Business Reviews

Moto-Gear – Serving all Bikers

Written by  November 30, 2004

On Wednesday, October 13, 2004, Beverly Harvey opened the doors to her new shop at 4914 North Oak Trafficway in Kansas City, Missouri, with one goal in mind; “We want to bring the most unique clothing, gifts, and artwork the industry has to offer to our customers in a relaxed, welcoming environment. Come by the shop and have a delicious cup of coffee as you browse through the store. If we don’t have exactly what you are looking for, we will order it for you. Plus, if you have suggestions or ideas, just tell us, because Moto-Gear is here to serve you.”
Moto-Gear held their Grand Opening over the weekend of November 13-14, and between now and December 24, you can take advantage of their huge Christmas sale on all in-stock items, such as 30 percent off Demonia shoes, 20 percent off all gift items, 15% off all jewelry and belts, and 10 percent off everything else!

From December 5 through December 24, Moto-Gear has extended their hours for you shopping convenience. They will be open Tuesday thru Saturday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and on Sunday, from Noon until 6 p.m.

Beverly loves motorcycles and currently rides a 2001 Harley-Davidson Road King, which she nicknamed; “Big Girl.” We asked Beverly to tell us a little about herself and how Moto-Gear came to be.
'It has been a life long dream to have my own business. I have come up with many ideas and written many business plans over the years but this time things were different.
A few years ago two good friends of mine, Eric Roadcap and Eric McCormick had purchased brand new bikes and rode them almost every day. As Eric and Eric live in the same subdivision, it was inevitable that they would encourage me to ride. In fact, they tempted me every day by riding by on those shinny machines and waving as they passed by. On several occasions they inquired; “So, when are you going to buy a bike and come ride with us?”
Due to a motorcycle accident I had back in 1975 while in the Army (and wouldn’t you know it; I was riding on the back of someone else’s bike), I was not incredibly fond of motorcycling. In fact I think I even warned Eric and Eric of the dangers of riding, due to my unfortunate experience years earlier.
Unfortunately, my entrance and tenure with motorcycles is not a long romantic story by any means, but I do believe Moto-Gear was meant to be. After a short period of time I began to embrace the idea of riding again. I certainly loved the roar of Harleys as they would pass by, but never thought I could afford one, much less ride one. But I was intoxicated by the sound, and all that came with it.
I decided one day to find a used bike, and after a few weeks thumbing through the classifieds, I found a Kawasaki 750. Long story short, I rode it for a few months just to see if indeed I could handle a large bike, and to my pleasant surprise, the answer was yes.
Next, I graduated to a Harley; a customized 1994 Softtail. She had the custom chrome wheels, sprockets, and was chromed out to the nines. People turned their heads when I went by; it was a hot bike!
I will never forget the first ride on my Harley. Just firing it up was exhilarating. Then down the street, I remember thinking to myself; no wonder people love these bikes. It truly felt like steel underneath me; I FELT SAFE.
The center of gravity on the bike was great. I felt more comfortable and in control. I was in love. That day was probably one of the most important days of my life. Looking back, had I not ridden a Harley, I most likely would not have opened Moto-Gear.
I am a firm believer in fate and karma, and I do believe we are all one, all connected in some form that is way beyond our understanding. Things do not happen by chance. The situations, the people, animals, events that are in our lives, or things that happen to us are there for a reason. My connection with bikes was inevitable.
As fall grew near I decided I needed the apparel for riding. That is when I discovered the limited selection that Kansas City had to offer for riders. Except for a few shops, no one specialized in just clothing. Thus, sparked the idea.
Beyond filling a need in Kansas City for bikers, the idea for the business also fueled a life long dream. As a very young girl growing up in Dodge City, Kansas, when other girls were playing with dolls I was pretending to have my own business. Little did I know it would take another 40 some years to get there, but here I am; finally. A life long dream come true and in an industry I have fallen in love with.

I come from a long line of entrepreneurs. My journey for Moto-Gear is not just financial; it is also a personal dedication to those who came before me. I love motorcycles and cars. My father worked on cars all the time, so the smell of a garage is comforting to me. I have worked on many cars as a hobby, rebuilt auto engines, and had numerous sports cars. I love to drive fast and I guess you could say I live on the edge.

For the last two and half years I have researched, investigated, and educated myself on the motorcycle market. I have attended seminars, tradeshows, spent hundreds of hours on the web, read numerous books, spoken to men and women bikers and bike enthusiasts. I attended local bike events and National events, such as Daytona Bike Week and Sturgis; all in hopes of building the most unique motorcycle business Kansas City has ever seen.
My background consists of 17 years in outside sales, from Medical Supplies to Communications equipment, and seven years in Executive Management. I hold a Bachelors Degree in General Studies and a Masters in Marketing. I am proud to be a Vietnam Era Veteran via the Army and Airborne qualified. Yes, I jumped out of a perfectly good airplane. Actually, I was the last era of the WACs (If you know what that was), and I am damn proud of it. I have done many things in my lifetime, and looking back it has prepared me for this. For bringing to the public; Moto-Gear.
We are new to the Kansas City motorcycle market so if you have an event you would like us to be part of, please contact us. We will be involved with many local events and shows, sponsor charity events, and most importantly, bring to the Kansas City motorcycling community the latest and greatest products the industry has to offer, in a fun environment. We have some surprises in store for you Kansas City...look out, here we come!”
Moto-Gear is conveniently located at North Oak Trafficway and Vivion Road in Kansas City, Missouri. Their winter hours are Tuesday thru Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from Noon to 4 p.m. Make sure to stop by for a cup of coffee and some great savings!

By Mike Schweder


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