Tessier is the owner of Roland’s Motor Works (RMW). Well-known for his expertise as a Harley-Davidson
mechanic, he takes pride in his service and retail shop.
Roland began working on motorcycles, and anything else that had
an engine, in his youth. He worked at various service stations as
an auto mechanic before discovering his passion for working on motorcycles
in 1968 after a friend told him about an opening at Tibby’s
Harley-Davidson in Springfield, MA. With a history of owning a Yamaha
snowmobile shop and of being a co-owner of Easthampton Harley-Davidson
in the early 1970’s, Roland moved on to building and operating
his own business. Although his current business has no corporate affiliation
with Harley-Davidson he has gone through all of the Harley-Davidson
service school programs throughout the years and few other motorcycle
mechanics, locally or nationally, can compare.
admits enjoying working on performance machines with the motorcycle
being much more sensitive than most to engine adjustments. Roland
customizes Harley-Davidsons, a host of other brands of motorcycles
and is often seen giving honest advice on how to best customize a
motorcycle given varying budgets. It is common for most motorcycle
enthusiasts to want to make changes to their motorcycle each year
to add to its look and/or overall performance. “Then again,” Roland
states, “it is not uncommon to see someone pay $15,000.00 for
a brand new Harley and then invest as much in order to add horsepower, add chrome parts, get a new paint job, and more.
Roland’s Motor Works first opened in 1991 and initially he
planned to give his new business five years to succeed. After many
successful years and large additions to both the shop and staff,
Roland’s Motor Works is here to stay!
In the words of many of his satisfied customers, “Nobody works
on my bike but Roland!”