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Blue Springs Harley-Davidson's Back Roads Bash

October 31, 2004
As many as 3,000 motorcycle enthusiasts visited Blue Springs Harley-Davidsonon Saturday, September 25 for the Back Roads Bash. Most went with dreams of winning the 2005 V-Rod to be given away by the dealership and country music station KDAF 106.5 FM, and for one person the dream came true. The event was the annual fund-raiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and brought in over $10,200 for the charity. Those who participated in the ride paid an entry fee of $20 that day or $15 if they registered early. The top fund-raiser received his and hers leather jackets and one of…

Highway Hammers Habitat for Humanity Tool Run

October 31, 2004
You couldn’t have asked for a nicer day as bikes began rolling into the parking lot at Habanero’s Mexican Restaurant in Lee’s Summit, Missouri for the Highway Hammers Habitat for Humanity Tool Run. I enjoy a good old fashioned poker run or dice roll as much as the next guy, but when a run organizer throws something new into the mix, you’ve got to applaud them for their effort and creativity, which is exactly what Ben Helt and his crew from Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity did on Sunday, October 3, 2004. Rather than sponsoring a traditional poker run to…

Cleveland Chiropractic College Raises $1,300 for Local Spina Bifida Clinic

October 31, 2004
On Saturday, September 25th, Cleveland Chiropractic College held its second annual charity motorcycle ride. Proceeds went the Spina Bifida Specialty Clinic at KUMED Center in Kansas City, Kansas. This year the event went beyond the campus community and was open to the public. In doing so, they tripled the number of riders who participated to almost 70, and the amount of money collected, totaled $1,300! This year's event was a poker run with around $1,000 in donated prizes! Registration took place at the college's main campus at 63rd and Rockhill in Kansas City, Missouri, where the first 50 people received…

Johnny Dare's Bike Night Part Deux

October 31, 2004
I know Johnny Dare’s again! Well last month I promised to upload pictures of my adventures at JD’s every couple of weeks and I guess I lied. October was a hell of a month for us at the magazine as it seems that everyone crammed their bike event in this month. So basically I never had time to get around to it. When you publish monthly like we do and there are so many events going on your head starts to spin, or is that just from all the drinking I’ve been doing at the rallys and events. Anyway I…

David Mann Memorial Ride

October 31, 2004
On Sunday, October 9, bikers converged on Kansas City, Missouri from every point of the compass. Their purpose was to celebrate the memory of a great artist and, perhaps more important, a genuine, humble, loving man. His name was David Mann. When Dave departed this life on September 11 this year, the motorcycling community lost one of its most respected and revered members. It was only fitting that his memorial took the form of a ride.After gathering at the Cler-mont Elementary School in Independence, Missouri, near Dave’s long time home, nearly 200 bikes cruised a scenic route through Lexington, across…

10th Annual Mule Run

October 31, 2004
Most people would freak out if a few hundred bikers rode into their backyard, but not Dane Robertson of Kearney, Missouri. Each September, Dane sets up a stage on his back deck, puts up a few tents for food and t-shirt sales, pulls in a refrigerated trailer full of keg beer with taps on both sides, then sits back and watches the bikes roll in.Saturday, September 11, 2004 was a beautiful day for the 10th Annual Mule Run. We pulled into Dane’s backyard shortly before 6 p.m. to the sounds of Firebox, jammin’ on stage. The place was already beginning…

Rumble in Fayetteville for the 5th Annual Bikes, Blues and BBQ Rally

October 31, 2004
Wow! What a terrific rally this town puts on. It was bigger, better and a complete blast! Fayetteville’s Bikes, Blues and BBQ is one of 14 motorcycle events in the country that typically draw more than 100,000 bikers. This year’s attendance was 250,000 compared to 140,000 last year. Bikes of all kinds, jammin’ tunes from the bands, smoke from the BBQ contestants and vendors filled the air in downtown Fayetteville. Bikes lined Dickson Street parked in every conceivable space. Traffic was bumper to bumper up Dickson Street and around the corners as on-lookers ooohed and awed and pointed at their…

4th Annual Run with the Leaves

October 31, 2004
'Wow--What a party!!' is one quote that perfectly summarizes the 4th Annual Run With the Leaves Ride in Warsaw, Missouri held on Saturday,October 16. The ride, hosted by Carl and Patty Busse and sponsored in part by Cycle Connections Online Motorcycle Magazine, was a poker run through the scenic hills and curves of the Lake of the Ozarks area beginning in Warsaw and culminating in an incredible party at the Old Oarhouse Inn on the lake. A total of 98 riders made the journey and 16 merchants from the Warsaw and Kansas City areas sponsored the ride with 11 of…

Ralph Wayne's Vintage Backyard Nationals

October 31, 2004
This was the first time I’ve been to this event and man was I excited. Having heard so much about Ralph Wayne’s from numerous friends, I knew I was in for something unique and very special. I was supposed to go to Fayetteville and cover the Bikes, Blues and BBQ Bike rally but after my visit to Ralph Wayne’s I was glad I stayed in town. This “Free” event takes place in Ralph Wayne Blackmore’s backyard and has grown into an event that is recognized nationwide. I met people from as far away as California and Florida that came for…

F.O.G. Cycles Two-Day Street Party

October 31, 2004
If you haven’t been to F.O.G. Cycles or the Knuckleheads Saloon, you must be living in a cave or under a rock. This unique bike shop and saloon is by far one of the best in the Kansas City area. It reminds me of a cross between the Broken Spoke and the Full Throttle Saloons in Sturgis. What’s really cool is that you don’t have to ride to Sturgis to experience it. This two-day event is just one of many held at F.O.G. throughout the year. The first one was in 1997 and they are planning for at least six…

