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Mike's Rolling Thunder - Motorcycle, ATV-Quads, and Snowmobile Parts and Repair

Mike's Rolling Thunder - Motorcycle, ATV-Quads, and Snowmobile Parts and Repair

Welcome to MikesRollingThunderRepair.com!

Mike Pietila is a Native Yooper. He has been working on anything with a motor since he was just a kid. His love for anything with a motor gives him the talent to meet your expectations when your ride needs work. Whether it be a Harley, Snowmobile, ATV, or Dirtbike no job is to big for him.

When Mike turned 16 he started working at the local Harley shop doing oil changes and some motor work. His boss at the time saw his potential and hired him on full time. Mike stayed with Harley for over 20 years. He then decided it was time to move on and give it a try for himself opening Mikes Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Repair.

You can find Mike half a mile south of Da Yoopers Tourist Trap south of US 41. He's in the old Bartanen's Auto Repair building on the way to the mine. Bring your machine over for repair or call Mike's Rolling Thunder Repair at 906-485-4881.

Get A Cam And Valve Adjustment At Mike’s Rolling Thunder

Get A Cam And Valve Adjustment At Mike’s Rolling Thunder

Ishpeming, MI  – August 16, 2015 – Mike is doing cam and valve adjustment on this 4 stroke Yamaha 450. Mike said, “It hardly runs right now, and it lacks a lot of power. Having the cam rebuilt with new spacers will make this bike seem new again.” It’s a Yamaha 450 YZF, known as […]

Mike’s Rolling Thunder Repair of Harley Road King Classic

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Mike’s Rolling Thunder Repair of Harley Road King Classic

Ishpeming, MI  –  August 15, 2015   –  The King of the Road, a Harley-Davidson Road King Classic is the perfect way to hit the open road. This bike was designed for long road trips, coast-to-coast travel. But this classic has motor trouble. The lifters wore out and the cam wouldn’t go around properly. The […]

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Triumph Trophy Trail Comes Back To Life at Mike’s Rolling Thunder

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Triumph Trophy Trail Comes Back To Life at Mike’s Rolling Thunder

Ishpeming, MI –  August 14, 2015  –  Just the name alone says it all. I know it’s not a Harley-Davidson, but it’s a Triumph. The word itself kinda says you’ll have a ball. It’s one of the great bikes of the past. It’s legendary, world class British performance. This Triumph Trophy Trail needed some TLC. […]

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Hardworking Kawasaki Mule Side-by-Side Needs a Little TLC

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Hardworking Kawasaki Mule Side-by-Side Needs a Little TLC

Ishpeming, MI –  August 13, 2015  –  You know when Kawasaki came out with that song, “Kawasaki Makes the Good Times Roll?” I mean, that old Kawasaki song says it all! And then somewhere along the way, the Master Technician from Kawasaki had the brainchild to invent a side-by-side 4×4 with positraction, dumpbox, and governor […]

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2002 Harley Road King Classic Needs New Rubber and Mike’s Rolling Thunder has Tires for Less

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2002 Harley Road King Classic Needs New Rubber and Mike’s Rolling Thunder has Tires for Less

Ishpeming, MI  – August 12, 2015  –  Here’s where the rubber really meets the road, the tires on your bike. Can you imagine anything worse than having a motorcycle tire fail? One of Mike’s Rolling Thunder’s passions is that red tire machine just off his left arm in the background of this picture. He loves […]

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1981 Harley FLH touring bike of the 80’s / Rhino bike

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1981 Harley FLH touring bike of the 80’s / Rhino bike

Ishpeming, MI  –  August 11, 2015  –  Have you ever seen a bike done in Rhino and then really liked it? Here’s one still going strong after roughly 32,000 miles. This bike is really good for longer trips with an 80 cubic inch motor that makes for a smoother ride. But, according to Harley repair […]

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Custom Fabrication Planned for This Vintage United States Motor Company 25 kW Generator

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Custom Fabrication Planned for This Vintage United States Motor Company 25 kW Generator

Ishpeming, MI  –  August 10, 2015 –  No project is too weird for Mike and his dad, John. This is a United States Motor Company generator. It’s a big, old military style generator from just after the war era in the ’50s. After new points, condenser, plugs and plug wires, this old beast powerhouse still […]

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Trust Your Classic Chopper to Mike’s Rolling Thunder

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Trust Your Classic Chopper to Mike’s Rolling Thunder

Ishpeming, Michigan  –  May 27, 2015  –  This 1972 Harley Hard Tail Chopper… Wow! What a machine! Something that everybody would like. You wouldn’t want just anyone to work on something this special. With over 20 years experience working with Harleys, Mike Pietila from Mike’s Rolling Thunder has been elbow-deep in anything with a motor […]

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UPDATE: 1984 Harley Soft Tail Rebuild by Mike’s Rolling Thunder

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Ishpeming, MI  –  May 4, 2015  –  Back in the beginning of March, we showed you this 1984 Harley Soft Tail during the rebuild process (pictures below). The bike is finished now and it looks and runs great! A lot of work went into the rebuild on this bike. Valve work needed to be done, […]

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Mike’s Rolling Thunder Big Bore Performance Upgrade on This Classic Harley

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Mike’s Rolling Thunder Big Bore Performance Upgrade on This Classic Harley

Ishpeming, Michigan  –  April 29, 2015  –  This is a worn out Harley that was brought to Mike’s Rolling Thunder in Ishpeming. The owner liked it so much, he just drove it and drove it and drove it. It has about about 34,000 miles on it. What happens a lot of times on all gas […]

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