Bob Gollner

6th July 2019

It is with regret that we announce the passing of Bob Gollner after a long illness on 23rd May, 2019.

Bob Gollner - Hants GN 1960 - Francis Custard Photo
Bob Gollner (500 Matchless) at the Hants Grand National in 1960 – Photo: Ron Custard (courtesy of Francis Custard)

Gollner was a well-known trials and scrambles competitor and motorcycle dealer who had his shop, Bob Gollner Ltd at Denmead, Portsmouth, Hampshire. He was a member of the Waterlooville Motorcycle Club.

Gollner Yamaha 1971 2
Frame builder, Mick Whitlock (left) discusses the lightweight 100cc Gollner Yamaha in 1971 with Bob Gollner (right)

Gollner was behind the 1966 Cheetah which used 37A Villiers and Triumph Cub motors until supplies ceased in 1968. He then created the 1968 Gollner BSA Bantam, the 1971 Gollner Yamaha and subsequently Gollner Kawasaki trials machines based on the KT250 model.

He was a close friend of Comerford’s Reg May.

Talmag Trial left to right: Reg May (Norton 500T); John May (350 AJS) & Bob Gollner on WJJ580 – Photo courtesy of John May

In 1988, being a Honda trials appointed dealer, Bob also converted TLR200 and TLR250 Honda trials models to monoshock specification, a machine that is now highly sought after because of it’s rarity.

Trials Guru extends sincere condolences to the Gollner family.


7 thoughts on “Bob Gollner”

  1. Such a sad loss of One of motor cycles true characters. My condolences to all the family. Rest in Peace

  2. Mba Tiverton it was a great pleasure looking after yours and Kate’s vehicles in your later years and will carry on doing so Rip you great man xx mark Bennett (mba)

  3. Got a old Bobs Gollern bikes Tlr 250 would look to find the history out on it I’ve had this bike many years and one day love to use it again could I send pictures and try to start to trace its history thanks Gary

  4. A great loss to all who knew him.I bought a MZ Simpson from his shop in the 80s and Bob went for a ride on it came back and said it goes well and told me how every thing works used to ride from Southwick hants just to see his collection of bikes at Denmead shame he closed shop .

  5. Had a bit of sponsorship from bob back in the 70’s riding a whitlock framed gollner ossa sad loss to the trials world

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