By AJ Jacobsen
The San Francisco Bay Area is home to a wide variety of motorcycle riders, from those who are Harley Davidson loyalists, to dirt bike riders, to street racers, to custom cafe racer riders, and everything in between.
With such a diverse range of riders, skill levels, and reasons for getting into riding, ask bay area riders their favorite – well, anything – and you are going to get a very wide variety of responses.
One thing most riders need at some point is the ability to do, or have done, maintenance or other repairs on their bikes. To that end, we recently took a pulse on the favorite shops riders like to frequent. There were many favorite shops, and nearly as many options as there were responders, however, some clear winners were mentioned most frequently:
Advanced Cycle Service https://advcycles.com/
Located in San Jose, CA, Advanced Cycle Service has over 15 years of Ducati experience and was one of the most highly recommended shops. They specialize in sport bikes, with an emphasis on Ducati, but provide a wide range of services to all brands of motorcycles.
Open Tuesday-Saturday, they were the most popular shop with those we polled.
RMC Moto Service and Repair http://rmcmoto.com/index.html
Located in Santa Clara, CA, RMC is owned by Rick who has over 25 years working with bikes. A previous racer himself, he has striven to continually expand his knowledge and works on a wide variety of motorcycles in his shop.
Open Monday-Saturday, many recommended RMC as a great go-to shop for a variety of needs.
Moto Guild https://www.motoguild-sf.com/
No motorcycle repair shop list in the Bay Area is complete without Moto Guild making the list. Moto Guild is a do-it-yourself shop, providing workspace, tools, and knowledgeable mechanics available to answer your questions. In addition, they also offer training classes for a variety of maintenance tasks from basic to complicated.
Open Wednesday-Sunday, their hours are tailored to give you time to work on your bike around your own job.
Catalyst Reaction https://www.crstuning.com/
Located in San Carlos, Catalyst is a peninsula staple. With over 25 years of experience, Catalyst Reaction brings a lot of experience to the table. Regularly seen at the track and races, Catalyst provides services ranging from suspension tuning to engine rebuilds and more. Basic maintenance to project builds, they are a frequent go-to shop for many.
Open Monday-Saturday, the shop is easily accessed from both San Francisco and San Jose.
Santa Clara Cycle Accessories http://www.santaclaracycle.com/
Located in Sunnyvale, CA, SCCA is the final shop to make our Top-Five list of go-to motorcycle shops. The owner and manager have over 50 years of combined motorcycle industry experience, and have experienced staff to help with nearly any motorcycle concern. A large retail inventory makes them a one-stop shop for many riders in the South Bay area.
Open 7 days a week, no matter your schedule you can find a day to get in.