Readers and their Rides

Lloyd Moore and his Fire Fighter Special

Written by  May 31, 2004

CC: What is your occupation?

Lloyd: Kansas City Missouri Fire Fighter

CC: Why do you ride?

Lloyd: I love it, you see and realize the world like you can’t in a four-wheeler.

CC: How long have you been riding?

Lloyd: 39 years

CC: What was your first bike?

Lloyd: 100cc Tohatsu

CC: How many bikes have you owned?

Lloyd: 9

CC: How many bikes do you currently own?

Lloyd: 1

CC: What is the year, make, and model of your current 'primary' bike?

Lloyd: 2002 HD Fire Fighter Special Ultra Classic

CC: What do you like most about your current 'primary' bike? Why?

Lloyd: No better ride on the open road.

CC: What is your most memorable riding experience? Why?

Lloyd: 12 days, 11 states, 4,000 mile solo trip.

CC: Tell us about it.

Lloyd: It was 1980, the year of unbearable heat. The temperature was around 117 degrees (it was the year of all the heat related deaths in the Midwest, several of them here). My sister lived in western Wyoming and I intended to stop and see her, otherwise no plans, just wherever I went was where I was. She told me to come out the first week of August, before that was typically bad weather, after that was bad weather also. I learned a few years earlier from a scooter club in which I was a member, that when going on a road trip you should take every kind of riding gear with you. I left Kansas City at 2 a.m. in order to beat the heat I knew was in store for across Kansas. I rode all over Colorado, Utah, Idaho, and a great deal of Wyoming with little consequence. The day I left my sister’s house I thought maybe I'd ride up and have a look at the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. It was cool so I was wearing a jacket. Later it started to rain so I stopped and put on rain gear, a little further down the road it got colder and started to sleet, then snow. I then stopped and put on a snowmobile suit I use to wear back then for cold weather riding. I slept at night wherever I happened to stop on the side of the road. I threw a sheet of plastic over my scooter and tied it off on the left side luggage rail and handlebar. I brought it back to the ground, staked it into the ground making a lean-to. I'd throw my sleeping bag in and that was where I slept for most of the trip. There was plenty of clean streams for washing up that also worked to double up and do laundry. As I was coming across South Dakota after stopping by Sturgis, I didn't stop for long. Sturgis was quite a bit, shall we say, different in those days, no place for a solo rider. Any how, I noticed there had been a solid black cloud chasing me all day. I got to Sioux Falls on the border of Minnesota and decided to treat myself to a real bed that night. I checked into a hotel and went to bed. Later I heard all kinds of racket outside; the storm was finally here. I discovered it was nearly blowing my bike over, so with a little effort, I was able to get it thru the door of my room. The next morning I very quietly pushed it back out and headed back to Kansas City. I think the best advice I could possibly give is to TAKE ALL THE GEAR YOU GOT FOR THE LONG RIDES!

CC: What is your least memorable riding experience? Why?

Lloyd: If I could remember it, it wouldn’t be least memorable!!

CC: To what motorcycle clubs or organizations do you belong?

Lloyd: Wind & Fire and Greater Kansas City H.O.G.

CC: Which motorcycle rallies & events have you attended? Which is your favorite, and why?

Lloyd: Sturgis, Humboldt, Iowa, Biketoberfest in Daytona, Florida. The best is Sturgis because I went with my best buddy, Ronnie Ralston.

CC: Which is your favorite bike night location? Why?

Lloyd: Knuckleheads. I go for the atmosphere and friendliness of the people there.

CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself? Why?

Lloyd: Either, it’s all good.

CC: Who are some of your closest riding buddies?

Lloyd: Double R (Ronnie Ralston), Bob Ellis, Crocket, & Rick.

Story & Photos by Goldie Arnold