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Cover Model Search Finalist Christy

June 30, 2011
Christy, from Blue Springs, Missouri, was one of the finalists in our Cover Model Search at Russo’s Pizza in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Christy is a wife, stay-at-home mom (sort of), a carhop at Sonic, and an amateur photographer. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that her ambitions include being a good wife, mom, and an overall good person. Hobbies include photography, shopping, singing, acting, and dancing. When asked about turn-ons, Christy had only one word to say “My husband.” When asked what the smartest thing is she’s ever done, Christy said “Marrying my husband.” On the flipside, when asked…

Gretchen Wilson at Worth Harley-Davidson's Bike Night - Kansas City, Missouri

June 30, 2011
On Thursday, May 19, 2011, Worth Harley-Davidson hosted their first bike night concert of 2011 by welcoming Grammy-award winning country music artist Gretchen Wilson and her opening act, Outlaw Jim and the Whiskey Benders. The free bike night and concert preparations started months before, but came to reality when on Wednesday, May 18, Gretchen Wilson’s entourage appeared with two tractor trailers full of concert gear. Personnel started building the stage she was to perform on directly behind Worth Harley-Davidson’s building. On Thursday, anticipation grew. Two of Gretchen’s tour buses appeared and parked parallel to the stage. Worth Harley-Davidson employees, Kansas…

2011 Birmingham HOG Picnic - Birmingham, Alabama

June 30, 2011
On Saturday, June 4, 2011, the Birmingham chapter of H.O.G. held their annual picnic. This was a really hot weekend, one of many that we have been experiencing here in Alabama, so there wasn’t quite the turnout that was expected, but that didn’t stop those who did brave the heat from having fun. The band, “Quadratic” came out to rock the house. These guys are good; they are also pretty funny at times. I’m not sure if they know quite how to take these daytime events though, as they tend to be a little more subdued than I’m sure that…

6th Annual Walk to Remember - Weston Missouri

June 30, 2011
EDITOR’S NOTE: This was an incredible event, and please make sure to check out our 6th Annual Walk to Remember video; provided by Randall “Sea Hawk” Hauk, who is a proud member of the Patriot Guard Riders. Emotions don’t get much rawer than when you are standing in the midst of mothers, fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers, wives, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters and friends of heroes. Heroes who signed a blank check for any amount including their life, so we may continue to be free. Behind every smile there is a tear, Behind every thought a memory. Behind their eyes is a…

22nd Annual Bikers with a Mission Ride - Kansas City, Missouri

May 31, 2011
Since 1924, City Union Mission has provided warm beds, nutritious food and a place of safety for thousands of poverty-stricken and homeless people in Kansas City. Every year, motorcyclists unite for a ride to raise money to help support the Mission. This year’s ride was held on Sunday, May 1. Participants registered at the Mission between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. with the assistance of Kingdom Riders and City Union Mission staff. The ride covered a 100-mile route through Ridgely, Platte City, Plattsburg, Lathrop, Excelsior Springs, and Liberty with a checkpoint stop at Larry’s One Stop in Plattsburg and concluded…

9th Annual B.A.C.A. Bike Show - Kansas City, Missouri

May 31, 2011
Saturday, May 7, 2011 was a beautiful day for the 9th Annual Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) Ride-In Bike Show. Several bikes filled the parking lot at Harley’s & Horses Grill, Stage & Saloon as their owners registered for the show. The entire parking lot was alive with a flurry of activity as bands played, bikini bike was girls cleaned motorcycles; courtesy of Brooklyn’s Bombshells, and numerous vendors lined the outside edges of the property. All of our friends with the March of Dimes Bikers for Babies® were there with their giveaway Harley-Davidson. The B.A.C.A. trailer was a hub of…

Ride for NorthCare Hospice House - Kansas City, Missouri

May 31, 2011
On Saturday, May 21, the Ride for NorthCare Hospice House of North Kansas City, Missouri held their 2nd annual Dice Run. The ride was organized by Natasha Rake to benefit the cost of care, medical equipment, and all necessities not covered by Medicaid or private insurance. The Dice Run was a 78-mile trek through the beautiful countryside on an amazing sunny spring day and included approximately 100 registrants. The benefit began at Worth Harley-Davidson with kickstands up at 11 a.m. heading to the first stop at Motorcycle Parts R Us in Parkville to roll the dice. After a brief break,…

