John Parker Motorcycles was founded in 1973 when dad ( John) decided he didn't like the new workshop at Essex Police headquarters where he was
working at the time as a motorcycle mechanic.
Mum (Maureen) has run the shop since the early days and I helped in the workshop from being knee high to a c90 ! In fact I used to earn my pocket money repairing customers bicycles !
In the 1970's we were main dealers for Mobylette's from France, Cossack's from Russia and KTM's from Austria. Into the 1980's we became main dealers for Cagiva and Testi from Italy and then in the early 1990's PGO scooters from Taiwan.
In the early 2000's we became dealers for Royal Enfield and worked closely with the previous importer until 2013 when Royal Enfield changed Importers. Today we are dealers for Mash, Sinnis and Skyteam motorcycles.
I came to work full time when I left school in the Mid 1980's and have been here ever since . Dad died in 1993 and my role in the workshop and shop increased, while Mum continued to serve in the shop (Or at least play cards on the computer !!!!!!!!) until 2010.
Today with Geoff our mechanic in the workshop and my wife Margaret part time on the shop, I split my time between the shop and workshop.
As you can see from the pictures we have always been involved in off road motorcycle sport John (and indeed Maureen) competed in trials, motocross and also vintage road racing , while I have ridden trials since I was 7. We are also members of the Vintage Motorcycle Club and ride and enjoy Older British bikes. Well that's enough about us , take a look around the website and if you have any queries just drop me a line
Stephen Parker .