General

It’s sad to see a fellow bike builder close it’s doors, but understandable in today’s market. Few people really appreciate what goes into creating a hand-crafted machine, and even fewer are prepared to pay the price. At Hollis Motorcycles we decided right from the start that we would keep the price down as far as possible. Even so, many people who contact us expecting a cheap bike because it happens to use a recognisable engine, are disappointed at the cost. We would like to explain to every one of them they are not buying something made by robots in China, but a machine made with blood sweat and tea. But we don’t of course.

So farewell to 2 Wheels Miklos in Guildford, hope we’ll see you down the road somewhere.

SH 24.11.17

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Goodwood Revival 2016

well that’s it – another Revival over. Hard to believe it’s only 12 months since we first showed the prototype – and we didn’t even have a company at that stage.

Thanks to some wonderful volunteers, we talked to nearly 500 people over the weekend, all of whom shared in the goodwill that abounded at the stand.

We have been very lucky with our supporters who have generously given their time – and their patience waiting for their bikes (you know who you are).

The Revival is such a great event full of happy people, fast cars and bikes, and decent tea. The ladies look so elegant in their 50’s and 60’s dresses, and it really does help you believe those were ‘the good old days’.

The stand will be booked again for next year, so I hope those of you following us will come and see our progress. Who knows what will happen in another 12 months – a Type ‘B’ anyone?

Now it’s time to return to the workshop, deliver on our promises, and reduce the waiting list.

Thanks for your time,

Steve Hollis.

 

Kempton

The autojumble at Kempton Park is always worth going to. Jammed to the gunnels with the obscure, the weird, and the necessary. Acres of bikes in various states of undress, boxes of bits only the dedicated could love, and all the tools you would ever need.

We had a pitch there today and received astonishing amounts of goodwill as opposed to the nitpicking experts you might normally find at a bike show. The sort of experts who have never actually built a bike before, or used an Enfield engine, but feel confident pontificating on the relative merits of this or that widget.

All part of life’s rich pattern no doubt, and all part of putting ourselves out there.

But today was just glorious, and if any of the people we met read this – thank you for spending time to chat with us.

Welcome!

 

well the website is up and we’re open for business. If you’re an old biker like me, websites and social media are a bit of a challenge to say the least. Fortunately I have Millennial offspring in the vicinity who can help.

Hopefully I will be able to keep up the momentum by commenting here about the trials and tribulations of dealing with government bureaucracy, any lighter issues that come our way, and just general chat. I’m pretty sure the DVLA will be mentioned now and again, especially as we go through the seemingly endless regulations – some logical some whimsical – towards getting the recognition for the bikes as Hollis motorcycles, not just custom builds.

Thanks for joining us on the journey.

Steve Hollis.