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Thousands convene to London’s Tobacco Docks for the Bike Shed Show

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The stage doesn’t get much better than the Tobacco Docks of London for one of the world’s finest custom motorcycling event as the fine chaps over at the Bike Shed returned for their annual show.

Over 14,000 visitors made their way to the Docks to enjoy the glorious weather and even better machinery as 219 bikes from a broad spectrum of motorcycling were proudly displayed.

The event has lined itself up as one of the premier custom events in the country, and with such an accolade you can expect it to live up to the hype, which it did and then some.

With an equal mix of amateur and professional builders displaying bikes from all areas of the motorcycling spectrum. There was everything from the classically styled builds, to the quirky machinery, to the don’t try at home show stopping stuff.


The Bike Sheds owner, Dutch van Someren said “After so much hard work, from our crew and volunteers, I’m chuffed to bits that 14,000 people came through our doors to enjoy our biggest and best show yet. Our goal is - and always was - simple: Make the best independent bike show in the world, without compromise. We’ll never be satisfied, but we’re working on it. ...It fact we’re already working on 2018, which really will be bigger and better - again. Save the dates; 25/26/27 May 2018.”

The bar was raised and the motorcycles showcased this year were of the best quality that the show has seen.

It’s a testament to how much this scene has grown in recent years. Still held together by its grassroots beginnings, the Bike Shed has developed the Show from an underground sensation to an event that can truly hold something for everyone, biker or not. And there aren’t many aspects of motorcycling that can appeal to such a broad audience, and surely that’s something that needs to be celebrated in our niche.

Plans are already underway for next year’s event, which will be taking place from May 25-27 2018, get in touch with the guys at the Shed if you’re interested in getting involved.

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James Archibald

By James Archibald

Former MCN Junior Web Producer