Readers and their Rides

Pete Catalano and His 1998 Harley-Davidson Sportster

Written by  April 30, 2005

I have known Pete for some time now, and we have recently been thrown back into the local biker scene. Pete is very outgoing, and is a good friend to share stories with. He takes safety as a priority, which is something you have to respect. We at Cycle Connections were glad to have Pete ride with us in this year’s Snake Saturday Parade in North Kansas City, and it’s always a pleasure when he is able to join us at the various bike nights around town. So without further adieu, I am pleased to introduce to you, Mr. Peter Catalano.

CC: What is your occupation, Pete?
Pete: I’m a software developer.

CC: Do you have any hobbies other than motorcycling?
Pete: There’s something other than motorcycling? I like messing around with computers. Between motorcycles and computers, it doesn’t leave much time or money for many other hobbies.

CC: So, why do you ride?
Pete: I enjoy two wheels much more than four. The people you meet while riding are interesting, outgoing and generally seem to enjoy themselves, whatever the situation.

CC: How long have you been riding?
Pete: I’ve been riding years, with a couple of breaks between bikes.

CC: What was your first bike?
Pete: It was a 1982 Yamaha Seca 650.

CC: How many bikes have you owned?
Pete: A total of five.

CC: How many bikes do you currently own?
Pete: Just one.

CC: What is your current bike?
Pete: It’s a 1998 Harley-Davidson Sportster.

CC: What do you like most about your Sportster?
Pete: It’s comfortable for fairly long rides, and handles well enough in the curves.

CC: What is your dream bike?
Pete: I don’t know what it would be. I think I’d like to try a VRod or Vmax, but I think my next bike will probably be a Dyna Glide.

CC: What would you say is your most memorable riding experience?
Pete: It would have to be a camping ride with some friends. It was a trip through the Ozarks to St. Louis. As bad as alcohol and asphalt is, leaving a backwoods tavern, we found that alcohol and gravel was so much worse. We were young and stupid, but survived it anyway!

CC: What is your least memorable riding experience?
Pete: I can’t remember. No, really, I’d have say it was either the time the bolt worked loose on the shifter linkage about half way to work and I had to make my way through downtown traffic in fourth gear. No one sold hardware within walking distance, so I had to use bailing wire to make it home. Or maybe it was the time when a bee got me right between the eyes. I thought I had been hit by a rock until I saw that the rock had wings and was still fluttering against my nose.

CC: Do you belong to any motorcycle clubs or organizations?
Pete: Yes, I belong to the National H.O.G. and to the American Heartland H.O.G. Chapter.

CC: Which motorcycle rallies & events have you attended and which is your favorite?
Pete: I haven’t attended many, but Bikers for Babies was really a fun time.

CC: Which is your favorite bike night location?
Pete: I have to say Johnny Dare’s, because my daughter works there.

CC: Do you have any tattoos?
Pete: No tattoos. I haven’t found a picture I wanted to look at the rest of my life.

CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself?
Pete: I don’t have a preference. I usually end up alone because of the time available to ride.

CC: Who are some of your closest riding buddies?
Pete: I don’t really have any, but the group at Gail’s Harley-Davidson is really great when I go on one of their rides.

CC: Thanks for taking the time to visit, Pete, and I look forward to hopefully seeing you on lots of rides this year.

Interview and photos by Dave Miller