Honda Goldwing enthusiasts from across the country gathered in Keighley recently to wish Colin Appleyard’s Goldwing expert Barry Walton a fond farewell.
For Walton, who has worked for Colin Appleyard Motorcycles for more than 42 years, it was an emotional occasion with MD Robin Appleyard thanking him for his commitment and dedication to the company. This was followed by a presentation by the Goldwing Owners’ Club. Everyone present agreed that Walton’s knowledge of Goldwing bikes and trikes was unrivalled and would be sorely missed.
Walton commented: “One Saturday morning in 1976 I called in to the Keighley motorcycle showroom to pick up some two-stroke oil for my RD. While there I got chatting to Stuart Feeny and within a few minutes Colin joined us and asked if I would be interested in working for Colin Appleyard in the parts and clothing department. That brief chat was my job interview and I started a week later – more than 40 years ago! Doesn’t time fly when you’re enjoying yourself?”
The tribute day, widely accepted as the largest dealer-organised Goldwing gathering of the year, was the perfect excuse for owners to dust off their machines and take to the road for another season. One Goldwing lover, Nigel Fenton, who used to live in Keighley, flew in from America specially to wish Walton well.
Meanwhile, Appleyard’s recently announced the purchase of a large building next to the Wellington Road multi-franchise showroom. This will allow for expansion of the bike workshop facilities as well as extra customer parking. The existing workshop will then become an enlarged used bike showroom.
Pictured are Barry Walton and Robin Appleyard