BELT, Mont. - Metzger’s Cycles and Accessories is coming full circle. Jason Metzger, 37, cashed out his 401k plan to start the business as a repair shop in 2007. Then as gas prices climbed, he took on a Vespa franchise in 2008 and did well selling scooters – well enough to move and triple his space in 2009.
But lately, with scooter sales down, the repair business is rebounding, and used bikes are the key to profits.
“The move was the best thing I could have done. With the additional space, I can do more cycle maintenance, so my profits increased,” he told the Great Falls Tribune. “I also started selling used motorcycles. I go to San Diego regularly and buy a variety of used motorcycles and all terrain vehicles at auction. My cycle sales have been good the last couple of years, an average of a couple a month.”
Metzger gave up his Vespa franchise because customers were opting to spend the same amount on used bikes. Now he wants to bring in more ATVs.
“My sales are better in the summer, spring and fall. People generally don’t buy bikes when there’s snow on the ground. I’m going to stock more ATVs and side-by-side vehicles this winter,” he said. “They can be used to snow plow and for recreation.”
Posted by Holly Wagner