Readers and their Rides

Joe Schnitz and His ‘06 Yamaha Roadliner S

Written by  April 30, 2006

Joe recently upgraded from a 650 Yamaha V-Star to this beautiful new 2006 Yamaha Roadliner. I have known Joe for quite some time and finally got around to interviewing him and taking a few photos for this month's issue.

CC: Joe, what is your occupation?
Joe: I’m a pharmaceutical development scientist.

CC: Do you have any hobbies other than motorcycling?
Joe: Yes, I also enjoy scuba diving, paintball, racing and hot rods

CC: Why do you ride?
Joe: Primarily because it gives me a great sense of freedom.

CC: How long have you been riding?
Joe: About 10 years, on and off.

CC: What was your first bike?
Joe: It was a 1980 Kawasaki 440.

CC: How many bikes have you owned?
Joe: Three. My Kawasaki 440, a Yamaha V-Star Classic and I currently have my 2006 Yamaha Roadliner S.

CC: What do you like most about your Roadliner?
Joe: It’s very agile for a big bike and handles much better than my V-Star ever did. With 113 cubic inches (1854cc) it has plenty of power to get up and move and you can’t even tell the difference in handling and power when riding two up. The styling is also rather unique in that it is part sport bike and part cruiser, with a touch of retro.

CC: What is your dream bike?
Joe: I would love to have just about any fat tire Exile Cycles bike. Russell Mitchell is the “foose” of motorcycles in my book.

CC: To what motorcycle clubs or organizations do you belong?
Joe: I don’t belong to any as of yet, but I’m considering joining a club this year.

CC: Do you have a favorite bike night hangout, and if so, why do you like it most?
Joe: Paddy O’Quigleys in Lees Summit, Missouri is my favorite because it’s in a great location and is very organized.

CC: Do you have any tattoos?
Joe: Yes, I have a larger tattoo on my back and I am itching to get more.

CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself?
Joe: Group riding is always more enjoyable for me. It’s a great feeling to know I’m riding with other people who enjoy riding as much as I do.

CC: Who are some of your closest riding buddies?
Joe:My closest riding buddy is Tim Hammond, who I work with. He is a great guy with a good sense of humor. We both seem to know what the other is thinking. It is always nice to ride with someone who has a similar riding technique.

By Dave Miller