1st Annual Poker Run for Mitchell's Place - Birmingham, Alabama

May 31, 2011
Bikes gathered on May 14, 2011 on Overton Road in Birmingham, Alabama at Mitchell’s Place, a comprehensive treatment center for children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder, for a benefit poker run to raise awareness and donations. It is the mission of Mitchell’s Place to “provide caring, supportive, family-oriented services that are comprehensive and tailored to meet the individual and unique needs of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). At Mitchell’s Place, we strive to optimize the social and academic potential of children with ASD, and their typical peers, through a collaborative approach that utilizes current and proven treatment…

Burkett Center Ride - Birmingham, Alabama

May 31, 2011
On May 14, 2011, riders gathered at Rider’s Harley-Davidson for a ride to benefit the Burkett Center for the multi-handicapped. Cars from the Mustang Club gathered at O’Reilly’s Auto Parts to ride over and join up with the bikes at the Center in Tarrant, Alabama. The Burkett Center was established in 1977 as Springdale Center. In 1987, the program moved to a newly renovated building and was renamed for the past superintendent, Dr. William E. Burkett. Each year the Burkett Center serves approximately 50 students, age 3 to 21. All of the students attending the Burkett Center have multiple disabilities.…

13th Annual Spring Thunder Beach Rally - Panama City Beach, Florida

May 31, 2011
This year’s spring rally came on the heels of some history-making storms and tornados that ravaged several states in the Southeast, so there were many who did not make the rally and some that went down early in the week only to make the trip back to check on their families and property. With that said, I have to tell you, there was a hell of a lot of folks at the beach! There were two new venues added this year, with the Shores of Panama and Cabana Cay Resort taking over hosting duties for the kick-off party with music…

2011 Milledgeville Thunder Spring Rally - Milledgeville, Georgia

May 31, 2011
On April 29-May 1, 2011, David Settle held his famous Milledgeville Thunder Rally just ten miles south of Milledgeville, Georgia. This year I decided to come in a couple of days ahead of schedule to rest up and get some other work out of the way. When I came into the gate the first person I recognized was Tammy who was attending the gate with several others. She told me I would be surprised when I went over the hill and saw how many bikers and campers that were already set up. Many had been here since Sunday to lay…

14th Annual E.R.A. Cabin Fever Bash - Kansas City, Missouri

May 31, 2011
Saturday April 30, 2011, the Harley-Davidson Employee Riders Association held its 14th Annual Cabin Fever Bash event at Finnigan’s Hall (the old North Kansas City Bowl). The day of the event was a beautiful and sunny spring day, which allowed people to ride their bikes to event as I did. Finnigan’s allowed all bikes to park on the sidewalk in front of the venue right below the US and State of Missouri Flags. As expected, the Kansas City Chapter of the Harley-Davidson Employee Rider Association spared no expense to ensure that all who attended enjoyed themselves. The event kicked off…

Cover Bike & Cover Model Search at Harley's & Horses Grill, Stage & Saloon - Kansas City, Missouri

May 31, 2011
Our first cover bike & cover model search of the year took place on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at Harleys & Horses Grill, Stage & Saloon in Kansas City, Missouri. The event was originally scheduled to take place the previous Thursday; however, we had to postpone it due to one of the many thunderstorms that blew through area. It looked like we might have been rained out again, but we lucked out, which made for a great bike night and a good turnout for the event. Lonnie, Donna, Stripe, Danny, and I arrived early to setup our booth in the…

Cover Bike Search Finalist Charlie Adamson & His 1985 Harley-Davidson Super Glide

