Chrome, sweet, chrome

WILLIAMSBURG – Attention Harley owners: Vandy’s Speed Shop, a new business providing aftermarket and performance accessories and service for Harley-Davidson motorcycles, opened on June 2.

The shop, which is not a Harley-Davidson dealer, is located at 7960 M-72 East in Williamsburg in the old C&J Auto building.

Matt Vandekerkhof of the Traverse area co-owns the business with John Sirrine, also a native and former parts manager with Westminster Harley-Davidson in California.

Vandekerkof, who’s been working on Harleys for the past 10 years, says there’s a “big need up here” for a business like his, and he’s looking forward to “turning a hobby into a full-time job.” He estimates that there are well over 500 to 600 Harleys within a 50-mile radius that can keep him busy.

Vandy’s will offer chrome accessories for dressing up a bike, performance parts, repair service and custom bike building. It will also act as a dealer for custom paint jobs, accessories and apparel by Kip Watkins, a painter with Visual Image in Kalkaska.

“We’re going to really center our business on service and quick turnaround times. We stock lots of parts to minimize down time,” said Vandekerkof.

WLDR will be raffling two Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200s in early June and again in July. Stop by the shop for information and to register; 267-5871. BN