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Flying Tiger Bought Scooters the Day After Prop Q Passed

Maplewood's Flying Tiger is now the authorized Genuine scooter dealer in St. Louis.

Flying Tiger owner Eric Bess bought Nadir Djavaherian’s inventory of Genuine scooters the day after Proposition Q passed.

Djavaherian was leasing the northwest corner of Manchester Road and Big Bend Boulevard with a Ford dealership, which had since moved out. The scooters were the last thing he sold there.

Prop Q gave QuikTrip the OK, on April 2, to move to the corner from its current location at 3010 S. Big Bend.

Eric and Theresa Bess started Flying Tiger as a vintage motorcycle sales and repair shop, and recently started carrying three lines of new cycles, including Genuine scooters. They also carry Royal Enfield and Cleveland CycleWerks motorcycles.

Genuine scooters include the Buddy and Stella lines. Buddys come in 50, 125, 175 and 220 cc motor sizes. The Stellas look similar to Vespa scooters.

“Super easy to ride, no gears to shift, just twist and go,” Bess said.

Bess said Royal Enfield is the oldest continually running marque in motorcycling. “It’s ten years older than Harley-Davidson,” he said.

He said people say Royal Enfields look retro. “It’s not retro, it’s original,” he said. “This is an original company that have done things the same way for well over 100 years.”

He said while the cycles have fuel injection, high quality brakes and modernized engines, the styling has stayed the same almost the entire time. He also said they’re affordable, at $6,000-7,000.

Bess carries two models of Cleveland CycleWerks cycles, both priced at  $3,549. They share the same 250 cc engine and get close to 100 miles per gallon.

Flying Tiger provides authorized service for the new cycles, and offers vintage motorcycle sales and service, as always.

Jonathan Spencer April 17, 2013 at 02:03 PM
Eric and Theresa are also two of the nicest people you will ever meet. They do great work at a fair price without trying to upsell you on stuff you do not need.
Marion Morris April 17, 2013 at 02:31 PM
A big thanks to Eric and Theresa for keeping the business in Maplewood. Good Luck.
Michael Kilfoy April 17, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Flying Tiger is one of the coolest stores in Maplewood. They offer great bikes at reasonable prices, are expert mechanics and really give Maplewood something no one else does. They've grown from a tiny shop to good sized store. They are also a great draw to our community. I'm glad they picked up the scooter business and I'm glad they are in Maplewood.
Vidara April 17, 2013 at 11:25 PM
Very nice people, but when I came to them 2 years ago requesting service to my moped, they were clueless on how to help me.
Eric Bess April 18, 2013 at 02:28 AM
Vidara, We've done a lot of growing in the last couple of years. Sorry we weren't able to help you then, but I'm sure we will have you covered now. Please let us know if you have any questions. Thanks everyone! We're very excited to have Genuine Scooters as well as the rest of our lines. We are also extremely happy to be in such a great community as Maplewood.
mark ashley April 18, 2013 at 02:56 AM
good shop, great people, friendly atmosphere, got my vintage honda running when several others said they could but could not. You have a question, the Tiger has an answer and if they do not, they find it. great place to stop in and say hello, you are always made to feel welcome.
Jane April 18, 2013 at 06:14 PM
I'm thrilled with what they appear to be doing to the facade of the building they are in. I wonder if they plan to strip the ugly blue paint off the entire exterior. That would be a tremendous improvement. It already looks much better.
Teresa @ The Tiger April 18, 2013 at 07:38 PM
Jane, Yes, the building is set to be refreshed and painted this spring. They will try to strip some paint and keep part of the building natural brick, but the majority of the building will be painted. The City of Maplewood Design and Review board approved the paint colors last month. Just waiting for some good weather to get started!

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