Getting a Lil’ EvilPublished 11:12am Tuesday, July 3, 2012
A new motorcycle shop is open in Perham, and it promises to bring the same class and capability as that of the shops seen on TV shows like Orange County Choppers and West Coast Choppers.
Lil’ Evil was opened in May by lifelong motorcycle enthusiasts Greg Larson and Kurt Peterson.
“We’ve been involved in the industry for 20 years, and we decided it was time to open a shop,” Peterson said. “It was important for us to do it on our own, and the community needs it. We wanted people in the community to have a place to feel like they could call their home shop.”
After finishing a big custom project over the winter, Larson and Peterson decided it was time to take the next step, so they purchased the building on the east side of Perham and turned it into a fully operational motorcycle shop.
The name has been associated with Peterson ever since he built a custom bike he called Lil’ Evil.
“The guy who made the chassis for a bike I was building said, ‘we will need to build it a little heavier because you ride a little evil,’ and the name stuck,” he said.
While the shop dedicates the warmer months to keeping motorcyclists on the road with service work like oil and tire changes, Peterson and Larson dedicate their winters to larger scale customization projects.
“We’ve taken a high level of fabrication, design, quality and building techniques and brought that to rural Minnesota,” Peterson said.
It was important to Peterson and Larson to open a business in Perham, because they both have a lot of relationships in the area.
“Perham is run by a great group of city officials,” Peterson said. “I have kids of my own, and if I want to raise a family, I want to be in a place where quality of life is good.”
Lil’ Evil will provide a service and storage option where customers can drop off their bikes for the winter, and Peterson and Larson will winterize, store and prepare motorcycles for riding when spring rolls around.
“For us, it’s not a job,” Peterson said. “We’d be wrenching on motorcycles weather we got paid for it or not.”