Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Demo Rides at Blue Springs Harley-Davidson

July 1, 2013
Visitors to Blue Springs Harley-Davidson during the dealership’s 15th Anniversary Celebration had the opportunity to take demonstration rides on brand new motorcycles. There was a large selection of Harleys from which to choose. The route covered more than 20 miles north and east of the dealership and offered riders the chance to experience the bikes at highway speed. The curvy roads allowed participants to evaluate the handling characteristics of the various models. Demos were conducted on both Friday and Saturday. Requirements for the ride were: age over 18, current motorcycle license, eye protection, long pants, closed toed shoes with heel…

15th Anniversary Weekend at Blue Springs Harley-Davidson

July 1, 2013
I’ve lived in Blue Springs, Missouri for about 30 years now, and was very excited when Blue Springs Harley-Davidson opened up only 10 minutes from my house. I’d recently purchased a 1999 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy, so it was nice to have a dealership so conveniently located for getting parts, service, accessories, and that annual or bi-annual vehicle inspection we’re all blessed (or cursed) with here in the state of Missouri. So when I heard about Blue Springs Harley-Davidson putting on a huge 15th Anniversary party, I knew Cycle Connections had to be a part of it. The three-day event officially…

11th Annual Ride for Ryan - St. Joseph, Missouri

July 1, 2013
Ride for Ryan is an annual motorcycle rally and ride honoring the memory of Ryan Consolver who lost his life at the age of 24 as the result of a motorcycle accident on August 11, 2002, in North Kansas City. The event raises money for a scholarship fund dedicated to students who, as Ryan did, have chosen to pursue careers in the construction industry. This year, scholarships of $1,000 each were granted to 17 students. The 11-year total exceeds $100,000 presented to approximately 110 students. The ride is always held on a Saturday around the anniversary of Ryan’s birth. This…

1st Annual Ride to Silence the Stigma - Shawnee, Kansas

July 1, 2013
The First Annual Ride to Silence the Stigma was held on Saturday June 22, 2013. This charity ride was to raise awareness about suicide. Two hundred riders showed up to help the cause. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) approached the Kansas City Vulcan Riders Chapter 1-44 to help with the event. The KC Vulcan Riders agreed, and the word was out. Kick stands went up at 10:45 a.m. for the 95-mile ride. The first stop was at High Noon Saloon in Leavenworth, Kansas, and the second stop was at Helen’s Hilltop in Tonganoxie, Kansas. Caroline Allen from the…

The Bombshells Kicking it at The Kickstand - Independence, Missouri

July 1, 2013
On Saturday June 1, 2013, Brookelyn and her Bombshells held a Bikini Bike Wash at the Kickstand in Independence, Missouri. Brookelyn, Caitlin, LeeAnn, Christina, and Pebbles washed bikes in support of the military, and although the rain slowed down the bike washes at bit, it didn’t discourage the bikers from contributing to the Bombshells worthy cause! The Bombshells are a non-profit organization and all the girls donate their time for worthy causes all over the Kansas City area. If you’d like to have the Bombshells at your next event, contact them now! The Bombshells’ next big event is the 4th…

15th Annual Spring Thunder Beach Rally - Panama City Beach, Florida

June 1, 2013
It’s May, time for spring, (for some this year, it was more of a Spring-Snow event), time for the Kentucky Derby, and time for the spring Thunder Beach Rally in Panama City Beach, Florida. Mother Nature decided to throw a kink into this rally as well. We spoke with friends Mike and Cindy Marsh on Thursday, May 2, the day after the rally officially kicked off and their third day down there, thinking they had the beach kinda to themselves up to that point, which they did, but they said the weather had been crap the whole time. Other friends…

