Born in June 1980 5-WAYS Motorcycles opened its doors to establish Hull's first 100% Yamaha Motorcycle dealership. Owned by Husband and wife team Frank and Lesley Robinson the original premises were located on Askew Avenue just off the well known "Fiveways" roundabout in Hull.
Success was built on the ethos of supplying motorcycles and scooters with fantastic savings, but with the service of a friendly family-owned company. The Eighties saw volume sales for both Yamaha and 5-WAYS with models like the now legendary FS1E and RD ranges.
The 1990's started with the exciting development of new premises for 5-WAYS on Walton Street in Hull, based on the original site of "Blakeys Motorcycles" where scooters and motorcycles had been sold since the early 1940's. Frank designed and quite literally built the 5000sqft showrooms and workshops.
Opened in late June 1990 Fiveways Motorcycle Centre set new standards in motorcycle retailing with their purpose built Hull showrooms and the motorcycling press declared the premises "The Best in the North of England"
5-WAYS continue to trade from these premises, but now offer an incredible choice of motorcycles and scooters from six of the Worlds leading brands.
The Walton Street store boasts an extensive Clothing and Accessories department stocking brands from some of the worlds leading manufacturers including RST, Dainese, Halvarssons, AGV, Shoei, Alpinestars, Oxford, Remus, Akrapovic, Yoshimura, and many more.
Our heritage and awards
1980 - Frank and Lesley Robinson open the doors of 5-WAYS in June 1980
1981 - 5-WAYS secure status as Hull's No.1 official Yamaha dealership
1982 - 5-WAYS become Humberside's No.1 official Yamaha dealership
1983 - 5-WAYS secure status as official "Team Yamaha Dealers" offering factory trained technicians - a first for Hull.
1986 - Awarded the Yamaha Motor Co.Ltd appreciation trophy for "tireless dedication to sales, service and product presentation"
1987 - Awarded the Yamaha Dealer Award for "outstanding achievement in expanding sales of Yamaha motorcycles" culminating in a factory trip to Japan
1989 - Son of Frank and Lesley, Gareth Robinson joins the 5-WAYS team and continues the "family run" ethos further. *
1990 - The doors of the 'new' Walton street store open for the first time and the motorcycling press declared the premises "The Best in the North of England"
1992 - 5-WAYS secure the exclusive dealership for Kawasaki motorcycles in East Yorkshire, further improving customer choice and product diversity.
1993 - 5-WAYS secure the Piaggio, Vespa and Gilera franchises to increase scooter brand choice.
1996 - Younger son of Frank and Lesley, Tim Robinson joins the firm and focuses on expanding the Clothing and Accessories Department and begins online retailing to further enhance the available product choice to customers.
1997 - Fiveways receive a trophy for outstanding customer service standards in the Yamaha Motor Company Quality Service Awards and a trip to Sun City, South Africa for record Yamaha sales.
2001 - 5-WAYS receive a National Salesperson of the year award with Kawasaki Motorcycles
2003 - 5-WAYS secure the contract to supply off-road motorcycles to the "Two Wheel Centre" a local council-run initiative that allows young people to learn and ride and maintain off-road motorcycles.
2004 - 5-WAYS secure a place in the UK top ten dealers with Piaggio scooters and are awarded a trip to the factory in Pontedera Tuscany.
2006 - 5-WAYS achieve top five UK dealer status with Kawasaki Motorcycles resulting in a trip to the factory in Japan.
2007 - 5-WAYS achieve top dealer Piaggio ranking and win a ski trip to Klosters and later a trip to the Nurburgring ring.
2007 - Tim, Gareth and Frank take part in the now famous Enduro Africa series and ride over 2500 miles across Africa for the Riders for Health charity organisation.
2008 - 5-WAYS are awarded another prestigious Piaggio ski trip as a top ten UK dealer, this time to Kitzbuhel Austria.
