Walters Brothers Harley Davidson is the oldest and largest motorcycle dealership in the Peoria area. The last time I was there was for a POP magazine photo shoot for our annual “Winter Swimsuit” edition. It was located in downtown Peoria on Jefferson Street back then. That building has since been torn down and they are now located on Maxwell Road. It’s been over twenty years since I visited them, so I think I’m overdue for a stop, let’s go!
Here we is, Walters Brothers Harley-Davidson on Maxwell Road.
There's an impressive line-up of motorcycles on display before you even go through the front doors.
And there's another line of them over here sporting the traditional orange and black Harley-Davidson colors.
Let's go inside and check this place out.
Wow, it's huge in here, motorcycles as far as the eye can see!
Here's Steve and Wayne, the father and son owners of Walters Brothers. Wayne told me that they moved from Jefferson Street to this spot on Maxwell Road, which used to be the Airport Bowl in 1998. And he confirmed the fact that they are the biggest and oldest motorcycle dealership in the area. They're standing in front of what they call, "the museum area."
This room is packed with interesting items from the past, let's take a look...
This is the oldest motorcycle in the shop, it's a 1918 Harley-Davidson in mint condition.
Check out this vintage Schwinn bike...
It was made specially for Voss Bros. and it's a "Peoria King" model. Very cool!
Display cases house Harley hats, helmets and memorabilia from days gone by.
A Harley-Davidson gas pump from back in the days when you could actually afford to fill a tank all the way up.
A vintage Walters Brothers t-shirt hangs on the wall over here.
A tribute to the founding owners, Bruce and Gladys Walters.
This is a framed PJ Star article about Walters Brothers when they moved into this space on Maxwell Road.
Out in the spacious front showroom the motorcycles are lined up like pretty maids all in a row.
And they are all Harley-Davidson, accept no substitute!
The instrument panels are impressive on the bikes.
Obligatory rear view mirror shot!
In addition to the two-wheeled motorcycles there's also all terrain vehicles over here that sport three wheels and make me think of this Wings song.
Motorcycle parts and accessories line the walls.
Let's go see what's inside of this island in the middle of the store.
There's wallets and various motorcycle tchotchkes on the shelves in the island.
Here's a line of sturdy and rugged Harley-Davidson watches.
There's a large clothing section in the store over here including...
Walters Brothers t-shirts.
Here's a pile of Harley hats.
Megan's one of the friendly Walters Brothers employees. She said she's worked here for about a year.
This is the Genuine Leather section of the store.
There's gloves, helmets and of course...
Leather Harley-Davidson jackets in here.
Before I left I got shot of Wayne with his grandson, David and Stephanie who's not a blood relative, but Wayne said she was part of the Walters Brothers family. Nice! Thanks to Wayne and everyone at Walters Brothers for a fun tour and we'll see you all tomorrow!
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