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Debbe St. Clair & Her 2000 Custom Boar Chopper

December 1, 2012
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Our December 2012 cover bike is owned by Debbe St. Clair, and her 2000 Custom Boar Chopper was selected as the winning bikes at our Cover Bike Search at The Bar in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. We photographed cover model search winner Jessica, on Debbe's bike for this month’s cover.

CC: Debbe, what is your occupation?
Debbe: I’m a nurse.

CC: Do you have hobbies other than motorcycling?
Debbe: Yes, I also enjoy playing the guitar, singing, fishing and walking.

CC: Why do you ride?
Debbe: It’s so relaxing, and really lifts the spirits.

CC: How long have you been riding? 
Debbe: I rode my first motorcycle when I was 17, and have been hooked since.

CC: What was your first bike?
Debbe: My first bike was my 2006 Harley-Davidson Sportster.

CC: How many bikes do you currently own? 
Debbe: My boyfriend Robert and I own four bikes at present. We have a 2004 Custom Buell Streetfighter, which was featured on your September 2012 cover, a 1993 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy, a 2006 Harley-Davidson Sportster and the 2000 Boar that’s featured on this month’s cover.

CC: What do you like most about your Boar Chopper?
Debbe: I love everything about this bike. Robert designed it, it’s very sleek and the ride is awesome, and I love the loud pipes, which lets you know you’re on chopper.

CC: What is your dream bike?
Debbe: I want to design a chopper in honor of my dad, who was an awesome man. My mom left us when I was seven, and he raised four kids on his own, working in the coal mines. I want my next bike to say thank you to him and all the American Underground who are Hillbilly Proud. I love where I’m from and I enjoy telling everyone about my roots. The underground miners, like my dad and the ones before, worked hard and in dangerous situations, and I think everyone should know about their struggle. Look up The Battle of Blair Mountain by Robert Shogan. I think you’ll enjoy the read..

CC: What is your most memorable riding experience? 
Debbe: The Ali Kemp Ride in 2011, which was the first time I rode with Robert. He has changed my life for the better, and I thank God for him. He is my dream come true, and it’s awesome to be so blessed to have someone who loves to ride more than I do.

CC: What is your least memorable riding experience? 
Debbe: When I was 17. It was my first ride on a motorcycle, and I’d never been on a motorcycle before. I hopped on, and was doing quite well until I turned around and started back down the hill toward our house. A car pulled out in front of me and I put on the brakes. I was used to riding my bicycle, so when I squeezed the hand lever I went flying over the handle bars onto the gravel road. Gravel can tear the skin right off everything it comes in contact with, but the ride was awesome up until then.

CC: To what motorcycle clubs or organizations do you belong? 
Debbe: I don’t belong to any at present, but I want to join H.O.G.

CC: Which motorcycle rallies & events have you attended, and which is your favorite?
Debbe: I loved going to Dayton for Bike week. Now there’s an experience I’ll never forget. It’s amazing what people will do when encouraged by a bunch of drunken bikers. But of course, my favorite events are the ones hosted by Cycle Connections. You are all so great, and make it so much fun to bring your bikes in and show them off; especially when you win.

CC: What is your favorite bike night location?
Debbe: I like going to The Bar in Lee’s Summit. I really feel at home there, and everyone is awesome. I also like going to Thirsty Ernie's in Raymore. They're also lots of fun, but I think my favorite place is Kobis in Bonner Springs. They have some of the best musicians in our area who play there on bike night.

CC: How many tattoos do you have, where are they located, which is your favorite, and why? 
Debbe: I only have two at present. A yellow rose above my left breast, and Garfield on my right lower abdomen.

CC: Do you have a favorite tattoo artist? 
Debbe: Yes. King City Tattoo and Piercing, which is located in the Hooters Plaza on Metcalf in Overland Park, Kansas. The shop is very clean and organized. The staff is great, and their work is beautifully excellent.

CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself?
Debbe: ? I enjoy riding in events. It’s a great feeling to share the ride, especially for a worthy cause, but I especially love the ride when it’s with Robert or just me alone. I can go as fast as I want, plus I have a need for speed, but do it safely.

CC: Who are some of your closest riding buddies?
Debbe: My man Robert of course. He is awesome to ride with. I also ride with my friend Amy. We call each other Sissy. She’s great! I also enjoy riding with our friends Betty and Scott, who are also our neighbors.

CC: Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Debbe: I just want to tell everyone if they get a chance to visit one of your Cycle Connections events. They won’t be disappointed. You are all wonderful people and you know how to put on a good event. Thank you so much for this opportunity.

CC: Thanks for the interview Debbe, and thank you for letting us shoot your bike for this month’s cover.

 

Photos by Bruce Stimpson with Stimpson Photography.

Published in Cover Bike Owners