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Cover Bike & Cover Model Search at Brass Rail - Kansas City, Missouri

Written by  August 1, 2012

The Brass Rail in Kansas City, Missouri was the location for our third cover bike & cover model search of the year, which took place on Sunday, July 15, 2012, which coincided with their weekly Sunday Biker Brunch.

Danny, Stripe, Randall, Nichole and I arrived early to setup our booth and to block off a section of the parking lot for our cover bike search, and Sammi, our July 2012 cover model also showed up to sign covers and help recruit cover bike and cover model search participants. Before long, Lonnie and Donna arrived, straight from a motorcycle rally (what troopers!), and Lonnie immediately started helping line up cover bike participants and taking photos. Donna was also busy helping recruit cover model participants and taking care of all the paperwork. My good friends Steve and Dennis also showed up to help man the sound system and crank out some great music.

As soon as we had everything set up, bikes started rolling in, and throughout the afternoon, several beautiful ladies registered for our cover model search. Randall “Sea Hawk” Hauk, our videographer, was also there shooting video for our Cover Bike & Cover Model Search video.

Although it was hotter than hell, many hardcore riders began filling the parking lot and taking advantage of the umbrella covered picnic tables that bar manager Kimberly had graciously setup in front of the bar. By the time we cut off our cover bike and cover model search registration around 6 p.m., we had several awesome bikes and 7 gorgeous ladies signed up to compete for our cover model search. Although two of the girls had to leave early, the remaining five girls did a great job entertaining the crowd.

As soon as the bike search registration was closed, the judges began the difficult task of narrowing down the bike entries to their top three choices. Around 6:30 p.m. I used our PA system to introduce the cover model search contestants to an overly excited crowd. As I introduced each contestant, they made their runway walk across the parking lot and back in front of the cover bike entries. The girls also posed for a while so everyone good get some good photos, and so the judges could compare notes to make their top three selections. The judges handed me their votes for the top cover bike and cover model search entries, and it was time to calculate their votes and announce the winners.

For this event, we decided to announce the cover model search winners first, to a cheering and excited crowd. Michelle, from Kansas City, Missouri took first place, and Ashley from Blue Springs, Missouri and Heather from Liberty, Missouri were the two runners-up.

Once the cheering for the girls calmed down, it was time to announce the winners of our cover bike search. The winner of the day was Timothy Bivens’ 2005 Big bear Venom, and the two cover bike search finalists were Jeff Knights’ 2012 Yamaha Raider SCL and Richard Bulman’s 2002 Custom Hardtail Chopper. We’ll be shooting Michelle on Timothy’s bike for our October 2012 cover.

We had the cover bike winners stand next to their bikes for photos, and then had them move their motorcycles into the shade next to the bar so we could take photos of the them on their bikes. We also shot our three cover model search winners on the three winning bikes, which drew quite a crowd. Although we didn’t have quite the turnout we had hoped for, due to the intense heat, the temperature was no match for all the hot girls and cool bikes who participated that day.

We had a great time, and I want to thank Kimberly, Shane, and the entire crew at the Brass Rail for hosting another great cover bike and cover model search. I’d also like to thank all the bikers who attended the event, as well as the cover bike & cover model search participants who joined in the fun.

By Mike Schweder

Photos by Doc Lonnie Blum.

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