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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

Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Grandview, Missouri was the location for our first cover bike & cover model search of the 2013 riding season, which took place on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, which coincided with their weekly Feel the Power Happy Hour, that includes free food and beer, a bikini bike wash, and lot of other fun activities.

Stripe, Danny, Eric, Nichole and I arrived early to setup our booth and to block off a section of the parking lot for our cover bike search, and Bruce and Randall also arrived to help out. 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.

Throughout the afternoon, more and more bikes kept rolling in, and before long, the parking lot was filling up as was our cover bike search staging area. Mark and Wayne Kozak showed up on a couple really nice bikes, and Kickstand and Zippy from Hellraisers Fabrication showed up with a really nice 1996 Harley-Davidson Bad Boy, which just happens to be for sale.

Randall “Sea Hawk” Hauk, our videographer, was busy shooting video for our Cover Bike & Cover Model Search video, while Chris Bartlett and her girls were busy washing bikes. Chuck Nasty with 101 The Fox was playing music in the parking lot, and also stopped by the Cycle Connections booth to say hi and to pick up one of our flyers so he could announce what all we had going on that afternoon. I’ve listened to Chuck on the radio for years, but had never met him in person. As expected, Chuck is a really nice guy, and very funny as well.

By the time we cut off our cover bike and cover model search registration, we had several awesome bikes and gorgeous ladies signed up to compete for our cover model search. Once the bike search registration was closed, the judges began the difficult task of narrowing down the bike entries to their top three choices. Around 6:30 p.m. I used the PA system to introduce the cover model search contestants to an excited crowd. As I introduced each contestant, they made their runway walk across stage. The girls posed for a while so everyone good get some good photos, and so the judges could compare notes to make their top selections. The judges handed me their votes for the top cover bike and cover model search entries, and it was time to calculate their votes and announce the winners.

The cover bike search winner of the day was Bill Rothery’s 2003 Panzer chopper, and the two cover bike search finalists were Terry Scott’s 2006 Harley-Davidson Deluxe and Mark Kozak’s custom 1953 Harley-Davidson FL. Next, it was time to bring the girl’s back out to a cheering and excited crowd. China, from Olathe, Kansas took first place, and Gen from Overland Park, Kansas and Alisha from Kansas City, Missouri were the two finalists.

We then had the cover bike winners move their bikes to the corner of the parking lot so we could take photos of them on their bikes. We also shot our three cover model search winners on the three winning bikes, which drew quite a crowd. Randall also video-taped the impromptu photo shoot, which is always quite entertaining

We had a great time, and I want to thank Gail, Dee, and the entire crew at Gail’s Harley-Davidson for hosting another great cover bike and cover model search. I’d also like to thank all the bikers who attended the event, as well as the cover bike & cover model search participants who joined in the fun.

Photos by Stripe and Eric Miller.

Check out some of our photos from our 2013 road trip to Sturgis! More info and photos coming soon, so please keep checking back!

The Bar in Lee’s Summit, Missouri was the location for their second cover bike & cover model search of the year, which took place on Saturday, September 14, 2013.

Blue Springs Harley-Davidson in Blue Springs, Missouri was the location for one of our ever popular cover bike & cover model search events, which took place on Thursday, September 12, 2013, and coincided with their monthly bike night that also featured the popular band Blue Orleans, Bikers for Babies® pre-registration, free hot dogs/hamburgers, beer in the parking lot provided by Clancy's Pub.

The Bar in Lee’s Summit, Missouri is one of the most fun and fastest growing bike nights on the east side of town. Conveniently located at 428 SW Ward Rd in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, The Bar has one of the largest parking lots of any bike night location he Kansas City area.

Owners Rich and Dana are bikers themselves, and know how to run a nice bar and certainly know how to put on a great bike night every Thursday night during riding season, which is sponsored by Gail’s Harley-Davidson this year. On bike night you can get $2 draws and PBR cans, great food and they normally have live music!

The Bar has been one of our favorite locations for hosting our ever popular cover bike & cover model search events that we put on at various locations throughout the year. Our first cover bike & cover model search at the Bar this year will be on Saturday, July 27, 2013, and we’ll also be doing another one this fall on Saturday, September 7, 2013.

Eric and I rode down to The Bar on Thursday, June 6, and the parking lot was already filling up, and a band was just getting ready to start playing. While we were there, we ran into several friends who we haven’t seen since the riding season ended last fall, including Kickstand, the owner of Hellraisers Fabrication and his girlfriend Zippy, who is now riding her own Harley-Davidson, which she helped build.

Bike night was a blast as usual, and I want to thank Rich, Dana, and the entire crew at The Bar for putting on another great bike night!

Photos by Eric Miller

Joe’s Crab Shack in Olathe, Kansas is our newest bike night partner. Located at 11965 S Strang Line Rd, this is an ideal location for one of Kansas City’s only Tuesday night bike nights. There’s plenty of bike-only parking, and there’s plenty of room for you and all your riding buddies to hang out on their huge deck or walk around in the parking lot to check out all the bikes.

A couple months ago, General Manager Alex Goncalves contacted me and said that he’d recently transferred to Olathe from the Independence location, and was interested in hosting a bike night. He told me he’d had good success promoting an antique/custom car night at his Independence location and he thought he’d try something a little different in Olathe with a bike night. Joe’s Crab Shack has awesome seafood, and Alex and his crew run a great place. Shawnee Cycle Plaza has signed on to help sponsor their bike nights.

