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Patriot Guard Riders Celebrate Their One-Year Anniversary

August 31, 2006
In August of 2005, Carol Houck and her husband Terry watched as members from Fred Phelp’s Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka protested the funeral of a fallen soldier in Iraq. Both were disgusted with what they saw and heard by the protesters as they degraded the fallen soldier, the United States military and the government they serve.“Somebody should do something,” she told her husband. “Somebody needs to find a way to counter them.” And from that conversation, the idea for the Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) was born at American Legion Post #136 in tiny Mulvane, Kansas, a small community south…

3rd Annual Ride for Kids – Overland Park, Kansas

July 31, 2006
Alan Beattie won a 2006 Honda Rebel motorcycle. Vicki and Lou Harding earned a couple of top-notch letterman jackets for raising more than $3,000 and being the top fund-raisers. Dell’s Cycles, Blue Springs, Missouri, was recognized as the top dealer contributor with more than $9,000. And just more than 200 motorcyclists were treated to a police escort on a 50-mile ride from Overland Park to Olathe, through Gardner, and back to Johnson County Community College in Overland Park. But the real winners of the Third Annual Ride for Kids event were the nine youngsters, ranging in ages 5 through 12,…

2nd Annual Kansas City Poker Run

July 31, 2006
The Kansas City Poker Run Motorcycle Rally is an annual event designed to raise awareness of the growing epidemic of youth crime and drug abuse and raise funds for a very real solution to this very real problem. All proceeds generated from The Kansas City Poker Run benefit the Urban Youth Strategies Youth Center. This youth center was started from the vision of Pastor Troy Covey of Solomon's Porch Church in Kansas City, Missouri. On Saturday, July 22, 2006, when I arrived at Worth Harley-Davidson North for the run, there were already hundreds of bikes in the parking lot ready…

Adrenaline Extreme Combat Fight for the Kids Ride

July 31, 2006
Kansas City motorcycle riders never seem to amaze me. Nor do some of my friends. When Chad Osborne, head honcho of Adrenaline Extreme Combat (AEC) and Josh Baker, motorcycle sales manager at Jack Miller American Thunder V-Twin asked me to help them put together a benefit ride for Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.), I said “hell yeah, I’m in.” I have always been a big believer in karma and feel any event that benefits a child is worth my time. If I knew then what I know now, I would have negotiated for a salary. Putting together a ride is…

Operation “Mad Dog” – Trussville, Alabama

July 31, 2006
I tell anyone who will listen that the motorcycle community is one of the most charitable groups in the country. The past few weeks have confirmed that for me. One weekend we had over 100 make the ride for the Sheriff’s Boys ranch. The next week, over 200 helped raise money for Camp Wheeze Away, an event that we were very proud to have helped facilitate. And the very next week there were over 400 bikes at bike night at Lightning Strikes with a pre-party/pre-registration for a ride that would take place the next day. The ride was to benefit…

Sheriff’s Boy’s Ranch – Ride for the Ranch

July 31, 2006
Leigh and I got up early Saturday morning June 17 to ride to Moody Park, about a half hour from the house, to ride in the Sheriff’s Boy’s Ranch ride. Back in 1966, then Sheriff Mel Bailey and several other sheriffs in the state saw the need for housing for kids who had troubled home lives and needed to be removed from a bad situation and placed in some sort of normal home life setting. Now, there are currently seven ranches throughout the state, one of which is a girls’ ranch and has five houses. Here in St. Clair County,…

Camp Wheeze Away Bike Show – Trussville, Alabama

July 31, 2006
Several months ago we were contacted by Whitney Weldon (Miss Logan Martin), one of this year’s Miss Alabama contestants, about putting together a ride to benefit Camp Wheeze Away, with the support of the American Lung Association of Alabama. Camp Wheeze Away is a camp here in Alabama for kids who have asthma. Whitney herself has asthma, so this is something that she is very passionate about. She was also our go-between with the American Lung Association. We decided to make the ride a poker run so we could involve several other businesses who wanted to contribute in some way.…

Camp Wheeze Away Poker Run – Trussville, Alabama

July 31, 2006
After spending all day and most of Friday night putting on the Camp Wheeze Away Bike Show at Lightning Strikes, we got up early Saturday morning and headed over to Bessie’s Cycle Barn in Irondale, Alabama for part two of our Camp Wheeze Away fundraiser weekend. Bessie’s was selected as the registration and first draw location for the Camp Wheeze Away Poker Run.Jeff and Sherri got there about the same time, and shortly thereafter Whitney and her family showed up. They were going to man some of the stops. Before we got set up good people had already started rolling…

4th Annual Bud Run – Tampa, Florida

July 31, 2006
As a motorcycle rider in Tampa for many years I’ve heard my share of horror stories about wrecks, DUI’s, fatalities, and other things that don’t usually bode well for those of us on two wheels, as a result of drinking. For a change though, beer drinking, in a roundabout way, absolutely bodes well for some individuals or groups of them every year as a result of my beverage of choice and one outstanding individual. Bob Zelansny, an employee of Pepin Distributing, the Anhueser Busch distributor in Tampa since 1973, has been putting on the annual “Bud Run” to benefit different…

7th Annual Ride for Special Children & KC Creations Birthday Party!

