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Reader's Choice - Best of Kansas City 2004

Written by  December 31, 2004

The results of the Cycle Connections Best of Kansas City 2004 reader’s opinion polls are in, and here’s how you rated Kansas City’s best motorcycle related businesses, events and people.

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Best Bike Night Location
1st Place – Paddy O'Quigley's (Lee's Summit, MO)
2nd Place - Knuckleheads Saloon (Kansas City, MO)
3rd Place - Frankie D's Mexican Restaurant (Kansas City, KS)

Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order):
Hooters - Barry Road (Kansas City, MO)
Johnny Dare's (Kansas City, MO)
Kobi's Club & Deli (Bonner Springs, KS)
The Landing (Liberty, MO)
Longbranch Saloon (Lenexa, KS)
Midway Bar & Grill (Lake Lotawana, MO)
One Block East Bar & Grill (Kansas City, MO)
Russo's Pizza & Pub (Lee's Summit, MO)
The Other Place (Olathe, KS)
The Other Place (Overland Park, KS)


Best Biker-Friendly Bar
1st Place – Knuckleheads Saloon (Kansas City, MO)
2nd Place - Midway Bar & Grill (Lake Lotawana, MO)
3rd Place - Johnny Dare's (Kansas City, MO)

Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order):
The Brickyard Tavern (Olathe, KS)
Double Nickel (Olathe, KS)
Frankie D's Mexican Restaurant (Kansas City, KS)
Kobi's Club & Deli (Bonner Springs, KS)
The Landing (Liberty, MO)
Longbranch Saloon (Lenexa, KS)
One Block East Bar & Grill (Kansas City, MO)
The Other Place (Olathe, KS)
The Other Place (Overland Park, KS)
PJ's Sports Bar & Grill (Shawnee Mission, KS)
Shooters - North Oak Trafficway (Kansas City, MO)
Trouser Mouse Bar & Grill (Blue Springs, MO)


Best Charitable Event/Ride
1st Place – Bikers for Babies® - March of Dimes
2nd Place - Highway Hammers Tool Run - Habitat for Humanity
3rd Place - Run with the Leaves - TLC Learning Center

Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order):
F.O.G. Cycles - Bikers Against Child Abuse
Janey's Over the Next Hill Ride - Immacolata Manor
Michael Bergen Tool Run - Various
Putt for Mutts - Wayside Waifs Humane Society
Toys for Tots - Various
Wings & Wheels - Angel Flight Central


Best Club/Organization
1st Place – KC Star Riders Chapter 227
2nd Place - Women in the Wind - Khrome Cowgirls of KC Chapter
3rd Place - H.O.G. - American Heartland Chapter

Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order):
B.A.C.A. - KCMO Chapter
Brothers Word
FORR - Local 1
GWWRA - KCMO Chapter K
H.O.G. - Central Midwest Chapter
H.O.G. - Greater KC Chapter
Ruff Ryders of KC


Best Painter
1st Place – Tommy “Too Much” Martin
2nd Place - Lu Ervin - Scooter Puzzles
3rd Place - Chris Cofield - CC Custom Graphics

Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order):
Bill Duncan - Hidden Hat Paint Works
Brian Plihal - Wiz-Bang Customs
Dennis Cooper - Coop's Custom Paint
Scott Thomas - KC Creations


Best Rider Training Facility
1st Place – Rolling Wheels Training Center
2nd Place - Midwest Motorcycle Training Center
3rd Place - Maple Woods Community College

Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order):
Kansas City Kansas Community College
Rider's Edge - Worth Harley-Davidson North


Best Tattoo Artist
1st Place – Brent - Skin Illustrations
2nd Place - Old School Jack - Illustrated Man
3rd Place - Jimbo - Krazy Kats

Best Bike Shop
1st Place – Hawg Wyld Cycles (Lee's Summit, MO)
2nd Place - F.O.G. Cycles (Kansas City, MO)
3rd Place - Alter Ego Cycle (Kansas City, MO)

Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order):
Alter Ego Cycle (Shawnee, KS)
Cycles N More (Kansas City, MO)
KC Creations (Overland Park, KS)
Motorcycle Works (Olathe, KS)
Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Shop (Kansas City, MO)
Simmon's Performance Center


Best Custom Bike Builder/Fabricator
1st Place – KC Creations - Kim Suter (Overland Park, KS)
2nd Place - Ultra Craft Customs - Reese Good (Gardner, KS)
3rd Place - Hellraiser Choppers - Ilya Blond (Lenexa, KS)

Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order):
Motorcycle Works - Frank Pedersen (Olathe, KS)
Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Shop - John Small (Kansas City, MO)
Shooters Scooters - Jerry Bowland (Lake Lotawana, MO)


Best Harley-Davidson Dealer
1st Place – Worth Harley-Davidson North
2nd Place - Central Harley-Davidson
3rd Place - Gail's Harley-Davidson

Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order):
Blue Springs Harley-Davidson


Best Honda Dealer
1st Place – Donnell's Motorcycles
2nd Place - Dell's Honda
3rd Place - Shawnee Cycle Plaza

Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order):
Freedom Motorcycles
Honda Yamaha North


Best Kawasaki Dealer
1st Place – Liberty Cycle Center
2nd Place - Shawnee Cycle Plaza
3rd Place - Shrout's Powersports

Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order):
Freedom Motorcycles
McBrann Cycle Shed


Best Suzuki Dealer
1st Place – Donnell's Motorcycles
2nd Place - Shawnee Cycle Plaza
3rd Place - Shrout's Powersports

Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order):
Freedom Motorcycles


Best Yamaha Dealer
1st Place – Reno's Yamaha Aprilla KC
2nd Place - Shawnee Cycle Plaza
3rd Place - Shrout's Powersports

Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order):
Honda Yamaha North
Liberty Cycle Center


By Mike Schweder