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On The Cover: November, 2018

Cycle Conn 2018 Nov Cover PicHappy Thanksgiving!!!!!

Cover Design By: Lisa Bonta

In This Issue:

Letter to The Reader's

January 30, 2018

Cycle Connections will be going through a “transitional” period, and as we do so, we will be loosing some of our contributing writers. We have enjoyed seeing things through their eyes for over 10 years, now we will be looking toward you the readers to share your bike adventures, benefit/fundraising efforts, Rally experiences etc.

You are already attending these events and no doubt taking some awesome pictures along the way. We would like for you to share that with us and EVERYONE else!

Also, we would like to help advertise your event in our “Upcoming Events” at NO charge to you, just drop us a note with the information.

If you are interested, or if you would like to submit event information, Please contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We appreciate all of you for your interest in Cycle Connections and look forward to sharing in your up coming adventures!

Letter From the Editor

December 31, 2017

I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I’m excited to start the New Year off with a big announcement! My business partner Dennis and I have decided to hand off the Cycle Connections baton to our good friends and longtime staff members Lynn Reynolds and Leigh Lilly. As many of you know, Lynn and Leigh have been with the magazine for years, and have covered numerous events for us in and around the Birmingham, Alabama area. Being down south also enables them to take advantage of pretty much year-round riding when it comes to event coverage. Super jealous!

For You We Ride

November 1, 2018

  For You We Ride is a Poker Run fundraiser for breast cancer assistance charities.

This ride was also an attempt to break a record and get into the Guinness World Book of Records. There were some 80-motorcycle dealerships from around the country that joined into this record-breaking attempt.

Zoo Run Safari For Children's of Alabama

November 1, 2018

  Over 10 years ago, we became involved with a multi-state motorcycle fundraiser event that included a half dozen or so, kids with brain tumors, this quickly became our most treasured event to do each year as we got close to these families, watching these kids grow. When we got in touch with the organizers this year to get information on the 2018 event, I was told that they had decided to pull the Alabama event to combine it with the Georgia event. 

14th Annual Barber Vintage Festival, Presented by Triumph

November 1, 2018

  Thousands of fans came rolling into Alabama from all over the country for the 14th Annual Vintage Festival at the Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, October the 5th-7th, 2018.

The Strange Case of the Yamaha Seca Corn Popper By: Gary Ilminen Courtesy of: www.ultimatemotorcycling.com

November 1, 2018

Motorcycle Tales

When you think of one of those hot air corn poppers, one with a four-cylinder double overhead cam mill attached probably doesn’t come to mind.

Remembering Brittany Ride

September 30, 2018

  On Saturday, September the 8th, riders gathered at the Hardees in Pinson, Alabama for a ride in remembrance of Brittany Payne Daugherty, who was in the beginning stage of her young married life when her life was cut short due to unexpected complications related to her heart on July 12th, 2018

A Ride For Hope-"Angel's Hope"

September 30, 2018

    On Saturday, September the 15th, 2018, bikes rolled in to Rider's Harley-Davidson in Trussville, Alabama where they were playing host to a ride that was to celebrate the life of a bright, caring young lady, Ms Angel Eaton, whose life was cut short due to cancer. Larry Hardeman organized this ride as he has gotten close to not only this family but also many like them who have been touched in some way by Childhood Cancer, and was co-hosted by Ridez For a Reason. The ride stopped by Bates H.D sales in Oneonta, and was greeted with a “Cruise In" and music by: 7 Stone Riot when they returned.

American Legion Riders Host 911 Ride

September 30, 2018

  On Sunday, September the 9th, 2018, the Legion Riders joined forces for a ride in remembrance of the 911 tragedy and all of the lives lost that day.

2019 HARLEY-DAVIDSON CVO MODELS

September 30, 2018

MILWAUKEE (August 21, 2018) Three 2019 Harley-Davidson® CVO models offer show-stopping finishes, advanced technology, exclusive components and attention to detail that borders on obsessive. The Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations™ program creates limited-production Harley-Davidson motorcycle models for the most-discerning customers, often using finishes, materials and accessories that are only available on a CVO model.

NEW HARLEY-DAVIDSON FXDR 114 POURS ON PERFORMANCE A Dynamic Power Cruiser Combines Milwaukee-Eight Muscle with Weight-Saving Aluminum and Composite Components

August 28, 2018

MILWAUKEE (August 21, 2018) The new Harley-Davidson® FXDR 114 motorcycle delivers moto-aggression with a technical edge. Like a drag racer crossed with a fighter jet, this unapologetic power cruiser brings a new level of all-out performance to the Harley-Davidson line-up. The FXDR 114 combines the unrelenting power of the Milwaukee-Eight® 114 engine with the liberal use of new weight-saving aluminum and composite components. Every aspect of handling and performance is amplified.

