There’s nothing we love more than getting a great looking bike in our email inbox, and whether you’re a fulltime Pro-builder, up-and coming New Talent, Semi-pro or Shed builder, we need the same resources to right a good feature story, so please read this before you send us your ramblings:

GREAT PHOTOS:
“People prefer great shots of an average bike to crap shots of a great bike. That’s just the way it is…

BACKGROUND: Find a neutral background that doesn’t break up the lines of the bike.

AVOID (Unless you are a pro): Wide angle lenses, green grass, red brick, trees and hedges, strong light and dark shadows, your neighbor’s fence/car/caravan, your own shadow.

INCLUDE: Both sides of the bike, front & back, 3/4 angles, all from a distance. Then add close-ups of clocks, logos, etc.

Your Bike Sample

SPACE: Leave space around the bike in your photos, as we may crop the pics to work better in online templates like Facebook or Twitter.

FRAMING TX

FRAMING & FORMAT: Please shoot in landscape. Portrait pics will be mostly cut in half on a landscape screen.

QUALITY & LIGHT: We’d like to see the some of the detail on your build, so don’t get too creative with dark rooms, high grain or soft focus, unless you know what you’re doing and we can still see the bike.

LIGHT & QUALITY TX

ANGLES – Cover ALL the angles. Our readers want to see both sides, front & back. Shoot from a low crouch.

THESE PHOTOS (and below) are perfect – Taken by an amateur. All you need is a good location, good light and a decent camera with a zoom lens, shot from low, covering all the angles…

Photo Samples for Your Bike on The Shed

SIZING & SENDING YOUR PHOTOS: We need 5-10 good quality images at 1400 pixels wide minimum.

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Shots can be atmospheric and creative, and taken by the road using your iPhone, but make sure we can see the bike too. But if you want to get serious there’s a great How-To Photograph your bike on Bike EXIF.

What’s with all the Graffiti? We know you guys are street cool, but graffiti walls just hide the bike and break up all the lines. This one just about gets away with it… but…

Grafitti Bike

PLEASE DON’T EMAIL YOUR PHOTOS & INFO. Send by WeTransfer. It’s free, easy and you don’t have to register.

PLEASE DON’T SEND US ANYTHING ON DROP BOX. (It sucks)

Send your WeTransfer message to [email protected]

THE STORY:
“Great photos are always worth a quick look, but it’s a great story that will inspire people to sit up and take notice, or bother to click LIKE or add a comment”

Tell us the human story as well as the story of the bike and build assuming the reader knows nothing, even if you’ve been featured before:

1. WHO ARE YOU?

  • Where are you from?
  • What do you do?
  • Are you a pro/amateur/semi-pro/new-kid-on-the-block?
  • What inspired you to start building bikes/this bike?
  • How do we describe you? David, Big Dave, Davo, Dave-The-Bike, DaveMoto?
  • Who else worked with you, are you a one-man operation or a team/group/mates, etc.

2. THE BIKE?

  • What’s the donor bike, make, model, year?
  • Where did it come from? Interesting find, or customer bike, ebay?
  • What was your vision/design/plan/brief?
  • What did you do to the bike – just the basics; but tell us all the cool stuff, clever ideas and upgrades?
  • If you’ve upgraded parts like the wheels, lighting, gauges, brakes, suspension, exhaust, etc, what make did you choose and where from, or what was the donor bike?
  • Any interesting challenges or mistakes?
  • Any unique signature features?
  • How would you describe the bike now? Brat/Cafe/Bobber/Scrambler/Tracker/Hyrbrid/Bratster/CafeBrat/Woteva?
  • Tell us about the finish, logos, design?
  • How does the bike ride?
  • Are you happy? Is the customer happy?
  • What will you do next?

KEEPING TRACK OF YOU

If you message us on Facebook as BIG DAVE, then email us your story from D’s-MOTOS, and then send pics by WeTransfer from your girlfriend’s E-mail account, we will definitely lose track of your story. Please help us join the dots by referencing your previous communication every time you get in touch.

THE BACKLOG

We have now reached a point where we can’t feature every bike that is sent in. It’s mostly because we get too many bikes submitted every day, and there’s not enough of us to edit all the pics, write the copy and post up 5+ stories a day. But – The easier you make it for us, the faster we can write your story and the quicker it will get online.

We do always have a serious backlog, and we do sometimes have to prioritize regular contributors when they have a major press release, so, apologies in advance, but we will try to reply to everyone and we don’t mind being chased-up and reminded.

Now, get inspired by these Shed Builds – with simple, clean photography… More like this, please.

