Readers and their Rides

Shawn Fisher-Graves and His 2003 Custom Dropseat Hardtail Chopper

Written by  September 30, 2010

I met Shawn at the recent Grand River Autumn Rally in Urich, Missouri, and he seemed like such an interesting individual I decided to feature him and his chopper in the Readers & Their Rides section of our October 2010 issue. During his interview, I found out that Shawn is from North Kansas City, and is a member of the Widows Sons, which is a Freemasons motorcycle organization. I have several friends and business associates who are fellow members of this organization, and they are all great people.

CC: Shawn, what is your occupation?
Shawn: I’m a framer.

CC: Do you have any hobbies other than motorcycling?
Shawn: Yes, I love to read and am very involved with the Masonic Brotherhood..

CC: Why do you ride?
Shawn: It is one of the only things that gives me a sense of freedom.

CC: How long have you been riding?
Shawn: I've been riding about 27 years.

CC: What was your first bike?
Shawn: It was 125cc Honda dirt bike.

CC: How many bikes have you owned?
Shawn: I’ve owned 12 bike.

CC: How many bikes do you currently own?
Shawn: Right now, just my chopper.

CC: What do you like most about your chopper?
Shawn: It matches my personality. We are both a little different from the norm!

CC: What is your dream bike?
Shawn: I am one of the lucky few that happens to be riding my dream bike.

CC: What is your most memorable riding experience?
Shawn: Labor Day 2010, when I did a 1,700 mile ride down to Austin Texas and back.

CC: What is your least memorable riding experience?
Shawn: Riding from Springfield to Chillicothe during the summer of 1988 when I got hit in the chest by a bird doing 65 mph.

CC: To what motorcycle clubs or organizations do you belong?
SHAWN: I belong to the Widows Sons, which is a motorcycle association with the Freemasons.

CC: What motorcycle rallies & events have you attended, and which is your favorite?
Shawn: Oh lord. Too many to count, and I can honestly say the most recent is always my favorite. So right now, it would be the Grand River Rally in Urich, Missouri.

CC: Do you have a favorite bike night hangout?
Shawn: Sundays at the Landing in Liberty. My brother and his shop Low Life Choppers & Hot Rods is the sponsor.

CC: Tell us about your tattoos?
Shawn: I have 21 tattoos…everywhere. LOL. My Spawn on my lower left leg is my favorite because that is the nickname given to me by my stepdaughter.

CC: Who is your favorite tattoo artist?
Shawn: Shaun Nel from Freaks on Broadway. He takes the time to put a little bit of his heart into all of his work.

CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself?
Shawn: I prefer riding with a group of my brothers. Being able to share in a life experience is what riding should be all about.

CC: Who are some of your closest riding buddies?
Shawn Shadow from Low Life Choppers & Hot Rods and all my Widows Sons brothers.

CC: Thank you for the interview Shawn.

Interview and photos by Mike Schweder

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