38th BBC Rally and Ride-in Show Celebrates the Need for Speed Written By: Gary Ilminen- Wisconsin

September 1, 2018

Modern retro class bikes:  This line-up of bikes in the BBC’s Modern Retro class is only a part of the bike show on Saturday.

12th Annual Larry "Mad Dog" Rogers Memorial Ride-Alabama

August 28, 2018

  On Saturday, August the 11th, riders gathered at Thunder Inn, a favorite local watering hole, for the bikers to make the annual ride over to the final resting place of Larry "Mad Dog" Rogers.

Benefit for Joey Garner Family at Gintown Lowlife Society- Alabama

September 1, 2018

  On July 28th, 2018, The Gintown Lowlife Society hosted a fundraiser event for the family of Joey Garner.

Memorial Ride for Kelsey Hunnicutt

August 3, 2018

On Saturday, July the 7th, 2018, riders gathered at Jack's on Gadsden Hwy in Birmingham, Alabama to ride over to the Lakeview Country Club just below McCalla, Alabama to join up with others to ride in memory of Kelsey Hunnicutt.

Top Dawg Electronics Announces the release of The MOTOPROCAM DUAL WIFI CAM for Motorcycles By Bill Stephenson April 15, 2018

April 24, 2018

Austin, TX – Locally owned Top Dawg Electronics announced today that it will be releasing the latest technology in motorcycle camera systems.

President and CEO Jared Jolly expects this dual camera system to revolutionize the safety of motorcyclists and disrupt the Moto Vloging world. The MotoPro system will deliver high quality videos for either day or night time riding.

Blue Ridge Ride-Georgia

August 3, 2018

  On Saturday, July the 7th, 2018, a group from the Birmingham H.O.G jumped on their bikes and headed out for the Blue Ridge mountains in north Georgia, encountering rain along the way, but hey, they needed to rinse the bikes anyway! 

Poker Run for Autism-Alabama

August 3, 2018

This poker run was a non-escorted ride using the 50/50 split format, where the winner took 50% and the remaining 50% went to The Autism Society of Alabama.

TRAVIS PASTRANA RECREATES 3 OF EVEL KNIEVEL’S FAMOUS JUMPS By Eric Miller

August 3, 2018

Daredevil Extraordinaire Travis Pastrana recreated 3 of Evel Knievel’s most memorable jumps.

The jumps recreated were:

  • Evel jumped 50 smashed cars-Travis attempts to jump 52 smashed cars.
  • Evel jumped 15 Greyhound buses-Travis attempts to jump 16 Greyhound buses.
  • Evel jumped the Fountains at Caesar’s Palace- Travis attempts to jump the Fountains with 200 feet less take and landing room.

2018-Motor Maid Convention in Montgomery Alabama

August 3, 2018

  July the 9th, 2018, marked the start of the Motor Maid convention, where hundreds (final count of 423 plus 150 guests) of women from all over the country converged on to the city of Montgomery, Alabama. Motor Maid membership currently stands at 1323.

News From The “HOG" Pen

June 29, 2018

***HARLEY-DAVIDSON TO MOVE SOME OF THEIR MOTORCYCLE MAUFACTORING TO OTHER COUNTRIES DUE TO E.U TARRIFS.

2018-Run For The Wall

June 28, 2018

Just thought we would share a few shots from the Run For The Wall, the Southern Route!

The 2018 Great Smokey Mountain H.O.G Rally, Maryville, Tennessee

June 28, 2018

Close to 4000 H.O.G members converged on the city of Maryville, Tennessee on May the 31st for the Great Smokey Mountain H.O.G Rally.

Saint’s 2nd Annual Miracle League Ride, Cullman, Alabama

June 28, 2018

On June the 16th, 2018, the Saints of Cullman County and friends of the Miracle League hosted the 2nd Annual Miracle League Benefit Ride.

The Best Little Rally in Alabama Written By: Thad Rich

June 27, 2018

             In 2008, the small town of Grady, Alabama awoke to the rumble of Harleys roaring through their township. Marvin Askew had opened the gates to the local bikers to come and do what they do best, which is to-PARTY! Add live music and games to the mix and they did just that. With people showing in the hundreds; Shine in LaPine Bike Rally quickly grew to be known as the “Best Little rally in Alabama".

2018’s Innovation: Bell Star MIPS Helmet Review Written By: Ashton Blagden

June 19, 2018

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Motorcycling is definitely an adrenaline rushing experience for every rider. Being a rider by myself, the scenario is exactly the same for me. Just like my motorbike, I have been always fond of the latest gears in the market even. Recently, I came across the new concept of MIPS which is taking the world of Motorcycle accessorieshttps://www.dealslands.co.uk   by storm.

2018- Spring Thunder Beach Rally, Panama City Beach, Florida

June 1, 2018

The spring Thunder Beach Rally rolled into Panama City Beach, Florida, May 2nd thru the 6th, 2018.

The weather was awesome for the whole weekend so there were a lot of folks that headed down the first of the week to get some extra soak time in with that special beach sunshine!

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