Cover Bike Owners

Paul Evans & His 2013 AHB Rat Bike

October 1, 2013
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Our October 2013 cover bike is owned by Paul and Stacey Evans, and their 2013 AHB Rat Bike was selected as the winning bike at our Cover Bike Search at The Bar in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. We had a great time shooting Alex on Paul and Stacey’s bike for this month's cover, and make sure to check out our behind the scenes video from our photo shoot!

CC: Paul, what is your occupation?

Paul: I have an office job as a Title Examiner.

CC:What are your hobbies?

Paul: I've been around dirt circle track racing my entire life. My dad and I used to do it. I enjoyed it, but the expense just got out of hand. We still have one car left that we teamed up on and my dad is going to run it some eventually. I also enjoy football and basketball. My family and I are huge Chiefs and KU fans. My oldest stepson is in high school now, so we go watch him play football and basketball for the school too. My youngest stepson does Taekwondo, and he usually goes to a few tournaments a year throughout the Midwest. I like trying to fish, but I suck at it. I'm also into any kind of custom vehicle, whether it be lowriders, hot rods, 4x4's, or rat rods.

CC:Why do you ride?

Paul: I'm stealing this answer from the last time I was in your magazine, because it's exactly how I feel. There is no feeling in the world like getting on a motorcycle and taking off down the road. When I’m on the bike I have nothing else on my mind. I don’t worry about what bills I have to pay or what I need to fix at the house. I get to focus on the bike and the chance to enjoy my surroundings. There isn’t a worry in the world when I’m on my bike.

CC:How long have you been riding?

Paul: I started riding on the streets when I got my first bike at 18, but I started riding mini bikes when I was 5.

CC:What was your first bike?

Paul: Like I said, I had a mini bike when I was 5. My parents didn't have much money back in the day, but being a typical kid, I wanted a cool new dirt bike. They couldn't afford to get me a newer dirt bike, but they did what they could, and got me an old 1970 or 1971 Kawasaki 100cc Enduro when I was about 10. I ended up loving that bike. I learned all about shifting and what real power was on it. I got my first street bike at 18. It was a 1989 Ninja 600. My mom actually took me to buy it. At that time, my dad wanted nothing to do with me having a bike. He's come around now though.

CC:How many bikes have you owned?

Paul: I’ve owned 4 bikes. The Ninja, a 2001 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200C, a Harley-Davidson 2007 Street Glide, and the Rat Rod.

CC:How many bikes do you currently own?

Paul: I currently own 2 bikes. My Harley-Davidson 2007 Street Glide that was featured in the Readers & Their Rides section of Cycle Connections in April 2007, and my new rat rod bike; better known as 'Attention Whore.'

CC: What do you like most about your Rat Rod?

Paul: I love how unique it is. I love to be different, and I love attention. My wife says I'm an attention whore, so that's what I named this bike when I was designing it with Todd Anglani.

CC: What is your dream bike?

Paul: To be honest, I have both of my dream bikes for now. I've been working on the Street Glide since I've had it. It's never done, so I'm always making it the way I want it. The rat bike is exactly what I wanted. Todd and I kicked ideas around for almost a year before he built it for me; however, I still want to build a bike with my dad. That would be my ultimate dream bike. Hopefully we'll get the chance to build one together someday.

CC: What is your most memorable riding experience?

Paul: My wife and I were at the Jackyl concert at Full Throttle in Sturgis this year. It had been pouring down rain for hours. We rode Attention Whore there because we were at the Buffalo Chip all day for the Rat's Hole Bike Show. My wife was body painted with Rat Fink on her, so she matched the theme of the show and our bike. When the concert was over, we had to leave and ride Attention Whore about 10 miles back to the campground in the pouring rain. Our friend Danny Brooks gave my wife a jacket to wear. She jumped on the fender and we took off. I could hardly see anything. The 26 inch front wheel was roostertailing water over the top of me and my wife. It was pretty crazy, but we made it. I even went thru the McDonald's drivethru at 1:30 a.m. with her on the fender in the pouring rain. I still hear about that. I figured we were already soaking wet, so a little more rain wasn't going to hurt us.

