Readers and their Rides

Kendra Moore

Written by  August 31, 2004

During this year’s Sturgis Rally, I was doubly fortunate concerning my lodging arrangements. Not only did I have the pleasure of meeting Dorothy, the 80-year-old owner of the property where I pitched my tent, but I also became acquainted with a number of terrific people who were also staying there. Kendra was one of them. Having attended the rally for many years, I really enjoy hearing the views of someone who is experiencing Sturgis for the very first time. I’m pleased that Kendra was kind enough to share her comments about Sturgis as well as information about her motorcycle.

CC: How long have you been riding?
Kendra: This is my second year.

CC: What was your first bike?
Kendra: My 2000 Yamaha V-Star 650 is my first bike. I did plenty of research to find that this was the bike I’d like to have and wouldn’t get tired of too soon. It’s my first bike, but it won’t be my last.

CC: What do you like most about your V-Star?
Kendra: I like the look and the fact that it is light. Since I live in the city, it is important that it is easy to maneuver. It was also fairly inexpensive.

CC: What is your dream bike? Why?
Kendra: An orange Yamaha chopper. Love the look--not sure where I’ll put my purse though.

CC: Do you have any tattoos?
Kendra: I have three tattoos, not typical to the average biker. I have a small flower on my left shoulder, sun on my right ankle, and “est. 1975” on my left butt cheek that is my favorite.

CC: Since Sturgis was your first Rally, what impressed you most about the experience?
Kendra: What impressed me most were all the beautiful rides and how many other towns that had so much going on as well as Sturgis.

CC: How long have you been planning the trip and what convinced you to go?
Kendra: I planned on going to Sturgis for 10 years before I got my license and bike. I can now cross this off my list. This year worked out since my mom and her friend were already planning on going, so I tagged along with the veterans.

CC: Please tell us about your ride from Minnesota to Sturgis and about your traveling companions.
Kendra: My mom, Deb and her friend, Maria, and I are a good team. We broke it up into two days going out and two coming home. The ride was a lot easier than I thought it would be. Thank God I put that windshield on!

CC: Did you have any trouble convincing your “significant other” that your trip to Sturgis was a good idea?
Kendra: I’m lucky; my boyfriend is great! There was no question whether or not he would be OK with my going. He is very supportive and trusting.

CC: Since you rode a lot during the rally, where did you go, and did you have a favorite ride?
Kendra: Most of the time I had no idea where we were going. I just followed. I really enjoyed riding through the Black Hills in general. Most of our rides were actually cut short. Since it was so cold, we had to keep turning back prematurely.

CC: Did you attend any events such as concerts, bike shows, or races?
Kendra: No big concerts. I did make it to Full Throttle, which was an experience in itself, and saw Jackal perform. We watched a few dirt bike races. I headed up to Hulett, Wyoming for “no panties” Wednesday, which there was no reference to it whatsoever.

CC: Do you have a favorite Sturgis hangout?
Kendra: I would have to say, Full Throttle. They just had so much going on. That’s where I rode the bull.

CC: Tell us about your stay at Dorothy’s house in Sturgis.
Kendra: That, in itself was a great experience. We were lucky enough to snag the living room where she had a cot set up for each of us. She opened up her house and yard to so many neat people that we were able to get to know over the week.

CC: What surprised you most about your Sturgis experience?
Kendra: I was surprised at how tame everything seemed to be. I thought that the bikes and the people would be a bit wilder. I never made it to the campgrounds though. I understand that’s where anything goes. I might have to go back just to experience that.

CC: Can we look forward to seeing you again at Sturgis in 2005?
Kendra: It just depends on whether the right opportunity arises. I have to go with the right people to make the trip as enjoyable as it was this year.

Interview and photos by Stripe