custom scene so we have a lot to thank them for.

“There is plenty for motorcycle fans as well as purely Triumph lovers to get their teeth into, and lots to do in between checking out the bikes.”

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