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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

Chelsey from Kansas City, Missouri is our June 2014 cover model. Many of you may recognize Chelsey from her December 2010 cover, and while working the Cycle Connections booth at World of Wheels, where she’s always busy visiting with our readers and posing for photos. Chelsey is a special needs nanny and a promotional model. Her ambitions is to become an ABA speech therapist and work with special needs children. In regards to hobbies, Chelsey told us she loves reading, riding motorcycles and dirt bikes, fishing, camping, and pretty much anything outside. Turnons include someone who is confident, smart, and lovves to have a good time. On the other hand, people who are rude are a big turn-off. Chelsey describes her personality as- laid back, easy-going, and fun. She has been told that her best attribute are her eyes. When asked what was the smartest thing she's ever done, Chelsey said "Becomeing a nanny, because it lead me to the career path I've chosen.

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

The Victory Gunner is a welcome addition to the 2015 Victory line of motorcycles. The unique throwback bobber design is enhanced by Suede Titanium Metallic and Black paint and a matching two-tone fuel tank. The 106 ci/6 V-Twin motor delivers 110 ft-lb of torque, for instant throttle response, and the 6-speed transmission features a 6th gear “true” overdrive for smooth shifting at the proper RPMs.

Custom Paint That Rocks!

CC Custom Graphics has been painting rolling works of art full time since 2003. We define our success by achieving the highest level of customer satisfaction possible. Our level of custom finish/re-finish experience and overall coating technology expertise insures you're receiving the best finish or re-finish for your hard-earned dollars.

Our April 2014 cover model is Jill Star from Kansas City, Missouri, and we shot Jill on Rick Worth's 2014 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special for this month's cover. Jill is an Advertising Assistant (Internet) at United Country, and is also a Motor-Clothes Associate and Worth Girl at Worth Harley-Davidson. Her ambitions include performing (singing & dancing), and she told us she was really focused and into yoga right now, and learning as much as she can at whatever she's doing.

Editor’s Note: I’ve known Radar for years, and the first time I met him was at Worth Harley-Davidson North. He was such a friendly, funny, knowledgeable, and down-to-earth guy, I was taken aback by his persona. I can’t remember the exact date I first met him, but it just seems like Radar has always been around.

This year’s vintage motorcycle show took place on Super Bowl Sunday, February 2, 2014 at Building 21 of the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Lawrence, Kansas. I’ve come to the conclusion that for some reason, the Santa Fe Trail Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America really likes holding their bike shows on Superbowl Sunday.

January 1, 2014

Bruce Stimpson

I'm sure many of you have already heard the sad news; however, for those of you who have not, it is with a very heavy heart that I tell you about my very dear friend and fellow Cycle Connections team member Bruce Stimpson, who suffered a major hemorrhagic stroke on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, from which he did not recover.

As I write this, I still can’t believe it’s real, and can’t image a world without Bruce in it. Along with being a great friend to many, and a wonderful husband and father; many of you know him best as the talented photographer, who for the past several years, has shot all the Cycle Connections covers that you see every month in our online magazine. Bruce could also be found helping out at the Cover Bike & Cover Model Search events we've held all over town.

Along with being a great photographer, Bruce was also a very talented writer. I still remember the first article Bruce sent me, which we published in our June 2005 issue entitled Touring America's Southwest - A Biker's Diary, and another fascinating story we published in our October 2005 issue entitled Katrina and the 29’ Waves - Giving a New Meaning to the Phrase “Bike RUN!”, in which him and his good friend/riding buddy Jon Watkins were in New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina was headed their way, and how they barely escaped along the coast on their bikes just before the storm hit.

Over the past couple years, my wife Nichole and I have been blessed to be able to spend time with Bruce and his wife Christy. I remember Halloween 2012, when we all dressed up and went out partying. Bruce dressed up as The Dude, from The Big Lebowski, and I swear he looked and acted exactly like this hilarious character played in the movie by Jeff Bridges. What’s even more ironic is that as I lay in bed tossing and turning the night I found out about Bruce’s stroke, I started flipping through the channels on the TV, and guess what was on. Yep, you guessed it; The Big Leboswki! It brought tears to my eyes and a smile to my face. I also remember the fun we had when Bruce and Christy came to our Cinco de Mayo Party this year, hanging out with them and their BBQ team in Lee’s Summit, and the wonderful weekend we spent with them this summer at the lake. I still can’t believe he talked me into doing a minnow shot at Big Dick's Halfway Inn, but Bruce had this way of making sure everyone had fun.

A party to celebrate Bruce’s life was held on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at the VFW in downtown Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Partway through the festive event, a wonderful slideshow was played featuring several great photos of Bruce and his family and friends. The slideshow was accompanied by a soundtrack of some of Bruce’s favorite songs, and following the slideshow, several people got up and told many great stories about Bruce, which made everyone laugh and cry. Bruce’s BBQ team Open Roadkill BBQ provided the BBQ for the event, and there was an open bar where you could enjoy one Bruce’s favorite Captain Morgan and Diet Dr. Pepper.

I could go on and on, but I’d better stop for now. Because of Bruce, there are so many wonderful memories, stories, jokes, and of course his wonderful photos we will cherish forever.

