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|"He's like my dad, and one of the people I respect the most for taking me in when I was a young fella and came to work here," says owner Mick Cawthorn.
He was talking about the business's founder and namesake Robert Kane Sr. Mr. Kane hired him on a bet when Cawthorn boasted he could repair a bike that the shop's mechanic had deemed 'unfixable' at the time. He's been with the business ever since, purchasing it from Mr. Kane. Mr. Kane was actively involved with the business and rode Harley-Davidson® motorcycles until his health began to fail just a few years before he passed away peacefully on January 19th, 2003 at the age of 89.
Calgary's large bike population has made Kane's Harley-Davidson® Calgary an institution in the downtown core and Inglewood for over 55 years, since it opened its doors on May 24th, 1957. Over the years the shop has sold bikes by all the different manufacturers and was the first Honda dealership in Canada. It's also the oldest Harley-Davidson dealership in Alberta and for more than 30 years has sold Harley® bikes exclusively.
In January of 2000, Kane's suffered its second massive fire which destroyed both the shop and hundreds of bikes inside it. With the help of many friends and customers the business was run out of a temporary location until January 17th, 2001. Staff and friends ceremonially road bikes from the temporary location to the new store which was approximately two and a half times the size of the old. The official Grand Re-opening was May 24th, 2001.
Kane's customers range from blue-collar workers to bankers, doctors and movie stars.
There's nothing in the Harley world that Kane's doesn't sell. Aside from new and used machines, there's everything from bike accessories, custom toilet seats, educational games, and full leather outfits. And for the bikers that have a soft side, we sell plush teddy bears and collectibles.
Mick also holds a NHRA Top Fuel bike license. He and the race team reached 6.91 seconds and 198 mph. in 2007 and plan to continue racing in Mission, Ashcroft, Medicine Hat, Edmonton, Phoenix and Las Vegas. Mick looks forward to putting on a show, so please come out to a race and show your support.
For Mick and his staff, bikes are a way of life. "Motorcycling is one of the things that once you get into it you'll like doing it no matter who you are." When you get right down to it, the appeal of biking is really quite simple. "THE WHOLE THING IS WE JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN"
Kane's is committed to supporting charities and all Calgary and surrounding area motorcycle events.The Awareness Ride (Wood's Homes), Muscular Dystrophy, Ride for Sight, Alberta Law Enforcement Torch Run (Special Olympics), Juvenile Diabetes, Ride for Dad, The United Way, and the Mustard Seed are just a few of our chosen charities. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to contact us about charitable contributions.
We wish to thank all our customers, past, present, and future for their continued business and support.
Kane's Harley-Davidson Calgary
914 - 11th Street SE Calgary AB T2G 3E8
Phone: (403) 269-8577
Fax: (403) 266-6493