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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Kristi Batchelor and her husband John were recently featured in an issue of Hot Bike Magazine. [Order this photo]
* During trip, local couple interviewed by magazine

What started out as an innocent trip to Sturgis ended with a bit of a surprise for John and Kristi Batchelor.

The couple, married for seven years, elected to join friends at the 71st Sturgis Bike Rally, which takes place annually in Sturgis, S.D., typically during the first week of August.

"We went with a bunch of friends," Kristi told The Brazil Times. "One of our friends has been going seven or eight years. He was like our tour guide."

The couple recently purchased their first Harley Davidson, a 2010 Sportster.

But rather than leave the motorcycle the same, John had other intentions.

He modified the Harley, and while in Sturgis, the couple was noticed: By a national magazine.

Kristi said her husband added saddle bags to the Sportster, in addition to new pipes, a back rest, a gel insert in the passenger pillion for comfort, inverted mirrors and a front fender, among other modifications.

"It's a hobby," she said.

While traveling back to their campsite, Kristi said a man approached them asking about their motorcycle.

The man, Eric Ellis, serves as editor-in-chief for Hot Bike Magazine.

"He was doing a spread and looking for unique bikes," Kristi said. "He followed us back to our campsite and did an interview and took pictures."

Kristi, John and the motorcycle, which he calls the, "IronGlide," are featured in the magazine's recent issue.

"He said it was all the things he noticed that were added to the Sportster," Kristi said. "The features he saw on it were kind of neat. He noticed all the changes made to it."

The Sportster was the first Harley Davidson for the couple. They stayed in Sturgis for the annual rally for approximately nine days.

"It was fun," Kristi said. "It was a good time."

More information regarding Hot Bike Magazine may be accessed at hotbikeweb.com.

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kool....happy for you guys

-- Posted by blondiesf on Thu, Dec 22, 2011, at 10:14 PM

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