DEALER VISIT Andy Met­calfe Mo­tor­cy­cles

Trial Magazine - - CONTENTS - AR­TI­CLE: TRIAL MAG­A­ZINE WITH THE ‘MAIN’ MAN ANDY MET­CALFE

First im­pres­sions al­ways mean so much and I must ad­mit, I was a lit­tle taken back by the bright, open, clean spa­ces of Andy Met­calfe Mo­tor­cy­cles on my ‘Dealer Visit’ that al­most made me want to buy some­thing! All the lat­est cloth­ing and ac­ces­sories along with a se­lec­tion of new and used ma­chines re­minded me of the pas­sion that the tri­als deal­ers have, in par­tic­u­lar in the UK tri­als sec­tor. Andy is no dif­fer­ent and when you start to talk about the pas­sion in­volved you can then fully un­der­stand why they be­lieve in their own in­di­vid­ual busi­nesses in a tough eco­nomic cli­mate, not just in tri­als but across the board. The post ‘Brexit’ cli­mate of­fers some new and chal­leng­ing times but I can as­sure you 100% that the fu­ture at Andy Met­calfe Mo­tor­cy­cles is both bright and busy.

It’s al­ways in­ter­est­ing to take a nosey in some­one’s of­fice with the busi­ness owner and it was no dif­fer­ent with Andy. The ini­tial talk was about his fa­ther Dave, who had been a keen mo­tor­cy­clist him­self and also a men­tor to Andy. He had been a good all-round mo­tor­cy­clist in many dif­fer­ent sport­ing dis­ci­plines in­clud­ing tri­als, mo­tocross, road and sand rac­ing. His em­ploy­ment had kept him close to mo­tor­cy­cling, as for the best part of thirty years he had looked af­ter and main­tained the mo­tor­cy­cles be­long­ing to the Cleve­land po­lice force.

Af­ter re­tire­ment he opened up a small busi­ness look­ing af­ter the Ger­man BMW ma­chines. Andy in­her­ited his pas­sion for mo­tor­cy­cles but on leav­ing school he served his ap­pren­tice­ship, as we all did back in the day, and turned his skills to the print in­dus­try. Over the fol­low­ing years he would en­joy a var­ied mo­tor­cy­cle ca­reer that would in­volve close on twenty years of road rac­ing whilst work­ing in the mo­tor in­dus­try. His des­tiny would even­tu­ally lead him to Andy Met­calfe Mo­tor­cy­cles. Close on nearly fif­teen years later Andy started to trade at the Old Forge in Yearby, Red­car. With work­shop skills and ex­pe­ri­ence passed down from his fa­ther he de­cided to open the doors and fol­low his pas­sion for the sport in off-road mo­tor­cy­cling, in par­tic­u­lar tri­als.

Trial Mag­a­zine owner John Hulme re­mem­bers Andy as one of its ear­li­est cus­tomers: “Andy called and af­ter a short chat about tri­als I soon re­alised he was as pas­sion­ate about the sport as much as I was. Andy had placed at the time what was quite a large or­der with our sis­ter com­pany Yoomee, and off the back of this he soon reg­is­tered as one of the very first ad­ver­tis­ers to sup­port my other busi­ness in­ter­est with Trial Mag­a­zine. The re­la­tion­ship has en­dured the test of time, and we re­main not just busi­ness as­so­ci­ates but also good friends who share the same pas­sion for tri­als”.

ANDY MET­CALFE MO­TOR­CY­CLES

It’s quite ob­vi­ous the shop is a busy one, as when we called the stock lev­els were pretty high with all the lat­est cloth­ing and hard parts from the var­i­ous trade sup­pli­ers. Andy was keen to point out the choice of both new and used ma­chines, of which there was a wide se­lec­tion, when a cus­tomer called who ap­peared pretty new to the sport. The whole shop ex­pe­ri­ence is ex­tended as far as of­fer­ing ex­cel­lent work­shop fa­cil­i­ties, which in­clude clas­sic ren­o­va­tion as well as of­fer­ing a ser­vice on most of the parts and com­po­nents found in the tri­als world.

Andy has been at his present lo­ca­tion for just over twelve months af­ter he started out at the ‘Old Forge’ at Yearby, Red­car. With the con­stant threat of flood­ing he made the brave de­ci­sion to move to newer modern premises which is where he can be found to­day. Want­ing to be con­stantly in­volved in the sport, he sup­ports lo­cal rider Andy Chilton. This re­la­tion­ship goes back a few years to the Ossa days in 2012 and Andy has con­stantly de­liv­ered good lo­cal re­sults, also in the far reaches of the Bri­tish cham­pi­onship on both Beta and in more re­cent times on Scorpa ma­chin­ery with the ex­tra sup­port from the of­fi­cial UK im­porter Nigel Bir­kett.

ANDY MET­CALFE: “We aim to please, it’s as sim­ple as that. I have so many loyal cus­tomers based on the ser­vice we pro­vide which is very hon­est. They come back time af­ter time to talk and ask for our val­ued opin­ion on the prod­ucts we sell and rec­om­mend. This is not just based on our ex­pe­ri­ence but on many years of deal­ing with im­porters and trade sup­pli­ers. My per­sonal en­joy­ment from the busi­ness is the ren­o­va­tion of older tri­als mod­els, which is a fast ex­pand­ing busi­ness in the tri­als world. When I was a kid there was not much money about, as it was for many fam­i­lies, and from the ‘Make do and Mend’ phi­los­o­phy I learned many of the skills that I have to of­fer to­day.”

ANDY CHILTON: “I have re­ceived sup­port from Andy since the Ossa days in 2012. His pas­sion for the sport is sec­ond to none and I am eter­nally grate­ful for the sup­port I have re­ceived from him in my tri­als ca­reer.”

Most parts and ac­ces­sories are avail­able off the shelf.

Yes, it’s an old and small pic­ture, but it is Andy with his dad Dave.

A good stock of used ma­chines is al­ways avail­able for riders of all ages and abil­i­ties.

His fa­ther Dave’s em­ploy­ment had kept him close to mo­tor­cy­cling, as for the best part of thirty years he had looked af­ter and main­tained the mo­tor­cy­cles be­long­ing to the Cleve­land po­lice force.

It’s al­ways in­ter­est­ing to take a nosey in any­one’s of­fice with the busi­ness owner and this was no dif­fer­ent with Andy. The ini­tial talk was about his fa­ther Dave, who had been a keen mo­tor­cy­clist him­self and also men­tor to Andy. Andy Chilton: “I have re­ceived sup­port from Andy since the Ossa days in 2012. His pas­sion for the sport is sec­ond to none and I am eter­nally grate­ful for the sup­port I have re­ceived from him in my tri­als ca­reer.” The work­shop fa­cil­i­ties are sec­ond to none, of­fer­ing ex­cel­lent fa­cil­i­ties which ex­tend to clas­sic ren­o­va­tion as well as of­fer­ing a ser­vice on most of the parts and com­po­nents found in the tri­als world.

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