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Brandon’s Doris

Erik's R90 1

Erick’s R90

Exesor 13x

Christian’s ExesoR

Heru's R100 6

Heru’s R100 Brat

Gunnar's z750 5

Gunnar’s Zed 750

StrayDog Main 2

Alan’s Stray Dog

Ian Solly BMW 1

Ian Solley’s BMW

Andys SC1000 RsideFA 800

Andy’s Ducati Cafe

DucatiBoy’s CB350

Sylvain's HDCR 1

Sylvain’s Harley Cafe Racer

Ian's GT1000 Right Side 2

Ian’s Ducati Cafe Racer

Tim’s CB750

Wolfgang’s Duc

Andrew’s Honda Dommie

Jon’s CB360

Pete AKA Cutter’s Chicken Shack Ducati

Bob’s Kz650

So, what are you waiting for? Go borrow your mate’s posh camera, take some pics, and send them via WeTransfer to us at d[email protected] along with an email with enough information for us to write a great story about you and your bike.

58 Comments

  1. AD HOC CAFE RACERS
    23/09/2012

    hi, im david from AD HOC CR. i wanna send you pictures & info about my bikes

    thanks so much !!!

    Reply
  2. Jeff Wolf
    29/11/2012

    Just found your site and love it…

    Thanks,

    Jeff Wolf

    Reply
    • Dutch
      29/11/2012

      Glad you found us Jeff. There are a coupla hundred features to read if you browse by the categories or builders. Enjoy.

      Reply
      • the don
        07/08/2013

        hi dutch i know this is gaining ground re the shed and i think the space you have gained allows you to consider another option which needs to be dealt with!
        Hard copy!
        i have grown up with a certain h/copy that has sustained us all
        but
        the shed can build with all of you blokes at shoreditch
        all we want is to be
        creative
        i ll see u soon

        Reply
        • Dutch
          07/08/2013

          You’re not the first to say it. It may happen in some form, sometime… An annual has been suggested to start.

          Reply
          • the don
            19/08/2013

            sorry dutch for late reply, an annual might not be “enough of a pull” but def in the write
            direction. would the annual cost be more than some sort of “flyer” that came out every three months? i know how that frequent update/contact keeps the momentum up.
            the shed is where we all want to go!

          • Dutch
            20/08/2013

            Who knows just yet. We have a lot on our plate with the October event and investigating other ways to connect with our readers in real life, but we will get around to something in hard copy at some point.

  3. Jim Larsen
    22/12/2012

    Cool site you have going on…L guess l’m a ‘shed builder’ as well even thou l have a ‘man cave’ to build…L just finished a 1971 CB500F ‘The Rising Sun’ Took a couple of years off n on, working my way thru it, coming up with all the coolness that went into this bike….First was to build a custom ‘glass seat’ for it, moving the electronics under the seat with the gel cell battery… re wiring the whole bike of course…l’ve been to a couple shows with it know and missed first place by 3 points…Didn’t bother me so much as l had lots of bikers with some great conversation about it and building…
    l’m here East of Sacramento CA. in the foothills for some of the best riding in CA l’ll glady entertain any riders that are in this area or will be….
    Jim Larsen
    Mother Load Cafe’ Racer
    Sutter Creek CA 95685

    Reply
  4. Josh
    17/01/2013

    Hey, Im Josh from canada and just joined your site. Is there a place on here where i could message other builders for tips and advice for an amature builder such as myself? Ive been working on turning a gs400e into a cafe racer and was looking for some design ideas
    Thanks,
    Josh
    Port Hope Ont

    Reply
    • Dutch
      17/01/2013

      Hi Josh, There are no forums on the Bike Shed, not because that’s not a good idea, but because http://www.DoTheTon.com is already a great forum for builders who need ideas and help, and we are closely associated with them, with many of our builds coming from DTT members. Look them up, join up and start posting and when you have finished the bike get some quality shots taken, and send them to us for a feature!

      Reply
      • Josh
        23/01/2013

        Thanks Dutch, Ill post a few pics in the spring!

        Reply
  5. Alan
    02/02/2013

    I have a 1999 Ducati 900SS and want to have a custom build of my bike. I live in Tennessee and can’t seem to find any good builders in the area (unless Harley chopper style). I am willing to travel within reason to talk to someone about tranforming my bike. Can you recommend custom builders, experienced with Duc builds in the Southeastern US? TN, GA, AL, NC, SC, KY, AR, MO, IN? Thanks!

    Reply
    • Dutch
      03/02/2013

      Hey Alan, We’re UK based here at the BSMC and while we talk with dozens of builders every week we’re not familiar enough wit the US geography to spot who’s close to each other. Can we suggest you go to a forum, like http://www.DoTheTon.com where I’d bet you get a quicker answer than we could ever give.

