Triplemoto, the Suffolk-based motorcycle rental operation which launched in 2011, is just completing a hugely successful second season – with bookings up 75% on last year. Whilst some UK-based clients have chosen to tour at home, others have taken bikes to destinations in Europe.
The company has also seen the popularity of its overseas visitor fly/ride packages climb, with mounts provided for bikers from a host of countries including Australia, Canada and the United States, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland.
This season, Triplemoto’s Triumph Bonnevilles have proved the most popular bikes, followed by its Triumph Tigers. The company has had to expand its fleet during the year, with the addition of a BMW R1200 GS and a Triumph Street Triple. Further additions are now planned for next year, including the BMW F800GS.
Triplemoto Owner, Terry Drew says, “From a weather-constrained slow start, this season has turned out to be really excellent – way ahead of our expectations and with September being by far the most popular month. We are now committing plans for the 2013 season, with additional machines and the option of a bike delivery service, subject minimum rental conditions and mileage / fuel charges. This will bring our ‘fly-ride’ packages within arrival scope at any of the main UK airports.
“The other thing we have noticed is the number of serious, committed, experienced bikers who have decided, while times are hard, they just cannot afford or justify keeping a machine on the road for the occasions they want to ride it … but they can hire one of the latest machines from us when it suits them. When we did a comparative analysis between cost of ownership and the hire option, it gave us a compelling business case. We will be keeping some machines on the road during the winter – but hire availability will depend on weather conditions”, says Terry Drew.
In particular, to support the increasing number of clients booking from overseas, Triplemoto has significantly extended the range of equipment and apparel available when visitors arrive by air – including full face crash helmets, protective clothing and hard and soft luggage. The number of female clients hiring bikes this year has led to ladies apparel being added to the range.
By customer request – and because of its in-depth technical experience with the top bike brands, Triplemoto is also to introduce motorcycle servicing based at its Bury St Edmunds workshops. In addition to scheduled maintenance, tyres and other routine repairs, customers will have the option to hire a ‘courtesy bike’ or use the firms collection and delivery service whilst their own machine is at Triplemoto’s workshops.
During this year’s season, Triplemoto’s hire machines have been in demand for retail displays and for media appearances too – with one Bury St. Edmunds store featuring a Barbour clothing inspired display based on a Steve McQueen theme – complete with one of the company’s Triumph Bonneville T100 motorcycles. Bikes have been used also by film and television producers.