Nicholas Craigie, first a businessman but someone with a deep passion for the sport of off-road motorcycling in general, began a love affair with a small Italian motorcycle manufacturer by the name of TM Racing nearly three decades ago. Based in the picturesque town of Pesaro on Italy’s east coast TM produced its motorcycles for discerning customers that wanted something more than the mainstream manufacturers could offer.
Designed, engineered and hand built in house, TM motorcycles were crafted from passion not a balance sheet, constructed using the best components and materials that were available to them they created motorcycles that would perform at the highest level. This philosophy is still the driving force behind TM Racing today and their competition motorcycles are regarded by many as essentially ‘factory’ machinery available to customers.
Won over by TM motorcycles Nicholas began to distribute the Italian marque from his motorcycle shop in his native home of Dublin, however it wasn’t long before a change of plan was needed due to increasing demand in the UK. The logistical problems regarding distribution of the motorcycles, their spare parts, an increasing dealer network and running his own Racing teams was making it extremely difficult for all of this to be run alongside an existing business in Dublin whilst servicing the UK. TM UK was born from necessity.
TM UK found its home in the small country town of Corsham in Wiltshire in the mid-nineties, situated along the M4 corridor and a stones throw from Marshfield with several track facilities nearby and easy access to the M4 and M5 motorways the location was ideal. Although over the past few years TM UK has expanded and re-expanded to different premises it still remains in the same business centre and now stocks a TM parts inventory that is unmatched in Europe. Throughout the years TM UK has contested TM motorcycles in Motocross, Enduro, Supermotard and Supercross at the highest levels with riders such as Mark Hucklebridge, Jonothan Pettitt, Neil Prince, Jordan Rose, Euan McConnell, Jacob Stapleton, Tim Lewis, Irish aces Stuart Edmonds, Adam Lyons, David Tougher and Greg Kinsella to name but a few, with great successes in all disciplines and taking numerous domestic championship titles over the years.
During this time TM Racing has seen many changes to the off-road sector such as: the 4 stroke revolution to which TM Racing were among the first to produce a 250cc 4 stroke machine, the rise of Supermotard racing which has witnessed TM Racing and their 450cc and 660cc 4 stroke machinery at the forefront of the world stage and taking the title of 2009 World Champions, the changing capacity rules to which TM Racing were one of only two manufacturers to produce a purpose built 144cc 2 stroke machine for the MX2 class, the recent adittion of electronic fuel injection to their latest generation 250cc and 450cc 4 stroke machines and no doubt, TM Racing who celebrated their 30th birthday by producing an entirely new range of aluminium framed motorcycles for 2008 will continue with the changing future and TM UK will be there to join them in their success.
In October 2009 TM UK, managed by Michael Woodsworth, moved premises once more to a better suited facility only a stones throw from our previous location in the same industrial park, a building with a much nicer working layout for the spares department, the workshop, the bike storage areas, the office space and with the addition of a display area showcasing some of our products to visitors upon entry, all decorated in 'TM blue' of course !
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