Steve Martin

Classic Trial - - CONTENTS - Ar­ti­cle: John Hulme

Af­ter the test on Steve Martin’s Majesty 270cc in the last is­sue, which was or­gan­ised by reg­u­lar Clas­sic Trial Mag­a­zine con­trib­u­tor Matthew Hep­ple­ston, I knew it was time to catch up with the ‘Majesty Man’ him­self. I had known Steve from my ven­tures into North Wales for tri­als many years ago but had lost touch with him un­til more re­cent times, when I re­alised it was Steve who was the new face of the Majesty Yamaha at this year’s Telford Clas­sic Show.

Steve as usual wel­comed me with a warm hand­shake, and the con­ver­sa­tion over a cof­fee soon turned to ‘Back in the Day’ and the tri­als scene as it was in the late seven­ties and the early eight­ies. The names of Mike Leddy, Ian Dodd, Andy Gard­ner, Ady Mor­ri­son and Si­mon Bul­lock all came into the con­ver­sa­tion as we re­mem­bered how strong the com­pe­ti­tion in the Cheshire Cen­tre was. The con­ver­sa­tion then turned to my­self, and the Majesty tri­als ma­chines I rode for the orig­i­na­tor of the brand, John Shirt Snr.

En­joy­ing Life

Why the Majesty move, was the ques­tion I wanted to ask Steve, and so the Majesty-Yamaha story and his new ven­ture soon came to light. Steve has worked in the house build­ing in­dus­try for 30 years, and has rid­den with suc­cess in Tri­als and En­duro com­pe­ti­tions over the years be­fore mov­ing into the Clas­sic Tri­als scene.

It was dur­ing a week­end of com­pe­ti­tion that he struck up con­ver­sa­tion with Craig Mawlam who had orig­i­nally pur­chased any re­main­ing parts and stock from ‘Shirty’. He had suc­cess­fully car­ried the brand-name into the mod­ern clas­sic tri­als scene and be­gan to have new parts man­u­fac­tured to the orig­i­nal spec­i­fi­ca­tions along with frame kits etc, and many other much-needed parts and com­po­nents. As his busi­ness in­ter­ests changed he de­cided to sell his con­nec­tion with the Majesty Yamaha along with all the stock.

Now 48 years old and en­joy­ing life Steve be­gan to talk to Craig with a view to pur­chas­ing it. Dur­ing a long drive home from a com­pe­ti­tion in the South of Eng­land Steve be­gan to think about the whole project. A quick, con­vinc­ing chat with his wife, as you do, and his mind was set. As with many mo­tor­cy­cle trans­ac­tions a hand­shake was made and a deal was done with Craig.

A New Job

As usu­ally hap­pens Steve did not re­alise how much stock and parts he had ac­quired, and new premises would be need to ac­com­mo­date his ‘new job’. He would still re­main in his house builder role but would start to di­vide his time, with his wife’s sup­port, to es­tab­lish­ing his new Majesty busi­ness. Se­cure premises were lo­cated and the stock in­ven­tory was all checked and given part num­bers, and placed on shelv­ing to af­ford easy ac­cess.

It’s now over six months since the project came to life, in which time Steve has ex­tended the range of prod­ucts avail­able and, most im­por­tantly, car­ries a good stock of parts.

When I made my visit one of the main top­ics of con­ver­sa­tion was the pro­duc­tion of new frame kits to ac­com­mo­date the Yamaha TY twin-shock tri­als range. These will be pre­sented in kit form, which will help the pur­chaser to carry out their own re­build and be able to up­date with new prod­ucts as they be­come avail­able. The Majesty 270cc that Steve rides has be­come a mo­bile test ma­chine and many of his ideas and mod­i­fi­ca­tions will be built into the new frame kits. Never be afraid to ask Steve for a test ride on his ma­chine as he is al­ways open to new ideas!

Why Majestys?

In his younger days, which also in­cluded cy­cle tri­als he, as many other kids be­fore him, had watched Mick Andrews on the orig­i­nal TY range be­fore pur­chas­ing the ma­chines in his early mo­tor­cy­cle tri­als days. As time moved on he had watched with in­ter­est the Majesty Yamaha project in the late seven­ties with John Shirt Snr and Mick Andrews. A few years ago he had touched on the Pre-65 scene build­ing a very ‘trick’ Tri­umph Tiger Cub but it was a case of try­ing to make them per­form like a mod­ern ma­chine — so ‘why not buy a mod­ern ma­chine?’ was the ques­tion he asked him­self many times. He loved the at­mos­phere of the Clas­sic scene and so the next pur­chase was a Majesty and, as they say, the rest is his­tory.

Steve aims to pro­vide a quick, ef­fi­cient ser­vice and the ma­jor­ity of the parts he sup­plies are in stock and on the shelf ready to go out, as many new cus­tomers have al­ready found out from his mail or­der ser­vice. The web­site car­ries 90% of the parts he has in stock, but new parts and ac­ces­sories are con­stantly added as he ex­pands his prod­uct range. Now, Steve; have you any other Majesty ques­tions be­fore I depart?

The next project starts to take shape

90% of parts are in stock

Steve with his pride and joy

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