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Barn Burner at Bessie’s Cycle Barn - Irondale, Alabama

April 30, 2006
On Sunday, March 26, Bessie’s Cycle Barn in Irondale, Alabama hosted their second swap meet, the first one this season. We were thinking since it was a little chilly first thing that morning that it would be later in the day before a lot of people showed up. We were wrong. They had their own “traffic control” in place by the time we arrived, which was a good thing! They had vendors all over the place, like the folks from”Smitty’s Flying Circus”cooking ears of corn, and the Veterans Brotherhood MC did the “dogs”—hot dogs! The CMA had hot chocolate and…

The Anniversary Ride

April 30, 2006
She thought it was all about the bike. I wanted her to think that. I spent six months planning a ride on the motorcycle where I could ride and be together with my wife. I planned rides across five states, across the lower Southwest, across the lower Southeast…anywhere. But, she lit a fuse. During one of our conversations she mentioned that she liked the description of a ride to Hot Springs, Arkansas. Well, I called and called and all of the hotels were booked full. Did I mention that our 25th anniversary and Easter shared the same weekend? I planned…

The Bob Harvey Band - A Song by Us

April 30, 2006
One of the questions we like to ask musicians is, “What CD is in your CD player right now?” The answer to that question, if answered honestly, can sometimes reveal where true passions lie. The CD in my car right now is “Gasoline & Perfume” by the Bob Harvey Band. I first heard Bob play solo four summers ago at a local bike shop anniversary party and have been a loyal fan and follower ever since. This biker-friendly band, comprised of Bob Harvey (guitar and vocals), Chad Osborne (drums and vocals), and Eric Nettle (bass) has been described as a…

2nd Annual Spike’s Breast Cancer Run – Saturday, May 6, 2006

March 31, 2006
Nobody wants to hear the doctor say the “C” word. It’s even more difficult for a mother when it’s her daughter being told cancer had been detected. It is a helpless feeling. Anita Shaw, Olathe, Kansas, knows that feeling. Anita’s daughter Jessica Freeman, Spring Hill, Kansas, was diagnosed with breast cancer just before Jessica’s 30th birthday in 2004.“You just don’t know what to do,” Anita said, recalling that moment nearly two years ago. Jessica, who works for the City of Olathe, had a mastectomy and is a cancer survivor and now is active in helping to raise awareness and funds…

9th Annual Cabin Fever Bash – Kansas City, Missouri

March 31, 2006
Raising money for local charities? Doing things for local communities? That’s not the image of a biker…is it? Well, it certainly is for members of the Employee Riders Association (ERA). Employees at the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Plant in Kansas City, Missouri have been working hard the past eight years become more involved in their communities and local charities. The employees kicked off the 2006 riding season with their 9th Annual Cabin Fever Bash on March 18 at the Beaumont Club in Westport, Missouri. The event, which featured the bands Four Fried Chickens and a Coke, The Jeff Scheetz Band, a magician,…

Great American Motorcycle Show - Kansas City, Missouri

March 31, 2006
The 46th Annual Carquest Auto Parts World of Wheels show took place at Kansas City’s Bartle Hall the weekend of March 17 through 19. Those who attended were treated to two great shows for the price of one. Worth Harley Davidson North and Blue Springs Harley Davidson, with support from the Greater Kansas City Chapter of Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.), annually sponsor the Great American Motorcycle Show during World of Wheels. The hall was packed with a wide variety of street rods, custom cars and trucks, antiques, racecars, and, of course, motorcycles. There were several featured vehicles including the original…

Great American Motorcycle Show - KC - Awards

March 31, 2006
Antique Class1st Place Tom Edomnds (TiTi)2nd Place Billy Ray V-Rod Stock Class1st Place Susie SummersSportster Ladies Class1st Place Diane AckerTwin Cam and Big Twin Ladies Class1st Place Leslie Wrightfield2nd Place Michelle Davenport3rd Place Gina PeekFull Dresser Stock Class1st Place Ken Stallman2nd Place Phillip Travis 3rd Place Marty YatesSport TouringClass1st Place Kim Summers2nd Place Brad Dibben3rd Place Jeff HollandSport Touring Street Custom Class1st Place Mike Beal2nd Place John Pressley Sportster Stock Class1st Place Tim Gillham, Shamrock CyclesTwin Cam and Big Twin Rigid Evolution Stock Class1st Place Cathi Witt2nd Place Mary Loveall3rd Place Joe StaudingerTwin Cam and Big Twin Rigid Evolution Street…

