Pair swap business for Harley passion

FORMER professional motorcyclist Mark Nolan has put his Littleport estate agency up for sale after clinching a major deal to sell American chopper bikes across the UK. Mark launched the Harleys of Littleport agency just a year ago with business partner, G

FORMER professional motorcyclist Mark Nolan has put his Littleport estate agency up for sale after clinching a major deal to sell American chopper bikes across the UK. Mark launched the Harleys of Littleport agency just a year ago with business partner, Graeme Wrigglesworth, because they believed they could give a better service than their big-name rivals. Now they are selling the business with all its fixtures and fittings, website, air-conditioned offices complete with plants and with a full year's rent paid.

The pair will continue to run their motorcycle business next door to the agency in Victoria Street, and are even offering advice and support to the buyer.

"This is a great little business," said Mark, 47. "But there is no passion in selling houses and there is a passion in cars and bikes for us.

"We have worked really hard to build the estate agency in just under a year, and the turnover is good with about 30 properties on our books."


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The pair decided to put the estate agency up for sale with a £46,000 price tag after landing a deal to become the sole UK motorcycle dealers for type approved choppers.

Now they can offer finance on the impressive American bikes which sell for thousands of pounds to enthusiasts.

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"We believe we can sell around 300 a year," said Mark, who raced motorbikes and sidecars professionally for two years.

"This is a big chance for us and we felt we would be so busy with the bikes that we wouldn't have the time to put into the estate agency."

Before launching his business, Mark ran a company specialising in Mini cars. From his base in Christchurch, near March, he shipped Mini Coopers to enthusiasts in America.

But the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers in 2001 wiped out his £1.5 million turnover overnight and he was forced to start from scratch.

Now the pair sell choppers, bikes, trikes and sidecars and have recently completed a London roadster double decker bus camper, similar to the one Cliff Richard used in his Summer Holiday movie.

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