New owner brings 'fresh future' to Harley dealership

The Harley-Davidson dealership in Bellingham has a new name and new owner pending final paperwork for its state dealer’s license.

Gregory Head is the owner of the new Mt. Baker Harley-Davidson, formerly known as Harley-Davidson of Bellingham located at 1419 N. State St. He is from Chicago and has only been in Bellingham for three weeks preparing to take over the business.

“I am going house hunting this weekend,” Head said. “My wife and kids are still in Chicago. They will be flying out after the holidays.”

The old Harley-Davidson dealer had two connected spaces, one of which has been sold. Harley-Davidson still occupies the other half, which is approximately 12,000 square feet.

Head said he has been working with Harley-Davidson for the past two years to approve the dealership changeover, but was not immediately told the location would be in Bellingham.

“When Harley first approached me, they didn’t tell me where it was — they just told me about the size of the dealership,” he said. “I told them it was on the smaller side and I didn’t know if it was right for me. But when I heard it was in Bellingham, I was immediately interested.”

Head said he trained at Fort Lewis for six months when he was in the military and knew about the great quality of life that living in the Pacific Northwest could afford his wife, two boys and 15 year-old daughter.

“I am looking for some place to live for the rest of my life,” he said. “It’s a big move because it’s a whole new life.”

After the military, Head went on to pursue multiple careers in law enforcement and the corporate world of sales and marketing and investment banking. He owned a sales and marketing company and a franchise business with his wife. After selling those, Head said he began looking for his next venture.

Head said he was heavily recruited by Harley-Davidson to take on the Bellingham location, which the company felt was an important location that needed “a new start and a fresh future.”

In June 2005, federal agents and local police raided the Bellingham Harley-Davidson dealer and arrested the president and at least a dozen members of a local motorcycle gang. Later, a grand jury returned a 19-count indictment against the gang accusing them of racketeering, witness tampering, drug dealing and selling stolen Harley-Davidsons, according to a June 10, 2005 Seattle P-I article.

Head said the dealership’s unfortunate past “was a factor” and had something to do with the company recruiting a Chicago family man with a corporate and law enforcement background.

He said Harley customers won’t notice many aesthetic changes at the business, but Head will be a fixture there and customer service will be one of his main focuses.

“I am not going to be a passive owner,” he said. “I will be here full-time and 100 percent involved in every aspect of the business.”

Head said he will also be more active in the Harley community coordinating rides and events. Even though Head has only been in Bellingham for three weeks, he doesn’t feel lonely.

“If you own a Harley-Davidson, you have millions of friends instantly,” he said.

The new Mt. Baker Harley-Davidson provides Harley-Davidson motorcycle sales and service, including Harley-Davidson accessories, parts and clothes. For more information, call (360) 671-7575.

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4 thoughts on “New owner brings 'fresh future' to Harley dealership

  1. The wife and i just started riding again, it started in 1973 on 175 Harley. First I say thanks for keeping Steve & that Montana kid {who is as ugly as his bike} around. They are the reason our sotail is getting fixed in Bellingham. Sounds like the New Belllingham Harley shop has hope. Just hear what us Harley riders have to say,and ya yust might make it

  2. Lets talk about the truth shall we? Here comes the “BIG TIME Business Owner”
    1st I will challenge anyone that knows how to ride a motorcycle, or a moped for that matter, to test Gregs product knowledge, or maybe ask about his riding experience.
    2nd lets talk about integrity; first thing that Greg said to all the employees NO ONE NEEDS TO WORRY ABOUT THERE JOBS! As of his 2nd week in business he fired all but three and lets not forget to mention some very talented profesionals. (when is the last time you went to a dealer that had NO mechanics?)
    3rd Greg Has not shown me that he has any concern for his employees or his customers!
    I would also like to express my dissapointment in that I was really looking forward to a FRESH START. I now look forward to doing business at dealers south of our wonderful community, and I suggest you do the same.
    For the record, you ear friends by being a friend not by owning a motorcycle.

  3. Lets talk about the truth shall we? Here comes the “BIG TIME Business Owner”
    1st I will challenge anyone that knows how to ride a motorcycle, or a moped for that matter, to test Gregs product knowledge, or maybe ask about his riding experience.
    2nd lets talk about integrity; first thing that Greg said to all the employees NO ONE NEEDS TO WORRY ABOUT THERE JOBS! As of his 2nd week in business he fired all but three and lets not forget to mention some very talented profesionals. (when is the last time you went to a dealer that had NO mechanics?)
    3rd Greg Has not shown me that he has any concern for his employees or his customers!
    I would also like to express my dissapointment in that I was really looking forward to a FRESH START. I now look forward to doing business at dealers south of our wonderful community, and I suggest you do the same.
    For the record, you earn friends by being a friend not by owning a motorcycle.

  4. Greg Head has brought the new face to the Harley community in Bellingham! He and his staff are the most dedicated team that I have seen in business and continue to thrive and grow. He is committed to the community and has been facing the challenges of “walking in the shadows” of the tarnished Harley name in our community. Keep up the good work Greg!

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