In ancient days Osh was a thriving town on the Silk Road. Nowadays this region is rather known for its crumbling factories and rampant corruption.
So how does an honest business model function here?
We decided to give it a try and invest in a business venture, invest in people, and in a region which is in great need of good jobs.
Zorro Moto provides a place for motorbike travelers with simple services. The first co-working space in Osh, we share a large secure compound in the bustling city center that provides multiple benefits. This inludes a decent cup of coffee to a bed, breakfast and shower. We aim to stay strong together!
Let's revive the Silk Road with modern "camels"
and a local convenient caravanserai.
By choosing Zorro Moto, you help us not only to gain our annual cash flow, but also to provide jobs within a development vision.
While doing so, we take people alongside, teaching them "how to". The currency at Zorro Moto is INTEGRITY.
We teach and lead local people into developing self sustainability, skills and independent thinking.
- THANKS FOR JOINING -
Director & Founder
Dave grew up in Switzerland, with job education in mechanical engineering and process engineering. He has lived with his family in Osh since the fall of 2015.
Sardor grew up in Osh, then studied law and international relations. He has a family with two kids. He helped Dave in the company set-up in 2017 and is growing now in management & business development.
Aina started working for Zorro Moto in spring 2019. Her skills lead to a tremendous development in our financial management.
Working as a professional welder for a decade, Dastan's affection for Scooters led him to us. His mechanical skills and strive for quality is promising and we enjoy investing in him.
A Small History
The Beginning 2017/18
In October 2017 I started the set-up process for Zorro Moto. It turned out to be a 3 month marathon with Kyrgyz administrations until the business certificate was given on December 21st 2017 in Bishkek. At the same time, framework and branding for the name Zorro and Moto took place . I needed a short name, easy to memorize, and at the same time making sure it didn't mean anything bad in those many ethnic backgrounds: Western- Russian- Kyrgyz- and Uzbek people. Without any graphic education, my wife and I started drawing the logo ourselves on our iPad.
With new year 2018 dawning, the newborn company already faced an unforgiving demand for tax approval. Without employees I was forced to outsource a first “Zero-Report” to an external accountant.
Setting things up properly, I hired an office manager mid January and one month later an accountant. In March 2018, I rented a small shop in the outskirts of Osh with 60 sqm, bought two metal shelves for the minimum needed items and brought an old wooden table from my house. Now Zorro Moto had a residency address, I took my Nikon camera, shot some pictures and designed my first business webpage.
A month later the first Heidenau tires from Germany were delivered. My neighbor welded two metal shelves and with the remaining pallet we built a sales desk.
In the very set-up, I focused on only one thing, creating cash flow as fast a possible – to kick Zorro Moto alive. I wasn't able to hire a mechanic upfront, but luckily my former employer allowed me to outsource service offers to them.
Partnering up with Iron Horse in Bishkek, we could start sales in two cities, promoting Zorro Moto through the biggest rental facilitator of Central Asia.
June 2018 was another key date. Half a year of working on purchasing and delivering second hand scooters from Japan, a 20ft. high cube container finally arrived in Osh. The aim of providing mobility to a local market turned out to be difficult. A big slice of our start capital bound to that risky venture, we discovered a local market still in its child shoes. Summer 2018 followed with the first scooter sale and by chance a two-days tour with two excited motorbike travelers. Getting wild in the back country of southern Kyrgyzstan, this two day venture led to the first official Zorro Moto Tour in 2019 for 7 days.
A Wild Upgrade 2019
After spending New Year in Switzerland, little did I know about what would happen upon my return. I would have cursed somebody a jerk if he would told me that I was going to have 5 rental bikes in a big facility in downtown Osh – but that was exactly what happened.
Working my way into SWM connections in winter 18/19, the key decision fell in February 2019 to step into motorcycle rental business. At the same time, my office manager left Zorro Moto and the accountant asked for replacement due to the complexity of business, languages, currencies and her age.
Left alone with a business expansion, another door opened for partnering up with other start-ups in the city center of Osh on a co-working business place. At the end of February, I closed our first small shop after one year. Without any business facility in March 19, I hired a new office manager, created a new job position for a mechanic, and began working in a coffee shop in town. We started to set-up, renovate and shape the future facility and I hired a new accountant.
Zorro Moto became the official dealer for Heidenau Tires after a one year approval. Almost at the same time SWM granted us to become an importer for SWM Brand for Central Asia.
In May 2019, we re-opened our new facility and the shop. The first services were offered to customers in our newly established garage. Also in May, our SWM Supderdual X arrived at customs. Trucks are not allowed to drive through the city center, so they clear the goods at a crappy old facility of the city water ministeria. Our motorcycles were delivered to our facility on the bridge of a recovery vehicle.
Our residency in the city center caused some attention. A tremendous increase of customers and local bikers was the result. For the 2019 season Zorro Moto became the official dealer for retail products from Iron Horse for southern Kyrgyzstan, distributing HiFlo Filters and JTR Products.
By mid August another adventure was awaiting; our first tour with 4 clients for seven days was a significant mile stone for another new branch: Zorro Moto Tours. The custom designed tour was a success in its diversity.
The ungraceful business environment in the Wild East evidently leads to learning lessons. After a tax raid in fall, Winter 19/20 was marked by some further frame-work in our internal systems. Zorro Moto is establishing a new sales system with stock inventory on time. We hope this leaves us with some more freedom from administrational hassle.
Looking back, we are very thankful for a good start, inspiring employees and a promising growth.
Dave Fuchser - 24. January 2020
A Dry Season 2020
Dave & Family went for 2 weeks vacation in March 2020 to Switzerland. Covid went rogue around the globe. Nobody expected travel ban, neither did we. And so we ended up stuck in Switzerland for the rest of the year. From the distance I had to manage and guide the start-up.
Because Zorro Moto has two branches in different segments, we could make it longer in operations than all of our co labors across the region. Ironically helped Covid to turn a good idea into some sales. After the first two years of experimenting, sales on scooters started to increase in spring. Lock down, road blocks and the complete shut down of traffic put society into some needs for some mobility, what followed was the demand on scooters.
These sales helped us to remain operational, but not more. It was the "assets cash turn over into expense - game". In August Zorro Moto went to hibernate mode. This basically meant Zero-Reporting to government, employees had been released for their own good. Dave in Switzerland having a short-term job, could help out with his own funds to support his staff on a limited basis across winter.
Back to the future 2021
January / February remained in hibernate mode. Dave & Family moved back to Osh/Kyrgyzstan in February. The fact of no paying customers in the tourism sector leads to serious concern about a set future for Zorro Moto.
We expect a restrained prognosis for season 2021 and count on a reasonable cash flow in 2022.
"A ship you can steer when it is driving forward." So do we!
Zorro Moto tries the idea of a crown funding initiative to get over the Corona crisis, and seeks to generate CHF34'500.- in a 2 month venture.
Dave Fuchser - 29. March 2021
Director and Founder of Zorro Moto LLC
Dave grew up in the Alpine foothills of Switzerland. He moved to Osh in the fall of 2015 with his family. After having had the privilege to work with a travel agency for motorbike tours across Central Asia, he has now opened his own business venture. He has always been passionate about motorbikes and wants to create a space which provides jobs and where local people can be involved in a real business.
" Zorro Moto is meant to become
something unique in Central Asia,
a place where communities meet
and work space is created.
Developing countries have to become
self sustaining - Entrepreneurial Business
is a way to lead people into independence.
It is my joy to see this come alive." - Dave