This weekend will see thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts descend on Tobacco Docks in London’s East End for Bike Shed London 2019.
With huge numbers of the latest customs on display, Bike Shed London is more of an exhibition than a show, but it’s an exhibition with a festival feel – the kind of place you can spend the whole weekend soaking up the atmosphere whilst checking out the work of some of the most influential builders on the custom bike scene.
“The Bike Shed is created by punters, not by the industry,” says Bike Shed founder, Anthony ‘Dutch’ van Someren. “It’s a show for people who appreciate motorcycle culture, where they can come and be inspired. I want them to come and have a good time, drink good beer, eat good food, meet new people, enjoy some banter and just hang out for the day.”
The bikes are, of course, the central attraction, but what makes the Bike Shed truly special is how accessible they are – there are no raised plinths or velvet ropes, giving the curious and appreciative the opportunity to get up close.
The industry will be there in force at this year's show, which will be the first public outing for the new Triumph Rocket TFC, the firm's limited-edition gargantuan performance cruiser that delivers 167bhp from its 2458cc inline triple.
Dainese will also be there to launch a new range of clothing, renewing its partnership with the Bike Shed and presenting their new 'Dunes' collection, which is inspired by Paris-Dakar legends of old.
Ducati will also be there with world-traveller Henry Crew, the 23 year-old who set off a year ago to ride solo around the world on a Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled, establishing a new world record as the youngest motorcyclist to complete a round-the-world tour by motorcycle.
Indian also plan to attend, and will display their 'Appaloosa' highly modiefied Scout Bober race bike that will be campaigned by GP legend, Randy Mamola, in the Sultans of Sprint championship.
Tickets for Bike Shed London are available online now.