Cover Bike Owners

Andrew Stonestreet & His 2003 Indian Chief

March 31, 2015
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Our April 2015 cover bike is owned by Andrew Stonestreet from Lenexa, Kansas. We had the opportunity to gather more information about Andrew and his 2003 Indian Chief, and for your enjoyment, we also gathered more information from this month’s cover model Stevi. Also, make sure to check out the Behind the Scenes photos and video from our April 2015 cover shoot!

CC: Andrew, what is your occupation?
Andrew: I’m the Director of Business Development at Sodexo Healthcare.

CC: Do you have hobbies other than motorcycling?
Andrew: Yes. I also enjoy golf and working in the yard.

CC: Why do you ride? 
Andrew: I ride because it allows you to experience the world different than anything else. You hear, smell, see and feel the surroundings at all times at speed. It doesn’t matter the weather; can’t control it; don’t need to; just ride!

CC: How long have you been riding? 
Andrew: I rode from the age of 6-18 on a Honda 50, and then I got a Kawasaki 125.

CC: What was your first bike?
Andrew: I learned to ride on a Honda 50. It was my neighbor’s bike, and we rode in the farm fields, forests, and parks. It went everywhere. I can still remember that sound.

CC: How many bikes have you owned? 
Andrew: Only owned 4 in my life. I stopped riding when I left for college, and with family obligations, I never had the opportunity to own a bike until 2012. I bought a 1982 Honda Goldwing from a friend to see if I wanted to ride again, and rode for about six months just to get me feet wet. I always wanted an Indian, so on my 50th birthday a friend of mine Doug found this one on Craigslist in Gainsville, Georgia, and I was hooked. I bought it sight unseen, and the next weekend we drove all night to go get it.

CC: How many bikes do you currently own? 
Andrew: Just my Indian Chief.

CC: What do you like most about your cover bike?
Andrew: The fact that it is basically factory original, and yet so unique in its look of the engine, paint and stance. From the first picture I saw of it on my IPhone for sale, I knew it was different and that’s what I wanted!

CC: What is your dream bike?
Andrew: I own it already. This one will stay in the garage till my kids fight over it when I’m gone.

CC: What is your most memorable riding experience? 
Andrew: I rode out and back to Sturgis for the first time in 2013 with my best friend Doug, and it was the first long haul I’d ever taken. We put over 2,500 miles under us that week riding with Greg and Burt all over South Dakota. It was a week I’ll never forget, riding in the mountains, seeing Devil’s Tower, all the national parks, and the bikes from everywhere.

CC: What is your least memorable riding experience? 
Andrew: I was riding to the Ozarks for the Indian Motorcycle Rally at Indian Point, and I blew a head gasket. Dealing with the issues of getting a U-Haul van and driving it to the rally was brutal. I had called ahead to the hotel to check on cancelling my room, and the guy told me to get the bike to the rally and everything would be fine. When I arrived 5 hours later everyone had already heard of my issues and 4 or 5 Indian mechanics pushed the bike under a tent, tore down the engine, put all new gaskets on it and put it back together on spec from the manual. It only took about two hours. All I had to do was by a round of beers for the trouble. Guess it turned out to be one of my best rides.

CC: Which motorcycle rallies & events have you attended, which is your favorite, and why?
Andrew: Sturgis 13-14, Daytona 14, the National Indian Motorcycle Rally at Indian Point, Missouri 2013, and numerous charity events for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

CC: What is your favorite bike night location?
Andrew: I usually start at Drivers on Metcalf, and then to Kobi’s in Bonner Springs, Kansas. Excellent music!

CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself?
Andrew: Solo is peaceful. On a Saturday morning, just head out in any direction that works for me. I rode home from Sturgis to KC last year solo in one day.

CC: Who are some of your closest riding buddies?
Andrew: Doug Burris, Greg Johnson, Burt Maroney, and Bear Webber.

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

Interview by Mike Schweder

Photos by Dick Carlson with Carlson Digital Photography

Published in Cover Bike Owners

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