Cover Bike Owners

Steve Smith & His 2006 American Ironhorse Texas Chopper

May 31, 2011
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Our June 2011 cover bike is owned by Steven Smith from Kansas City, Missouri, which he has affectionately nicknamed the Impaler…for obvious reasons. Steven's 2006 American Ironhorse Texas Chopper earned this month's cover by taking first place at our Cycle Connections Cover Bike Search on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at Harleys & Horses Grill, Stage & Saloon in Kansas City, Missouri.

I also had the opportunity to interview Steven for this month's issue, to find out more about the man behind the machine.

CC: Steven, what is your occupation?
Steven: I work in the automotive industry.

CC: Do you have hobbies other than motorcycling?
Steven: Yes, I also enjoy photography, collecting model cars, and working on project cars.

CC: Why do you ride?
Steven: I enjoy the friendships you make and I also enjoy riding alone with just your thoughts.

CC: How long have you been riding?
Steven: I’ve been riding off and on for 34 years.

CC: What was your first bike?
Steven: My first bike was a Suzuki TM125 motocross bike.

CC: How many bikes have you owned?
Steven: Seven.

CC: How many bikes do you currently own?
Steven: One. My Texas Chopper.

CC: What do you like most about your Texas Chopper?
Steven: I personalized it to be mine.

CC: What is your dream bike?
Steven:My bike.

CC: What is your most memorable riding experience?
Steven: Sturgis 2007. That was my first time to go, and I just had a great time!

CC: What is your least memorable riding experience?
Steven: Getting hit by a car on my 2005 Texas Chopper nine days after buying it.

CC: To what motorcycle clubs or organizations do you belong?
Steven: I belong to the Freedom Cruisers Riding Club.

CC: Which motorcycle rallies and events have you attended, and which is your favorite?
Steven: Sturgis, Bikers for Babies, Ride for Kids, Wounded Warrior Ride, Bikers With A Mission (BWAM), and any ride that helps people.

CC: What are your favorite bike night locations?
Steven: Harley’s & Horses, FUEL, Stables…I like them all.

CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself?
Steven: I enjoy both. I enjoy riding with the club and going out alone.

CC: Who are some of your closest riding buddies?
Steven: Ping, Doc, Wade, Rookie, George, Dog, Gizmo & Big D, just to name a few.

CC: Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Steven: Just enjoy the ride, no matter what you ride or who you are. Life’s too short for being picky!

CC: Thanks for the interview Steven, and thanks for letting us shoot your bike for this month's cover.

Interview by Mike Schweder

Photos by Bruce Stimpson with Stimpson Photography.

Published in Cover Bike Owners