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Geoff Hodges joins Gordon Harris to move GV Bikes to its present site in Whitehall.

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Meet Our Team

Geoff Hodges

Manager

Geoff opened GV at it’s current site along with Gordon Harris back in 1987 after working in Atkins Motorcycles on Wellington Road for multiple years.

From a young age, Geoff has always been interested in motorcycles with his first being the BSA Bantam D1 at the age of 11 and then on the road, the Garelli Rekord in 1974.

He has toured much of Europe and Southern India on a motorcycle and most recently rode in Australia.

In 1980, he took part in his first Speed Hill Climb at Hartland Quay in Devon, later making it up to 2nd place overall in the 1988 season. This is still a regular hobby for Geoff with all 3 of his son’s taking it up as well.

It was in 1989 that Geoff met his now-partner Becky after she ran her motorcycle out of oil and called into the shop for help.

A keen classic car collector, Geoff has always been a fan of old Saab Cars, especially the 1970s curved roof varieties such as the 96. He regularly visits the Saab International shows across Europe, usually driving one of his own Saab’s. In addition, he has multiple Renault 12’s including his favourite, the 12 Estate from 1972.

Geoff took sole ownership of GV in 2004 after Gordon decided to leave and since then has worked hard to make GV what it is today, including introducing the now-familiar Royal Enfield brand into the shop and pushing forward with multiple extensions.

Antony Snell

Chief Mechanic

Antony has always been a keen motorcyclist, from a young age taking up Motocrossing. In 1985, he was the 250 Motocross champion.

It was in 1989 that Ant joined Geoff and Gordon at GV Bikes as an apprentice.

Nowadays, he has taken up the role in the workshop of chief mechanic and is the go to man for many specific jobs.

George Hodges

IT and Showroom Manager

Like his brothers, George has been brought up on motorcycles and has been riding them from the age of 5. He would often attend Motocross events with his oldest brother Jimmy, entering in the Junior Class.

When George turned 13, he had his first go at Speed Hill Climbing and along with his father and brother, still attends regular meetings.

George started working weekends at GV Bikes in 2012, doing basic workshop jobs and cleaning and managing the showroom. Shortly after, he took control of the GV Bikes website, giving it a total revamp. George used the skills he learnt redeveloping the GV Bikes website to take up an apprenticeship at another local company, working in their IT Department. He later left this company and in 2020 formed Kernel IT Services, specialising in Website Design, Tech Support and Maintenance.

Whilst running his own business, you can still find George at GV Bikes most weeks working Saturdays at the shop. He also regularly attends and plans GV’s trade shows and was pivotal in organising the ’30 Years of GV Bikes in Whitehall’ anniversary event in 2017.

Tommy Hodges

Mechanic

Geoff’s middle son Tommy joined GV part time in 2009, splitting his time between the business and engineering college.

He became passionate for bikes at the age off 11 having been brought into it by his father. His first bike was a modified MT 50 which he used to ride around the field from the age of 7.

At 14, he participated in his first Enduro in Tiverton and first Speed Hill Climb at Hartland Quay. He took to the tarmac more confidently and has been hill climbing ever since.

Completing Engineering college in 2011, he started working at GV full time later becoming a MOT tester 3 years later.

In 2014, Tommy bought a 1976 Kawasaki S3A 400 with the aim to fully restore which he did by the following year.

By 2015, Tommy’s skills in Hill Climbing were growing, finishing 2nd in the Overall championship that year.

Eventually, in 2016 he succeeded in acquiring the hill climb crown winning 9 rounds and becoming hill climb champion.

In 2017, Tom came 2nd again in the overall championship.

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