Don and Robinette Tilley started our company in 1972 in their hometown of Statesville, NC. In spite of very humble beginnings, they soon outgrew the original store and built a new one at the corner of Airport Road and US Hwy. 70. In 1999 Don and Robinette opened a satellite store in Salisbury. At around 5,000 square feet, it didn’t take long to outgrow. So in December of 2006 Tilley Harley-Davidson of Salisbury moved into a brand new 50,000 square foot location right off of I-85.
During the early 1980s when overall Motor Company sales were faltering and product quality was down, customer support and fair business practices along with the ability to correct the vehicle flaws of that time made the dealership a standout. Now with vehicle sales and quality leading the industry, we still operate under the same “old fashioned” principles that we did 35 years ago. Racing has always been a big part of our history. Tilley H-D has sponsored many types of Harley® motorcycle racing programs over the years. From motorcross to flat tracking, from drag racing to road racing, the company has been involved in most variations of the sport at one time or another. The most famous of these exploits were the road racing championships won by Gene Church on a XR-based machine in the 1980s, and a XL-based racer in the 1990s ridden by Scott Zampach. In 2004, the Tilley team won its second Drag Racing National and East Coast Championship with rider Tripp Nobles. With Don Tilley preparing the bikes, his teams have accumulated a total of nine national championships!
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