Fin is the Founder and Managing Director of Fins Motorcycles.
When Fin was very young, on Saturdays ITV World of Sport showed Motorcross, which sparked a lifelong enthusiasm for motorcycles.
Fin’s first bike, at the age of 12, was a 50cc Phillips, closely followed by a variety of small capacity bikes. From that age on, he has been repairing and riding them.
In 1988 Fin opened his first shop in a small unit and quickly increased in size until reaching capacity in the original location. In 2011 the business moved to the current location.
During the 1990s Fin was very successful racing a variety Yamaha 2-strokes with Bemsee. He still owns some of those race bikes.
The first famous motorcycle racer that Fin was introduced to was Stanley Woods from Ireland, as his father worked for him many years ago. Over the years Fin watched Barry Sheen’s career with interest and enjoyment, and now avidly follows Valentino Rossi.
These days Fin still enjoys track days, trials riding, road riding, and enjoys all aspects of motorcycling.
Since 2014 he has taken part in the annual Pioneer Run on his trusted 1913 Triumph.
Grant’s interest in motorbikes was due to his dad having one, and he enjoyed riding pillion with him.
In 2007 Grant began working at Fins, starting as an assistant on the sales desk. Now you’ll find him running the show from the front desk and organising everything and everyone (including Fin). He is now Shop Manager in charge of sales, booking MOT/services, ordering parts, coordinating the workshop activities with the workshop manager, and organising collections/deliveries.
Grant’s love of watching racing started his own participation in 2011 and he and his girlfriend Monica have spent many seasons competing in club racing throughout the UK and Europe. Although not employed as a mechanic Grant spends much of his spare time preparing racing motorcycles.
Grant is also a keen cyclist, regularly competing in enduros and road cycling events. <
Lorne’s father got him his first bike when he was 4 which was a Honda 50 Monkey Bike. He rode this around his large back garden with his brothers, and began fixing bikes (helping dad) from around the age of 10. His first road bike was when he was age 16.
Lorne started participating in track days when he was 17 and enjoyed it immensely. Now he tends to watch, but he was always there as a spectator during Fin’s racing career.
In 1990 Lorne started working for Fin, and in those early days it was just the two of them running the show.
Lorne is now Workshop Manager, coordinating all servicing, MOTs, preparing bikes for sale and liaising with all other workshop staff.
Lorne’s favourite riders are Wayne Rainey and Valentino Rossi, both loyal Yamaha riders.
For many years Phil was a dispatch rider braving all weathers day and night.
In those days the machine of choice was a trusted Honda CX500, known as the Plastic Maggot. Phil’s enthusiastic riding style resulted in the footrest being ground away to nothing.
On the race track, Phil has competed on all manner of machines from the early LC Yamaha days to current classes such as the Suzuki Mini Twins.
Phil joined Fins in 1996 and has done almost every role possible and is well known to Fins' customers.
Phil’s favourite riders are Barry Sheene, Kevin Schwantz and of course Valentino Rossi
Sam has been riding for several years, currently he owns a 125 Suzuki VanVan which uses to get to and from work. For a while Sam was part of a biker club ‘Dragon Nights’ which involved going to other club meets, going for rides and just having fun.
Although not involved with racing, Sam enjoys watching the racing and attended the Silverstone GP in 2015.
Since 2014 Sam has worked part time at Fins in addition to his other part time job at Wheels for All.
Daily duties include working alongside Phil including valeting of bikes ready for the showroom, and helps with deliveries/collections.
Favourite motorcycle rider?
Who’s your favourite Motorcycle rider? Valentino Rossi Why? “He’s been winning a lot of races.”
As a teenager, Morgan road moto-cross and still has a passion for 2-stroke singles. He loves motorcycles manufactured in Europe, particularly exciting Italian machines.
Sally has been working at Fins during the summer months since 2015 after a career doing “something in the city”. She assists Grant with his work on the front desk and sales and sorts out all those nitty gritty admin tasks nobody else wants to tackle!
She started riding at the age of 16 and travels extensively throughout Europe and the UK on two wheels. In 2010 she celebrated a big birthday by riding her BMW R1200GS from the east coast to the west coast of Canada via 9500 miles in between. She has also done off road trips in various places including Iceland and Romania.