Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Sturgis 2014 - Racing

August 27, 2014
It is well known that the Sturgis Rally has its roots in motorcycle racing. Clarence “Pappy” Hoel is recognized as the father of the Black Hills Rally. He was the owner of an Indian Motorcycle franchise is Sturgis and was one of the founders of the Jackpine Gypsies club in 1936. Their first event was known as the Black Hills Classic, a single motorcycle race with nine racers and a small audience. Today’s rally attendance approaches 500,000 annually with record numbers expected for the 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle RallyTM . As I mentioned in my accompanying article about my 2014…

Sturgis 2014 - Stripe's Trip

August 27, 2014
Having missed the 2013 Sturgis Rally due to circumstances beyond my control, I was very excited to return to the Black Hills for the 74th annual rally. Having enjoyed the journey with friends to our cabin at the Nemo Guest Ranch, I was ready to experience the rally once again. My first stop in Sturgis on Monday was Grace Lutheran Church where breakfast is available daily during the rally. One of the church members who normally volunteers in the kitchen is Dorothy Short in whose back yard I camped during many past rallies. I was disappointed that Dorothy had not…

2014 Triumph AMA Superbike Classic - Birmingham Alabama

August 1, 2014
We heard the thunder as thousands of bikes rolled into Barber Motorsports Park on June 21, 2014 for the first 2-day weekend event of the 2014 Pro Road Racing season, featuring with the Triumph AMA Superbike Classic. There was no practice, racing or anything on Friday, which was a little strange, and meant that everything would be squeezed into Saturday and Sunday. It was beautiful, but very hot, so it was probably a good thing it was shortened.

Biker Diva Trip to Hermann, Missouri

August 1, 2014
In 2012, Shawnee Cycle Plaza started a series of events called Biker Diva.  The intent was to encourage more women to ride motorcycles.  The events included things like Matchmaking:  Finding the Right Bike, The Relationship: Knowing your Bike From Top to Bottom and a Fashion Show called Look the Part.(emceed by Gary Amble). This year they are doing Biker Diva Sweet Rides to get ice cream, a trip to Hermann, Missouri and a Fashion Show in the fall. The money we make from our Biker Diva T-shirts goes to Susan G. Komen.

Cover Bike & Cover Model Search at Gail's Harley-Davidson - Grandview, Missouri

August 1, 2014
Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Grandview, Missouri was the location for our first cover bike & cover model search of the season, which took place on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Our event coincided with their weekly Feel the Power Happy Hour that includes free food and beer, and lots of other fun activities. Stripe, Nichole, Lonnie, Randall, and I arrived early to setup our booth and to block off a section of the parking lot for our cover bike search, and before we had everything setup, several bikes had already started arriving and entering our cover bike search. Nichole was also busy…

Oklahoma Bike Week 2014 - Sparks, Oklahoma

July 30, 2014
Oklahoma Bike Week at Sparks America Campground ran from June 19 through 29. Doc Lonnie Blum and I decided to make the trip from Missouri to Sparks on Thursday, June 26. After checking in and setting up camp, we headed for the “playground” area that is the center of many of the rally’s activities. A couple of major changes were immediately apparent. The sound system is now controlled from a tower in front of the stage instead of from a cubbyhole at the side. The stage has been rebuilt and is now two stages in one, separated by a wall…

Dodge City 300 Centennial Racing - Dodge City, Kansas

July 28, 2014
  On July 4 the sport of motorcycle racing returned to Dodge City, Kansas, on a very small track but in a very big way. When the organizers of the Dodge City 300 Centennial celebration began drafting their schedule of events, it was only natural that racing would be included. Initially, the plan was for the competition to take place on the 1/8-mile clay oval at Dodge City Raceway Park, but a scheduling conflict developed with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, so an alternative location was required. After some imaginative planning, it was decided that the Dodge City…

Dodge City 300 Centennial Celebration - Dodge City, Kansas

July 27, 2014
A century ago, Dodge City, Kansas, was the site of a world championship 300-mile motorcycle race on a 2-mile dirt oval on the northeast corner of town. The field included motorcycles manufactured by Indian, Thor, Excelsior, Pope, Flying Merkel, Harley-Davidson, and others. The race, sanctioned by the Federation of American Motorcycles, took almost 4-1/2 hours to complete with speeds reaching nearly 100 miles per hour. The winner was factory Indian rider Glen “Slivers” Boyd. Bill Brier finished second on a Thor, and Carl Goudy came in third aboard an Excelsior. Dodge City racing continued for many years, but was suspended…

2nd Annual Ride to Silence the Stigma - Shawnee, Kansas

July 1, 2014
The 2nd Annual Ride to Silence the Stigma took place on Sunday June 22, 2014 at Shawnee Cycle Plaza. This event was to raise awareness about suicide and to aid in its prevention. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in both Kansas and Missouri. More than 160 riders participated in the ride, which brought in over $12,000 for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

