Readers and their Rides

Alan Fisher and His 2000 Harley-Davidson Super Glide Sport

Written by  September 30, 2007

I first met Alan Fisher on Sunday, July 29 at the Lake House Pub during a fundraiser event for Debbie 'Little Toto' Allen, where he was the high bidder on a Cycle Connections photo shoot we donated for the auction. I spoke with Alan after the auction and asked him to give me a call when he was ready for his photo shoot. A few weeks later, Alan called me and we decided to meet at Lake Jacomo on Sunday morning, September 23; weather permitting.

That morning it was sunny and cool, so we couldn't have asked for a better day for the shoot. Stripe and I got there early to scope out a few good locations, and when Alan arrived, we had him park his bike near a scenic overlook so we could have the lake in the background. We took several shots of Alan and his bike before moving to a new location with plenty of trees for a backdrop. I suggested to Alan that since we'd already taken several photos of him and his bike, I'd also like to feature him in the Readers & Their Rides section of our October 2007 issue to which he agreed. So with that said, I'm pleased to introduce you to Alan Fisher.

CC: Alan, what is your occupation?
Alan: I’m a trimmer at an auto upholstery shop.

CC: Do you have hobbies other than motorcycling?
Alan: Yes, I also enjoy computer graphics, and I have a web site called Graphics by SJ Electronics.

CC: Why do you ride?
Alan: I just enjoy the wind in my face.

CC: How long have you been riding?
Alan: I got my first bike when I got my drivers license at age 16. There wasn't many years between the bikes I've had. So I guess you could say I've had a bike most of my life.

CC: What was your first bike?
Alan: My first bike was a Montgomery Wards 260 Mojave, which was built by Benelli. It was a single-cylinder four-stoke bike with no compression release..

CC: How many bikes have you owned?
Alan: I’ve owned seven bikes.

CC: How many bikes do you currently own?
Alan: Right now I own two bikes.

CC: What do you like most about your Super Glide Sport?
Alan: It's the most comfortable bike I've ever owned.

CC: What is your dream bike?
Alan: It would have to be a Vincent Black Shadow. I'd also like to build a Bobber some time.

CC: What is your most memorable riding experience?
Alan: Riding back from JP's open house by myself.

CC: What is your least memorable riding experience?
Alan: When I wrecked my bike back in 2005..

CC: To what motorcycle clubs or organizations do you belong?
Alan: I belong to the Harley Owners Group (HOG).

CC: What motorcycle rallies & events have you attended, and which is your favorite?
Alan: I've only been to Arizona Bike Week, but I've been there twice. It's a great part of the country to ride in.

CC: Do you have a favorite bike night hangout?
Alan: Yes, the Tool Shed in Kansas City, Missouri.

CC: How many tattoos do you have?
Alan: Yes. I have five on my arms and one on my leg. My spider is the only professional one I have.

CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself?
Alan: I like groups, but I do most of my riding by myself.

CC: Who are some of your closest riding buddies?
Alan: At one time about 20 years ago I had a couple friends that had bikes, but I don't really have any close riding buddies right now.

Interview by Mike Schweder

Photos by Mike Schweder and Stripe