Business Reviews

F.O.G. Cycles - KC's Most Unique Bike Shop!

Written by  May 2, 2004

Why is F.O.G. Cycles considered by many to be Kansas City's most unique bike shop?

Maybe it's because they are the only bike shop around where you can buy a pre-owned Harley-Davidson, custom built chopper or trike; have your bike serviced; shop for parts, accessories and apparel; then walk through a doorway into a bar to commemorate your purchase over a cold beer while watching the owner play a washboard on stage with the area's finest musicians?

If that doesn't convince you, grab your beer and walk out into the huge open courtyard where you'll find an old caboose that's been transformed into a bandstand. You can plant you butt on one of the many picnic tables for some great people watching or walk through a set of steel gates onto Rochester Street where Frank's famous street parties are held. Speaking of which, according to Brian, the next street party is scheduled for Saturday, July 10th.

If you're there on Friday evening for Hot Rods & Harley's Cruise Night, you'll likely see bikes, and a few hot rods, lined up down the street as far as the eye can see. You'll also want to take advantage of the Friday night specials, including .75 tacos and bucket-of-beer specials. This Friday night event has become so popular; our readers voted Knucklehead's Saloon 'KC's Best Bike Night in 2003.”

F.O.G. may not be the easiest place to find, but its well worth the effort. Anyone who has tried to find F.O.G. Cycles on their own, without first getting some good directions, most likely found themselves riding in circles near some old warehouses or wandering aimlessly up and down the street of a not-so-influential neighborhood. If you're lucky, you might fall in behind some fellow riders who seem to know where they are going. Even if you know where you're going, if you exit off Front Street, there's a good chance you may have to wait on one of the many trains that seem to pull forward and backwards in front of the railroad crossing just to piss you off. I'm told there is a way around the railroad crossing, but I haven't taken the time to figure that one out yet.

So how did this popular biker hangout get started? According to Frank, he owned a body shop and was building and customizing old bikes out of his garage. He found it hard to get parts for his custom bikes, so in 1997, he transformed his hobby into a business and F.O.G. Cycles was born. Midwest Choppers soon followed, as did
Knuckleheads Saloon, which opened its doors a couple years ago. To add another component to Frank’s arsenal, he’s also one of the only Motor Trike dealers in the Midwest. Frank has a great crew working for him, including mechanic, Tom Fine, and Brian 'Youngblood,' who can fix you up with whatever part or accessory you are looking for. Frank sponsors many charitable organizations in Kansas City, including the City Union Mission, Newhouse, Bikers for Babies, and several others.
There are many rumors about what the acronym F.O.G. actually stands for. One rumor is that it stands for 'Friends Only Gathering.' While this may sound nice, knowing Frank, we figured there was probably a better answer. Goldie, our Special Assignment correspondent cornered Frank one evening and got him to give it up. According to Frank, F.O.G. stands for 'F*cking Old Guys.' The next question was obviously, what f*cking old guys? That's when Frank told us the whole story, 'Myself and some riding friends were into hot rod cars. One of the guys had a really ugly car that he entered in all the car shows. Not only was it ugly, it was a money pit and it never won anything. We got together and bought a trophy and one morning at breakfast we presented it to him, signed from the F*cking Old Guys.'
So there you have it! If you've never been to F.O.G. Cycles or Knucklehead's Saloon, it's time to get off your butt, get on your bike, and get on down to 2715 Rochester in Kansas City, MO. F.O.G. Cycles is open Wednesday thru Friday from noon - 8 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
If you need directions, which you will, give Frank and crew a call at (816) 483-6320 or go to F.O.G.'s business info page and click Map/Directions.
By Mike Schweder


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