6th Annual Burton Center Poker Run – Greenwood, South Carolina

July 1, 2014
On July 7, 2014, the riders of Greenwood County and the riders from the surrounding counties met at the Burton Center just off of Highway 221& 72. The purpose of the poker run was to help provide funding to purchase wheelchairs and accessible equipment for people with disabilities and special needs (autism, intellectual disabilities, head injuries, spinal cord injuries and related disabilities) at the Burton Center. The Burton Center serves over 1,500 people, with a staff of 450 personnel in Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Lexington, McCormick and Saluda counties. The staff has a saying “Wheels for Wheels,” which to me meant…

46th Annual Hanford Vintage Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet - Hanford California

July 1, 2014
The 46th Annual Hanford Vintage Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet was held at the Hanford, California Fairgrounds on May 17, 2014, and was hosted by Classic Cycle Events. Marshall Baker and his crew put together an awesome venue.

3rd Annual 5 Diamonds Visalia Rescue Mission Run - Visalia, California

July 1, 2014
The 3rd Annual 5 Diamonds MC Visalia Rescue Mission (VRM) Run was the best yet! On June 7, 2014, over 150 motorcycle riders participated in this worthy event. 5 Diamonds members were extremely busy seeking donations from local businesses to help support VRM. Their hard work paid off, and VRM received a check for $13,200!

3rd Annual Ride for Lyla - Leeds, Alabama

July 1, 2014
In May, the Faith Riders Motorcycle Ministry of Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Leeds, Alabama, hosted the 3rd annual fundraiser ride in honor of Pastor Billy Abrams granddaughter Lyla. Layla has endured many medical issues from birth, and as a result, ultimately visited various Children’s Hospitals, which left her parents in need of a place to stay so they could be near their child during treatments. This is where the Ronald McDonald house stepped in to help, and for whom this ride is benefiting.

12th Annual Ride for Ryan - St. Joseph, Missouri

June 25, 2014
Rain during the morning of June 7 hurt the attendance at the 12th Annual Ride for Ryan at St. Joseph, Missouri. Still, many riders suited up in their rain gear and headed for St. Joe Harley-Davidson for the ride to honor the memory of Ryan Consolver who lost his life on August 11, 2002, at the age of 24 in a motorcycle accident in North Kansas City. Funds raised by the event are used for a scholarship fund dedicated to students who, as Ryan did, have chosen to pursue careers in the construction industry. This year 19 students received scholarships…

8th Annual Wheels for a Cure – Blue Springs, Missouri

June 25, 2014
Blue Springs Harley-Davidson in Blue Springs, Missouri, was the starting and ending point for the 8th Annual Wheels for a Cure ride on June 14. Riders each donated at least $25 and passengers $10 with the proceeds going to ArtBra KC, an organization whose, “mission is to uniquely celebrate breast cancer survivors and provide funding for Kansas City area organizations that provide life-empowering services to uninsured and underinsured individuals who have been touched by cancer.” According to the organization’s website, “Missys’ Boutique Patient In Need Fund at The University of Kansas Hospital in The Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Care…

Valley Cycle Association Annual 420 Run - Exeter, California

June 1, 2014
Valley Cycle Association (VCA) held its annual 420 run on Sat April 19, 2014, which started and ended at the 4K Bar Ranch in Exeter, California.

California Widows Sons State Meeting – Sonora, California

June 1, 2014
The California Widows Sons State Meeting was held in Sonora, California on April 11-13, 2014. The Widows Sons lodged at the Best Western Plus, which was a great place to stay. Kathy did an awesome job accommodating the Widows Sons and grouping us in a block of rooms.

Victory Demo Rides at Shawnee Cycle Plaza - Shawnee, Kansas

May 31, 2014
On Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3, Shawnee Cycle Plaza provided Victory motorcycle enthusiast and tire kickers alike, the opportunity to take demo rides on the new fleet of Victory motorcycles. This event tied in perfectly with Victory’s 15th Anniversary, and Shawnee Cycle Plaza’s 1 year anniversary for carrying the Victory line.

CAN-AM Spyder Demo Day at Reno's Powersports KC - Kansas City, Missouri

May 30, 2014
Sunday, May 4, 2014 was a beautiful day, and as the 25th Annual Bikers With a Mission Ride was winding down, I decided to give Cycle Connections Editor Mike Schweder a call to see how things were going at Reno’s Powersports KC. He informed me that plenty of people had come out to take advantage of the opportunity to test ride their demo ride fleet of Can-Am Spyders. Since it was a relatively short ride to Reno’s, I decided to head that way and possibly take a Spyder for a spin. Since I had not pre-registered, I would have to wait…

25th Annual Bikers with a Mission Ride - Kansas City, Missouri

May 28, 2014
The 25th Annual Bikers with a Mission Ride to raise funds for the City Union Mission took place on Sunday, May 4. The ride began at the mission as usual, but there were numerous changes from the way the event has been conducted in recent years. There were no outdoor activities at the mission, so the familiar large tent was missing from the parking lot.