Techs turn layoffs into new shop


Three Harley-Davidson-trained, laid-off technicians have opened Big Twins, a new motorcycle shop in Edwardsville, Kansas.

“The three of us used to work at Central Harley-Davidson,” Big Twins co-owner Danielle Valez, told the Basehor Sentinel about her business partners Ben Bruce and Andy Moritz. “We’ve always wanted to open something up, but we were lacking the funds.”

But then James Dearth and Matt Trapp, owners of another business in the shopping plaza, asked the trio if they wanted to partner on the new shop.

The crew started work on the shop, which had burned last August. They opened for business May 1.

All three owners are H-D certified, but Moritz says no bike will be turned away.

“We can at least do oil changes and tires for everyone,” Moritz said. “We’ll get you in and done as quickly as possible so you can get back to riding.”

The shop benefits from a steady flow of motorcycle traffic down Kansas Highway 32 and several biker bars in the area.

The shop will be open seven days a week, with free grilling and beer for visitors on weekends.

“We hope to be another stop on your weekend ride,” Moritz said.

Posted by Holly Wagner