2008 - Yamaha honour 5-WAYS extensive sales records with a factory trip to Japan and get Suzuki Top 5 CSI score.
2009 - Piaggio again awards 5-WAYS with a Ski trip for being in the top 5 UK Piaggio agents, this time it's to Switzerland.
2009 - Kawasaki honour 5-Ways with the news that they are amongst the best top 3 dealers for customer service in the UK.
2010 - 5-WAYS secure contracts with 5 of the Major UK Police forces to supply Safety Clothing for the motorcycle traffic section.
2011 - Tim sets off to ride a 3 wheeled Indian Rickshaw (bangkok taxi) from the top of India to the bottom. 3 weeks later he's back having covered over 4000km's in what is essentially a Vespa PX125 with 3 wheels !!
2012 - Vespa award 5-WAYS with a Dealer trip to Pisa, Italy and the Italian Vespa Museum situated at the original Pisa Factory.
2012 - 5-Ways choose MOTUL Lubricants as their new oil and lubricant supplier marking a return to a relationship that was first born in 1990.
2013 - Kawasaki award top 15 placed dealers 5-Ways, with a trip to Milan for a dealer conference and a visit to the International motor show.
2014 - 5-Ways supply channel 5's Emergency Bikers with specialist CE Motorcycle clothing.
2014 - A new era begins at 5-Ways Walton street store as a second-floor mezzanine is put into the showroom and the Italian 1st floor 'Scooter boutique' is born.
2015 - The main showroom re-fit begins and the Yamaha brand again takes over more space with a stunning new range of lightweight sub 125cc motorcycles exclusive to East Yorkshire.
2016 - 5-Ways are awarded the Kawasaki Elite Dealer status, as a benchmark for our professionalism and Kawasaki expertise.
2017 - A new Yamaha in-store design project gives the store a fresh feel to display the latest Yamaha range
2017 - Top Kawasaki dealers are taken over to Milan to see the new 2017 model launch that includes some superb new metal. New Z1000sx and the awesome Z900rs and Cafe.
2018 - Suzuki invite a select committee of dealers from across the UK to consult on their new customer service schemes.
2018 - A Yamaha launch is held in Saville in Spain for selected Top Yamaha dealers and 5-Ways make the grade yet again.
2018 - New signage is applied to the South facing exterior showroom wall to further emphasise our offerings as a top multi franchised dealership. New bikes, Used bikes, Clothing, Servicing, Parts and MOT. 4 BIG brands under 1 roof.
2019 - Yamaha invite 5-Ways to the international dealer conference in Seville, for selected dealers only.
2019 - Kawasaki host the dealer product evaluation week in Spain and 5-Ways are on the guest list.
Grosvenor Hotel, Douglas Promenade 1965 Derbyhaven, Castletown, Isle of Man 2016
Frank and Lesley Robinson opened 5-Ways Motorcycles in 1980 and have been well-respected figures in the motorcycle industry for over 35 years. Frank was a true professional in every sense of the word and always had time for customers new and old.
Frank's first love was motorcycles. He collected and renovated classics, rode bikes and attended bike meets all over the world. He first visited the Isle of Man TT at the age of 16 and he continued to attend for over 50 years. He truly loved the island and it became a place very close to his heart. Frank had a very keen eye for detail and only the best was good enough.
Tragically on Friday 3rd June 2016, Frank was involved in an accident on the Isle of Man and passed away. Frank was 5-WAYS founder and Managing Director, devoted husband to Mum Lesley, Dad to Gareth, Tim and sister Holly, and doting grandpa to his seven loving grandchildren.
Frank will never be forgotten and the store continues today with the same beliefs he started it with. We still have that keen eye for detail and we always do our utmost to make every customer feel appreciated and happy.
Name & Registered Office:
FIVEWAYS MOTORCYCLE CENTRE LIMITED
Registered Address: Walton House, Walton Street, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU3 6JB, United Kingdom
Company No. 3958906
Registered in England and Wales