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Biker Build-Off Team Building at Shawnee Cycle Plaza - Shawnee, Kansas

Written by  November 30, 2014

Years ago, when I worked in a large corporate office, management would come up with various team building exercises to help build comradery and motivate employees to work better together; however, none of the them were near as cool as what Shawnee Cycle Plaza owner Barry Bunner and his management team came up with.

On Tuesday, November 25, Barry called to tell me that he and his staff were dividing into three teams, and that each group would take a stock motorcycle off the showroom floor, and with a budget of $2,500 (retail value) per team, would have until Monday, December 22 to put together a motorcycle they think will blow the socks off their competition. The winning team would each receive a paid day off, and because all three bikes will be put up for sale, the team whose bike sells first, will receive $50 each.

During our phone conversation, Barry asked if I would be one of the judges to select the first, second and third place bike. Needless to say, I jumped at the chance to see what Barry’s staff can accomplish in less than a month. In order to get a better idea of what the bikes looked like, and who the teams consisted of, I stopped by Shawnee Cycle Plaza to check out the bikes and meet each team.

As it turns out, Sales Manager Paul McMinn selected nine possible motorcycles for the competition, and after consulting with fellow management, narrowed the selections down to three bikes. A red 2013 Honda Fury, a green and black 2014 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14, and a red and black 2015 Victory Cross Country.

Names were then drawn from a hat to determine the three teams. To ensure that each team was as fair and well-rounded as possible, employee’s names for each team were randomly drawn from the management group; sales group, parts group, and the service technicians group (the guys who actually know how to work on motorcycles).

So with that said, I’d like to announce the three biker build-off teams.

Team Fury consists of Mike (Sales), Luke (Setup Technician), Ken (Service Technician/Team Leader), Jerry (Parts Manager), and Nick (Service Writer).DSC 0001

Team Ninja is made up of Roger (Parts), Paul (Sales Manager), Curt “The WaKeeney Wild Man” (Service Technician/Team Leader), Barry (Owner), and Hal (Finance Manager).Team Kawasaki Ninja

Team Victory Cross Country includes Matt (Service Technician), Michael (Parts), Tony (Service Manager), Doug (Sales/Team Leader), and John (Service Technician), who was not present that day.DSC 0004

Good luck to all three teams, and I can’t wait to see what these guys come up with. This is going to be a lot of fun, and three lucky customers are going to get an awesome deal on three incredible bikes. The winners will be announced in our January 2015 issue!

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 mikes@cycleconnections.com