MXD markets riding as a family affair

A new motorsports shop in Hood River will reflect the changes that are happening in the track and off-road motorcycle and ATV riding world.

Two Hood River businessmen have opened MXD Motorsports, at 1406 12th St., in the space formerly used by Iron Horse Off-road. Terry McDowell and Doug Brown have refurbished the shop with new paint, counters and shelves.

"Our goal is to provide the very best selection and repair service for all motor sports enthusiasts in the Hood River Valley," McDowell said.

MXD will offer parts for all makes and models, consignment sales on used motorcycles and ATVs, and a large selection of accessories and sports clothing for off-road enthusiasts.

Riding enthusiasts range in all ages, and engine design changes now gives riders the choice of the classic two-stroke engine or the cleaner-running, yet high performance, four-stroke engine. Many more racing four-strokes are coming on the market, Brown said.

MXD plans retail sales of off-road and track motorcycles, and ATVs. They also want to establish a riding club for motorcycle and ATV use, provide riding clinics for experience riders as well as beginners, and a "peewee" program for aspiring riders six and under.

Two "regulars" at the shop are Brown's son, Torsenn, 4, and McDowell's son, Ryder, 3.

"We want to promote a family-style sport," Brown said. "At racing events it's common to have a couple of kids' tracks for young riders to learn the sport. It's a really good environment with whole families involved. I don't think people have been exposed to that."

Down the trail, they hope to establish a motorsport park for people of all ages to practice riding. A closer goal is a riding club for current and prospective riders.

McDowell has another business, McDowell and Son Heating and Air Conditioning, and Brown also works at Windsurfing Hawaii.

The partners' backgrounds complement each other: McDowell has the experience in the service end, and Brown bears up the sales and retailing, they said.

"Doug keeps me organized, and I keep him knowledged," McDowell said.

MXD Motorsports will gear up its product line and also feature a custom ordering desk to keep Hood River riders fully stocked, but McDowell and Brown said service will be the mainstay of the business. Mechanic Adam Prekurat is already hard at work in the service bay.

This month, Brown and McDowell will go to Indianapolis for the International Power Sports Expo, where they will place orders and complete arrangements to become dealers for Kawasaki and KTM motorcycles and ATVs. They said neither line are currently available in retail in Hood River County. KTM, McDowell's personal favorite, is an Austrian company that specializes in high-end motorcycles, while Kawasaki provides a wide range of products for all ages and abilities.

"We want to serve everyone from kids to grandparents," McDowell said.

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