Readers and their Rides

Joe Gray & Beth Davis & Their 2007 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softtail

Written by  April 30, 2008

CC: Joe, what is your occupation?
Joe: I'm a construction superintendent.
Beth: I'm a service consultant for office supplies.

CC: Do you have any hobbies other than motorcycling?
Joe: I enjoy all sports.
Beth: I like to go thrift store shopping and collecting Precious Moments figurines.

CC: Joe, why do you ride?
Joe: Cuz I love it. For the women!
Beth: Riding a motorcycle is the freest feeling, exhilarating; I just love it to pieces. It’s a wonderful free feeling with the wind in your hair.

CC: How long have you been riding?
Joe: I’ve been riding one year.
Beth: I started riding my senior year of high school.

CC: What was your first bike?
Joe: It was a 1998 Kawasaki.
Beth: My first bike was a Honda Twin Star 175.

CC: How many bikes have you owned?
Joe: Seven all together.
Beth: I've owned two bikes.

CC: How many bikes do you currently own?
Joe: Just our 2007 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softtail.

CC: What do you like most about your Heritage?
Joe: I just like riding it.
Beth: The fact that Joe cleans it.

CC: What is your dream bike?
Joe: A 2008 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic.
Beth: I'm happy with what I got.

CC: What is your most memorable riding experience?
Joe: Bikers for Babies®, because of being able to ride with that many other bikes.
Beth: Bikers for Babies®, because it’s the biggest ride we’ve ever been in.

CC: What is your least memorable riding experience?
Joe: Her riding the bike and almost wrecking it.
Beth: When Joe turns and rubs my foot-peg on the ground.

CC: To what motorcycle clubs or organizations do you belong?
Joe: ABATE, Patriot Guard Riders, and H.O.G.
Beth: Same as him.

CC: What motorcycle rallies & events have you attended, and which is your favorite?
Joe: ABATE, Bikers for Babies®, Ride for Red, and the Polar Bear Run.
Beth: Ride for Red because one of the guys in the Kiwains group was there.

CC: Do you have a favorite bike night hangout?
Joe: Yes. I like Frankie D’s on Wednesday because it's close and you meet new friends.
Beth: Same as him.

CC: How many tattoos do you have, and which is your favorite?
Joe: I don't have any.
Beth: I have a fairy on my back and a flower and vine by my upper thigh. The fairy is my favorite because it's very pretty.

CC: Who is your favorite tattoo artist?
Joe: Miami Ink.
Beth: I don’t really have one.

CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself?
Joe: In a group, because I like riding with other bikes.
Beth: In a group, because of the friendship.

CC: Who are some of your closest riding buddies?
Joe: Gary Knapp, Timmy Wayne, and Chief, Reese.

CC: Anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Joe: I encourage everyone to join the Patriot Guard Riders. Everyone should at least go on one ride with them.
Beth: It’s always nice to do rides that have a benefit like March of Dimes and Bikers for Babies®, so I encourage everyone to participate.

Interview by Lucy Stiles