Bret Hatt has 29 years of Harley Davidson & Indian
Motorcycle experience. Hatt has always had a love for anything
with two wheels. At the age of 14, he built a bicycle shop
off the side of his dad's house. He repaired bikes for some of
his friends, painted them put long forks on them, and made
little choppers out of them. He loved to do wheelies all the
way down the block. At the age of 15, he remembers thinking that
someday he was going to have a motorcycle shop. He got his first
Harley at the age of 22, the same year he had his son, Bret Jr.
His mentors at the time were real old school bikers that built
some nice old school bikes. A 1946 FL Knuckle-Shovel was his
first Harley. After owning a BSA, Honda 350, and a Bull Taco
250 he knew his love was for the American made
Hatt worked with his dad as a teen hanging garage
doors. At age 20, he got a job at Bethlehem Steel building barges.
He also was a boiler maker and a certified welder at United States
Steel, where he worked on the Alaskan pipeline.
1987 — At age 28, Hatt opened his first full
service motorcycle shop in a barn called Hillybilly
Harly's in Cotati, CA and then moved to Ignacio/Novato
in Marin County.
1990 — Hatt opened a shop in San Rafael, CA.
1991-2000 — Hatt moved his shop to downtown
Forest Knolls where he had build a lot of real old school bikes.
2000-2005 — San Anselmo was the winning
shop on the Miracle Mile at the time that bikes were
"in." His shop was voted best motorcycle shop 2003 & 2004
by the Pacific Sun & Bohemian.
Advertised on television every week on channel 26 in Marin. Hatt
had finally arrived.
The current shop is Hatt's Motorcycles in Forest
Knolls on SFD he has about 2,000 sq feet with, again, a full-service
Charity work — San Quentin
Toy Run was started
in 2000 with long time friend of 40 years, Ric Waters. Christmas
toys are collected for children of San Quentin State Prison inmates.
The toy run has received many awards and acknowledgments. It
has been on the first Sunday of December for 10 years now.
Hatt is a friend of Bill W's.