Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Snake Saturday Parade a.k.a. Float Building 101

March 31, 2004
Participating in this year’s Snake Saturday Parade was a blast, even though Mother Nature kept spitting on us from time to time and sending some cool wind our way. Even with the threatening weather, we had a total of 18 riders, and another 14 people riding on the float and walking along side to pass out candy and beads. For the past several years, we’ve ridden our bikes to the Snake Saturday Parade in North Kansas City, Missouri to hang out with friends and watch the parade. However, in October of 2003, shortly after publishing the first issue of our…

Cassoday - The Sturgis of Kansas

March 31, 2004
About an hour south of Council Grove on Highway 177 is Cassoday, Kansas. It's not far from the Kansas Turnpike. But don't blink as you ride through. It's that kind of small rural community where Main Street is a gravel road. There's a small U.S. Post Office, an antique store, an auto-body-welding shop, a couple of other buildings, and a cafe surrounded by a few houses. On a good day, the population of Cassoday might be 100! But come the first Sunday of the month, May through October, the little community of Cassoday rumbles with the thunder of thousands of…

Black Berets Motorcycle Club

March 31, 2004
This month, I have the pleasure to share an interview with you about another veterans web site and motorcycle club in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I think you will find this club's charter to be an honorable one: supporting Prisoners of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) activities. As I mentioned in earlier reviews, the power of any veteran motorcycle web site resides in the character of the supporting motorcycle club. So, top off that coffee cup and let me introduce you to the Black Berets Motorcycle Club (BBMC)! CC: How did your club get its start? Peachz: The club's history dates back…

Special Olympics and Harley Riders – A Perfect Match

February 29, 2004
Have you ever seen the faces of Special Olympics athletes when a group of Harley riders arrive? I have and it is a sight to behold. For the past six years, the Greater Kansas City H.O.G. Chapter has worked the 100 yard dash at the annual KC Metro Area Track and Field competition. I began volunteering at many Special Olympics events over 20 years ago and these athletes pour their hearts and souls into winning. Having the Harleys there is just icing on the cake. The Athlete Oath is 'Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be…

JC’s Sports Bar – The Coldest Beer in Town!

February 29, 2004
Did you know there is a bar in the northland that has bike night year round and claims to have the coldest beer in town? Neither did we, until we ran into Karen Foster at this year’s Cycles N More bike show. Karen had her 2001 Harley-Davidson Sportster on display in the JC’s Sports Bar section of the show, and we took a photo of her and her bike, which made its way into the Cycles N More Bike Show article we published in our February issue.A few days later I received an e-mail from Karen thanking us for including…

All American Bike Show at the World of Wheels

February 29, 2004
Bartle Hall was the venue for the 44th Annual CARQUEST Auto Parts World of Wheels held on February 13-15. Those who purchased tickets were treated to two great shows for the price of one. The All American Bike Show sponsored by Gail’s Harley-Davidson and the American Heartland – Kansas City Chapter H.O.G. was located in the center, surrounded by rows and rows of beautiful antique cars, street rods, race cars, race boats, and 4-wheel-drive rock crawlers. There was even a customized fork-lift! Vendors sold everything from t-shirts to transmissions, and various motorcycle shops and bike builders, both large and small,…

Ground Breaking Ceremony for a New Harley-Davidson Dealership

February 29, 2004
For me, it’s always exciting to see a new motorcycle dealership being built in a community. I was fortunate enough to be invited to the ground breaking ceremony for Gail’s new Harley-Davidson dealership. The event was held on Monday, February 9, 2004 in Grandview, Missouri at the northeast corner of Highway 71 and 150.Upon my arrival, I counted over 100 supporters gathering in and around the ceremonial tent. I was happy to see a few bikes parked in front of the tent, as they added just a bit more magic to the ongoing activity. These riders certainly epitomize the “No…