      Reply
  6. David
    02/05/2013

    Hi guys, I’d like to send you a couple of pics of my Cafe Guzzi, the first and only garage build I’ve completed, let me know who I send them to.

    Thanks

    David

    Reply
  7. Mikey Rides 46
    12/05/2013

    Lets have more custom two strokers!
    Come on all you RD nutters

    Reply
    • Dutch
      12/05/2013

      We agree. Bring ‘em on Mikey. …Don’t suppose you have one do you?

      Reply
    • Rutterman
      19/01/2014

      Hi
      Just to let you know im in the middle of building a 1964 villiers cafe/Scrambler
      Its my first build, a 2 stroke and because I don’t have to tune the exhaust I got pretty much free reign with the design. I should be finished by May/June 14 It will have taken a year to complete. Wooden tank, seat and mudguards!
      The purists who follow the donor bike will hate me.
      Will contact the bikeshed with photos and details when iv completed.
      Cheers

      Reply
  8. IaintsMeek
    19/05/2013

    This isn’t custom at all- except for the 12v conversion. Good fun, straight out of the box even after 38 years.

    Reply
  9. Stuart Ringer
    20/05/2013

    Hi guys, I came along to your met in London on Sunday and wanted to say thanks for putting in the time an effort, I really enjoyed it.

    Can you let me know how I send you details and photos of a bike that I have just renovated?

    Stuart

    Reply
    • Dutch
      21/05/2013

      Hi Stuart,
      Glad you enjoyed the event. It was an unbelievable amount of work, but well worth it.

      Re. your bike, all you need to know is written up in the article above. Not sure what more we could add, as we try to cover; type of bike, how to take the pics, what info we need from you and where to send it.

      Look forward to seeing your bike.

      Reply
  10. Alan
    30/05/2013

    Hi, have tried to submit my bike via email, but keeps getting bounced back, do you have a limit on attachments? Cheers

    Reply
    • Dutch
      30/05/2013

      We do have some limits, although quite big. We post photos at between 800 and 1200 pixels wide. Perhaps you could resize them to under 2000 pic each and send in small batches of 3?

      Reply
      • Alan
        30/05/2013

        Ok will try that, cheers.

        Reply
  11. Paul Best
    23/06/2013

    Quick word to Mikey , we have an rd lc up for grabs , very lively motor and cool as , Paul@clockworkorange

    Reply
  12. Dave Law
    31/07/2013

    Great site, I am nearly finished my first ever real build/conversion. When I get some better pics I’ll drop you a line. The pics so far are taken on my phone just for record. BMWR100rs Cafe.
    Hopefully get the old thing up there in lights!!
    All the best

    Reply
    • Dutch
      31/07/2013

      Hey Dave – We look forward to getting some quality snaps and the back story too.

      Reply
  13. Floyd Finch
    31/08/2013

    What about rat bikes like this one?
    http://motopsyco.com/2013/08/30/revenge-of-a-junkyard-dog-suburban-assault-scrambler-finished/
    If yes I can send you your own unique pics in a different setting.
    Thanks,

    Reply
  14. Spike
    10/09/2013

    Hello! Love the site, a friend just gave me the link as I’m back to biking after 40 years… But I’m glad I took the DAS under the new rules recently, and enjoying this glorious biking summer that is sadly ebbing away now.

    I just wondered if you have ever considered asking for poetry or prose with bike pics? .. Just think it could be interesting to see how some describe the soul of bikes rather than just a list of parts and paint effects used in building them? :0)

    And may be some of your readers might provide some really interesting results, once they get over the “roses are red violets are blue, I’m addicted to petrol and chromium too” stage…

    Reply
  15. the don
    17/09/2013

    hi shed folk
    this is getting a bit crazy the club is building at an exponential rate
    poetry!!!
    qaulity.
    just come back from the emerald isle
    need to move the shed over a little
    got ideas about something for the shed at killarney bike fest
    irish tours??
    keep the bike on the road
    keep the cost down
    and always keep the wind in your hair
    ps
    just travelled by car from derry to killarney along the west of ireland
    and skirted under bare ben bulbelns head and underneath in drumcliff where Yeats is laid Horsemen pass by!
    This can work!
    Great to arrive in wet and windy killarney at mum and dads
    Best ,
    but just imagine on my 1979 zed and you lot!!!!!!!

    hopefully
    one day

    Reply
  16. Terry
    20/09/2013

    This site has opened my eyes again. I have a 1980 xt250 that that I’ve clung on to through thick and thin for so many years, and now languishes in a corner.
    I’m now beginning to look at it differently
    Could some sort of Mongrel Mud Racer genre be born??
    Are there any cool trail bikes that have touched by genius I wonder….

