The Bike Shed Motorcycle Show London
Friday 26 May 2017 – Sunday 28 May 2017
Location: Tobacco Dock, E1W 2 London, UK
Review by Sabrina Selkis
Photography by Miguel DeMelo
Saturday 27th May 2017
Bike Shed’s infamous independent motorcycle Show returned to London’s Tobacco Dock for its annual show. This 8th edition is definitely bigger and better than ever. Europe’s biggest custom motorcycle show has a name and it is called Bikeshed 2017.
From the entrance doors we are greeted with black Harleys, then we are in the main covered hall full of individual rooms. More custom motorcycles, bikes as well as clothing companies, tattoo shops and a barbershops are all present.
One bike especially caught our eyes within two minutes of arriving, it is done by Gonzo Custom (find them on Facebook and Instagram). Rob, the owner tells us he has built it himself in 4 months from conception to completion. It even comes with a “fuel tank”, a bottle of beer on the side attached by a La Bouclée leather holder in case you are thirsty.
So, where do I even start?
There is a huge set up of 219 custom motorcycles, with the best of the best from the new wave, cafe racer, tracker, scrambler, bobber, brat-style scenes, built by the pros, the semi-pros and the shed-builders.
All the big manufacturers are on board this year, Öhlins, Rev’It, Triumph, Indian, Ducati, Yamaha and BMW. Adding to this list we can find Shed Hot Customs, Black Track, Rough Tracks, Racefit, Wrench Monkees, Goblin Works Garage and Kevilspeed Shop…
They are all beautiful works of art. But if I had to pick one to ride back home with then I would choose the All Black One Liberty Motorcycles 1986 BMW R80RT. Damn she is sexy!
Our photographer would choose this one:
To be honest, it is nearly impossible to choose as they all have their own looks and personalities. What a treat to the eyes.
But the Bikeshed 2017 is not just about the two-wheels beauties, it is also about the gear and apparel brands :
Gear and apparel brands at the show are putting on their best products with a very professional presentation.
Bolt Motorcycle London, Death Machines of London, Hedon Heroine, Danner, Resurgence, Rokker Company, Bell, Belstaff, Rebel Alliance, Son Of Times and many other are providing an opportunity to get some shopping done.
The Bikeshed London Merch shop is so busy it is near to impossible to get my hands on a t-shirt.
Art has an important place at the show today too, with the amazing paintings of Vincent Kamp (Instagram.com/vincekamp), portraits of rebels and the gritty underground world of urban subculture.
Roadkill art is also present, Dutch On Wheels, Subsculptures, John Wilson prints, Stay Outside. I am sure there are more I have missed.
That’s the reality with the show, to see everything, you really need two full days. This would be easily possible thanks to the food trucks, a barista coffee sidecar and beer stands.
All looking delicious and refreshing on the dockside of the Tobacco Docks.
Oh and a tea stall of course, held by The Losers Motor Cycle Club London.
What else am I forgetting… The barber shop, a tattoo studio based in Fulham called Ushuaia Tattoo, a whiskey and cigar lounge, live music, bars, picnic areas, film, photography… I am getting dizzy!
Bikeshed 2017 is a true success, a collection of all that is great about communities of bikers and fans of all ages. Enough words, photos will speak louder. Thank you Bikeshed Motorcycle Show London, the day was truly grand.