In Memory Of

In Memory of Carl Brent “Radar” Estep

Written by  March 10, 2014

Editor’s Note: I’ve known Radar for years, and the first time I met him was at Worth Harley-Davidson North. He was such a friendly, funny, knowledgeable, and down-to-earth guy, I was taken aback by his persona. I can’t remember the exact date I first met him, but it just seems like Radar has always been around.


As most of you know, Radar worked at several dealerships and bike shops around KC, so he had the unique opportunity to meet more people than most, which was quite apparent if you had the opportunity to attend his memorial service and celebration of life that took place at Knucklehead’s Saloon on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. It was standing room only, and many of Radar’s hardcore biker buddies rode their bikes that day, even though temps were in the 20s. Now that’s love…Radar Love!

I can’t imagine a world without Radar in it, and he will be greatly missed by the Cycle Connections crew and all of his family and friends. Ride on Radar, until we all meet again!

Radar’s close friend and business partner, Pete Zibers sent me the following obituary and tribute, which I’m honored to share with you.


Carl Brent “Radar” Estep, 45, died on Tuesday, February 18 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Brent was born on October 3, 1968 to Gary Junior and Cheryl A. (Schlattmann) Estep in Kansas City, Missouri. His family moved to Richmond, Missouri, in 1979. While living in Richmond, Brent made many friends and excelled in theater as well as student government and writing. He graduated from Richmond High School in 1987.

Brent built a career in the motorcycle business that spanned more than 20 years. After graduating from the Motorcycle Mechanic Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1994, he began building a diverse resume, including stints at Glendale Harley-Davidson, Easyrider’s, Worth Harley-Davidson North, F.O.G. Cycles, Bears Highway Classics, Chromed Out Magazine, Knobtown Cycle, and Hardcore Customs. Most recently, he was a partner and “Parts Guru” at Bad Seed Motorcycle Company. His encyclopedic knowledge of parts, along with his warm and instinctive knowledge of people, made him one of the most respected motorcycle parts specialists in the country.

Brent was preceded in death by his father Gary, who passed away in 1991. He is survived by his mother Cheryl, his brother & sister-in-law Gary Brett Estep and Amy Estep of Richmond, Missouri, his sister & brother-in-law Andrea (Estep) Wescott and Gary Dustin Wescott of Olathe, Kansas, and his sister Julie A. Estep of Kansas City, Missouri. He is also survived by his grandmother Lola Winifred Estep of Gladstone, Missouri, and three nieces, one nephew, and one great-nephew who were extremely precious to him. A host of friends loved him dearly and will miss him very much.

As a proud and beloved member of the biker family, it is fitting that Brent will be remembered at a place that reflects the best of his community. The memorial service will be at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, February 25 at Knuckleheads Saloon at 2719 Rochester Street, Kansas City, Missouri, 64120. The service will be followed by a Celebration of Life at the same location.

Brent’s family has been moved and comforted by the outpouring of love and support they have received during this difficult time. They ask that anyone who wishes to make a memorial donation do so in Brent’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 50, Memphis, Tennessee, 38101-9929. — with Radar Love and Bad Seed Motorcycles.

Photo provided by Pete Zibers

Mike Schweder

Editor-in-Chief - Kansas City, MO

Mike is the original founder of Cycle Connections Online Motorcycle Magazine and an avid motorcycle enthusiast. He has been riding for over 40 years, belongs to several local and national motorcycle organizations and travels to numerous rallies and events throughout the US each year. Mike has been a writer and editor for many years and has a passion for sharing his motorcycling experiences and stories with you. Contact Mike at