The Floyd County motorcycle mafia

Lance Terpenny

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.

Terpenny's bikes (Photos courtesy of Virginia Municipal League)
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14 thoughts on “The Floyd County motorcycle mafia”

    • Where did it say all men? There are a number of women in that group. If not a lot, enough to get your attention. I know of one granny (who I won’t name without permission) that’ll give ’em a run for their money on a bike many would envy.

      • Lots of women riders in Floyd, just not among the government officials and business owners that were the subject of the article.

        A good friend, Stacye Eller of Copper Hill is secretary of the Roanoke Valley Harley Owners Group (RVHOG) where I serve as webmaster.

  1. As recently as the 80s, riding a motorcycle was considered an alternative lifestyle. What people missed then, and now, is that Harleys are expensive. Very expensive. After extensive marketing campaigns, this became a Yuppie status symbol and females were targeted as a new ownership group. Fuel effeciency is the new marketing tool (offset by safety and insurance associated costs).

    What’s interesting is the number of public servants who can afford this country club lifestyle.

    • Too bad it’s not a serious alternative transportation. I had a motorcycle for more than a decade but I didn’t have the either/option. It doesn’t haul tools or much else. I’m sure I could have racked up some miles with the time I spent mowing grass or taking care of my estate in my spare time.

      I don’t judge anyone that needs to refresh themselves with hours on the road to nowhere for no reason. Take more pictures. Gas stations or boobs in a scenic background are equal.

        • Maybe you aren’t in the right place. Should I ask how many you put on your cage, and the wife does her own thing.

          33 hours a month at 60 mph, adjust as necessary. A safe driver isn’t texting or sexting en route. Not ragging, just saying.

          • I’ve logged 51,000 miles plus on two bikes since July ’08 and 16,000 on my Jeep Wrangler during the same period. I ride whenever possible and drive only when absolutely necessary.

            My cell phone is off when I’m riding. I don’t even answer or use it when driving a car. IMHO, all cell phone usage while driving a car (or riding a bike) should be outlawed and subject to heavy fines or loss of points when caught.

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