I've been with JL for 23 years now starting as a Saturday boy making tea & doing the "bun run". I still thoroughly enjoy what I do & feel lucky to be able to "create" specials & inspire customers to "tweek" their pride & joy!
My family keep me busy in my spare time so I'm never out on a bike as much as I would like ! I'm hoping to get to as many BSB meetings in 2013 as we continue our sponsorship with TAG Triumph in British Supersport & in the Triumph Triple Challenge,
My latest project involes 4 wheels & the car I promised dad I'd get .........a Datsun 260Z ! Costs me a small fortune but somehow the wife never sees the receipts!
Hope to see you soon.
I first started work at JL when I was 15 cleaning the bikes on a Saturday Morning. My full time job started at the tender age of 20 now 15 years on I'm still here & loving it!
Although I have a full bike licenceI don't ride anymore due to having a young son & the housework never seems to get done!
My main hobby is my horse Blaze who I have had for 23 years.
I have been doing the shop accounts for as long as I can remember & although I am trying to retire I can't seem to keep away!
My first ever pillion ride was on a rigid frame Ariel sitting on a pad on the mudguard - Steve felt pity for me and bought a sprung seat - what bliss! Although I can't ride a bike ( even a bicycle!) I loved going pillion with Steve over to France on the original Trophy 1200.
I enjoy the family, reading, crosswords & belong to a walking group, (we hope to walk the length of the Shakespeare Way during the next few months) I also do volunteer work each week at social group for those who have suffered a stroke.
Tarquin Robbins - Sales
Geoff Haigh - Sales
I've been riding bikes since the last century ( 20th that is!) & have worked on & off with JL since I had hair & i must say that you also meet the nicest people on a Triumph!
It's a joy to have seen Triumph accending to the market leading brand in the UK.
I love a chat so if you're passing pop in & say hi we always have tea/coffee on!
I have worked in & around the bike trade for the last 20 years & have had spells as a salesman, dealership principal, journalist & even managed a motorcycle & car tuning company.
Clive " Nookie Bear" Watson - Sales & Aftercare
I Joined Jack Lilley's in Nov 06' after taking redundancy from a 24 year life sentence in the photocopier industry, so blagging a job like this has been brilliant.
As an apprenticed sixteen year old my daily hack was a Honda C95 but only for eighteen months, then it was cars, marriage, mortgage, kids etc but always had a soft spot for bikes.
I returned to biking in my early 40s and currently ride an awesome Speed Triple 1050. They say the weather forecast has to be dry and sunny for at least a week before I bring my bike out, I think that's really unfair as I often ride in light cloud.
I always sem to have a mechanical project on the go & the latest is old and rusty......bit like me really!!
Rob - Aftersales Manager
I have worked in the motorcycle industry since 1996, been at Lilley,s since 2001, five years at Warr's Harley-Davidson before that, and on the Maclaren F1 road car project for two years until it was ended. I started work as an assistant in second hand car sales at the age of nineteen, but got a bit distracted by the glamour of playing guitar in various bands throughout the eighties and nineties, with moderate success ( I still have the embarrassing singles, video and albums) touring France twice on a 10 day gig was the closest I got to the rock and roll lifestyle and very rarely pick it up these days. Riding bikes was always part of my life, such exotic machines as a Suzuki DT80, 750GS, teapot, the ever reliable Honda 100GT that I learnt on, a couple of Ducati's, obviously the whole Harley range, and now Triumph's, owning Trident 900 (with only 102000 miles on the clock), Trophy 900, Daytona 595, and two 675's, I am currently figuring out how I can buy the 675R. Married in October I am now finally grown up and sensible?
Bam! - Parts & Accessories
My earliest experience with motorbikes was as a passenger on my grandads Vespa at the age of 9! From that day I've done motocross, drag racing , courier riding & instructing.
I've been with JL on & off since the early '90's after working as a product designer for 7 years. I love the custom/street fighter scene & I think that personalising your bike is a big must!! Bikes aren't my only love, I'm also a middle distance charity runner. so if I'm not blasting around the country side on my Speed Triple 1050 I'm running instead!
