MMI, military vet building motorcycle service business in Texas

Publish Date: 
Jun 10, 2013

RICHLAND SPRINGS, Texas – It took a while and a lot of training, but Bret Sealy accomplished his longtime dream of owning his own motorcycle repair shop.

The technician attended MMI in Orlando, served as a machinist serving the U.S. Army and National Guard, and worked construction to fund his dream. He worked for a while at a Harley-Davidson dealership, then opened San Saba Ironhorse Inc. The military training helped with running a business.

“Besides the chance to serve my country in Iraq and Kuwait, the Army prepared me for the motorcycle business,” Sealy told the San Saba News & Star. “When I got back to Texas, I expanded my skills by making wheels and axles for rail cars at machine shops and fitting pipes for oil and natural gas drilling. Between working as a machinist and my training at MMI and in the military, I feel like I can make just about anything.”

Now 27, Sealy got the business off the ground last year and is building it by specializing in Harley-Davidson and Yamaha motorcycles, but also servicing whatever comes through the door. He’s boosted profits by fixing wrecked motorcycles he buys from insurance companies and selling them online.

“Right now, I’m still just a one-man show. But Ironhorse is growing and I hope to hire a team someday,” Sealy said. “If you want to build your own business, you have to understand it’s not going to happen overnight.” 

Posted by Holly Wagner