Most know Kristy Swanson as an actress. It takes some scrolling to see her full IMDb bio. Fewer know that she is a passionate motorcyclist. About now is her favorite time of the year because Sturgis is just around the corner. She’s an avid supporter of The Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Legends Ride and Biker Belles event, and recently had the honor of being the subject of a painting by the esteemed David Uhl.
Encouraged by her motorcycle-loving husband, professional ice skater and Olympic medalist Lloyd Eisler and Sturgis Buffalo Chip owner Rod “Woody” Woodruff, Swanson took a rider’s course and quickly began moving up the ranks of ownership, starting with a 2005 Yamaha V-Star 650 and ending with the 1731cc Victory Boardwalk she now rides.
She calls Victory her “bike of choice” after being introduced to them by Laura Klock and talking about them with Woodruff. Swanson said it gives her own identity seeing how husband Eisler is a Harley guy. Since Klock’s introduction, Swanson has developed a friendly relationship with the company. We caught her in full Victory attire at the Long Beach IMS last year where she was hanging out at the Victory booth greeting fans.
This year, Swanson will kick off her 2014 Sturgis experience in Deadwood at the Gold Dust at a reception for “The Huntress,” a David Uhl painting featuring the actress. It is the most current piece in Uhl’s “Steampunk Series,” its imagery alluding to Swanson’s infamous role as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” complete with a pistol that shoots wooden stakes, an arm band with vials of Holy Water, and a foggy background reminiscent of Jack the Ripper’s London.
Both Swanson and Uhl will be signing autographs at the painting’s reception at the Gold Dust, from 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday, August 3. They’ll be back at the Gold Dust again the next morning at 10 a.m. to promote the piece and meet with
Swanson was recently honored to be the subject of this painting by David Uhl called 'The Huntress,' the work the latest in Uhl's 'Steampunk Series.'
fans before that afternoon’s Legends Ride. This is Swanson’s fifth year of participating in the Legends Ride, one of her favorite Sturgis events. Swanson loves the fact that in addition to the fun, the ride benefits the Special Olympics, a cause her husband Eisler and her actively support. She’s a little bummed she won’t be able to ride herself this year because of a busted kneecap and big knee brace but fortunately has her husband Eisler to lean on.
After the Legends Ride, a one-of-a-kind, hand-embellished canvas print of “The Huntress” will be auctioned off with proceeds benefitting the Black Hills Special Olympics and the National Motorcycle Museum. A Fulmer helmet is also being painted with “The Huntress” to sweeten the pot.
In regards to the rally, Swanson said Sturgis for her is “like a family reunion. It gives me that warm, happy feeling. As loud as it is, as many bikes as there are, it’s calming to me. It’s all about having a good time and meeting great people. If you have a bucket list, put Sturgis on it.”
Swanson continues to live an ambitious lifestyle. Admitting that she likes to “stretch herself to the limit,” Swanson has been busy with roles in “Merry ExMas” with Dean Cain and “Beethoven’s Treasure Tail,” set to release on Universal Home Theater in October. She also launched a line of golf apparel in March called “Adress It.” She emphasized that it’s made in the USA and offers an alternative to the standard polo shirt and khakis combo saying they’ve been having a good time with it trying to get into pro shops.
With a commercial career that started at age nine, by 13 Swanson had appeared in over 30 commercials. By the age of 16 she had the honor of working with director John Hughes twice, appearing in both “Ferris Beuller’s Day Off” and “Pretty in Pink.” She tackled the challenging role of Cathy in “Flowers in the Attic” before she ensconced her name in the lores of
Who would think this adorable face likes to throw on her leather chaps and rumble around Sturgis with thousands of other bikers on her 1731cc Victory Boardwalk.
vampire movie fiction lore as the original “Buffy.” Later roles included comedies “Dude, Where’s My Car?” with Ashton Kutcher and “Big Daddy” with Adam Sandler.
While Swanson will indelibly always be associated with being the original “Vampire Slayer,” she doesn’t mind. It was a special role she’s proud of because Buffy was a strong, young female protagonist and “young girls need a heroine.”
“If I touched someone, some way with a role, then it doesn’t matter.”
Swanson concluded by admitting she gets more people coming up to her wanting to talk about her role in “Ferris Beuller.”