Team Profiles: Simon (Honda)

By JOR, ,

Simon is the Sales Manager at our Honda branch. Some say he’s been here since the dawn of time, others say he’s just part of the furniture here at John’s of Romford. All we can say is he brings experience and customer service to the table. His customers know they are getting some of the best service in the market today!

Honda: VFR800X Customer “I’ve been using this dealership for 30 years. This is my third Cross runner & Simon at John’s of Romford is very helpful and goes out of his way to be helpful.”

How long have you worked in the motorcycle industry?

Err, a very long time ha ha… 22, no 23 years. Blimey! It all started at Eddy Grimsteads back in 1995!

How long have you worked at John’s of Romford?

I’d say about 20 years now. I still do a PDI and MOT now and then. As well as handle the bike sales and finance.

Have you been a salesman all that time?

No, I started as a PDI technician for the first 2 years at Eddy Grimsteads prepping bikes for the sales guys while I was in training. Roger Grimstead could never remember my name and so I was just known as ‘boy!!’. I left there and went to work for Chucks Motorcycles which was a Honda main dealer as a technician – I learnt more working with the manager Steve China than all my time at college (and at Grimsteads). There were a couple of other places before coming here. I actually applied looking for a tech job, but there wasn’t anything available. So worked for two years as a salesman before going into the workshop for another two years then back into the showroom where I am now!

Can you remember the very first bike you sold?

Do you know what, I can’t – ha ha. 20 years is a long time! I know I probably should remember every sale, but I can’t remember that first bike. I think it was a sports bike, it was on a bank holiday Sunday. I think it was probably something like a Kawasaki ZX6.

What has been the best moment while you’ve been working in the industry?

Working with Honda has meant some good jolly ups. They took me to the IOM on an all expenses paid trip which was pretty awesome and I also got to “ride The Mountain” at Cadwell Park on a Fireblade SP1 at the launch event training day.

What’s been the biggest change in the industry you’ve seen over the years?

I would say going solus Honda in 2007 – removing the other franchises of Yamaha and Kawasaki was a big change personally. The rise and fall of the scooter taxi knowledge guys would be a close second.

What would  you say is your dream bike if money was no object?

I probably should say Honda Fireblade SP2, but it’d be an MV Agusta F3 RC, hands down. It’s the nuts, it amazing – £18k.

What are you looking forward to over the next 10 years in the bike industry?

The introduction of a fully electric scooter. A fully electric PCX will be pretty weird but awesome too.