Motorcycling News
Mike Schweder

Mike Schweder

Editor-in-Chief - Kansas City, MO

Mike is the original founder of Cycle Connections Online Motorcycle Magazine and an avid motorcycle enthusiast. He has been riding for over 40 years, belongs to several local and national motorcycle organizations and travels to numerous rallies and events throughout the US each year. Mike has been a writer and editor for many years and has a passion for sharing his motorcycling experiences and stories with you. Contact Mike at mikes@cycleconnections.com

The anticipation of our annual road trip to Sturgis is almost too much to handle. This is our favorite ride of the year, and the only opportunity we have to meet up with some of our good friends and riding buddies from around the country.

We woke up early on Saturday, August 2, and made our way over to Danny and Amanda’s house, where Nichole hopped in our support vehicle with Amanda, before heading north on I-29 out of Kansas City to meet up with the rest of our group at the rest stop on I-29 between Platte City and St. Joseph, Missouri. We arrived a bit early, and before long, everyone started rolling in. We took off ahead of the group so we could drop off our doggie with my mom in my hometown of Wathena, Kansas, and to hook up with my cousin Mark, who met us at a convenience store in town. Before long, we could see several headlights, and hear the roar of several Harleys as the rest of our group pulled into town.

On Friday, August 15 and Saturday, August 16, Indian Motorcycle Kansas City celebrated their Grand Opening, and also provided Indian motorcycle enthusiast and tire kickers alike, the opportunity to take demo rides on the new fleet of Indian motorcycles so they could feel the power of the 111 cubic inch Thunder Stroke V-Twin (1819 cc).

Blue Springs Harley-Davidson was the location for our second cover bike & cover model search of the riding season, which took place on Thursday, August 14, 2014, and coincided with their monthly bike night.

Our September 2014 cover model is Alicia from Kearney, Missouri. She is a bartender at the Redfront Bar, and her hobbies include boats, bikes, beer, and beaches. Turn-ons are boys with toys! On the flip-side, Alicia said baby talk by anyone, EVER, is a big turnoff for her. She also admitted that she’s a sucker for a road trip. Alicia told us the smartest thing she’s ever done is getting divorced. She also told us the most stupid thing she’s ever done was getting married in the first place. She describes her personality fun! Alicia has been told that her best attribute is her smartass attitude.

Our September 2014 cover bike is owned by Dick Carlson from Kansas City, Missouri. We had the opportunity to gather more information about Dick and his 2014 Indian Chief Classic, and we were also able to gather information from this month’s cover model Alicia.

Our September 2014 cover bike is owned by Dick Carlson from Kansas City, Missouri. Dick purchased his bike at Indian Motorcycle Kansas City, and this motorcycle is the perfect example of when old school styling meets modern-day technology. Like most motorcycle enthusiasts (at least those who have been around long enough to appreciate its heritage), I have a deep respect for the Indian motorcycle brand, which dates back to 1901, before Harley-Davidson, before Orville and Wilber took to the sky, and before Henry Ford put America behind the wheel. And to make things even better, this month’s cover model Alicia did an awesome job showcasing the fine lines of this 2014 Indian Chief Classic.

August 19, 2014

Alter Ego South

Alter Ego Cycle started out with a 18 year old with a dream of having a motorcycle shop. So in 1973 he bought a box of motorcycle parts and rented a 800 sq. ft. building in Smithville, Missouri. In only 2 years the store had outgrown its space.

August 19, 2014

Alter Ego North

Alter Ego Cycle started out with a 18 year old with a dream of having a motorcycle shop. So in 1973 he bought a box of motorcycle parts and rented a 800 sq. ft. building in Smithville, Missouri. In only 2 years the store had outgrown its space.

SLINGER, WIS. (July 28, 2014) - The last known Harley-Davidson Forecar in existence, affectionately named "Walter," is on tour making impromptu appearances in his birthplace of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  This very rare 1913 motorcycle has been delighting motorcycle enthusiasts with its arrivals at motorcycle events and generating the question from fans of "Where's Walter?" and "where will he turn up next?"

For this month's issue, we invite you to take a look behind the Scenes at our August 2014 Cover Shoot video, which follows cover model Amber through her photo shoot and interview.      

Photos by Lonnie Blum

Video by Randall “Sea Hawk” Hauk with Sea Hawk Media Productions