A new ‘staycation of style’ has been launched in the South West of England – Mercury Motorcycle Hire (Mercury). As the very first female-founded motorcycle hire company in the region, Mercury will give both tourists and locals in Devon and Cornwall the chance to see the idyllic surroundings in style.


The business has been launched by local entrepreneur and motorbike enthusiast Marianna Flint and will give petrol-heads the chance to hire from a choice of six bikes: Honda NC750X, Suzuki GSR750, Honda CBF1000F, Suzuki GSX1250F, Honda VT 7505 and the Yamaha MT 09.  As part of the hire, customers won’t just be offered the bikes, they will be given helmets, DISC security locks as well as full breakdown and recovery services.

Marianna Flint, owner of Mercury Motorcycle Hire, said: “I’m excited we are going to be the first family-run business of our kind in the region. The business is run by bikers for bikers and believe that we offer the most fun way of enjoying the stunning countryside and coastlines of Devon and Cornwall – on a motorbike.”

The UK consistently chooses Cornwall as one of the most desirable staycation locations, with 41% of the UK believing the region offers a ‘real escape from every day life’ compared to the rest of the UK scoring an average of just 19%1. Realising this, Marianna Flint, a mother of three and passionate biker recognised that there was a missing local market for the would-be traveller wishing to see the beauty of the South West close-up. Riding her motorcycle regularly with her husband and biker friends, she was convinced that more and more people would appreciate the same breath-taking views and winding roads without the need of a car.


Marianna continued: In our view, this is really good news for the tourism industry where staycations have become more popular and tourism is growing for the region. And, since motorcycle riding is one of the best ways of travelling, it’s going to be ideal for people who love to have independence and adventure on two wheels!”

To find out more about Mercury Motorcycle Hire, visit

  1. Data taken from “Visit England visitor satisfaction tracker, June 2012-May 2013”:  
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