I've been with JL for 24 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 "tweak" 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 2014 as we continue our sponsorship with TAG Triumph in British Supersport & in the Triumph Triple Challenge,
My latest project involves 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!
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. I also do volunteer work each week at social group for those who have suffered a stroke.
Tarquin Robbins - Sales
I've been passionate about bikes and all things two wheeled for as long as I can remember, whether I'm racing, riding or just plain watching them on TV, its the freedom and excitement they offer that's kept me in the trade for over thirteen years.
So whether you're looking to buy your first motorcycle, want advice on some of the best off road riding in the UK or just want to talk track days at Snetterton then I'm always happy to have a chat... and who knows, you might just end up buying your next bike from me...
Although I am relatively new to the biking world I have always had a love for motorbikes. I brought my first 'real' bike back in September, three months before I actually obtained my full licence! Since then the bug has hit me hard. I absolutely love riding and have a diary full of biking events to attend; I love bikes so much that I volunteer at a local bike shop just so I can play with them, take them apart and fix them. So far working for Jack Lilley has been fantastic and I think everyone should have a Triumph. Not that I'm a bit biased or anything...
TOM DANIELS - SALESMAN
I've been riding bikes since the day I turned 16. Even skipping school to do my CBT.
I'm a trained motorcycle mechanic but utterly useless with a spanner. Much better suited to talking about bikes then fixing them.
I've been in the industry for the last 11 years and have had an unhealthy obsession with MotoGP for the last 6 years!
Rob Clarke- Allan - Operations Manager
I have worked in the motorcycle industry since 1996, been at Lilley's since 2001, with 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 Yamaha DT80, 750GS, teapot, the ever reliable Honda 100GT that I learnt on, a couple of Ducatis, obviously the whole Harley range, and now Triumphs, owning a 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?
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 seem to have a mechanical project on the go & the latest is old and rusty...bit like me really!
I was introduced to motorcycles at age 4. Dad owned BSA A10 Superflash with a 3-person sidecar - Mum & Dad rode on the bike whilst brother, sister and I rode in the sidecar. We all ended up riding bikes as we grew up; even Mum had a Honda CG125. My bikes included a Honda MBX125, Kawasaki KLR250, Kawasaki GPX250, Yamaha TDR250, Kawasaki ZZR600-D1 and Honda CG125 (an accident on the CG125 in 1991 resulted in a serious leg injury and 8 months off work).
I trained as a motorcycle mechanic / technician. On work placement at a Kawasaki / BMW dealership I moved into a parts role to cover leaving staff - and never looked back. I've since worked with Kawasaki, Aprilia, and of course Triumph. I set up and ran parts and service departments at a new Triumph dealership in 2007 where I stayed for 7 years until moving to Jack Lilley's in 2014.
Interests include family time, theme park rides, and collecting brochures, flyers, posters on Hinckley Triumphs.
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.
My earliest experience with motorbikes was as a passenger on my Grandad's Vespa at the age of 9! Since 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 countryside on my Speed Triple 1050 I'm running instead!
Matt Dawson - Parts and Clothing
I first started out going pillion with an old work colleague back in 1999 on a Piaggio Zip 50. That was it, I was hooked, so 2 months later I decided to do my CBT and bought my own Zip 50. Since then many years passed and I have ploughed my way through most of Triumph's modern range, owning 3 speed triples, a Sprint, Bonneville, Scrambler, & 3 tigers including my New stunning 800 XC, so you could say a love affair started!.
I have worked in the motorcycle industry since 2004 when I started at a Piaggio franchise. Since then I've also had the opportunity to run my own business, and last year started at Jack Lilley Romford. I'm passionate about bikes and always around for a cuppa and a chat.
In my spare time I generally like to cook, travel, shop and ride.
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!
Joe Lann - 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 Hayabusa. 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!
Steve Beer - Technician
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!
Dave Emms - Technician
Dave started riding motorbikes at 16 and has always worked on bikes, having undertaken countless restorations and rebuilds over the years. He has owned several Triumphs including a Thunderbird Storm and Bonneville T100 (his daily ride). He also owns a 1981 Bonneville T140 which he has had from new. He took it off the road in 1991 for a total restoration, replacing and upgrading almost everything on the bike. It still retains its original 2-tone candy blue paintwork with hand-painted gold coachlines - a real classic.
Mitchell Scott ('Mitch') - Valeter / Van Driver
A few facts about me: I'm a massive Newcastle United fan. I enjoy working with motorbikes although I'm also really into cars. I speak fluent Spanish - a result of being brought up in Fuerteventura. I lived there for 13 years and went to school there. Born in England, bred in Spain!
HUGH MCCLELLAND -MARKETING
My first bike was a Honda XR75 'schoolboy scrambler'. As a 16yr old I rode an unrestricted Honda SS50 and a Malaguti Monte. At 17 I moved up to a Honda XL125R.
Many other trail and road bikes followed, including a Yamaha XS250,Honda XL250S, Suzuki TS250, Suzuki Katana 550, Honda Dominator 650 and a pretty rare 1970s Harley Davidson SST250. Current bike is a Triumph of course - the 1992 TT600 you can see in this photo. I love this bike because it's quite unusual - they were only made for a couple of years.
In my spare time I play lead guitar in a rockabilly band 'The Lonestars'.