May On-Road Dealer Focus: Bill Smith Motors, Gwynedd
A Suzuki dealer since 1982, Bill Smith Motors in Bangor, Gwynedd, sits a stones throw away from the North Wales coast, and boasts a biker’s playground on its doorstep; the stunning Snowdonia National Park, which features some of the best biking roads in the British Isles and some fantastic scenery.
They lay claim to a wealth of experience, with dealer principle Andy Storey starting out in the trade in 1979 as an apprentice mechanic. A year later and he moved to Bill Smith Motors, at the time, City Cycles, where he has been ever since, eventually taking over the business in 1986.
In 1990, the small industry unit the business operated from, now under the banner Gwynedd Motorcycles, was extended into the current showroom, almost doubling floor space. The final name change came a year later, and after a collaboration with veteran motorcycle dealer Bill Smith from Chester, they became Bill Smith Motors (Gwynedd).
As well as a great range of new and used models, they also boast a well stocked clothing and helmet department, with many of the top brands, and a fully equipped modern workshop, for any servicing and repair needs.
Each year they run a fantastic charity day, with demo rides, a bouncy castle, and hot food, as well as a CBT and Direct Access instructor on hand. Last year they raised £500 for the Welsh Air Ambulance.
They were presented with a 25 Year Service Award in 2007.
Meet the Guys:
Andy Storey, dealer principle, has been in the business since 1979, and at the current dealership since 1980. He took over ownership in 1986. Andy also runs a classic motocross team in a pre-1973 series, and regularly finishes on the podium. Andy here is handing over a cheque for the £500 raised for the Welsh Air Ambulance.
Paul Knight is the Sales Manager and is a dedicated motorcyclist who has worked in the industry since 1980. He joined the team in 2002. Over the years he has owned over a wide range of bikes, including a 1971 GT750J, a 1981 GS1000E and an RG500. He currently rides a 2002 Suzuki GSX1400.
Technician John Goodier joined Bill Smith Motors in 2010. He is an experienced technician, and he has also achieved some success on the drag strip over the past few years. He is currently building a 1988 GSX-R1100 based street fighter.
Chris Storey, another member of the family, also works part-time at the shop, after having served for over 18 years as the clothing and accessories manager. He is also a classic motocross rider who currently rides as part of Andy’s team.
They’re more than happy to offer you a cup of tea, so if you’re nearby, stop in for a chat. You can find Andy and the team at, Cyttir Bach, Cefn Du, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 4DA, contact them on 01248 352085, or click here for their website.