Freedom of Road Riders (FORR) Local 14 Bike Show

October 31, 2004
Members and friends of the Freedom of the Road Riders (FORR) Local 14 held their 5th Annual Bike Show on Sunday, September 19 at the VFW Memorial Post 3976 in Sugar Creek, Missouri.On one of the busier Sundays of this motorcycle season, approximately 30 bikes registered in thirteen classes, including a people's choice and a kid's class category.Attention grabbers for the afternoon ranged from Allen Craig's vintage Honda 350 Four to Bob Cox's dressed out Electra Glide Standard. Cox' Electra Glide featured all of the goodies you would hope to find on a touring bike, along with a set of…

The Trails of Moab, Utah

October 31, 2004
It’s fall in Kansas City. The days are getting short, and the nights are getting crisp. It’s the promise of winter and the threat of the period known as “post riding-season stress-disorder” that prompted me to plan the annual pilgrimage to eastern Utah with my son, Jeff. Early October is a good time to visit the desert. The days are warm and calm, the nights cool and clear. In short, it’s a perfect time to play hard, visit with friends, enjoy a campfire after a day of adventure and take in the stars. Remembering past trips prompted me to phone…

American Legion Riders

October 31, 2004
Fifty-one years ago, Congress changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day for all of America. The next year, on October 8, 1954, President Eisenhower signed a proclamation that stated: “On that day, let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom.” So, for this month in honor of Veterans Day, I think it is appropriate to share with you, a nationally recognized honorable motorcycle riders’ organization, the American Legion Riders (ALR). The ALR are members of the American Legion and are…

Fort Riley Open House and Welcome Home for Troops

October 31, 2004
Privilege is defined as: A special advantage, immunity, permission, right, or benefit granted to or enjoyed by an individual, or class. I must admit that I live a privileged life; one without daily fear for the safety of the ones who matter most to me. Straight up, I am guilty; guilty of not considering all the personal sacrifices necessary to maintain the safety and security we enjoy. Recognition of my oversight swept over me on Saturday, October 2 when I participated in the Fort Riley Open House and Welcome Home troops celebration. The Employee Riders Association (ERA) of the Kansas…

Cody Watters - Student, Motorcyclist, Fund-Raiser

September 30, 2004
Hollywood might like to portray motorcycle riders as the outlaws of the road; gruff, mean, long-haired characters sporting tattoos on their bodies and chains from their pant loops, traveling in clubs, and riding wildly through streets and terrorizing townsfolk. But in real life? Well, a lot of riders might have tattoos. Many of them might have some chains hanging from their waists. More than a few might be pretty gruff and even have long hair. However, Cody Watters of Gardner, Kansas, a soon-to-be 14-year-old eighth-grader at Wheatridge Middle School, does not have any tattoos (none visible to the naked eye,…

Mouse for the House - Hope House Benefit

September 30, 2004
How would you like to have a mouse in your pocket? Having the little critter around to lend a helping hand could be a good thing. Just ask the folks at Hope House. Recently, they learned first hand just how much a mouse can do when the Trouser Mouse Bar & Grill hosted the first annual Mouse for the House Benefit. Just in case you don’t know, Hope House has been giving hope to Kansas City women and their children who are victims of domestic violence and abuse for the past twenty years. The locally based non-profit organization offers emergency…

10th Annual Bikers for Babies® Ride

September 30, 2004
Sunday, September 12 was a phenomenal day from start to finish for the 10th Annual Bikers for Babies Ride at the Kansas Speedway. I once heard someone say, “What can a bunch of bikers do for babies?” The answer is ride like someone’s life depends on it! And to Kansas City bikers, it does! For the third year, the Kansas City Bikers for Babies® Ride ranks #1 among all 80 March of Dimes benefit rides in the country. This year, 6,569 riders raised over $430,000! Puts a lump in my throat just thinking about so many who care so much.…

Johnny Dare's Bike Night

September 30, 2004
My editor and I decided to crash Johnny Dare’s first bike night on Tuesday, September 14, as it was way past time for us to check out this new Westport hot spot. So we packed up the fatty’s with our cameras and notepads and headed out to midtown. I can sum up Johnny Dare’s (JD’s) in one sentence; “This place kicks ass!” Well, it’s a far cry from what I would call a traditional biker bar, after all it is in what I call Rub-port, but this is one ass kickin’ joint that was needed a long time ago. Plasma…

ABATE of Kansas 29th Annual National Labor Day Rally

September 30, 2004
While growing up in my hometown of Wathena, Kansas, at least once or twice a month during the summer, my family, friends and relatives would make the trek to Paradise Point at Lake Perry, Kansas to camp, fish, ski and party. We’d load our Honda 100cc motorcycles in the back of Dad’s old Chevy truck; tie the Jon boat to the top of a homemade truck rack my Dad had built, hook up the camper, and off we’d go. Our caravan normally consisted of a few trucks pulling campers and boats, and there was even an old school bus our…

Thunder in the Sand

September 30, 2004
Between the small southeastern Iowa towns of Conesville and Columbus Junction lies a 22-acre patch of ground owned by the Circle of Pride Motorcycle Club. Every year during the Labor Day weekend, it is the location of an event known as Thunder in the Sand. The entrance to the site is marked by twin gargoyles on pedestals, and those who pass through that portal are free to leave inhibitions behind and party as only bikers can. Tickets are priced at $25 in advance and $30 at the gate, and only adults are admitted. People who are offended by nudity or…