Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

2017 Bikes, Blues & BBQ Rally - Fayetteville, Arkansas

September 30, 2017
I hadn’t been to Fayetteville, Arkansas for the Bikers, Blues, & BBQ motorcycle rally (BBB) for several years, so when I found out our good friend Mark Kozak was planning to drive his motorhome down and pull a trailer with a few of his bikes in it, I decided we were way overdue for hitting this rally once again. Nichole and Stripe had never been to Fayetteville before, and JO was excited to go again. Our friend Cajun, his daughter Stephanie, and her boyfriend Rob were also planning to attend this year, so it had the makings for a very…

Sturgis 2017 - Racing

September 29, 2017
Motorcycle competition is at the heart of the annual Sturgis Rally.  The rally traces its origin to races put on by Clarence “Pappy Hoel” and the Jackpine Gypsies.  Motorcycle competition is still featured at Sturgis with many events sponsored by the Gypsies and others.  The Jackpine Gypsies’ events include motocross, hill climb, verticross, short track, dirt drags, and a bagger race and rodeo.  The City of Sturgis sponsors Pappy Hoel Speed Classic Races on the historic ½-mile track at the fairgrounds with assistance from the White Plate Flat Trackers Association.  The Spirit of Sturgis features antique and vintage bikes also…

Road Trippin' to Sturgis - 2017

August 30, 2017
Since we were unable to ride up with the group last year, I was really looking forward to this year’s road trip to the 77th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Oil change…check, everything packed…check (at least I think so), house sitter arranged…check, OK…time to get the hell out of Dodge…or rather Blue Springs!

Paint & Ink – The Body Art of Sturgis

August 30, 2017
The Black Hills Rally is a mecca for those freedom loving souls who use their own bodies as an art canvass. As you walk the streets of Sturgis during the rally, you see a number of colorful and intricate tattoos and paintings walking the streets with you. This year, I tried to record some of this art, both the finished product and the process of creating it. The creations run the gamete from a simple symbol or writing to epic masterpieces that cover the whole body.

Mark Buzbee Benefit Bike Show – Leeds, Alabama

August 30, 2017
It only took about six weeks, but on Friday, July 21, 2017, we finally managed to get the benefit bike show for Mark Buzbee won and done!

Sturgis 2017 - Stripe's Trip

August 29, 2017
For my annual Sturgis trip, as with nearly other trip, there are always last minute preparations, mainly stemming from procrastination.  On the Wednesday afternoon before the trip, I noticed that there the brakes on my Durango appeared to be overheating.  No problem—this could wait until after Sturgis.

Sturgis 2017 Bikes

August 27, 2017
Check out this year's photos of Sturgis bikes..  Watch for more pics to be added.

Sturgis 2017 Babes

August 27, 2017
Check out this year's photos of Sturgis babes..  Watch for more pics to be added.

Tattoo Contest-ABATE of Iowa Freedom Rally-Algona, Iowa

August 27, 2017
People who attend the annual ABATE of Iowa Freedom Rally at Algona always have plenty of entertaining activities to choose from.  In fact there are so many, it’s almost impossible to take them all in.  One that is certainly worth making a priority is the tattoo contest held each year in the food court area.  Picnic tables at the south end of the area become the stage on which all kinds of amazing tats are judged in various categories, 

Sturgis 2017 Bikers

August 26, 2017
Check out this year's photos of Sturgis bikers.  Watch for more pics to be added.

1st Annual Bobstock Motorcycle Rally – Coffey, Missouri

July 30, 2017
Last year a large group of bikers were devastated by the announcement that a local Missouri motorcycle rally they had all attended together for many years would be no more. Then Robert Carr and a large group of his friends decided to put together one themselves, and Bobstock was born. Their ideas, work, and dedication led up to the 1st Bobstock Rally, which was held July 13-16, 2017.

Mecum Motorcycle Auction – Las Vegas, Nevada

July 30, 2017
Mecum Motorcycle Auction held a Motorcycle Auction on June 2 & 3, 2017. The auction was held at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, where more than 600 motorcycles rolled across the auction block.

Bike Week Oklahoma 2017 - Sparks, Oklahoma

July 29, 2017
Every summer bikers come from all directions to get together at Sparks America Campground near the tiny town of Sparks for Oklahoma Bike Week. The dates for this year’s event were June 15 through 25. Bike Week always features live music on stage every night, bike shows and Woody’s auction of chainsaw artworks and furniture on both Saturdays, and lots of bike and people games. There are fun themes for most nights of the rally.

Bike Week Oklahoma Awards - Sparks America - Sparks, Oklahoma

July 29, 2017
Lots of awards are handed out every year at Oklahoma Bike Week  The lovely awards presenter was the reigning Miss Sparks America, Lana Morrison-Miller.  Our apologies to any winners we missed with so much activity going on.  Here is a list of the bike show awards for the second weekend.

Flat Track Motorcycle Racing at LakeSide Speedway – Kansas City, Kansas

July 10, 2017
Saturday, June 10, was a busy day for me. After participating in the annual Bikers With a Mission (BWAM) ride for the homeless that concluded at Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Grandview, Missouri, I headed for Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas, for the flat track races on the 4/10-mile dirt oval. I arrived in time to spend some time hanging around the pit area.

2017 Veterans Brotherhood Blessing of the Bikes - Irondale, Alabama

June 30, 2017
It was a beautiful day as we got up on Saturday morning April 22, 2017 to head over to the Veterans Brotherhood where they were hosting the “Bond Slaves” annual Blessing of the Bikes.

23rd Annual Fly Your Flags over Hoover Dam Run - Las Vegas, Nevada

June 30, 2017
The 23rd Annual Fly Your Flags over Hoover Dam Run was held on May 28, 2017. The staging/meet-up area was on the Arizona side of Hoover Dam. 2,500 bikes showed up for this historic run, and Vietnam Vets/Legacy Vets MC (VVLVMC) President Arrow was very pleased with the turnout of so many patriotic Americans!

Bikers Against Child Abuse Fundraiser – Eureka Springs, Arkansas

June 30, 2017
On Memorial weekend, May 27-28, 2017, the 4-States Event Center in Eureka Springs, Arkansas hosted a fundraising weekend to raise money for Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.).

15th Annual Ride for Ryan - St. Joseph, Missouri

June 17, 2017
On August 11, 2002, tragedy struck when 24-year-old Ryan Consolver lost his life in a motorcycle accident in Kansas City. As Ryan’s birthday approached the following June, his family wanted to do something special in Ryan’s memory. They came up with the idea of a charity ride. Since Ryan loved motorcycles, and parties, it seemed a perfect way to honor him. Since Ryan had chosen to pursue a career in the construction business, money raised by the ride would be used to provide scholarships for young people to further their education in the fields of construction and engineering.

28th Annual Bikers with a Mission (BWAM) Ride - Kansas City, Missouri

June 16, 2017
The 28th Annual Bikers with a Mission (BWAM) Ride began at City Union Mission on the morning of Saturday, June 10. High temperature and strong wind were the prominent weather features for the day. More than 230 riders, passengers, and motorcycle enthusiasts participated in the fundraiser for City Union Mission to help with programs and services assisting the area’s homeless and working poor. Proceeds help the Mission’s clients with needs over and above those the organization typically budgets for, including utility assistance, eyeglasses, dental care, bus tokens and baby formula.
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