"Cossack" Andy Hornsby is a man of questionable taste, and a passion for the bizarre. Having spent too many years aboard Russian-built outfits, when British bikes became too expensive to contemplate, he discovered first the joys of performance motorcycles courtesy of a Yamaha XS1100, and then Harleys through the occasional use of the boss's FXRS while IT Manager at the publishers of BSH and All American Heroes - which was when the picture was taken.
He has since lost a undisclosed amount of hairline, and racked up many miles on another XS11 (the original blunt instrument), an FJ12 (supremely competent, but boring), a couple of Wings (dreadful things), a ZL900 Eliminator (wonderful howling banshee of a bike) and - oh, the shame of it - a VN1500 Classic (good on paper, soul-less on the road).
In his defence, he lived with a Shovelhead Electra Glide for eight years, enjoyed six months with a Dyna Sturgis as a company bike and currently runs a Buell Cyclone and an Aerocharged Electra Glide.
Earning his editorial spurs through Silver Machine and All American Heroes, Andy also contributed to Back Street Heroes, Classic Bike Guide and ... Scootering!?!
He is particularly fond of, and a staunch defender of the Dyna range for their practicality and would dearly love to reproduce a 1978 4-speed LowRider from a SuperGlide - and has recently been spotted salivating over the stylised 50's shape hard panniers designed for Softails so with a bit of money and time ... oh well, that's the last we'll hear of that!
He has no great love for Sportsters, and is disappointed by that, although a 25th Anniversary XLCR for 2002 would've been a nice way to be won over.
He can understand the appeal of the Softail but, as a fan of the seventies four-speed chassis rather than the fifties hardtail look, has never seriously considered one.
Despite owning one, he is offended by the aesthetics of the reversed yoke set-up on modern FL tourers, and he would welcome a return to the simplicity of the Shovelhead Dressers with a Dyna Electra Glide Classic, but no-one in Milwaukee is listening.
More motorcyclist than biker, Andy has strong opinions which tend to come through despite a strong desire to be wholly objective, but he always tries to temper them with researched facts to either support or destroy his case.