This weekend in California saw the latest edition of a new kind of bike festival. The Born-Free show is about the love of old motorcycles and like minded individuals having a good time together and enjoying classic and custom bikes.
"During the transition of popularity seemingly moving away from sports and performance-orientated bikes to the more custom bike builds, The Bike Shed was born, but who are they?! For those of you that don’t know, Anthony “Dutch” van Someren "
"Verona is the home of the most important international show dedicated to custom bikes. During the last 10 years, in the third week of January, it has been a place for artists, mostly Europeans, to exhibit their latest creations.
The old "
David Hockney saw it.
From the perspective of a grim English town in the fifties, the grey wash flattening and unifying everything you saw into dreary monochrome, California looked special.
He may have been only looking at Black and White "
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We might be a little late to the game here but we recently stumbled across this very nice video of German custom bike builder Walt Siegl and his Ducati custom for sportswear brand PUMA.
"We've documented the rise of the new wave of custom culture from the early days.
And in the UK the Bike Shed Motorcycle Club is emerging at the creative centre of the community.
According to the Bike Shed's founding collective "
"“I love the shape of a shooting brake.” Says Floris de Raadt, the proud owner of a bespoke green RemetzCar, as he winds the car through opulent streets of Kensington, where this car had been launched to a UK audience "
"Ever owned something you just know you can never sell?
When it comes to motorbikes, these people know them like the back of their hand. A back of hand they've spent thirty years staring at, as they twist an oh-so-familiar "
""I got over the wall first time".
Not something you expect to hear from a racing driver whilst talking about their achievements to date, but then Charlie Martin is a racer like no other.
The wall in question, you'll be "
"“Look!”, they shouted, as a thunderous roar rasped above the forest, cutting through the mist and skimming the treetops like a stone across water.
A little girl desperately warning her father, “It’s going to crash, it’s going to "