Meet Roland Sotello, owner of the storied Spare Parts Company motorcycle shop in Old City Philadelphia. Roland reflects on coming to Spare Parts as a recent college graduate to ultimately owning the shop. You never know where your life is going to take you.
Spare Parts was founded in the late ’70s, when traveling musician and sport-touring fanatic Franz Nachod began selling motorcycle service parts and accessories that he knew to work based on his experiences on the road. Soon, this humble space in Old City would find his know-how applied to the healing and maintenance of the European motorcycle marques it has specialized in to this day. After years of serving as Franz’s right hand man, Roland Sotello took over the duties of the shop and has since delighted in servicing each customer’s vehicle with his enduring passion, unmatched expertise, and attention to detail.