Readers and their Rides

Loney Wilcoxson - Building The Perfect Fat Boy!

Written by  May 1, 2004

I met Loney and Stephanie Wilcoxson through the Kansas City Southern Cruisers Riding Club. I ran into them last Saturday and Loney said, 'Wait till you see what I've done to my Fat Boy.' I decided to interview Loney and get the lowdown on the things that have kept him busy during the winter months.

CC: What is the year, make of model of your bike?

Loney: A 1997 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy.

CC: How did you get into riding motorcycles?

Loney: I started riding mini bikes as a kid.

CC: How long have you been riding? 24 years.

CC: How many bikes have you owned and what types?

Loney: A Suzuki RM125, a Yamaha YZ 750, a Suzuki GSXR-1100, and a Harley Sportster.

CC: How many miles a year do you ride?

Loney: I average around 12,000-15,000 per year.

CC: What is your dream bike?

Loney: My dream bike is the one I have right now. I put enough miles in on it to find out what I didn't like about it. These things I changed. The things I liked I accentuated.

CC: Where is your favorite bike night location?

Loney: F.O.G. Cycles and Knuckleheads Saloon.

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

Loney: I prefer riding in small groups of people I have ridden with before, or by myself. It seems there are too many people on the road whose riding skills do not match the bike they are riding. While we try to participate in as many charity runs as we can yearly, every one we have participated in has resulted in a wreck caused by lack of seat time, or, a near wreck caused by foolish riding habits of others.

CC: To what motorcycle clubs or organizations do you belong?

Loney: Freedom of Road Riders (FORR).

CC: What is your favorite trip?

Loney: Sturgis.

CC: What trips do you have planned for this year?

Loney: The Spring Fling in Chillicothe , Missouri and the Republic of Texas Rally in Austin, Texas.

CC: If you could take your bike anywhere for a month, where would you take it and why?

Loney: I really don't have a good answer for that. Riding anywhere new would be an adventure. There is so much of our great country I have not seen. I guess I would just get maps of the back roads, put Stephanie on back, and take off to wherever we ended up.

CC: What is your most memorable riding experience?

Loney: Having an old man in a Buick come across the center line and put my wife and I on the pavement. This happened on 169 Highway northeast of Saint. Joseph, Missouri on Fathers Day 2001.

ACC: Any advice you would like to give novice riders?

Loney: Know not only your limitations, but also the limitations of your machine. Take as many riders safety courses as you can. You can always learn something new.

CC: What city do you live in?

Loney: I live in the country between Camden Point and Ridgely Missouri.

CC: Do you have a family?

Loney: I am married to the most wonderful woman in the world, my wife Stephanie. She is always ready to ride and got back on like a trooper after we got hit. She also indulges all the money I spend on this lifestyle. She has 3 children; Jordan, Alyssa, and Joshua, that I love as if they were my own.

WCC: What is your occupation?

Loney: I am a service advisor at a Ford dealership in Cameron, Missouri. I have been doing this job at dealers all over the KC metro for 15 years.

CC: Tell us what you added to your Fat Boy over the winter.

Loney: I added all the following parts and accessories:

Billet Forward Controls, Grips, & Passenger Pegs

Braided Stainless Clutch & Throttle Cable

Braided Stainless Front & Rear Brake Lines

Braided Stainless Oil Lines

16' Ape Hangers

All handle bar wiring routed inside handlebars.

Trigger Chrome Levers

7 Gallon Stretch Fuel Tank with Pingel power-flo Petcock

Aircraft Fuel Caps

Painted Oil Bag

Donnie Smith Rear Axle Covers

Perse Front Axle Spikes

Saddleman Explorer Seat with Gel pads front and back, Saddleman Back Rest

Harley Heritage Saddle Bags

Kurakyn Panacea LED brake/tail lamp, front and rear turn signals

Hydra Glide Style Headlamp Nacelle

Front Spot Light Bar

All Factory paint, decals , and pinstripes removed.

All sheet metal painted Gloss Black by Mike Pilcher of MPE.

T-Bag Luggage Rack.

Vance & Hines Long Shots pipes.

CC: Did you do all this work yourself?

Loney: Yes, I did every bit of this work myself, except the paint. Special thanks go to my lovely wife Stephanie for putting up with me and allowing me to sink the money into my scooter. The only thing left to change is the wheels. I will be getting my stock wheels smoothed and chromed next winter, along with putting a 96' S&S kit in the engine.

Great job Loney! Hope you and Stephanie have a safe and fun riding season on your 'new' bike! Thanks for sharing with Cycle Connections and our readers!

Interview and photos by Goldie Arnold