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Ray Petrik & His 2011 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Custom

March 30, 2016
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Our April 2016 cover bike is owned by Ray Petrik, and we enjoyed shooting his 2011 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Custom for this month’s cover. Ray is from Platte City, Missouri, and we had the opportunity to gather additional information about him and his bike. We also had fun shooting cover model McKenzie on Ray’s bike for this month’s cover. I’m sure you’ll also enjoy this month’s behind the scenes photos and video!

CC: What is your occupation?
Ray: I’m in the United States Army – Sargent First Class (SFC).

CC: Do you have hobbies other than motorcycling?
Ray: Yes. I like to shoot USPSA and 3 Gun shooting matches when I’m not spending time with my family.

CC: Why do you ride?
Ray: To meet new people and see different places. It’s really all about the bikes!

CC: How long have you been riding? 
Ray: I’ve been riding since I was 6-years-old.

CC: What was your first bike?
Ray: I first got a Camp Mini Bike with a 5 hp motor. My first street bike was a 1985 Honda UFR500.

CC: How many bikes have you owned? 
Ray: A lot! Just about everything you can imagine in one form or another.

CC: How many bikes do you currently own? 
Ray: Two. My Road Glide and a 1995 Harley-Davidson Super Glide chopper.

CC: What do you like most about your Road Glide? 
Ray: I’ve had a lot of customs and sport bikes, but this one starts every time and I can take it anywhere.

CC: What is your dream bike?
Ray: Mine. I did everything on it my way. I wanted to keep it clean, simple, and be a rider. You can keep those big wheel bikes.

CC: What is your most memorable riding experience? 
Ray: It’s always a great time!

CC: What is your least memorable riding experience? 
Ray: Crashing my 1990 Yamaha YZF 1000 doing wheelies. It hurt.

CC: To what clubs or organizations do you belong? 
Ray: None. Just me and my friends.

CC: Which motorcycle rallies & events have you attended?
Ray: Sturgis, Daytona, and Algona. Sturgis is my favorite for the bikes, and Algona is my favorite for the freedom.

CC: Do you have a favorite bike night hangout? 
Ray: Every one I get to go to. Worth Harley-Davidson does a great one, and it’s close to my house.

CC: Do you have any tattoos? 
Ray: Yes, I have too many to count, but my favorite is my daughter’s name.

CC: Do you have a favorite tattoo artist? 
Ray: Yes, Scott Shickman at The Mercy Seat in Kansas City, Missouri does some great color.

CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself? 
Ray: I like both. It’s great riding with friends, but you sometimes have to head out alone and do 100 and lose yourself for your own sanity and self-preservation.

CC: Who are some of your closest riding buddies?
Ray: All my KC friends. They know who they are. My uncle is probably my best. He took me to Sturgis in 2003.

CC: Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers? 
Ray: Yes, I would like to give a special thanks to Tattoo and Ike who rode with me today. Without meeting Tattoo, this wouldn’t have been possible and I wouldn’t have meet such good friends in KC who have become family.

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

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Photos by Dick Carlson with Carlson Digital Photography

Published in Cover Bike Owners