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14th Annual Little Sturgis Rally - Field Event Winners

August 31, 2006
There were two afternoons of field events during the Little Sturgis Rally. They were held in a large air-conditioned rodeo arena resulting in large numbers of competitors and spectators both Friday and Saturday. The individuals and couples pictured here distinguished themselves by placing in or winning events. The events were very entertaining to watch and helped make up for the cancellation of the dirt drags due to mud in the wake of Friday's storms. Doc, Kermit and crew did a good job of keeping the competition fair and well-organized. Those who did the announcing helped keep the audience involved and…

Sturgis 2006 - Sturgis Goes Postal

August 31, 2006
In case you haven’t heard, four new motorcycle stamps are now available from the Postal Service. The motorcycles pictured on the stamps are a 1918 Cleveland, a 1940 Indian four, a 1965 Harley-Davidson Electra-Glide, and a 1970’s Harley hardtail chopper. You may be thinking that’s nice and wondering what it has to do with Sturgis. Well, Sturgis, South Dakota, was selected, logically, as the place to hold the inaugural ceremony for the new commemorative stamps. I learned of the ceremony when I stopped by the Sturgis Media Center on Monday to pick up my media packet. The event was held…

Sturgis 2006 - Jackpine Gypsies Short Track and Hill Climb

August 31, 2006
For those who enjoy watching motorcycle competition in various forms, Sturgis Rally Week offers a wide variety from bike rodeos to drag racing. This year, I found time to check out the short track races on Wednesday evening and the hill climb on Friday. Both events were hosted by the Jackpine Gypsies at their club grounds on the southwest edge of Sturgis. From a historical standpoint, it’s important to remember that motorcycle racing was the nucleus around which the Sturgis Rally grew. There was plenty of action on the Jackpine Gypsies schedule this year with hill climbs on Monday, Wednesday,…

Sturgis 2006 - Beer Can Art by Jody Wyse

August 31, 2006
Each year there are many things I eagerly anticipate as the time for the Sturgis Rally approaches. One is the opportunity to visit Sturgis artist Jody Wyse and see his latest design for the labels on cans of Sturgis Beer. I met Jody in 2004 at the Kansas City Easyriders Bike Show where he was selling his artwork along with products from the Broken Spoke Saloon, an establishment he managed prior to retiring to focus on his artwork. The Sturgis Beer label is the property of Jody’s friend Rick Smith who also owns the Sidehack Saloon in Sturgis. The beer…

Road Trippin' to Sturgis – 2006

August 31, 2006
This year’s trip was filled with everything you could possibly pack into one motorcycle ride. From blistering heat to pouring rain, from an emotional stop at Boot Hill to an awe inspiring ride through the Black Hills that one can only experience from the vantage point of a motorcycle. Toss in a Hell’s Angels and Outlaws shootout and a beautiful sunrise in the mountains for good measure and you’ve got the ingredients for the 66th Annual Black Hills Motorcycle Rally—better known as Sturgis! For those who have had a chance to read last year’s Road Trippin’ to Sturgis – 2005…

Khrome Cowgirls Studs & Suds Poker Run

August 31, 2006
If you didn’t make it to the Cowgirls Studs & Suds Poker Run on Saturday, August 5, you missed out on one hell of a time! Who are the Khrome Cowgirls, you ask? We are an all-women’s motorcycle riding group that is part of the National Organization of Women In The Wind. We are the local chapter based in the Kansas City area. We are 80+ members strong, and we ride all makes and models of motorcycles—sisters who all share the common bond of riding our scoots! We love having the wind in our faces as well as throwing a…

Swap Meet at Bessie’s Cycle Barn - Irondale, Alabama

August 31, 2006
Bessie’s Cycle Barn in Irondale was host to the mid-summer Motorcycle Swap Meet where every shop, every club, and every body were invited to come set up to sell, trade or buy parts and accessories for any type bike. I have to share a quick funny story Jeff and Sherri at Bessie’s had signs made for the Swap Meet, one of which they had put up just inside the shop on an easel a couple of weeks before the event. A woman approached Sherri and told her how cool she thought that was, referring to the sign. Then she said,…

Canada, With Glowing Hearts

August 31, 2006
“I have poured blood and treasure into the sport of motorcycling all of my life for moments and places like this.”I remember during the beginning of a family vacation when I was a kid. As we pulled up to the highway my Mom said, “Tails we go east, heads we go west.” The result was a trip through most of the western United States, a trip filled with wonders and vistas that echo to this day. That trip, however, will always be punctuated by its impulsive beginning. Following the wind, a wandering bird or the toss of a coin always…

Touring the Black Hills - Before the Sturgis Rally

August 31, 2006
After a 10-day trip to the Black Hills, we are safely back. I am not an “annual Sturgis fan” and we were not there for the 66th annual rally. I think every biker should go to the rally at least once. This was our third trip and my idea of traveling is to go to as many new places and rallies as we can. Going back to the same place every year does not appeal to me (okay, okay quit yelling at me, I know a lot of you do go every year and that’s great) because there are too…

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…