Readers and their Rides

Rick Park and His '03 Custom Hardtail

Written by  January 31, 2006

When Editor Mike and I arrived at the location of the photo shoot for Cycle Connections’ January, 2006, cover a pleasant surprise awaited us. We found not one kick-ass chopper but two. Melinda Beebe’s awesome cover scoot was there as expected, and Rick Park happened to be on hand with his wild 2003 custom hardtail. Eager to take advantage of the situation, we quickly decided to invite Rick to be featured in Readers and Their Rides. Rick’s bike sat outside in the cold while Mike and I shot photos of Melinda’s, so it looks a bit frosty in the accompanying photographs. If you can picture yourself scorching the pavement on this dynamite ride, you just might be able to make that daydream a reality. The bike is for sale, and you can contact Rick at (913) 488-9241 for more information. Here’s our interview with Rick followed by the bike’s specs:

CC: Rick, where do you call home and what do you do for a living?
Rick: I live in Gardner, Kansas, and I’m an electrician.

CC: Why do you ride?
Rick: I like the attitude it gives me.

CC: How long have you been riding?
Rick: Since 1982

CC: What was your first bike?
Rick: It was a Kawasaki KE 100 (starting out as a box of parts)

CC: How many bikes have you owned?
Rick: I have owned six.

CC: How many bikes do you currently own?
Rick: 1-1/4

CC: What is the year, make, and model of your current 'primary' bike?
Rick: It’s a 2003 Custom Hardtail

CC: What do you like most about your current 'primary' bike and why?
Rick: Same reason I ride – It gives me attitude

CC: What is your dream bike? Why?
Rick: The one that’s in my head. I can’t give details or someone else will build it

CC: What is your most memorable riding experience? Why?
Rick: Getting pulled over for doing a burnout in Daytona. I sure was on a lot of website pictures that year.

CC: What is your least memorable riding experience? Why?
Rick: Riding through the Black Hills in Sturgis during a rainstorm while my pulley bolts were backing out.

CC: Which motorcycle rallies & events have you attended?
Rick: Sturgis, Daytona (Spring and Fall), Local KC rides

CC: Please describe your tattoos.
Rick: There are a total of seven. They are on my arms, back, neck, chest. My favorite is the tiger and dragon theme on my left bicep/shoulder.

CC: Who is your favorite tattoo artist?
Rick: Brent at Skin Illustrations.

CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself? Why?
Rick: Riding in a group for fun and by myself when I’m pissed off.

CC: Who are some of your closest riding buddies?
Rick: Ken, Barbie, and Randy.

CC: Just for fun, which of your riding buddies is the best rider and why?
Rick: Myself.

CC: Just for fun, which or your riding buddies is the worst rider and why?
Rick: Myself again. It all depends on which reason above I am riding


CC: Rick, thanks a lot for the info. It’s been a pleasure meeting you and admiring your way cool chopper.


Bike Information:
General
Year/Make: 2003 custom hardtail

Fabrication by: Frame by Motorcycle Works everything else by RKR Customs


Assembled by RKR Customs


Assembly Time: 2 very long days before a show in Oklahoma last year


Engine
Size (ci)/Make: Harley EVO 80 with a twist

Carburetor: SS G-series

Air Cleaner: Velocity stack

Pipes: LA Choppers

Transmission


Year/Model: 2003 Baker right side drive



Shifting (foot/hand & speeds): J-B



Frame/Suspension


Year/Type: 2003 Custom Hardtail



Rake: 63 degrees



Stretch: out there



Swingarm: NONE



Rear Suspension: A fat tire and my butt



Forks: C/S



Extension: 24” over stock



Triple-Trees: C/S 5 degrees



Wheels, Tires & Brakes
Front Wheel: 19” 80 spoke


Rear Wheel: 18” 80 spoke


Front Tire: Avon venom 19”


Rear Tire: Avon Venom 250 x 18”


Front Brakes: J-B


Rear Brakes: dual J-B

Finish
Molding: RKR Customs and Tommy “Too Much” Martin
Painter: Too Much
Color/Manufacturer: Custom mix by Too Much and his imagination

Accessories
Bars: Midwest pull back

Risers: 8”

Hand Controls: J-B

Headlight: Head Winds

Taillight: Maltese Cross

Gauges: Police lights if I am going to fast

Fuel Tank: WCC stretched by RKR Customs

Oil Tank: in tranny

Front Fender: lost it

Rear Fender: Custom by RKR

Fender Struts:

Pegs: Midwest

Foot Controls: Midwest

Seat: Custom pan by RKR and wrapped by George

Article and Photos by Stripe