Rides, Rallies and Events Recap
Mike Schweder

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

Most people I know end up replacing their stock grips. Therefore, I thought everyone might enjoy watching this YouTube video, which was produced by J&P Cycles. It walks you through the process for replacing the grips on a Harley Davidson motorcycle; however, the same general concept applies to most makes and models.

January 1, 2015

Safe Winter Riding

For those of us here in the Midwest and other northern climates, it looks like Old Man Winter has exhaled a breath of cold air and knocked the last few leaves to the ground. It’s 14 degrees out as I sit here writing this, which means for some, it's time to roll your bike into the corner of your garage, hook up your battery tender and hope for an early spring. For others, who are a bit more adventurous, there’s no real end to the riding season; just a change in riding gear.

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.

For this month's issue, we invite you to take a look behind the Scenes at our December 2014 Cover Shoot video, which follows cover models Jaycee and Maggie through their photo shoot and interviews.   

Our December 2014 cover bike is owned by Mark Kozak, and we thought his stretched 1953 Harley-Davidson FL Panhead was the perfect bike to shoot two beautiful models on for our Christmas-themed cover.

This one-of-a-kind bike is owned by Mark Kozak from Kansas City, Missouri, and this month's cover models are Jaycee and Margaret from Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

One of our December 2014 cover models is Maggie from Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She is a waitress, and plans to go to Mizzou next year to get her associates degree. She would then like to work for the FDA someday. Maggie’s hobbies include water skiing, wake boarding, and playing soccer when she has time.

One of our December 2014 cover models is Jaycee from Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She is a waitress, dental assistant, and has an Associates degree in teaching. Ambitions include going back to school to become a paralegal and traveling the world. When not working, Jaycee told us her hobbies include traveling, going to concerts, drawing, and painting.

This exotic racing motorcycle is the 2013 EBR 1190RS Carbon Edition. What makes this bike really special is its low weight of only 389 lbs., and to achieve this performance, it was built using lightweight materials such as carbon and magnesium components. There are also several high end parts from many top manufacturers.

October 31, 2014

2015 Indian® Scout™

The all-new Indian® Scout™ is a groundbreaking and visually stunning cruiser, which introduces the first-ever liquid-cooled Indian Motorcycle engine – an efficient and dependable 69 cubic inch V-twin – with impressive power on demand. This new model carries the legendary Indian® Scout™ name in authentic Indian® Motorcycle® styling, and at a very affordable price.


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