The motorcycling bug hit Rudi Sr., our founder, back in the late 40's, when he was a teenager living in Hungary. After settling in Edmonton in 1957, his very first major purchase was a used motorcycle for about $50. He has not been without two wheels since.
His early days in Canada were spent racing scrambles—now known as motocross—which introduced Rudi to the world of motorcycling. This became his lifelong passion, and just a few years later, his business.
The First Location
On April 1, 1968, Rudi opened the doors of Scona Cycle & Sports in a small location just off Whyte Avenue, in the old Yardbird Suite. Within two years, the CZ, Bultaco and MotoGuzzi lines were dropped, and the focus turned to carrying only the Honda line, a line that we have stayed true to since. In 1970, after having outgrown the first location, Rudi moved the store down to 100th street and Whyte Ave, to a building that is now home to Tasty Tom’s restaurant. It took about five years to outgrow this location and move on down the street to the building that is now “The Cat’s Glass” studio. Rudi’s involvement in racing helped to grow the business to its present size. He decided to “take the plunge” and build the current location at 95th street and Whyte Ave in 1979. We have since come close to moving on, as at times, the space is limiting.
A Brand to Believe In
Growing our business as a single line Honda dealer has allowed us to concentrate efforts on a brand that we believe in. Despite the fact that the business has grown to its current size over the years, baby steps has been our claim to fame. We’ve never wanted to sacrifice our personal service for over-the-top growth.
A Family Business
Rudi’s daughter and son have now partnered with him and continue to expand the business that they’ve grown up in. The experiences that we are able to share benefit the seasoned motorcyclist, and are invaluable to the new rider. Many staff members have been with Scona for over 15 years, most are involved in some form of motorcycling.
Rudi Jr. has spent many seasons on two wheels—whether participating in the Numb Bum (24 hour ice relay race) and winning it with his team, or racing in the Canadian National Motocross series of events, and earning one of the top positions in Canada, back in the 80's. More recently, he has discovered Super Motard and six hour ice race challenges are less challenging physically, and a whole lot of fun!
Our staff members are diverse in their interest in the sport of motorcycling. They participate in events such as Numb Bum 24 hour Ice Relay Race, the Alberta Old Timers’ Motocross Championship series, Edmonton Motorcycle Road Racing Association’s road race series, 6 Hour Ice race series, Vintage bike flat track racing, Supermotard, hare scrambles, and riding recreationally for the love of the sport. Rudi Sr and other staff members have travelled the world on two wheels and love to share stories of adventures with those of you who are embarking on similar ones. If Mexico, South and Central America, Western Canada, the Northwest Territories, the USA including Alaska, Europe or South East Asia interest you, we may have a tip or two to take along on your ride. Just ride in to talk motorcycles with people who love to do the same.