Rides, Rallies and Events Recap


CC: What is your profession?

Craig: I’m a painter.

CC: Do you have any hobbies other than motorcycling?

Craig: I enjoy hanging out at the beach with my family.

CC: Why do you ride?

Craig: It’s in the blood!

CC: How long have you been riding?

Craig: I’ve been riding motorcycles for more than 22 years.

CC: What was your first bike?

Craig: It was a Yamaha 400.

CC: How many bikes have you owned?

Craig: I’ve owned a total of three bikes.

CC: How many bikes do you currently own?

Craig: This bike is my one and only.

CC: What do you like most about your bike?

Craig: It’s designed just right for me.

CC: What is your dream bike?

Craig: This is it!

CC: Have you entered your bike in any bike shows?

Craig: Yes. I took 1st place in the Custom class at the Bikers for Babies® bike show, 1st Place in the Full Custom class and 1st place for Best Engine at the World of Wheels bike show, and 2nd place in the Builder’s Class at Gail’s Harley-Davidson Premier Invitational Motorcycle Show.

CC: What is your most memorable riding experience?

Craig: To me, all rides are memorable.

CC: What is your least memorable riding experience?

Craig: The bike wreck my wife and I were in back in 1985 when we were still dating.

CC: Which is your favorite bike night location?

Craig: Frankie D’s. It’s always a good time with good friends.

CC: Do you have any tattoos?

Craig: Yes. I have a combination beach and mountain scene on my right shoulder that represents my wife and two daughters, Rene and Ashley.

CC: Who is your favorite tattoo artist?

Craig: KC Tattoo. They are the best!

CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself?

Craig: It doesn’t really matter, as long as I’m riding.

CC: Who are some of your closest riding buddies?

Craig: Hollywood, Shawn, Geno and Tom.

CC: Just for fun, which of your riding buddies is the best rider, and why?

Craig:Hollywood, because we’re buds and he’s always up for anything!

CC: Just for fun, which of your riding buddies is the worst rider and why?

Craig: Tom. We call him Whiterock because anytime he gets around gravel he might go down.

CC: Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

Craig: If you’ve never ridden and are thinking about it, just do it! Otherwise, you don’t know what you’re missing.

Craig’s bike will be on display at the Easyriders Bike Show at Bartle Hall in Kansas City, Missouri, so make sure to stop by and check it out!

Interview by Mike Schweder
Photo by Bart

Owner: Craig S Frye
City/State: Smithville, Missouri

Fabrication: Ultra Craft Customs

Year & Make: 2003 Custom

Model: Pro Street

Assembly: Reece & Heath Good of Ultra Craft Customs

Assembly Time: Eight months

Chromed by: S & H Plating

Year/Model: 2003 Rev Tech

Displacement: 100 cubic inch

Carburetor: Mikuni HSR 42mm

Air Cleaner: K&N Force Winder

Pipes: Ultra Craft Customs

Year & Model: Rev Tech Five-Speed

Shifting: Foot

Molding: Ultra Craft Customs

Painter: Brian Plihal at Wiz Bang Customs

Color/Type: Orion Silver, Viollette Pearl, and Lime Time Green/House of Color

Year/Type: FXR

Builder: Kenny Boyce

Rake: 42-degrees

Stretch: Five inches

Rear Swingarm: Kenny Boyce/Ultra Craft Customs

Bars: Ultra Craft Customs

Fenders: Ultra Craft Customs

Headlight: Drag Specialties

Taillight: Paul Yaffee

Speedometer: Dakota Digitals

Pegs: Performance Machine

Gas Tank: Independent/Ultra Craft Customs

Oil Tank: Used bagger-style transmission with oil tank in bottom

Seat: High End

Grips: Thunder Heat Performance

Type: 39mm

Extension: Four inches

Builder: Harley-Davidson legs with HHI Triple Trees & Franks Fork Tubes

Type: Arlen Ness

Size: 19 inches

Rim width: 2.15 inches

Tire: Avon

Brake: Arlen Ness

Type: Arlen Ness

Size: 17 inches

Rim width: 5.5 inches

Tire: Avon

Brake: Arlen Ness Rotor with Ultra Caliper

Other Information/Specs
Reece and Heath started with a five inch stretch Kenny Boyce frame with a 31-degree rake. The neck was then cut and raked to 42-degrees.

