August is National Parks Month, and that makes me eager to ride. Motorcycles and the National Parks System were born during the same time period (the second half of the 19th century), and they’ve been linked together ever since. The first motorcycles were really bicycles with small steam engines attached, like Sylvester Roper’s twin-cylinder steam…
Montgomery Motorcycle has been a running shop in San Clemente for a few years now. The old owner, Mark Williams, did some work on the bikes, did some fabrication, and helped run the business out of their large two-story shop with his lovely wife Lou Ellen. Mark was largely involved in building the steel building that house Montgomery Motorcycle for its first few years and, when offered a consulting job with the company that did the construction: he decided to put the building up for sale and offered the business to his good friend and head mechanic Terry Martin.
While the old shop was an incredibly stylish showroom, helmet, clothing and accessory store with a great spot right on the main strip of San Clemente; the new shop is much more functional for a mechanic. Just as you might expect if you hand off your business to your main wrench. The new shop is located in a soulful little nook of San Clemente that is lovingly referred to as the “Surf Ghetto,” because of all of the tiny little shaper shacks and glassers located in this small industrial zone right in the middle of town.
Terry’s custom CB750 build, which he finished and sold last month.
The shop has a relaxed and approachable feel, with Terry working alongside his friend Brandon and his dog Buddy. The guys can handle anything from restorations and full custom builds to a quick oil change on a Saturday. Terry has a long history of working on both American and metric motorcycles but most of their business here has been Harley-Davidson, and he has decided to embrace that fact: choosing a Sportster as the shops next custom build. Going forward they are putting a heavier emphasis on their in-shop builds, which we are looking forward to as we love the Montgomery style. If you’re ever in the area, be sure to stop by and say hello. You’re sure to see a few awesome bikes sitting in the stable and Terry and Brandon are always good conversation.
151 Calle de Los Molinos, San Clemente, CA 92672