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Ty from Knob Knoster, Missouri is our December 2013 cover model. She took first place at our Cover Model Search on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at Blue Springs Harley-Davidson in Blue Springs, Missouri.

Below is the interview we had with Ty, and we’d also like to invite you behind the scenes at this month’s cover shoot where we gathered additional information from her video interview.

Ty works in the finance department at Blue Springs Harley-Davidson, and her ambitions include finishing her Bachelor’s Degree and to excel in the Harley business or try to enlist in the Army as a commissioned officer. In her spare time, she enjoys riding motorcycles and hanging out with her husband and with her friends at Blue Springs Harley-Davidson. When asked about turn-ons, Ty said “A fun personality, and someone who is outgoing. I also love a uniform and of course a man on a motorcycle!” On the flip-side, she told us she’s turned off by someone who thinks they know everything, and that their sh*t don’t stink. Ty also admits that she’s a sucker for a sweet guy that looks tough in uniform.

When asked what the smartest thing is she’s ever done, Ty said “Getting into motorcycles. I don’t know how I lived without one.” When asked what the most stupid thing is she’s ever done, she said “Getting into motorcycles, according to my family. They hate it! LOL.” Ty describes her personality as “Fun, outgoing, and I’m’ a very passionate person toward things I care about.” We also asked her what people would say is her best attribute, and Ty said “My personality. I like to think I’m pretty fun and outgoing, and easy to get along with.”

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

Favorite color: Black.
Favorite food: Steak and potatoes. “I’m a country girl."
Favorite drink (non-alcoholic): Mountain Dew Amp.
Favorite drink (alcoholic): Coronarita. Ya know; a margarita with a Corona in it.
Favorite Restaurant: Longhorn Steakhouse.
Favorite actors: Vince Vaughn and Will Ferrell.
Favorite actress: Melissa McCarthy.
Favorite TV show: American Horror Story.
Favorite movie: Anchorman.
Favorite band/artist: In This Moment.
Favorite song: Whore.
Do you have pets? Yes. I have three pit bulls and a German Shepard.
Do you ride? Yes.
Do you own your own bike? Yes.
How long have you been riding? Since I was about 17, but not an avid real rider until we bought our Harleys.
What was your first bike? Technically, my first bike was a Denim Black 2012 Harley-Davidson Street Bob.
Do you prefer riding in a group or with just one bike? Six.
How many bikes do you currently own? Two.
What is the year, make, and model of your bike? Well, the past few months, it’s been a 2012 Harley-Davidson Street Glide, but the bike I was on before the Street Glide is a 2013 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy Lo.
What do you like most about your Street Glide? The radio, because I commute 120 a day, and I’m always by myself. It’s so nice to have some music!
What is your dream bike? I wouldn’t mind having a CVO Road Glide with a 110 ci motor and an amazing paint scheme.
What is your most memorable riding experience? In 2012, when my husband and I rode to Oklahoma. There was no rain in the forecast, so we didn’t pack rain gear. We got just north of Joplin, and it poured like never before. What usually takes about 6 hours to get home took 12 hours of riding in the cold and pouring rain. We did meet some pretty cool people who got stuck in the rain, and I’ll definitely never forget it. This is both my most and least memorable riding experience.
To what motorcycle clubs to you belong? I belong to the Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.).
What motorcycle rallies & events have you attended? None yet, but I sure hope to soon.
Do you have a favorite bike night hangout? Yes, Blue Springs Harley-Davidson, with cool bands and fun people.
Tell us about your tattoos. I have five tats on my back, my thigh, and my ankle. The one on my ankle is my favorite because I designed it and it’s for my husband and I.
Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself? In a group, but I’m always by myself most of the time. I love the company.
Who are some of your closest riding buddies? My husband and all my friends from work.
Thanks for the interview Ty, and thank you for doing such a great job on our December 2013 cover!


