Smiles Per Hour Moto Adventures - Dual Sport and Supermoto Rentals
We always like to hear about the story behind the business or product, and curiosity set in when I saw a new dual sport and supermoto rental company pop up right in the heart of the most well known paved and unpaved roads where western North Carolina and Tennessee meet. I looked over the site and bikes (looks like a few DRZ400) and reached out to chat with Noah about how this whole thing came to be and I'll let you read what he had to say.
Owner of Smiles Per Hour Moto Adventures
I've been riding motorcycles basically since I was 3 years old. I grew up around Hiawassee, Georgia. I raced motocross for years and went to Yamaha mechanic school and discovered it was hard to make a comfortable living being a mechanic. So for years I've done maintenance within the industrial manufacturing space but motorcycles is and forever will be my first love. I have group of friends that are spread out from all over the US and we meet up a few times a year and ride, share ideas, and talk about life.
With that being said, the past 10 years I have considered a mobile motorcycle business but just didn't know if and when I could do it. I have been careful with my money and saved for years and made enough good investments to be fortunate enough to have money to start something as an alternative means of income.
One night my girlfriend and I were talking and I explained my idea and she said why not, and that's where it started. I started the process to get an LLC, insurance, buying bikes, (as I knew exactly what I wanted to get). Autumn started on the backend business policies and procedures, building the website etc. She has a long background in sales and business management which helped her navigate us on what was needed. The hardest part was finding someone that could manage the business day to day. I needed to find someone knowledgeable, mechanically inclined and local. Several phone calls around (the motorcycle community is small and tight knit) and a suggested person came about Samuel Allen. Sam is from Murphy, does motorcycle mechanic work, owned a shop, and also did adventure tours.
So here we are open and we're taking off. The community has received us with open arms, being willing to promote and advocating to spread the word. We recently even had someone donate a ride to a veteran and will be making a post about soon, along with Perry Steed (Operation Purpose) helping us designate a deserving veteran.
"Nothing parties like a rental" is our slogan and making people smile with this experience is our goal.