I know this has come up before, but after a few shaky starts in Tulsa over the last few years, it looks like they might be here to stay at Iron Lightning, now doing business as BMW Motorcycle Tulsa. The Iron Lightning dealership has carried the Big Dog line of motorcycles for some years now, and they have been in their current location at 8246 East 73rd Street since April of 2000. It is a family run business with Bill Ewerling and his wife Judy running the shop and their son, Bill Jr., working as a technician.
We visited with the owner, Bill Ewerling of Iron Lightning and got some insight on the dealership and their new range of bikes from Munich.
First, some of the numbers on the dealership: They currently stock the Big Dog line of "custom" Cruisers and now have the full range of BMWs in stock. The Big Dog bikes are quite unique in that they are a production motorcycle built in the US, not far from here in Wichita, Kansas. They currently build a range of seven bikes, using belt drives, six-speed gearboxes and quality that is a notch above most customs.
Iron Lightning is set up with 3,500 sq ft service area and another 3,500 sq ft of showroom, that can now service either Big Dogs or BMWs with confidence, complete with trained technicians and a dyno. Both brands share the showroom floor, complimented by the typical gear and shiny parts for the bikes.
When we stopped by they had 11 Big Dog motorcycles and 15 BMWs in stock and ready to go. Bill believes in stocking what he sells and it shows. It was nice to walk in to a dealership and see a full range of what a manufacturer makes.
Talk about a well rounded inventory.
We thought it sounded odd, when we heard that the BMWs had landed at Iron Lightning, but after poking around the place and meeting everybody, that notion quickly evaporated. Now it just seems like another quality shop selling two lines of bikes.
Go by and meet the crew. Their new BMW-specific website is now online at www.bmwmctulsa.com.
From every indication they mean to stick around for a while. And hopefully that means we have the BMW line of bikes back in Tulsa to stay.
One of the furry "big dogs" at Iron Lightning.
Bill Ewerling and Brad discuss some of the finer points of German style.