Readers and their Rides

Spike and His 2007 Custom Harley-Davidson Chopper

Written by  June 30, 2010

I've known Spike and his brothers at Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) for years, and I finally cornered him long enough to get an interview so we could feature him in the Readers & Their Rides section of this month's issue.
Spike also finally got around to painting his bike in an attempt to get on our cover. I don't really think that's why he painted it; however, he did enter one of our most recent Cover Bike Search events at Harley's and Horses Bar & Grill and did very well. I'm confident that if he keeps showing up and competing in our cover bike searches he will eventually make it on our cover. He says I've been telling him that for years, which I probably have, however, now that he covered that bare metal with a really nice paint job I feel that his number may be coming up very soon.

CC: Spike, what is your occupation?
Spike: I’m a paramedic.

CC: Do you have any hobbies other than motorcycling?
Spike: Yes, I do tattoos.

CC: Spike, why do you ride?
Spike: I have been riding since I was a kid. It helps me relax.

CC: How long have you been riding?
Spike: I started riding a mini bike when I was about nine-years-old. I then raced dirt bikes.

CC: What was your first bike?
Spike: My first street bike was a 1979 Kawasaki 650SR.

CC: How many bikes have you owned?
Spike: I’ve owned about 6 bike.

CC: How many bikes do you currently own?
Spike: The only bike I have right now is my 2007 Custom Harley-Davidson Chopper with a "somewhat" Sportster motor. It's a hard tail with a 240 rear tire and about a 55 degree rake. A sexy bitch!

CC: What do you like most about your chopper?
Spike: I built the whole bike with some good brother's help and a lot of whiskey.

CC: What is your dream bike?
Spike: A Road King, slammed and nasty looking. I'm getting tired of having my shit in everyone's bags and I'm getting old. I might need that bagger real soon.

CC: What is your most memorable riding experience?
Spike: The first ride I went on with B.A.C.A. It was in January and it was about 20 degrees out. The look on the kid's face was priceless when we pulled up.

CC: What is your least memorable riding experience?
Spike: If I'm on the bike it's a good day.

CC: To what motorcycle clubs or organizations do you belong?
Spike: I belong to the B.A.C.A. KC Chapter.

CC: What motorcycle rallies & events have you attended, and which is your favorite?
Spike: The only ones I've been to are B.A.C.A events..

CC: Do you have a favorite bike night hangout?
Spike: I would say Stables, and that's just because of the ride there.

CC: How many tattoos do you have, where are they located, and which is your favorite?
Spike: I have a lot on both arms, my chest, back , legs, and my dick. Hey…you asked! My favorite is the ones of my kid's handwriting on my chest.

CC: Who is your favorite tattoo artist?
Spike: Me!

CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself?
Spike: I like to get out with my B.A.C.A. brothers and haul ass.

CC: Who are some of your closest riding buddies?
Spike: Bravo, Thrasher, Uno , Deadman, Spider, Mad Dog and Mr. Mink, just to name a few.

CC: Well Spike, is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers?
Spike: I don't care what you ride, just that you get to ride.

CC: Spike, thanks for taking the time for this interview and keep up the great work with B.A.C.A., which is an awesome organization.

Interview by Mike Schweder

Photos by Doc Lonnie Blum