Ford is working with MAKE to profile owners of the Transit Connect, a vehicle that offers creative types a small, modifiable vehicle to suit their passions and personal pursuits. In this series, we’ll be profiling Transit Connect owners and looking at how they’ve customized their rides.
Charles “Chuck” Stottlemyer is a former machinist with a passion for airplanes and motorcycles, specifically 1930’s-era propeller-based aircraft and Moto Guzzi cycles, respectively. Both mean Chuck is on the road a lot with plenty of camping at destinations along the way.
Since traveling long distances on a classy sports bike for the purpose of camping would be impractical, Chuck looked for a way to transport his motorcycle around the country. To keep the Italian machine out of the elements, he wanted to transport it inside of another vehicle, but also have that vehicle serve practical, everyday needs, too. After crunching the numbers, Chuck modified his Transit Connect with a commercially available wheel chock, in order to hold the bike’s front wheel between the two fronts seats while remaining unobtrusive to the driver and passenger. After the vehicle is filled with camping gear, the rear of the bike is strapped down, and the rear doors close with only fractions of an inch to spare. This way Chuck can transport his motorcyles for both touring and exhibition inside of a vehicle that doubles as his everyday family 5-seater.