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Bike Week Oklahoma 2011 - Sparks, Oklahoma

July 31, 2011
Sparks America Campground hosts several fun-filled events each year including two weekends of mudbogging, a week-long bike run in June, and a wild biker Halloween party in October. The 2011 Oklahoma Bike Week took place from June 16 through 26. I made the 350-mile ride from Kansas City on Thursday, June 23, particularly enjoying the final mile that is now asphalt rather than rock. After pitching my tent, I stopped by the campground office and enjoyed a brief visit with Sparks America owner Tony Ward. My next stop was the Christian Motorcyclists Association hospitality tent where several of the C.M.A.…

Cover Bike & Cover Model Search at Open Road Bar & Grill - Grandview, Missouri

July 31, 2011
Open Road Bar & Grill in Grandview, Missouri was the location for our third cover bike & cover model search of the year, which took place on Saturday, June 25, 2011, which coincided with the Open Road Bar & Grill’s Grand Opening. The day started out a bit wet before the wind and sun took over; making for a very hot and humid day.Lonnie, Donna, Danny and I arrived early to setup our booth in the parking lot. It wasn’t long before bikes started rolling in and filling the parking lot. Nichole and Skylar arrived to help with the event,…

Cover Bike Search Winner Brian Arroyo & His 2007 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy

July 31, 2011
Brian Arroyo’s 2007 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy was selected as the winning bike at our Cover Bike Search at Open Road Bar & Grill in Grandview, Missouri. This beautiful bike will be photographed for our September 2011 cover.Brian is from Kansas City, Missouri, and we had the opportunity to gather more information about him and his 2007 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy for this month's issue. We also took a few photos of cover model search winner Jennifer, on his bike. CC: Brian, what is your occupation?Brian: I’m a realtor.CC: Do you have hobbies other than motorcycling?Brian: Yes, I also like guns, and…

2007 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy

July 31, 2011
Brian Arroyo’s 2007 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy was selected as the winning bike at our Cover Bike Search at Open Road Bar & Grill in Grandview, Missouri. This beautiful bike will be photographed for our September 2011 cover.Brian is from Kansas City, Missouri, and we had the opportunity to gather more information about himself for this month's issue. We also took a few photos of cover model search winner Jennifer, on his bike. Owner: Brian Arroyo City: Kansas City, MissouriGeneral- Year/Make/Model: 2007 Harley Fat Boy - Fabrication by: Midwest Customs- Assembled by Denny Harris - Assembly Time: 3 weeksEngine- Make/Size: Harley-Davidson…

Cover Model Search Winner Jennifer

July 31, 2011
Jennifer is from Kansas City, Missouri, and was the winner of our Cover Model Search at Open Road Bar & Grill in Grandview, Missouri. Jennifer is a professional model, and when asked about her ambitions, she said “I would love to have Mr. Tyson Leslie one of my favorite local Kansas City musicians teach me how to play the acoustic guitar and the piano. As far as hobbies go, Jennifer said “I enjoy attending concerts, collecting Elvis Presley memorabilia, and volunteer work. When asked about turn-ons, Jennifer said “Surprises, horror films, and people with good energy.” On the other hand,…

Cover Bike Search Finalist Robert Vasquez & His 2001 Boar Razorback

July 31, 2011
Robert Vasquez’s 2001 Boar Razorback was selected as one of the finalists at our Cover Bike Search at Open Road Bar & Grill in Grandview, Missouri. Robert is from Stillwell, Kansas, and we had the opportunity to gather more information about him and his 2001 Boar Razorback for this month's issue. We also took a few photos of cover model search finalist Candi, on his bike. CC: Robert, what is your occupation?Robert: I’m an e-coli investigator.CC: Do you have hobbies other than motorcycling?Robert: Yes; chicks with massive asses, beer, oops…almost forgot church…beer…and chick’s with massive asses. CC: Why do you…

2001 Boar Razorback

July 31, 2011
Robert Vasquez’s 2001 Boar Razorback was selected as one of the finalists at our Cover Bike Search at Open Road Bar & Grill in Grandview, Missouri. Robert is from Stillwell, Kansas, and we had the opportunity to gather more information about himself for this month's issue. We also took a few photos of cover model search finalist Candi, on his bike. Owner: Robert VasquezCity: Stillwell, KansasGeneral- Year/Make/Model: 2001 Boar Razorback - Fabrication by: Dyno Mike WilsonEngine- Make/Size: TP 107ci- Carburetor: S&S Shorty- Air Cleaner: S&S- Pipes: Dyno Mike FishtailsFrame/Suspension- Swingarm: No way!- Rear suspension: The best…hardtail…make sure you have a…

