Cornwall Blood Bikes are extremely lucky to operate a fleet of eleven motorcycles which consist of our BMW R1200 RTPs, they are all looked after by our CBB Fleet Manager John Penlerick.
This is a very busy time consuming role, as to keep all eleven bikes operational across Cornwall is quite a task. This role involves keeping the bikes in top top condition in all areas from tyres, to monitoring their trackers and of course vehicle health checks and dealing with bike break downs.
At CBB we are extremely fortunate to have a magnificent working relationship and friendship with Ocean BMW Motorrad at Falmouth.
We would like to take this opportunity on behalf of our fleet manager John and the entire charity to say a very special thank you to Martijn Huddlestone- General Manager at Ocean BMW Motorrad for the absolutely fabulous service he and his wonderful team, provide at Ocean in keeping our fleet of bikes on the road and in tip, top condition.
There is no right time for any thing to go wrong with a fleet bike, but Martijn and his team are outstanding in getting the bike in, looked at, and back on the road ASAP, sometimes going out of their way to make this possible.
There are perfect examples of this outstanding service as back in January all the CBB volunteers prepared to say our final farewell to our very own Burt Reynolds, who lost his dignified courageous battle with a brain tumour. On the 21st January all eleven of our fleet bikes were due to have the honour of escorting Burt and his family on his final ride.
Two days prior to this, a bike suffered a breakdown, the bike was taken out of hours into the Ocean workshop, and James the mechanic went above and beyond to get the designated part for our fleet bike. The bike was fixed within 24 hours enabling all eleven bikes to say our farewell, something that meant so very much to every single one of us, and always will.
On a separate occasion one of our bikes in early April was carrying time critical samples up the A30 when it suffered a rather bad injury breakdown, another rider had to be tasked to take on these samples leaving a rider awaiting breakdown recovery. Yet again Martijn was a superstar, the bike was taken into the workshop and was back on the road operational again within 42 hours – simply outstanding!
To say our thank you for this outstanding effort and help, a few weeks ago our Fleet Manager John and duty rider Paul Thomas popped into Ocean with some goodies to show our appreciation.
As volunteers and a charity we cannot do what we do without Martijn and his team of James & Eva at Ocean, and we know you certainly make our fleet managers job much much easier, and are an integral part of our operations across Cornwall.