Established in 1961, Hinshaw’s Motorcycle Store in Auburn, Wash., has been sold to local BMW and Ducati dealership owners. Ron and Laura Orr sold Hinshaw’s to Howard Crow, according to George C. Chaconas of Performance Brokerage Services.
Duane Hinshaw, founder of Hinshaw’s Motorcycle Stores, has been selling scooters and motorcycles since 1961, beginning with the Cushman and Honda brands in Enumclaw, Washington.
In 1964, Hinshaw welcomed into the business his sons Burke and Paul and opened a second location in Auburn. Soon thereafter, the Enumclaw location was closed, and a new facility was opened in Puyallup. In 1989, the Puyallup location was consolidated with the Auburn location.
Orr, the dealership’s longtime general manager, purchased the dealership from the Hinshaw family in 1996 along with his wife Laura. He started with Hinshaw’s in 1976 and was very familiar with the business philosophy and legacy of the Hinshaw family. In 2003, the dealership relocated to its current location at 1611 West Valley Highway South in Auburn, where it boasts a 40,000-square-foot facility and an additional building built in 2014 for the Indian and Victory franchises.
Chaconas contacted Crow, who owns and operates BMW and Ducati of Seattle and Ducati of Bellevue, to facilitate the sales transaction.
Hinshaw’s Motorcycle Store will continue to operate in its current location, offering motorcycles manufactured by Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha, KTM, Indian and Victory.