Cover Model Search Finalist Candi

July 31, 2011
Candi, from Belton, Missouri, was one of the finalists in our Cover Model Search at Open Road Bar & Grill in Grandview, Missouri. Candi is a salon coordinator and massage therapist. When asked about her ambitions, she said “I just want to be a good person, work hard, enjoy as many experiences as possible and have fun doing it!” When asked about hobbies, Candi said “Concerts! I LOVE live music. I listen to just about anything, but I love Rock n Roll! I also enjoy movies, reading, painting, camping, fishing, swimming, and playing video games with my son Logan.” She…

Cover Bike Search Finalist Stacy Mitts & His 2002 Custom Chopper

July 31, 2011
Stacy Mitts’ 2002 Custom Chopper was selected as one of the finalists at our Cover Bike Search at Open Road Bar & Grill in Grandview, Missouri. Stacy is from Belton, Missouri, and we had the opportunity to gather more information about him and his 2002 Custom Chopper for this month's issue. We also took a few photos of cover model search finalist Carissa, on his bike. CC: Stacy, what is your occupation?Stacy: I’m a roofer, snow plow driver, and a part time solid gold dancer. LOL.CC: Do you have hobbies other than motorcycling?Stacy: Yes, I also enjoy hotrods and pretty…

2002 Custom Chopper

July 31, 2011
Stacy Mitts’ 2002 Custom Chopper was selected as one of the finalists at our Cover Bike Search at Open Road Bar & Grill in Grandview, Missouri. Stacy is from Belton, Missouri, and we had the opportunity to gather more information about himself for this month's issue. We also took a few photos of cover model search finalist Carissa, on his bike. Owner: Stacy MittsCity: Belton, MissouriGeneral- Year/Make/Model: 2002 Special Construction - Fabrication by: Stacy Mitts- Assembled by: Stacy Mitts- Assembly time: About one year. Bought one part at a time.Engine- Size/Make/Size: 100 inch S&S - Carburetor: S&S- Air Cleaner: S&S-…

Cover Model Search Finalist Carissa

July 31, 2011
Carissa, from Oak Grove, Missouri, was one of the finalists in our Cover Model Search at Open Road Bar & Grill in Grandview, Missouri. Carissa is a product evaluator, and her main ambition is “To live life to the fullest!” Her hobbies include riding motorcycles, swimming, camping, and listening to the blues. Her biggest turn-on is someone who can make her laugh and carry on a good conversation. On the other hand, cocky guys are a major turnoff for her. Carissa told us that she’s a sucker for redheads and bikers. So I’m guessing a redheaded biker would be ideal?…

Cover Bike Search Winner Scott Wilson & His 2005 Wild West Dragoon

July 31, 2011
Scott Wilson’s 2005 Wild West Dragoon was selected as the winning bike at our Cover Bike Search at The Jobsite Bar in Olathe, Kansas. Scott is from Grandview, Missouri, and we had the opportunity to gather more information about him and his 2005 Wild West Dragoon for this month's issue. We also took a few photos of cover model search finalist Amy, on his bike. CC: Scott, what is your occupation?Scott: I’m a plumber with The Plumbing Pros. Give us a call!CC: Do you have hobbies other than motorcycling?Scott: Yes, I belong to the Duck Club, and I also enjoy…

2005 Wild West Dragoon

July 31, 2011
Scott Wilson’s 2005 Wild West Dragoon was selected as the winning bike at our Cover Bike Search at The Jobsite Bar in Olathe, Kansas. Scott is from Grandview, Missouri, and we had the opportunity to gather more information about himself for this month's issue. We also took a few photos of cover model search finalist Amy, on his bike. Owner: Scott WilsonCity: Grandview, MissouriGeneral- Year/Make/Model: 2005 Wild West DragoonEngine- Size/Make 117ci S&S Sidewinder- Carburetor: S&S Super G- Air Cleaner: S&S- Pipes: Wild WestTransmission/Drive Train- Make/Model: Baker 6-speed- Primary: Primo 3 inch openFrame/Suspension- Make: Wild West- Rake: 43 degrees- Backbone: 2…

