Readers and their Rides

Cecil Searcy - Livin' it up in St. Joe!

Written by  February 29, 2004

Although I haven't met Cecil in person yet, I can tell from our e-mail interview that he is quite a colorful character. Cecil is a freelance video producer in St. Joseph, Missouri, who just happens to be a riding buddy of Doug Plowman, who we featured in our January Readers & Their Rides article.

Even though in-person interviews are much more personable and fun, due to simple logistics (I can't be everywhere at once), our e-mail and phone interviews have proven to be quite entertaining.

CC: When you're not making videos or riding, what other hobbies do you enjoy in St. Joseph?

Cecil: Actually, I enjoy lots of reading, music and drinking beer...is that a hobby?

CC: I would consider beer drinking a hobby. So why do you ride?

Cecil: To clear my head of normal worries and to have an excuse to go out with the fellas.

CC: How long have you been riding?

Cecil: Three years.

CC: What was your first bike?

Cecil: It was a 1981 Kawasaki CSR 650.

CC: How many bikes have you owned since then?

Cecil: I've owned a total of three bikes.

CC: How many bikes do you currently own?

Cecil: I'm down to just one.

CC: What do you currently ride?

Cecil: A 2003 Honda VTX 1300.

CC: What do you like most about it?

Cecil: Torque, baby! I really dig the size and handling, but most of all, the incredible torque curve Honda gave the VTX lineup.

CC: What is your dream bike?

Cecil: My dream bike would be a home built custom. As an artist I like to create things, and my own bike would be a capper.

CC: What is your most memorable riding experience?

Cecil: Definitely the trip to Sturgis this past summer. It was my first ride of any distance. I rode up with my buddy Doug Plowman. It was great; just the two of us burning through outer Kansas and watching the people's faces as we passed through the small towns.

CC: Sounds like you had a blast, and thanks for the awesome photo of Mount Rushmore, which we included at the bottom of this interview. What would you say is your least memorable riding experience?

Cecil: I think dropping my bike the first day I got it. The guy delivered the bike to my house and forgot to turn the choke off. When I went to take off later, that thing went haywire!

CC: Do you belong to any motorcycle clubs?

Cecil: I belong to FORR Local #6 and the Honda Riders Club of America.

CC: What rallies and events have you attended and which is your favorite?

Cecil: We rode to Sturgis in 2003 and the National ABATE Rally at Perry Lake, Kansas. The ABATE Rally is far better, as far as parties go. No hassles and lots of debauchery!

CC: Do you have any favorite bike night locations?

Cecil: We don't really have a fixed location. Evil Twin Cycles here in St. Joe has a Wednesday night ride that is really great, with lots of the same riders each week, but different bartenders to drive nuts.

CC: Do you have any tattoos, and if so, which is your favorite?

Cecil: I have two. A Celtic band around my ankle and a nautical star on the back of my right arm. The star is my favorite; to me it represents the explorer.

CC: Who is your favorite tattoo artist?

Cecil: I have a guy here in town named Chris Rainey who did my arm, and I've been wanting one from Whispering Danny in Kansas City when I find the right design and the cash.

CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself?

Cecil: I enjoy smaller groups of three to six people, which is just enough to clog the lanes if you want to.

CC: Who are some of your closest riding buddies?

Cecil: Oh boy...well, Doug Plowman; we rode to Sturgis this past year. I also ride with my father-in-law, Ken Russell, and another fella named Brian Diggs, who I met when I was working at St. Joe Honda last year.

CC: Just for fun, which of your riding buddies is the best rider?

Cecil: One of the craziest riding buddies I have is Rob Eidmann, who is the owner of St. Joe Honda. I saw that fool pull a wheelie on a 2003 Goldwing!

CC: Before we wrap things up, is there anything else you'd like to share with your fellow riders?

Cecil: One side bar would be that Doug and I are looking at starting a Masonic motorcycle club in this area, so if there are any master masons out there; give me a shout or shoot me an e-mail. Ride Red!

Interview by Mike Schweder and photos submitted by Cecil Searcy.