Caesar's Motorcycle Parts & Service

Posted - Aug. 6, 2003 at 6:54 a.m.



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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

I went to Caesar Boswell's the other day, to find out about his famous business — Caesar's Motorcycle Parts & Service. You see, when Caesar opened for business 25 years ago on 7922 South and State Street in Midvale, his was the first and only Harley-Davidson parts store in Utah. True, things have changed since then. But Caesar's place remains the only motorcycle parts and service store in Utah, or the whole world for that matter, to also be the home of three dogs, two peacocks, a flock of geese, a family of chickens and the biggest darn parrot I've ever seen.

It's an unusual place, Caesar's. He's got Harley-Davidson parts and gear on sale in one building, his house in another, and situated behind them both, a series of repair garages and storage sheds for his fancy cars, trucks and vintage motorcycles.

The yard is guarded by three good-looking boxer dogs, Annie, Molly and Caesar, named after -- guess who -- Caesar himself. Nailed to the sides and walls of the several buildings are hundreds of old license plates, not to mention antique tricycles, unicycles, bicycles, helmets, wagons, sleds, road signs, Marilyn Monroe posters, ski boots and a giant propeller from who knows where. There's really no logic or theme to the collection, only a wonderful sense that somehow it all belongs.

Caesar participates every year in the Murray, Sandy, Midvale and Days of '47 parades. You never know what he'll be driving. Whether it's his 1950 Dodge fire truck, his 1942 Harley-Davidson combat motorcycle or his 1957 pink Cadillac, Caesar chooses the vehicle that best suits the occasion. And sometimes that means riding one of his antique unicycles or giant-wheel bicycles.

During this week's Small Business Celebration in Midvale, Caesar will be giving customers a 10 percent discount on all purchases over $50.

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

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