The Bike Shed Motorcycle Club is the home of the new wave, cafe racer culture in the UK, and as fans of all things custom they sent five members down to Kings Lynn in Norfolk to take part in this years Dirt Quake races.
Dirt Quake sees a weekend of crazy racing on some of the most unsuitable custom bikes that you could ever imagine, with classes including Inappropriate Road Bike, Street Tracker and Chopper.
Members running for Bike Shed included Dutch and Vikki running on a customised Dominator fitted with TKC 80 Twinduro tyres, as well as Ali Latimer (pictured above, credits to Gareth Roberts of Bike Shed Motorcycle Club) who was running on his 1983 Honda XL600R with the number #22 on the front. The bike was customised with a CG125 tank, tracker seat unit, reduced front wheel, Danmoto shotgun exhaust and again TKC 80 Twinduro tyres from Continental.
Vikki took a very respectable 4th place in the ladies final on the Dominator. On his XL600R Ali qualified in 8th place for the final and in the first heat climbed through the field to finish in the top three, and then followed that up with a 3rd place in the second heat. In the final heat, with a spot on the podium in sight, Ali got off to a great start. Three laps in and he was beginning to lose ground on the two front runners, and was then passed by his 4th placed rival after realising he had backed off just a little too much. However with Ali getting back on the throttle he reeled in the man in front who under pressure went into the final corner a little too hard and fell, with Ali luckily avoiding the downed rider and bike to take a well-deserved 3rd place.
For those of you thinking about giving Dirt Quake a try next time around Ali had this to say following the event:
“The entire day was an absolute blast and just what was needed to break up a stressful and busy time in my life, it brings back the true reason why we ride; to have fun!”
Also on display at the event was another custom bike made by Ali, the VFR750 known as “The Gambler”.