Top 10 things to see at The Bike Shed MCC event

Michael Mann - Web Editor, Bike Social
By Michael Mann
MannOnABike Web editor of Bike Social. Been riding bikes since he was four-years-old. Fast and smooth road rider, just about hangs on in a track day quick group.

Don't miss this awesome Triumph Scrambler

This is the Spirit of the Seventies-designed Triumph Scrambler, isn't she beautiful?She's being built in association with Barbour to celebrate their involvement with The Bike Shed Motorcycle Club's third ‘Alternative Custom Motorcycle Exhibition’ which is where the bike will be unveiled.

This event, which opens its doors in a month from now, is the hearbeat of an emerging culture in motorcycling which has been gathering pace and is ready to show off its best work. Cafe Racers, Bobbers, Scramblers, Street-trackers and Brat-style bikes, call them what you will but basically anything that can be and often is customised are in demand and are very much part of this retro, cool, creative, custom culture.

Compilation of 2013's event















Sponsored by Triumph, it takes place on 24th/25th May at Tobacco Dock, Wapping, in trendy East London with four times the floor space than last year. This of course means four times the exhibition space which includes a tattooist (naurally!), photography, art and a barbershop as well as a stunning collection of bikes and appropriate gear.

So we asked The Bike Shed guys to give us their top 10 must-see highlights of the show next month: 

  1. The Spirit of the 70s Triumph Barbour scrambler - of course.
  2. Auto Fabrica's Type 5 - also a Triumph Scrambler will be a real head turner too. Quite exceptional.
  3. Old Empire Motorcycle’s Typhoon is also going to be unveiled and should be completely unique, based around a Ducati, but like none-other.(Auto Fabrica and Old Empire MC are the young cool guns on the scene, but they're engineers not hipsters)
  4. The Distinguished Gentleman's Lounge will be a must-visit area with Frankie the Barbour (aka Thy Barbour) and the chance to enlist for the 2014 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride in aid of prostate cancer.
  5. The Bell Bullitt - everyone wants to see this new helmet in the flesh, and we expect Moto Legends to have them on display or even as stock to sell.
  6. The BSMC #1 - another build by Spirit of the 70s, - and our first official bike shed custom bike.
  7. Prints from Conrad Leach. He's a great artists and his work is celebrated around the world.
  8. Deus Ex Machina will be there in force with bikes and art.
  9. Krazy Horse Customs will have a road legal Paton cafe racer, which is a semi factory bike that everyone will love.
  10. The crowd. An alternative crowd, unlike any other biking event. Everyone is welcome.

Anthony "Dutch" van Someren of the Bike Shed added: “All of us at the Bike Shed are thrilled to have such strong support from Triumph for our BSMC III exhibition this May. They have demonstrated a clear understanding of the growing creative custom culture and how it influences the mainstream, and how tastes are changing in the worldwide bike scene. We welcome their boldness in helping us grow our event to the next level, while embracing our non-corporate approach. We're looking forward to working with the Triumph team on a fantastic event that will be as much fun to organise as it will be to visit."

Here is a video of last year so you can see the type of event we can't wait to visit:

Tickets are available via and are £10.

The Bike Social team are now busy slicking back our hair, growing peculiar beards and searching for our cleanest white t-shirts.  See you there at trendy-ville.

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