Lance Terpenny’s controversial move to the Floyd Town Manager’s job after his ouster from a similar post in Christiansburg adds another player to the county’s growing motorcycle mafia — an increasing group of government officials, business leaders and other prominent citizens who ride.
Terpenny not only owns three Harley-Davidsons (two customized Softails and a restored ’56 Panhead), he also builds custom bikes through his shop — Southside Customs.
Floyd’s new Town Manager joins County Administrator Dan Campbell, who rides a Harley Heritage Classic and Sheriff Shannon Zeman (Softail). Several of the county’s law enforcement officers, including sheriff’s department chief investigator Jeff Dalton and State Trooper Keith Gregory, also ride.
Courthouse Supervisor Casey Clinger is a Barley jockey and is planning a cross-country ride.
Business owners who ride include Woody Crenshaw, owner of Crenshaw Lighting and the Floyd County Store; Oddfellas co-owner Kerry Underwood and machine shop owner Joe Kinny, who owns Nortons, a Matchless, BMWs, Moto-Guzzis, a Buell and Harley Super Glide.
You see motorcycles parked outside the county’s firehouses and rescue squads and in front of Floyd Barber Shop, where Gerald, the owner, recently invested in a 2010 Harley Road King.
Sign painter and artist Greg Locke rides a Guzzi and a heavy-customized Suzuki V-Strom.
Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles records show more than 800 motorcycles registered for road use in Floyd County — up from around 750 just two years ago.