We've had several locations throughout the years, includung our 64,000 square foot Springfield facility (1994-2009) and our 35,000 square foot distribution center in Rock Hill South Carolina (2009-2014) yet many riders I talk to still bring up that cozy little store in Xenia.
Warren Bales, then a tuner of Corvair rally cars, decided to branch out into the motorcycle business. Soon his 2 wheel passion fueled rapid growth and they outgrew the little garage and moved into the then new store on Highway 68 just north of Xenia in the mid 60's.
At various times the Xenia store was a dealership for Ducati, Norton, Triumph, BMW, Penton, Yamaha, and Husqavarna.
The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton was nearby and many of our original customers were from the U.S. Air Force.
Military personnel tended to move frequently, so when the airmen packed up and headed to their new posts but still needed parts and accessories for their bikes they simply called up their old friends at Competition Accessories. That started us on our growth as one of the best-known direct merchants of aftermarket parts in the world. In 1993, Competition Accessories moved to Springfield, Ohio, In 2009 we moved the direct marketing business to Rock HIll, SC into our then new 35,000 distribution center and catalog outlet store.
We just recently moved our distribution center to Clarksville Indiana.
Shipping logistics have changed dramatically over the last 5 years and a centralized location offers faster delivery times to more of our customers.
Over the past 54 years, Competition Accessories has gone through many changes, but our customers and associates should always remember:
no matter how big the business gets or where we hang our hats today, we're never far in our hearts from that tiny garage in Xenia.
Give us a call; we are happy to help you with all your motorcycling needs.