A motorcycle cavalcade gathered this afternoon to honour popular Aylesbury biker and businessman Mick Surman who died two weeks ago.
Mick, 77, passed away at Stoke Mandeville Hospital on Tuesday, April 15, after a long illness and family, friends and colleagues decided they wanted ‘one last ride’ with him in his honour.
The convoy gathered at 1.30pm at Mick’s home in Bedgrove before travelling behind the hearse – which will aptly be a specially-designed motorbike and sidecar – as it made its way to a service at Amersham Crematorium.
A toolmaker by trade, the former competitive rider began sharing his love of life on two wheels when he set up Mick Surman Motorcycles in the 60s, which moved from Southern Road to Westmorland Avenue before settling in Stocklake.
The small, professional family business has stood the test of time and sells bikes, equipment and mechanical services to bikers across the Vale.
According to his family, Mick was known as a stickler for safety and had no qualms about ‘telling it like it was’.
His daughter Jayne said: “He was absolutely passionate about motorbikes, but he was renowned for tearing people off a strip for not wearing their proper safety gear and equipment. If someone came into the shop just wearing jeans, they knew about it!”
Jayne told of how her late mother Monica, who passed away five years ago, bought Mick his first motorbike and sidecar just after they married. She said: “They went away on honeymoon in it – it was very romantic.”
The father-of-two was a great supporter of young riders and his claim to fame was working alongside British Speedway Champion Simon Wigg as his mechanic, travelling all over with him while he raced.
Mick’s beloved shop business is his legacy to son Jonathan, 47, and his 20-year-old grandson Jake who will shortly begin working with his dad at the Stocklake site.
The company’s Facebook page was flooded with comments and messages of condolence to the Surmans after customers and friends had heard the sad news.
One said: “An Aylesbury legend! Mick sold me my first bike in August 1981 and I still have the receipt. He will never be forgotten.”
Another read: “He was such a lovely man. He helped me out one day when I was against his son in the same race. A great guy. Thanks Mick, RIP.”
Jayne said: “He was a huge character, and people knew him. He was loud, headstrong, funny and humorous. There were no airs and graces about him, he was just a well-grounded Aylesbury man.”