Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride

Arc Du Triumph! Bike Shed Motorcycle Club Roars Into ParisOver 8,000 bike aficionados from across Europe gathered in France last weekend (11 – 12 April), for Bike Shed Paris. The event, held in association with Triumph Motorcycles, Britain’s biggest large capacity motorbike manufacturer, was hosted at the city’s historic Carreau du Temple

Lifting the lid on all things custom, the event is a stylish celebration of Europe’s burgeoning custom bike scene and marks the second year that Triumph has served as the exhibition’s lead sponsor.

In total, 127 high-quality custom bikes were on display at the exhibition, with professionals and shed-builders alike showcasing their eye-catching creations. Many of these were markedly different from the traditional bikes they started life as. Alongside the one-off, two wheeled wonders, there was also a display of specially commissioned work from a dozen artists.

It marks the first time the event was held in Paris and precedes the fourth BSMC London event, which is also supported by Triumph and is taking place this year at Tobacco Dock on the 23 and 24 May.

BSMC started life as an underground bike club, hosting custom events for a select group of dedicated shed builders. Last year’s London event, which featured an array of eye-catching customs, including a selection of one-off Triumph’s, boasted more than 7,000 paying visitors and Bike Shed now receives over one million hits a week on Facebook alone.

Rick Cawley, general manager for Triumph UK and Ireland, added: “Custom bikes are a strong part of Triumph’s heritage and we’re delighted to continue our ongoing support of BSMC. The event is a welcoming, all-inclusion celebration of the custom scene and encapsulates everything there is to love about biking.”

Anthony ‘Dutch’ van Someren, founder of the Bike Shed, commented: “Europe’s custom bike scene is very exciting and creative, and the Paris show provided a platform for some of Europe’s best bike builders to showcase their talents. There were some amazing, one-of-a-kind bikes on display, showcasing the skills and ingenuity of the builders, all runners and all rideable. Having the support of Triumph for our 2015 events, both in Paris and London, is a real boost and we’re thrilled to be working with a brand that has such an authentic custom history and is brave enough to take the lead on supporting our consumer-led events.”

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