Readers and their Rides

Dustin Triboulet and His ’06 Harley Sportster 1200 Custom

Written by  April 30, 2007

Dustin is without a doubt one of the most dedicated riders I’ve seen in a long time. During the weird weather we’ve had over the past few months from above warm temperatures to snow the next day, he continues to ride his motorcycle.

Since purchasing his Sportster, he has gone above and beyond to get as many miles under his belt as possible. I guess this is to make up for lost time or because of his passion for riding. I have been there to give him advice and tech support for his new ride and he has always been open to suggestions.

Since meeting Dustin, he was always the first to come check out the new bikes I have done bike review on, and has given me his opinion from a consumer’s point of view. I’m proud to feature Dustin in our Readers & Rides section because he has such a good attitude towards riding in all weather conditions.

CC: Dustin, what is your occupation?
Dustin: My career is in Information Technology.

CC: Do you have hobbies other than motorcycling?
Dustin: Yes, my 6-year-old twin boys. All three of us love pretty much anything that burns fossil fuel. Mid 60s GM cars are my favorite.

CC: Why do you ride?
Dustin: It is the small bit of freedom I have in life right now. I ride to work if the morning temp is above 30 degrees, dry, and the afternoon temp is at least 40. I ride every time I get a chance.

CC: How long have you been riding?
Dustin: Over 25 years if you include my first dirt bike.

CC: What was your first bike?
Dustin: My first bike was a Honda Mini Trail 50 dirt when I was about seven or eight-years-old and I purchased a Honda Shadow 500 about when I was 19.

CC: How many bikes have you owned?
Dustin: I’ve owned five dirt bikes and three street bikes.

CC: How many bikes do you currently own?
Dustin: One; my Sportster.

CC: What do you like most about your Sportster?
Dustin: It’s a simple bike. One carburetor and disk brakes, gear driven timing and belt drive means no chain oil.

CC: What is your dream bike?
Dustin: It would be a Yamaha V-Max. Just before driving age the V-Max showed up and it was a monster. I liked the looks and definitely liked what the brochure said, but it was way out of my budget, plus the fact that my mom would have killed me before the bike did.

CC: What is your most memorable riding experience?
Dustin: I would have to say it was pretty recent. I was riding to work and it started to rain. It was the first rain, which of coarse makes the roads slicker than if it has been raining hard for a while. I was being nice and safe but started this downgrade to an off ramp I needed to turn on and I couldn’t seem to stop the bike. I would ease on the brake and it just started sliding but I made it in the end. I’m ready for some better experiences than that.

CC: What is your least memorable riding experience?
Dustin: Riding to and from work every day in stop and go traffic. It’s a real bummer.

CC: To what motorcycle clubs or organizations do you belong?
Dustin: I belong to the Harley Owners Group (HOG), Greater Kansas City Harley Owners Group (GKCHOG) and the Southern Cruisers Kansas City Chapter.

CC: Which motorcycle rallies & events have you attended and which is your favorite?
Dustin: I have only been on the Kansas City Poker Run, which was an exciting event. I met some really nice people there and it was for a good cause.

CC: Do you have a favorite bike night hangout?
Dustin: No, I don’t really have one yet.

CC: Do you have any tattoos?
Dustin: No, however I’m considering it.

CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself?
Dustin: I enjoy riding in a group. One is just no fun.

CC: Who are some of your closest riding buddies?
Dustin: I ride with the Southern Cruisers on occasion, but couldn’t say I have a close riding buddy.

CC: Just for fun, which of your riding buddies is the best rider?
Dustin: The group I ride with is pretty strict as far as safety goes, so I would say most of them are pretty good, but you can tell the ones who are not comfortable on their bikes.

CC: Just for fun, which of your riding buddies is the worst rider?
Dustin: I really have not seen one who was a bad rider. I guess maybe I fall closer to that category since in the past year I hit some road kill, had to cleanup the bike right after cleaning it up before the ride and in the last week I hit a pothole and bent my front wheel.

Interview by Dave Miller