Zenith Motorcycles – Who Are We?

by Karen Neill

Zenith Motorcycles

Karen Neill

I founded Zenith Motorcycles in 2013, disillusioned with the motorcycle industry in the UK particularly in London. I had worked for many years for other workshops and Motorcycle businesses and simply found myself at a point in my career where I couldn’t continue forward working for someone else. I had experienced the very worst of customer services and workshops (and some of the best) and found myself very close to losing my love for motorcycles and anything to do with them.

I first started riding at the age of 16, commuting to school in central London on my 50cc Yamaha Jog, however, I had been around bikes all my life. My father, a keen Triumph owner, and Grandfather a former employee of JAP motorcycles taught me at a very early age about the beauty and wonder of the motorcycle and all of its glorious, workings. At the age of 5 or 6, I could be found with my Father stripping his latest classic British bike down to the bare frame in our kitchen at home. I became obsessed with the workings of the combustion engine and how these two-wheeled objects could move under their own power.

At 17, I passed my full motorcycle license and bought my first real motorcycle, a 250cc Triumph Trailblazer. Since then, my passion for motorcycles grew and my passion for the people riding the motorcycles grew along with it. I had a few unfulfilling jobs that didn’t involve bikes in my early 20’s but I just couldn’t seem to settle and fit into an everyday office job. The call of the bike engine was louder than any secure 9-5 job, and I had to follow my heart. I gained my experience firstly in motorcycle parts and sales, all the time watching and hanging out in the workshop with my mechanic colleagues, stealing their knowledge and experience. In the evenings and weekends, I read every workshop manual I could find, every book on mechanical engineering was added to my vastly expanding collection of motorcycle mechanical books, and my hunger for knowledge not only of mechanics but also of the motorcycle industry steadily became fed.

In September 2013, after finding the ideal business premises in Tottenham, North London, the borough in which my family has lived for over 150 years I opened the door to my dream, Zenith Motorcycles Ltd. Alongside my head technician Garry and our mechanics Cosmo and Laszlo, we have slowly but surely established ourselves as a local motorcycle workshop that can be trusted.

Being a local business has given us many things, the first being the most amazing and varied customers that any business could ever wish for. We recently became a contractor for our local authority, the London borough of Haringey and we are starting to become well-known in the North London motorcycle scene.

My team and I have around 60 combined years of knowledge of mechanical engineering within the motorcycle industry and we never stop learning. We are a small, local business but that doesn’t mean we are inferior to main dealers. Our labour rates are one of the lowest in London and we try to make our customer service second to none.

We have ambition and passion both for bikes, bikers, and the world we share.

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Member of Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI)
Member of Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI)
Member of National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA)
Haringey Council Contractor