KEEP YOUR MOTORS RUNNIN’: Repairs, modifications all in a days work for Boomstick’s Pat Glaza

Pat Glaza is the first to admit his repair shop is a little unconventional, perhaps too cluttered, and much different from the bright lights and high shine of some dealership shops.


But Boomstick Motorbikes and Powersports — open for four years in its present location on U.S. 1 South in St. Augustine — offers every service a motorcycle owner could need or want.

“We do everything from changing a tire to full service to rebuilding engines, transmissions … building full customs from the ground up and everything in between,” said Glaza. “We work on Triumphs, Harleys, dirt bikes and a little bit of everything else”

A big, friendly man with an assortment of tattoos, Glaza looks every bit the part of the lifelong motorcycle expert that he is.

“I started riding motorcycles when I was about 5. I bought my first bike from a neighbor kid across the street,” said Glaza. “I borrowed $17 from my dad against my allowance and brought a little Arctic Cat 50 and have been riding ever since.”

But Glaza says there is no longer a stereotypical bike owner.

“All kinds (of people ride bikes) from young guys to older guys, from older women to younger women, really it is across the board,” said Glaza “It didn’t use to be … it used to be guys that looked like me. Now, just about everyone is riding bikes.”

Glazer and the two other mechanics at the shop see all kinds of bikes in all kind of conditions come through their doors, and one of the most common mistakes bike owners make is entirely avoidable.

“People don’t check the air in their tires. We get them in here and they are all chopped up, they have 5 or 6 pounds of air in them,” said Glaza. “Not only does it ruin tires, which are expensive, but it is dangerous.”

Another tip he has for bike owners is to regularly check the oil.

“I change my oil every 2,500 to 3,000 miles — always have,” said Glaza. “You know synthetics, they say go 5,000, 6,000, 7,000 miles. You probably can do that with the oil they have nowadays. I can’t do that psychologically.”

A typical custom job done on a new bike at Boomstick includes motor work to make them go faster. By upgrading camshafts, engine heads and tuners, Glaza can greatly improve the performance of a stock machine. Customers typically want taller handlebars and specialized tailpipes.

As a lifelong motorcycle rider, Glaza has one important piece of advice for every on a bike: Ride defensively.

“Ride like everyone is out to run you over, because they really are,” said Glazer. “And ride that way because it is dangerous out there.”