Readers and their Rides

Sidney Niemann

Written by  September 30, 2004

Sidney Niemann
Smithville, Missouri

CC: Sidney, what is your occupation?
Sidney: I import/export parts for a large Electronics Company.

CC: Why do you ride?
Sidney: Stress-Reduction Therapy.

CC: How long have you been riding?
Sidney: Over three years.

CC: What was your first bike?
Sidney: It was a 1993 Yamaha Virago 535.

CC: How many bikes have you owned?
Sidney: Three.

CC: How many bikes do you currently own?
Sidney: One.

CC: What is the year, make, and model of your current bike?
Sidney: It’s a 2003 Honda VTX1300 Retro.

CC: What do you like most about your current bike?
Sidney: You can ride fill-up to fill-up, approximately 150 miles, without being tired. It is a very comfortable ride.

CC: What is your dream bike?
Sidney: A Honda Goldwing, or maybe a Honda Rune. OK, a Harley Classic. I guess what I really would like is a stable of bikes, that I could ride to fit my mood.

CC: What is your most memorable riding experience?
Sidney: When I dropped by bike a few miles south of Sedalia, because I misunderstood the hand signal of the person in front of me and I almost T-Boned him. It taught me to pay better attention when I am riding and give plenty of room to the bike in front of you when you are traveling at high rates of speed. I was lucky and didn’t hurt myself or mess up my bike.

CC: What is your least memorable riding experience?
Sidney: Riding to the Branson Motorcycle Rally, because for some reason it always rains during that time of year.

CC: To what motorcycle clubs or organizations do you belong?
Sidney: Freedom of the Road Riders.

CC: Which motorcycle rallies & events have you attended, and which is your favorite?
Sidney: The Branson Motorcycle Rally and the AMA Regional in Springfield a few years ago. I really enjoyed the rally at Springfield. It was attended by people from all over the U.S. and there were all different kinds of bikes and riders. They also had the National Drill Team competition there.

CC: Which is your favorite bike night location?
Sidney: Frankie D’s. It is the only one that I have every had time to attend, and there were some really nice bikes there. I enjoy looking at what other people ride.

CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself?
Sidney: There are pro and cons to riding either way. It depends on the group, buy I also enjoy taking off for the weekend by myself.

CC: Who are some of your closest riding buddies?
Sidney: Carl and Patty Busse, and Lynn Heide.

CC: Just for fun, which of your riding buddies is the best rider?
Sidney: Carl, because he has ridden the longest.

CC: Just for fun, which of your riding buddies is the worst rider?
Sidney: No comment.

Interview and photo by Mike Schweder