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Jack Hartman and His 2005 Custom Harley-Davidson Road King

November 30, 2010
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Our December 2010 cover bike is owned by Jack Hartman from Kansas City, Missouri. Jack’s 2005 Custom Harley-Davidson Road King earned a spot on this month's cover by taking first place at our Cycle Connections Cover Bike Search on Thursday, July 22 at the Brass Rail in Kansas City, Missouri. During our photo shoot I asked Jack if I could interview him for this month's issue, to which he agreed.

CC: Jack, what is your occupation?
Jack: I’m a computer programmer.

CC: Do you have hobbies other than motorcycling?
Jack: Yes, I also enjoy poker, bowling, golf, and anything with tires on it.

CC: Why do you ride?
Jack: I ride because it’s the most therapeutic thing you can do after a hard day of work or whatever you are dealing with. Just get out on the road and get some wind in your face. I drag raced for over 13 years and I have always been into hot rods and cars. Bikes give me a whole new appreciation for doing custom work and putting my ideas into action.

CC: How long have you been riding?
Jack: About five years now.

CC: What was your first bike?
Jack: It was a 2004 American Ironhorse Tejas rigid chopper with a 240 tire 111” S&S motor and baker 6 speed transmission.

CC: How many bikes have you owned?
Jack: Two.

CC: How many bikes do you currently own?
Jack: Right now, my only bike is my 2005 Harley Davidson Road King a.k.a. Bling King.

CC: What do you like most about your Road King?
Jack: I took a bike and put all my ideas and thoughts into a total complete custom. Since I have showed it this year, I have three best of shows with it and two people choice awards. I like that people actually enjoy the work, thought and ideas you can put into customizing a bike.

CC: What is your dream bike?
Jack: I want to build a new custom bike using a 2009 Road Glide with the newer frame style.

CC: What is your most memorable riding experience?
Jack: My first trip to Sturgis in 2008. I enjoyed just being in the scenery and enjoying the sites as you ride in some of the most beautiful areas in the country.

CC: What is your least memorable riding experience?
Jack: 2009 Fayetteville BBB. I blew up the motor in my 2005 Road King during the 2009 Bikes, Blues & BBQ in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

CC: What motorcycle rallies and events have you attended, and which is your favorite?
Jack: I’ve been to Sturgis twice, Eureka Springs, Arkansas, Bikes Blues & BBQ in Fayetteville, Arkansas twice. I’ve also been to the ABATE Rally at Lake Perry, Kansas. I would have to say Sturgis is my favorite because of the events, plus the rides up there. It’s kind of hard to beat..

CC: Which is your favorite bike night location?
Jack: FUEL’s Thursday bike night. It’s an awesome bar with great food, and a very good staff.

CC: Do you have any tattoos?
Jack: Yes, I have a half sleeve on my right arm.

CC: Who is your favorite tattoo artist?
Jack: ? I would have to say Chris Garver with Love Hate Tattoos in Miami, Florida, or Tim Hendrix, also with Love Hate Tattoos. These guys are true artists, and can do portraits on your skin as if they were using a brush on canvas.

CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself?
Jack: Group riding is fun if you have a destination; however, I prefer to ride alone if I have no particular place to go. That way, I set the pace and the ride, but you can’t go wrong with either.

CC: Who are some of your closest riding buddies?
Jack: Scooby Doolin, Chad Kohlman, Aaron Forsom, Travis Hackney, Mark Moehlman, Craig Gould, Craig Skillet and Randy Lamb.

CC: Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Jack:: Here’s a little more background regarding my love of bikes and cars. I rode my First Harley in 1988 which was a 1979 Sportster. I built and raced NHRA Super Gas and Super Comp cars for 13 years. I built and raced a 1977 Camaro, a 1969 Camaro, and a 1963 Super Comp Corvette. I rode a 2004 American Ironhorse Tejas for two years and completely customized it with paint, chrome, and motor work. The bike put out 122 horsepower from a 111 ci S&S Motor. I’ve had my current bike for two years and have built two custom bikes over the past five years. !

CC: Thanks for the interview Jack, and thanks for letting us shoot Bling King for this month's cover.

NOTE: This beautiful bike is currently for sale. Interested parties can contact Jack Hartman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Interview by Mike Schweder

Photos by Bruce Stimpson with Stimpson Photography.

Published in Cover Bike Owners