Cover Model Search Winner Amy

July 31, 2011
Amy is from Raymore, Missouri, and was the winner of our Cover Model Search at The Jobsite Bar in Olathe, Kansas. Amy owns her own business, and when asked about her ambitions, she said “I have so many. My current ambition is to move into a lovely house that is all mine. When it comes to hobbies, Amy said: I love cleaning…I know touché…but I do. I love to vacuum, cook, garden, and I also enjoy tinkering around old cars.“ OK guys…get in line! When asked about turn-ons, Amy said “Well, well, well…I am turned on first and foremost, by…

Cover Bike Search Finalist William Edington & His 2010 Harley-Davidson Ultra

July 31, 2011
William Edington’s 2010 Harley-Davidson Ultra was selected as one of the finalists at our Cover Bike Search at The Jobsite Bar in Olathe, Kansas. William is from Olathe, Kansas, and we had the opportunity to gather more information about him and his 2010 Harley-Davidson Ultra for this month's issue. We also took a few photos of cover model search finalist Jennifer, on his bike. CC: Mike, what is your occupation?Mike: I’m a business owner.CC: Do you have hobbies other than motorcycling?Mike: I also enjoy traveling around the world. CC: Why do you ride?Mike: Riding allows me to meet people and…

2010 Harley-Davidson Ultra

July 31, 2011
William Edington’s 2010 Harley-Davidson Ultra was selected as one of the finalists at our Cover Bike Search at The Jobsite Bar in Olathe, Kansas. William is from Olathe, Kansas, and we had the opportunity to gather more information about himself for this month's issue. We also took a few photos of cover model search finalist Jennifer, on his bike. Owner: William EdingtonCity: Olathe, KansasGeneral- Year/Make/Model: 2010 Harley-Davidson UltraEngine- Size/Make: 96ci S&S- Carburetor: Fuel injected- Air Cleaner: Harley-Davidson Stage 1- Pipes: Vance & Hines Paint- Painter: Combs Cycle in Lawrence, Kansas - Color: Black base with candy blue Accessories:- Pegs: Willie…

Cover Model Search Finalist Jennifer

July 31, 2011
Jennifer, from Kansas City, Missouri, was one of the finalists in our Cover Model Search at The Jobsite Bar in Olathe, Kansas. Jennifer told us her occupation is a “Super Star,” and her primary ambition is “World Domination.” OK. Her hobby is “Kickin’ it old school.” Confident guys are a turn-on for her, and her main turnoff is arrogance. Jennifer admits that she’s a sucker for a really bad pick-up line. Jennifer describes her personality as magnetic. When asked what the smartest thing is that she’s ever done, Jennifer said “Staying real.” As far as the most stupid thing she’s…

Cover Bike Search Finalist Terry Spruk & His 1999 Custom Chopper

July 31, 2011
Terry Spruk’s 1999 Custom Chopper was selected as one of the finalists at our Cover Bike Search at The Jobsite Bar in Olathe, Kansas. Terry is from Merriam, and we had the opportunity to took a few photos of cover model search finalist Valerie, on his bike. Congratulation again Mike, on being one of the finalists in our cover bike and cover model search. Photos by Doc Lonnie Blum

Cover Model Search Finalist Valerie

July 31, 2011
Valerie, from Olathe, Kansas, was one of the finalists in our Cover Model Search at The Jobsite Bar in Olathe, Kansas. Valerie is a surgical support tech, and plans to go to nursing school so she can make enough money to buy her own bike. Her hobbies include boxing, camping and fishing. Turn-ons include confident and motivated men, and on the flipside, cocky lazy guys turn her off. Valerie admits that she’s a sucker for a guy with nice arms. Valerie describes her personality as shy and sweet…yet self-willed, and she’s often told that her best attribute is her eyes.…

AMA Superbike Classic at Barber Motorsports - Birmingham, Alabama

July 31, 2011
You know, people talk about the “World Series” of baseball, when there’s no one there from any other country but ours. Now you want to talk about World Series, then you have to include the racing at Barber Motorsports Park. Barber’s truly has a world class track that draws world class riders from several countries, and they all agree that Barber’s is one of the best in the world, and they love racing here! On June 17, 2011, the AMA Pro Road Racing came back to Barber’s for the 9th year.The Alabama National Guard was one of the welcomed guests…