Cover Bike Owners

Steve Courtwright & His 2001 Panzer Premier

July 31, 2011
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Our August 2011 cover bike is owned by Steve Courtwright. His 2001 Panzer Premier was selected as the winning bike at our cover bike search, which took place at Russo’s Pizza in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

Steve is from Independence, Missouri, and we had the opportunity to gather more information about him and his 2001 Panzer Premier for this month's issue. We shot cover model search winner Ashley, on Steve's bike for this month cover.

CC: Steve, what is your occupation?
Steve: I’m a driver for UPS.

CC: Do you have hobbies other than motorcycling?
Steve: Yes, I also enjoy spending time with my wife Sherri, my children Megan and Cole, and my grandchildren Lily and Liam.

CC: Why do you ride?
Steve: It’s a childhood passion.

CC: How long have you been riding?
Steve: Since I was 12 years old (we didn’t ask Steve his age, but I’m guessing he’s been riding a while).

CC: What was your first bike?
Steve: My first bike was a Honda Mini Trail 50.

CC: How many bikes have you owned?
Steve: Nine.

CC: How many bikes do you currently own?
Steve: Only my 2001 Panzer Premier, who I call Betty.

CC: How did you come up with the name Betty?
Sherri (Steve's Wife): Steve named his bike after the Classic Southern Rock Band Ram Jam's hit song 'Black Betty.' I don't know why, but that's just what he started singing when she was delived in our drive-way. Ha!

CC: OK...So Steve...what do you like most about Betty?
Steve: She’s unique.

CC: What is your dream bike?
Steve:A Street Glide, because of the smooth ride.

CC: What is your most memorable riding experience?
Steve: Attending the ABATE Rally at Lake Perry, Kansas in 1989. It was my first big motorcycle rally.

CC: What is your least memorable riding experience?
Steve: The Bikers Ball at Sandstone because of the pouring rain.

CC: To what motorcycle clubs or organizations do you belong?
Steve: I’m Independent.

CC: Which motorcycle rallies and events have you attended, and which is your favorite?
Steve: I enjoy attending Ralph Wayne’s Vintage Backyard Nationals, because it’s local and close.

CC: What are your favorite bike night locations?
Steve: Russo’s Pizza. Good times!

CC: Do you have any tattoos?
Steve: Yes. I have one on each arm, and my favorite is the one with my children’s name on it.

CC: Do you have a favorite tattoo artist?
Steve: Yes. Butch Melcher at Purgatory 2. He’s a true artist.

CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself?
Steve: I like riding by myself so I can take off when I want.

CC: Who are some of your closest riding buddies?
Steve: David Pennington and Brad Spicer.

CC: Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Steve: Yes, I would like to thank Hardcore Customs for their fabrication work.

CC: Thanks for the interview Steve, and we look forward to shooting your bike for our August 2011 cover!

Interview by Mike Schweder

Photos by Bruce Stimpson with Stimpson Photography.

Published in Cover Bike Owners