Writer's Ramblings

A Visit with Dawn Glencer - Host of the Carolina Cruiser TV Show

Written by  May 31, 2007

Back in February 2005, we had the opportunity to interview Dawn Glencer and talk with her about the U.S. Angels, which are a group of beautiful ladies she manages, who supports our wounded soldiers through personal visits and fund-raising events.

Dawn has been very busy since our last interview and is now the host of a popular motorcycle TV show on the East coast called Carolina Cruiser, which airs on Your CW (channel 62/cable 9) on Saturday nights at 6:30 p.m. If you don’t happen to be in her viewing area, don’t worry, because you can also check out her shows on the Carolina Cruiser web site at www.carolinacruiser.tv. Dawn also has a radio show on Buzzard 96.7 FM in Greenville, South Carolina. During our interview, Dawn told me “If you click on the DJ pages and click on Carolina Cruiser, the guys are always putting up crazy pics of me...they're ruthless!”

Dawn was able to fit our interview into her busy schedule, so let’s see what else she’s been up to the past couple years!

CC: What do you like most about your TV show?
Dawn: Being new to South Carolina (moved here last summer), the show's been great for meeting tons of folks that ride as much as I do.

CC: Is there anything you don’t like about your job?
Dawn: Ahhh...working weekends. I'm off when everyone else is working and working when folks are making plans and having fun. Attending bike rallies when you have an agenda and have to knock out a show sometimes takes the fun out of it.

CC: If you weren’t doing TV and radio, what would you be doing?
Dawn: Being bored in a 9-5 somewhere, stuck inside, and hating it.

CC: What are your ambitions for the near future?
Dawn: I'd really like to produce an HBO special on a few pet projects I'm working on. The rest I just play by ear.

CC: With your busy work schedule do you have time for any hobbies?
Dawn: My hobby is my work….riding my chopper. Even when I’m not working I’m still out riding. It’s not just what I do…it’s what I am.

CC: So what's a big turn-on for you?
Dawn: Ha-ha-ha….bald heads and sleeve tattoos! Dark curly hair and dark eyes work too. Oh, and a bod that sees the gym often…always a plus. And of course they have to ride…that goes without saying.

CC: So, what turns you off?
Dawn: Insecure, jealous types. And men who hit women are worthless and should be buried UNDER the jail.

CC: How would you describe your personality?
Dawn: Very outgoing. I talk to everyone. I even know the names of folks at the bank and the grocery store. You meet the most interesting folks that way.

CC: How long have you been riding?
Dawn: Longer than most!

CC: What was your first bike?
Dawn: It was a little Honda 50 I got when I was 8. I immediately built a ramp and flew off into the side of a barn—my first set of stitches; but not my last.

CC: How many bikes have you owned?
Dawn: I’d say six, maybe seven?

CC: How many bikes do you currently own?
Dawn:Just one now. I sold my Dyna a few weeks ago.

CC: Tell me about your current bike?
Dawn:It’s a 2005 American Ironhorse Texas Chopper.

CC: What do you like most about your Texas Chopper?
Dawn: It’s a bad-ass bike! It’s pearl-white with a white ostrich seat. Even my air-filter is powder coated white. It glows at twilight…pretty cool. It’s also loud as hell and makes all the guys’ bikes in town look like little mopeds.

CC: What is your dream bike?
Dawn: Hmmm…my current favorite is one that Vince Doll of Redneck Engineering just built. I had it on the show a few weeks ago. It looks like something a rock star would ride. It’s rough-looking and just a crazy cool bike.

CC: What is your most memorable riding experience?
Dawn: It was on a memorial run in Southern Maryland a few years ago. We were all doing about 70 mph or so; we’re talking probably 60 bikes or so, and my boyfriend at the time was riding behind me on his single swingarm 6-speed chopper his brother had built. Well, the entire back tire came off his bike and bounced over the other riders, but didn’t hit anyone. He was able to coast that friggin’ bike squealing on its rear frame safely over to the side of the road and didn’t get a scratch on him. I would never have believed that story if I wasn’t there myself. We were both sweating that one because we were leaving the next day for a three week sailing trip. Landing in the ER that day would have really sucked.

CC: To what motorcycle clubs or organizations do you belong?
Dawn: I’m not really a club person because I’m not good on scheduled meetings and crap like that. I started Wind, Women & Wheels (DUBYA 3) last summer when I moved to SC because the only other female riding club was Ladies of Harley. Not all of them actually ride themselves and you HAVE to have a Harley to join. I met so many women who rode but didn’t have Harleys, so I started DUBYA 3 to fill in the blank. We started with about eight members and now we’re over 40 strong. No patches—we just get together to ride, do happy hours and so on. It’s very informal with no rules, and you show up when you feel like it.

CC: Which motorcycle rallies and events have you attended, and which is your favorite?
Dawn: I’ve only done Myrtle Beach and Daytona so far. Sturgis is still my white unicorn. I do prefer MB to Daytona though. I have a lot of friends in the DC area that do MB and its cool because you’re always on vacation together and it’s a great time to catch up and hang out. There are just so many different bars and events in MB, and it doesn’t take you 45 minutes to get from one to the other. The new Suckbangblow 4-Corners has really come into its own, and Dog House North has doubled in size and crowd. Both places were a regular hang-out for me and my friends this past spring rally.

CC: Do you have a favorite bike night hangout?
Dawn:In Greenville, the most action is Wednesday at Hooter’s from 6 p.m.-9 p.m., and then everyone rolls over to Chief’s around the corner. Since I work weekends, Wednesdays are my Saturday nights.

CC: How many tattoos do you have, and which one is your favorite?
Dawn: OK – I have 10 right now, on my belly, back, shoulders, and arms. Your favorite tat is always your last one, right? My fav right now is “wrench-head.” It’s a skull with a chopper eye patch with a wrench smashed down thru the center of it. It’s my “Johnny Johnson” tattoo. He’s my bike guy from Xtreme Customs & Cycles in Simpsonville, and the ONLY guy I’ll let work on my bike. He can work on bikes blind-folded…he’s the master.

CC: Who is your favorite tattoo artist?
Dawn:Redneck from East Coast Ink in Easley, South Carolina. He’s done two tats on my left arm and shoulder so far, and I’m already scheduled to get another one next week. I’m working on a half-sleeve. My mom’s gonna freak when she visits next month.

CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself?
Dawn: Depends on the day and my mood. Sometimes I just like riding by myself; going where I wanna go and not dealing with anyone else. But riding with a group, heading out to party or whatever—that’s cool too. I had an absolute BLAST with my friends, riding down at Bike Week in Myrtle Beach. There were two perfect days I could repeat forever.

CC: Who are some of your closest riding buddies?
Dawn: Christina Wilson, another female chopper rider, and Laura Harrison. Laura has a little pink-n-black harley, but she's been eyeing choppers, too, lately.

CC: Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Dawn: Yes, actually – there's a major issue going on in my town right now about noise ordinances in downtown Greenville. My friend and I both got $1200 tickets last week for literally starting our bikes at the same time – just an outrageous fine for a victimless, non-moving violation. I am not anti-cop by any means. It's ironic that folks want to think that, because I am from a law enforcement family. I'm just amazed that with police officers that are under-paid and over-worked and with the escalation of violent crime, THIS is what we're having them focus on?

CC: Dawn, thanks a bunch for the interview. Good luck with your TV show, and I’ll be watching for that HBO special when it comes out?

Interview by Mike Schweder