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lamba marks golden jubilee and 44 years with Yamaha

Yamaha dealer Lamba Motorcycles of Surrey is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and not even a supply shortage of Yamaha machines is going to spoil the party.

In fact, Derek Baker – named after his father (who founded the family dealership in 1966) and joint partner with brother David – is optimistic about the future. “I can only see the market getting better. The amount of vehicles on the road now, traffic jams, issues with public transport … the manufacturers are aware of all this and that is why they are making it easy to purchase PTWs on finance schemes. We know this business peaks and troughs and we are half way out of a trough now. It was bad a few years ago but it is picking up year on year, so long may it continue.

“We have been with Yamaha for 44 years and are on target for one of our best years – not our best ever year, and, of course, we could do more.

“You probably hear it from a lot of dealers but, yes, there will be no more supplies this year of certain models – the MT-10, for example. It’s just frustrating, and it’s the same throughout the range, really.”

Lamba Motorcycles held a celebratory open weekend on 2/3 July, which was “busy and appreciated by the company’s many long-time, loyal customers”. BSB and ex-MotoGP rider John Hopkins had been billed to appear as a special guest star but pulled out after injuring himself at the Knockhill round the previous weekend. Hopkins’ team manager volunteered to attend as a replacement, as did ex-racer Tommy Hill.

Lamba was founded by Derek Baker in 1966 and began selling “good old” Lambrettas at a small site about 1.5 miles from the current location on the High Street at Carshalton, to where the business moved in 1971.

That was the cue to take on Puch and Mobylette, followed by the Japanese brands Suzuki, Yamaha and then Honda.

“We got rid of Honda in 1999 and then in 2010 Suzuki pulled the plug on us after 40 years, which was nice of them. We were the closest dealer to their UK HQ and we supported them for 40 odd years and we found it hard to believe really.”

Lamba Motorcycles, which majors on the commuter market, has a staff of 11 and as well as selling new and used machines offers a bike hire service.

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