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Motorcycle, ATV shop in DL services all brands

Full Throttle mechanic Jesse Nowell, left, and owner Mark Hagen in their motorcycle and ATV repair and parts shop on Randolph Road in Detroit Lakes. BRIAN BASHAM/TRIBUNE

Full Throttle Cycle and Machine has only been open in Detroit Lakes for a few months, but already the motorcycle and ATV repair shop has seen a lot: From a seldom-seen BMW motorcycle to Boss Hoss cycles with V-8 engines to Jesse James-type choppers to simple scooters.

While Harley-Davidsons, Hondas, Suzukis and Kawasakis are the shop’s bread and butter, owner Mark Hagen and mechanic Jesse Nowell will fix anything on two, three or (in the case of ATVs) four wheels.

“We do anything from an oil change to rebuilding engines,” Hagen said.

“We service, fix, repair all type of motorcycles and ATVs — dirt bikes, four-wheelers, crotch rockets — we get a wide variety of bikes in here,” added Nowell.

Hagen said he’s been a little surprised at the variety and number of machines that have come through the doors at 1190 Randolph Road, the former Pumps and Pantry service station near the Sandbar.

He operated a motorcycle repair shop out of his home near Dunvilla for years until making the move to Detroit Lakes earlier this year.

“Moving from my house to here has been a whole different story,” Hagen said. “I’m pretty pleased with how we’ve done the last 4-5 months.”

“We’ve done 400 to 500 (motorcycles) the last four months,” Nowell added. “A lot of bikes have been through here.”

The high visibility location on Highway 10 East has brought in more customers — and given the shop the opportunity to help stranded travelers, like a Wisconsin man with a broken fuel line inside the tank of his 2005 Harley.

“It felt good to get him on the road,” said Hagen.

Nowell has extensive experience and training in the repair of a wide variety of motorcycles, ATVs and even personal watercraft.

Near the door of the shop sits a large green Polaris ATV that nobody else has been able to fix. Nowell relishes the chance to take a crack at it.

“We try to please as many people as we can — we can’t please everybody, but we try,” he said.

With the rush of motorcycle season winding down, the shop is gearing up for ATV season.

 “We’re ready to start working on some four-wheelers come hunting season,” Hagen said. “There’s a lot of four-wheelers out there.”

Full Throttle offers accessories like jackets and clothing, motorcycle seats, tires and oil, as well as parts, service and repairs.

And it does so in style, with comfortable motorcycle-seat stools along the front counter, and an antique sidecar hanging from the ceiling in one corner.

“I’ve always wanted a motorcycle shop,” Hagen said, “and this just sort of fell into place.”

The shop is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. The shop rate is $60 an hour.