Readers and their Rides

Terry Richardson and Her 2008 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy

Written by  August 31, 2010

While covering the RIDE for the RED – American Red Cross event on Saturday, August 21 I met A Richardson at Frankie D's Mexican Restaurant, which was one of the stops on the ride. A told me she enjoyed our magazine and she recently did a photo shoot on her bike with Joel Overstreet with Street Photography. I know Joel, and the great work he does, so I asked A if she would like to be featured in the Readers & Their Rides section of our September 2010 issue. She jumped at the chance for an interview and had Joel send me a few photos from her photoshoot.

CC: Terry, what is your occupation?
Terry: I’m a staff buyer.

CC: Do you have any hobbies other than motorcycling?
Terry: Yes, my other hobbies include scuba diving, traveling, horseback riding and camping.

CC: Why do you ride?
Terry: It’s a great way to spend time with friends and unwind from a long day or week. There is a real sense of freedom you have out on the open road that only another biker can understand.

CC: How long have you been riding?
Terry: I've been riding about 14 years.

CC: What was your first bike?
Terry: A Harley-Davidson Low Rider.

CC: How many bikes have you owned?
Terry: I’ve owned three bikes. A Harley-Davidson Low Rider, a 2002 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy and my 2008 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy

CC: How many bikes do you currently own?
Terry: Just my 2008 Fat Boy.

CC: What do you like most about your Fat Boy?
Terry: I love the low center of gravity this bike has, which makes it so easy to handle. It’s large enough to take on a long road trip but still a great city bike.

CC: What is your dream bike?
Terry: The one I own now, my Fat Boy.

CC: What is your most memorable riding experience?
Terry: Riding the Pacific Coast Highway - California's Route 1, including Napa and Sonoma Valley. We started our trip in San Diego and headed north up PCH with a final destination of San Francisco and the Napa and Sonoma Valley area. During our ride we enjoyed the sunny 'So Cal' weather, scenic ocean views, coastal rocky cliffs, beaches to the shady redwood forests of the north. Being a lover of the ocean and Harleys it just doesn’t get much better than this.

CC: What is your least memorable riding experience?
Terry: Having to spend five hours riding back from Eureka Springs, Arkansas when a beautiful 85 degree spring weekend decided to turn an about face on us and changed to a freezing 40 degrees with torrential rain. I had not packed any rain gear or warm clothes other than a leather jacket. What a way to ruin a weekend getaway.

CC: To what motorcycle clubs or organizations do you belong?
Terry: I belong to the National Harley Owners Group (H.O.G).

CC: What motorcycle rallies & events have you attended, and which is your favorite?
Terry: I have attended Sturgis, the Missouri, Kansas and Tennessee State H.O.G. Rallies, the National Abate Rally at Lake Perry, and Sturgis, which is always a favorite. I have been several times.

CC: Do you have a favorite bike night hangout?
Terry: No. I enjoy all of them because I always run into a lot of friends.

CC: Do you have any tattoos?
Terry: Yes, I have only one tattoo. It’s a butterfly located on my left hip that I’ve had for the last 17 years.

CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself?
Terry: I love riding with my friends. I am a very social person who likes to experience the adventures of the open road with good friends.

CC: Terry, thanks for taking the time for this interview.

Interview by Mike Schweder

Photos by Joel Overstreet with Street Photography.

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