Our December 2013 cover bike is owned by Toney “Peanut Butter Swirl” Hollinger III from Raytown, Missouri. His bike took first place at our Cover Bike Search on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at Blue Springs Harley-Davidson in Blue Springs, Missouri. We had a great time shooting Cover Model Search winner Ty on Toney’s bike for this month’s cover.

For this month's issue, we invite you to take a look behind the Scenes at our January 2014 Cover Shoot video, which follows our January 2014 cover model Lauren through her photo shoot and interview.

Our January 2014 cover model is Lauren from Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She took first place at our Cover Model Search at Joe's Crab Shack in Olathe, Kansas. Many of you may also recognize Lauren from her previous cover in our June 2011 issue.

Below is our interview we Lauren, and we’d also like to invite you behind the scenes at this month’s cover shoot where we gathered additional information from her video interview.

Lauren is a stay-at-home mom, a student, and a Bud Girl. Her ambition right now is to graduate from nursing school. Lauren admits that she’s a sucker for eyes and a nice smile. When asked what the smartest thing is she’s ever done, Lauren said “Having children young.” When asked what the most stupid thing is she’s ever done, she said “The time I drank a fifth of tequila.” Lauren describes her personality as “Outgoing, a smart ass, and funny!”

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

Favorite color: Tiffany blue.
Favorite food: Sushi.
Favorite drink (non-alcoholic): Cherry Coke.
Favorite drink (alcoholic): Tequila and Amaretto Sunrise.
Favorite Restaurant: Houstons.
Favorite TV show: Being Human.
Favorite band/artist: Civil Wars.
Do you have pets? Yes. I have two dogs named Athena and Daisy, and a cat named Tink.
What is your most memorable riding experience? My first ride on a bike with my husband.
Do you have a favorite bike night hangout? Yes. I think The Garage in Lee’s Summit, Missouri has the best atmosphere.
Tell us about your tattoos. I have six tattoos. I have one on each foot, one on my left wrist, one on my neck, one on my hip, and one on my side.
Do you have a favorite tattoo artist? Yes. Alan Taylor at Weirdo’s in Belton, Missouri.
Thanks for the interview Lauren, and thank you for doing such a great job on our January 2014 cover!

Our January 2014 cover bike is owned by Ted Haase, and his 2008 Harley-Davidson Street Glide was selected as the winning bikes at our Cover Bike Search at the Joe's Crab Shack in Olathe, Kansas.

Ted is from Grain Valley, Missouri, and we had the opportunity to gather more information about him and his 2008 Harley-Davidson Street Glide. We photographed cover model search winner Lauren, on his bike for this month’s cover.

Our January 2014 cover bike is owned by Ted Haase from Grain Valley, Missouri. His 2008 Harley-Davidson Street Glide was selected as the winning bikes at our Cover Bike Search at the Joe's Crab Shack in Olathe, Kansas. We photographed cover model search winner Lauren, on his bike for this month’s cover.

Our February 2014 cover bike is owned by Ken Steenrod owner of Ken's Custom Paint & Graphics in Peoria, Illinois. Our good friend and photographer Doug Mitchel with Doug Mitchel Photography shot our cover model Courtney for this month’s issue.

 Our March 2014 cover bike is owned by Mark Kozak from Kansas City, Missouri, and this month’s cover model is Mandy from Olathe, Kansas.

It was a very nice late spring day. The temperature was around 80 and a reasonable breeze. I had been riding most of the day. First went to my grandson’s birthday party then traveled about 40 miles to Lawrence KS for my niece’s graduation party.

Left the party around 5:30 and headed back home. Before I got the area of I-435 highway construction that I knew would be stop-and-go I decided to alter my route. You never consider how one decision can change your life in a major way until after the events unfold. I went farther south on I-35 and exited at 199th street. After all, I have used this boulevard many times to cross town and avoid the highway traffic.