A Tale from Down Under

February 29, 2004
In February of 1999, I decided to buy my first big Harley. As a kid, I had a little Harley 90, but now I’m no longer a kid. I bought a used 1997 Fat Boy with several after-market upgrades. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a great time to take delivery of my new bike, so I had the dealer hold it until I returned from a trip to Melbourne, Australia. I returned on March 31, took delivery on April 1 and was looking forward to putting on some miles, weather permitting, but it rained most of April that year so it sat…

Bikers and Veterans: Cycle Disciples, Kansas City Chapter

February 29, 2004
As I began this journey of reviewing veteran motorcycle related web sites, I quickly discovered that many of them have a motorcycle club as their support base. Each web site reflects the same mission, objectives and values of the supporting motorcycle club. So this journey will take us much deeper than originally thought. Hopefully we can discover what the riders behind each web site are really trying to accomplish. I’ve always been fortunate to meet the right people at the right time throughout my life. This great blessing was again bestowed upon me a few weeks ago, while attending the…

All American Bike Show Award Winners

February 28, 2004
On behalf of Cycle Connections Online Motorcycle Magazine, we congratulate the following award winners of this year’s All American Bike Show!Antique: 1st-Ken Stiles-65 FL2nd-Ken Provence-53 HD Antique Custom: 1st-Adam Vigil-57 HD2nd-Teddy Bitner-60 ChopperV-Rod Stock1st-Michael Moss-03 V-Rod2nd-Employee Riders Association-04 V RodV-Rod Street1st-Ray Conner-03 V-RodSportster-Ladies: 1st-Cheryl Nick-03 SportsterBig Twin-Twin Cam-Ladies: 1st-Phyllis McGuire-99 HD2nd-Renee Bayliff-04 HDFull Dresser-Stock: 1st-Sonney Key-01 HD2nd-Gary Nick-98 HDFull Dresser-Mild Custom: 1st-Joe Rawie-02 HDSport Touring: 1st-Robert Briggs-02 HD2nd-Richard Martin-02 HDSport Touring-Mild Custom: 1st-Chris Meyer-99 HD2nd-Ken Stallman-04 HDSport Touring-Street Custom: 1st-Jay Stevens-00 HD2nd-Randy Kent-01 HDSport Touring-Full: 1st-Jim Evans-01 HD2nd_Merlin Eaton-03 HDSportster-Stock: 1st-Rick Yeager-01 HDSportster-Street Custom: 1st-Jim Testerman-01 Sportster2nd-Hollywood-87 SportsterSportster-Radical: 1st-Jeff Snyder-04…

Letters to a Dog

January 31, 2004
While the author of these letters is unknown, unfortunately, the circumstances are not unknown to many puppies and kittens found in area animal shelters a few months after Christmas. Now is the perfect time to propose that your club organize a benefit ride for your favorite charity. You know you're going to ride, so why not make it for a worthy cause. Eleven years ago, someone did just that and asked Gail Worth to sponsor a ride to benefit Wayside Waifs Humane Society. This ride has become an annual event and is appropriately named Putt for Mutts. This year’s event…

F.O.G. Cycles & Knuckleheads Saloon

January 31, 2004
Congratulations to Knuckleheads Saloon on being voted Best Bike Night location in Kansas City for 2003! Where else can you go to shop for motor clothes, buy parts, get your bike serviced, listen to blues, eat, drink, visit with other bikers and party like a rock star? Knuckleheads Saloon and F.O.G. Cycles of course. F.O.G. is no ordinary motorcycle bike shop. It may be out of the way and out of plain sight, but it is never out of your mind once you’ve been there.It was a Friday night and there was a good crowd congregated inside the Saloon, the…

Cycles N More Bike Show Review

January 31, 2004
Despite the threatening icy weather, the 6th Annual Cycles N More bike show was as huge success. According to Cycles N More owner, Mark Jacobs, this year was the biggest and best show ever, even though Sunday had slightly lower attendance than normal due to the ice storm that hit Saturday evening. What other bike show has more than 47 classes of bikes and hands out trophies to over 180 overly excited participants? There were too many winners this year to list in our article, however, Mark said to watch their web site because they plan to list all bike…

