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Behind the Scenes with Michelle

November 30, 2015
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Our December 2015 cover model is Michelle from Olathe, Kansas. She’s been in the car business for about 20 years, and works at Midwest Auto Group, LLC. Michelle has done a lot of work with Biker Beauties Magazine and has worked with various photographers. When asked about hobbies, she told us “I enjoy taking part in various charities, I love to dance, model, run, take road trips my husband, and debating (ha-ha). I also read a lot, and I’m a total biology geek. Who knew, right? Being a lifetime learner, I enjoy spending time with my children, and I love cuddling with my grandkids; they are the best. According to my husband Randy, I also like being the center of attention. LOL..whatever!”

When asked about turn-ons, Michelle said “A beautiful smile, the ability to make me laugh, a man covered with grease (it’s just sexy), honesty, and loyalty. I want to feel like I’m the only girl on the face of the earth when I’m with my man; otherwise, what’s it all for? I also like a tough guy who isn’t afraid to show his soft side, and most of all, the vibration from my bike between my legs. It’s almost better than sex…ok well sometimes. Ha-Ha!” On the flipside, Michelle told us her turnoffs include “Arrogance and a huge ego are the number one turnoffs for me. You could be the best looking person in the room, but having an ego and acting like you’re better than anyone else will make me look right past you. It’s not real. You’re being superficial in a world full of starving children, homeless families, war, and pain. Your looks will only get you by in your bathroom mirror or possibly your neighborhood brewery, but not with this girl.” Michelle also admits that she’s a sucker for children. “They are the most positive real thing left in this world. A smile on a child’s face will melt my heart in an instant. It’s the closest thing to God on earth.”

When asked what the smartest thing is she’s ever done, Michelle said “Learning not to judge myself by anyone else’s opinion of me, because people always have an opinion. I grew up in a small town, so everyone always knew things about me before I did. LOL. To live and judge yourself by another’s perception of what and how they think you should live your life is to never live your life at all. So basically, take risks, because one of those risks just might be your destiny.” When asked what the most stupid thing is she has ever done, she said “Geez, there are so many, but one what really stands out to me was when I was 16. I was walking across the street in the dark with a group of friends while looking over my shoulder and having a conversation. When I turned around I smacked face first into a stop sign post and had a huge goose egg on my forehead. It hurt, but I learned the hard way why you should always stop at a stop sign. Ha-Ha!

Michelle describes her personality as “Bubbly. I have a great sense of humor, and I’m a little spontaneous, I’m extremely outgoing, probably a little too outspoken, but I’ll never leave you guessing what’s on my mind. I’m a fighter, no doubt about that, and I will always stand up for what I believe in. I’m very intelligent, I love big, and I will go the distance for someone or something I care about. I’m extremely empathetic by nature, and it makes me feel good to do things that make a difference in a person’s life when times are hard; especially children. I can never turn down charity work when there is a child involved. It’s not a job, hobby or motivation; it’s a calling!”

Michelle has been told that her best attribute is her honesty. “I’ve been complimented my whole life because of the way I look, The compliments that are special to me are about my personality and how I don’t judge people or act like I’m better than anyone else. I will never stick my nose up at a person that is less fortunate than me, and I don’t use my looks to get what I want. To me, looks are nothing if your heart and intentions aren’t pure. Looks do not define who a person really is."

Also, make sure to check out the behind the scenes photos and video from our December 2015 cover shoot, and check out the specs and photos of Tattoo’s 2003 Karley-Davidson Road King Classic, as well as our interview with bike owner Tattoo.

Just for fun, we asked Michelle to share some of her favorite things with our readers:

Favorite color: My favorite colors are red, white, and blue.

Favorite food: Shrimp Limone

Favorite drink: (non-alcoholic): Coconut water

Favorite drink: (alcoholic): Moscoto wine

Favorite restaurant: Zio’s Italian Restaraunt

Favorite actor: Stephen Seagal. He is without a doubt the sexiest man on earth…well, next to my husband.

Favorite actress: Angelia Jolie. She’s not just another pretty face. She’s a badass that uses her fame to make a difference for less fortunate children in the world. That’s beyond beautiful.

Favorite TV show: Sons of Anarchy

Favorite movie: Hunger Games. Katniss reminds me of myself.

Favorite band: AC/DC

Favorite song: People Are Strange by The Doors.

Do you have pets: Yes, I have a Chihuahua named Dooby.

Do you ride? Hell yes!

Do you own your own bike? Yes, I have a 2002 Custom Prostreet Chopper with a 100 ci RevTech engine, which was built by Independence Motorcycle Company.

What do you like most about your bike? It’s fast as hell, and the fat tire is sexy!

How long have you been riding? I’m been riding for about 29 years.

What was your first bike? My first bike was a bright yellow Honda 750 Nighthawk.

How many bikes have you owned? Lots, but only a few favorites.

