"The days of working on your own bike (or car) have been pretty scarce in more recent years, but custom-builds are gradually becoming more and more popular. Jay Shepherd tells us his story. As a self-employed builder, Jay’s bike "
Triumph bike master – Baron’s Speed Shop
Dick Smith is widely known for his knowledge of all things Triumph. Having rebuilt his first engine at the tender age of eleven, he went on to work in the factories of BSA and Norton. Honing his skills here in an era when mechanical craftsmanship was a founding value of British manufacturing – it was perhaps inevitable that with the gradual shut-down of industry his own workshop would emerge – a phoenix rising out of the ashes.
Baron’s speed shop wasn’t actually born until 2003, conceived by Dick with his long time friend and business partner Del. The idea was to create a genuine hot rod speed shop specialising in various bike styles from the 50s and 60s – from bobbers and choppers to classic café racers.
The machines produced by the south London workshop quickly received the recognition from those in the know. With a wide range of high quality parts manufactured in-house along with punchy paint jobs and hopped up motors – Baron’s bikes have become popular on both sides of the Atlantic.
Dick has recently moved to larger premises down the road in Croydon. The new outlet is equipped to deal with anything the customer may need. They will take on everything from full engine rebuilds, manufacturing of bespoke parts and accessories to complete one-off fabrications.
There is always a cup of tea waiting for anyone that would like to discuss a new project. So drop in you might come out with more than you bargained for!
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