Mustang Joins the Fun at Doc’s Customer Day Festivities

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14 Sep 2010

Waterbury, Connecticut is the place to be on Sunday, Sept. 19, when Doc’s Motorcycle Parts hosts its 41st Annual Customer Day and Bike Show, highlighted by a motorcycle design competition featuring 30 bike classes, trophies and cash prizes. This once-a-year-event takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and activities will be spread out all over Doc’s property at 1625 Thomaston Ave. in Waterbury.

All bikes and classes are welcome to enter and registration forms — at $20 a pop — are available at Doc’s prior to the show. Those who register receive a gift bag filled with goodies from top vendors, including Mustang Motorcycle Seats. All classes — from rat and antique to stock and custom — are welcome to compete, with $2,000 in cash and prizes awarded to trophy winners. For contest information, call Mike Doc at (203) 757-0295.

In addition to the bike show, there will be food, music, drinks, drawings and a free swap meet. Doc’s customer appreciation day will also feature the best vendors in the motorcycle industry — including your friends from here at Mustang! And that’s really good news because everything at Doc’s will be on sale that day — helmets, tires, batteries, leathers, brake pads and, of course, motorcycle seats.

Established in 1969, the store has more than 100,000 parts and accessories that will fit Harley-Davidson motorcycles from 1948 all the way to last week. There are also thousands of parts on hand for foreign and domestic bikes, as well as street bikes, dirt bikes and ATVs. If you need a Harley part, chances are good that you’ll find it at Doc’s.

That’s a far cry from the store’s humble beginnings after Doc returned from a four-year stint in the military in 1968. He couldn’t find parts for his motorcycle and discovered that the franchise dealers wouldn’t even service a customized bike. Seeing a real need for bike parts and service for custom motorcycles, Doc opened Waterbury Cycle Specialists, a very small operation with a retail shop in front and a work area in the back where all the action took place.

There were lathes, Bridgeport milling machines, spool wheels, extended fork tubes, stabilizer bars for extended fork tubes, struts, glide risers — enough equipment to make any Harley rider’s mouth drop open. And cool stuff, like chrome Maltese Cross taillights, which Doc was selling 25 years before it made its resurgence in the custom motorcycle world.

A couple more decades, a few more name changes, some new addresses and expansions,  and Doc opened his current shop on Thomaston Avenue in 1998. He established a service department and returned to his passion of creating the custom bikes his customers demanded. In addition, he established Doc’s Easyriders, an organization that has raised funds for a number of community groups, including needy children, veterans and the homeless.

So make plans now to participate in or just watch the mid-month bike competition. And join in the other fun activities planned for Sept. 19 at Doc’s. Mustang will be there to help celebrate the event.

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