Spiegel said the business became a licensed manufacturer of custom motorcycles, Lake City Choppers, last year.
The staff at Lake City Choppers can work with a customer to design anything they can imagine. They work with you to determine what type of bike you want and what type of rider you are to design that special machine.
Spiegel’s own custom-built chopper features overlapping leather scales. They were created by a friend who designs body armor like that from medieval times and is designed to resemble the scales you might find on a dragon, or in this case, the Lake Champlain monster.
Spiegel said he also deals in muscle cars and trucks.
“We just sold a Ferrari last week. We have a Lamborghini coming in next week,” he said.
North End Harley Davidson has a full line of parts, accessories and clothing. It also has a full-service repair shop.
North End Harley Davidson and Lake City Choppers has about 25 employees, Spiegel said. They opened a satellite office in Lake Placid in 2007.
Spiegel said sales are boosted by rising gas prices.
“It’s an incentive for people to get a toy and save some money on gas,” he said.
That is largely offset during tough economic times such as at present, Spiegel said.
Former owner Tom Wyand bought North End Harley Davidson in 1978. Spiegel bought the business from him in 2005 and moved to its present location in the former Ward Lumber building in 2009.
The interior of the shop features rough-cut siding and a wide variety of mounted wildlife, including moose, deer, antelope, buffalo, boar, foxes and more. Spiegel said it took them about three months to gut the interior of the building and remodel.
“It’s all thanks to Lamberton Construction — they were amazing,” he said.
North End Harley-Davidson is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. The business accepts cash, checks and major credit cards.
For more information, call 563-4360 or visit www.lakecitychopers.com.
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