They fabricated the custom pipes, bars and seat pan. One of many unique features about this bike is the fake oil tank that was built to hold the battery and electronics (the actual oil tank is in the transmission).

The rear frame was completely reworked by welding the fender into the frame and moving the shock mounts and fender mounting inside the fender.

Swift Motorcycle Company is the maker of this beautiful red Bar Chopper “SF” and sweet refers to our February cover model, Angie Inglima. Both the bike and Angie can be found only at Hawg Wyld Cycles in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Angie works in the showroom at Hawg Wyld and will help you find that perfect part, accessory or motorclothes item.

I got my first look at the Swift Bar Chopper and Punisher models at this year’s Cycles N More Bike show. While at the show, I had the pleasure of meeting Tom Talley, owner of Hawg Wyld Cycles. Tom gave me the lowdown on these beautiful eye-catching factory customs and told me he is the only authorized Swift dealer in the area. Tom also went on to tell me how each bike is assembled and how each one carries a three year unlimited mileage warranty, which is practically unheard of in the factory custom industry.

Both the Bar Chopper and the Punisher come standard with an S&S 113 cubic inch motor that is assembled in-house in Swift’s state of the art facility in Phoenix, Arizona. The rigid frame models (RF) come standard with a Baker 5-speed transmission, while the suspension frame models (SF) come with a Baker 6-speed.

Where the rubber meets the road, you can choose between the Avon 250 mm rear tire with an Avon 21 inch front tire or one of Metzeler’s 240 mm V-Rated high performance rear tire with a matching 21 inch front.

Do you prefer a bold solid metallic color paint job or do you like something a little wilder? Spray Kats (Swift’s sister company) has some of the best graphic artists and painters in the business, who offer an endless variety of paint schemes and options.

Of all the Swift models available, my personal favorite is the Bar Chopper, which is why we selected this red beauty to grace the pages of our February cover. Tom currently has this red Bar Chopper “SF” in stock, a black Bar Chopper “SF” and a Punisher “SF” with a unique bare metal-style paint job. While we were nosing around Tom's shop, we noticed two Bar Choppers sitting in the back room with sold tags on them. One was yellow with multi-colored flames and the other had a very unique platinum color with flames. Both bikes were just sitting there, waiting for their proud owners to come by and take them home. According to Hawg Wyld manager, Eric Meyers, Swift bikes start out as low as $23,000 and go up from there, depending on the model and options you choose.

Hawg Wyld Cycles also has a large selection of Harley-Davidson motorcycles in stock, and can handle all of your parts, accessories and apparel needs. And when it’s time for your next custom paint job, Tom’s son, Chris, is a very talented and respected painter, who is ready to help you design that next masterpiece.

These new Swift bikes won’t last long, so if you want one of your very own, you’d better hightail it down to Hawg Wyld Cycles at 406 S. Douglas in Lee’s Summit, Missouri before it’s too late!

Story by Mike Schweder

Photos by Mike Schweder and Stripe

The first time I saw this bike was on a motorcycle lift in my neighbor, Dave Miller’s garage. The gas tank, seat, and a few other components were disassembled; however, even with the missing pieces you could tell this was a one of a kind bike. Here in front of me, which as far as we could tell, was an original 1958 Harley-Davidson Duo Glide with a suicide shift and less than 900 miles on the odometer? Unbelievable!

This beautiful bike is owned by my next door neighbor’s 85 year old father, Jack Mouse of Independence, Missouri. Apparently, many years ago, an acquaintance owed Jack some money on a bad debt, and when the guy was unable to come up with the cash the only thing he had left to offer up was his Harley. Well, to make a long story short, Jack accepted the bike as collateral until the guy could come up with the money. He never did, and Jack ended up with a goldmine!

So as you can tell, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to photograph this beautiful piece of American history for our January 2004 cover page to “Kick Start the New Year!”

Story and photos by Mike Schweder

Cover photo by Stripe

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Worth Clearance Center is located at 6609 N. Oak Trafficway in Gladstone, Missouri in the previous Worth Harley-Davidson dealership location. Upon entering the Worth Clearance Center, you’ll be overwhelmed by the wide selection of pre-owed motorcycles of which primarily consists of the ever-dominant Harley-Davidson, but they also carry all makes and models of metric bikes as well. On the day that I arrived, the showroom included everything from Sportsters to Ultra Classics, Evos to Big Twins, and completely stock to heavily modified, including bike models as new as 2010 and 2011.

