Writer's Ramblings
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 mikes@cycleconnections.com

Our January 2017 cover bike is owned by Mark Kozak, and we were excited to shoot his 1917 Harley-Davidson Model B for this month’s cover, in celebration of this bike’s 100th birthday! Mark is from Kansas City, Missouri, and we had the opportunity to gather additional information about him and his Model B. We also had fun shooting cover model Katy on Mark’s bike for this month’s cover. I’m sure you’ll also enjoy this month’s behind the scenes photos and video!

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.  

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!

November 29, 2016

1948 Moto Guzzi GTV

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.

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.

For this month's issue, we invite you to take a look behind the scenes at our November 2016 Cover Shoot video, which follows cover model Hollie through her photo shoot and interview, and make sure to check out the specs and additional photos of this beautiful 2001 Harley-Davidson Sportster Trike. Also make sure to check out our interview with trike owner Dr. Lonnie Blum.  

Photos by Dick Carlson with Carlson Digital Photography

Video by Mike Schweder, and video editing by Skye Marie

Our November 2016 cover bike is a 2001 Harley-Davidson Sportster Trike that is owned by Dr. Lonnie Blum from Holden, Missouri. Lonnie is a good friend, and one of our preeminent photojournalists. Over the years, Lonnie has won several motorcycle shows in the Kansas City and surrounding area in the Sportster Street Class, and just recently had his bike converted to a show stopping trike.

Our November 2016 cover model is Hollie from Wellsville, Kansas. She’s a vet tech at Spring Hill Vet Clinic, and has several animals of her own. “I have a dog I adopted right out of high school, whose name is Cleo. She’s a Pitbull mix, who I take to hospitals, schools, nursing homes, and I just recently adopted a Mastiff, who’s at least 120 pounds, but she’s a big baby. I also have a couple geckos.”

Our November 2016 cover bike is a 2001 Harley-Davidson Sportster Trike that is owned by Dr. Lonnie Blum from Holden, Missouri. To find out more about Lonnie, check out his interview, and for more photos of his trike and our cover model Hollie, 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 during our November 2016 cover shoot.

For this month's issue, we invite you to take a look behind the scenes at our October 2016 Cover Shoot video, which follows cover model Hailey through her photo shoot and interview, and make sure to check out the specs and additional photos of this beautiful 2014 Harley-Davidson CVO Breakout.  

Photos by Dick Carlson with Carlson Digital Photography

Video by Mike Schweder, and video editing by Skye Marie