Riding coast to coast across America is no easy task on a motorcycle. But doing it on a 100-year-old vintage bike takes the challenge to a whole new level of awesome.
The world of biking under one roof.’ That was the proud boast of the Carole Nash MCN London Show. While there is something for everyone at Excel, this year’s show felt more like a celebration of ‘the year of the custom bike.’
BMW had four customised R9Ts on its stand. Harley was hosting the Battle of the Kings build competition. Indian had several of their shop builds and Shaw Speed had their builds dotted around various stands. Krazy Horse came with their eclectic mix of choppers and bobbers and CCM launched its all-new Spitfire single – a limited edition cafe racer for which they’ve already taken 107 orders out of the planned 150 production run.
Mutt and Herald were armed with a selection of small capacity singles to entice youngsters into the scene, while Harrison Billet hosted their annual custom show.
And, of course, Built magazine was successfully launched as a bi-monthly magazine. Our stand of 12 motorcycles, representing the variety of styles around at the moment, was curated in association with our good friends at The Bike Shed, who also provided the plinths and boards for the display.
We had a Warrs of London Sportster cafe racer on display and Down&Out’s 2015 Sportster with a Mikuni carb (the injection and electronics had been dumped). Shaw Speed showed their Husqvarna motocross-inspired Sportster and Siderock brought along their latest Airhead street scrambler while Curiosity Moto and Kevils also brought boxer twins.
We also had the Indian dirt tracker that Krazy Horse are likely to race at Dirt Quake and Rebels Alliance offered some of that custom classic style with their Honda cafe racer. Dean, who owns RA, also did the stunning cover artwork for our rather special collector’s cover for Built #4.