Tim Walsh opened Porky’s Cycles in Logansport because of his experience in trying to getting work done and because he saw a need.
“I own bikes, and it’s too expensive to take to the big guys,” Walsh said.
Then there’s the distance to get to a repair shop specifically for motorcycles.
“There’s no other shop around,” Walsh said. “Peru and Kokomo are pretty much the closest.”
Porky’s officially opened on May 17.
His philosophy for opening a motorcycle repair and customization shop where there hasn’t been one is simple.
“You never know what you can achieve unless you go for it,” Walsh said.
The shop is starting with repairs and upgrades and will eventually buy and sell motorcycles.
Porky’s won’t do body work or repaints, but its custom work includes handle bars, pipes, decals and exhaust tuning.
“Pretty much anything the customer wants, we can do,” Walsh said. “If they want a chopper, we’ll build them a chopper.”
Walsh isn’t new to vehicle work in the Logansport area.
He’s owned Dun-Rite Auto Repair at 316 W. Market St. for seven years.
He’s also hired Clerance “Frost’ Neal from a dealership to be the shop manager and mechanic.
Neal said he has wide expertise and training in working on motorcycles.
“There aren’t many people who can work on Harley standard bikes and metric bikes,” Neal said.
Walsh said the most common bikes in the area are Harleys (imperial system measurements) and Hondas (metric system measurements).
Besides being a small town repair shop, Porky’s may get some national recognition by next spring.
“We’re going to build a bike for Daytona next year,” Walsh said.
Daytona Bike Week happens March 4-13 in 2022.
Walsh said that unlike some motorcycle gatherings like Sturgis, Daytona is more about showing customized machines.
Porky’s is currently open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Walsh said they’re still working on having it open every other weekend.
“We’re just a small town business trying to save customers dollars and have fun doing it,” he said.