Readers and their Rides

Carol Diaz and Her 2000 Kawasaki Vulcan Classic

Written by  July 31, 2005

Carol Diaz with sister Jenny Acosta on back
Kearney, Missouri

I have known Carol Diaz and her husband John for several years and they are two of the nicest people you will ever meet. This photo of Carol and her sister Jenny was taken during a photo shoot for their Ride the Organ Trail Benefit Dice Roll flyer.

CC: Carol, what is your occupation?
Carol: I’m a cable splicer for SBC in Liberty and areas north of the river.

CC: Do you have any hobbies other than motorcycling?
Carol:Yes. I enjoy fishing, camping and my grandkids.

CC: Why do you ride?
Carol: It’s the free bird coming out in me.

CC: How long have you been riding?
Carol: I’ve been riding since I was 19. In other words, a long time!

CC: What was your first bike?
Carol: It was a 1975 Honda.

CC: How many bikes have you owned?
Carol: I'm now on my third bike.

CC: How many bikes do you currently own?
Carol: Just one.

CC: What is your current bike?
Carol: It’s a 2000 Kawasaki Vulcan Classic.

CC: What do you like most about your Vulcan?
Carol: It’s well balanced, it’s great on the highway, it does well on long trips, plus my Vance & Hines pipes sound great!

CC: What is your dream bike?
Carol: I would say a custom bike built for me so I can reach the ground on uneven surfaces easily.

CC: What is your most memorable riding experience?
Carol: I would say it was probably my first motorcycle trip to Branson, Missouri. We took the scenic back roads from Branson to Eureka Springs, Arkansas and it was simply gorgeous!

CC: What is your least memorable riding experience?
Carol: We were in Hastings, Wisconsin and after riding 200 miles in the rain all day we were just getting ready to turn into our hotel when I hit oil as I was breaking and down I went!

CC: To what motorcycle clubs or organizations do you belong?
Carol: I belong to ABATE and FORR.

CC: Which motorcycle rallies & events have you attended and which is your favorite?
Carol: We went to Sturgis last year, but to be honest, I would say that my favorite event is the ABATE Rally at Lake Perry. They have kick-ass bands and it’s a wild party all weekend with a bunch of good friends.

CC: Which is your favorite bike night location?
Carol: Stables Bar & Grill in Kearney. It’s close to home and they have good bands.

CC: Do you have any tattoos?
Carol: I have one on my lower back.

CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself?
Carol: I prefer to ride in a small group.

CC: Who are some of your closest riding buddies?
Carol: My husband John, Tattoo, Johnny, Helen and Mike, Dave and Judy and Mike and Margaret.

CC: Just for fun, which of your riding buddies is the best rider?
Carol: Johnny, because he should have died like 30 times after crashes, but has always come out of it without too much damage.

Interview and Photo by Mike Schweder