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Primarily a GS rider, Director Bob Honz (better known simply as Honz) began riding at age five. His first venture into commercial sales was with his parts business, Honz Cycle, in 1992. He was a salesman at BMW Motorrad for many years, and took over the General Manager position at Gateway BMW Motorcycles when it opened for business in 2007.
Tommy bought a used Vespa scooter for $25 when he was 11 years old. A year later, he sold it for $12 and then bought a 50cc Sears motorcycle. He has been riding motorcycles continuously since then. His first BMW was purchased in 1980, and “never looked back.” When asked how many BMW motorcycles he owns, he chuckled and said, “either way too many or almost enough.” He’s a fan of the GS line, and his collection goes from 1981 (the first year) to 2016 with several models from the years between. He rides rides both on and off road, and he frequently leads GS rides. “My favorite surface is gravel,” Tommy says. “It’s more challenging and you can see places you’d never see from the highway.” He started selling motorcycles at Gateway BMW Motorcycles Motus the day after his retirement from a Fortune 500 company. “The people are what makes this place so special,” Tommy says. “The knowledge of the product and the way we treat our customers is what we pride ourselves on.”
Shannon helped open Gateway BMW Motorcycles doors as service manager in 2007 after 15 years in agriculture research. He has been riding since age 4, is a self taught mechanic and is a straight shooter who places high importance on customer trust and confidence. Shannon bought his first BMW from Honz 20 years ago and they have been friends ever since. Shannon spends about 30 nights a year in a tent and about 25,000 miles per year on his GSA and other bikes. He understands what “a GS thing” truly means.
Lead Service Advisor / Master Technician
Zack’s whole family rode motorcycles when he was growing up. He got into dirt biking at home near Springfield, Illinois, and tried his hand at competitive riding. After being raised in a motorcycling environment, he decided to turn his interest in bikes into a future. He graduated from MMI in 2015 and went to BMW North America’s elite STEP program in New Jersey to become master-level certified. “I’m glad I got to transition my passion for motorcycles into a career,” Zack says. After completing his training, he was offered a position as a technician and moved to St. Louis. “I’ve enjoyed putting the theories I learned into practice in a real-world shop and expanding my skill set by working side-by-side with the experienced staff here.” Bike: 1999 Suzuki Intruder 1500
Jon Lancaster knew he wanted to make a living with motorcycles since he was five or six years old. Since several of his family members had motorcycles, he was always right by their side tinkering, fixing, trying to learn all that he could. His love of BMWs started with his very first motorcycle, a 2004 Rockster. “I wish I still had that Rockster. It was a lot of fun to ride and was very comfortable,” said the 6-foot-5 mechanic. “I like BMWs as a whole. They are better motorcycles, with a more appreciative clientele. I enjoy what I do.”
Josh has loved motorcycles as far back as he can remember. He saw a commercial for MMI as a teenager and knew that he wanted to make a career out of his passion for bikes. He was born in Kansas and spent a significant amount of time riding in Colorado while he was growing up. “Having my own first bike was awesome,” Josh says. “It gave me a sense of freedom; if I went somewhere, it was on that bike.” He moved around quite a bit as his father is in the Army, and everywhere he went after age 16, he rode. Josh chose to take the specialized BMW motorcycle course of study at MMI and graduated from their Phoenix campus. He moved to the Midwest to be closer to family, and was offered a position at Gateway BMW Motorcycles Motus. “This has been a great place for me to learn from the experienced technicians here,” Josh says. “It’s the best place I’ve ever worked, and I feel like this shop has a sense of family - not just customers, technicians and sales staff. Everybody knows each other and enjoys riding together.” Bike: 1975 R60/6 (among others)
Mark bought his first bike at 19, a 1982 Honda CM400T. He quickly graduated to sportbikes, riding a CBR600F Hurricane for a few years before discovering dual sports. He’s owned a variety of bikes, from DR650s, a pair of Honda NX650s, to an R65. These days he rides either a Suzuki VStrom 1000, a Kawasaki Ninja 650, or an Austrian two stroke. As the former Rallymaster of the Rally in the 100 Acre Woods, Mark knows the gravel roads of the Ozarks almost as well as our own Tom Huff. Many of our customers will also remember Mark from the motorcycle camping seminars he developed during his tenure with REI, a major outdoor retailer. “I’ve ridden with Honz, Jeff, and Shannon here for years.” Mark says. “The people are what make this shop so authentic and special.”
BMW Master Certified Technician
Marklyn has come from diverse experiences and education venues. She never expected this gig, but here she is. Over the years she’s enjoyed this passion of motorcycle riding and sharing it with others. She gets great pleasure from knowing how much she has enhanced others in their riding pleasure and of course ultimately saving their skin or life. Bike: 2015 R1200R Water Cooled
Colin was a VW Electrical and Transmission specialist but wanted a change of pace in an industry he enjoys. That of course is with motorcycles. Current Ride R1200GSA, and Butterscotch
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