Per­son­al­ize your mo­tor­cy­cle

MPA of­fers body work, paint jobs and mod­i­fi­ca­tions

The Covington News - - BUSINESS - By Rachel Oswald

Whether you’re look­ing for a new hel­met to go with your Har­ley or you’re look­ing to per­son­al­ize your bike with some pin­stripes, Mo­tor­cy­cles Paint­ing & Ac­ces­sories Inc. has some­thing for ev­ery mo­tor­cy­cle en­thu­si­ast.

MPA is a mo­tor­cy­cle shop of­fer­ing body work, unique cus­tom paint jobs, cus­tom sheet metal mod­i­fi­ca­tions and fab­ri­ca­tions. Lo­cated since 2005 on Emory Street in down­town Cov­ing­ton, MPA has been in busi­ness in New­ton County since 1998.

“ We do ev­ery­thing be­sides tak­ing the mo­tor apart,” said MPA co- owner Alise Nusser.

Owner Shane Gower says he has been work­ing on mo­tor­cy­cles all his life.

“ It started off as a hobby and it turned into a busi­ness,” said Gower, who placed 14th out of 64 builders in the Amer­i­can Mo­tor­cy­cle Dealer World Bike Build- off in 2004.

Gower, who is a li­censed man­u­fac­turer of mo­tor­cy­cles, says he works on all makes and mod­els of mo­tor­cy­cles.

MPA builds bikes to cus­tomer spec­i­fi­ca­tions and is a dealer of Cus­tom Chrome, Tucker Rocky, Bik­ers Choice, V- Twin, Mid­west, Sul­li­vans, RC Com­po­nents, Kus­tomw­erks, MC Ad­van­tages, Mus­tang, Phillips Mo­tor­sports, Thrill Ride/ Jack Daniels and XO Pro­dox.

Gower said that madeto- or­der bikes typ­i­cally take from one month to six months to com­plete de­pend­ing on the wishes of the cus­tomer. The cost of cus­tom- made bikes at MPA ranges from $ 16,000 to $ 40,000.

Gower first got into the mo­tor­cy­cling busi­ness by do­ing cus­tom paint jobs, and be­cause the paint jobs re­quired dis­man­tling the bike first, Gower says he got so used to tak­ing bikes apart and putting them back to­gether that he fig­ured he should just start build­ing them as well.

“ To me it gives it a kind of at­ti­tude,” Gower said of why mo­tor­cy­cle en­thu­si­asts have their bikes painted. “A lot of bikes tell you about the per­son that rides it.”

At MPA cus­tom paint jobs be­gin at $ 1,200. MPA also car­ries ac­ces­sories for any make or model of mo­tor­cy­cle.

For the month of Novem­ber, MPA is hav­ing a 15 per­cent off spe­cial on all win­ter bike ap­parel.

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Cus­tom ride: Mo­tor­cy­cles Paint­ing and Ac­ces­sories Inc. em­ployee Jay Flow­ers, left, pauses with co- own­ers Shane Gower and Alise Nusser as they gather around a bike that was cus­tom built in their Emory Street shop.

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