Readers and their Rides

Connie Scott and Her '04 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic

Written by  August 31, 2005

Connie Scott
Independence, Missouri

CC: Connie, what is your occupation?
Connie: I’m a Senior Executive Assistant at Sprint.

CC: Do you have any hobbies other than motorcycling?
Connie :Yes. I enjoy travel, teach aerobics & volunteer work.

CC: Why do you ride?
Connie: I ride because it is one sport you can enjoy alone or with a group. I also like how motorcycling, unlike a car, turns every trip into an adventure.

CC: How long have you been riding?
Connie: I’ve been riding since 5 years solo.

CC: What was your first bike?
Connie: It was a 535cc Yamaha Virago.

CC: How many bikes have you owned?
Connie: I am on my third bike.

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

CC: What is your current bike?
Connie: 2004 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic.

CC: What do you like most about your Heritage?
Connie: It is big enough to be comfortable on long trips but not intimidating. I also spent quite a lot of time and money customizing this bike to fit me, plus the occasional impulse purchase of “something shiny.”

CC: What is your dream bike?
Connie: I can’t imagine any bike that would give me more satisfaction than my Heritage.

CC: What is your most memorable riding experience?
Connie: My most memorable solo ride was when I went to St. Louis. It was my first solo ride on my Heritage to visit my family and I knew I could ride long distances by myself. My most memorable group ride was the Snake Saturday Parade with the Khrome Cowgirls – it was a hoot seeing all the girls dressing up themselves and their bikes!

CC: What is your least memorable riding experience?
Connie:Last year’s Bikers for Babies. The crowd was way too big and it was almost impossible to navigate that large of a group through Leavenworth. I was not comfortable riding with that many people not knowing their skill level.

CC: To what motorcycle clubs or organizations do you belong?
Connie: I am the Activities Coordinator for the Khrome Cowgirls, the Kansas City Chapter of Women in the Wind; I also belong to the American Heartland H.O.G. Chapter.

CC: Which motorcycle rallies & events have you attended and which is your favorite?
Connie: I have attended Daytona Bike Week, which is my favorite. I attended Bikes, Blues & BBQ in Fayetteville, Arkansas last year, along with numerous local rallies & events.

CC: Which is your favorite bike night location?
Connie: Although I’m not a big fan of bike nights, Paddy O’Quigley’s would be my favorite. It is the closest one to my house and I have a great route on smaller roads I take to get there, so I get a nice ride in to and from.

CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself?
Connie: I like both. I really enjoy the relaxation of long solo rides but there is safety in a group. Between my work, gym and volunteer schedule it is hard to keep planned group rides; therefore I ride alone a lot

CC: Who are some of your closest riding buddies?
Connie:I ride with a variety of friends and groups, depending on the mood I’m in that day.

CC: Just for fun, which of your riding buddies is the best rider?
Connie:I have a lot of respect for my brother. He is the only man I know who would have the guts to ride from St. Louis to the Blue Bridge mountains on a new bike with a new wife on the back and come back to tell about it..

CC: Just for fun, which of your riding buddies is the worst rider?
Connie:I am going to be charitable and say everyone rides at their own skill level.

Interview and photos by Little Toto