Not Your Average Bikes…
The company started as a vision of our Managing Director, Jon, who was tired of visiting dealerships where they just wanted your money and then wanted you out the door to make way for the next customer. Customer satisfaction and service is our number one priority. It always has been and always will be the main focus of our business model. We as a team are all just happy to be working doing something we love, and providing you, our customers, with as much time, attention, and knowledge as we would want ourselves when going to a bike shop. No hard sell. No pushy salesman. Just genuine, honest, straight talking bikers that will treat you as we would want to be treated ourselves. This ethos is not just for our showroom, but also extends to our workshop too.
All our bikes are hand picked, and sourced from all over the UK. We do not buy in just any old stock from bike supermarkets or trade sellers. This means that all our bikes have to be up to our exacting standards, and we can sell them on to our customers with real peace of mind knowing that you are going to be getting value for money.
In 2020 we expanded the business and created a sales and workshop arm for the ever growing track bike and race bike market, called Racer Traction. Under the Racer Traction banner we buy and sell track / race bikes, and also build and prep track and race bikes for customers. All our track / race bikes for sale are run on our in-house dyno and filmed so that any potential customer can see that the bike has a good strong and healthy motor and gearbox, to give you peace of mind when buying, so that when you get the bike to your first event you don’t find a load of hidden problems. Something which you can never really get when buying a track or race bike privately.
People behind the scene
After passing my test the first bike I bought was a tatty Kawasaki ZXR750. I had always dreamed of owning one having had the poster on my wall as a child. Since then I have had loads of bikes, everything from custom built retro Goldwings, GSXR-1000, ZX6R, KTM Super Duke, a rocket ship ZZR1400, and far too many ZXR750’s, one of which I rebuilt from a box of parts. My mission now is to offer a wide selection of unique bikes not found at other dealers, something different to the usual, something with character; Not Your Average Bikes.
James is the Chief Mechanic and Manager of our workshop. City & Guilds Level 3 trained, James worked for several bike garages before deciding to venture out on his own as JD Motorcycles. After a year of renting space at Not Your Average Bikes for his workshop, JD Motorcycles has now merged with Not Your Average Bikes of which James is now a Director. James runs a Honda MSX125 (Grom) as a commuter through summer, and also has an ER6N Turbo that he has built himself and on which he has competed in several hillclimbs and used on trackdays.
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Ian got in to the bike industry straight from leaving school, serving an apprenticeship with Yamaha. After many years of working for main dealers Ian left the industry to become a truck driver (must have done the midlife crisis the wrong way round) and has now got through that dark phase and after doing a couple of retro bike projects at home, has come back in to the bike industry. Ian looks after the showroom bikes not only mechanically but also keeps them shiny and sparkling. We think he has a cleaning fetish if we are honest.