Hello I am Paul Clarke proud owner & founder of Moonraker Motorcycles Ltd
Formed August 1st 1985 Moonraker Motorcycles has grown in the past thirty years from humble beginnings in my Mum's garden shed to the largest specialist commuter, Scooter / Super Scooter & small to medium sized Motorcycle & Moped dealership in East Anglia.
I had four years in the garden shed in my mums back garden. Until back in November 1989 I signed a lease and took over what was Bob Gotts Motorcycles on Drayton Road. I then nurtured Moonrakers the company over the next seven years working all hours until expansion led to me being able to buy out and take over the large showrooms and workshops of what was then Slaughter Motorcycles of Norwich. That was on 1st January 1996 and it is still to date Moonraker Motorcycles location 125-129 Oak Street Norwich NR33BP.
Back in 1985 it was just me Paul. Now in 2016 we have myself as well as Stacey who has been with me Ten years since leaving School, she is Store Manager in charge of Spares, Stores & Sales/Design. Stacey's love is Motocross and she rides most weekends in the season and every September competes in the Girls nationals among the UK's top female riders. Aidan (Fiddly) is the new kid on the block keen as Mustard he has the love of bikes! His every waking hour involves Motorcycles in some way, being a familiar face in the local motorcycle scene, as well as being part of the local motorcycle group On Two Wheels, helping organize a lot of the motorcycle meets and ride outs in Norwich. My son William is the big lad with a mop for hair he helps out on Saturdays as well as school holidays. All of us working together brings a vast experience and knowledge to Moonrakers showroom & stores. The three of us, that is Stacey, Aidan and Myself are at the front of shop in sales of Scooters and Motorcycles / Helmets / Jackets/ Gloves and the day to day running on the shop. Then we have Dale and Mike ( Affectionately known as Billy) they are both situated in the Workshop and are both fully trained Piaggio Vespa technicians with a vast Royal Enfield, Zontes & Motorini knowledge as well as being certified to undertake MOT testing of all makes. Dale has been working with me for over twenty years and has him self been a trained Motorcycle Mechanic working in Norwich for over thirty years. Mike joined both me and the Motorcycle trade after being firstly a Car Mechanic for Four years. That was eleven years ago. Then as the ever helpful Van driver we now have Charlie. Then in the back ground sorting out all the admin is my brick of a Wife and fellow Director Karen. She runs our Accounts as well as Sales & Shop support from time to time. Karen and I have been Married for twenty four years & have two sons Charlie and William.
All my staff work full-time and are all fully trained, highly competent and reassuringly approachable.
We have over 70 new Scooters and Bikes in stock we also can have up to 30 pre-owned at any one time.
At this moment in time and for many years previously we have been acknowledged by Piaggio Vespa UK for being in the top five of the leading distributors of their products Piaggio, Vespa, MP3 Gilera Scooters and Motorcycles . And I am proud to say Piaggio have advised me that Moonraker is accredited as a Prime dealership.
New to Moonrakers for the 2016 season has been the Royal Enfield range and writing this after stocking them for just over a year I can tell you they are good news! We now have the largest stock of New Royal Enfields in East Anglia our customers tell us. Watch this Brand it will be a leading manufacture as they have big plans especialy post Brexit
We sell quality clothing & safety helmets at low cost fair prices for all riders Male & Female from the 16 year old novice and the mature commuter who has just sold the car and is now starting out on two wheels to the more experienced commuters and Motorcycle riders. We also stock spare parts both genuine and pattern as well as service parts for both brands we sell new and others we don't.
As mentioned previously, Dale and Mike (in the Workshop) are both Piaggio, Vespa & MP3 trained, dedicated technicians who service and repair to the high standards that people know us for. They are fully competent and will MOT test multi-brand, multi-sized Motorcycles / Scooters & Mopeds while you wait.
We are as accommodating to the customer who desires 'just' one pair of gloves to the customer who seeks the whole package (i.e. the actual vehicle, CBT training, Road Insurance, helmet and clothing...and the finance to pay for it all!). Look out for Moonraker Mega Deals. Please enquire in store for further details.
We all take great pride in our work at Moonrakers and are proud to be known as a 'One Stop Shop' for both product, stock , Training and information. The levels of service are second to none and our enthusiasm shines through.
Please feel free to come in and see the high quality of our working environment . I am as you can see very proud of our achievements, please call in grab coffee and come see for yourself.