CENTER CONWAY, NH – After 28 years in business, Judy and Dan Kennedy are retiring “with mixed feelings” and closing Whitehorse Gear, the warehouse store and online seller of motorcycle gear and apparel.
The business began as Whitehorse Press in 1989 as a publisher of motocycle books, including DIY manuals and touring guides. The retail business came later.
In a press release earlier this month, Judy and Dan noted that “…we have had the privilege of serving hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists, helping them find the best information and equipment to make their riding more comfortable and fun. We’ve had a wonderful experience, filled with friendship and adventure stretching from those early days before cell phones and the Internet. And while the essentials of two-wheeled travel have really changed very little over the years, enthusiasm for things like dual-sport riding, metric cruisers, and even heated gear has woven its way into the motorcycling mainstream — and we’ve greatly enjoyed being a part of it all.”
They explained that they plan “to spend more time enjoying the sort of life that drew us all together in the first place.”
The website Canada MotoGuide reports that the Kennedys’ operation will be shuttered around the time of Laconia Motorcycle Week (June 10-18) and that the Whitehorse Press publishing operation has been sold to Quarto Publishing Group USA, owner of Motorbooks.