Readers and their Rides

Kevin “Brodee” Broderick and His '03 Harley-Davidson FXDP

Written by  October 31, 2005

I first met Kevin at last year’s Cycles & More Bike Show when he stopped by the Cycle Connections booth and introduced himself. We seemed to have a lot in common and talked for quite a while about bikes and racing. I knew Harley Dave Adams and Dyno Mike Wilson had been working on a pretty hot FXDX that was black and very stealthy, but had no idea it belonged to Kevin.

During this interview, Kevin told me his passion has always been motorcycle racing and this year he has won the Harley grudge drags at Heartland Park in Topeka, Kansas. His bike runs a consistent 10.5 in the quarter mile thanks to Dave Adams and Mike Wilson’s extensive knowledge in Dyno testing and tweaking. According to the Dyno, this 124ci S&S motor has 135 horsepower at the rear wheel with 140 foot pounds of torque. Kevin told me the rear swingarm has a 4” extension with a 190 mm shootout tire that really puts traction to the ground. It also has an MRE air shifter and a Doug Fisk custom exhaust system.

During our interview and photo shoot, Kevin showed me a sample of what this bike can do. I hope the 200 foot burnouts he did in his subdivision doesn't upset the president of his homes association.

CC: Kevin, what is your occupation?
Kevin: I'm the Business Manager at Gail’s Harley-Davidson.

CC: Do you have any hobbies other than motorcycling?
Kevin: How about drag racing motorcycles. Is that different? Ha! I enjoy some hunting.

CC: Why do you ride?
Kevin: I enjoy riding because of the freedom it gives me. I find it relaxing.

CC: How long have you been riding?
Kevin: About 21 years.

CC: What was your first bike?
Kevin: It was a Suzuki GS450E.

CC: How many bikes have you owned?
Kevin: Oh my God…probably 15 or so.

CC: How many bikes do you currently own?
Kevin: I own two '03 Harley-Davidson FLHRSEI2s and an '03 Harley-Davidson FXDP, which is my drag bike.

CC: Please tell us about your bikes?
Kevin: I use the FLHRSEI2s for long rides and the FXDP for running around town and taking to the drag strip. The Road Kings are comfortable and reliable and the Dyna is fast, quick, and I think it looks damn good.

CC: What is your dream bike?
Kevin: That’s funny. I think my dream bike is the one I own at the time.

CC: What is your most memorable riding experience?
Kevin: Too many to mention, but the one that stands our right now is the time I ran 10.59 in the quarter mile and this guy who was riding a GXR came up and said, “WOW…what does that have in it?” I had just beat him in a race.

CC: What is your least memorable riding experience?
Kevin: I couldn’t tell you because I don’t remember. Thus the reason it’s LEAST Memorable.

CC: To what motorcycle clubs and organizations do you belong?
Kevin: I have been a member of F.O.R.R. and MRF. I am currently a member of the American Heartland Chapter of H.O.G.

CC: Which motorcycle rallies & events have you attended and which is your favorite?
Kevin: Of course Sturgis, and for the past six years I’ve helped organize the Janey’s Over The Next Hill Ride for Immacolata Manor.

CC: Which is your favorite bike night location?
Kevin: There are a lot of great bike nights out there. I think I have had fun at all of them, but my favorite one is the bike night that people don’t wanna talk “shop.” You know I love the hell out of talking about motorcycles—I just don’t want to deal with; “What is the price for…?” I think I should be able to go and have a beer or a cocktail and chat with people who dig bikes.

CC: Do you have any tattoos?
Kevin: I’ll say this about my tattoos—I have three, they are on my ankle shoulder and on back. I won’t tell you what they are, or which is my favorite. The better you get to know me the more you can find out about my tats if you just really HAVE to know about them.

CC: Who is your favorite tattoo artist?
Kevin: You know the guys at Kingpin have always taken good care of me. Hell I have never had anyone else put one on me.

CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself?
Kevin: Both have their qualities. There are times I must go riding by myself. There are other times that – MAN it is just too much fun you gotta be riding with a lot of people.

CC: Who are some of your closest riding buddies?
Kevin: I enjoy riding with Tommy McGee—what a great Brother. Don Canafax—what an “OL Fart.” And I have to say that today I just lost a GREAT friend, both as a riding partner and someone just to hang with. Ron Foster you will be missed—RIP.

CC: Just for fun, which of your riding buddies is the best rider?
Kevin: I will never answer a question like this. Nice try!

CC: Just for fun, which or your riding buddies is the worst rider?
Kevin: I will refer to the answer in my previous question.

CC: Kevin, thanks for the interview and is there anything else you would like to share with your fellow riders?
Kevin: All I can say is everyone be safe.

Great job to Harley Dave and Dyno Mike on the clean look and serious horsepower this bike puts out. I plan to keep an eye on Kevin during the upcoming drag racing season and can’t wait to see him hit the 9s on this bike.

If you’d like a hot bike of your own, contact Kevin, Dave or Mike at Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Grandview, Missouri.

Interview and photos by Dave Miller