How many bikes do you currently own? Four, but I consider my Prostreet Chopper to be my baby.

What is your dream bike? I already own it.

What is your most memorable riding experience? Probably going to Colorado with my husband and my friend Brandon this summer. Other than the third degree sunburn I got from riding in a bikini, the trip was amazing. I had never been to Colorado, and the mountains were so beautiful. It was awesome getting to see the legalization of Cannabis in my lifetime; up close and personal. And the edibles hmmm…let’s just say I didn’t get into one argument with my hubby the entire week. I was exceptionally HAPPY!

What is your most memorable riding experience? When I was 18 I was driving behind my cousin’s bike, and the kid beside him was weaving back and forth and hit my cousin. He lost control and landed head first into an oncoming car. It was horrible, but I stayed by his side the whole time and wouldn’t let anyone move him. The whole side of his head was smashed, his breathing was labored, and I just kept telling him to hang in there and don’t leave; your going to be OK. The whole time I was begging God to hold him and make him better. He was in a coma for a while and had to learn to walk all over again. He’s never been the same and it breaks my heart because some punk wanted to play instead of riding responsibly. To this day I feel uncomfortable riding beside inexperienced riders.

Do you belong to any motorcycle clubs or organizations? No, but while growing up, my uncle was the Sargent of a local motorcycle club for more than 20 years, so the biker culture doesn’t intimidate me at all; it’s part of who I am. I do charity bike washes and other events with various bike clubs in the area.

What motorcycle rallies and events have you attended, and which is your favorite? I attend Pierre Lake Rally, Leather & Lace Rally with Chrome publications, Sturgis, Grand River Rally that my friend Todd puts on twice a year in Urich, Missouri. It’s a small town with not much funding for school activities, and Todd uses part of the money from the rally to buy baseball uniforms, equipment, and so on for the kids. Another portion goes to Ed’s Posse for the March of Dimes to help premature babies, Todd is an amazing guy for doing what he does to make a difference in those children’s lives. I’ve also been to the Bikes Blues & BBQ Rally in Fayetteville, Arkansas where I will be at the Washington Park Fair Grounds with my bike wash team. We’ll be washing bikes and taking photographs with fans, so if you’re at the rally next year, come by and say hi. My favorite event I work with is the Rattlesnake Run for Autism. It’s by far the most rewarding and closest to my heart. We raise money to send kids with Autism in the Midwest to camp for a week every summer. I’ve been to the camp to play with the kids, and it’s truly amazing to see them interact with each other and to hear stories from the parents about how their children open up when they come to the camp and get to be around other kids like them. They aren’t treated different and they can just be themselves. It’s beautiful! Last year my husband gave a black Rattlesnake Run shirt to a kid at the camp and he had to put in on right away. His mother’s eyes teared up as she told us that her son had always refused to wear anything but a plain white T-shirt like the one he had on. It just makes my heart smile. I believe there is no such thing as a disability; only the stigma of shallow minded judgemental people who think everyone should be just like them.

Do you have a favorite bike night hangout? That’s a tough one, because I have been to several. Two of my favorites were the Jobsite and Kanz, but they are no longer in business. Therefore, I would probably have to say Hurricane Allies in Merriam, Kansas.

Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself? Both actually. Sometimes I like to just cut loose and feel the wind in my face and let the stress melt away. I also like riding in groups on runs. It’s also fun to hang out with good friends and raise money for a great cause!

Who are some of your closest riding buddies? Randy Stroud, Josh Lindsey, Brandon Engle Ken & Lara Oathout of Hawgshack Cycles, Joel Koeger, Amy Meinhart, and Jane Ohara.

Tell us about your tattoos. I have three tattoos. I have my husband’s name on my right butt cheek. I got that one after he attended his first bike rally with my crazy ass. I figured if he could put up with me on that level he deserved recognition. LOL. I also have a tramp stamp across my lower back that says DON’T TREAD ON ME with barbwire all around it, and I have a barbwire heart that was later added around the DON’T TREAD ON ME tattoo, which is my favorite because it defines my personality (I don’t take shit!).

Do you have a favorite tattoo artist? Yes, Gerry from Ozark Ink Tattoo. I get a tattoo from him every year at the Grand River Rally. He and his apprentice Lisa do excellent work. My Other favorite is Big Mike at Aftershock Tattoo in Olathe, Kansas. He’s a one of a kind exceptional artist and you’re sure to have a fun time with Mike and his beautiful wife Amanda.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers? Yes, in the next few months I will have a new website that is now under construction; TheBikerPrincess.com, where you can follow me and my events. There will also be posters, calendars, etc. available. Thank you!

Thank you Michelle, for doing such a great job on your Cycle Connections cover shoot!

Interview by Mike Schweder

Photos by Dick Carlson with Carlson Digital Photography

Published in Cover Models