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Pa. men living in hog heaven

December 21, 1998

Cycle shopBy RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer




ROUZERVILLE, Pa. - Fat Bob isn't really fat and Mose, well he's just Mose, but the two long-time Harley buddies run Fat Bob-N-Mose's Custom Cycles in Rouzerville.

Their chief mechanic calls himself "Chains."

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Cut one of them and you might see gear oil instead of blood. These guys eat, drink, sleep and ride Harley Davidson motorcycles.

Robert "Fat Bob" Stouffer, 49, of Old Mill Road, Waynesboro, Pa., a tool maker by day, works in the shop at night. At 5 feet, 10 inches tall and 240 pounds he's not really fat, it's a nickname he picked up along the way.

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Stephen Mose, also 49, of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., is an air conditioning and heating system mechanic at Fort Ritchie at night. He works days in the motorcycle shop.

"Chains," Glenn McCain, beefy and bearded, fits the image of a rough and tumble Harley guy. "He's the one who knows where all the parts are," Stouffer said.

Stouffer's and Mose's love of Harleys shows up in their personal fleets.

Stouffer goes for class and ride. His newest is a 1998, 95th anniversary model Ultra Class, Harley's top-of-the-line motorcycle. "It's number 131 of 3,000 made," he said. "It only did 85 mph until I put in a high-performance cam. I've had it up to 100 since then, but I haven't had the nerve to go any faster. I guess I'm just getting old."

He also owns a '55 Heritage Soft Tail and two "collector bikes," '72 and '74 Sportsters.

Mose goes for speed and oomph. His favorite is a 1980 model that he fixed up for himself. It won third place in the Daytona Horsepower Shoot Out in 1994. He also has a '74 Sportster and a '66 Sears Moped motor scooter.

Both said they have been involved with motorcycles since they were kids.

"I used to hang around with Bud Friel, an old Waynesboro biker," Stouffer said. "He owned the original cycle shop around here. He sold Harleys, Indians, Matchless and Enfields," he said.

The two pals met at Halterman's motorcycle shop on Hamilton Avenue in Waynesboro in the late 1970s. "We both worked there part time," Stouffer said.

They struck out with their own respective shops in 1980, he said. Mose ran Mose's Custom Cycle Shop on Old Forge Road in Waynesboro. Stouffer opened Waynesboro Cycle after he got laid off from Mack Trucks Inc. to repair police motorcycles.

They merged in 1990 and bought an automobile paint shop at the intersection of Old German and Pen Mar roads.

They repair, customize, soup up, buy and sell used motorcycles. "We're full-service, everything from oil changes to complete rebuilds and customizing, from stock to high-performance," Mose said. "Our motorcycles have won shows all around the Tri-State Area. We usually win one or two trophies," Stouffer said.

The shop also sells new and used parts, motorcycle accessories and clothing. T-shirts and hats with their logo are big sellers across the country, Mose said.

Their customers range from blue collar workers to professionals, Mose said.

"It was hard for the first three years until we got a reputation," Stouffer said. "We only grossed $11,000 our first year but it's been going up by about $10,000 every year. "Next year we hope to, hit $100,000," he said.

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