Harry Tagaris started Harry’s Motors in 1927. His first dealership was Super X, adding Indian in 1932. He was a great promoter of motorcycling, helped launch Motorcyclist Magazine and was instrumental in starting the Denver Motorcycle Club. He was riding with his boys, the Denver Motorcycle Club, on a hare and hounds chase in 1932 when he was involved in an accident that took his life.
Harry’s brother Mike took over the business, with the help of Harry’s son Jim. Mike soon had the Denver Police and the State Patrol on Indian motorcycles. Mike also promoted hill climbs, TT and half-mile races, helped with Gypsy Tours and local AMA events. Mike started Harry’s Roamers Motorcycle Club in memory of his brother, one of the oldest clubs still in existence. Members of Harry’s Roamers ride up Pikes Peak, starting at each New Years morning, sometimes in snow and drifts so deep they can barely see the road.
Harry’s son Jim took over the business in 1948 when Mike passed. He sold Indian motorcycles until they were no longer made in 1953. Through the years the shop sold BSA, Zundapp, BMW, Norton, Ducati and Moto Guzzi motorcycles.
“Pappy” Hoel was one of Jim’s good friends resulting in his involvement in the Rally. Jim sponsored racers and official staff for the racing programs, and worked himself as a flagman and announcer. He was on the AMA Competition Committee until its demise and held AMA life membership number 205.
At age 14 Jim won a Colorado State Championship hill climb. He held the fastest time riding a 1936 Indian Chief under extreme weather conditions, racing up Pikes Peak, a course of 12 1/4 miles that begins at 8,000 feet up to an altitude of 14,110 feet.
At age 11 Jim’s son Jimmy was in the shop helping his dad. In 1964 Jim became a distributor for Norton, Ducati and Moto Guzzi. Jim died in 1978, at which time his son Jimmy took over the shop with his son Gregory. Jimmy helped his dad at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally races and has won several half-mile, enduro and scrambles races. He is also a life member of the AMA.
Gregory has been successful at road racing and motocross, winning several times in Wyoming and Colorado, and he is a talented motorcycle restorer.
From the beginning, Harry’s Motors has been committed to excellence in all they do, from mechanical and repair work, to building trophy winning show bikes and restoring classic and antique motorcycles.