Bike shop moves to Turners, to hold inaugural ride

  • Left, Sayre Anthony, owner of Nova Motorcycles, at his new shop on Third Street in Turners Falls. Right top and bottom, Anthony changes the front tire of a 1973 Honda CB350F. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt photos

  • Sayre Anthony, owner of Nova Motorcycles with his business partner Peter Chilton, changes the front tire of a 1973 Honda CB350F at their new shop on 3rd Street in Turners Falls, Tuesday, March 29.

  • Sayre Anthony, owner of Nova Motorcycles with his business partner Peter Chilton, prepares to change the front tire of a 1973 Honda CB350F at their new shop on 3rd Street in Turners Falls, Tuesday, March 29.

  • Sayre Anthony, owner of Nova Motorcycles with his business partner Peter Chilton, changes the front tire of a 1973 Honda CB350F at their new shop on 3rd Street in Turners Falls, Tuesday, March 29.

  • Sayre Anthony, owner of Nova Motorcycles with his business partner Peter Chilton, changes the front tire of a 1973 Honda CB350F at their new shop on 3rd Street in Turners Falls, Tuesday, March 29.

  • Sayre Anthony, owner of Nova Motorcycles with his business partner Peter Chilton, installs a primary cover on a 1965 BSA motorcycle at their new shop on 3rd Street in Turners Falls, Tuesday, March 29.

Recorder Staff
Published: 4/21/2016 2:48:11 PM

MONTAGUE — Just in time for the spring weather, there is a new motorcycle shop in town.

Nova Motorcycles opened a few weeks ago at 151 Third St. in Turners Falls, and owner Sayre Anthony is encouraging motorcycle enthusiasts to dust off their bikes for an inaugural group ride Saturday.

The route will probably be decided in the days beforehand but the riders will stick to the smallest and curviest roads possible, Anthony said. He plans to host monthly group rides through the winding Franklin County roadways.

“We are open to exploring. If people have favorite routes we would love to know them,” said Anthony, who lives in Greenfield. The ride will take off from the shop at 10 a.m. and be followed by the store’s grand opening celebration from noon to 5 p.m. with light refreshments.

He opened his first store in Millers Falls about two years ago, but because of limited visibility, decided to move his shop. His team is comprised of himself and his business partner, Peter Chilton. They offer services that include motorcycle repairs, maintence and restoration.

Anthony, 38, said he loves the adrenaline of riding, the science behind motorcycle mechanics, and the camaraderie that comes with riding.

“It’s a shared passion,” Anthony said. “You can talk for hours and hours about how it all works.”

Part of the store’s mission is to foster community and create a platform for riders to share stories and get to know each other.

“Tying the motorcycle community together is a big part of what we want to do,” Anthony said. “They are a great way to get around. We want to be a part of fostering a better appreciation for motorcycles.”

Anthony’s passion for motorcycles took root when watching his mother work as a mechanic, working on old cars in Sunderland.

“When I was 19, I woke up one day, and I said, ‘I’m going to buy a motorcycle,’ and I never looked back,” he said.

You can reach Lisa Spear at: lspear@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 280


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