I've been scheming for quite a while about getting the parts, supplies and tools for my never-ending vintage bike project out of our garage (a raised ranch with a drive-in basement) and into a dedicated workshop. So I knocked up a design for a 12' x 20' shed with box windows that accommodate a window seat, a 4.5' x 18" deep work bench, and a separate, closed cabinet area (for flammables, chemicals and aerosol cans). I drew this up as a portable shed on skids, but I have not ruled out a concrete slab foundation instead. Please point out any boneheaded ideas, mistakes or omissions you can find in these screen grabs. I just recently built a 10x16 shed for my KTM - I did the same pre-construction wondering and modelling on the computer prior to raising a hammer.
As was mentioned, I'd use carriage doors, and would be hard pressed to put in a standard door, I'd rather have the wall space personally. If at all possible, work in some storage space up in the rafter area -- mine is a bit overboard with a full size loft up there, but whatever you can carve out will be handy. One other tip from my experience -- really think through your interior layout *before* building.
I plan on insulating with R-11 fiberglass and finishing the walls and floor, although I am not sure if I will go with gypsum drywall or just do a combination of pegboard and OSB treated with Flame-Stop. My tentative plan is a roll-up commercial steel door, just to avoid the hassle of trying to build my own carriage doors (and then having them sag or drag). Oh, and part of the reason for the man door and the box window on the front is to add some architectural detail simply for curb appeal. Yes, I've read your whole build thread, and it helped convince me that this was doable, and that I would end up with a useful space. If at all possible, work in some storage space up in the rafter area -- mine is a bit overboard with a full size loft up there, but whatever you can carve out will be handy. Assuming this is really intended to be a motorcycle only shop, I'd consider and entire different set of dimensions or different building orientation and different roof type.
I'd look at 15' deep and 16' wide or turning the building 90 degrees and putting in a larger garage door on the long side. When you go with a deep building for motorcycles you implicitly set yourself up to have to shuffle bikes around to get a bike a bike in the back of the garage out.
A shed roof on the building would give you the opportunity to create high out of the way storage by either building a mezzanine, or using wall attached shelving or pallet racking.
If your 2D layout is correct, you have no room for the door and bay window shown in your 3D rendering. Let's assume that you need every bit wall space that you have an whatever you put against the wall will be no more than 2' deep. Of course, the 15x16 (62' of wall) layout has 2' less wall space than the 12x20 (64' of wall) space which means walls space will be at a premium, but it also cost slightly less to construct.
The reborn Hinckley Triumph company was growing at a steady pace by the end of the ’90s.
Tito and Jose of Macco Motors noticed just that and, with the request for a brawny cafe racer, turned their heads a little sideways in the search for a suitable donor. The increased inches up front sat the rear of the bike down further so the subframe was subtly modified to sweep back up toward the tank, gaining a looped rear end at the same time.
A one-off Macco Motors seat stretches the length of the subframe, clad in tuck and roll black vinyl there’s plenty of room for two. Turning to rider ergonomics, new footsrests draw the rider’s legs back a touch, making the stretch to the inverted Tarozzi clipons more palatable. Moving from riser bars to clip ons left unecessary mounting holes in the top yoke though, nothing a quick blast of weld couldn’t fill.
With the overbearing presence of Meriden-built reliability casting a shadow, the reborn Hinckley operation ensured that the build quality of it’s early bikes erred on the side of over-engineered.


