Gear and Skills for Improved Safety

May 13, 2016

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.

May 2016 Issue

1979 Yamaha SR500 and Cover Model Kathleen

Our May 2016 cover bike is a 1979 Yamaha SR500, which is owned by Ben Schmitt from Kearney, Missouri, and this month's cover model is Kathleen from Overland Park, Kansas. Scroll down to check out this month's articles and for more details on our cover bike and model.



In This Issue:

1979 Yamaha SR500

April 30, 2016

Our May 2016 cover bike is a classic 1979 Yamaha SR500, 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 Kathleen, 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 May 2016 cover shoot.

Ben Schmitt & His 1979 Yamaha SR500

April 30, 2016

Our May 2016 cover bike is owned by Ben Schmitt, and we enjoyed shooting his 1979 Yamaha SR500 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 Kathleen 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 Kathleen

April 30, 2016

Our May 2016 cover model is Kathleen from Overland Park, Kansas. For those of you who are long-time readers, you may recognize Kathleen as our August 2013 cover model. She is currently an office manager and head paralegal. When asked about hobbies, Kathleen said “I love anything the outdoors, such as hiking, biking, canoeing, camping, and of course riding motorcycles!”

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

April 30, 2016

For this month's issue, we invite you to take a look behind the scenes at our May 2016 Cover Shoot video, which follows cover model Kathleen through her photo shoot and interview, and make sure to check out the specs and additional photos of this classic 1979 Yamaha SR500 and our interview with bike owner Ben Schmitt.  

Photos by Dick Carlson with Carlson Digital Photography

Video by Stripe, and video editing by Skye Marie.

Biker Sunday at Heart of God Fellowship - Buckner, Missouri

April 25, 2016

Each spring since 1999 the congregation at Heart of God Fellowship in Buckner, Missouri, has hosted a special service welcoming members of the motorcycle community. The 2016 Biker Sunday was held on April 17. There was plenty of room for hundreds of motorcycles in the church parking lot and lots of room for the riders in the huge tent where the service took place. The weather was great for riding, and the sides were removed from the tent just prior to the service providing good air circulation for everyone’s comfort. To get things rolling, Knucklehead Mike rode the church’s 1942 Harley-Davidson EL, in original condition, through the tent and parked it in front of the stage.

Kelly's Krash Krew Ride - The Bar-Lee's Summit, Missouri

April 27, 2016

On March 6th 2016, Kelly Springer and I were enjoying a warm yet windy spring day on our bikes.  Along Kurzweil Road in Raymore, a combination of strong, gusty wind and a washboard section of the road resulted in Kelly "high siding" her bike and her body falling to the pavement in front of me.  In an effort to prevent running over my close friend, I laid my bike down as well.  Kelly's bike came to rest on the roadway while mine ended up submerged in a creek.  In an ironic twist, my bike sustained damage which totaled the bike while it was Kelly's body that sustained the more extensive damage.   Kelly was taken by ambulance to Research Medical Center where she spent the next week having her right shoulder reconstructed.  While she was in the hospital, her broken fingers, road rash and severe hematomas were also treated.  Unfortunately, Kelly was between jobs at the time and without insurance.  The medical bills have begun to mount and are currently over $185,000 and counting.

Women’s Motocross Today

April 30, 2016

It was the winter of 2010 when Hannah Hodges’ father presented her with a dilemma. They were on their way to Bithlo, a motocross track in Orlando, Florida when Hannah was told she would have to make a decision. It seemed a recent change in class structure meant the 11-year-old Hannah was too young, by one year, to race in the newly formed 12-15 year bracket, which was changed from 11-15 years of age. She could either race with the older girls, who were faster and more experienced and rode 85cc bikes or she could ride her 65cc bike in the boys’ 11 and younger class. After 5 minutes, Hannah made her choice. “I want to race with the boys”, she declared.

Bell and Ace Cafe Release Limited Edition Helmets

April 21, 2016

Bell and Ace Cafe London are partnering up for a run of limited-edition motorcycling gear. First in line are two limited edition helmets that meld the iconic insignia of London’s Ace Café with the unmistakable profile of the Bell lids.

Zero Motorcycles To Race The 100th Anniversary Of The Pikes Peak International Hillclimb

April 20, 2016

Zero Motorcycles, one of the leading electric motorcycle manufacturers, has announced that it will compete in this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race in partnership with the Hollywood Electrics Racing team.

2010 Triumph Rocket III Roadster Long-term Test Report

April 17, 2016

We bought this 2010 Rocket III Roadster new in 2009, and it has been used as an all-season commuter bike. While the Rocket is not a daily rider, we do use it regularly, even during the cold winter months.


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