TUCSON, Ariz. — The thrill behind the throttle is becoming more frequent for riders during the pandemic.
“People were cooped up a lot and they needed recreation or they could go out and avoid the crowds so we've benefited added as bicyclists and some other types of outdoor sports,” said Allan Hammerel, owner of Renegade Classics.
Renegade Classics is a motorcycle gear and apparel store. Hammerel explained although he was worried after closing his doors for nearly two months, his business is booming.
“Since we've opened up every month is been up to over last year by 10 or 15%. And many times, a record month for the 13-year history of the store," he said.
He said that means local motorcycle dealers are likely seeing the same trend.
“We kind of ride on their coattails as they sell more bikes,” he said.
In fact, Harley Davidson of Tucson said sales are up from last year.
“They’ve been doing really well. Obviously, it's not a better way to social distance and get out on a Harley Davidson and go ride and have some fun,” said Jeff Selig, general manager.
Selig said the industry wasn’t struggling before the pandemic. Harley Davidson explained riders are riding more frequently.
He and Hammerel agree the bike and gear go hand in hand.
“You want to wear a helmet it's very important you only got one head so you want to take care of that. Obviously, you know, there's different, different jackets for different seasons, the gloves the boots, I mean that stuff is every time,” said Selig.
Hammerel suggests a basic riders course.