THE fastest motorbike road racer in the world will be in York at the weekend to open a new showroom.

Well-known superbike athlete Peter Hickman is set to open York Motorbikes new premises in The Raylor Centre in James Street on Saturday (April 1).

Peter was the fastest rider at the Isle of Man TT and the Ulster GP and in May last year he won the North West 200, cementing his place as the fastest man on two wheels.

As The Press reported last week, York Motorbikes have been in The Raylor Centre in James Street just outside the city walls since 2016, and work has been going on for months on their new showroom, just a few units away.

They are holding their grand opening and Peter will be there on the day from 9am to do the honours.

York Press: Peter Hickman in action on the trackPeter Hickman in action on the track (Image: York Motorbikes)

The team who sell, buy, deliver, and service motorbikes will be there on the day from 9am-1pm greeting the public and showing them round their new facility.


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Owner David Jeffrey, manager Natalie Garrington and mechanic, Sam Feakes, say they can't wait.

David, known as ‘Jeff’ has more than 30 years experience in the industry and he’s worked at various motorbike shops throughout York, building a good reputation over the years. He also worked for Honda Britain Race Team in the Isle of Man between 1998 – 2002 preparing their race bikes.

York Press: The York Motorbikes team: David 'Jeff' Jeffrey, Sam Feakes and Natalie Garrington in their new showroom in James StreetThe York Motorbikes team: David 'Jeff' Jeffrey, Sam Feakes and Natalie Garrington in their new showroom in James Street (Image: York Motorbikes)

In 2016 Jeff took the leap and ventured out on his own and opened up York Motorbikes in a small unit for a workshop on The Raylor Centre, James Street servicing and repairing all makes and models of motorcycles.

Since then he has out grown the unit he started in, grown his team and is opening a large showroom of quality used motorbikes only a couple of units away at The Raylor Centre.

He said: "We have an open day on Saturday, April 1 all motorbike enthusiasts are welcome to pop in for a brew and meet our team, have a look round our showroom and see what services we have to offer.

"We offer a wide variety of motorcycle services from buying and selling motorbikes, delivery and collection of motorcycles and servicing, repairs and MOT’s we cover all your motorbike needs."

Natalie said: "One fun fact that not many people will know is Jeff was actually Sam’s apprentice back in the day when he was a young lad starting out in the motorcycles industry and Sam taught Jeff everything he knows.

"Sam is now semi-retired working for Jeff on a part-time basis, so there’s nothing they don’t know about motorbikes between them.

"Trust me when I say your motorbike is in the best hands with these two."

The team say anyone is welcome to pop along on the day to meet them and take a tour of the new facilities.