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George White goes into administration

George White Motors, the UK’s leading motorcycle dealer group, has gone into administration this morning, MCN has learnt. Rumours of the closure began circulating early this morning with suggestions that staff at its dealerships in Swindon, Plymouth and Torbay had been made redundant. The shock news was then confirmed at around 11am to MCN by owner Steve Gannicott who said the...

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Evogt

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Evogt says:

Bound to happen

I knew summit like this would happen. When you expand as quick as they did (like Carnells, like Motorcycle City) its not going to last. Just glad I got my bike serviced recently LOL. Feels for the guys that lost their jobs though.

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londonbiker12

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i just bought a bike from them

i bought a bike from them it is supposed to be delivered tomorrow.. i was calling today but no one answered . does any 1 know if i would still get the bike or would i get my money back.

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Chilliesauce69

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Bloody hell, gutted for them. They pumped out alot of bikes from there. As I see it, the more bikes on the road the better and the more dealerships the better too.

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pilninggas

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pilninggas says:

in a way not surprised, the xj6s i have at the moment cost me £4k from there, less than most used ones were selling for - the zx6r i bought there in 09 was so cheap, when i got knocked off and it was wrote-off i made a £400 profit! (and kept the 2 paddock stands and other freebies they chucked in).

Their business model was stack 'em high sell 'em cheap - i reckon they did a bit too much stackin', not enough selling. They were also clearly concerned about this business model and the high price of jap bikes that the floor was not that full when we last went (xmas week), and much of the stock was the italian stuff they had diversified into. They moved to their new showrooms in Swindon (from manchester road) not long before the credit-crisis, and although the 0% deals helped, we often wondered how they stayed solvent.

Shame for some of the folk who worked there - some were unhelpful and probably were part of the demise. I have to say the after-sales was rubbish, they didn't register my xj6s with yam uk for 2 months until i threatened to kick up a stink (meaning my warranty was not ready to go and the free RAC cover wasn't on the system).

The shop and the 'auto-jumble' were quite good for kit, but i bet many of their smaller rivals in abingdon, gloucester, cheltenham, cirensester, trowbridge etc are breathing a collective sigh of relief as they must have been taking a lot of business away (ruthless, tight toe-rags like me!).
 

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pilninggas

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pilninggas says:

in a way not surprised, the xj6s i have at the moment cost me £4k from there, less than most used ones were selling for - the zx6r i bought there in 09 was so cheap, when i got knocked off and it was wrote-off i made a £400 profit! (and kept the 2 paddock stands and other freebies they chucked in).

Their business model was stack 'em high sell 'em cheap - i reckon they did a bit too much stackin', not enough selling. They were also clearly concerned about this business model and the high price of jap bikes that the floor was not that full when we last went (xmas week), and much of the stock was the italian stuff they had diversified into. They moved to their new showrooms in Swindon (from manchester road) not long before the credit-crisis, and although the 0% deals helped, we often wondered how they stayed solvent.

Shame for some of the folk who worked there - some were unhelpful and probably were part of the demise. I have to say the after-sales was rubbish, they didn't register my xj6s with yam uk for 2 months until i threatened to kick up a stink (meaning my warranty was not ready to go and the free RAC cover wasn't on the system).

The shop and the 'auto-jumble' were quite good for kit, but i bet many of their smaller rivals in abingdon, gloucester, cheltenham, cirensester, trowbridge etc are breathing a collective sigh of relief as they must have been taking a lot of business away (ruthless, tight toe-rags like me!).
 

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superbol

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superbol says:

Trumpetriple

I have both sir, a Zx6r and the missus a convertable BMW.What I was tring to point out was that probably Euro motorcycle manufactorers want home tuning banned because its very profitable to them AND non modifactions done to motorbikes eg no aftermarket bits, fairings , exhausts, oil filters ,air filters etc will meen us the owners can only buy OEM items .In America there was a massive stink when non Harley ,Indian ,Victory bikes were to deemed unroadworthy and were to be put out of business.Well being America that stopped and now look at the Cafe racer scene building perhaps the EU and manufactorers are getting worried THATS  MY POINT pal !

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occytherp

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occytherp says:

WHITE'S CLOSING

I have dealt with multi store dealerships twice in my biking history. Both times I have lived to regret it, the price of a cheap bike is soon forgotten once aftersales kicks in, that is if it ever does! Walk in looking to buy and you are treated like the son of God, all the coffee you can drink and friendly chats with offers of cheap kit etc. Once I took delivery of my machine, that is it, you are ignored when you return and all the promises of cheap gear magically disappear.

I keep my business to sole specialist dealers, who sell one or two brands at most and specialise in providing an all round service all year round. The first time i got my  latest bike serviced by a specialist one brand dealer the difference was obvious. God knows what the chimpanzee before had done in the service, but I was parting with hard earned cash and getting shite service. A few more quid and my bike was a different machine, you get what you pay for is the moral of the story.

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MrBee

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MrBee says:

I used to work there

This news sucks. I used to be a sales guy there 9 years ago for nearly 4 years, great memories and the people were great fun to work with. It was just Swindon then and grew quick in my time there. I personally looked after all my customers and was encouraged by Steve to do it more than anything, and although some were awkward we always did our best to help them out, even if they did ride their bike off the forecourt into a wall! (that happened).

I hope they sort it all out, re-launch a local small business like the original George White and maybe one day it can be great again. It's hard when the manufacturers push you which they did with this place, offer to fund new sites etc, but what can you do, I'm sure thousands of people have enjoyed the thousands of bikes George White helped them with.

J

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fireman216

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fireman216 says:

BLAME

I have been using george whites for over twenty years so know most of the staff there........its a great shame regardless of what went wrong....you can say all you want about running around in astons and all the other shit ive read on hear but i tell you one thing that steve deserved all he had, and i didnt hear anyone complain when they were buying there r1s cheap.So lets not point the blame and im sure the person whos most pissed off, is steve himself.........

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seniorspanner

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EU

Slighlly off-topic, but wrt the EU comments, as I understand , the ABSs-for-everything item of the current set of EU anti-bike proposals, was pushed very hard by a German MEP whose constituency includes the Bosch factory whch makes.........ABS systems!

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