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.
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