A few days ago, I talked over the phone to Clay Ridley Founder and President since 1995 of the Ridley Motorcycle Company, a manufacturer positioning its bikes on the market as “America’s Automatic Motorcycles”. He stated that his company is still in business but that that he gave licensing to a company called “2 Wheel Ventures” the distribution and the sales of all the existing Ridley parts & accessories.
Asking why? Clay just answered “to be able to serve actual owners of Ridley Motorcycles, in case…” Ridley doesn’t seem to prepare new models for 2010. My sources tell me that few bikes were floored to dealers in 2009 and that none seem to be in mass-production right now. Clay Ridley didn’t confirm or deny these facts when I re-contacted him by email. Jay, son of Clay Ridley just accepted to confirm by email that he is the “2 Wheel Ventures” President. In 2009, Ridley was selling automatic transmission motorcycles ranging in price from $15,000 to $22,000. And if you ever wondered, either paid by men or women, about 55% of all the bikes previously sold were for women use. Ridley Motorcycle Company seems to be idling its business hoping, like many, for better days ahead.