Satan Cycles wants to show that bad can 'do good'

Publish Date: 
May 23, 2011

Satan wants you; or at least, upstate New York motorcycle enthusiasts.

The owners of Satan Cycles were looking for a name that would get attention, co-owner Brian Bagley says. The new motorcycle shop in Ravena is a full-service store, doing custom building, repairs and offering parts and service inspections.

Hundreds showed up at the shop's grand opening May 14 to wish Bagley well and help with a food drive for St. Patrick's Church. He says the shop's name came from one of the first cycles he built, which he named Satan Cycle.

But he told the Daily Mail aside from the name's shock value, it’s a metaphor for taking something bad and turning it to good.

The shop owners want to show that bikers can be a part of economic development. Bagley expects to have six full-time workers and the partners expect to buy their building soon. They want to help build the community with events that reach beyond the store, like an effort to help lure the Bike Art Show to Ravena and a cancer research benefit in July. It has also donated to autism awareness organizations and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The shop’s interior has been renovated to reflect motorcycle culture, including the centerpiece 1979 Harley-Davidson Sportster called the "Phoenix" that Bagley and crew built during the 2010 Blackthorne Resort Mountain Thunder in Durham. The motorcycle won first place.

Posted by Holly Wagner