Dealer-founded Chopper Fest brings business from near and far

Publish Date: 
Apr 12, 2011

A small shop in Otsego, Mich., draws big crowds because of its spring and fall bike shows, charity rides and annual Chopper Fest.

“Chopper Fest was started in 2007 with the intention of getting together with fellow bike lovers and admiring the bikes,” Larry Davidson, owner of Davidson Express Motorcycles, Accessories & Service, told the Kalamazoo Gazette.

This year’s event is scheduled July 21 to 24 at the U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin. While it’s drawn hundreds in past years, expssure in Easyriders and V-Twin magazines is expected to bring hundreds more to the town of fewer than 10,000 people.

“Chopper Fest is a relatively new event, so you bet I’m excited that it’s mentioned in the same company as Sturgis, the Iowa Freedom Rally and some of the other big names in bike runs,” Davidson says.

Davidson Express sells and services used Harleys and is an authorized agent to sell new Harleys.

Davidson, 49, opened the shop in 2002 after 27 years as a motorcycle salesman and builder. He and his wife, Patty, have a staff of three part-time technicians, and says the business does about $500,000 in parts and service work a year.

Funds raised during this year’s rides will benefit organizers of a planned VFW Memorial in Otsego. The proposed memorial is in the midst of a $100,000 fundraising effort, Davidson says.

Posted by Holly Wagner

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