Biltwell grips and bar end mirrors butt up against the original handlebar controls, no awkward thumb stretching for misplaced switches here.
Now I may be biased, but I reckon that the sonorous bark of the early 885cc triple is up there with some of best motorcycling noises around. The Spanish duo can be contacto’d via their Website or Facebook page and be sure to follow their rather lovely Instagram account as well, for sneak peaks, build pics and other behind the scenes goodies. You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features.
The good news is that we have a long corner lot with plenty of room for a shed, almost a whole vacant lot. I'm no architect; neither am I terribly experienced at construction, so suggested changes would be welcomed.
For the added hassle of constructing and finishing the exterior of each, I'm just wondering if they'll give you the extra space you're hoping for.
I think an inexpensive traditional cabinet (bought or made yourself) would give you much more flexibility over time. 5 on a 12' might be more than needed, but I'm no expert and its always better to overbuild in my opinion. If so, work backwards from where you ideally want the garage door elevation to be and dig down the other end if needed. Even bikes seem to explode to many times their size when you're restoring them, so somewhere to keep the rarely-used bits is handy. I've got at least one thing to change now (attic ladder location) that I should have figured out before the build. First of all, since I am not a professional builder, I thought that trusses with cross-beams near the bottom might provide a bit easier to construct consistently, offer more stability during construction and more strength overall. I know these steel doors transfer a huge amount of heat both in and out, so that's all up in the air at this point. My wife is hesitant about ending up with something that looks more like a shipping container or a giant shoebox. Unfortunately, city code specifies no more than 15' total height above grade, so I am limited in what I can do topside. You also set yourself up to be working deep in the garage away from the ventilation of an open garage door. This type of roof would also allow to install windows high up for sunlight to light the entire space, and for ventilation without losing wall space, which is always at a premium in a small space. But I've never been able to swing more than one project bike at at time, so this is more of a workshop for a single bike than a "motorcycles" (plural) workshop. There are two things I think you need to carefully think about in your design, the amount of wall space and the shape of the clear floor space. In your 12x20 this means you will have a 8x18 clear space in the center of your current layout.
In either case, given how much stuff you want to fit into the workshop, I'd strongly consider going with a higher ceiling so you can use taller shelving in the workshop. As the century was closing out they had a triple whammy of retro-cruiser styled bikes with which they attempted to breach the American market. Other than some of the rarer models, any of the T300 bikes now make great donors at exceptional value for money. Rationalising the shortlist and taking the plunge led to them having a 14 year old Triumph Legend in their workshop.
But with the quality suspension and the classic tank providing curvaceous lines, the challenge was accepted.
A 19″ item from a Bonneville was drafted in, spindle and spacers altered to fit between the Showa forks.


The deep red, grey and black scheme, picked out by white pinstriping lifts the whole bike, the detail swooping around the riders knee scallops.
Right way up, the new bars created a riding position a little extreme for this side of a purple babygrow, but flipped over, they were bent-elbow right for Istvan.
Ground back and brushed flat, after a coat of satin black you’d be none the wiser; redundant functionality be gone! The 885cc engines were solid, reliable powerplants and in the Legend incarnation put out a useful 70 bhp and gobs of torque. The wrapped standard headers on The Hustler launch the gases out through a pair of blacked out Dunstall rep silencers to what I know is a semi-inducing roar.
Despite the radiator and mono shock, the classic lines shine through showing that air cooling and twin shocks are not prerequisites for a retro ride. There is a fashion to stick a thick seat to the frame, and the reason is easy to understand, since the shape of the bike is certainly improved. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. The side with the overhead door would face toward our current driveway and the existing garage. Secondly, it would be easier to insulate at the ceiling level, which also keeps the heated volume down.
One thing I was cautioned about was making sure I have my lathe as far as possible from grinding, cleaning and sandblasting equipment ? that grit from those sorts of operations can really do a number on your machinery.
Ideally this would allow you get your parts and tool shelves to be above your equipment and would maximize the amount of wall space you would have for a door and window.
This satisfied Istvan, the client who’s brief was for something with a bit more punch than the Bonneville manages to pump out. The rear wheel worked just fine, and both were stripped, powercoated and rebuilt with stainless spokes for contrast. Thankfully, the cooling reservoir was already hidden under the tank by Triumph, a neat solution to a potential headache on a watercooled bike. The cats eye rear light and number plate bracket hang off the end of a heavily chopped original rear mudguard.
But, please have a look at the sixth picture and watch the position of the rider: everything but comfortable; everything but cafe racer!
I am planning to use electric heat, probably an in-wall unit, which is simple and easy and compact, but not the most cost-efficent.
In contrast, the front is a custom fibreglass piece; Macco Motors must be commended to maintaining much of the daily functionality of the bike without compromising the lines. In these cases the subframe should be raised by few centimeters in order to have the rider’s legs in a comfortable position, improve the control on the bike and move the CG towards the front of the bike. If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us. OTOH if you went with a 15x16 with the garage door on the long side, you'd end up with a 8x13 next to a 4x11 area of clear space. Depending on what kind of bikes you work on different open space in the center is going to work more efficiently for you. I accept that it’s a lot of additional work, that not every builder is able to properly make this improvement and that this modification significantly increases the cost of construction.
If you work on choppers, because of the length of the bike, you definitely are going to want the 8x18 clear space.



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