After speaking to the staff at Worth Clearance Center, I was pleased to find they were proud of their selection for many reasons. Nine out of ten bikes available were locally owned trade-in bikes, with complete service maintenance histories available at the dealership. Bikes come with Harley-Davidson manufacture warranties and dealer service packages when still applicable, and a customer could save an additional $1,500 to $5,000 on average with previously purchased add-ons and upgrades from the previous owner.

Buying a discounted pre-owned bike versus a brand new one equals lower monthly payments and allows a customer to purchase the bike of their dreams at an affordable price. I was also pleased to find that Worth Clearance Center’s finance team has a wide array of lenders available to fill almost any customer’s credit needs.

During this visit at Worth Clearance Center I got a chance to speak to a young lady who was standing next to a badass black Sportster with a SOLD sign and a huge smile on her face. I found out that she didn’t know how to ride yet, nor did she have a motorcycle license, but what she did have was a strong desire to ride. Her name was Lisa Whitmore, and she had just purchased her first motorcycle, an almost new 2011 XL1200N Nightster. She was proud and ecstatic. Now that was cool; she was now one of us, and you could see it in her face and demeanor. She was a BIKER (pic below)!

In summary, if a pre-owned bike from some really good people is what you’re searching for, then Worth Clearance Center in Gladstone is the place to go. They are there to assist you in getting what you deserve--your knees in the breeze. Please check them out on their website at www.worthclearance.com or on their Facebook page.

By Danny Webb

There are several independent motorcycle shops in the Kansas City area, and even more that have shut down over the past few years, but how many shops do you know of that are actually expanding and growing their business; especially in this economy? I know of only one; Knobtown Cycle in Kansas City, Missouri.

Owner Kit Fox opened for business in April 2004 at the intersection of 350 Highway and Noland Road in Knobtown, Missouri, which is just south of Kansas City International Raceway (KCIR). From the day they opened, Knobtown Cycle earned the respect of the local motorcycle community by providing great customer service and reasonably priced service, parts and accessories. They were even nice enough to let us shoot our May 2004 cover in their service area.

Within five years, Knobtown Cycle had outgrown their small shop, so in August 2009, Knobtown Cycle pulled up stakes and moved just down to road on 350 Highway to a new 3,000 square foot building, which more than doubled the size of their original shop. The new location enabled Kit to greatly expand his shop area as well as his parts, accessories, and apparel showroom. During a recent visit, Kit told me he will soon be adding a loft in the stock room behind their parts counter, which will give them another 500 square feet.

Another reason for Knobtown Cycle’s success is the experienced staff Kit has brought on-board to help run his business. Mark Jacobs, who handles the parts counter, has been in the motorcycle parts and accessories business for years, and Shawn McCollum, who works his magic in the service area has been involved with motorcycles since the age of six. Along with owning the business, Kit is also a certified Harley-Davidson mechanic, so you can rest assured that between Kit and Shawn, your bike is in good hands when you drop your baby off for service or whatever you need done. To round things out, Jimmy Schriver with Slim’s Cycle Seats, who is well known and respected in the local motorcycle industry also works the parts counter when needed.

Knobtown Cycle offers a full range of motorcycle repair services including custom motorcycle fabrication and painting, crash repairs, insurance claim repairs, gas tank repair, bodywork repair, crankshafts, complete engines, wheels, frames, tanks, fenders and more. Along from taking your Harley-Davidson or custom bike to the next level in horsepower or style, Knobtown Cycle is an authorized dealer for Drag Specialties, Bikers Choice, Custom Chrome, Tucker Rocky, V-Twin Manufacturing, Kuryakyn and many others. They are also known as the place to go in Kansas City for street bike, dirt bike and ATV tires for both American made and metric motorcycles, which they can install for you at a very reasonable rate. Thinking about selling your bike? Knobtown Cycle can help you with that as well via their motorcycle consignment sales program.

As you can see, Knobtown Cycle is a full service motorcycle shop who stands behind their work, which explains why they are one of the most successful and respected shops in the Kansas City area. So the next time you’re ready to have your motorcycle serviced or want to take your bike to the next level, visit Knobtown Cycle, and see for yourself how customer service is supposed to be!

