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Motorcycle shop likes its view

POSTED: July 11, 2011 7:41 p.m.
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Steve Harrell, owner of City Limit Customs, looks over a Honda 2000 undergoing a rebuild at his shop on Springfield’s Laurel Street.

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Being back on Laurel Street in downtown Springfield is a welcome sight for Steve Harrell.

Harrell, the owner of custom motorcycle shop City Limit Customs, marked his return to heart of Springfield’s business district May 1.

“This is working out great,” he said of being back on Laurel Street. “I love it. I’m glad to be back here. I do need more space.”

Harrell and City Limit Customs moved to Springfield from Rincon about two and a half years ago. Originally, he was in the building he occupies now. But he was outbid for the building, and the one next to it, by the bank, he said.

So they moved to a spot on 4th Street, about a block off Laurel Street.

“We were off the main drag,” Harrell said. “It made a big difference in our walk-in business.”

But their old home became new again, and Harrell eagerly moved right back in. His spot on Laurel Street is recognizable by the motorcycles for sale in front of his shop.

“It’s the best sign you can have, to have those bikes out there,” he said. “I don’t want to move.”

The bikes are sold on consignment basis, and Harrell has a couple of different ways to accomplish that, including renting floor space to sellers. But the bread and butter of City Limit Customs is repairing, rebuilding and restoring motorcycles.

Harrell and his crew of three full-timers and two part-timers will custom-build frames and also will build parts.

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