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1987

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

1989

GV Bikes’ present chief mechanic Antony Snell joined as an apprentice.

1999

GV sells new bikes for the first time becoming agents for Hyosung and Beta.

2004

Gordon and Geoff decide to go their separate ways and Geoff becomes the sole proprietor

2006

Geoff’s oldest son Jimmy joins the business full time.

 

Jimmy with his CRF 450

GV’s first website is launched at gvbikes.co.uk. It might look archaic now, but it was amazing at the time!

 

2008

GV adopts the Royal Enfield brand.

2009

Geoff’s middle son, Tommy, starts working for the business splitting his time between engineering college and GV Bikes.

2011

On November 16th, the GV Bikes Facebook page is launched.

2014

This year brought the arrival of the AJS brand.

AJS Motorcycles Logo

Work on the new extension began.

2014 Extension

Jimmy leaves after 8 years to move to Norway.

The Website is finally updated to something a bit more modern as well as a fresh lick of paint for the GV Bikes man.

GV Bike Man 2014 incremental update
2015

Stomp Pit Bikes are introduced to the shop, bringing great quality Pit Bikes to the South West.

Jimmy opened his own motorcycle shop in Norway called Moto-Tech. You can see them here.

 

2016

Zontes, Motorini, Sym and Sinnis were all welcomed into GV.

 

Zontes Logo

Thanks to Moto-Novo, GV were able to provide a full finance service for the first time in a number of years.

 

Moto Novo Finance Logo

After 3 years of hard work, GV moved into their new purpose built workshop and opened the extended showroom and reception area.

 

2017

GV Celebrated 30 years since it opened in Whitehall. Celebrations included a large write up in the local gazette and a bike night on the late May Bank Holiday. A highlight included Royal Enfield providing a Himalayan, months before release to show.

 

GV Bike Night 2017

The GV man was given his first proper makeover since his inception in the late 80s.

 

GV Bikes Man 2017 Overhaul
2019

GV shows off the brand new Royal Enfield Interceptor and Continental GT 650 Twins at the 2019 Bristol Classic Bike Show, just days after the UK release.

 

An excited customer receives the keys to their brand new Interceptor, the first out the door. Also note the new Royal Enfield branding on the building. This was added in early 2019.

 

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 at GV in 2012 as a Saturday job where he would do simple tasks such as changing tyres and cleaning the showroom. It was in 2015 that he took up position of Showroom Manager and took control of GV’s website and social accounts.

Although working at another company in the weekdays, George still works at GV on a Saturday and has recently pushed a renovation for the website and helped in organising GV’s 30th anniversary in Whitehall events.

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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