Our June 2016 cover bike is a 2010 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail, which is owned by Ronnie Coffelt from Wellsville, Kansas, and this month's cover model is Patience, from Warrensburg, Missouri. Scroll down to check out this month's articles and for more details on our cover bike and model.
Our June 2016 cover bike is a 2010 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail, which is owned by Ronnie Coffelt from Wellsville, Kansas. To find out more about Ronnie, check out his interview, and for more photos of his bike and our cover model Patience, check out her interview as well. For this month's issue, we also invite you to check out our behind the scenes photos and video taken at our June 2016 cover shoot.
Our June 2016 cover bike is owned by Ronnie Coffelt, and we enjoyed shooting his 2010 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail for this month’s cover. Ronnie is from Wellsville, Kansas, and we had the opportunity to gather additional information about him and his bike. We also had fun shooting cover model Patience on Ronnie’s bike for this month’s cover. I’m sure you’ll also enjoy this month’s behind the scenes photos and video!
Patience from Warrensburg, Missouri is our June 2016 cover model. She is custodial worker for the Lee’s Summit School District, and her hobbies include playing soccer, baking, drawing, painting, making dream catchers, and walking her dog. Patience also admitted that she’s a sucker for animals, and said “I want every animal as a pet.” She describes her personality as “Outgoing, open, and laid back.” We asked Patience how she got her name and she said “I actually got my name from my mom, who is a big Guns & Roses fan, so I got my name from the song Patience.”
For this month's issue, we invite you to take a look behind the scenes at our June 2016 Cover Shoot video, which follows cover model Patience through her photo shoot and interview, and make sure to check out the specs and additional photos of this beautiful 2010 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail and our interview with bike owner Ronnie Coffelt.
Photos by Dick Carlson with Carlson Digital Photography
Video by Stripe, and video editing by Skye Marie
The 3rd Annual Radar's Run for Fallen Friends took place on Sunday May 1, 2016. This memorial ride and poker run is a celebration of life in memory of our friend Carl Brent "Radar" Estep who left us too soon at the age of 45, as well as many other friends who have passed on, with all proceeds donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
For many years, the Greater Kansas City Chapter of Harley Owners Group has provided volunteers to assist with the Special Olympics Spring track and field event. The 44th Annual Kansas City Metro Spring Games were held on Saturday, April 30. Rain fell during the early morning hours, and only three H.O.G. members were present at Blue Springs Harley-Davidson for the short 13-mile ride to the event at Lee’s Summit North High School. The rain had subsided, and only a few sprinkles were falling as Road Captain Tom Countryman led the way. Another bike joined the group at the school parking lot, and a total of eight H.O.G. members were there to volunteer.
While most of us think of May fondly as the month that gave us Cinco de Mayo, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reminds us that it is also the national Motorcycle Safety Awareness month. As part of its motorcycle safety awareness campaign, NHTSA implores drivers to be mindful of motorcyclists, and for motorcyclists to use DOT-approved helmets and not to ride while intoxicated. NHTSA’s mission with this campaign is to help reduce the number of motorcyclist fatalities, and I think all of us would agree that this is a worthy cause, all year around.
Given the spotlight on safety, I wanted to explore a few other ways we can improve survivability on the bike.
Women Rider Stats
I found some interesting statistics about women riders that I want to share. These were originally published in 2015, so we can assume the numbers have gone up slightly.
12% of motorcycle owners are women, an increase of 28% since 2010.
1 in 4 riders, including passengers, are women.
In 2012, approximately 27 million people operated motorcycles and 6.7 million of them were women (25%)
Some of the reasons women ride: Freedom, independence, adventure, to conquer fears, community.Some numbers reflecting the happiness of women riders include: 37% report always feeling happy compared to 16% of nonriders. 35% always feel confident compared to only 16% of women who do not ride. More than 33% of women riders feel less stressed after a ride. 74% of women riders believe their lives had improved when they began riding.