CC: What is your leaest memorable riding experience?

Paul: I don't really have one anymore. Even on rides where things have gone bad, they seem to turn out OK in the end. Don't get me wrong, I've had some rides and events that didn't go too good, but my best buddy Jason Weidman told me those are the ones that just give us stories and something to talk about. He said they always make the journey exciting. That's no joke! He and I have had some exciting journeys over the years. The good thing is, he's always been a part of them and has always been there to help me out.

CC: To what motorcycle clubs or organizations do you belong?

Paul: None.

CC: Which motorcycle rallies & events have you attended, and which is your favorite?

Paul: We do a lot of local charity rides. Some good friends of ours put on the Special Olympics Ride 'Jimmie's Miles for Medals' and another group of friends puts on the St. Joe Bikers For Babies® ride. We do what we can to help support their rides. We usually do the KC Bikers for Babies® ride too. My dad started a guys' getaway weekend several years ago with just him and I. It's grown over the years to where we have a pretty big group of guys going now. It's always a good time. I've been to Daytona for Bike Week and we've gone to Sturgis the last few years. Sturgis is my favorite. The riding is beautiful, and the people are great. Plus, there’s always something going on up there!

CC: Do you have a favorite bike night location?

Paul: This year it was American Garage. I really like the atmosphere there and all the car parts they use for their decorations. That garage theme is awesome. If you haven't been inside, stop by and check it out. I also want to give a shout out to some other good bike nights though. We've had great times at The Bar, Dirty Harry's and Charley's Roadhouse.

CC: Tell us about your tattoos?

Paul: I stole this answer from the last article too because I haven't got any new tattoos yet. I pretty much have a half sleeve on my left arm, from my elbow down. It’s kind of my racing background theme. Someday I want to finish up the rest of that arm and then do my right arm with a motorcycle theme. I have more tattoos on my chest, back, neck, and the top of my right arm, my right ankle and another on the side of my lower right leg. The one on the side of my leg is my favorite. It’s a portrait of my brother Jimmy, who was killed in a car accident.

CC: Do you have a favorite tattoo artist?

Paul: My tattoo guy moved away several years ago, so I've been looking for a new one. My buddy Doc Thomas aka 'Joker' told me how good Weird Harold is from Weirdo’s Tattoos in Belton, so I'm going to give him a try.

CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself?

Paul: I prefer to ride in a group. I'm a people person. Anybody that knows me knows I love to talk and hang out with different people.

CC: Who are some of your closest riding buddies?

Paul: We've got different groups of people from all over the metro area that we're fortunate enough to ride with. Stacey and I are blessed with awesome friends and family that ride with us. My mom and dad both have their own bikes, and I love it when they get to go riding with us. Their friends 'Cracker' and Patty have rode a lot with us over the years too. The Oak Grove group is usually Jason aka 'V-8' and Christina Weidman, Stacey's mom Debbie and stepdad Jack, Bret and sometimes Scott if he actually gets his bike out. Bryce my youngest stepson, actually gets to ride with me more that Stacey does for now. The Grain Valley group is Danny 'The Ultimate Biker' Brooks, Doug & Naomi, Chris & Dana, Eddie & Tisha and all of their friends. The Lee's Summit (with some Independence/Grain Valley mixed in) group of Sean & Robin, Tim & Ronna, Josh & Erin, Scott & DeAnna, Mike and all of their friends. Then there is the Independence group of Danny, Dave, Doug, another Danny, their friends and of course Uncle Bobby and Aunt Sue. Our St. Joe buddies are Forrest & Gina, Joe & Angie and their Southside crew. The Holden crew of Darin & Kellie and Jeff & Kim. I can't forget about my Kansas group either, even though we don't get to ride with them that much. Darren & Gaila, Rick & Val and all of their friends. I'm sure there are others that I'm forgetting....sorry.

CC: Thanks for the interview Paul, and thanks for letting us shoot Attention Whore for our October cover.

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