Chuck Morgan Smiling For Camera

Bill Banks

Born in Lynchburg, VA 1951 but raised in Washington, DC, always thought I had the best growing up experience of anyone. Every year during summer vacation I spent in Virginia and when school started up, back to the city, like I said best of both worlds. That lasted until I got older and those trips to the country each year became a little less. I still make that journey to Lynchburg, in fact it’s one of my favorite motorcycle rides from DC, I either take 66 West to 29 South or take 301 South, through Southern Maryland across the Harry Nice bridge over into Virginia. I got into motorcycles in 1978, that’s when I bought my first motorcycle a 1978 GS750 Suzuki, even though it’s pushed in a corner of a garage right now and hasn’t run since 2000, I dream to have it back on the road one day! In the meantime, to keep my love of motorcycles and riding enjoyment satisfied I have filled the void with three motorcycles, a 1989 Honda PC800, 2008 Triumph Thruxton and recently a 2016 Moto Guzzi V7 II Stornello. As a kid and teenager, I was into cars since growing up during the muscle car area but occasionally on Sundays, my father would take me to Vista Racetrack in Maryland to see motorcycling racing around an oval dirt track, that was so exciting watching those Bonnevilles and Sportsters battle it out. That was back in the 60’s, Vista Racetrack has long gone since but the good times I had there will roar forever. 

As far as drawing, it seems I’ve been drawing off and on my entire life, always sketching, always doodling I believe that’s how I made it out of 6th grade impressing the teacher with drawings instead of homework. Back in the day when TV shows were more wholesome, I would enjoy watching Bewitch and admired the job Darren had being a Commerical Artist, now called Graphic Artist and thought what a terrific job, sitting around drawing cool advertisements and cartoons but my father didn’t think much of such a career choice and thought  something more technical should be pursued and since he was paying the bills I had to agree.  After being exposed to technical drawing in High School and becoming interest in design I majored in the Technical Drawing field and graduated with a BS degree in Industrial Science and Technology from Virginia State College now Virginia State University. This training lead to employment in the AEC field with such companies, Airways Eng., Electrak inc, Sprint and presently contracting with the National Weather Service (NWS).

Humor is something I’ve always enjoyed, from my class clown days in school to freelance cartooning at The Motorcycle Times. Having a good sense of humor is fundelmental, it helps balance the stress of life’s struggles and relieves one of the serious perception of reality that’s out of our control. Life is a sensational experience, buy a motorcycle an enjoy the ride!

Bill Banks