Family-owned, operated Honda dealership marks 50 years

Publish Date: 
Jun 1, 2012

Honda executives were in Wisconsin this week to surprise the owner of Mike’s Cycle Shop with a plaque at a party celebrating the dealer’s 50th anniversary, and under the same ownership the whole time.

Owner Mike Kasper, 79, told the Appleton Post Crescent he thought he might get one in the mail, but didn’t expect the personal presentation in front of 200 people at the weekly Two-Wheel Tuesday event.

Kasper had learned previously he was the longest continuous operator of a Honda dealership in the state, but that night he also found out he may be one of the oldest three in the country.

The business is still family owned and operated, with three sons and a daughter still working there. Over the years the business has grown to three buildings offering sales of motorcycles, ATVs, scooters, mopeds, apparel and generators in one; service for all makes of bikes in another and storage in the third.

Kaspar doesn’t get preachy, but in addition to counseling proper gear and sober riding, he has this advice for riders: “Don’t go off half-cocked. Make sure you have your proper clothing with you. Not just a T-shirt or you’ll have more goose bumps than a porcupine has quills.”

Posted by Holly Wagner

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