By Mike Schweder

Although the Low Life Choppers & Hot Rods Grand Opening that was scheduled for Saturday, June 12, 2010 was rained out, there was still a good turnout for the event.

Owners Chad 'RC' Howerton and John 'Shadow' Ralston are rescheduling their Grand Opening as we speak; however, I still wanted to go ahead and publish some of the photos I took that day so you could get a sneak peek at their new shop.

Make sure to keep an eye on our Local Rallies & Events page for thier new Grand Opening date and I'll see ya there!

By Mike Schweder

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Just twenty miles south from the Kansas City, Missouri downtown loop; a new Harley-Davidson owner has set up shop. Rawhide Harley-Davidson, formerly known as Central Harley-Davidson South, is the new show in town. The new owners bring experience and passion for motorcycles, specifically the Harley-Davidson brand. Holding their grand opening on Friday, June 18 through Sunday, June 20, they found out what Midwest weather was really about, mostly hot with a heavy pop-up thunderstorm midday on Saturday and heavy heat the other two days.

Most of us Midwesterners remember how dedicated Central Harley-Davidson was to its customers. Heck, Central Harley-Davidson stayed in business for over 40 years. Dave Veracka, along with his sons Mike and Paul are now heading up the ownership of Rawhide Harley-Davidson, which was acquired from Central Harley-Davidson in April. The Veracka family has a rich history in the motorcycle industry, which began over 30 years ago. Mike and Paul have been riding since they were 5 years old. They also own three other motorcycle dealerships as well, which include two in Lewiston, Maine and one in Hudsonville, Michigan.

During the three-day grand opening, free lunch was served each day and there were several booths set up, from promoting Bikers for Babies® to showcasing high performance prescription sunglasses. One specific booth was from the Southern Cruisers Riding Club looking for new members for the Johnson County 510 chapter. The crowd beat the 90 plus degree temperatures in the oversized American Flag-themed tent with free pop and water. Some even took part in the bargain of the day - $2 beers in the beer garden.

Whether going for a cool one in the tent or going inside the expansive showroom to pick up a lower than average cost Rawhide t-shirt, fun was had by all. A quick stop in between the tent and the showroom entrance caught the eye of most. Three words – bikini bike wash. On Sunday, Brooke, Natalie, and Christina were soaping the chrome and leather for a donation. Most of you may know those three tantalizing ladies as being the cover model search winners at the recent Cycle Connections Cover Bike & Cover Model Search at Harley's and Horses Bar and Grill.

After spending some quality time talking to the Cycle Connections ladies, one could find the owners walking throughout the store talking with guests as they shopped. When asked why Dave and his family decided to get into the Kansas City area market, his response was, “There are a lot of motorcycles in this area. Kansas City and surrounding area motorcycle enthusiasts ride a lot too. Combine those factors with a lower than national average of 6.4% unemployment rate, we couldn’t pass it up.”

Dave expressed a heavy emphasis on expanding the used bike inventory, which currently sits between 65-80 motorcycles on a given day. To do this, they will accept all types of trades like cars, campers, and even metric bikes. They have multiple banks available which will provide great financing packages as well. The Rawhide Harley-Davidson store also applies a creative motto of C.A.R.E. – which stands for Commitment, Attitude, Reliability, and Excellence.

Additionally, Matt Chiappetta has been hired as the General Manager of Rawhide Harley-Davidson. Matt brings over 15 years’ experience running Harley-Davidson stores, most recently in Arizona. With family close to Kansas, Matt felt that a move to Rawhide Harley-Davidson in Olathe was a great fit.

Rawhide Harley-Davidson currently employs 35, which is up from the prior ownership. They have also made it a priority to retain most of the former employees as well. The store is open seven days a week and current store hours are kept up to date on their website. All this will help drive sales to a Rawhide target goal of 1,000 bike sales in two years.

As referenced on their website, they “are motorcycle riders and know that Harley-Davidson is one big family. We strive to provide the best customer experience to our customers with a well-trained staff and great motorcycle events at the dealership!”

Dave, Mike, and Paul plan on being in active roles at Rawhide Harley-Davidson. They intend on keeping a strong bond in giving back to the community, specifically to the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the March of Dimes through Bikers for Babies®, which falls on September 19 this year. Rawhide also intends on having at least one bike night a month and other special events at the Rawhide Harley-Davidson dealership.

