About Us

In the much simpler days of the 70’s, a strapping young business man started a leather based company. Establishing itself in 1977 the company started manufacturing and selling leather based products in the heart of Newcastle.

Success expanded the company in 1993 with a state of the art Retail Outlet and Warehouse. With Success came Rebranding the Company and moving into uncharted territories. ‘Proto’ as it was known then, moved into Motorcycle clothing as not much was available for bikers at the time to protect themselves with.

With  great feedback from the customers, ‘Proto Leathers’ ,as it was known then, developed its own brand in 1995 ‘Rk Sports’ with an in-house Design and Engineering team who themselves were Motorcycle enthusiasts creating from Leather Jackets and Trousers to Textile Gloves to eventually their own brand boots.


In 2001, with the expansion of the Motorcycle clothing and safety gear industry, Proto Leathers started creating relations, and stocking other brands and their merchandise.

By the end of 2006, Proto Leathers became a household name for Motorcycle enthusiasts with great service providing all their customers with full safety gear at all price ranges. During 2006 Proto Leathers stocked clothing for Men and Women as well as numerous gear for Children.


In 2013 Proto Leather evolved into Proto the Bike Shop with a very deep online presence stocking Helmets, Gloves, Boots, Leather Jackets and Trousers, Textile Jackets and Trousers, body armour, security systems and many other accessories, electronics and Motorcycle gear. The brands in storage range from Rk Sports, Alpinestars, REV’it!, SPIDI, Richa, SIDI, TCX all the way to Oxford, Shoei, Caberg, Shark, X-Lite, Nitro, Nolan and many more!

Proto the Bike Shop is now regarded as the North East UK’s and Europe’s fastest growing Motorcycle clothing Store! It is Situated in the heart of the Motorcycle Hub in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and is home to the best and most extensive Motorcycle Clothing and Helmets to suit all budgets with extensive stocks. This established Family Run business full of Motorcycle Enthusiasts promise to provide excellent service to all of our worldwide customers and look forward to helping out every new customer with all their needs. Whether it over the phone, email or face to face, our top class service will astonish you!