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St. Joe Harley-Davidson WLW Wrestle Mania Party

September 30, 2006
St. Joe Harley-Davidson surely does know how to throw a party! Wow! On Saturday, July 22, the McCreary family threw a WLW Wrestle Mania Party at their dealership to show appreciation for their customers. The party featured several attractions including an appearance by Handsome Harley Race, the King of the Ring, who was there with several other members of the World League Wrestling, who performed for the crowd. Harley Race, now retired, was the big attraction for several wrestling fans. I for one remember watching him many a night on Big 2 Wrestling. There were a couple of really cute…

A Fall Ride to Hot Springs, Arkansas

September 30, 2006
With the official start of autumn just days away and the temperatures changing from unbearably hot to hot apple cider crisp, the leaves soon will be turning brilliant colors. The nation’s rich forests soon will be alive with leaves dancing across the countryside in shades of red, yellow, orange, and a mixture of all three. And as the leaves begin to change their colors, many folks make plans to spend a few days in parts of the country where the colors are most spectacular—New England, Virginia, maybe in Colorado where the magnificent yellow leaves of the aspen trees leap out…

Motorcycles Visit Camp Quality

August 31, 2006
For as long as I can remember, one of the annual rides of the Greater Kansas City Chapter of Harley Owners Group has been a visit to Camp Quality in early August. The camp, located at Lake Doniphan east of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, is a week-long camp for kids who currently have or have recovered from cancer. The group always takes doo rags to give to the campers and on some visits donated Harley T-shirts have been presented as well. The kids have opportunity to sit on the bikes and have photos taken. This year’s ride was on Tuesday, August…

Reece Good Benefit Auction & BBQ

August 31, 2006
Custom bike builders from California to Sturgis to Daytona and to New York know the name of Reece Good. They also know his bikes. They’ve competed against him, and sometimes have lost to him. Good, 36, from Gardner, Kansas, a small but up-and-coming suburb of Kansas City, builds custom choppers with best of 'em. That’s where his Ultra Craft Customs (UCC) business is located and where he built his orange shovelhead that has competed in two Sturgis bike shows, taking first place in the Broken Spoke Saloon competition. He also earned first place in the American Iron Magazine bike show.…

3rd Annual Kodiak Run - Kansas City

August 31, 2006
One hundred participants with 70 riders joined together for a 100+ mile ride through the Kansas countryside on a very hot Saturday. The purpose—to raise money and awareness for the crippling birth defect spina bifida. When I arrived at Jason’s Deli on Metcalf, both Brian Stevens and Thad Schneider, co-sponsors of the ride, immediately welcomed me. The Candy Man Rock and Roll Oldies Show were set up playing tunes and making announcements as the riders registered. There were some fine automobiles for your looking pleasure also participating. Demonstrations were also available from Dry Wash. There was a photographer that takes…

Harley-Davidson Employee Riders Association Ride to Camp Courage

August 31, 2006
Tator is a good guy! Tate Plachecki is an electrical engineer at the Harley-Davidson Assembly Plant of Kansas City and a member of the Employee Rider’s Association (ERA). Three years ago, he initiated a partnership between the ERA and a group whose focus is to assist developmentally challenged adults. This group hosts their annual “Camp Courage,” a four-day summer camp for older teens (18+) and adults with developmental disabilities. The ERA’s partnership with this event is directly the result of Tate presenting it to the group and to plant management, both of which welcomed their involvement. In the three years…

14th Annual Little Sturgis Rally - Sturgis, Kentucky

August 31, 2006
The 14th Annual Little Sturgis Rally and Races for Charity was held in Sturgis, Kentucky, at the Union County Fairgrounds, from July 13 through 16. This was my first time to attend the Little Sturgis Rally. Since this was a mid-month event, I managed to convince Cycle Connections Editor-in-Chief Mike Schweder to ride along. We were joined by our good friend and frequent riding buddy John 'J.O.' Osowski.We decided to take a scenic back roads route to Sturgis, and Mike was elected to lead the way, since he had the benefit of previous rides in that general direction. According to…

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…