Readers and their Rides

Readers and their Rides

Chester Cook and His '91 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic

May 31, 2005
I have known Chester for a little over three years. He has a legacy of drag racing and has been riding almost his entire life. He works very hard and motorcycling is his outlet. He is a great friend and always has a story to tell. Chester used to work at the local KCIR drag strip, and ran the track for the Wednesday night bike nights. Guys like Ray Worth, Wobblin Wally, Ted Kassner, Don Burlington, Gary McRenolds, Larry James and Hal Cornell all raced. He even had the honor of starting the 1975 bike drags for Steve Hatfield of…

Teddy Bitner and His 1960 Harley-Davidson FL

April 30, 2005
I have known Teddy Bitner, a.k.a. Colonel, for several years. He has great enthusiasm for the sport of motorcycling and an even greater passion for Christian outreach in the motorcycling community. He is president of the Cycle Disciples M/C Kansas City Chapter. I appreciated the opportunity to visit with Teddy and was especially interested in hearing about his antique Harley. CC: Teddy, What is your occupation? Teddy: I’m a retired Army officer, a college professor and consultant for the Army. CC: How long have you been riding? Teddy: I’ve been riding for 31 years. CC: What was your first bike?…

Pete Catalano and His 1998 Harley-Davidson Sportster

April 30, 2005
I have known Pete for some time now, and we have recently been thrown back into the local biker scene. Pete is very outgoing, and is a good friend to share stories with. He takes safety as a priority, which is something you have to respect. We at Cycle Connections were glad to have Pete ride with us in this year’s Snake Saturday Parade in North Kansas City, and it’s always a pleasure when he is able to join us at the various bike nights around town. So without further adieu, I am pleased to introduce to you, Mr. Peter…

Blake Cox and His 2005 Honda CRF250

March 31, 2005
Blake CoxBlue Springs, MissouriI have known Blake Cox for eight years now, and have watched him grow from BMX racing to motocross. He is blessed to have a very supportive family who doesn't miss any of his races. He recently moved up from a 1998 Honda CR85 to a 2005 Honda CRF250. This in itself is a big jump that many young riders cannot comprehend or do well at. I think that with more track time and patience, Blake will make it into the pros.CC: Blake, what do you do when you're not racing? Blake: I’m a full-time high school…

Jeffery Hartsell and His '94 Harley-Davidson Special Softail

March 31, 2005
Jeffery W HartsellIndependence, MissouriCC: Jeffery, what is your occupation? Jeffery: I’m a mechanic.CC: Do you have any hobbies other than motorcycling? Jeffery: Yes. I also enjoy collecting cars, mugs and plates.CC: Why do you ride? Jeffery: I love the wind in my face, and I just love riding!CC: How long have you been riding? Jeffery: Around ten to fifteen years.CC: What was your first bike? Jeffery: My first bike was a '74 Honda 550 Four.CC: How many bikes have you owned? Jeffery: I've owned a total of three bikes.CC: How many bikes do you currently own? Jeffery: Three.CC: Tell us…

Carl “Boonie” Criswell and His ’01 Suzuki Nitrous Hayabusa

February 28, 2005
Last summer when Wayne Thompson and I where covering the Soul Brothers Drag race, we met Carl Criswell; nicknamed “Boonie.” I was taken back by his attitude and passion for drag racing, so I gave him my business card and asked him if we could get together sometime for a Readers & Their Rides interview to learn more about him and his club. Unfortunately, we never had the chance to hook up, but luckily we ran into each other again at the Cycles n More Bike Show. This time I made sure he didn’t get away and scheduled a time…

Kevin Carpenter and His ’03 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy

February 28, 2005
Kevin CarpenterBlue Springs, MissouriCC: Kevin, what is your occupation? Kevin: I’m an auto worker for the Ford Motor Company.CC: Why do you ride? Kevin: It’s an expensive hobby, but I love it! CC: How long have you been riding? Kevin: About 13 years. CC: What was your first bike? Kevin: It was a dirt bike, until my first Harley. CC: How many bikes have you owned? Kevin: Three. CC: How many bikes do you currently own? Kevin: Just my Harley. CC: What is the year, make, and model of your bike? Kevin: It’s a 2003 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy. CC: What…

