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Demo Rides at Blue Springs Harley-Davidson

Written by  July 1, 2013

Visitors to Blue Springs Harley-Davidson during the dealership’s 15th Anniversary Celebration had the opportunity to take demonstration rides on brand new motorcycles. There was a large selection of Harleys from which to choose. The route covered more than 20 miles north and east of the dealership and offered riders the chance to experience the bikes at highway speed. The curvy roads allowed participants to evaluate the handling characteristics of the various models. Demos were conducted on both Friday and Saturday.

Requirements for the ride were: age over 18, current motorcycle license, eye protection, long pants, closed toed shoes with heel strap, and a helmet meeting D.O.T. standards. Loaner helmets of all sizes were available. Following a safety briefing, each rider straddled his or her bike of choice while escort riders wearing highly-visible fluorescent orange or green vests climbed aboard the remaining bikes. Experienced road captains from the Greater Kansas City Chapter of Harley Owners Group took turns leading the group rides. The standard staggered formation for group riding was strictly adhered to in the interest of safety. During the pre-ride briefing, it was pointed out that anyone who became uneasy about the ride for any reason could stop, and arrangements would be made to transport the rider and bike back to the dealership. I noted that a young man who was a new rider and had recently completed a rider safety course and a lady who mentioned that she was not comfortable riding in a large group were each given individual rides accompanied by only one escort rider. I was in a Softail mood and tried out the new Breakout, the Fat Boy Lo, and the Softail Slim.

There were several other bikers who took multiple rides. One lady told me that she was nearly ready to trade her Sportster for a big twin, possibly a Heritage or Softail Slim. The demo rides gave her the perfect opportunity to evaluate each bike before making her selection. During both the Friday and Saturday rides, the H.O.G. volunteers did a great job with their registration, traffic directing, and escort responsibilities. Scott, the Harley-Davidson truck driver who delivered the demo bikes mentioned that he was very impressed with the group.

List of motorcycles available for demo:


Night Rod Special


Anniversary Heritage Softail Classic

Fat Boy Lo

Softail Slim




883L Superlow

1200 Custom

1200V Seventy-Two


Street Bob

Fat Bob

Wide Glide



Road King


Street Glide

Electra Glide Ultra Limited

Road Glide Custom


Tri Glide Ultra Classic


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Dave Baxter, a.k.a. Stripe joined our staff in December, 2003, as a photojournalist. If that road name sounds familiar, you may have seen his photos on the pages of such publications as American Iron, V Twin, VQ, In the Wind, and Easyriders. Stripe attends as many rallies, bike shows, and charity runs as he can and is a major contributor of photos and articles to our magazine. His first assignment was our January, 2004, cover photo, where he snapped the awesome photo of a 1958 Harley-Davidson Duo Glide. A rider since the age of 14, he loves to help and encourage new riders. Stripe enjoys meeting new people and looks forward to catching many of our readers in the viewfinder of his digital camera. Contact Stripe at