Bike Week Rolls On, But Custom Business Is Down


Daytona Bike Week has brought plenty of riders to and through Orlando, but shop owner Allen Dixon says the recession has tanked the custom market.

"The $40,000 and $50,000 bikes are gone for now,'' Dixon. 46, told the Orlando Sentinel. "If anyone is buying, it's bikes in the $20,000 to $30,000 range, and there's very little of that right now."

Exacerbating the problem, down-on-their-luck riders are selling their prized choppers for less than what it would cost Dixon to build one. "Most guys are trying to sell their bikes. I can't build you one for what they're selling theirs for. I've got one in here right now — the guy probably paid $25,000 for it, and he said if I can get $10,000 for it, sell it,” Dixon says.

Posted by Holly Wagner