Meet the team

We're very fortunate to have such a wide range of skills and experience within the team, not to mention around a century's worth of combined motorcycling experience to top it off.  Here's the place to learn a little more about the people who make MotoGoLoco tick. Come and say hi - bring a coffee. 

Clint Smith

Often referred to as "Mr Fix It", Clint is just one of those guys - always ready to help with a problem, be it on your bike or in your day to day travels, he's the kind of guy you want on your side in times of trouble.

Steely eyed and as strong as an ox, he throws his GS Adventure around like it's a Supermoto (infuriatingly so, for the rest of us mere mortals) at every opportunity. He takes life, his riding, his bike, and his family very seriously.

The chances are that if you are reading this and travelling in Scotland, then you are staying at one of the accommodation providers that Clint has discovered, visited and endorsed. Quite rightly he takes these endorsements very seriously - to the point of having walked out of a number of venues who wanted to become a part of Motogoloco but did not fully fit the criteria.

No half measures with our Clint, what you see and what you hear are what you get.

Jim Bryan

Take one look at the caricature on his own Advanced Riding website ( and you'll immediately recognise our Jim – In reality it looks more like Jim than Jim does and we're still not sure if that is a good thing or not, (neither is he!).

Sage advice, great humour, a great deal of patience, and a brilliant rider are Jim’s calling cards. He enjoys the honesty, integrity and team approach of Motogoloco, and as an experienced motorcycle tourist across Europe, clearly recognises the need for such a concept. If you are staying at any of our accommodation in Eire, Isle of Man or Northern Ireland then you are riding in Jim’s endorsed wheel tracks.

You will have to travel far and wide to find a more honest and decent man. If you do ever get the chance to ride alongside Jim, take it up - you'll learn a heck of a lot and have a whale of a time in the process.

Simon Keating

Being the highly intelligent type (some would say too-much so for his own good), our Simon found a way to upgrade and buy a new bike, actively seek out employment that would require a bike and then manage to convince his (very much) better half that this was in both of their best interests and of course essential for their future well being.  What he didn'tt know was that his better half was thrilled at the prospect of whole weeks with her own copany. In her own words -" peace, quiet and the bathroom to myself of course he deserves another bike".

We all think she got the better deal.

Simon enjoys a great sense of dry humour and has gone right out of his comfort zone with Motogoloco. He wanted to be a part of it because he believed in the concept and process. You'll learn much more about Simon, his travels and his day to day adventures on the Motogoloco travelogues. You will laugh at him, feel for him, and rejoice with him - often at the same time.

James Miodonski

Okay, so his lifestyle seems to be a breeze. James' perfect day - wake up, jump on a bike. Think about what has got to be done today, go wherever he has to go, do what ever he has to do - JOB DONE - repeat!!!

James treats “Job Done" in the same way as Aussies treat "No worries mate". The only difference is that James is probably just a lot more laid back. If you've won any of our competitions – and no doubt you will (if you persevere) this was probably created by James. Job Done!!

Being (comfortably) the right side of 40, James understands those weird electronic thingamajigs, (computers and such like), to the extent that he runs our website, solves our techie issues, (unlocks our iPhones, e-mail accounts and revives our computers when we've made a snafu), and he even manages it all with a smile. Usually.

If you're out MotoGoCaching, then you are certainly being followed by James. Some of these caches will be very easy to find, others a little more challenging while some are downright infuriating, BUT all will be attainable.

Job Done! No problem, no worries!

Meet him on Facebook and Twitter.

Hayley Howe

Ah yes, our Hales!! Her mission should she accept - (which of course she will, has no real option either way, and actually wants to) is to get through her Direct Access and onto a bike post haste.

We just cannot have a none biker in these offices - it is just plain and simple - wrong.

Having dealt with hundreds upon thousands of motorcycle guests as the unflappable front of house at the Buccleuch Arms Hotel (whilst having to live and work alongside this lot) she can talk the talk and walk the walk - now all she needs to do is ride the ride! I think (read - we know) she is already sussing out the leather suppliers.

Although we have had to tell her that being a farm girl does not mean that Wellies (regardless of brand) make suitable riding footwear.

Hales is likely to be your first port of call in any public dealings with MotoGoLoco for the simple reason that she will always go the extra mile to ensure that we can do everything possible to resolve any issue or make it work - for you. Nothing is too much trouble for Hales.

Her most regular comment is that - "Bikers make the best guests - by far!!!"

We can endorse that.

Polly Smith

Those of the sixties, seventies and even eighties will remember Johnny Cash and in particular the song aptly named "they called me Sue ".

Well, Polly, an accomplished Rugby player, whose physique and features fit well with being a "Hooker" either had a father with a sense of humour or a father that believed in the Johnny Cash philosophy (the jury is still out on this one). So look out for someone riding around with a piece of his ear lopped off. Giving Polly the choice - it is certainly still on the cards. Watch this space!!

Born into a family of passionate bikers Polly was always going to follow suit. A gifted artist, with a flare for graphics Polly is also responsible for the website and can often be heard having "opinionated conversations" with James which of course is always finished off with James saying - "job done" and Polly saying "No worries mate".

Polly enjoys a clear vision of MotoGoLoco, where we're going and how to get us there. He's passionate about the principles and concept of what we're all striving to achieve, and makes it known that he is privileged and lucky to be working on something that he believes in and loves.

He claims he gets his inspiration, ideas and solutions when out on the bike. (The jury is already IN on that old chestnut)

Dave Smith

Intro - This guy is Driven. Middle - This guy is Driven. Ending - This guy is Driven.
Get the picture?

Whatever Dave puts his mind to, he will do it with total focus. He will take full responsibility for the project in its entirety. Blame and blame culture does not fit in his vocabulary. He will develop a project that he believes in with unsuppressed passion and energy. He inspires confidence in all around him, resulting in a team that not only wants to make things happen but make things happen well, better and different.

It's very difficult to derail this man when he is on the tracks and the goal is clear. He does not tolerate doom sayers, procrastinators and excuse makers - other than that he thinks that he is very easy going and tolerant. Repeat - he thinks!!!

Having started a number of successful businesses in his lifetime he states that this is the first one he's starting that he personally wants to do and not something that is a means to an end or just an opportunity that cannot be missed.

Dave's a hugely passionate motorcyclist with well over 40 years experience - his first bike (when he was 8 years old) was a moped that was" borrowed " long term. That is his story and he is sticking to it. This is a man who has led a full life so if you manage to sit down with him you will be well entertained with his numerous and intriguing raconteurs.

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