Readers and their Rides

Walter Kirk and His ‘06 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic

Written by  May 31, 2007

After meeting Walter for the first time, I was impressed by his attitude towards his fellow riders and the passion he has for his trade. By day he is a silversmith and gemologist, and at night he likes to hop on his bike and head over to TJ’s Over the Edge to hang out with his buddies. So with that said, I am very pleased to have you meet Walter Kirk.

CC: Walter, what is your occupation?
Walter: I’m retired from Proctor and Gamble.

CC: Do you have hobbies other than motorcycling?
Walter: Yes, I am an avid silversmith.

CC: Why do you ride?
Walter: Mostly because I don’t like walking. Ha!

CC: How long have you been riding?
Walter: Approximately 45 years and counting.

CC: What was your first bike?
Walter: My first bike was a 1964 Honda 250.

CC: How many bikes have you owned?
Walter: I’ve owned six bikes.

CC: How many bikes do you currently own?
Walter: Just my Ultra Classic.

CC: What do you like most about your Ultra Classic?
Walter: All the power this motor makes. It has 129 horsepower at the rear wheel via a big bore kit, pro charger, racing cams. It’s lowered in the front and back 2” and I installed an intercooler and switched out the pipes.

CC: What is your dream bike?
Walter: Still haven’t decided.

CC: What is your most memorable riding experience?
Walter: My ride to the top of pikes peak in the cold.

CC: What is your least memorable riding experience?
Walter: Monterey California to Cheyenne, Wyoming in December of 1964.

CC: To what motorcycle clubs or organizations do you belong?
Walter: I belong to the Harley Owners Group (HOG).

CC: Do you have a favorite bike night hangout?
Walter: Yes, Wednesday nights at TJ’s Over the Edge in Blue Springs, Missouri.

CC: Do you have any tattoos?
Walter: Yes. I have one on each arm.

CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself?
Walter: I enjoy riding by myself because I can be in control.

CC: Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Walter: Yes. Ride as though you are invisible, because people don’t see motorcycles.

Interview by Dave Miller