The drive along 119th St. was uneventful all the way to Stateline Road. I turned right to head south on Stateline Road I had no way of knowing what was waiting for me in the form of an impatient driver. As I traveled south on Stateline Road I was in the left lane and I was next to a small black SUV to my right. I was went down the hill towards Pembroke Lane I was parallel to the black SUV to my right. That’s when I saw the other SUV coming at me. When I was in the position where I could see to the right all the way to the side of the street, there it was. It was coming right in my direction. The SUV driver was not looking in my direction. I knew this immediately because all I could see was the left side of the divers head. In the approximately 1 to 2 seconds I had to react I locked up the brakes on the bike. I skidded (according to the police report) around 19 feet. I decreased my speed from 38 to 30 mph at time of impact. You are typically taught to lay the bike down before an impact like this but in the brief time I had to decide I thought “If I lay the bike down the SUV could drive right over me.” In the accident interview the SUV driver told the police that “I didn’t know the motorcycle was there until it hit me.”

Just before the impact with the SUV I closed my eyes. Yes, closed my eyes. I didn’t want to see what was about to happen. When I opened my eyes again I was laying on the ground beside my bike. I had not been thrown over the handlebars, I was apparently bucked off the right side of the bike as if being thrown from a horse and I landed on the pavement squarely on my backside. This was apparent after the injuries were determined in the trauma center at the hospital.

As I lie on the ground I opened my eyes and the bike was right beside me. As I begin the hear people talking I hear a man’s voice is saying “Keep his head still.” “Don’t let him move.” This civilian whoever he was knew his stuff. Big thanks to him whoever he is. Then in what seemed like a few seconds (probably longer) I have a swarm of firefighters around me. They are asking me questions.

“Do you know what day it is?” “Do you know where you are?” “What is your name?” etc. All simple enough under normal circumstances but after an accident very important to determine if you have had any immediate head trauma. The only disappointment from the entire on-scene series of events was that the ambulance did not run the lights and siren to get me to the hospital. Oh well.

The Emergency/Trauma center at Overland Park Regional Medical Center also did their jobs very well. My trauma nurse was always talking with me and was even cracking jokes which helped me stay calm. Very hard to laugh when you have injured ribs.

The final assessment of my injuries was as follows: Multiple fractures of the Pelvis & Sacrum, Right Radius fracture (surgically repaired with a metal plate), a Right Ulna dislocation. Four fractured ribs on right side of chest (4-7). A left Ulna fracture near the elbow. Badly bruised left ankle and various bruised tissues. One angled cut across the bridge on the nose. The first reminder I see every morning of what I’ve been through.

After spending a week in OPRMC and moving on to the rehab center I developed a blood clot in my left leg on Memorial Day. I had to be taken back to OPRMC for surgery to stop the clot from moving to my heart & lungs. I spent 7 days in ICU while they started thinning down my blood. I will be on blood thinners until December, if all goes well. I was finally released from Mid America Rehabilitation hospital on June 18th. That’s one month in various hospitals because of the accident.

On June 19th the other driver had to appear in court on a Failure to Yield citation. As for me I am still rehabilitating at home.

One thing I forgot to mention. About a month before the accident I had attended the first of a two day course on Accident Scene Management that is conducted the RoadGaurdians.org. (The second day was a schedule conflict but I will make it up). It helped me understand exactly what was happening at the scene and why it was going the way it was. The irony is not lost on me that the first accident scene I am present at is my own and I am riding alone.

I would just like to say that in spite of what has happened to me I will probably ride again as soon as I am medically cleared to do so. Always keep a sharp eye out when riding whether you are alone or in a group. We as riders need to be prepared for anything so if you can take the ASM course and an MSF rider’s course do so. Even if you have been riding for years they will both be helpful.

I want to acknowledge all those who were part of my treatment and recovery from the Leawood police & firefighters on scene to the staff of medical professionals at OPRMC & MARH. You should be proud of the jobs you do. Thanks so much!

By Randall “Sea Hawk” Hauk

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