Background to a new chapter
Mike Russell de Clifford, (or Mike RDC as he’s widely known), was the technical and warranty manager at 3X Motorcycles for more than 20 years. From their base in Dorset, 3X imported many of the most famous makes of Italian motorcycles during the 1980s and 1990s and Mike worked closely with the designers and manufactures in this role, supporting customers and dealers across the UK.
Following the US recession of 2001 a meteoric change happened to motorcycling in Europe – manufacturers were bought and sold and sales crashed in the UK. After spending what seemed like a lifetime working with Moto Guzzi, Ducati, Cagiva, MV Agusta and Laverda, it all came to an abrupt end.
A visit to the Milan motorcycle show in 2003 prompted Mike’s friends and colleagues at Moto Guzzi to suggest that he should set up as an expert dealer for the brand, but that would have to wait, because there was an established dealer in the area at the time.
Moto Corsa is born
Mike launched Moto Corsa in 2004, founded on his extensive knowledge of Italian bikes from the 1970s 1980s, 1990s, and beyond. In fact he had helped with development of many machines, giving him an insight into every aspect of their design and construction.
In 2008 Moto Corsa became a fully franchised Moto Guzzi dealer and soon became recognised as the “Experts in all things Moto Guzzi”.
Moto Guzzi and more
Mike has created many show-winners and has built a loyal following of satisfied customers, who regularly use his services for all those jobs that are just beyond the ability of the average rider.
Moto Corsa Motorcycles has flourished, moving into its sensational showrooms in Gillingham, where a huge choice of motorcycles are offered in addition to new Moto Guzzis, including KTM, Aprilia, MV Agusta and Royal Enfield. As a result the Ashmore Service Centre is busy dealing with modern machines. Since classic bikes are such a specialised field, and are Mike’s passion, 2021 sees the opening of a brand new facility, with the help of his friend and business partner Dr Geoffrey Guy.
Welcome to Classic Corsa. At your service.
“I have had nothing but excellent service from Mike Russel De Clifford and his team .Mike has been working on my bikes since 2007 and I cannot praise him enough”. Jamie P