After hiring a motorcycle in America, Peter Gillard developed a dream as he rode.
‘I could do this in the UK’ he thought and West Sussex Motorcycle Hire was born. John Allsopp rides along the Sussex coast to Chichester.
Pete started his business ten years ago from home with just four bikes. Soon demand dictated more bikes and a new premises in Chichester, Sussex. The number continued to see that number reach fifty motorcycles on his fleet, including four BMW R 1200 GSs just to keep up with the demand. West Sussex Motorcycle Hire also became a Sinnis dealer.
In 2020, as with many other businesses, the company has been effected by Covid-19 so, despite the challenges, they looked to restructure to broaden its range of services. Insurance companies can offer motorcycles to their customers and, for customer convenience, it includes free collection and delivery across the South of England. Pete also offers a meet and greet service from Heathrow and Gatwick airports and hotels. He can now offer competitive tyre sales and a fitting service.
If you’re considering a purchase, hiring a bike first for a period of time is a great opportunity to really get to know a bike before you decide (that’s if the bike you’re considering is on their fleet…it’s worth an ask). A popular feature with regular customers is their social ride-out days. While many don’t own a bike, it allows customers to keep their riding skills up while enjoying the banter with others. For others, it’s great to choose from a variety of bikes on offer.
Still, with a reduced fleet of nearly 30 motorcycles of all capacities, all are available for hire at very reasonable rates and you don’t need to visit them. For an additional cost, they will deliver and collect the hire bike to your home or place of work at a time convenient to you.
Take the bikes abroad for a tour? Sure!
All motorcycles are covered when travelling abroad with fully comprehensive insurance and breakdown cover. And, to aid rider comfort, convenience and communications, customers can hire extras, such as Garmin’s Zumo 660 SatNav with full UK and European maps and Sena intercoms for rider to pillion or bike to bike communications. Hire a bike and go!
Peter Gillard is proud of his efforts to create and develop a growing business sewn from a simple idea while riding across America.
Should you ever want to hire a motorcycle, the MotoGusto team strongly recommend them. Afterall, we’ve had first-hand experience. In fact, so impressed were we, we suggested teaming up to offer ride-out days. So follow our Facebook pages for the latest dates or our events page and keep an eye out when those ride out days will be.
NEWS UPDATE: The company recently relocated to larger premises and can now be found at Unit 44, Glenmore Business Park, Chichester-By-Pass, Chichester, West Sussex. PO19 7BJ. Telephone 01243 780039.
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