Riding the Trails of Nova Scotia

January 31, 2004
On a recent trip, Ramona and I trailered up to Portland, Maine and took the ferry over to Nova Scotia for a week. Come with us on our journey. After arriving in Portland, we took a tour of the waterfront area with one of our friends. He showed us the longest street in America (7.8 miles as I recall) and the Promenade. A cup of coffee later and he left us after making sure we knew where to eat (DiMillos – a floating restaurant) and where the ferry terminal was located. We embarked on the M/S Scotia Prince ferry at…

Veteran Motorcycle Riders Web Site Review

January 31, 2004
With today’s power of the internet, web sites are creating additional opportunities to communicate ideas and goals for both individuals and businesses. However, any one of them can become lost among the thousands of listed sites, or stand in the forefront, based solely on how a particular search engine rates them. Many individuals want their sites to remain as private as possible, although easily accessible to their members. Other sites try to gain as many viewers as possible, sharing their views with anyone willing to navigate their web site and read their material. As a veteran, I have explored the…

Resolve To Get Involved

December 31, 2003
Have you ever wanted to get involved and make a difference, yet didn’t know where to start? If you think the only way to help is to volunteer, I have some exciting news for you! Listed below are some other ways that you can help raise awareness, funds or wish list items for your favorite charity: Take up a collection at your work by asking for donations of canned food, toys, or cleaning supplies. Host a community yard sale. Host a bake sale at your church and sell cakes, pies and cookies. In lieu of gifts for your birthday or…

KC’s Best Bike Night of 2003

December 31, 2003
The results are in! Votes by overenthusiastic readers who “accidentally” voted more than once have been adjusted, and the winners of our Best Bike Night in KC for the year 2003 are (drum roll please…)!First Place Knuckleheads Saloon (FOG Cycles) in Kansas City, MOSecond Place Paddy O’Quigley’s in Lee’s Summit, MOThird Place Kobi’s Club & Deli in Bonner Springs, KSHonorable Mention (in alphabetical order):Billy Jacks Hillside Bar & Grill (Kansas City, MO)DJ’s Club (Kansas City, KS)Drafters (Kansas City, MO)Frankie D’s Mexican Restaurant (Kansas City, KS)Midway Bar & Grill (Lake Lotawana, MO)Russo’s Pizza & Pub (Lee’s Summit, MO)The Other Place (Olathe,…

Gail's Harley-Davidson Premier Invitational Motorcycle Show

December 31, 2003
Radio stations, 99.7 KY and 98.9 The Rock, presented Gail’s Harley-Davidson first Premier Invitational Motorcycle Show on December 6-7. It was held in the new Overland Park Convention Center and was a perfect choice for displaying all the bikes, providing ample vendor booths, a center stage for performances and free, nearby parking. Several thousand biker enthusiasts took time off from their holiday shopping to enjoy this fun event. Actually, many of us came away from the show with many new additions to our Christmas list!Countless stock and custom bikes were on display, all competing for part of the $2,500 purse…

Touring Northern Arizona

December 31, 2003
On a recent trip to Phoenix for a wedding, Ramona and I decided to extend our trip and do a Fly and Ride. We picked up a 2003 Heritage at Chosa's Harley-Davidson in Mesa just east of Phoenix. We took AZ 87 north toward Payson and Winslow. At the suggestion of a fellow Harley rider we talked with at a rest stop, we visited a unique place just north of Payson which is the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. If you have ever been to the Natural Bridge in Virginia then imagine putting two or three inside this natural bridge…

TIME Person of the Year for 2003: The American Soldier

December 31, 2003
United States fighters swept across Iraq and conquered it in 21 days. They stand guard on streets potholed with skepticism and animosity. They caught Saddam Hussein. They are the face of America, its might and goodwill, in a region unfamiliar with democracy. These are just a few lines out of TIME magazine; an essay written by Nancy Gibbs. TIME magazine has nominated the Soldier, as Person of the Year, a recognition not seen since 1950. It is quite an honor, and duly so, that our American fighting men and women are proudly singled out within our nation. These soldiers, our…

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