July 31, 2006
What better way to celebrate your birthday than to hold a charity ride in combination with it? On Saturday, June 24, KC Creations, in conjunction with Masters GMAC Real Estate and Central Harley-Davidson, sponsored the 7th Annual Ride for Special Children. This ride was the seventh annual fundraiser for the First Downs for Down Syndrome and KC Creations 11th birthday celebration. Having participated in last year’s Ride for Special Children and KC Creations birthday party, I must admit this year’s schedule was very well assembled! The ride started in the cool of the morning and initiated from Central Harley-Davidson’s Shawnee…

MDA Ride at Topeka Harley-Davidson

July 31, 2006
Sunday morning July 23 was crisp and cool for the drive to Topeka, Kansas where I was going to make good on a promise I made to Mike Patterson, owner of Topeka Harley- Davidson. I was there to cover the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) ride, which is a yearly event sponsored by the dealership. I was accompanied by fellow Cycle Connections staff member Phil Peeler and his wonderful and energetic better half Marsha. I also recruited the help of one of my dear friend Julie Fox, who is a member of the Khrome Cowgirls of Kansas City and was there…

2nd Annual EFECT Ride

July 31, 2006
It was picture perfect weather for a ride to anywhere on a Saturday. Add in a charity ride and it was a tailor-made motorcycle day for any rider. Coffee donated by Starbucks and donuts by Krispy Kreme of Independence were ready for the riders as they signed up for the 2nd annual EFECT ride. Encouraging Families with Exceptional Children Together (EFECT) is a not-for-profit organization, which was created by parents for parents. Their mission is to empower families of children with disabilities by providing education, information, encouragement, support and pathways to services. As the riders signed in, Sharlene, the EFECT…

Motorcycle Road Racing at Heartland Park Topeka

July 31, 2006
Ever since my interview with road racer Walt Sipp for the February, 2005, issue of Cycle Connections, I have been looking forward to attending a race. The perfect opportunity arose when the American Superbike Racing Association (A.S.R.A.) and Championship Cup Series (C.C.S.) came to race at Heartland Park south of Topeka, Kansas, and less than ninety miles from home. The event took place the weekend of June 16 through 18. Due to other commitments, including a charity ride in St. Joe on that Saturday, my attendance was limited to the final day.When I decided to cover this road race for…

22nd Annual A.B.A.T.E. of Iowa Freedom Rally

July 31, 2006
On Thursday, June 29, I headed north for my second major biker party in as many weeks. Having spent the previous weekend at Bike Week Oklahoma, I hoped that I had saved enough energy to do some serious partying at the 22nd Annual A.B.A.T.E. of Iowa Freedom Rally near Algona. I stopped off for a couple of hours in West Des Moines to take my niece Pam out to lunch and tour the shopping center where she works. After resuming my ride, I was thinking about the fact that I was making good time. Thoughts like that invite trouble. Sure…

99.7 KY’s 32nd Birthday Bash – Kansas City, Missouri

July 31, 2006
July 16, 2006, marked the beginning of the invasion from south of the border. Yes, the locals had had ample warning that this was going to happen. But when it hit, not a one was prepared for what was going to happen. The party was put on by local radio station KYYS 99.7 FM. The event was billed as the station’s “32nd Birthday Bash” and it lived up to all the hype. The gates to Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, in Bonner Springs Kansas, a small town just west of Kansas City, opened at 4 p.m. Once in the gate, visitors were…

Bike Week Oklahoma 2006 - Sparks America

July 31, 2006
As usual, my schedule did not permit me to attend the full week of biker festivities at the Sparks America Campground. I had planned to begin my 350-mile ride about mid-morning on Thursday, June 22, but rain held me up until early afternoon. After checking the Weather Channel, I decided to take head southwest from the Kansas City area, taking Interstate 35 through Wichita. This route added some miles to the journey, but was definitely a good move, since it kept me dry for the duration of the trip. As I rode through an area of road construction in Oklahoma,…

Yankee Goes Home – A Road Trip from Bridgeport, Texas to Coshocton, Ohio

July 31, 2006
It was a dark and stormy night…err, hrm, well…actually it wasn’t. I have always liked the line the little beagle used for his books though. The truth is that is was clear, hot, and humid without even a trace of a breeze. Facing into the morning sun, two Texans and a Yankee were fixin’ to take a little ride. Two-thousand seven-hundred and seventy-one miles to be precise, round trip from Bridgeport, Texas to Corunna, Indiana and then to Coshocton, Ohio and return. I had been considering this trip for over a half a year and finally decided it was now…

Harley-Davidson 2007 Motorcycles Honor Military Service

July 31, 2006
MILWAUKEE (August 11, 2006) – American military personnel and veterans know well the extraordinary sacrifice required to serve their country and protect freedom around the world. It is a level of dedication and commitment that cannot be taken for granted and is greatly respected by Harley-Davidson. Harley-Davidson will provide those who have served their country the chance to customize their motorcycle with details honoring their military service with the 2007 Patriot Special Edition program. These specially-decorated models will be sold only to active U.S. military service men and women, veterans and immediate family members of both those categories. “Harley-Davidson is…

Sturgis 2006 - Babes

July 30, 2006
Take a sneak peek at this year's collection of Sturgis 2006 babe photos, and make sure to check back often as we continue to add more pics every day! Photos by Mike Schweder and Stripe

Sturgis 2006 - Bikes

July 30, 2006
Take a sneak peek at this year's collection of Sturgis 2006 bike photos, and make sure to check back often as we continue to add more pics every day! Photos by Mike Schweder and Stripe

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