WATSON'S MOTORCYCLE GARAGE - CANTON, GA
Story & Photos by Frank "Rags" Rago
I must have driven by this corner at least 50 times this past year. I remember the corner because there used to be a second hand antique store right there. But this time I ventured to the other side of the building for a meeting with this guy Garon. I had purchased a parts bike online and was picking it up today.
Watson's Motorcycle Garage located in Canton Georgia was the name of the place. I have heard of this place many times via email and posts on a social site that carries many motorcycle groups. I had heard nothing but good, no, not good but great things about this shop and the owner. So I just wandered in not knowing what to expect and was pleasantly surprised.
There was this big man who shook my hand and welcomed me in. Come to find out that this was Garon the gent I purchased the bike from. We started talking and realized that this shop, this owner is what motorcycle shops are all about.
Garon and his lovely wife Destiny run the two person shop. Please look at the pictures as they have made a very comfortable area to sit and talk about what else, motorcycles. Not just Harley Davidsons but all kinds of makes and models of motorcycles. Garon’s love for motorcycles was very evident. Back in 1992 a young Garon saw this 1982 Shovelhead and just had to have it. I know his feeling as on the left side of the shop is the 82 Shovel. This bike called to me and I instantly informed him that if it ever goes up for sale, call me first.
That was his start in motorcycle and building bikes. In 2000 Garon made his way to Florida and attended the MMI motorcycle school and started having a dream of his own shop. It would take some time though as he felt he needed to know the ins and outs of the motorcycle shop world. He ended up working for a few different Harley Dealerships in Florida and Georgia as he slowly made his way back to his home town.
About two years ago he found this little garage and started working on bikes, all bikes for friends and those that did not want to pay dealership maintenance prices. This was going well but his wife had to still hold down a job to take care of business. Garon then got the chance, the chance to get his own shop up and going. A full blown motorcycle shop one he could call his own. The gent who was working out of the other side of the building offered up his space. This was it and it was on.
Destiny willing to take up the challenge left her current job and it was now a family business. So that being said, let’s talk about a little of what Garon offers the motorcycle community. He performs any and all factory repair on motorcycles. All motorcycles not just Harleys. His specialty is electrical and wiring. He works on any Harley Davidson motor including; Shovelheads, EVO’s, and Twin Cams. He believes in doing maintenance and work the “Dealership Way” but not using the dealership pricing.
As we talked I just could not stop looking at the tire machine. I asked him about how much a tire job would cost and he said it varies on the rubber you choose. He did tell me that if I had my own tires, that it is 20 bucks to change out the tire and balance. I was surprised and verified 20 bucks and he that was it. Garon also does a good bit of consignment on motorcycles and gear. He will advise you on what the bike needs and estimated cost and what the current value is. In other words, he will be straight up with you and tell you if you are asking too much. He also will check out a bike you want to purchase and again give you a straight answer.
Garon is the kind of guy that when he noticed that a friends Harley that needed some work, was sitting out in the elements, drove over with his trailer and told his friend that he could not just sit by and watch the bike rot. It is now cleaned up and sitting in his showroom.
I encourage you to stop by if you are in the neighborhood. Why not stop by every first Sunday of each month for a Bike Swap Meet. That is right, a local bike Swap Meet in small town Georgia. You may want to look up Watson’s Motorcycle Garage on Face Book and see the different bikes he works on. I know I have found my local motorcycle garage and it’s only 10 miles away.