Our March 2011 cover bike is owned by Dr. Lonnie Blum from Holden, Missouri. Lonnie is not only one of our preeminent photojournalists; he also owns one of the nicest Sportsters in the Kansas City area, which was proven on February 13 during the awards presentation at the 2011 All American Motorcycle Show in which his bike took 1st place in the Sportster Street class. During our photo shoot I took the opportunity to ask Lonnie a few questions for his bio in this month’s issue.
CC: Lonnie, what is your occupation?
Lonnie: I’m a veterinarian.
CC: Do you have hobbies other than motorcycling?
Lonnie: Yes, I also enjoy photography, which started out as a hobby and has become a second job. I also collect ancient and modern weapons and enjoy shooting sports.
CC: Why do you ride?
Lonnie: The biggest reason I ride is for the friendship and companionship of fellow riders.
CC: How long have you been riding?
Lonnie: I am relatively new to riding; having started about eight years ago.
CC: What was your first bike?
Lonnie: My first bike was a 1977 Harley-Davidson Sportster that my stepfather and I restored (see photo below).
CC: How many bikes have you owned?
CC: How many bikes do you currently own?
Lonnie: I own the 2001 Harley-Davidson Sportster pictured. I don’t own, but sometimes ride an Anniversary Edition Wide Glide that belongs to my mother and stepfather.
CC: What do you like most about your Sportster?
Lonnie: What I like most about my bike is the balance of beauty, performance, and comfort. I can ride comfortably all day with great handling on the twisty roads and still draw a crowd with it’s parked.
CC: What is your dream bike?
Lonnie: My dream bike would be pretty much the same as this one except scaled up a little. Maybe build on a Dyna and maximize the size and performance of the engine to cater even more to my “Need for Speed.”
CC: What is your most memorable riding experience?
Lonnie: My most memorable riding experience was the first time I took Donna, my significant other, to the Hawgstock Motorcycle Rally. This was our first big rally together and really brought us together. I was so proud of her insisting on riding up there on the bike after just getting out of the hospital from a major injury. .
CC: What is your least memorable riding experience?
Lonnie: The least memorable experience, or at least the one I would like to forget, would be when my rear tire blew out on Hwy 5 at the Lake Of The Ozarks at about 3 a.m. I had no cell phone or anything to call for help, and to make matters worse, I had a date that was stranded with me. The only person that stopped to help was a sleazeball that wanted my date to trade a lap dance for our ride to civilization.
CC: To what motorcycle clubs or organizations do you belong?
Lonnie: I belong to the Heartland Chapter of H.O.G.; Docs-A-Cyclin’ which is a nationwide group of veterinarians that ride; and I am the leader of biker group that simply goes by the initials MLB that has monthly rides and events.
CC: What motorcycle rallies and events have you attended, and which is your favorite?
Lonnie: I have attended a number of rallies and events. The list that comes to mind is: The Testicle Festival; Bikes & Babes on the Beach; Memorial Weekend Fundraiser for Children; MLB Annual Campout; Bikers with a Mission; Bikers for Babies (I have been a Grand Donor the last 2 years); Grand River Rally; and Hawgstock. Hawgstock is my favorite rally, which I have attended every year. It is just a great party held in John Wayne’s home town of Winterset, Iowa, with lots of friends, music, drinking, and so on. Besides that, Donna has won the trophy for the best boobs over 40 years old for 2 years in a row there! Nothing makes a party better than being proud of your bike and your babe!.
CC: Which is your favorite bike night location?
Lonnie: Our favorite bike night used to be at Harley Hotrods Bar & Grill in Blue Springs because we had our own dedicated waitress that met us when we pulled up with our usual drinks. Now, we generally go to either Lakehouse Pub or Russo’s because they are fairly close to home and we run into more of our friends there.
CC: Do you have any tattoos?
Lonnie: I don’t have any tattoos, but I do have a piercing in one of my nipples.
CC: Since you don’t have any tattoos, do you have a favorite tattoo artist?
Lonnie: ? Yes. My favorite tattoo and piercing artist is Larry (Taz) Moss in Independence, Missouri. I have been a close personal friend of Taz for many years and have helped him design a number of tattoos. He is one of the few artists that makes house calls, so you can have your tattoo or piercing done in the comfort of your own home.
CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself?
Lonnie: I like the solitary rides as well, but generally prefer riding with a group so you can socialize and have some laughs together.
CC: Who are some of your closest riding buddies?
Lonnie: I would really hate to start naming off all the names on here for fear of forgetting someone, but I do know that I always want my best riding buddy, Donna Loggins, in her special seat behind me on the bike.
CC: Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Lonnie: My main career is as a veterinarian, and I have both a general practice and a surgical referral practice in Holden, Missouri. I have also worked as an actor and was under contract with the KC Ren-Fest for six years. My other secondary career that readers here are familiar with is that of a photographer. My photography service is known as Explorer Photography with a studio in the basement of my residence for portrait shoots as well as doing photojournalism for Cycle Connections.
CC: Thanks for the interview Lonnie, and thanks for letting us shoot your Sportster for this month's cover.
Interview by Mike Schweder
Photos by Bruce Stimpson with Stimpson Photography.