Twin Piston Motorcycles in Orange moving to former Grrr Gear location

  • With the No Limit Fitness and Martial Arts gym closed as a result of the pandemic, Twin Piston Motorcycles is planning to move into 334 East Main St. in Orange. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • With the No Limit Fitness and Martial Arts gym closed as a result of the pandemic, Twin Piston Motorcycles is planning to move into 334 East Main St. in Orange. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 10/13/2020 2:32:41 PM
Modified: 10/13/2020 2:32:39 PM

ORANGE — With the No Limit Fitness and Martial Arts gym closed as a result of the pandemic, a local motorcycle repair shop is planning to move into 334 East Main St. after obtaining a special permit from the Planning Board.

Twin Piston Motorcycles, owned by Francis Stetson, is expected to shift gears from 11 Cloukey Ave. to the former gym, which was previously the Grrr Gear outdoor sporting goods store. Stetson said he still needs an occupancy permit, which he said can be obtained following a 20-day period for public appeal.

“We’re just waiting that out at the moment,” he said, adding that he hopes to open in the new location in the beginning of November.

Stetson would rent from building owner Christine Noyes, who ran Grrr Gear with her husband, Al, for 10 years. In November 2018, Christine decided to close the business in part because Al unexpectedly died the previous January. Robby Roberts opened No Limit Fitness and Martial Arts in July 2019, but the boxing and mixed martial arts gym was devastated by restrictions put in place to combat the spread of COVID-19. Christine Noyes said she was saddened by the gym’s closure and hopes Roberts can open somewhere else when the pandemic is over.

However, she said Twin Piston Motorcycles is the perfect fit.

“I think it’s going to work out really well. He already has a business in town, but this is going to give him a chance to expand,” Noyes said, adding that she is glad she will again be able to rent to a local business. “I didn’t want just anybody in there when I closed the place.”

Noyes, who lives in Orange, said Stetson used to be one of her customers.

Stetson, 42, explained he started Twin Piston Motorcycles seven years ago. Prior to that, he worked for Aldo’s Harley-Davidson in Bernardston for 13 years.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.


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