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Get On Yer Bike as the Motorcycle Social Revs Up at Canal Mills

· Joseph Sheerin · Culture

Booze, bikes and barbecue – it’s the Motorcycle Social.

Motorcycle Social

Petrolheads get ready – the Motorcycle Social is taking over Canal Mills for a weekend of British biker brilliance.

The Motorcycle Social is an event like few others. It highlights the ever-growing custom motorcycle scene in the UK, exhibiting over 60 beautifully built motorcycles for you to drool over across two days at Canal Mills. But that’s not all – it’s also a festival, featuring street food, craft beers, live music, art and photography.

On Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July 2017, the old industrial complex will be taken over by the bike-loving masses as it shows off Britain’s finest motorcycles. There’ll be loads on display, from bobbers and choppers to cafe racers and trackers, with plenty more in between, as the country’s best bike brands display rare and unique machines all under one roof.

Motorcycle Social

Yorkshire company Down and Out Motorcycles will be one of the big draws as they show off a range of their creations. They’re also hosting a ride out on Saturday morning which you can join in with if you fancy getting on your own bike. They’re riding from their brand new workshop and showroom in Rotherham to get the weekend kickstarted, before parking their bikes in the outdoor courtyard for you all to see.

Inside the building, they’ve got all the big British names. Think Sinroja Motorcycles, Smith and Sons and Lion’s Den Motorcycles, just across the hall from Sweet Pete’s Speed Shop, Old Empire Motorcycles and Oil, Sweat & Gears. Other favourites on display include Two Bolts Motorcycles, Survivor Customs and Titanic City Customs.

Motorcycle Social

A couple of bigger brands will be making an appearance too, and they’re names everyone will know. The UK’s most famous motorcycle company, Triumph, will be in attendance with their custom commissions, and so will Harley-Davidson, the most iconic name in the business. Expect fully customised machines and a springer front end or two – they’ve also got a few surprises to reveal too.

It’s not just the bikes to get excited for – there’s a slew of stalls to pick up bits and bobs at. Fastec Custom Racing will be there with their custom engineered bike parts, The Meathook are bringing old school biker artwork, clothing and accessories, Oily Rag Clothing Company offer up vintage-style clothing, bikes and accessories and HebTroCo will have British moleskin and needlecord trousers, which are all made down the road in Hebden Bridge.

The Yorkshire Pit

That only scratches the surface of what the Motorcycle Social has to offer – and if you can peel your eyes away from the bikes, the walls have some absolute beauties too. Tom Bing presents his bike, surf and hotrod photography, Ryan Roadkill displays his incredible motorcycle illustrations and Subsculptures exhibit their gritty motorcycle lifestyle images.

If you want to wind down after all the motorcycle madness, there’ll be a bar selling craft beer from Northern Monk, Magic Rock and Ilkley Brewery. You’ll need some food too, and they’ve got that covered with The Yorkshire Pit cooking up low and slow barbecue treats, The Spicy Biker serving up oilless curries and The Baking Biker dishing up delicious cakes.

There’s also live music, and it’s all dog and family friendly – kids under 14 get free entry with paying adults. But don’t hang about for your tickets, because they will fly out quicker than a brand new chopper…

Motorcycle Social is at Canal Mills on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July 2017.