Tyler Wohlgemuth and His ’02 Kawasaki Ninja ZX600R

January 31, 2005
Last summer, a young man asked me to look over a bike he had just bought. I would have never expected the close relationship that was in the making with him and his family. I could see the same gleam in his eyes that I did when I started riding. He is eager to learn the mechanics of the machines, and rumor has it, he has already been seen at the drag strip and is ready to take on the 600 class this year. Tyler and his fiancée are two really great individuals and are avid Cycle Connections fans. So…

Jeff Holland

December 31, 2004
I have known Jeff Holland and his long-time riding partner Susan Stribling for several years and have been on rides, short and long, with them many times. Due to circumstances, the accompanying photos were shot in Jeff’s garage. That’s a bit ironic since his bike doesn’t spend a lot of time in the garage because he’s always out riding it. Jeff rides more than anyone else I know. I enjoyed our recent visit about his motorcycling background and travels. CC: What is your occupation? Jeff: I’m a driveline and 4X4 mechanic. CC: Why do you ride? Jeff: I ride for…

Haven Simpson and His '76 Harley-Davidson FXE

November 30, 2004
Haven SimpsonIndependence, MOCC: What is your occupation, Haven? Haven: I’m a shop technician. CC: Do you have hobbies other than motorcycling? Haven: I enjoy hunting and fishing. CC: Why do you ride? Haven: I enjoy the freedom it affords me. I enjoy hanging out with my friends that also ride. CC: How long have you been riding? Haven: I’ve been riding since 1971, so that’s 33 years. CC: What was your first bike? Haven: It was a 1971 Norton. CC: How many bikes have you owned? Haven: I’ve owned a total of seven bikes. CC: How many bikes do you…

Bob McDaniel – On the Road Again

November 30, 2004
It’s not unusual for someone to buy a motorcycle. More folks are doing it all the time. During the summer months, the highways these days are well traveled with motorcycle riders. So why take notice of a local man and his wife buying a motorcycle? Well, Bob McDaniel is 73. His wife Alberta is 74. They’ve been married nearly 60 years, and it’s been 13 years since they last rode together. “I’ve been riding since I was 14 or 15 years old,” said Bob, who lives at 231st Street and Spooncreek Road. “My first one was a 1945 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead.…

Mark Zickefoose

October 31, 2004
Ask just about any biker in the area around Washington, Iowa, and he or she will probably be able to tell you where Mark Zickefoose lives. Many have been to his house for a meal, for help fixing some mechanical problem, or just to chat. Zick, as he is known to his friends, always makes guests feel welcome, and no one is a stranger for very long. I first met Zick at the Freedom Rally in Humboldt, Iowa, at least a dozen years ago. We were introduced by Mouse, a mutual friend who had moved from Washington to Dodge City,…

Gene and Marguerite Budd

October 31, 2004
Meet Gene and Marguerite Budd, an 83-year-old couple who has been going to Sturgis from 1995 to 2004. Their anniversary is even the same as the Sturgis Rally (64 years of marriage and the 64th year of the Rally). As you can see, they don’t let their age stop them from enjoying life. They are often treated like movie stars when riding through Sturgis and Deadwood, South Dakota, and people often stop them on the street and ask if they can take their picture. Occupation: Retired construction electrician. Hobbies, other than motorcycling? Anything, except golf, which I can get money…

