Asgard are pleased to announce our new feature in the September 2013 edition of Motorcycle Sport and Leisure magazine on one of our most popular motorbike storage sheds. The article covers everything you need to know about the Motorcycle Garage plus model from the benefits of having a metal shed, the specifications of this particular Asgard model to the assembly of the product itself.
There are plenty of motorcycle sheds on the market, but only a handful that really look up to the job. Wood might be warm and prettier to look at, but it's not as secure and anything that involves a felt roof is bound to be a nightmare.
Asgard is a company based in Bradford, that makes high quality, steel sheds and garages in all kinds of sizes. I've got a couple of mates who have one of its units and so I've seen the quality first hand. The Motorcycle-Plus unit looked perfect for me – big enough (5ft wide x 10ft 9 in deep x 6ft 7in tall) for two bikes, counts as a garage for insurance purposes (and is a darn sight more secure than most up-and-over garage doors), but needs no planning permission. At £1199, it's a lot cheaper than building a garage too.
Built from heavy grade, galvanised steel, with thick double doors, a robust lock (accredited by the UK Locksmiths Association) and wood-pannelled steel floor, the unit bolts to your concrete base and has vents in the top and side to prevent condensation and allow heat and vapours to escape.
The unit arrives in a little over 20 pieces, with instructions and enough screws/bolts to make even Jules Verne happy. If you are handy with a screwdriver, have plenty of time and some suitably expensive power tools you can put it together yourself. My mate James and another mate of his took a day to build his and only had about 25 screws left over at the end.
If you're like me and know your DIY limits, the best option is to get Asgard to install it on site. Meet Stewart and Simon. They build about a dozen Asgard garages every week. For £185 (which includes the delivery cost of the unit) they will come and assemble yours. As well as being nice blokes, they are punctual, friendly and unbelievably efficient. My garage was up and ready to use in less than two hours. 'When you build as many of these as we do, it looks easy,' Stewart tells me. 'And, in truth, it is, so long as you understand the instructions and have the right tools. The common mistakes are no sealing the gaps between the panels properly, meaning they leak and not getting the doors levelled and operating smoothly before fixing the unit down.'
Job done and I'm left with a very professional looking, well put together unit with a shelf at the back, hooks inside for clothing or luggage and enough room for two large capacity motorcycles.