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February Cover Page Interview with Don Dearmore

January 31, 2005
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CC: Don, what is your occupation?
Don: Crude Oil & Natural Gas Production.

CC: What hobbies do you have, other than motorcycling?
Don: I enjoy golf, gambling (Holdem Poker) and travel.

CC: Why do you ride?
Don: I ride because it is a feeling of freedom, and all other things are usually blocked out. Riding is a great escape from the everyday routine that so many people bitch and complain about.

CC: How long have you been riding?
Don: I purchased my first bike in 1969 and have been on and off of motorcycles since then.

CC: What was your first bike?
Don: It was a Honda 305 Scrambler.

CC: How many bikes have you owned?
Don: 10-15 Too old to remember them all.

CC: How many bikes do you currently own?
Don: Two, plus one for my wife.

CC: What do you like most about your current bikes?
Don: I like my 2004 Road King for the style, durability and SPEED. I like my 2004 Old Skool Bobber because there’s nothing else like it around KC, and the sissy bar and paint job really sets it off.

CC: What is your dream bike and why?
Don: An Exile Cycles 'Pure Sex Dragster.' Why - See the name of bike.

CC: What is your most memorable riding experience?
Don: Going to Sturgis in 1997. There was a group of 13 of us. We stopped in Wray, Colorado for the night, and after a HARD night of partying, we woke up to a cool crisp day and headed north about 6:30 a.m. T here was a light fog that morning and riding north of Wray we were on the highway surrounded by countless miles of cornfields. The sun was just starting to come up in the east and the solitary road, the light fog, and the rising sun made me smile and think that this is how life should be. I will never forget that moment.

CC: What is your least memorable riding experience?
Don: Wrecking my Bourget Chopper and breaking my ankle.

CC: To what motorcycle clubs or organizations do you belong?
Don: American Heartland H.O.G., AMA and National H.O.G.

CC: Which motorcycle rallies & events have you attended, and which is your favorite?
Don: Sturgis, Daytona Beach, Laughlin, H-D Anniversary Events in Milwaukee and various National H.O.G. rallies. Instead of listing my favorite event, I have to admit that my LEAST favorite event is Daytona Beach because my wife's Fat Boys have been stolen for the last two years in a row.

CC: Which is your favorite bike night location?
Don: My favorite bike night is The Other Place.

CC: Do you have any tattoos?
Don: I have one tattoo on left shoulder of the American Ironhorse

CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself and why?
Don: I prefer riding in very small groups of less than six, or riding alone. There are way too many reckless riders that just don't have a clue.

CC: Who are some of your closest riding buddies?
Don: Chad Waldrup, Rick and Lori Combs, Gail and AGail, POLO Angles and of course, my wife.

CC: Just for fun, which of your riding buddies is the best rider?
Don: Gail Worth, because she is fearless and has been to various street and
racing schools.

CC: Just for fun, which of your riding buddies is the worst rider?
Don: Chad, because his bike just has two speeds, off and FULL OPEN.

CC: Don, thank you for your time, and we appreciate you taking the time for this interview and for allowing us to use your bike and garage for our photo shoot.

Photos by Wayne Thompson

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