Area Resident Launching New Kalamazoo-Based Business

Kalamazoo, MI (PressExposure) August 21, 2008 -- Inspired by the generations of bike lovers in her family, a local Kalamazoo woman’s dream of business ownership will come to fruition on Saturday, August 16, 2008 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kim Bates will host the grand opening for Cycle World Accessories; which will join the selective ranks of West Michigan’s shops providing accessories and tools for motorcycles. Located in the South Side of Kalamazoo at 3104 Lovers Lane, Cycle World Accessories will stock unique accessories for Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki and more such as vests, face masks, helmets and more.

Now there are more then 20 million motorcycles in the country, and that number includes the Kalamazoo/Western Michigan area,” she added. “The younger generations continue to increase this number by purchasing the sports bikes.” Overall motorcycle riders are one of the fastest growing hobby-type markets in the United States, Bates said. According to the Motorcycle Industry Council, more than 1.1 million of them were sold last year, a 30 percent increase over 2001 numbers.

Bates’ brother Ruben Whimper, who is a Kalamazoo resident and avid motorcycle rider, encouraged and partnered with her to pursue Cycle World Accessories. “We have a history of motorcycle riders in our family, including my brothers and nephews. I have great memories of my dad and my uncles all riding Harley Davidson bikes,” Bates said. Bates believes that Cycle World Accessories will be a success because of expanding motorcycle ridership, but also wants her business to contribute toward Kalamazoo’s revitalization efforts. Kalamazoo has seen decades of business and population declines, local government and business leaders have been supporting small business efforts in the state.

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Contact: Mark A. Thomas Cycle World Accessories 3104 Lovers Lane, Kalamazoo, MI 269-342-9253 markathom@gmail.com [http://www.cycleworldaccessories.com]

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Bates' brother Ruben Whimper, who is a Kalamazoo resident and avid motorcycle rider, encouraged and partnered with her to pursue Cycle World Accessories.

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Press Release Submitted On: August 13, 2008 at 3:52 am
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