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Meet the team

Emerald, Aida and Des of Drury Motorcycle Performance Centre


From left: Emerald, Aida and Des

A Family Business keeping Motorcyclists safe this summer.

With only two wheels holding you to the ground it is vital that your motorcycle tyres, brakes and shocks are in good condition. Des and Aida have recently purchased Drury Performance Centre from the original family business in Drury, Drury Tires.

So now Drury has another family business in town. Des is at the helm and with 16 years of experience behind him in the motorcycle industry he can sort most technical and safety issues out. Des has worked in some of the largest motorcycle tyre shops in New Zealand. Their daughter Emerald meets and greets the bikers as they come in with a friendly smile and ensures that all the paperwork is up to speed in the office.

The Wright family from Drury Tires have had a lot of fun establishing and building up the Motorcycle shop in Drury, by hard work and commitment from the loyal biking community. The motorcycle tyre and repair shop is definitely a vibrant business that not only fits tyres for bikes and quads but services them too. The shop has supported and hosted various charity events since opening in 2007 and has been involved in many motorcycle shows and events.

As Anthony from Drury Tires states, all good things must come to an end and admits it has been a big challenge running two businesses.

“Therefore we decided to sell the bike shop. We are really pleased that Des and Aida purchased it from us, as they are really enthusiastic about working on bikes as they are riders themselves,” he said.

Anthony is very confident that Des and Aida will continue to provide excellent customer service to the biking community.

New Family business, new name, the business is now officially called Drury Motorcycle Performance Centre, but will be also be known as Drury Motorcycles, to keep it short.

Des has often dreamt about running his own Motorcycle repair shop, but he never truly thought it would happen. So when Anthony offered the business to Des it was like a dream come true – to walk into a well-established business that has a fantastic customer base and a brilliant name was almost unbelievable for Des.

As a Family business Des, Aida and Emerald are very big on putting safety first, doing full safety checks before each bike leaves. If new tyres are fitted, every motorcycle has a temporary warning sticker placed on it, advising the riders to take it easy on the new tyres for the first 100 km. The reason why this is vital, is new motorcycle tyres need to be broken in. Just as when a baker bakes a cake, tyres are also baked in a mould and a special solution is used to ensure that the tyre doesn’t stick to the mould, much like greasing a cake tin. Therefore the new tyres can be lethal if the rider is not properly forewarned.

Des, Aida and Emerald absolutely love motorcycles from Vintage classics through to Big bored-out Harleys, so as the sign says on their main door, they welcome all motorcycle enthusiasts. They are also very keen to work on Dirt bikes and Quads ensuring the local farming community and Enduro riders are also kept safe.

Safety is paramount, in fact it is much more important than profits, says Aida.


Des and Aida will never turn away anyone’s machine providing it is fit for the road. Each bike they work on is signed off by Des and he will not put his name next to a machine that should not be ridden on our roads.

Des, Aida and Emerald will not stock and sell open face helmets, as they may look cool but the truth is they only do ½ the job of protecting your head. Theyalso do not sell fingerless gloves as they fail to protect your fingers.

So if keeping safe this summer is important to you too, why not bring your ride into Drury Motorcycles and let this new family business look over your machine for a free 12-point safety check.

Be safe be seen

It hurts to hear of so many motorcyclists who have been injured or even killed simply because they were not seen. Des and Aida want to be part of the solution to this very serious problem. Simply pop into 257 Great South Road, Drury, and show them your motorcycle license and they will give you a FREE HIGH VISIBILITY VEST. Des and Aida realize that this is going to cost them a small fortune, but they truly do care! Aida states “what’s a few dollars for the sake of saving a life.” Also while you are in the shop make sure you have a chat to Des, Aida and Emerald as you are definitely more than a number to them.

Des may frown a little if you ride into his store with Jandals on your feet and a ½ lid on your head that is totally inadequate to protect your skull. This family business may even be tempted to swear, but the reason why is because they b****y care.

Drury Motorcycles cares what you ride and wear, and they put safety first.