Great American Motorcycle Show - KC - Best of Show Bike

March 31, 2006
Best of Show Bike: “Counterfeit”Owner: Willy Keimig, Atchison, KansasDescription: 2004 Harley-Davidson 1200 Custom SportsterPaint: House of Kolor and PPG CandiesMolding: Hand-crafted FiberglassTins: Modified original tank, custom fendersHeadlamp: V-Rod lamp, Custom-made housingSignals: Stock Sporty Bullets, Badlands ConverterFrame: Stock Sportster – Hand-built back half – 40 degree rakeFork: O degree PerseRear Suspension: Custom Swing Arm, Perse Not-Shocks, 2-inch stretchBrakes: Stock Sportster painted calipers, Colorado Custom rotorsWheels: Colorado Custom 21-inch front 16-inch rearTires: Avon Venom 250 RearSeat: Green Ultra-leather by Wayne KeimigEngine: Harley-Davidson Evolution, Diamond cut and polished headsExhaust: Bassani Pro StreetInduction: Jetted CV Carb, Drag Specialties air cleanerMachining: Seese Machine Company, Lee’s…

22nd Annual Snake Saturday Parade – Kansas City, Missouri

March 31, 2006
North Kansas City was the place to be on March 11, 2006, where the Annual Snake Saturday Parade is held each year. Snake Saturday celebrates the legend of St. Patrick driving the snakes out of Ireland, and a parade is now held each year to celebrate the legend as well as to raise funds for many local charities and not-for-profit organizations. North Kansas City began having this parade many years ago. The first parade was actually a promotion for the local Roadway Inn and was held in the parking lot. There were only three floats that year but now that…

Adrenaline Extreme Combat - Kansas City, Missouri

March 31, 2006
I saw a fight a few nights back in Westport. Actually I saw several. I know, I know, no big deal, right? Wrong. These were not the usual “I got my courage out of a bottle” fights. These were Adrenaline Extreme Combat fights at the Beaumont Club. My buddies, promoter Chad Osborne and International Sport Karate/Kickboxing Association-Mixed Martial Arts (ISKA-MMA) official David Salyers, invited Stephanie and me to check out this event, and I was blown away. The AEC matches are ISKA-MMA sanctioned events held inside a chain link cage and are nonstop action from start to finish. If you…

Media Day at Steve Johnson Racing – Irondale, Alabama

March 31, 2006
We are very fortunate here in Alabama in that we get to experience a little of all four of the seasons, which in turn means ample riding days throughout the year. And there is a lot to do around here with great rides in any direction. There is the track at Talladega, which brings in NASCAR and all of the NASCAR fans. And for the motorcycles, there is the beautiful, world-renowned Barber Motorsports Park. And Barber’s is still growing, adding even more things of interest for the motorcycle enthusiast. What a lot of people don’t know is that we also…

19th Annual Run to the Sun East – Savannah, Georgia

March 31, 2006
Coastal Empire Fairgrounds in Savannah, Georgia came alive with bikers from all over the eastern United States. Some were on their way to Daytona Beach and others came to party for the weekend. On March 3, ABATE opened the gates at 5 p.m. to start the festivity. This event is a gathering point for bikers to the make the run to Daytona. This is one big event in Savannah that helps to bring in the new riding season. The trip down I-16 is a very strange and pleasant ride to me. Interstate 16 is one of the few major highways…

Great American Motorcycle Show - Atlanta, Georgia

March 31, 2006
On Sunday, February 12, I made my way to the North Atlanta Trade Center. This was one of those days it was snowing with the sun shining. Still, it wasn't cold enough for the snow to stick to the ground. I was hoping it would warm up in Atlanta, but I was wrong. I had just returned from Charlotte, North Carolina where I attended the Easyriders V-Twin Bike Show. The weather was colder and wetter in North Carolina. This is one of the events in the state of Georgia where you can meet most all of the local bike shop…