Rick and Rosanne Budd

October 31, 2004
Occupation: Electrican. Hobbies, other than motorcycling? Boating, Fishing, computer work, and playing with two granddaughers. Why Do you Ride? Relieve stress, and for pure enjoymentHow long have you been riding? Approximately 45 years. What was your first bike? A Honda 350. How many bikes have you owned? A dozen. How many bikes do you currently own? A 1977 Sportster, a 1980 Shovelhead full dressed Electra Glide, a custom 2002 Harley (flame thrower) and a 1998 trike that my dad and I built. What is the year, make, and Model of your current 'primary' bike? 2002 custom Harley (has a 1998…

Sidney Niemann

September 30, 2004
Sidney NiemannSmithville, MissouriCC: Sidney, what is your occupation? Sidney: I import/export parts for a large Electronics Company. CC: Why do you ride? Sidney: Stress-Reduction Therapy. CC: How long have you been riding? Sidney: Over three years. CC: What was your first bike? Sidney: It was a 1993 Yamaha Virago 535. CC: How many bikes have you owned? Sidney: Three. CC: How many bikes do you currently own? Sidney: One. CC: What is the year, make, and model of your current bike? Sidney: It’s a 2003 Honda VTX1300 Retro. CC: What do you like most about your current bike? Sidney: You…

Dustin Miller

September 30, 2004
Dustin MillerKansas City, MissouriCC: What is your occupation, Dustin? Dustin: I work at the Ford Plant in Claycomo on the assembly line, building the Ford Escape SUV and Mazda Tribute SUV. CC: Why do you ride? Dustin: I have ridden dirt bikes, and ATVs since I was a kid; I graduated to a street bike when I inherited my dad’s bike last year. CC: How long have you been riding? Dustin: Dirt, 17 years. Street, a little over a year. CC: What was your first bike? Dustin: Not sure what size? But it was a Suzuki mini bike, that was…

Carol Hart

August 31, 2004
Carol HartAlberta, CanadaI met Carol at a barbeque that the Fairfield Inn in Spearfish, South Dakota provided for their guests. From the minute I saw Carol I knew there was something special about her, other than her accent. As we talked into the night, we laughed, shared photos and road stories, as well as our personal lives and ambitions. Carol rode her custom six-speed Dyna from Alberta, Canada, with two of her friends, Cam and Maurice. Although she is a workaholic, I think she enjoys riding more than anything else. Since she lives almost at the top of the world…

Kendra Moore

August 31, 2004
During this year’s Sturgis Rally, I was doubly fortunate concerning my lodging arrangements. Not only did I have the pleasure of meeting Dorothy, the 80-year-old owner of the property where I pitched my tent, but I also became acquainted with a number of terrific people who were also staying there. Kendra was one of them. Having attended the rally for many years, I really enjoy hearing the views of someone who is experiencing Sturgis for the very first time. I’m pleased that Kendra was kind enough to share her comments about Sturgis as well as information about her motorcycle. CC:…

Brett Hazelrigg

July 31, 2004
Bregg HazelriggHouston, TexasCC: What is your occupation, Brett? Brett: I’m a Field Service Engineer for General Electric and am currently working in Indonesia. CC: Why do you ride? Brett: For the thrill of feeling free. CC: How long have you been riding? Brett: 32 years. CC: What was your first bike? Brett: 1971 Honda CT-70.CC: How many bikes have you owned? Brett: 17. CC: How many bikes do you currently own? Brett: 2. CC: What is the year, make, and model of your current bikes? Brett: A 2003 Harley Road Glide and a custom 1998 Yamaha Royal Star. CC: What…

Darwin Barnett

July 31, 2004
Darwin BarnettKansas City CC: Darwin, what is your occupation? Darwin: I’m a semi-retired race promoter for Soul Brothers Race Team. CC: Why do you ride? Darwin: I love the feel of the outdoors and feel of the monster big block between my legs. CC: How long have you been riding? Darwin: Around 50 Yrs. CC: What was your first bike? Darwin: It was a Czeck 125 Enduro. CC: How many bikes have you owned? Darwin: Being that I owned a motorcycle shop; hundreds ( Smile). Personal bikes is probably around 15. CC: How many bikes do you currently own? Darwin:…
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