CEO turns passion into successful business

SA Motorcycles was born from CEO Evan Byles’s passion for motorcycles. Established in 1993 as a small unaffiliated shop, the northern Adelaide-based motorcycle shop has gone from strength to strength.

“I started with about $4000 and it was extremely hard for a few years,” Evan says.

“But we got through, and now we’re growing and growing.”

SA Motorcycles outgrew a few locations before settling in Gepps Cross in 2006, and now employs around 35-40 people.

“It’s a very tight family business. We like the staff to treat it as a work family. By encouraging and empowering our team members to take ownership of their responsibilities, they benefit from increased job and personal satisfaction.

“ “Some of my proudest moments as a small business owner have been to see our apprentices get their certification as tradespeople and win national awards.”

Evan first heard about the Small Business Development Fund expansion grants while attending a breakfast meeting in Mawson Lakes, and SA Motorcycles was awarded a $100,000 grant to expand.

“It was great timing, because we were already thinking about growing and the money helped to supplement our plans,” Evan says.

“We were selling Kawasaki only, and we decided to expand to sell Honda models as well to broaden our customer base.”

Since adding Honda to their portfolio, SA Motorcycles has added 12 full-time employees.

“There’s definitely a sense of pride in owning a small business. Sometimes, it can seem like a thankless task, but as far as personal value to me, it’s my baby. I started this business from nothing and we plan to keep on growing.”