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Mike Schweder

Mike Schweder

Editor-in-Chief - Kansas City, MO

Mike is the original founder of Cycle Connections Online Motorcycle Magazine and an avid motorcycle enthusiast. He has been riding for over 40 years, belongs to several local and national motorcycle organizations and travels to numerous rallies and events throughout the US each year. Mike has been a writer and editor for many years and has a passion for sharing his motorcycling experiences and stories with you. Contact Mike at

Our August 2014 cover bike is owned by Mark Kozak, and his 2009 Road King was selected as the winning bike at our Cover Bike Search at Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Grandview, Missouri.

Mark is from Kansas City, Missouri, and we had the opportunity to gather additional information about him and his Road King. We photographed cover model search winner Amber on his bike for this month’s cover.

Our August 2014 cover bike is owned by Mark Kozak from Kansas City, Missouri, and this month's cover model is Amber from Raytown, Missouri.

To find out more about Mark, check out his Interview, and for more information and photos of Amber, check out her Interview. For this month's cover shoot, we also invite you behind the scenes at our August 2014 cover shoot.

Owner: Mark Kozak
City: Kansas City, Missouri

Amber from Raytown, Missouri is our August 2014 cover model, and she took first place at our Cover Model Search on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Grandview, Missouri. Amber is a legal assistant, and when asked about her ambitions in life, she said “Making money, striving to be a better person, and taking life by the balls! Her hobbies include riding, concerts, and hanging out with her girls. Turn-ons include someone with a sense of humor, brains, and a little dangerous. On the flip-side, Amber said laziness and pessimistic people are a big turnoff for her. She also admitted that she’s a sucker for tall, tan, tattooed bikers. She describes her personality as extremely outgoing and possibly crazy! Amber has been told that her best attribute is her eyes. When asked what the smartest thing is she has ever done, she said “I bought a house.” As far as the most stupid thing she’s ever done, Amber told us that she once fell off a barstool.

Also, make sure to check out our Behind the Scenes at our August 2014 Cycle Connections Cover Shoot video!

Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Grandview, Missouri was the location for our first cover bike & cover model search of the season, which took place on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Our event coincided with their weekly Feel the Power Happy Hour that includes free food and beer, and lots of other fun activities.

Stripe, Nichole, Lonnie, Randall, and I arrived early to setup our booth and to block off a section of the parking lot for our cover bike search, and before we had everything setup, several bikes had already started arriving and entering our cover bike search. Nichole was also busy signing up girls for our cover model search.

For this month's issue, we invite you to take a look behind the Scenes at our July 2014 Cover Shoot video, which follows our July 2014 cover model Michelle through her photo shoot and interview.       

Photos by Lonnie Blum

Video by Randall “Sea Hawk” Hauk with Sea Hawk Media Productions

Our July 2014 cover bike is owned by Chris Ruble from Kansas City, Missouri. We had the opportunity to gather more information about Chris and his 2013 Harley-Davidson Street Glide, and we were also able to gather information from this month’s cover model Michelle.

Our July 2014 cover bike is owned by Chris Ruble from Kansas City, Missouri, and this month's cover model is Michelle from Lenexa, Kansas.

To find out more about Chris, check out his Interview. For this month's cover shoot, we also invite you Behind the scenes at our July 2014 cover shoot, and here’s some additional information we gathered from Michelle’s interview.

Owner: Chris Ruble

City: Kansas City, Missouri

Our July 2014 cover model is Michelle from Lenexa, Kansas. She is a Worth Girl at Worth Harley-Davidson, and has ambitions to be an interior designer. In regards to hobbies, Michelle told us she loves riding her Polaris Razer in the mountains. Turn-ons include a sense of humor, nice biceps, nice eyes, and self-confidence. On the flip-side, Michelle told us turnoffs for her include a bad attitude, constant cursing, and laziness. She admits she’s a sucker for a man who knows how to dance, and describes her personality as very outgoing, friendly, and a huge sense of humor. Michelle has been told that her best attribute is her hair.

The 2nd Annual Ride to Silence the Stigma took place on Sunday June 22, 2014 at Shawnee Cycle Plaza. This event was to raise awareness about suicide and to aid in its prevention. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in both Kansas and Missouri. More than 160 riders participated in the ride, which brought in over $12,000 for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

On Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3, Shawnee Cycle Plaza provided Victory motorcycle enthusiast and tire kickers alike, the opportunity to take demo rides on the new fleet of Victory motorcycles. This event tied in perfectly with Victory’s 15th Anniversary, and Shawnee Cycle Plaza’s 1 year anniversary for carrying the Victory line.


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