British and World Superbike racer Chris ‘Stalker’ Walker is opening a motorcycling dealership set to be a top destination, selling the best bikes, parts and accessories, and complete with Championship level service and performance centre, and even a cafe.
The Chris Walker Kawasaki dealership in Harlaxton Road will sell on- and off-road new Kawasakis in the showroom, as well as selling and servicing all makes of used bikes including Suzuki, Hondas, Ducatis and Yamahas.
Its parts and accessories store has everything from premier clothing and helmet brands Fox, RST, Arai and AGV, to service items and everyday biking essentials.
The performance of customers’ bikes can be tested in a state-of-the art soundproof Dyno speed vault, which can simulate a 200mph ride. Through giant viewing windows visitors can watch this and also bikes being worked on in the British Superbike (BSB) style garage, run by Stalker’s crew chief Chris Hunt. Any performance modifications will be fitted in the designated DynoJet Race Bay. Moreover there is a dedicated ‘Kiddie’s Korner’ to keep youngsters entertained, and a 30-seater cafe.
The business has always been in the plans for 43-year-old Chris Walker and his wife Rachel, 36. Chris explains: “My dad had a Kawasaki motorbike shop in Nottingham when I was a kid, and I spent my first eight years after leaving school as a mechanic in the workshop.”
The four-time British Superbike Championship runner-up added: “I’ve got less races ahead of me than I have behind me, so when I do have to finally stop racing this is something I can step into full-time.”
He is supported by business partner Craig Currie, a longtime friend and sponsor, and general manager Colin Wright, who has run some of the most successful BSB teams and gave Chris his first ever paid superbike ride in 1998.
Visitors to the official opening weekend on April 25 and 26, starting at 10am on Saturday, can meet Stalker and other BSB and motorcross stars, have the chance to win some amazing prizes, and get to see the brand new Kawasaki H2R in action on the Dyno, which with a capability of 326 brake horsepower is the most powerful motorcycle ever produced.
Opening hours will be 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm Sunday. For more details call 0333 444 4409.