Readers and their Rides

Carol Hart

Written by  August 31, 2004

Carol Hart
Alberta, Canada

I met Carol at a barbeque that the Fairfield Inn in Spearfish, South Dakota provided for their guests. From the minute I saw Carol I knew there was something special about her, other than her accent. As we talked into the night, we laughed, shared photos and road stories, as well as our personal lives and ambitions.

Carol rode her custom six-speed Dyna from Alberta, Canada, with two of her friends, Cam and Maurice. Although she is a workaholic, I think she enjoys riding more than anything else. Since she lives almost at the top of the world where it’s -30 degrees five months out of the year, her time on the road is limited.

As she recounted a little of her trip this year, Carol and her companions had traveled almost 1,200 miles in two days to get to Sturgis, and the ride home wasn’t much different, as these Canadians like to go fast; that’s for sure. Once they crossed the border back into Canada, she told me they rode over 100 mph most of the way home. This hot, redheaded Dyna babe sure like’s to go fast, as does her bike.

There was also a joke among Carol’s riding partners that she came to Sturgis to look for a husband, but she told me she just used that line to fend off all the knuckleheads looking for ”Miss Right Now.” This knucklehead didn’t give up so easily though and additionally managed to tie her down for a little Q & A.

CC: What is your occupation?
Carol: I’m an account executive for the Condo Guide in Edmonton, Canada.

CC: What hobbies do you have other than motorcycling?
Carol: I love to travel mostly, but also enjoy skiing and golf.

CC: Why do you ride?
Carol: To relieve stress and, it is a passion to the core of my soul.

CC: How long have you been riding?
Carol: Four years.

CC: What was your first bike?
Carol: A 1982 Shovelhead.

CC: How many bikes have you owned?
Carol: Two.

CC: How many bikes do you currently own?
Carol: Just my Dyna, fit for a princess.

CC: What is the year, make, and model of your bike?
Carol: It’s a 2001 Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide Touring.

CC: What do you like most about your current bike and why?
Carol: It’s solely my own, well looked after, with a six speed and 95 kit; very fast and reliable.

CC: What is your dream bike and why?
Carol: A Texas Chopper! I found one this year in Sturgis and love the look and uniqueness.

Yes, I must agree, as the placard on the inside of her windshield states, “Make Way for the Princess,” a princess she is. Not only was I captivated by her beauty, but she is just about one of the nicest people I have ever met. Well guys, although she may be looking for a husband, you’ll have to get in line as this journalist saw her first. Carol, good luck on your hunt for a husband and keep riding into the wind.

Interview by Wayne Thompson

Photos by Wayne Thompson, Carol Hart, and Ron Brideau