The next scheduled bike night will be held on Thursday, July 8 from 5-9 p.m. The bike night will include live music, a bikini bike wash, $1 beers, and a burnout contest. The next special event will be a Chili Cook-off and Swap Meet held on Sunday, July 11. And on Saturday, July 31 and Sunday, August 1, the Harley-Davidson demo truck will set up. You can be one of the first in Kansas City to ride a 2011 model!

During conversations, Dave is frequently asked, “How do you work in this industry all day and then go riding or racing a bike?” His response, “Aren’t I lucky?”

For more information about Rawhide Harley-Davidson, check out their website at www.RawhideHarley.com, take the short drive to their store at 725 N Rawhide Road, Olathe, Kansas or give them a call at (913) 764-7433.

Also make sure to click the following links to learn more about the other dealerships owned by the Veracka family: Grand Rapids Harley-Davidson in Hudsonville, Michigan, L-A Harley-Davidson in Lewiston, Maine and Central Maine Powersports in Lewiston, Maine.

By Rob Smith

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On Monday, April 29, 2010, Worth Harley-Davidson, one of the Midwest's highest volume Harley-Davidson dealers moved to a newer and larger location to accommodate their thriving business. Less than one week later on Friday, June 4 and Saturday, June 5, Worth Harley-Davidson celebrated their Grand Opening by putting on 'Worth Stock' the largest free concert Kansas City has ever seen.

No expense was spared on this event, which brought in several national music acts. Friday, June 4 was Free Country Concert day, which included Chris Cagle, James Otto, the Flat River Band, Drew Six, the Scott Ford Band and Outlaw Jim and the Whiskey Benders. Saturday, June 5 was Free Rock Concert day with Jackly, Nigel Dupree, the Federation of Horsepower, Stairway to Zeppelin, the Bob Harvey Band, My Dixie Wrecked and special guest star Brother Clyde, better known as Billy Ray Cyrus. Much to everyone's delight, Angie of Angie Land fame at the Full Throttle in Stugis, South Dakota put on several shows with her Flaunt dancers. Backstage we even ran into Full Throttle owner Mike Ballard.

There was lots of free parking for cars in the large field behind the dealership and over 3,000 parking spaces were available for motorcycles. We setup our Cycle Connections booth in the parking lot where cover models Jamie and Mandy greeted guests and posed for hundreds of photos. There were also several other vendors and charitable organizations setup in the parking lot including Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.). The American Red Cross was there promoting their annual RIDE for the RED, the Central Auto Racing Boosters (C.A.R.B) were signing riders up for their 2nd Annual Ride for the Victory, the Northland Animal Welfare Society (NAWS) was promoting their 4th Annual NAWS Ruff Ride Motorcycle/Hot Rod Dice Run. The 5th Annual Miles for Medals Dice Run was represented as well, who was setup next to Freedom of Road Riders Local 8 who was there promoting their 24th Annual Spring Fling Rally. On the other side of our booth, Don and the great folks with the March of Dimes® Bikers for Babies were setup and on the other side of them you could sign up for the 2010 Thunder Run to benefit JDRF.

Moniker Chain Maille Jewelry had a booth setup near the stage and a booth selling Jackyl swag and across the parking lot was a huge tent where you could get some great food. Beer vendors were also setup all around the stage area, which is almost unheard of for dealerships in the Kansas City area. In the parking lot on the north side of the dealership 85 mph Hats had a booth as did Jayhawk Marina from Hillsdale Lake who was selling all kinds of fun things such as motorized 'Cruzin' coolers. The fine folks from Ken Smith Autobody from St. Joseph had several of their custom bike displayed at their booth, and next door you could get your bike pinstriped at the Pinstripping by Eric tent. The inside of the dealership was packed with customers and near the front door you could get patches sewn on your vest or jacket. In the front parking lot Johnny Dare and Moose from 98.9 The Rock were on-hand doing a live remote, and our cover model Jamie just had to have her photo taken with Johnny.

This was one huge event, and I swear I must have run into almost everyone I know in the local motorcycle community. If you weren't there, I think you were the only one who missed it. If you haven't made it up to Worth Harley-Davidson's new dealership yet, hop on your bike right now and go check it out, and while you're there, make sure to check out the inventory of new bikes in the area on the south side of the dealership. I've never seen so many Harley-Davidsons in one place since last year's trip to Sturgis. Quite impressive!

By Mike Schweder