About AKS Engineering

AKS Engineering is owned and operated by Steve Ruth and Tom Schick. All of their products are designed, tested and manufactured in Michigan.

Steve, inventor of the SideKicker, is a mechanical engineer and has spent much of his career in the design and development of automotive driveline components.  He won his first bike, a 1966 Suzuki Hill Billy, at the age of 12 in a skeet shooting contest and has been involved with motorcycles ever since, participating out East in Enduro and Hare Scramble competitions for years.  Road bikes have included a 68’ Honda 305, 72’ Suzuki 750, 97’ Triumph Tiger and recently the 09’ BMW 1200GS.

Spending much of his road riding and camping time in the Virginia Mountains, the hilly terrain always seemed to make parking just more of an issue that it should be.  “I was always looking for a stick, a rock or a smashed soda can to put under kickstand to make sure it didn’t fall over or sink into the ground”.  The first prototyped SideKicker was conceived of and built in 2001 and has undergone significant testing and design improvements since.

Tom Schick spent 38 years of his career in the precision machining and fabrication trade and recently retired after selling out of his tool & die manufacturing company he co-owned for 25 years.  Tom also began his road riding on a 69’ Honda 305.  In the dirt he started out with an AJS Stormer but soon found his true love was with Husky’s and rode them for many years competing in Enduro’s.  Today, Tom still enjoys riding both his Honda Goldwing & Kawasaki KDX and has been intrigued with the adjustable kickstand ever since he made the first one for Steve in 2001.