Meet Alan Stiles from Lee’s Summit, Missouri. I first met Alan back in September 2005 at the 30th Annual ABATE of Kansas National Labor Day Rally at Paradise Point, Lake Perry, Kansas. Alan was camped out with his brother Tony and several other friends. After talking with Alan and Tony for a while, I found out they build bikes and also specialize in custom frames, engine rebuilds, motor upgrades, frame modifications and metal fabrication.
After being invited to join them for dinner, I found out that Alan was currently in the process of building a custom chopper, which I couldn't wait to see. A few weeks later I ran into Alan and Tony again at the Hawg Wyld 5th Annual Birthday Bash/Block Party and when I seen the bike they had built I knew we had to get it on one of our future covers. It’s taken a while, however, when we decided to shoot a custom red chopper for our December 2006 cover I knew it was time.
After the photo shoot we interviewed Alan to gather some additional information about him and his bike, so here we go!
CC: Alan, what is your occupation?
Alan: Information technologies management and I also own Al’s Choppers.
CC: Do you have any hobbies other than motorcycling and building bikes?
Alan: Yes, I also enjoy RC cars, trucks, boats, woodworking & metalworking.
CC: Why do you ride?
Alan: I like to ride with my brother and friends to have a great time.
CC: How long have you been riding?
Alan: I’ve been riding since I was 12 years old, but only 3 years on a Harley.
CC: What was your first bike?
Alan: My first bike was a 1970 Honda 125 Enduro.
CC: How many bikes have you owned?
Alan: I’ve owned five bikes. Three off-road and two V-Twins.
CC: How many bikes do you currently own?
Alan: I currently own one bike. She is a Big Bear Choppers (BBC) Devil’s Advocate Custom.
CC: What do you like most about your Big Bear Custom?
Alan: Jenny is fast, smooth and looks great, but most of all I have a lot of memories of building her with my wife, daughter, brother & friends.
CC: What is your dream bike?
Alan: My dream bike is still on the drawing board. I plan for it to have smooth lines, low to the ground, fast & clean.
CC: What is your most memorable riding experience?
Alan: My most memorable ride was Bikers for Babies 2005. I finished Jenny the night before the ride. I was able to break her in the first 50 miles before the ride and she ran great all the way through the ride.
CC: What is your least memorable riding experience?
Alan: My latest memorable ride was Bikers for Babies 2006. It was raining most of the day, and we got back to the speedway just as the bike show was starting. I was able to wipe off most of the road grime as people started judging. Jenny took first place in the chopper class that day.
CC: To what motorcycle clubs or organizations do you belong?
Alan: I belong to ABATE of Kansas district #5.
CC: Which motorcycle rallies & events have you attended and which is your favorite?
Alan: I have attended the ABATE Labor Day Rally for the past four years, Bikers for Babies for two years, Run with the leaves for two years, Ralph Wayne’s and Kobie’s Bike Show. My favorite would be the Labor Day rally because, well…you will just have to go see for yourself!
CC: Do you have a favorite bike night hangout?
Alan: I like FUEL on Thursdays, because of the dancers on the bar, and you find a lot of different classes of people there all getting along.
CC: Do you have any tattoos, and if so, which is your favorite?
Alan: I have two tattoos on my upper arms. My favorite would be the eagle and American flag I got in 2002.
CC: Do you have a favorite tattoo artist?
Alan: My brother Tony does awesome work and has a very creative eye.
CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself?
Alan: I really like group riding, but each serves a unique purpose. Group riding allows you to share your experience with the people you like best, and the alone time of taking to the highway to “Blow the stink off” and clear your head after a hard days work.!
CC: Who are some of your closest riding buddies?
Alan: Tony, Ed, Ted, Skip, Hippy, Jack & Tramp.
CC: Just for fun, which of your riding buddies is the best rider?
Alan: Tony. I have to say that cause he is my brother.
CC: Just for fun, which of your riding buddies is the worst rider?
Alan: I guess it would be Tramp. He just T-boned a car and we has to straighten his frame and rebuild it all.
CC: Thanks for the interview. Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Alan: I fix bikes in my spare time, and I volunteer at my daughter's marching band events.
Interview and photos by Mike Schweder and Stripe