May 31, 2011
Charlie Adamson’s Super Glide was selected as one of the finalists at our Cover Bike Search at Harleys & Horses Grill, Stage & Saloon in Kansas City, Missouri. Charlie is from Claycomo, Missouri, and I had the opportunity to interview him for this month's issue, and to find out more about his 1985 Harley-Davidson Super Glide. We also took a couple photos of cover model search finalist Caitlin, on Charlie's bike. CC: Charlie, what is your occupation?Charlie: I’m a bartender.CC: Do you have hobbies other than motorcycling?Charlie: Yes, I also enjoy sports; especially football, as well as fishing. CC: Why…

Cover Bike Search Finalist Tony Casas & His 2010 Harley-Davidson Street Glide

May 31, 2011
Tony Casas’ Street Glide was selected as one of the finalists at our Cover Bike Search at Harleys & Horses Grill, Stage & Saloon in Kansas City, Missouri. Tony is from Independence, Missouri, and I had the opportunity to interview him for this month's issue, and to find out more about his 2010 Harley-Davidson Street Glide. We also took a couple photos of cover model search finalist Keesha, on Tony's bike.CC: Tony, what is your occupation?Tony: I’m an electrician.CC: Do you have hobbies other than motorcycling?Tony: Yes, I also enjoy camping, sports, and spending time with my family. CC: How…

Cover Model Search Finalist Caitlin

May 31, 2011
Caitlin from Lee’s Summit, Missouri was one of the finalists in our Cycle Connections Cover Model Search on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at Harleys & Horses Grill, Stage & Saloon in Kansas City, Missouri. We had the opportunity to interview Caitlin for this month's issue, and to take a couple photos of her on cover bike search finalist Charlie Adamson's 1985 Harley-Davidson Super Glide. Caitlin is a dental assistant, and her ambitions are to be the best at everything she does. She especially wants to go further in the dental or medical field than she already is, and wouldn't mind…

Cover Model Search Finalist Keesha

May 31, 2011
Keesha is from Kansas City, Missouri, and was one of the finalists in our Cycle Connections Cover Model Search on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at Harleys & Horses Grill, Stage & Saloon in Kansas City, Missouri. Keesha told me that she's a spoiled housewife, and her ambition is to be the best wife and mother, and to be just an all-around good person. Hobbies include bowling, computers, photography, card-design and decorating. Turn-ons include nice teeth and good hygiene, while liars, jealously, and mean people are a major turnoff. Keesha admits that she’s a sucker for animals. When asked what the…

MLB and SOB 2011 Eureka Springs First Ride - Eureka Springs, Arkansas

May 31, 2011
The MLB and SOB motorcycle clubs along with the Swiss Holiday Resort – Rodeway Inn in Eureka Springs, Arkansas held a “Start of the season” ride and gathering on the weekend of April 8-10, 2011. When the leaders of the motorcycle clubs and the manager of the resort first decided to put together an early spring gathering to celebrate the beginning of the riding season, little did they know how well it would be received. The word was spread in February, and soon the original resort was completely filled and the event started spilling over to neighboring motels. News of…

Worth Harley Davidson-2011 Spring Demo Days - Kansas City, Missouri

May 31, 2011
Worth Harley-Davidson of Kansas City at Tiffany Springs & I-29 hosted yet another opportunity for riders of all capabilities and ages to demo ride the new 2011 line of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. On Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6, the Harley-Davidson Motor Company provided the 2011 bikes and helmets. All you had to bring was your state-issued drivers license with a motorcycle endorsement; pick your bike and RIDE. The Northland Chapter of the Harley Owners Group provided road captain and chaser duties during the two days of riding. The demo route gave the rider a simulation of freeway, city, and…

Flat Track Pre-Season Outlaw Races - LaMonte, Missouri

May 31, 2011
Motorcycle racing returned to the fast 3/8-mile clay oval track at LA Raceway near La Monte, Missouri on Saturday, May 14. The facility is normally an auto racing venue, but Rick Yeager and track owner Mike White team up once each year to present an exciting motorcycle racing program. Dave Corey and staff from D.C. Promotions handled all of the administrative tasks such as rider registration, heat assignments, lineup and staging as well as flagging and scoring the races. Riders competed in Pro Singles, Pro Twins, and Vintage classes. Admission was $18 ($15 advance) with children under 10 admitted free.…