JB Walker and the Cheap Whiskey Band

March 31, 2006
JB Walker and the Cheap Whiskey Band is an Atlanta, Georgia-based band. This biker band was started back in 1985. This longtime biker band will celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2006. I have been listening to JB's music for the last five or six years. I have always liked to work the rallies or bike shows where he is appearing. For me, this is one of the must-see bands on my list. David Allan Coe is another singer who I like to hear, and I always thought his music had a great influence on JB's work. You can hear The…

25th Annual Cycle World International Motorcycle Show – Minneapolis, Minnesota

February 28, 2006
There are a few signs of spring and none more exciting than the beginning of the motorcycle show season. I had yet another chance to attend the 25th Annual Cycle World International Motorcycle show in Minneapolis, and believe me, the excitement for spring and the riding season has peaked. Each year this show gets a little larger, which means more and more bikes and accessories to drool over. For those who have not had an opportunity to get to this event, there are 13 shows presented throughout the country. It gives attendees an up-close look at hundreds of the latest…

35th Annual O’Reilly World of Wheels-Birmingham, Alabama

February 28, 2006
The 35th annual O’Reilly World of Wheels rolled into Birmingham, February 10-12, which meant that it was time for everyone to get their “bling” on their bikes for the 2006 riding season. The World of Wheels custom auto show is the largest indoor car show in Birmingham. It is a chance for everyone to show off their beautiful hard work that many have spent years perfecting, and a lot of them are set up in very elaborately done displays that also took a lot of time and money to put together. We not only have a lot of exhibitors from…

Chicago Supercycle Show & Parts Expo

February 28, 2006
The Chicago Supercycle Show & Parts Expo got started Saturday, February 4, 2006, with the early birds, as usual, trying to get the proverbial cycle part worm. The early birds pay an extra $5 to get the chance to find the part they are looking for before the masses of fellow cycle parts shoppers descend like vultures on a carcass. The Supercycle Show has always been about finding scooter parts, both new and used, as well as the hard-to-find, old, one-of-a-kind part needed to finish that custom bike. This show has grown over the years and has become a two-day…

Cycles n More Bike Show – Kansas City

February 28, 2006
Well, I worried for nothing. Getting ready for the Kansas City Cycles n More Bike Show, I wondered if bike shows on consecutive weekends would hurt attendance. From what I saw while I was there, attendance was just fine. I really enjoy this show yearly. The diversity of the bikes present is great—metrics, dirt bikes, scooters, European and of course plenty of American V-Twins provide a great mix. The American Royal Governors’ Exposition Building provides plenty of space for not only some really great displays but also some cool demonstrations by members of Team Extreme. This year’s show included talented…

Cycles n More Bike Show KC - Awards

February 28, 2006
FL Shovel Mild:1st Aaron West 2nd Bill Cunningham3rd Rick Sauceda Shovel Full:1st Frank Pedersen2nd Alan Vaughn3rd 1st City CyclesAmerican Full1st Michael Scrogum2nd Guy Banner3rd Brian CollierPan/Shovel 1st Ralph Vaca2nd Ron Lacy3rd George “Joker” LaFalAmerican Antique1st Heart of God2nd Mike Smith3rd Lori Smith4th Kevin James5th Brad MesekeSportster1st Audrey Willoughby2nd Todd Breedlove3rd Randy D. Bowen Jr. 4th Chris Martin5th John BarbarichEvo Sport Full1st Audrey Willoughby2nd Todd Breedlove3rd Randy D. Bowen Jr. 4th Chris Martin5th John BarbarichEvo Sport Full1st Jim Testerman2nd Jeff Schneider3rd Billy Randall4th Randy Frike5th Greg RoseIron Head Full1st Jim Testerman2nd James Larson3rd Ed StahlIron Head Full1st Myron McCord2nd James Larson3rd…

Easyriders V-Twin Bike Show Tour, Charlotte, North Carolina

February 28, 2006
In Charlotte, North Carolina on February 11, 2006, the Easyriders V-Twin Bike Show Tour came to the Queen City on a very cold day. It was as cold as six feet up a well digger's behind. The rain started coming down around 4 o'clock in the morning. When I arrived at the convention center, it was still raining and cold. It sure felt good to go inside the warm convention center. The only motorcycles that I saw that day were inside of Charlotte Convention Center. Everyone was talking about when the bike show comes to Charlotte it usually snows. For…

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