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March 6, 2014

Loses leg, still rides

Company alters cycles for handicapped riders

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With his small, experienced crew of Michael Champy in customer service and sales and Michael Mgrdichian, a longtime motorcycle mechanic with 25 years experience, Chretien sees the opportunity to open up motorcycle riding to people who have reduced physical abilities and cannot easily ride a motorcycle.

He especially wants to help disabled veterans who want to ride.

White is the first disabled rider the shop has helped.

Chretien spent time away from motorcycle work before opening his Haverhill shop.

After years with a successful motorcycle business in New Hampshire, he shut it down to pay more attention to his personal life. But Chretien could not stay away from his tools and motorcycles. He took in work at his house, where he worked on cycles in the garage.

“I have the best neighbors in the world,” said the 56-year-old Haverhill resident. “They never bothered me about all the work I did in my garage. They were really good about it.

“But I figured I really should get out of there and find myself a place,’’ he said of opening up the shop, “so I went back into business again.”

Keeping disabled motorcyclists riding

Sidecars bring stability to the cycle.

Gears can be shifted by hand instead of by foot.

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