On Tuesday evening, June 4, 2013, myself, and fellow Cycle Connections team members Stripe, Bruce, and Eric attended bike night. That same evening, Shawnee Cycle Plaza owner Barry Bunner, and team members Doris and Mike Sarvo also showed up, along with Eric Finney and several members of the Kansas City Vulcan Riders Chapter 1-44.

On bike nights, from 5-11 p.m., you can get $2 crawfish tails, popcorn shrimp, fried pickles, as well as $2 16 oz Bud Light, Miller Lite and Hurricanes. The popcorn shrimp and Hurricanes are my favorites!

Joe’s Crab Shack will also be the location for one of our cover bike & cover model search events this year, which will take place on Tuesday, July 30, 2013.

We had a great time hanging out with all the fine folks from Shawnee Cycle Plaza and our new friends with the Kansas City Vulcan Riders. I’d also like to thank Alex and the entire crew at Joe's Crab Shack for putting on a great bike night!

Photos by Eric Miller and Mike Schweder

Ashley from Kansas City, Missouri is our February 2013 cover model. She was one of the finalists at our Cover Model Search on Sunday, July 15 at the Brass Rail in Kansas City, Missouri.

Our February 2013 cover bike is owned by good friend Randall Hauk. Randall is our official videographer, and is also the owner of Sea Hawk Media Productions. Randall shoots and edits all of our Behind the Scenes videos at our cover shoots, as well as at our Cover Bike & Cover Model Search events all over town. He’s a valuable member of the Cycle Connections team, and we’re excited to feature his bike on this month’s cover! To help make Randall’s bike look even better, we photographed Ashley on his Super Glide for this month’s cover.

CC: Why do you ride?

Randall: The feeling of control when you ride is awesome. Nothing like a ride to let you get the frustrations of the day out of your system. It's good therapy.

CC: What do like about your Super Glide?

Randall: The paint scheme.

CC: It’s a beautiful paint job. Who painted your bike, and tell us about the paint?

Randall: The paint was done by Chris Cofield with CC Custom Graphics, and the powder coating was done by Blake at Prodigal Son Coating. The paint is a silver base with candy red & candy blue flames. The switch covers and fuse box are powder coated in a Black Starlight color.

CC: What other changes and accessories have you made to your bike?

Randall: I added Vance and Hines Side Shots pipes, Kuryakyn Flamin’ pegs and grips, Bike Master Wideview Flame mirrors, an Adjure 4-1/2” Flame bucket headlight, and a Mustang Tripper solo seat.

CC: Do you have any hobbies other than motorcycling?

Randall: Yes, I enjoy scuba diving anywhere warm.

CC: What do you enjoy most about riding?

Randall: It’s an adventure and a great way to relieve stress and meet people.

CC: How long have you been riding?

Randall: A little more than two years; this stretch.

CC: What was your first bike?

Randall: My 2008 Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide.

CC: How many bikes have you owned?

Randall: Just this one.

CC: What is your dream bike?

Randall: I don’t really have one.

CC: What is your most memorable riding experience?

Randall: Gathering of the Guard in Steelville, Missouri in 2011. I got to meet many riders form different locations around the country, and had a great time.

CC: What is your least memorable riding experience?

Randall: My first Jimmie’s Miles for Medals ride for KC Metro Special Olympics. I dropped the bike twice on the same day. I was embarrassed.

CC: To what motorcycle clubs or organizations do you belong?

Randall: I belong to the Patriot Guard Riders and the. American Heartland H.O.G. chapter.

CC: Which motorcycle rallies & events have you attended, and which is your favorite?

Randall: Biker for Babies, Jimmie’s Miles for Medals, 9-11 Ride and Rally, Spirit Ride, Celtic Thunder Ride, Honor & Remember Ride, and the Ride to Remember. I don’t have a favorite. I go on as many charity rides as my schedule allows.

CC: Any tattoos, and if so, which is your favorite?

Randall: Yes, I have six on my arms. They all have a very special meaning to me. but my favorite is the butterfly on my upper right arm. It was done by an artist in Portsmouth, England, who did it freehand in about 30 minutes.

CC: So do you have a favorite tattoo artist?

Randall: Yes. Lyle Tuttle’s studio in San Francisco, California. I got my first two done there.

CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself?

Randall: It doesn’t matter.

CC: Thanks for the interview Randall, and thanks for letting us shoot your bike for our February cover!

Interview by By Mike Schweder

Photos by Bruce Stimpson with Stimpson Photography.

Our January 2013 cover bike is owned by Denny Davis, and his 2001 American Ironhorse Slammer was selected as the winning bikes at our Cover Bike Search at Worth Harley-Davidson in Kansas City, Missouri. We photographed cover model search winner Kylei, on Denny’s bike for this month’s cover.

A few weeks ago, I received an e-mail from one of our readers in Stockholm, Sweden named Peter Ström. Peter told me about a Custom Sportster Chopper he'd built for himself, which we featured in our December 2012 issue, as well as a custom trike he'd build for his wife Febe. He asked if I was interested in taking a look at a few photos, which he was happy to send me.