Located in Mitchell, South Dakota, Klock Werks has been involved in designing parts, creating custom motorcycles and setting records on the Bonneville Salt Flats. It all began in a rural, South Dakota town where Brian Klock’s parents owned a gas station. According to Klock Werks Klock would spray paint cars with his brothers at home as well as charge neighborhood kids to ride his Honda 50. This entrepreneurial spirit led to an FXR project in 1988 and his first award-winning custom motorcycle in 1990.
“I studied guys like Donnie Smith, Arlen and Cory Ness, Dave Perewitz, Jim Betlach, Lee Clemens, Don Hotop, Tom Motzko, Grady Pfeiffer, Tank, and many more in those early years,” Brian Klock said. “I’m such a fan of the industry.”
Brian Klock With Willie G and his first custom motorcycle - Kansas City, 1992
Limited edition anniversary calendars and a look back at the custom motorcycles created by the company are among the activities celebrating the 20th anniversary.
“We are honored to pay tribute to those who have gone before us and those who have helped us get where we are today. This past 20 years have been a journey — with thousands of miles driven, hundreds of bikes built, millions of smiles, and motorcycle camaraderie that has forever changed and enhanced our lives,” Dan Cheeseman, COO, said.
Among the names connected with Klock Werks success, John “Quigley” Patton who helped Brian start the company in Patton’s garage where they finished a turbo-charged bagger for Roger Klock, Brian’s dad. In 1997, Brian got his first magazine spread, and Klock Werks was moved into a single-car garage with no sign in Mitchell, SD. Dan Cheeseman was hired, and together, they worked on whatever came through the door.
Later, in 2004, the business was moved into its current location, a 7,000 square feet facility. The larger building afforded space for new software, more space for R&D and custom motorcycles and a dyno Quigley always wanted.
Klock Werks product line started with Brian and Dan’s disappointment over the lack of available quality after-market fenders. With a push from Laura, who joined the team in 2005, the company shifted from custom motorcycles to a high-quality product line with ensured accurate fitment. Developing its parts line, Klock Werks used top of the line manufacturing processes and materials with all the work completed in the United States. The mission was to create accurate fitment and easy installation so anyone could customize their own ride.
The Klock Werks family
But that’s not to say the company didn’t enjoy showing its creative side. In 2006, the growing ‘Klock Krew’ accepted a call to participate in the Discovery Channel Biker Build Off. This was their chance to debut their first products and parts. Building a custom bagger, the first-ever for the build off, Klock Werks won.
Using the custom bagger to set a National Land Speed Record at the Bonneville Salt Flats, a new product was born. Noticing a lift from the front end of the motorcycle as it increased speed, the patented Flare Windshield was born. The added downforce, air management, and sheer style of the part has afforded the Flare the title of Product of the Year, twice.
Today, the company has 16 full-time employees and sells parts all around the globe. The Flare Windshield continues to lead as the number one selling part, but custom bike shops and garage builders utilize other high quality, high functioning parts, like the adjustable KlipHanger Handlebars, e-coated stamped steel fenders, and most recently, Klock Werks Device Mounts, powered by the iOmounts system.