Victory Demo Rides at Shawnee Cycle Plaza – Shawnee, Kansas

June 1, 2013
Shawnee Cycle Plaza hosted Victory Demo Days on May 11, 2013. The Victory Truck was parked, and the Victorys were lined up. Doris Sarver from Shawnee Cycle Plaza spearheaded the Demo Days event. She did a fantastic job coordinating the event. Hamburgers, chips, lemonade, and cookies were served. All of the salespersons were available to answer any and all questions. Doris included “Operation Gratitude” as part of the Demo Days. Operation Gratitude annually sends 100,000+ care packages filled with snacks, entertainment items, and personal letters of appreciation addressed individually to U.S. service members deployed in hostile regions, to their children…

Yamaha Demo Days at Reno’s Powersports KC – Kansas City, Missouri

June 1, 2013
Selected as an exclusive host for Yamaha Demo Days in the greater Kansas City area, on May 10 and 11, Reno’s Powersports KC welcomed customers to stop by and take a demo ride on their favorite Yamaha. Riders could choose from an assortment of bikes, including the all-new 2014 Bolt, Super Tenere, SCL Raider, Raider, Roadliner, Road Star, Stratoliner Deluxe, Stryker, V Star 950, V Star 1300, VMAX, FJR 1300, R1, R6, FZ8 and the FZ6R. The Yamaha Demo Team was comprised of individuals from all over the U.S., and the Yamaha district manager was on site at Reno’s to…

24th Annual Bikers with a Mission Ride-Kansas City, Missouri

June 1, 2013
Riders in last year’s Bikers with a Mission Ride endured torrential downpours. This year’s weather was somewhat better, but the day still began with overcast skies, light rain, drizzle, and cool temperatures. Despite the unfavorable conditions, around 215 motorcyclists chose to participate in the May 5 ride to benefit the City Union Mission . Cash and pledges amounted to more than $17,000 bringing the 24-year total to nearly $623,000. The funds are used to help Mission clients with needs over and above what the Mission typically budgets for, including utility assistance, bus tokens, baby formula, prescriptions, dental and medical care,…

Ride for Heads in Helmets-Kansas City, Missouri

June 1, 2013
On Saturday morning, May 4, I was glad the ride from my house to Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs, was only a short 16 miles. Light rain was falling, and the temperature was a chilly 37 degrees. I arrived a bit early at Lot M between Arrowhead and Kauffman Stadiums for the 9:00 a.m. registration, and only a few motorcycles were already there. I wondered how many bikers would show up on such a nasty day for the Ride for Heads in Helmets. Sponsored by the Kansas City Chiefs Ambassadors , O’Reilly Auto Parts , and Blue…

AFSP Ride to Silence the Stigma – Shawnee, Kansas

June 1, 2013
Every year almost 865,000 people worldwide attempt suicide. Of those, 83 percent involve poisoning, and 54 percent involve firearms. That’s one suicide attempt every 38 seconds. In the time it took to type this paragraph, two more people tried to take their own lives. In the United States, more people die by suicide than by murder with almost 35,000 suicides per year opposed to just short of 19,000 murders. That equates to one suicide every 15 minutes on average, give or take a few ticks of the clock. Suicide is the second leading cause of deaths among college students and…

4th Annual Ride for NorthCare Hospice Dice Run – Kearney, Missouri

June 1, 2013
Saturday May 11, 2013, all of Natasha Rake’s hard work came to fruition, and the 4th Annual Ride for NorthCare Hospice Dice Run transpired. This amazing charity event is hosted to assist in the cost of providing hospice services to individuals who do not have insurance benefits. Participation in the event ensures all patients can receive the health services they deserve during the most needed part of their lives. Natasha, you’re one cool lady for all the selfless work and hours you dedicate year round to promote this event.

10th Annual B.A.C.A. Ride in Bike Show – Kansas City, Missouri

June 1, 2013
March 4, 2013, Bikers Against Child Abuse® (B.A.C.A.) Kansas City, Missouri Chapter put on their 10th Annual Ride-in Bike Show at Worth Harley-Davidson. Of course anyone on two wheels knows a B.A.C.A. member when they see one, and the dedication they are committed to in promoting the safety of children and the prevention of child abuse. These are definitely hard-core cats serious when it comes to their cause.

