Hopper’s Cycles serves community of motorcycle enthusiasts in McKinney

General Manager of Motorcycles Mike Cannon (left) and Finance Manager David Newton (right) said they view Hopper's Cycles as a family unit. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
General Manager of Motorcycles Mike Cannon (left) and Finance Manager David Newton (right) said they view Hopper's Cycles as a family unit. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)

General Manager of Motorcycles Mike Cannon (left) and Finance Manager David Newton (right) said they view Hopper's Cycles as a family unit. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)

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In addition to selling motorcycles, Hopper’s Cycles also sells Can-Am Spyders, Polaris Slingshots and personal watercraft. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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By opening a separate motorcycle business, Hopper's motorcycle inventory was able to increase from 20 to about 120, management said. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Hopper's Cycles opened in early 2019 in McKinney. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
When Gary Hopper realized there was demand for a motorcycle dealership in McKinney, he decided to go for it.

Hopper’s Motorplex, a car dealership located off North Central Expressway, had been taking in motorcycles for some time. The interest in bikes was “big,” General Manager of Motorcycles Mike Cannon said. The bikes needed more floor space, and the space they were taking up could be used for cars, he said.

“[Hopper] just committed to building this big building,” Cannon said. “That [allowed] us to go from having 20 bikes in stock to having 120.”

The building he is referring to is the home of Hopper’s Cycles, a business separated by a small street from Hopper’s Motorplex but run by the same owner. It is removed from its sister business in that it sells and services motorcycles and other types of smaller vehicles, Cannon said.

Hopper’s Cycles have only been open about a year, but already, the feedback from the community has been positive, Cannon said.


“I think the key to success so far is we have some really good people in place here so that when a customer walks in here, we’re not high-pressure,” Cannon said. “We don’t like high-pressure. This is not the car business; this is the motorcycle business. It’s a totally different deal.”

He described the motorcycle business as a community. The latest news about motorcycles is usually spread through word-of-mouth, and motorcycle enthusiasts will attend events, such as organized bike rides.

To that end, Cannon plans to host several events this year for the motorcycle community of McKinney, with all brands of motorcycles welcome.

“People like looking at bikes. They just like walking around, talking and gabbing,” Cannon said. “So we’re going to be doing a lot of that.”

The welcoming attitude is something Cannon said makes the business he runs different from others like it.

“Here, you get some expertise. We’re not high-pressure, [we’re] pretty laid-back, and the inventory is great,” he said. “Those are the things that set us apart.”

Additional reporting by Olivia Lueckemeyer.

Hopper’s Cycles

900. N. Central Expressway, McKinney

214-385-4104

www.hopperscycles.com

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Sun.
By Miranda Jaimes

Editor, Frisco & McKinney

Miranda joined Community Impact Newspaper as an editor in August 2017 with the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. In 2019 she transitioned to editor for the McKinney edition. She began covering Frisco as well in 2020. Miranda covers local government, transportation, business and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Miranda served as managing editor for The Prosper Press, The Anna-Melissa Tribune and The Van Alstyne Leader, and before that reported and did design for The Herald Democrat, a daily newspaper in Grayson County. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014.



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