Quick Stats: David Kennedy, guitarist, Angels & Airwaves
Daily Driver: 2008 Ford F-150 (David's rating: 8 on a scale of 1 to 10)
Favorite road trip: Chicago to Mount Rushmore to San Diego
Car he learned to drive in: 1972 Volkswagen van
First car bought: 2005 Mini Cooper
When guitarist David Kennedy wasn't on the road with Angels & Airwaves - the multi-platinum alternative rock band he started with friend Tom DeLonge of blink-182 - he was usually on his motorcycle.
For five years Kennedy didn't have a car, but last year he broke down and bought a 2008 Ford F-150. "I've been, 'I don't need a car, I don't need a car. I can get everywhere on a bike,'" Kennedy says. After buying the truck, he adds, "all of a sudden, I was like 'It's really cool.' It was a big deal for me to finally break down and actually get an automobile."
Kennedy gives his silver F-150 an 8 rating. It's handy when hauling his 2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R and 2009 KTM 690 Supermoto. "I like that I can load everything I own in my trucks - my bikes, extra wheels. If I need to pop up to San Francisco, I can take pretty everything I own in the truck. That's something I absolutely love. I just realized the other day how dirty it had gotten. But silver seems to be the cure-all of cleanliness. It stays pretty sharp for a long time between cleanings as opposed to black."
He does wish his truck were more efficient. "What I don't like about it is the technology - they're not really doing anything to push the engine forward," he says. "They're doing so many things with all the hybrid stuff. I wish Ford would make a smaller diesel. I was in Indonesia and my friend has a Ford - it's like a Ford Ranger, but it's a diesel truck. That's the coolest thing ever."
For Kennedy, efficiency also means as low profile as possible, small but still effective. He doesn't like the larger pickups. "For me a big 250 or 350 that gets so ginormous, I don't need all that," Kennedy says. "That's when you get into the bigger work trucks and diesels. I'd like a smaller diesel."
When car shopping, Kennedy did look at the Ranger, "but because I like to use the back a lot more, like putting a couple bikes and also my gear for racing, it's nicer to have the bigger bed," he says. "I just have the V-6, it's not great gas mileage at all, but it's still the smaller version."