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“Sometimes it’s a whole lot easier to do that if you don’t know what you’re doing.”

– Car salesman Dawson Grimsley, who claims not to be a good golfer but scored a hole-in-one at the West Wichita Sunrise Rotary Charity Golf Tournament Monday (and donated his prize of a $12,500 Harley-Davidson back to the charity)

American Bikes 4 You to move to Wichita

UPDATED — Andover-based American Bikes 4 You, which sells pre-owned Harley-Davidsons, is moving to Wichita and almost doubling its space.

“Right now we average just over 300 bikes a year that we sell,” says LoRisa Fouch. “We’re hoping to double that. We’ll be able to have more motorcycles.”

Fouch owns the business with her husband, Larry, who has sold pre-owned Harleys for more than 25 years.

The 6-year-old company is moving to 8,500 square feet at 12345 E. Kellogg, which is east of Lowe’s and Walmart where Suburban Equipment used to be.

Currently, the Fouches rent two buildings, which are about 2,300 square feet each, at 13916 U.S. 54.

LoRisa says in addition to getting more space, the move will allow them to own their building, which she says makes more sense.

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Indian of Wichita to drop Indian Motorcycle franchise, change names and sell used motorcycles

WICHITA — Indian of Wichita owner Mark Hambelton is dropping his franchise with the Indian Motorcycle chain. Within 30 to 60 days, he expects to have a new name and be fully converted to a used motorcycle shop.

“I’ll be looking for everything now from Harleys to Hondas,” he says. “It won’t matter. Whatever will work.”

Polaris’ purchase of the chain earlier this year prompted Hambelton’s decision.

“We kind of looked and listened to what they were going to do,” he says. “We had to make a decision, and I think it’s in our best interest to go on and just do used-only retail. Not because what they’re doing is a bad thing.”

Hambelton says it’s more of a timing issue.

“They told us their new models are two years plus away.”

Hambelton no longer is offering parts or service.

“It’s a nice thing to have, and certainly a mandatory thing to have if you have a franchise,” he says. However, he says, “There’s plenty of guys around doing it.”

Hambelton will keep his shop in 7,500 square feet at 9501 W. Kellogg. He may rename it Wichita Motorcycles, “but we’re not really sure.”

After selling his last few new Indian Motorcycles, Hambelton will still keep an eye on the chain.

“They’ve got big plans for Indian. … Maybe one day we’ll revisit it and become an Indian dealer again. Who knows what’s going to happen tomorrow. Nobody does. But we know the used market is good. It has remained good, and I’m sure it will continue.”

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“If that’s not enough to get somebody to want to stay, I don’t know what is.”

Sarah Blanchard, general manager of Yia Yia’s Eurobistro, on the chain giving cook Miguel Valladares (and every other 15-year employee throughout the company) a Harley-Davidson 883 Sportster

‘Til We Meet Again to open second custom casket store, this time in Hutchinson

WICHITA — The YouTube video “Death Comes to the Mall” has created more than just curious customers for ‘Til We Meet Again, the custom casket store that opened at Towne West Square in March 2010.

It’s also leading to a second store, this one in Hutchinson, in what owners Nathan Smith and Traci Cone hope will be a franchised chain.

“This whole thing has just taken . . . off and just taken us all by storm,” Smith says.

“I expected us to be open at least two years before we started putting (more) stores in.”

Hutchinson residents James and Robin McComas are two of the more than 120,000 people who have seen one of the videos that customers have made about the unique store.

“We actually drove down to take a look and see what it was,” James McComas says.

Then, Robin McComas’ father died, and her family ordered an urn from ‘Til We Meet Again that was customized to look like her father’s Harley-Davidson.

“It was a wonderful experience in the sense of closure for so many people,” James McComas says.

“Right after that, I kept hounding Nathan. ‘Hey, we’d really like to be partners with you.’ ”

He says the biggest trigger to open the store was when he lost his job as vice president for operations at Promise Regional Medical Center due to restructuring.

“It opened the door to this,” McComas says.

The Hutchinson store will open at 306 N. Main St. on May 19.

“I’m calling mine the Main Street model,” McComas says. “It’s designed for rural America. It’s a little bit different market niche.”

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