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The Motomethod Story

Posted on January 22nd, by Scott in Video. 2 comments

This beautifully shot vid was sent to us the other day by the Zenga Bros, who are the director brothers behind this great little story. It’s essentially about a motorcycle repair shop in Vancouver called Motomethod who are trying a different business model – which seems to be working. Motomethod call themselves a ‘community motorcycle repair shop’, which means you can rent a bay and work on your bike, use their tools and even get help and advice from the mechanics. They charge around $100 a year for a membership, which seems pretty reasonable when you think a mechanic can charge that per hour to fix your bike. If you don’t want to do it yourself, they’re also a full blown motorcycle repair shop, and will work on pretty much any kind of motorcycle. The idea came about when Paul Malowany and Simon Travers decided they wanted to fulfill their dream of owning a motorcycle repair shop. With limited startup funds, the duo pretty much begged, borrowed and stole the equipment needed to make it happen. Their idea seems to be paying off and has sparked a lot of interest in the local Vancouver community. The Motomethod clientele couldn’t be more diverse, ranging from 16-year-olds to seniors, including some veterans and even some grandmothers. With space in big cities costing so much coin these days, we think this could work in many places. What do you think, would it work in your home town?

  • ct

    Such a brilliant concept. Having a shop with space, tools, and resources that everyone can share is a great idea, but the best part is their commitment towards creating and fostering a genuine community. Very cool, wish something like that existed near my home.

  • Brian

    When I was younger I remember the local vocational school offering a basic maintenance and repair, taught buy a mechanic at a local shop. This was my first real exposure to the guts of motorcycle support industry. I loved it and it made me a better owner and rider.
    I see this as an upgrade to that idea from the 80's. I have been thinking about starting a community shop in my home state of Minnesota, so to see this makes me all the more interested in the subject. Way to go Motomethod! I salute your project and thanks for support the rider!