Bespoke, custom and café racer motorcycles are very on-trend right now, and around 150 of these new-generation machines will arrive at London’s historic Tobacco Dock on May 26-28 for the eighth Bike Shed show.
Far from a typical motorcycle fair, these bikes will be there by invitation, with a strong emphasis on artisanal workmanship and individualism rather than run-of-the-mill, off-the-shelf products. Organised by Anthony “Dutch” van Someren and the team from the Shoreditch-based Bike Shed, the event will include bikes from at least nine countries and is set to be the largest in the show’s history.
Unique and beautifully engineered one-offs made by amateur enthusiasts (or, as the show terms them, “shed builds”) will feature alongside a Custom Classifieds section showcasing more than 20 machines (from £5,000), as well as clothing and accessories from brands such as Hedon, Davida, Dainese, Helstons, Ohlins, Malle, Bell and Rev’it.
There will also be professionally built “specials” (from £5,000) from sponsor marques such as Triumph, Yamaha, BMW, Ducati and Indian, while visitors arriving by motorcycle can park for free and opt to display their machines – on a first come, first served basis – in a special “satellite” show of unusual and interesting builds.
The Bike Shed is not, however, all about motorcycles; there will also be coffee bars, café areas, a tattoo parlour, barber shop, cigar and whisky lounges and art and photography exhibitions.