TYLER, Texas – A longtime vintage cycle enthusiast has grown his hobby from a small shop to a big business, selling vintage parts directly and online and servicing motorcycles, personal watercraft and ATVs.
Former engineer Lyle Mirsky not only works on vehicles at CHP Motorsports, he has a personal collection of more than 100 vintage bikes, many of which are on display at his new shop.
After 12 years in a 6,500 sq. ft. shop, he built a new 15,000 sq. ft. shop, moved into it in December and had a grand opening in March. The new showroom positioned him to sell new parts for most Japanese makes as well as Polaris and Can-Am. But his claim to fame is vintage.
Mirsky, 53, started the business in 2005 after a career as a mechanical engineer. Now he fabricates his own parts when necessary and has the popular ones manufactured for sale.
Mirsky started selling parts informally in the 1990s. From 1999 to 2006, CHP Motorsports "doubled in size almost every six months," Mirsky told the Tyler Morning Telegraph.
What’s kept the business popular is its ability to fabricate out-of-production parts. Mirsky builds the prototype at his shop and hires a supplier to manufacture the parts, he said. He said he sells his parts to 500 shops in North America. "As we've grown over the years, our business has grown because we probably reproduce over 300 items for one bike out of our own tooling," he said. "If you have an old bike you can buy every piece from us to repair that motorcycle."
Posted by Holly Wagner