The Ridleys have always had a drive for innovation. Clay Ridley designed and built his own car at the age of 14, built and learned to fly helicopters, built machines that made shoes, and built machines that improved manufacturing productivity. But the work that Clay loves best has always been constructing motorcycles. Having received a gift of a welder at age 12, Clay set off to begin his life long career of innovation at a very early age. His creativity and endless pursuit of perfection has been passed to his eldest son, Jay who has developed his own talents on the business side of each Ridley endeavor. This father-son relationship is very different than those found on today's reality television shows. Their mutual respect for each and the team around them allows this US-based manufacturer to continue to evolve into a multi-national brand.
The Ridley revolution continues through the many innovations introduced by the incredible team at Ridley Motorcycle. Clay Ridley once noted that "a business isn't really a business until the founder can step back and watch his vision perpetuate." What was once a dream has become a reality for the Ridley's with thousands of their fully automatic motorcycles on the road.