Wayne Peterson

Photojournalist

A Wisconsin farm boy, I learned how to ride a cow, before a horse and way before a motorcycle. Despite the education system’s best efforts, I received an Associate’s Degree in Commercial Art and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications. I was also editor-in-chief of Iron Horse Magazine, through which I met Chris Myers, who then introduced me to RoadRUNNER magazine. I currently teach illustration courses at the local community college and run what’s left of our five-generation family farm.

I first started riding on my 16th birthday. A customer at my Dad’s market won a new 1966 Yamaha Trail 80, on a radio show, and he wasn’t keen on keeping it. So my Dad bought it for me, and I took my first real ride at my party: I pulled a wheelie and dug a trench in the lawn, which sent the bike in one direction and me in another. I was irrevocably hooked! Years later, I sold the Yamaha and bought a new 1970 Honda SL350. Within six months, I was off to basic training, and the bike enjoyed the companionship of mothballs. Throughout my adult life, I’ve owned more than 87 cars and trucks, as well as 5 motorcycles. Yet I still own and ride that SL350, which has only 10,500 miles and is in mint condition. I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of it. Although someday, I would like to get an older BMW for longer rides—one-hundred plus miles on the Honda is a killer.

I’ve ridden a lot of places, both here and abroad, on a number of different machines. And I consider myself blessed for having had the opportunity to do so. As for my favorite road, that’s easy: it’s always the very next one I ride!