We have a true passion for bikes.
Nova Motorcycles was born in late December of 2013. A partnership between Sayre Anthony and Pete Chilton.
Sayre Anthony - Co-owner
Sayre’s passion for motorcycles has been influenced deeply by a mother who worked as a mechanic on European cars, an uncle who rides skateboards and dirtbikes, and an entrepreneurial father.
He went to New York City in 1997 for college, bringing with him his motorcycle and his need to fettle, and he soon found his way to Team Obsolete, the Brooklyn-based vintage Grand Prix motorcycle racing team and collection. He absorbed all he could from the assembled gurus in residence there, learning not only the intricacies of specialty motorcycle maintenance and preservation, but also cementing a life-long fascination with two-wheeled machines (and their occasional high-speed operation).
He left Team Obsolete after 5 years to finish his college education, and to work as a mechanic at Works Engineering, the Williamsburg, Brooklyn area motorcycle shop started by another Team Obsolete alum.
He returned to Western Massachusetts in 2009, and soon co-founded Madhouse Motors in Cambridge, MA. He met Pete by working on his BMW, and Nova Motorcycles was born not long after.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from NYU, and a road racing license issued by the VRRA.
Peter Chilton - Co-owner
Pete grew up in a family of wood workers and builders. He learned the ins-and-outs of fabrication from his father at an early age making wooden swords and shields with engraved handles and painted crests. He studied engineering at WPI briefly before changing course to study art and design at UMass Amherst. He also pursued a musical career, playing bass guitar and touring extensively in the US, Europe, Japan and Australia with hard-core punk legends Bane. He also played with the groups Barrit, Ink Cartridge Funeral, and Silent Drive.
He left the music industry after 13 years to pursue a career in design. First, teaching photography and design at Hallmark Institute of Photography, then becoming Brand Manager at New England Public Radio. He also runs his own design firm providing print and web design for various clients.
Pete has a hand in the look and feel of all the custom builds. His background allows him to listen to clients and help make their vision a reality.
Bailey Sisson - Mechanic
Bailey grew up in a well-respected machinist family in Northfield, MA. She learned about internal combustion engines as a kid and practiced on broken motors that were ever-present in her father's shop. She realized she wanted to be a mechanic professionally when she discovered the art and pleasure of making things work perfectly. She has a strong desire to leave things better than she found them.
She graduated high school early and moved to Arizona to study at the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute. She graduated with a 4.0 grade average and with certifications in Kawasaki (on/off road motorcycles, atv, and watercraft) and BMW (Level 1 Technician). After graduation she moved back to Massachusetts. Bailey joined the Nova staff in the summer of 2016.
She loves animals and has a green thumb. She also plays baritone sax, bass guitar and piano.
Andy Townsend - Mechanic & Fabricator
Andy is a Western MA native who started breaking things and putting them back together in high school with computers, programming and circuit bending electronic instruments.
He fell into the world of motorcycling in 2006 as a means to get back home from the West coast. Within a week of returning, he downsized and picked up the first of many vintage 50cc mopeds. A few spirited rides later, the machine was torn down and built back up and he caught the bug of wrenching.
He attended Yestermorrow Design/Build School and graduated from Sterling College in rural VT where he studied a self directed Ecological & Permaculture Design curriculum.
Andy comes to Nova with a broad skill set from working in metal and wood shops, on farms, as a carpenter and handyman, and fine tuning his own machines. He skated on Team USA to win the Men's Roller Derby World Cup in 2014 and now gets his fix racing with the USCRA.
Bill Chaney - Mechanic
Bills's bio is coming soon.