Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

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.

Patriot Guard Riders Assist at the Army Arena Bowl – Bakersfield, California

May 1, 2014
The Patriot Guard Riders were invited to assist with the Army Arena Bowl that was held on April 4h, 2014 at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, California.

Run For Autism Awareness – Visalia, California

May 1, 2014
The Inaugural Run for Autism Awareness was held in Visalia, California on April 6, 2014. Diane Tanner and Judy Falcone organized the event, which was a poker run too. The run started and ended at Visalia Harley-Davidson.

8th Annual Gailapalooza - Grandview, Missouri

May 1, 2014
The party that annually marks the beginning of the prime riding season in the Midwest is Gailapalooza. The 2014 event was the 8th hosted by Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Grandview, Missouri and took place on Saturday, April 12.

4th Annual MLB & SOB First Ride - Eureka Springs, Arkansas

May 1, 2014
The start of the riding season party in Eureka Springs, Arkansas that was founded four years ago by myself, Doc Lonnie (photographer here at Cycle Connections and leader of the MLB biker group), had its fourth edition on the weekend of April 11-13.

Biker BBQ for Autism – Exeter, California

April 1, 2014
March 16, 2014 turned out to be an awesome day! A Biker BBQ for Autism was held at 4K Bar Ranch in Exeter, California.