Wyldes Motorcylce Shop
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History of Wyldes Motorcycle Bike Shop

C Wylde & Sons Motorcycle shop 1947 C.Wylde & Son Motorcycles was established in 1937 when trains and horses were a common sight ascending the cobbled gradient of Roundhay Road.

Doctors and wealthy business people occupied the palatial houses in nearby Spencer Place.

Clarence, started the business on an evening and weekend basis until confident enough to give up his full time occupation of van driver for the nearby Slacks Bakery.

C Wylde & Sons Motorcycle Shop 1951

The business is still thriving selling worldwide on our secure internet shop on line store.

The wheelbuilding side of the operation is extremely busy, and wheels appear from all over the UK and Europe for our attention, be they classic, modern or competition.

The highlight of the wheelbuilding operation was when we were approached by a company supplying machines for the Sylvester Stallone movie "Judge Dredd". We were commissioned to build the wheels for the space bikes, which led to the burning of quite a bit of midnight oil.

You have a laugh in this job when some customers phone up:

"Aye up lads, can yer send me a spoke for me bike?"
"Yes sir - what type of spoke?" - "Well it's for a Honda 18 inch"

And then the fun begins....
"Would you like galvanised, plain steel or stainless steel?"
"Don't know?"
"Would you like straight. 90, 45, 35 degree, angled head?"
"Don't know?"

Well sir, if you would be kind enough to forward a sample we will endeavour to supply you with the correct spoke" -

And all for the staggering sum of about 8Op, not fully satisfying but you never know the customer may want his wheels built for him one day.

C Wylde & Sons Motorcycle shop 1960's

George Parker, who has been with the company since he was in short trousers helping Clarry when not at school, tells a story about a chap who had just been demobbed from the forces in 1946.

"He came straight to the shop with his gratuity and bought a 250cc Panther.

George asked if he was OK to ride it Oh yes says he - I was a despatch rider you know!. So, he straddled the machine, kicked it into life, popped it into gear and with the throttle wide open and legs waving behind the machine ended up embedded in the display window of the shop opposite!"


C Wyldes Motorcycle Shop

We offer a mail order service on spares, tyres, wheelbuilding kits, spokes, rims etc for road, MX, trials and enduro bikes.

 



Registered Office: The Weighbridge, Aire Place Mills, 143 Kirkstall Rd,
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS31JL
Registered in England Company No. 881251

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