San Clemente Motorcycle Company a Family-oriented BusinessSep 30, 2021 08:20AM ● By Nina Welch
Co-owners Brian Burns and Stevi Thorne.
San Clemente Motorcycle Company, a Family-oriented Business San Clemente Motorcycle Company is just off Ave. Del Mar’s beaten path at 520 S. El Camino Real. One can walk, drive, or ride down El Camino Real just past Mr. Pete’s for the street-side part of the business, or take the alley to the service shop. Co-owners Brian Burns and Stevi Thorne purchased the business from Rick Cadarette and Roxanne Lucido in November, 2019. It was a natural progression for these two friends since they both had worked at the business, then known as SC Rider Supply, since high school.
Their interest in motorcycles came honestly. Brian was a pro-Supercross rider for five years and Stevi’s dad introduced her to motorcycle riding at a young age. The high school co-workers became co-owners after working at the shop for 12 years.
Everybody has a Covid story. A grand opening was planned for March, 2020, but since the shop was considered to be automotive-essential, they were able to stay afloat. “A lot of the military personnel used our services because their only mode of transportation was motorcycle-riding,” said Brian.
Customers also include firefighters, police officers, Baja riders, those who conquer the Continental Divide off-road, Harley riders, and even Buddy 125 owners like this writer. “People started to get bored staying home so they turned to motorcycle riding, The pandemic has fueled the outdoor surfing-skateboarding-motorcycle industry,” said Stevi.
As part of the rebranding, SC Rider Supply became San Clemente Motorcycle Company. Brian runs the service department and proudly says, “There isn’t another shop like ours within 20 miles. We do everything from oil changes, tires, and basic services to full custom build. Mikey Morales, our head technician, can take a regular Harley and turn it into something you’d see on TV.” Their variety of services also includes changing tires on electric motorcycles called Sur-Rons.
On the administrative side Stevi handles all the basics, including bookkeeping and sales. Shop shirts, maintenance needs, riding gear, leather jackets, helmets, and everything needed for the track can be found in the store. “It is important to us for people to shop local and support small business so we can stay here,” says Stevi.
On Sundays, Brian, his wife, Rachel, and their son, Casey, join Stevi with her husband, Ryan, and their daughters Zoey and Delaney, for a family dirt bike ride in an oval-shaped field in the industrial area. The other five employees and their families also join them for a fun day.
Hours of Operation: Tues-Fri: 10am - 6pm. Sat: 10am - 5pm. Closed Sun & Mon.