Best Vintage Motorcycle Repair

Chad McDade, Ace Motorcycle & Scooter Company

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Owning a vintage motorcycle can be a test of one's patience and bank account. No matter how sharp and collectible it may look, once the cobwebs are brushed off and it's polished to a sparkle, the bike still has to get running. And if you have, say, a tiny and somewhat rare '72 Kawasaki G3 two-stroke, the fix isn't as easy as strolling down to AutoZone with a grocery list of parts. Chad McDade's vintage motorcycle shop, which he runs with his wife, Bee Kirchgatterer, is teeming with motorized two-wheelers of the British, German, and Japanese vintage variety, but he still finds the time to exhaustively detail every step of the repair process. And Ace is no easy ticket to get your bike into, either—though the shop recently upped its hourly labor rate to $100, the waiting list runs way deep, especially in warmer months. The mild-mannered and personable McDade is ready and willing to break down each nuance of a bike's makeover to novices who won't stop asking questions.


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