The Bombshells

June 1, 2013
EDITOR’S NOTE: I’ve known Brookelyn for many years now, and she was also our August 2010 Cover Model. Brookelyn is also the founder and president of The Bombshells and was kind enough to provide the following information about herself and her wonderful organization.

Victory Celebration at Shawnee Cycle Plaza - Shawnee Mission, Kansas

May 1, 2013
In January 2013, Shawnee Cycle Plaza (SCP) became Kansas City’s newest Victory Motorcycle dealer, and in mid-February, they received their first shipment of 2013 model bikes. We were so excited that SCP had added this new line of motorcycles that we arranged to photograph one of their 2013 Victory Cross Country bikes for our April 2013 cover. Since receiving their first shipment, SCP has already sold several new Victory motorcycles, and their popularity is growing quickly. The dealership was also lucky enough to receive a 15th Anniversary Cross Country Tour® Limited-Edition motorcycles. This is a very rare bike, with only…

7th Annual Gailapalooza at Gail's Harley-Davidson - Grandview, Missouri

May 1, 2013
Gailapalooza at Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Grandviw, Missouri, is the event that annually marks the beginning of the motorcycling season in the Midwest. The morning of April 4 started with a thick overcast and blustery winds, but the sun broke through, and conditions improved throughout the day. As the weather got better, more and more people rolled in to check out the bikes and merchandise inside the dealership as well as the more than 30 vendor booths that filled the parking lot out front. Several charities also had booths to promote upcoming rides such as the City Union Mission ride and…

Indy Racing Returns to Barber Motorsports Park – Birmingham, Alabama

May 1, 2013
Some weeks before the April 5th return of Indy racing, the city of Birmingham was in discussions as to whether or not to extend their support of this event. This event that has an economic impact of around 28 million, was voted “Best Annual Event” and “Best Sporting Event” in 2012 by Birmingham Magazine, and the 2011 race earned the distinction of “Alabama Event of the Year.” Before the race, the media were informed that there would be a special announcement made on Sunday. The Thursday before the racing started there were a couple of what they were calling “Media…

Zac Riders M/C 2013 Breakout Rally at Worth Harley-Davidson – Kansas City, Missouri

May 1, 2013
Saturday March 30, 2013 Worth Harley-Davidson hosted the Zac Riders Motorcycle Club’s 2012 Breakout Rally. The event centralized around a Ride-in Bike Show and Bike Audio Contest with winners receiving very generous Worth Harley-Davidson gift cards in the amounts of $1000 for 1st places, $500 for 2nd places and $250 for both 3rd place winners. I was fortunate enough to place 2nd in the bike audio portion. This exciting night started at 7 p.m. and went until 1 a.m. Approximately 800 people attended the multicultural event, which consisted of over 300 bikes. At least 25 different local motorcycle clubs were…

Motorcycle Grand Prix of the Americas - Austin, Texas

May 1, 2013
The world visited Austin, Texas on the weekend of April 20, 2013. Loudly. The setting was Austin’s stunning, brand new Circuit of the Americas race facility, and the event that brought them in was the Motorcycle Grand Prix of the Americas. This race is the second of 18 races in the Moto GP circuit. Austin hosts one of only three such races in the United States, the other two being at Indianapolis and Leguna Seca. The rest of the series takes riders and fans alike to such far-flung places as Qatar, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, Great Britain,…

Shawnee Cycle Plaza Open House - Shawnee Mission, Kansas

April 1, 2013
Shawnee Cycle Plaza’s Open House was held on March 16, the day before Saint Patrick’s Day, and the slogan was, “Wear GREEN, Save GREEN!” Special values during the event included 10% off on parts and accessories (excluding sale items), 10% off service scheduled that day, and 50% off labor for oil changes on that day. Anyone buying a bike at the regular price during the open house event received a guitar or bass package. Hourly drawings were held for door prizes.As customers arrived, they were cheerfully greeted by members of the Eastern Kansas Tour Riders Chapter B of the Gold…