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Business, full-throttle

Charlton motorcycle shop bucks the trends in a tough economy

Twisted Spoke owner Christopher Dearo works on a motorcycle in his Charlton shop. Joy Richard. (click for larger version)
July 20, 2010
CHARLTON — With a little more than year already under his belt, one Charlton motorcycle shop owner has learned how to make his first business thrive during an economic downturn.

Worcester resident and Twisted Spoke motorcycle shop owner Christopher Dearo said he found his passion for anything motorized and on two wheels at an early age, through helping his father Jonathan Dearo at his motorcycle repair shop in Clinton.

"At 16 I started riding," said Christopher. "Even earlier I was riding dirt bikes."

Christopher opened the Twisted Spoke in 2009 with the blessing of his father who had closed his shop, J.D Cycle in 1999. He said he was able to pull his dad's tools and equipment out of storage, and hit the ground running after the doors to his shop opened last May. With the guidance of his dad, he said the venture has, to date, been in his eyes a success.

"Getting started I [was able to] lean on him," said Christopher. "Which part to buy and what is the best way to do stuff."

Jonathan said he is more than happy with his son's successful leap in the business world, and the fact that he followed in his footsteps. He said he is also there to help Christopher whenever he has shop related questions, or even just to come in and work on the bikes together.

"I am extremely proud," said Jonathan. "[Right now] he pretty much knows what doing."

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