Readers and their Rides

Kevin Carpenter and His ’03 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy

Written by  February 28, 2005

Kevin Carpenter
Blue Springs, Missouri

CC: Kevin, what is your occupation?
Kevin: I’m an auto worker for the Ford Motor Company.

CC: Why do you ride?
Kevin: It’s an expensive hobby, but I love it!

CC: How long have you been riding?
Kevin: About 13 years.

CC: What was your first bike?
Kevin: It was a dirt bike, until my first Harley.

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

CC: How many bikes do you currently own?
Kevin: Just my Harley.

CC: What is the year, make, and model of your bike?
Kevin: It’s a 2003 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy.

CC: What do you like most about your Fat Boy?
Kevin: The paint scheme, because no one else has it.

CC: What is your dream bike?
Kevin: I’m happy with my Fat Boy.

CC: Which motorcycle rallies and events have you attended, and which is your favorite?
Kevin: Little Sturgis, Kentucky, by far. It is one of mine and my girlfriend’s favorites because it is still small enough to not be commercialized, and it’s shocking at what goes on there.

CC: Which is your favorite bike night location?
Kevin: It would have to be Wednesday nights at Frankie D’s.

CC: Do you have any tattoos, and if so, which is your favorite?
Kevin: Yes, I have six. I have four on my arms, one on my back, one on my leg, and I like them all for different reasons.

CC: Who is your favorite tattoo artist?
Kevin: Chris at Purgatory Tattoos in Independence. He is the best!

CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself?
Kevin: I like to ride in a group because it’s usually more fun and safer.

CC: Do you have a lot of riding friends?
Kevin: I have several from years ago and new ones who I have met along the way.

CC: I understand you were at the Cycles n More Bike Show this year. How did you get involved with the show?
Kevin: This was the second year our group has entered our bikes and built a display for the show.

CC: How did your bike do in the show?
Kevin: I took second place in the Twin Cam Softail Mild FL class.

CC: I saw your group’s saloon display at the show, and understand that it took first place. How long did it take to build?
Kevin: It took about three weeks.

CC: How many people were in your group?
Kevin: There were nine of us.

CC: How did you spend the prize money?
Kevin: After we divided the cash and paid for supplies, we went to the Outback and spent the extra.

CC: What advice would you give others who want to enter their bike in a show?
Kevin: Clean that chrome! Most importantly, don’t get upset if you don’t place, because it makes you look like a fool.

CC: Who details your bke?
Kevin: Me. It’s been rumored that Cari also helps.

CC: Who services your bike?
Kevin: Blue Springs Harley-Davidson.

CC: Thank you, Kevin, for taking the time for this interview, and congratulations to you and your group for doing so well in the Cycles n More Bike Show?

Interview by Goldie Arnold