HOUMA, La. – From humble beginnings in a 2,000-sq.-ft. building in Thibodaux, Cycle World of Houma has grown over 47 years to 10 times that size.
The store has grown to a sprawling 20,000-sq.-ft, building housing business offices, the service department and the largest selection of parts and accessories for motorcycles in the Tri-parish area.
Dealer principal Glenn Diedrich’s father George started the business in 1967 with the Suzuki marque. At the time the store was called Suzuki Cycle World. Two years later the store took on Honda, and the rest is history.
Back in the 80s, Cycle World had three locations – the original location on St. Mary Street, a store adjacent to another Diedrich family business in Thibodaux and a satellite store on the east side of Houma. In 1984, the family consolidated those stores into one in Houma. Now the store carries Honda, Kawasaki and Yamaha.
“We are a larger-than-average-size dealership,” Diedrich told the TriParish Times. “The popularity of motorcycles has increased tremendously. The style of bikes has gotten bigger and more powerful.”
The store has also been riding the growth of the side-by-side segment. “For the BP oil spill we provided a lot of side-by-sides for cleanup efforts in Fourchon and Grand Isle,” Diedrich said. “That was a big year for us in assisting with that cleanup.” Surveying and power companies are also UTV customers.
Diedrich’s daughter Ellen is the third generation of the family working at the dealership. The Diedrichs also see the community as family and holds benefits for charities including the American Cancer Society, March of Dimes and the Good Samaritan Food Banks.
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