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The Transportation Revolution is a story of passion, determination & evolution. AfterMaterne Family a trip to Rome, Italy in 1999, owners Gayle and Stephen Materne, and their sons Zachary and Maxwell, fell in love with Vespas. After watching the city of Rome run on two wheels, they decided to bring this European efficiency to the Crescent City. Upon returning home and researching the scooter market, the Maternes discovered that Piaggio, the manufacturer of the Vespa, was returning to the U.S. market and seeking dealers to perpetuate the Italian scooter lifestyle. In July 2002 the doors of Vespa New Orleans were opened in Mid City.

Mid City KatrinaOver the next few years the Maternes had built New Orleans into one of the largest Vespa markets in the United States. By 2004 they needed a larger, more visible, location, and in April of 2005 broke ground on a new, larger location in downtown New Orleans. Scheduled completion of the new location was October 2005, but on August 29th, 2005 the failure of the federal levees, due to the storm surge from Hurricane Katrina, destroyed the Mid-City location and delayed the completion of the new location Downtown location

Between the destruction of the Mid City store and the Downtown location TTRNO Store Frontcompletion date as unknown as the repopulation timetable of New Orleans, the Maternes were back in business within two weeks running out of a rented house near the LSU campus in Baton Rouge. As the city of New Orleans slowly repopulated in the fall of 2005, daily trips to New Orleans to pick up and drop off service and sale bikes in New Orleans was the norm. By November 2005 Vespa Baton Rouge opened its doors on Airline Hwy, and by February 2006 Vespa New Orleans reopened in their new downtown location. The opening of the new store was one more highlight in the rebuilding of New Orleans. The Baton Rouge store was closed in December of 2006.

TTRNO LogoWith a need to grow, and the opportunity to acquire two premier European brands, Vespa New Orleans started to make the transition into The Transportation Revolution. In May of 2007 Triumph Motorcycles joined the lineup, in August of 2008 Ducati was added.  

In the summer of 2017 the Materne family added the BMW Motorcycles to our Showroomproduct line-up.  The added brand also required infrastructure upgrades needed to become one of the nation’s leaded European motorcycle dealership. Over the last year we have expanded our showroom, invested in the best products and technology, and developed a staff of the best in the industry.

TTRNO has been named a Powersports Business Power 50 Dealer for 6 consecutive years and were within the top 10 for 2017 & 2018. The program recognizes the best powersports dealers in North America.


 

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