FEEL THE POWER OF THE ENGINE UP CLOSE

It all started with a Yamaha R6. That was Flo’s first motorcycle, which he had worked on in his garage in front of the house. Today, some 12 years later, he has turned his passion into a career and is the proud owner of a whole hall full of bikes.

Florian Schmand aka Flo

In his FLO RIDER MOTOLOFT in Solingen he takes care of the maintenance, procurement and repair of new and used vehicles of all popular makes and brands. He gave up his job as an industrial mechanic to pursue his dream.


Even though he has to work harder than he did before, he knows he's doing it for himself.

FLO, CAN YOU STILL REMEMBER YOUR FIRST RIDE ON A MOTORCYCLE?

That was when I was just 18 years old and had passed my motorcycle license. I bought a Yamaha R6 and drove the bike from Gronau to Solingen.The feeling was completely different than before on my light motorcycle. It was on the motorway that I realised just how fast I could go on it. I had a lot of respect for it, and at first had to get used to driving it. The respect is still there, but the speed has increased somewhat.But I wouldn't call myself a speed junkie.

 

FLO RIDER MOTOLOFT OFFERS MOTORCYCLE ENTHUSIASTS NUMEROUS NEW AND USED MODELS. WHAT LED YOU TO DECIDE FOR BECOMING SELF-EMPLOYED?

During the automotive crisis in 2009 I lost my job as an industrial mechanic. That's when I made the decision to become self-employed. Unfortunately I couldn't get a loan from the bank. So I started to build up a small business while working at my new job as an industrial mechanic. I completed the first motorcycles in my garage in front of the house, and sold them online. Business went better than expected.

I had to rent a bigger garage, and eventually I wasn't able to keep up with the work. I decided to give up my job, and in 2013 fulfilled my dream of owning a store.

THE DECISION IS DIFFICULT WITH THIS WIDE RANGE. WHICH BIKE REALLY TURNS YOUR CRANK?

Although I switch vehicles quite often, it's the Ducati, especially the Ducati Panigale, that really turns my crank.

It isn't just the combination of technology and design that makes the bike unique for me. It is an indescribable feeling, having the power of that engine so close to your body. That's one reason why I want to get that bike for myself next year.

YOUR MOTOLOFT FEATURES HUGE TRANSFORMERS AND A HULK. ARE YOU A COMIC FAN?

I think that's pretty much a man thing. I became fascinated by those things as a child. What's cool about these Transformers is that they're made up of old scooter and car parts. The Hulk is even entirely made of nuts (M6).

In my eyes that's art!

YOU USE CAROLUS TOOLS TO GET PURCHASED BIKES BACK INTO SHAPE. HOW DID YOU GET TO KNOW ABOUT CAROLUS?

When browsing for tools I noticed that there were a number of brands in the medium price range that aren't any good. With carolus it's different. They deliver the quality they promise. Since we don't have to loosen any oversized screws, etc., the tools work well for our needs.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CAROLUS TOOL AND WHAT DO YOU USE IT FOR?

The carolus tool cart is my absolute favourite. My mother's saying, "a tidy house, a tidy mind", has been burned into me.

Honestly, a well-equipped tool cart is the be-all and end-all in a workshop. Whoever is well stocked will also find what he needs faster. That saves time and guarantees an efficient operation.