Readers and their Rides

Mark Austin and His '07 Softail Custom

Written by  August 31, 2007

CC: Mark, what is your occupation?
Mark: I’m the owner of a metal fabrications shop in Nixa, Missouri.

CC: Do you have hobbies other than motorcycling?
Mark: Yes, I also enjoy Four-wheeling and skiing.

CC: Why do you ride?
Mark: To get away and clear my mind. It is great to have the
alone time sometimes to work out a problem or just contemplate ideas.

CC: How long have you been riding?
Mark: I've been riding 30+ years.

CC: What was your first bike?
Mark: My first bike was a Honda Z-50.

CC: How many bikes have you owned?
Mark: Hell, I can't remember, but it sure hasn't
been enough!

CC: How many bikes do you currently own?
Mark: Three.

CC: What do you like most about your Softail Custom?
Mark: Its attitude.

CC: What is your dream bike?
Mark: The ones I own. I build MY dreams.

CC: What is your most memorable riding experience?
Mark: When me and a couple of my buddies rode down to Memphis to celebrate Memphis in May.

CC: What is your least memorable riding experience?
Mark: When I laid a bike down during a burnout at a local bike night. That was an expensive fall.

CC: To what motorcycle clubs or organizations do you belong?
Mark: I don't belong to any.

CC: Do you have a favorite bike night hangout?
Mark: Yeah, Cartoons.

CC: Do you have any tattoos?
Mark: Yes, one on my upper right arm.

CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself?
Mark: In a group. My friends say I'm an attention hog!

CC: Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Mark: Yes, if you don't ride, you need to!

Interview by Jim Austin