BizBuzz, Thursday, April 24

Motorcycle Accessories Unlimited, 2060 E. Main St., started in Grand Junction in 1980 and has been owned and operated by the same family ever since, said Steve Martin, son of company founder John Martin.

Always on the lookout for new experiences for his customers, Martin said he came across a magazine ad for a Hawaiian motorcycle rental franchise about one year ago.

It got him to thinking.

“I got tired of doing the same thing year after year and expecting something different,” he said.

After a little more study, Martin said he recognized the potential for profit in owning the internationally recognized rental franchise, EagleRider. The franchise lends high-end Harley-Davidson and BMW motorbikes to curious riders from all over the world.

It took one year from the time he conceived of buying the franchise until it was up and running this month.

“We’re the only place in the state where you can rent a BMW,” he said.

EagleRider is well known overseas. Through the franchise, tourists spend two or three weeks traveling on rented motorcycles between destinations.

Motorcycle Accessories is the first place a tourist seeking to rent motorcycles comes to after departing Grand Junction Regional Airport.

The decision to buy the local franchise is already producing results, Martin said.

“They really push business toward their locations,” he said.

An Australian tourist arriving in Grand Junction plans to rent a Harley Davidson at Martin’s shop, ride to the rally in Sturgis, S.D., tour the Southwest, drop the motorcycle at an Eaglerider franchise in Los Angeles, and then fly home.

“You can rent them by the day, the week or whatever you need,” Martin said. “These are unlimited mileage rentals, so let your travels take you anywhere you want to go.” There are self-guided tours available and Martin is happy to provide suggestions about the places to ride locally.

To rent, a valid motorcycle-endorsed driver’s license is necessary. No driver younger than 21 years is allowed to rent. A major credit card is required.

“The rental process is quick and easy,” Martin said. “All rentals come with a helmet. We also have jackets and other gear you can rent.”

Riders can also rent a GPS device or a GoPro camera to record the ride.

“EagleRider of Grand Junction is the closest street bike rental for Moab and all the great riding in eastern Utah and western Colorado,” he said. “We are also one day’s ride from the Sturgis motorcycle rally and the Four Corners rallies.”

Eaglerider offers renters a pick-up service that will bring them from their hotel or airport.

Pretzelmaker, 2424 U.S. Highway 6&50, suite 156, in the Mesa Mall, announced this week it is moving downtown. A spokesman for the store said it was unable to negotiate a new lease and must move out of Mesa Mall by the end of May.

The new location, 428 Main St., is expected to open by June, the store said.

■ Businesspeople overwhelmed with papers they would like to get rid of — like old tax documents, bank statements, credit card solicitations, medical records, and others — can destroy them for free in Grand Junction on Saturday.

Alpine Bank and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation are hosting a free community shred 8 a.m. Saturday at 225 N. Fifth St. in the parking lot between White and Rood avenues, or at Mesa Mall, 2424 Patterson Road.

“One of the best strategies to reduce the risk of identity theft is to safely and securely destroy documents containing personal information,” CBI Director Ron Sloan said in a new release.

Colorado Document Security will shred all documents on site. Participants will be able to watch the destruction of their documents and leave with the peace of mind of knowing their personal information will not get into the wrong hands,” said Carolee Hawkins, Alpine Bank regional marketing director.

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