The entire Cycle Connections team greatly misses Bruce, and our thoughts and prayers go out to Christy, Amanda, Keri, and all of their wonderful family and friends.

Bruce - Love ya Dude, and cheers to you being one of a kind! Until we meet again.

By Mike Schweder

If you’re looking for a motorcycle with a sidecar that won't break the bank, this 2012 Ural Tourist fits the bill! Equipped with all the features you need in order to ride further and more comfortably, you can have this bike today for only *$9,999, but you’d better head to Reno’s Powersports KC today, because every Cycle Connections staff member that was drooling over it at our photo shoot also wants to buy this one!

Equipped with leading link forks, electric and kick start, electronic ignition and a 2.9 cubic ft. trunk, this bike is an affordable way to enter the wonderful world of sidecar motorcycling! Whether it’s a family picnic, a trip to the store, or cruising to your favorite bike night with your doggie riding shotgun, you’ll be amazed at the versatility of this classic-looking sidecar motorcycle.

And if you want to travel around the world or just across the country, these babies also come in 2WD so the mud and snow won’t slow you down. Make sure to check out all the Ural models, and they come in a variety of classic colors including army green, camouflage, and about any other color you could possibly want!

We’re also planning to take one of these babies for a test ride next month, so make sure to check out the Bike Review section of our July 2013 issue for more info!

Owner: Reno’s Powersports KC

City: Kansas City, Missouri

Dimensions (LxWxH): 101.6” (8’ 5½”) x 66.9” (5’ 6¾”) x 43.3” (3’ 7¼”)

Seat Height: 32”

Road Clearance: 5.9”

Dry Weight: 705 lbs

Recommended Max Cruising Speed: 65 mph

Engine: OHV Air-cooled, 4 stroke, opposed twin cylinder

Bore & Stroke: 78×78 mm

Compression Ratio: 8.6:1

Displacement: 749 cc

Rated HP @ 5600 RPM: 40hp

Rated Torque @ 4600 RPM: 38ft-lbs

Fuel System: Carbureted, dual Keihin L22AA, 32mm

Clutch: Dry, dual disk

Alternator Max Output: 55amp, 770 watts

Starting: Electric & Kick starter

Transmission: 4 speed with reverse

Final Drive: Shaft drive

Recommended Fuel: 91 Octane Unleaded

Tank Capacity: 5.0 gallons

Front Brakes: Brembo with full floating disk

Rear Brakes: Mechanical drum

Sidecar Brakes: Mechanical drum

Ignition System: Full electronic C.D.I.

Front Suspension: Leading link w/Sachs hydraulic shock absorbers

Rear Suspension: Sachs hydraulic shock absorbers

Wheel Size(front, rear, and sidecar): 19”

Wheel Type: Painted steel, steel spokes, cast alum. hubs

Miles per Gallon: 26-33 mpg

Trunk Volume: 2.9 cubic ft.

Color: Flat Black, Olive Drab

Warranty: 2 years parts and labor, unlimited mileage

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, delivery, and dealer-installed options. Dealer prices may vary.

Special thanks to Steve Okenfuss with Reno’s Powersports KC for delivering and picking up this bike at our studio, and for allowing us to shoot their Ural for our June 2013 cover.

Photos by Bruce Stimpson with Stimpson Photography.

Our December 2013 cover bike is owned by Toney “Peanut Butter Swirl” Hollinger III, and his 2011 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra took first place at our Cover Bike Search on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at Blue Springs Harley-Davidson in Blue Springs, Missouri. We had a great time shooting Cover Model Search winner Ty on Toney’s bike for this month’s cover.

CC: Toney, what is your occupation?
Toney: I’m a carpenter.

CC:What are your hobbies?
Toney: Cars and artistry.

CC:Why do you ride?
Toney: I love the freedom.

CC:How long have you been riding?
Toney: Since I was 10 years old.

CC:What was your first bike?
Toney: It was a Honda CB360T, and I was so proud of it too.

CC:How many bikes have you owned?
Toney: I’ve owned 11 bikes.

CC:How many bikes do you currently own?
Toney: I currently have two bikes. Christine, a 1983 Honda CB100 F Super Sport, and a 1996 Yamaha Banshee 350 Twin ATV with large chrome wheels.

CC: What do you like most about your Road Glide?
Toney: It’s mine, and everybody likes it!

CC: What is your dream bike?
Toney: I have it!

CC: What is your most memorable riding experience?
Toney: There have been so many, but it would probably be having my sister Annette ride with me.

CC: What is your least memorable riding experience?
Toney: Thankfully, I don’t really have one.

CC: Which motorcycle rallies & events have you attended, and which is your favorite?
Toney: Lots, but my favorite is the National Bike Roundup, where people get to see my bike and my work.

CC: Do you have a favorite bike night location?
Toney: Yes. The Kawboys MC at 59th and Prospect in Kansas City, Missouri.

CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself?
Toney: Groups are cool, but I like riding solo.

CC: Who are some of your closest riding buddies?
Toney: Rainbow, Creeper, and Mike Boles.

CC: Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Toney: Live to ride, ride to live, and be safe!

CC: Thanks for the interview Toney, and thanks for letting us shoot your bike for our December cover.