We are excited to launch a new blog series called 1 Down 5 Up which will feature profiles on great riders from around the globe, going the long mile and supporting the pack. We are going to ask the same 7 questions (1 down/neutral/5 up) to all interviewees on a flash interview format. The aim is to get different points of the views, experiences, and tips on riding to share with all of you fine readers. We hope you enjoy!
Leo McElrath IV
MW: Why you ride?
Leo: I initially started riding as an economical way to get to and from work and to save gas. Once I really learned to ride I started to truly enjoy the ever changing smells, the temperature fluctuations from the valleys to the hilltops, and the time alone with nothing but my thoughts. I ride for recreation, fellowship with friends, and to stay consistent with my personal relationship with self.
Leo rocking the Motorwolf LOBO vest next to no other than Willy G. Davidson
MW: What was on your playlist during your last ride?
Leo: I listen to everything from old school rap to 90's country, to thrash metal and classic rock.
MW: Free weekend, where do you love to ride locally?
Leo: I enjoy day trips to the Harley shops within 150 mile radius of home, always a good day ride and we try to find a new eatery that we haven't tried before.
MW: What has been your all-time favorite place to ride since you started riding?
Leo: Favorite place to ride has been the Million Dollar Highway in Colorado. US 550 from Montrose, CO to Durango, CO... absolutely stunning views.
MW: Bucket List places to ride? Which one is next?
- Going to the Sun Road/Glacier National Park
- Rocky Mountain National Park Colorado
- North side of the Grand Canyon
- complete loop around Lake Michigan
- Mt Rushmore and surrounding areas
Next big ride is still being thought about, nothing solid yet.
MW: Favorite tip you have learned since riding?
Leo: There is no room for being in a hurry on your motorcycle, always take your time and enjoy the journey.
MW: Dream bike / Next bike?
Leo: Dream bike would be a CVO HD Ultra Classic
What bike(s) is in your garage?
I currently ride a 2016 Roadglide Special
Your riding gear?
- Helmet: Simpson
- Vest: Motorwolf LOBO
- Jacket: Harley
- Boots: Danner Waterproof 8"SWAT style boots
- Gloves: ICON Timax Glove
Group rider or solo?
I really enjoy riding solo
Favorite Bike Event, Run, Rally to attend?
I can't say that I've really made it any priority to attend a "big" bike event, I definitely would like to make plans for Sturgis and Daytona some year, just hadn't been a priority for me.
Any other hobby besides riding?
I enjoy photography a heck of a lot and really wish I was better at it.
Well we couldn't disagree more, Leo is a fantastic photographer. Be sure to give him a follow at his Instagram and YouTube Channel. We hope you enjoyed this new blog, if you have any recommendations for future interviews please let us know by sending an email through our CONTACT page. Cheers!
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