Cover Bike Owners

Ted Haase & His 2008 Harley-Davidson Street Glide

January 1, 2014
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Our January 2014 cover bike is owned by Ted Haase, and his 2008 Harley-Davidson Street Glide was selected as the winning bikes at our Cover Bike Search at the Joe's Crab Shack in Olathe, Kansas.

Ted is from Grain Valley, Missouri, and we had the opportunity to gather more information about him and his 2008 Harley-Davidson Street Glide. We photographed cover model search winner Lauren, on his bike for this month’s cover.

CC: Ted, what is your occupation?
Ted: I retired in June 2011 after working at Hallmark Cards, Inc. for 42 years.

CC: Do you have hobbies other than motorcycling?
Ted: Yes, I also enjoy country western dancing and tinkering with my truck. It’s a Ford F-150 Lightning, which is pretty quick.

CC: Why do you ride?
Ted: I enjoy the solitude when I’m by myself, and the camaraderie when I’m with a group.

CC: How long have you been riding?
Ted: I’ve been riding about 48 years.

CC: What was your first bike?
Ted: My first bike was a Honda 150.

CC: How many bikes have you owned?
Ted: Four.

CC: How many bikes do you currently own?
Ted:I have two, presently. A 2005 Softail Deluxe and a 2008 Harley-Davidson Street Glide. The 2006 Deluxe was the cover bike in January 2012 issue of Cycle Connections.

CC: What do you like most about your Street Glide?
Ted: The paint, the wheels and tires, the sound, and the smooth ride. I also enjoy the attention it gets.

CC: What is your dream bike?
Ted: I’m pretty sure I own both of my dream bikes.

CC: What is your most memorable riding experience?
Ted: The trip to and from Fayetteville, Arkansas for the Bikes, Blues and BBQ Rally this past year. The company I had riding with me made it very enjoyable. Tim and Michelle, who went with us was a lot of fun, and the rally was a blast!

CC: What is your least memorable riding experience?
Ted: I’ve had two, and they were both accidents involving my motorcycles. The first was a hit and run, which totaled my bike. The second, I was able to rebuild the bike. Fortunately, I was not hurt seriously either time. Both times, the drivers in the cages weren’t paying attention to what they were supposed to be doing. GET OFF THE DAMN CELL PHONES PEOPLE! The other day I was driving, and saw a woman talking on her cell phone. It made me so mad; I rolled down my window and threw my beer at her…just kidding!

CC: To what motorcycle clubs or organizations do you belong?
Ted: I ride with a group called Riders of American Roads (R.O.A.R.). We are a group, not a club.

CC: Which motorcycle rallies & events have you attended, and which is your favorite?
Ted: I have been to Sturgis, Daytona, and Fayetteville. I have also ridden for Bikers for Babies and other charitable events. I would have to say the Bikes, Blues and BBQ was by far my favorite, and was just a fun ride.

CC: What is your favorite bike night location?
Ted: I like going to Worth Harley-Davidson on Thursday nights for their bike nights. You can’t beat the dollar draws, the BBQ, and the live bands. The Worth Girls are nice to look at also.

CC: Do you have any tattoos?
Ted: I don’t have any. My body is a clean canvas.

CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself?
Ted: Like I mentioned before, I enjoy the solitude when I’m by myself and the camaraderie when I’m with a group. It just depends. It’s also good therapy.

CC: Who are some of your closest riding buddies?
Ted: Pricilla, Tim and Michelle, Jeff, Steve, and a few others.

CC: Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Ted: Ride safe, and watch out for the idiots on cell phones!

CC: Thanks for the interview Ted, and thank you for letting us shoot your bike for this month’s cover.

Interview by Mike Schweder

Photos by Crystal Hickey with Chickeypics.


Published in Cover Bike Owners