Knowbtown Cycle – Kansas City, Missouri
Written by Staff
November 30, 2010
There are several independent motorcycle shops in the Kansas City area, and even more that have shut down over the past few years, but how many shops do you know of that are actually expanding and growing their business; especially in this economy? I know of only one; Knobtown Cycle in Kansas City, Missouri.
Owner Kit Fox opened for business in April 2004 at the intersection of 350 Highway and Noland Road in Knobtown, Missouri, which is just south of Kansas City International Raceway (KCIR). From the day they opened, Knobtown Cycle earned the respect of the local motorcycle community by providing great customer service and reasonably priced service, parts and accessories. They were even nice enough to let us shoot our May 2004 cover in their service area.
Within five years, Knobtown Cycle had outgrown their small shop, so in August 2009, Knobtown Cycle pulled up stakes and moved just down to road on 350 Highway to a new 3,000 square foot building, which more than doubled the size of their original shop. The new location enabled Kit to greatly expand his shop area as well as his parts, accessories, and apparel showroom. During a recent visit, Kit told me he will soon be adding a loft in the stock room behind their parts counter, which will give them another 500 square feet.
Another reason for Knobtown Cycle’s success is the experienced staff Kit has brought on-board to help run his business. Mark Jacobs, who handles the parts counter, has been in the motorcycle parts and accessories business for years, and Shawn McCollum, who works his magic in the service area has been involved with motorcycles since the age of six. Along with owning the business, Kit is also a certified Harley-Davidson mechanic, so you can rest assured that between Kit and Shawn, your bike is in good hands when you drop your baby off for service or whatever you need done. To round things out, Jimmy Schriver with Slim’s Cycle Seats, who is well known and respected in the local motorcycle industry also works the parts counter when needed.
Knobtown Cycle offers a full range of motorcycle repair services including custom motorcycle fabrication and painting, crash repairs, insurance claim repairs, gas tank repair, bodywork repair, crankshafts, complete engines, wheels, frames, tanks, fenders and more. Along from taking your Harley-Davidson or custom bike to the next level in horsepower or style, Knobtown Cycle is an authorized dealer for Drag Specialties, Bikers Choice, Custom Chrome, Tucker Rocky, V-Twin Manufacturing, Kuryakyn and many others. They are also known as the place to go in Kansas City for street bike, dirt bike and ATV tires for both American made and metric motorcycles, which they can install for you at a very reasonable rate. Thinking about selling your bike? Knobtown Cycle can help you with that as well via their motorcycle consignment sales program.
As you can see, Knobtown Cycle is a full service motorcycle shop who stands behind their work, which explains why they are one of the most successful and respected shops in the Kansas City area. So the next time you’re ready to have your motorcycle serviced or want to take your bike to the next level, visit Knobtown Cycle, and see for yourself how customer service is supposed to be!
By Mike Schweder