    The show. Looks unmissable

    Reply
  17. Steven Youngblood
    02/10/2013

    Hey,
    My name is Steven Youngblood. I own a shop called Youngblood Kutomz. We build kustom Hot rods and Motorcycles. I was wanting to see how we could have some of are bikes feachered in your magazine. Also if we coud advertise are business in your magazine.
    Thanks
    Younblood Kustomz

    Reply
  18. Wojtek
    02/10/2013

    Hi there!
    i keep coming here to c what people build and thought i will show you my bike..
    just tried to email you but i keep getting the mailer deamon message about the problem delivering my message.

    i was wondering what do you think of the Virago i have built:
    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/89/vsi6.jpg/
    cheers!

    Reply
    • Dutch
      02/10/2013

      Hey Wojtek. The Virago looks fantastic. Send me pics via WeTransfer.com as explained on the Your Bike On Th Shed pages on here.

      Reply
      • Wojtek
        02/10/2013

        cool, thanks! transfering it now…

        Reply
  19. Airbrush Telson
    16/11/2013

    hi, i’m french painter, and i have transform my bike oneself! i dont speak very well english, i’m sorry.

    If you want see more, click “like” on Facebook – airbrush telson

    Reply
  20. Pavol
    15/12/2013

    Hey guys,

    just wanted to show you my shed build (=shed photos). Not so many Jawas around.

    http://motomood.com/jawa-23-mustang-3/

    cheers

    Reply
    • Dutch
      15/12/2013

      Send it in as described above please Pavol.

      Reply
      • Pavol
        16/12/2013

        will do but it’s freaking cold here so I have to wait for better weather to take some pro photos. I will keep in touch and thanks

        Reply
  21. Steve
    19/01/2014

    Hi Dutch
    HELP required – Want to get onboard?

    I’m interested in starting a group similar to a project in Scotland called Hedzup racing which offers the availability for youths who would not usually have the opportunity to get involved with motor cycles.
    I have had a passion for bikes for over thirty years and feel it’s time to pass the baton on.
    I need help to find a workshop who would allow these kids the use of, for a couple of hours a week under supervision.
    Why should it be you? e-mail me if you want to know more.
    Cheers, Steve

    Reply
  22. Manolo
    04/02/2014

    I Guys,
    Just found your site and we love it !!! Like you said on the other posts we send all the Photos and Text by wetransfer.
    Hope you Guys like our Bike :-)
    We dont have site but we have Facebook…Sameiros Motors.
    Regards
    Sameiros Motors
    Manolo & João

    Reply
  23. Danny
    26/02/2014

    You’re the man, Dutch! I’ll be sending you pics of my build sometime this spring. Will use wetransfer of course

    Reply
    • Dutch
      26/02/2014

      Cheers dude. …I can’t tell you how much Drop Box pisses me off. LOL.

      Reply
  24. Usman Siddique
    12/03/2014

    Hi Dutch you guyz done Awosssm work on your site its very very nice sooner I will poet mine bike pics and some basic detale about that
    Actually I also want to sale my bikes in I have some Honda bikes witch was just made for UK and Europe countries like CB 400t and some triumph Yamaha rx
    If you have to know about that let me know I will be very thankful to you
    Best Regards
    Usman Siddique

    Reply
  25. Sutty
    09/04/2014

    Hi,not sure where to list this but a fellow Guzzi club member has had his lovely V11 Lemans rosso corsa stolen in Edinburgh in the last week,these are quite rare and he is obviously gutted ,the reg on the bike was V11 RCA,will try to post pic.
    cheers ,Keith.

    Reply
    • Dutch
      10/04/2014

      Hi Keith, We’re really sorry to here this, but posting it as a comment on this page is unlikely to get the message out there. I’d suggest facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and also cover all the UK Bike Forums.

      Reply
  26. Joe
    22/06/2014

    Hello Dutch.

    Do you get many sidecar outfits featured? Just taken delivery of a 2002 Ural outfit, and looking to pretty it up. Would love to see any examples.

    Joe.

    Reply
  27. Kev R
    08/07/2014

    Any truth in the rumour about BSMC 1V in October
    Kev

    Reply
    • Dutch
      09/07/2014

      Depends on sponsors, but if they come on board, then yes.. But maybe not in London… ;-)

      Reply
  28. Canayer
    21/08/2014

    Hello i m on london . I woukd like Côme to se you in your Shop . Could you give me the address. Thank

    Reply
    • Dutch
      21/08/2014

      Hi Canayer, We don’t have a shop. Yet. When we do (2015) the address will be published everywhere.

      Reply

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