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Bury St Edmunds: Successful second year for motorcycle rental firm Triplemoto

16:25 07 December 2012

Terry Drew, owner of motorcycle rental service Triplemoto

Terry Drew, owner of motorcycle rental service Triplemoto

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A MOTORCYCLE rental business launched in 2011 is about to complete a highly successful second season, with bookings up 75% on year one.

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A MOTORCYCLE rental business launched in 2011 is about to complete a highly successful second season, with bookings up 75% on year one.

Triplemoto, based in Bury St Edmunds, has seen its rental packages prove particularly popular with overseas visitors, with Australia, Canada, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia and the United States among the countries represented on its client list, while some UK customers have taken bikes to destinations in Europe.

Besides leisure users, there has also been demand for bikes for retail displays, media appearances and film and television production.

The firm’s Triumph Bonnevilles have proved the most popular bikes this year, followed by its Triumph Tigers. The company has had to expand its fleet during the year, with the addition of a BMW R1200 GS and a Triumph Street Triple, and further additions are now planned for next year, including the BMW R800GS.

Triplemoto owner Terry Drew said: “From a weather-constrained slow start, this season has turned out to be a really excellent – way ahead of our expectations and with September being by far the most popular month.

“We are now committing plans for the 2013 season, with additional machines and the option of a bike delivery service, subject minimum rental conditions and mileage/fuel charges. This will bring our ‘fly-ride’ packages within arrival scope at any of the main UK airports.”

To support the increasing number of clients booking motorbike rental from overseas, Triplemoto has extended the range of equipment and apparel available when visitors arrive by air – including full face crash helmets, protective clothing and hard and soft luggage.

The number of female clients hiring bikes this year has also led to ladies apparel being added to the range.

Vouchers for presents and bookings for special occasions have also proved popular, with birthday gifts giving former experienced bikers the opportunity to return to the saddle. One couple even chose an iconic Bonneville for their wedding.

Mr Drew added: “The other thing we have noticed is the number of serious, committed, experienced bikers who have decided that, while times are hard, they just cannot afford or justify keeping a machine on the road for the occasions they want to ride it, but they can hire one of the latest machines from us when it suits them.

“When we did a comparative analysis between cost of ownership and the hire option, it gave us a compelling business case.”

Triplemoto is also to start offering motorcycle servicing based at its Bury St Edmunds workshops. Alongside scheduled maintenance, tyres and other routine repairs, customers will have the option to hire a replacement bike or use the firm’s collection and delivery service while their machine is in the workshops.

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