The London Motorcycle Show set up camp again in the vast barn that is ExCel in the Capitals Docklands area. It’s a smaller show than the annual Motorcycle Live show, but with so many motorcyclists living in and around the South East of the country – not to mention lots with plenty of cash to spend – the show is always well attended. With many of the big manufacturers exhibiting from Husqvarna to Suzuki and a healthy representation from the Adventure sector not to mention accessories, clothing and of course – free stickers
But if there was one trend that was immediately evident in both the stands and the bikes it was a backward -looking trend towards custom builds and retro machines. From the huge classic auction area packed with many bikes that in their day were far from classics to Kawasaki’s revisited Z900 RS and CCM’s stunning Spitfire range to Yamaha’s Yard built projects and even a whole stand of barn finds.
The theme continued with the massive presence from ‘built‘ magazine – lower case letters essential – who were exhibiting an impressive display of hand-crafted machines featuring everything from Harley Davidson to KTM engines wrapped in new clothes. ‘Built’ has becoming so popular that they’ve recently become a monthly magazine, bucking a trend that has seen magazine titles disappearing quicker than African elephants. Good work chaps.
For the beard-stroking, tattooed, lumberjack shirt wearing hipsters – who had caught the Tube from Hoxton as it was cold – it was heaven on earth. For those that were there first-time round, we could only wonder at who would possibly want to buy a Honda CB350 for £2500, let alone a forty year old one …
Anyway enough of that – here are all the bikes that caught our eye at the London Motorcycle Show 2018 – enjoy!