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Gasoline Alley - A Great Day Trip to the Lake

April 30, 2004
Gasoline Alley is a great one-of-a-kind bar and restaurant if you want to slow down a bit, enjoy a little nostalgia, meet old friends, and make some new ones. It is an easy place to find, located on Main Street in downtown Warsaw, Missouri. The food is excellent, the beer is always cold and the staff works hard to satisfy every customer. The building has plenty of history, which the owner, Mac Vorce is more than willing to share with his customers. His father owned and operated the original Texaco gas station for many decades before retiring, and was an…

Ultra Craft Customs - The Naked Truth

March 31, 2004
Gardner, Kansas may be the last place you’d expect to find one of Kansas City’s finest custom bike builders, but that’s exactly where you’ll find Ultra Craft Customs. Reece and Heath Good have specialized in building unbelievable custom bikes and their talent in sheet metal fabrication is second to none! As a matter of fact, Craig Frye’s 2003 Ultra Craft Customs Pro Street Chopper made the cover of this month’s issue. The first time I saw this bike was at the Angel Flight: Ride for Life charity ride I attended last September. I was amazed at the level of detail…

Icon Tattoo - Quality Sevice & Repair

February 29, 2004
When I first set foot inside the door at Icon Tattoo in Blue Springs, Missouri, I was taken back by how modern and clean everything appeared. In one corner of the waiting area you'll find a couple of full-size video games and a full-size statue of Captain Morgan, which just happens to be my drink of choice. Down both walls of the shop you find row after row of neatly arranged tattoo samples. Denny opened his shop two years ago after working at several well known tattoo studios in Kansas City, including Grimms, Exile and Irezumi Body Art. Denny and…

Cyco Graphics – Masters in the Art of Custom Paint

February 29, 2004
The first time I walked into Cyco Graphics in Claycomo, Missouri I wasn’t sure if I was in a bike shop or a museum. Immediately upon entering the shop, you’re greeted by Biker Frank, the world's tallest Leprechaun, with Humphrey, the leg-humping dog clinging to his leg. You’ve got to see this, because Humphrey actually humps! The next thing you pass is an antique coin-operated Indian motorcycle kiddie ride, which Bill dropped a quarter in to show me that it still works. On the right side of the hall leading to the showroom is a 1978 Shortster, which is actually…

F.O.G. Cycles & Knucklehead's Saloon

January 31, 2004
Congratulations to Knucklehead’s Saloon on being voted Best Bike Night location in Kansas City for 2003! Where else can you go to shop for motor clothes, buy parts, get your bike serviced, listen to blues, eat, drink, visit with other bikers and party like a rock star? Knucklehead's Saloon and F.O.G. Cycles of course. F.O.G. is no ordinary motorcycle bike shop. It may be out of the way and out of plain sight, but it is never out of your mind once you’ve been there.It was a Friday night and there was a good crowd congregated inside the Saloon, the…

The Illustrated Man - So Many Tattoos, So Little Space

January 31, 2004
The synopsis for The Illustrated Man with Rod Steiger in a 1969 movie by Rotten Tomatoes says: “In 1933, a man whose body is covered with tattoos searches for the woman who painted him. During his trek, the drifter meets a young man, who envisions three futuristic sci-fi tales, each based on a different tattoo; “The Long Rain,” “The Veldt” and “The Last Night of the World.” Now flash forward 39 years to 1972 at Independence Avenue and Prospect in Kansas City, Missouri. There you will meet Jack Cox, self-taught from the old school, and owner operator of The Illustrated…

Alter Ego Cycle - A Mainstay in Kansas City

December 31, 2003
Alter Ego Cycle is not a new name in Kansas City for motorcycle parts, accessories and motorclothes. They have been in business since 1973, and in 1999 they expanded to Shawnee Mission, Kansas. Brothers, Steven (“Buddha”) and Duane (“Drano”) Heiman, are the owners of this successful biker friendly motorcycle shop. When asked how they got started in the business, Buddha said he always liked motorcycles, so he started working on friends' bikes out of his dad’s shed until the city put a stop to it. He was in high school at the time, so he found a building to rent…

Kingpin Tattooing & Piercing - The Finest Across the Land

December 31, 2003
When you walk down the steps into Kingpin Tattoos you know you’re in a top notch shop. To the right is a comfortable waiting area, and straight ahead is a room filled with rack after rack of tattoos that are neatly arranged in swinging poster frames so you can easily flip through the endless selection to find the perfect one. In yet another room is the main tattooing area, which reminds me of a quaint old-fashioned barber shop with a row of chairs facing a huge mirror that runs the entire length of the room. Each work station is spotless,…

Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Shop – Custom Built Bikes to Your Satisfaction!

November 30, 2003
Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Shop has been servicing both new and old American V-Twin bikes for more than seven years. Owner and mechanic, John Small and his crew of certified technicians provide restorations, complete engine rebuilds, custom paint, collision repair, inspections, and warranty work on Harley-Davidson motorcycles. They also specialize in custom built bikes and are big in the V-Twin hot rod scene. Whether you’re looking for a fully blown bike or simple bolt-on horsepower, Rolling Thunder can make it happen! Conveniently located next door to Alter Ego in North Kansas City, Missouri, Rolling Thunder serves a large base of satisfied…

Purgatory Tattoos – For One Hell of a Great Tattoo!

November 30, 2003
The beauty of tattoos is upon you as you enter the gates of Purgatory. An enthusiastic, cheerful, long blond haired beauty behind the counter, who just happens to be owner, Elizabeth Hilden, greeted me. Elizabeth was Pet of the Year for Penthouse Magazine in 1997. She rides her own bike, a Big Dog Chopper that happened to be in for a paint job at the time of this interview. She guided me to a room and introduced me to Chris Melchert. He was working on customer, George Ketner, who was reclined in a chair. The ease that Chris displayed while…

A-1 Has You Covered - In Tattoos and Body Piercing

October 31, 2003
A-1 is located in the heart of Gladstone, Missouri where the name says it all. As you walk through the doors you will find a friendly, helpful, and professional staff of seven anxiously awaiting the opportunity to ink or pierce some part of your body. Brennan O’Rourke, owner/operator, has been a tattoo artist for 16 years. His expertise in artistic design and tattooing comes from a background in art and an invaluable apprenticeship with a biker from the old school, Wild Bill of Columbus, Georgia. Brennan said Wild Bill was unbelievable, an awesome mentor, and he learned so much from…

Temptress Choppers – Looking Good and Going Fast is Their Business!

October 31, 2003
When you think of custom motorcycles, many of us flash back to the latest episode of American Chopper or one of the numerous Bike Build-off specials we've seen on the Discovery Channel. Names like Jesse James, Billy Lane and Indian Larry come to mind, however, there are two other names floating around the custom motorcycle arena, and they are “Nick Kasik,” founder of Temptress Choppers and “Mike Hudson” founder of Heartland Fabrication and Machine in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. The first time I met Nick was at a bike night at Russo’s Pizza & Pub in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Nick and…

Brass Rail Restaurant & Bar

November 30, 2002
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