London Motorcycle Show 2018 Gallery: Classics and Customs

London Motorcycle Show 2018 Gallery: Classics and Customs

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!

SUPER-CLEAN AND SUPER STRIPPED DUCATI
BEAUTIFUL DETAILING ON THE MV
TRIUMPH MOTO 2 DEVELOPMENT BIKE – WHEN CAN WE BUY ONE?
SOME AMAZING MACHINING ON THE FRONT END OF THE BROUGH
A NICE BUILD BUT NOT EXACTLY A PRACTICAL COMMUTER
THE TANK WILL GET YOU TO THE PETROL STATION AND BACK
MORE MV LOVELINESS
STRIPPED BACK AND SIMPLE BMW
THE GUYS ON THE PICTURE ARE LOOKING FOR A BUYER UNDER 60
OWWW- MY EYES!
SLEEK AND AERONAUTICAL MOTO GUZZI
FUNKY KTM 400 SCRAMBLER
CLEAN HONDA 400 FOUR
DON’T FANCY THAT PIPE POSITION
IMMACULATE AND SLIGHTLY PIMPED KATANA
TRIUMPH SELL MODELS NOT FAR OFF THIS AS STANDARD
HARLEY ENGINE, BMW RS COLOUR SCHEME – WEIRD!
THIS ENGINE MAY KICK BACK!
SIMPLE STRIPPED BACK BUILD WHICH IS HAPPENING ALL OVER THE WORLD
WASP CHASSIS ARE MORE OFTEN ATTACHED TO CLASSIC MOTOCROSS SIDECAR OUTFITS – NOT THIS ONE
IF YOU CONCENTRATE, YOU CAN SMELL THE TWO STROKE
SUPER EARLY HONDA – THAT’S PRETTY DAMN RARE
ALLOY WHEELS ON A BOBBER – DISCUSS …
THE GEOMETRY ON THIS IS JUST ODD – NOT SURE HOW WELL IT GOES ROUND CORNERS
NOW THAT’S A BIT MORE PURPOSEFULL
LOOK AT THAT EXHAUST – YOU DON’T GET THOSE AT KWIK FIT
RETRO GP METAL – SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL
BIKES OF LEGENDS RIGHT THERE

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