The Langstons have always been involved in Motor Racing especially Moto X. Starting in South Africa, Gerald raced MX in the 70’s and Shifter Karts in the early 80’s . In 1988 he stopped racing to focus his attention to Grant, who was starting to dominate the Mini Motocross scene. By 1997 when Grant was 15 the decision was made to move to Europe to chase the World MX Championship. It was at this time that a business morphed into being. Friends and fellow racers asked Gerald to source hard to find parts and bring them back to S.A. It was not long before these favors grew into a business and someone was needed to receive and distribute the parts in S.A . Gerald approached Hans De Beer to be his South African partner and Langston Racing Imports and Distribution was born from Hans’s home double garage. Soon after Grant injected some of his winnings to help grow the business and purchase our own Warehouse.
Today the name has changed to www.langstonmotorsports.co.za and we now are the sole Importer for many fine brands including Alpinestars, Bell, Shark, Akrapovic , Pro Circuit, Two Brothers, Zeta, DRC, Moto-Tassinari and Fly 360 cameras.
Fast forward to 2000 and Grant won the 125 World Championship and received multiple offers to race in the USA. He signed to ride for Red Bull KTM and was one of the original Red Bull Extreme Athlete’s. The Langston family moved to the States to support and assist Grant and in 2001 the same business plan was started from our rented double garage in Temecula in So. Cal. We began importing Doma Exhaust pipes from Belgium and VHM heads from Holland. A similar pattern emerged and we soon had to move to a small commercial warehouse. However, as the Dollar started losing value to the Euro from 2002 onward it became prohibitively expensive to import from Europe and we decided to move into our own building at the entrance to the Lake Elsinore MX Park .
Our business plan now changed to an MX retail and tuning shop for the next five years until 2009 when at the height of the recession we bought out West Coast Motorsports which was on the verge of collapse. West Coast MS was about 20 miles away but had all the new bike franchises we wanted so in January 2010 we merged Langston Racing USA and West Coast Motorsports into Langston Motorsports and moved to our current location. (google map)
We are proud to say that we are not only one of the few Motorcycle dealerships to effectively start up in the recession but business has more than quadrupled over the last six years, indicating our customers are not only happy but they are referring their friends to us as well.