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December 2016 Issue

1948 Moto Guzzi GTV and Cover Model Angie

Our December 2016 cover bike is a 1948 Moto Guzzi GTV, which is owned by Ben Schmitt, and this month's cover model is Angie from Shawnee, Kansas. Scroll down to check out all of this month's articles and for more details about this month's cover bike and model.

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1948 Moto Guzzi GTV

November 29, 2016

Our December 2016 cover bike is a classic 1948 Moto Guzzi GTV, which is owned by Ben Schmitt from Kearney, Missouri. To find out more about Ben, check out his interview, and for more photos of his bike and our cover model Angie, 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 December 2016 cover shoot.

Ben Schmitt & His 1948 Moto Guzzi GTV

November 29, 2016

Our December 2016 cover bike is owned by Ben Schmitt, and we enjoyed shooting his 1948 Moto Guzzi GTV for this month’s cover. Ben is from Kearney, Missouri, and we had the opportunity to gather additional information about him and his bike. We also had fun shooting cover model Angie on Ben’s bike for this month’s cover. I’m sure you’ll also enjoy this month’s behind the scenes photos and video!

Behind the Scenes with Angie

November 29, 2016

Angie from Shawnee, Kansas is our December 2016 cover model. She’s a veterinary technician and is also a yoga instructor. Someday Angie wants to open her own yoga studio, and she also hopes to establish a non-profit organization for at risk youths. In her spare time Angie enjoys boxing, yoga, weight lifting, boating at Lake of the Ozarks, water and snow skiing, dancing, modeling, riding on motorcycles, and really anything outdoors.

Video: Behind the Scenes at our December 2016 Cycle Connections Cover Shoot

November 29, 2016

For this month's issue, we invite you to take a look behind the scenes at our December 2016 Cover Shoot video, which follows cover model Angie through her photo shoot and interview, and make sure to check out the specs and additional photos of this beautiful 1948 Moto Guzzi GTV. Also make sure to check out our interview with bike owner Ben Schmitt.  

2016 Sparks Halloween Bash - Sparks, Oklahoma

November 24, 2016

Every year around Halloween time, Sparks America Campground plays host to a huge Halloween Biker Bash. This year’s event happened on the weekend of October 20 through 23. It was cold and wet as I left the Kansas City area behind and headed for Sparks, Oklahoma, where the weather was, thankfully, warmer and dry. When I arrived, I learned that in addition to all of the usual biker events there would also be a wedding. Friday evening, Jessie and James would be married on the Sparks America stage. Jessie is the daughter of Willy and Bambi who are well known and loved by all of the Sparks regulars.

2016 Sparks Halloween Costumes - Sparks, Oklahoma

November 27, 2016

The annual Sparks Halloween Bash at Sparks America, Oklahoma, always brings out lots of great costumes.  Here is a sample.  Click here to view the Sparks Halloween Bash article.

2016 Sparks Halloween Awards - Sparks, Oklahoma

November 27, 2016

With so much going on, it’s likely that I didn’t get a photograph of every award winner. Apologies to any who were missed. The bike show award list was prepared from a photograph of the list that was used to announce the winners. It’s a bit sketchy but is the best we have.  Click here to view the Sparks Halloween Bash article.

12th Annual Barber Vintage Festival - Birmingham, Alabama

November 29, 2016

The “Old” Guys made their way to the Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama on October 12, 2016 for the start of the Barber Vintage Festival, presented by Triumph.

16th Annual Fall Thunder Beach Rally - Panama City Beach, Florida

November 29, 2016

The Thunder Beach Rallies have taken on a different “vibe” since the shakeup of the venue locations that used to run up and down Front Beach Road. Some of the older business’s that had been venue locations for years are no longer venues, and a few new ones have been added.

12th Annual Las Vegas Marine Riders Toys for Tots Poker Run

November 29, 2016

The 12th Annual Las Vegas Marine Riders Toys for Tots Poker Run was held on November 5, 2016. The Las Vegas Marine Riders were looking to break the 2015 Toys for Tots donation total of $21,000. Did they do it? Read on to find out!

Inaugural TNT Poker Run - Las Vegas, Nevada

November 29, 2016

The inaugural TNT Poker run was held on October 29, 2016, and Red Rock Harley-Davidson graciously opened their doors early for biker registration. 40 riders participated in the run, which raised funds and awareness for the new Veterans Transition Resource Center in Las Vegas.

Gift Shopping

November 29, 2016

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Chanukah! Whatever you celebrate this time of year, there’s bound to be some gift giving. Here are a few things you might want to check out, give, or ask Santa for this year:

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