THE BIKE SHED MOTORCYCLE CLUB
Moved by the usual apathy, disorganisation, and general “we are all individuals” issues around being a motely crew of shed-bike, cafe racer, scrambler and street-tracker riders, a bunch of us decided to combine our infrequent blogs, blags and email banter into something that might be more coherent as a whole… a group blog/glog/mag thing.
If actually we had sheds (well, apparently Adam has got a shed, and Tim & Kev work in one), then we’d metaphorically be in them whenever we are out riding, tinkering or talking bikes…
…Sheds are where men (and a few hardy women) escape to leave behind the world and all it’s crap. To oogle over metal, oil and fuel, in perfect harmony – where what looks right, is right, and the freedom of two wheels is one of our greatest pleasures.
Dutch is a convert from the world of black and orange KTMs into being a Ducati Sport Classic owning cafe racer aficionado. He started blogging the odd rant under the title Full Tilt, while working half-heartedly in the media business and it’s metamorphosised into The Bike Shed. Dutch founded the Bike Shed in Nov 2011
Writing on the Bike Shed website is now shared out between several BSMC members, including Dutch, Ian H, Gareth C and Hugo E. Ian also takes care of Twitter & Instagram, and all are involved in the Events and Rides.
Our events take on extra top-level support, chiefly from Vikki (The Dutchess), Ian H, Ben R, Ali L and a host of others who are too many to name.
Dutch at Brands Hatch
His missus, the Dutchess, represents the ladies and tries to stop Dutch spending all his spare cash on bike projects (but mainly so he can concentrate on tarting up her Ducati). Here are their current bikes…
Adam is one third of the team behind Untitled Motorcycles with Rex and Anita, building stripped-down, bad-ass street/scrambler Beemers out of a rough and ready garage, Victory Motorcycles, under the Arches in Camden Lock. He also blogs in between dodging the local knife-wielding Camden scrotes.
Adam, and Untitled Motorcycles:
A few pics of (L-R); Tim, Adam, Hugo, Martin, Barry, Adam again and the Dutchess:
Tim & Kev make up Spirit of the Seventies, working out of an old pig-shed in Kent they are building some stunning “regenerated motorcycles” based on bikes from Yammie XS650s to Kwacka Zs, Triumphs to whatever. They are all beautiful. (The bikes, not the boys). Both stem from the creative industry so they have an eye for beauty in all it’s mechanical forms. They blog about the progress of their builds or sometimes just what their mates are up to.
Kev & Tim from Spirit of the Seventies and a few of their bikes:
Tim tears up the back roads of Kent.
Barry used to be Art Director at Two Wheels Only and Visordown, and is now a grown-up creative in publishing, but to be fair he spends most of his time downloading pretty bike pics & videos to email out or post on his Motorcycle Deluxe blog, and making logos for the rest of us. Good work Barry.
Barry from Motorcycle Deluxe, on it.
They don’t blog yet, but also behind this joint venture are Ben, Hugo, IanH and IanW, all successsful creatives across photography, design, advertising and film business, and all with a good taste in the things that really matter. Like bubble visors and Lewis Leathers.
Martin is pure petrol head and one of the few of us non-builders who works in the auto industry, with more than a little success in business and on track - but we won’t embarrass him here. Let’s just say he likes to go very fast.