NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH) — A family owned shop in Norwich called “Street Stuff Cycles” has been building custom motorcycles for more than 40 years, and now they’re working on one of their biggest projects ever.
Street Stuff Cycles began in 1973 doing airbrushing, and eventually evolved into building custom bikes. Over the years, their bikes have been featured in magazines, centerfolds, easy riders, and Custom Chopper magazines to name a few.
And their business grew from there.
President Richard Crayson said that Street Stuff is a proud family endeavor.
“We’re a family business, doing it for 43 years. My wife, son, and daughter are involved in it.
Richard Crayson is the President of Street Stuff, while daughter Monica Mish and son Eric Crayson both help out.
American Iron Magazine, a major national publication for the motorcycle community, chooses one shop each year to build a custom bike as the official Daytona bike. Street Stuff Cycles got the call, and they said it’s a huge honor and privledge to do a project like this.
“We start with a basic Harley Davidson, [and then we’re] customizing it from top to bottom, so there’s a lot of stress, a lot of pressure.”
Crayson described the bike they’re customizing for Daytona.
“An American Bagger is a cruiser style bike. It traditionally has floorboards, saddle bags… stereo is very common now. We wanted to feature some of the nice popular components in the American bike industry. We actually teamed up with a lot of local vendors. Pro Cop Sign, which is just two blocks up the road. We are also using a powder coater out of Westerly, Josh Reyes. One shop gets picked every year for Dantona, so we’re pretty psyched to be doing it.”
After more than four decades, Crayson is still having a great time with his work.
“I come in everyday with a smile on my face. After this long it says something about the business. It is fun.”If you have an idea for someone we should talk with for ‘Working for Connecticut,’ send us an email or Facebook message, and watch News 8 every Thursday for more stories on the people who are working to make Connecticut a great place to live.