Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

3rd Annual Camp Valor Outdoors Patriot Ride – Holden, Missouri

May 31, 2017
84 bikers came out in support of veterans on a beautiful sunny morning on May 13, 2017. The riders started from either the Independence, Missouri American Legion Hall or from Yeager Cycle in Sedalia, Missouri and met in the middle for a celebration honoring veterans in the parking lot of the Holden Community Activity Center in Holden, Missouri.

19th Annual Spring Thunder Beach Rally - Panama City Beach, Florida

May 31, 2017
Panama City Beach Florida rolled out the “sand” carpet for the bikers from May 3-7, 2017. This being the spring rally, most people expect this one to be a little on the HOT side; some even opting to wait until October for the fall rally when it cools down. Apparently, Mother Nature didn’t get the memo this year!

Biker Sunday at Heart of God Fellowship - Buckner, Missouri

May 29, 2017
Each spring since 1999 the congregation at Heart of God Fellowship in Buckner, Missouri, has welcomed members of the motorcycle community to a special worship service. April 23 was the date for this year’s Biker Sunday. Parking in the large lot on the south side of the church was reserved for motorcycle’s only. A huge tent provided ample room for the hundreds in attendance.

4th Annual Radar's Run - Kansas City, Missouri

May 20, 2017
The 4th Annual Radar's Run took place on Sunday May 7, 2017. The memorial ride and poker run is held in loving memory of our friend C. Brent "Radar" Estep who passed too soon in 2014 at the age of 45, as well as many other friends we have lost, with all proceeds donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Radar was loved and respected by many during his years as a motorcycle parts guru in Kansas City.

Monkeying Around in Peru

April 30, 2017
What could be more challenging than taking a bunch of brave/slightly unhinged men and women, blindfolding them, leading them into the Sahara desert in Morocco and telling them they have to get to a destination on the Atlantic Coast, 1000km away, six days later on tiny motorbikes more suitable for children than adults? How about taking them and their bikes to Peru?

57th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels - Kansas City, Missouri

April 22, 2017
During the weekend of February 10 through 12, Bartle Hall in Kansas City was the venue for the 57th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels. The show is part of the Championship Auto Shows series held in various U.S. cities and Canada. Every year, World of Wheels packs Bartle Hall with sports cars, classic cars, street rods, race cars, rat rods, motorcycles, and vendor booths. I got my $16 discount ticket at O’Reilly Auto Parts and headed for downtown Kansas City on Sunday, February 12.

Mark Buzbee “Kidneys Matter Ride” – Pinson, Alabama

March 31, 2017
It was overcast, with a little nip in the air on Sunday morning, March 5, 2017 as around 175 bikes rolled into the parking lot at Hardee’s in Pinson, Alabama. Actually, it was in the parking lot next to Hardee’s, as Hardee’s would not have been able to hold all of us.

8th Annual Santa Fe Trail Mid-Winter Bike Show - Lawrence, Kansas

March 25, 2017
Bright and early on Super Bowl Sunday, February 5, I was on the road to Lawrence, Kansas, with my buddies B.C. and Cycle Connections editor Mike. We were excited to attend the annual mid-winter bike show sponsored by the Santa Fe Trail Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America. The theme for the 8th annual show was “Flatheads Rule.”

Xtreme International Ice Racing - Independence, Missouri

February 25, 2017
  I had Friday, February 10, circled on my calendar for months in anticipation of the return of Xtreme International Ice Racing to Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence, Missouri. It had been five years since motorcycles took to the ice on the hockey rink normally occupied by the Missouri Mavericks of the East Coast Hockey League. I had been in touch with the arena’s event manager, Dillan Esco, and with XIIR owner and promoter Anthony “The British Bulldog” Barlow to make arrangements for Cycle Connections Editor in Chief Mike Schweder and I to cover the event. Both men were…

13th Annual Christian Biker Workshop - Kansas City, Missouri

January 28, 2017
On Saturday, January 7, bikers gathered in the Langmade Room at Calvary University for the 13th Annual Christian Biker Workshop sponsored by Cycle Disciples M/C. Coffee and donuts were provided by the host club. There were 39 in attendance including members of several groups like Christian Motorcyclists Association and Heart of God Fellowship.

