Hobby leads man to open business
Published 9:13 am Friday, March 17, 2017
Shop owner loves freedom of motorcycles
Q: What is your name, position and residence?
A: Mike Owens, owner and operator of Lewis Charles Cycles, Albert Lea
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Q: What interests you about motorcycles?
What first got me into motorcycles was of course riding them and the freedom they give you. Now, working on them and selling them — it’s like selling fun. Everyone is always so happy and excited about the riding experience!
Q: What is your favorite car make and model?
A: I know if you ask Dusty — the master tech at the shop — he would say Camaro, hands down. As for me, I’d go the vintage rat rod direction. We built our shop truck — 1964 C10 Chevy — this winter, so that’s my favorite right now!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being open for almost two years now and not having the same day twice. Between working on motorcycles and customer interactions, it has been great!
Q: Have you always wanted to work on motorcycles? Why or why not?
A: It seems my hobby and love for motorcycles has always led me in this direction. It never felt like a job.
Q: What is your favorite memory working with motorcycles?
A: In this industry you meet a lot of great people. I have been blessed with some great friends due to motorcycles!
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: I grew up in Lake Crystal, a small town by Mankato.
Q: What are your hobbies?
Besides riding motorcycles whenever I get the chance, I enjoy snowboarding and snowmobiling in the winters. Hanging out with friends and family on the lake in the summer.
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Seems we don’t have much time to eat anymore, so if it’s warm, I’ll take it. I’m not too picky.
Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: My wife and I enjoy watching different series online. Right now it’s “Homeland.”