Neil helps tired old motorbikes on the road back to glory
RESTORING beautiful but tired vintage motorcycles, Neil Hopewell has bought his creative talents to East Yorkshire.
NSMB British Vintage And Classic Motorcycle Restorers has relocated to Beverley and whether it is an old wreck lingering at the back of your garage, or a tired but faithful old runner that needs a makeover, the new business aims to restore motorcycles to their former glory days.
Owner Neil, who relocated his company from Nottinghamshire, even attracts attention from celebrity motorcycle owners and is currently working on a star's bike – although he cannot reveal their name.
"You would be amazed which celebrities ride motorcycles in their leisure time." said Neil. From local business to bikes coming from abroad to be worked on, the range of motorcylces Neil restores is vast.
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Neil, who owns five bikes himself, said his restoration work ranges from bikes from the 1920s to his newest currently from 1979.
NSMB is approaching its eighth year in business.
"It was a hobby I turned into a business almost eight years ago," Neil said.
"Motorbikes have been a passion of mine and I have been biking for 33 years."
Spending a large amount of time and putting elbow grease into his projects, Neil offers a range of services – restoring, servicing, fault- finding and more.
The most exciting project Neil said he has done was the restoration of a 500cc Vincent Comet, which came in from Kentucky in the US.
The work the businessman does is a motorcycle lover's dream.
Neil has restored popular vintage classics such as a Sunbeam 57, a number of Triumph Bonnevilles and a Matchless – one of the oldest marques of British motorcycles.
In addition to British machinery, he has worked on Japanese machines, as well as his own TZ 250cc Yamahas, which he raced in the 1980s.
The unit in Acorn Industrial Estate, was let by Hessle commercial property agents Clark Weightman.
Carl Bradley, of Clarke Weightman, said: "We are very pleased to have let this unit to Neil, as it was clear from the outset it was perfect for his requirements.
"We used a simple tenancy agreement on this estate allowing a speedy move in process, which has helped Neil with his relocation."