Henderson Cycle Works


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Henderson Cycle Works

Jeff Eckerdt has been riding motorcycles since he was a kid, so it makes sense that he recently opened his own motorcycle parts and service business.

Eckerdt, who grew up in North Dakota, trained at the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in Arizona, bringing his skills to Twin Cities Harley-Davison in Savage and Lakeville from 1989 to 1999. He moved down to Mankato after receiving a job offer from Mankato Harley-Davison, where he worked for the next 16 years as the lead technician.

Eventually, Eckerdt decided he wanted to start his own business, beginning in his garage in Kasota in 2015. He said it was easy, since he already had the necessary tools and lifts.

“It was just moving my tool box into my garage, and I was set up and ready to go,” he said. “I’d been working out of my garage for the last 17 years anyway.”

In January 2016, Eckerdt relocated to Henderson. He explained that it made sense since Henderson sits on a scenic byway and attracts so many bikers during the summer.

“It’s a good place to be, with their Tuesday roll-ins,” he said. “There are always 15-20 bikes sitting on Main Street in the summer. If you can reach out to a thousand like minds every week, that’s a pretty good opportunity.”

Eckerdt sells parts for every American-made brand of motorcycle, as well as doing repair work, oil changes and other services. He has no employees right now, though he said he’ll probably hire someone in the future if business continues to be as brisk as it is.

“My goal is just to service the motorcycle community with good parts, prices and services,” he said.

When he’s not running his business, he and his wife, Stacie, enjoy taking road trips on their own bikes.

Henderson Cycle Works

Address: 529 Main Street, Henderson
Telephone: (507) 327-7354
Facebook: Kasota Cycle Works

Grace Webb

Grace Webb

A former Editor of Connect Business Magazine

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