Leon Rook Memorial Christmas Adopt-a-Family Project-Greater KC HOG - Blue Springs, Missouri

January 22, 2017
Several weeks before the Christmas season, Jim Orr brought an idea to the officers of the Greater Kansas City Chapter, Harley Owners Group. The suggestion was to raise money to help make Christmas, 2016, special for one or more families in need and to do this in memory of Leon Rook, a beloved chapter member we lost on May 22, 2011. Chapter director Chad Schmidt, Leon’s grandson, was very appreciative of the idea, and all of the officers enthusiastically approved. Joining Chad and Jim on the planning committee were Amy Both, Diana Bray, Tammy Edgmon, and Ted Resch.

5th Annual Toys for Tots Ride - American Legion Riders - LeRoy Hill Chapter #19 - Gardner, Kansas

December 17, 2016
On Sunday, November 6, it was a chilly 40-mile ride from my home in Lee’s Summit to American Legion LeRoy Hill Post #19 in Gardner, Kansas where registration for the Toys for Tots Ride began at 10:00 a.m. The ride fee was $10 and a new unwrapped $10 toy. By the time the ride began at 11:00 a.m. the turnout had exceeded expectations with more than 50 people participating in the all-Kansas ride. Many were members of Chapter 19 or other area chapters.

16th Annual Fall Thunder Beach Rally - Panama City Beach, Florida

November 29, 2016
The Thunder Beach Rallies have taken on a different “vibe” since the shakeup of the venue locations that used to run up and down Front Beach Road. Some of the older business’s that had been venue locations for years are no longer venues, and a few new ones have been added.

12th Annual Barber Vintage Festival - Birmingham, Alabama

November 29, 2016
The “Old” Guys made their way to the Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama on October 12, 2016 for the start of the Barber Vintage Festival, presented by Triumph.

Inaugural TNT Poker Run - Las Vegas, Nevada

November 29, 2016
The inaugural TNT Poker run was held on October 29, 2016, and Red Rock Harley-Davidson graciously opened their doors early for biker registration. 40 riders participated in the run, which raised funds and awareness for the new Veterans Transition Resource Center in Las Vegas.

12th Annual Las Vegas Marine Riders Toys for Tots Poker Run

November 29, 2016
The 12th Annual Las Vegas Marine Riders Toys for Tots Poker Run was held on November 5, 2016. The Las Vegas Marine Riders were looking to break the 2015 Toys for Tots donation total of $21,000. Did they do it? Read on to find out!

2016 Sparks Halloween Awards - Sparks, Oklahoma

November 27, 2016
With so much going on, it’s likely that I didn’t get a photograph of every award winner. Apologies to any who were missed. The bike show award list was prepared from a photograph of the list that was used to announce the winners. It’s a bit sketchy but is the best we have.  Click here to view the Sparks Halloween Bash article.

2016 Sparks Halloween Costumes - Sparks, Oklahoma

November 27, 2016
The annual Sparks Halloween Bash at Sparks America, Oklahoma, always brings out lots of great costumes.  Here is a sample.  Click here to view the Sparks Halloween Bash article.

2016 Sparks Halloween Bash - Sparks, Oklahoma

November 24, 2016
Every year around Halloween time, Sparks America Campground plays host to a huge Halloween Biker Bash. This year’s event happened on the weekend of October 20 through 23. It was cold and wet as I left the Kansas City area behind and headed for Sparks, Oklahoma, where the weather was, thankfully, warmer and dry. When I arrived, I learned that in addition to all of the usual biker events there would also be a wedding. Friday evening, Jessie and James would be married on the Sparks America stage. Jessie is the daughter of Willy and Bambi who are well known…

7th Annual Joshua Berry Ride for the Burkett Center – Trussville, Alabama

October 31, 2016
On Sunday, September 24, 2016, around 60 bikers gathered in the parking lot at Rider’s Harley-Davidson in Trussville to register for this years ride to the Burkett Center. This is an annual fundraiser benefiting the Burkett Center, sponsored and coordinated by the CMA Pinson Chapter: C.H.R.O.M.E Cross Cruisers, and the Burkett Center PTA.
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