Vikki Morris - Parts, Clothing & Accessories
I've been in the motorcycle industry since 2009 when I decided to change from the equestrian scene. I've always loved bikes so it was the obvious choice & I absolutely love it! I love the naked/street fighter style of bike & if you come in you'll find out I also love to talk!! I have Jack Russell dogs that keep me busy & enjoy going to the pub for a good old natter!
See you soon!
Rob - Mail order Maestro!
I have been riding motorcycles since 1977 ( aged 16). I have a keen interest in clasisic bikes British or Japanese & will shortly be looking to start restoration of a Yamaha XS 500! I have worked at JL now for over 6 years & have been a customer for over 30 years so almost feel part of the furniture.
I'm a keen fisherman & rambler so if I'm not out on my bike, I'll be beside a lake or walking in the countryside.
Colin Grant - Service Advisor
I have recently joined the Jack Lilley team and I am enjoying working in a motorcycle dealership
for the first time, although, I have worked in the motor industry for more than 20 years .
I had my first bike at the age of 11 and have not been without a bike since! I enjoy working on
my own bikes & sunny Sunday morning rides out but the highlight of my year is my annual
pilgrimage to the IOM TT.
I look forward to seeing you when you bring your bike in for service.
Tom - Service advisor
With my dad being into bikes, it was inevitable I would to! I've only been riding since 2007 but have been working on bikes from only a year after that. Currently only having a bike licence, my bike is used rain or shine for commuting & fun. having only really ridden on the road I'm now starting to head off-road to. I like both sports & adventure bikes, both of which Triumph now do very well, so one day maybe it could be a Triumph Filled garage!
Chris - Technician
I've been a technician at Jack Lilley for 4 years now & I've been fixing bikes in extraordinary places for decades!
A devotee of adventure motorcycle travel I've biked around the world riding in more than 35 countries!
I also enjoy cycling , windsurfing & Jazz music!
Jase - Technician
I've worked with Triumphs' since leaving school at the tender age of 16 & now at the ripe old age of 21 it's all I've ever worked on. My daily commute is a 120 mile round trip on my trusty Daytona 955 beast! ( If you see it you'll know what I mean!) My interests are Tuned cars & bikes & I used to be a keen trials rider until I discovered a fear of heights so going up was OK but not down!!!
Hope to see you when you come in for your service.
Joe - Technician
My first bike was a PUCH Grand Prix Special (60 on the flat honest Guv!). I started as an apprentice at 16 working on all makes.
My life sentence with Jack Lilleys' started back in 1991 when Triumph relaunched!
I have an obsession with all things racing & currently am a crew member for a 450 BHP Turbo Nitros Superstreet Hyabusa. For the last few years I have been crew member on a " Top fuel" Harley ( sorry!!) running on Nitro Methane & develops around 950 BHP!! ( still doesn't go round corners though) This runs the 1/4 mile in around 7 seconds & if you go to Santa Pod, you may see me there!
Lee " Valet" Ellis
I've been at JL now for just over 2 years. coming from a 4 wheeled backround was a bit of a culture shock but I do love it here! OK so I'm a non biker & yes I do get loads of flack off the lads but you never know I am getting tempted!
My role is "Valeter" so when your bike comes in for service it's me who gives it the final spruce up before you collect, I also keep all the demos, loan bikes & used bikes clean ......I'm never not busy!!
In my spare time, I'm a avid autograph collecter & have hundreds!
I also come out & do collections/deliveries so if you see me out & about give us a toot!
James Crowe - Apprentice
My first bike was a 125 Supermoto style bike which was bright orange & made me easy to spot! I have been with JL's now for just over a year. Started by getting 2 weeks work experience & to be honest haven't looked back! I enjoy all things mechanical and I also spend a great deal of my spare time playing & tinkering with guitars! Hope to see you at the store!
Steve Beer - New/Used Bike Preparation
My first bike was an old Suzuki AP50 which I bought in several boxes and put together in time for my 16th birthday. Before combining my passion for all things bikes with paying the bills I spent 20 years, man and boy in the IT industry which I am happy to have escaped from! Am passionate about 80s and 90s sportsbikes and have an eye for the details which is put to good use here at JL on new and used bike preparation and servicing. Away from motorbikes I enjoy cycling, cinema, beer and curry... although not necessarily in that order!