Crumpler’s has been a family automotive business for as long as it’s been open. Of course, they like tradition, but they also like the freshness that new ideas bring to the table. That’s why, back in 2011, when Richie’s son Richard “George” said he was interested in working on motorcycles, Richie decided to expand into having a custom cycle shop. It’s not just exciting to see a family member pursue his dream, it’s a thrill to be a part of it, too!
George was 19 when Crumpler’s Custom Cycles opened but it’s not like he was a newcomer to working on cars or bikes at that point in his life. His grandfather and father had worked on automobiles and heavy machinery their whole lives and he had plenty of hours in the shop under their tutelage to be quite adept at moving right into those footsteps. But George wanted a chance to make something new happen at the place and to blaze his own trail. He’d spent countless hours in the shop learning and working and when he suggested a new idea for the business, his dad was happy to give him the green light.
Since that time the shop has grown to handle all kinds of custom work plus repair and service work. “We don’t just work people’s bikes in and shuffle them out, what we do isn’t about that”, George said. “What we want to do is try to fit the bike to exactly what the owner wants.”
Because of this, the Crumpler’s sell wheels, do custom paint jobs, add chrome accessories, and do performance work. The beauty of this line of work is the variety. George and the shop manager Allen Bass work on anything from classic bikes to more current models, although each presents its own challenges always. “We love piecing the puzzle together and getting a great finished product to the owner”, George said.
Although the shop is known for variety, they still do their fair share of service and repair work. They also work on wrecked bikes. They also head out to shows as often as possible to see all what’s new in the industry “What I can’t see is getting sick of this”, Richard noted “It’s my passion and I love making everything run the best that I can.”
If you’re a true motorcycle lover, you won’t want to miss Crumpler’s Custom Cycles Open House on Saturday April 1st! Starting at 12 noon they will have the DYNO set up and running reports, and they will have all kinds of bikes ready to get checked out. Add to that, The Open Road band will be playing from 2-4pm, what a great local band this is you don’t want to miss! There will be lots of food, a pig picking with all the fixings, vendors and giveaways, now you got a recipe for the perfect spring day to hang out with like-minded individuals and pick the experts brains on what will make your bike the best it can be. No cost to attend—you just have to show up and enjoy a day in Stedman with them.
For more about the Open House on April 1st or on Crumpler’s Custom Cycle check out the website at www.CrumplersAutomotive.com or check them out on Facebook or call them at (910)483 2958. Crumpler’s Automotive and Crumpler’s Custom Cycle are both located at 7611 Clinton Rd, Stedman NC 28391