Sattler V-Twin is on a roll
When Ken Kirkpatrick opened Sattler V-Twin on Old Sattler Rd. in July 2000, he couldn't have foreseen the stature his enterprise would achieve four years later.
With partner Kevin Brown, with whom he teamed in 2002, Kirkpatrick and company have become a nationally-renowned builder of radical custom motorcycles that range from $19,000.00 to near $150,000.00. They also really love to take factory American made motorcycles and give them a fat tire along with complete face lift from front to rear. They even have time to sell all the parts you could dream of for your bike and provide service and repairs to American made motorcycles.
"Our bikes have been featured in three national magazines within the last three months, including the cover of Thunder Roads," said Ken. In addition, episodes on the Discovery Channel set to air later this fall, will star patented seat pans from their subsidiary company, Poly Pan Gel. "The seat pans have grown to become nearly 50% of revenues," added Kevin. Another subsidiary, KK Cycles has been formed as the retail wing of the company.
Having recently relocated to a spacious facility on FM 2272 near the intersection with FM 2673 in Startzville, Sattler V-Twin is gathering increasing interest at its new high-traffic location. The firm has just five employees: In addition to Ken and Kevin, Becky Brown, Trisha Tanguma and Bob Slusser round out the staff.
A soon-to-be-realized goal of the company is to become a Texas state-licensed manufacturer to take bikes all the way from design to sale and title, in the same league as such producers as Harley Davidson. They plan to offer financing plans and to expand their new building by another 1000 square feet, enabling separate facilities for manufacturing, fabrication and assembly, and retail showroom (with a seat room.)
Much of the national attention garnered by Sattler V-Twin has come from participation in regional and national shows, where they have won a number of "build-off" competitions.
In fact, the success of the company at the shows has provided a challenge for the business. Often all five employees need to be at the show, necessitating the temporary closing of the Startzville headquarters. Customers expecting normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.) sometimes are disappointed.
To help, here are show dates for the next three months: September 16 through 19 : Lone Star Biker Bash,Texas Motor Speedway; September 22 through 26: Lone Star Rally, Galveston, TX; October 8 through 10, Custom Chrome, Morgan Hill, CA (shop will remain open for show); October 15 & 16: Texas Chopper Fest, San Marcos, TX; October 28 through November 1: Steel Pony Express, New Orleans, LA; November 12 & 13: Easyrider Show, Houston,TX; and November 19 through 22: Big Twin West, Las Vegas, NV.