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

· Joseph Sheerin · Culture

Booze, bikes and bands – 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 made for bike lovers. 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 28th and Sunday 29th July 2018, 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

Head inside Canal Mills where the old building will be full of incredible bikes. Yorkshire company Down and Out Motorcycles will be one of the big draws as they show off a range of their creations from their Rotherham workshop, while the Suffolk based English Electric Motor Co., one of the most innovative motorcycle manufacturers in the UK, are bringing their latest bikes to test ride.

They’ve got loads more big British names for you to drool over. Think Sinroja Motorcycles, Smith and Sons and Lion’s Den Motorcycles, just across the hall from Holme Valley Customs, Sub Kulture Cycles and Smoking Squirrel Speed Shop. Other favourites on display include 78 Motor Co, Phat Bikes and November 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.

Temple Coffee and Donuts

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 as well as a special screening of his film, ‘From Santiago to San Francisco’, Ryan Quickfall displays his incredible motorcycle illustrations and Austin Rocket showcases his unique chopper art. This year, they’re also introducing a series of guest lectures from industry leaders, which covers everything from abrasion and impact protection to starting your own business.

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 Temple Coffee and Donuts, Holy Mountain Kitchen and Duke’s Pizza. You can also enjoy live music, with a special Saturday night afterparty for weekend ticket holders, 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 28th and Sunday 29th July 2018.