Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Burkett Center Ride - Birmingham, Alabama

May 31, 2011
On May 14, 2011, riders gathered at Rider’s Harley-Davidson for a ride to benefit the Burkett Center for the multi-handicapped. Cars from the Mustang Club gathered at O’Reilly’s Auto Parts to ride over and join up with the bikes at the Center in Tarrant, Alabama. The Burkett Center was established in 1977 as Springdale Center. In 1987, the program moved to a newly renovated building and was renamed for the past superintendent, Dr. William E. Burkett. Each year the Burkett Center serves approximately 50 students, age 3 to 21. All of the students attending the Burkett Center have multiple disabilities.…

13th Annual Spring Thunder Beach Rally - Panama City Beach, Florida

May 31, 2011
This year’s spring rally came on the heels of some history-making storms and tornados that ravaged several states in the Southeast, so there were many who did not make the rally and some that went down early in the week only to make the trip back to check on their families and property. With that said, I have to tell you, there was a hell of a lot of folks at the beach! There were two new venues added this year, with the Shores of Panama and Cabana Cay Resort taking over hosting duties for the kick-off party with music…

2011 Milledgeville Thunder Spring Rally - Milledgeville, Georgia

May 31, 2011
On April 29-May 1, 2011, David Settle held his famous Milledgeville Thunder Rally just ten miles south of Milledgeville, Georgia. This year I decided to come in a couple of days ahead of schedule to rest up and get some other work out of the way. When I came into the gate the first person I recognized was Tammy who was attending the gate with several others. She told me I would be surprised when I went over the hill and saw how many bikers and campers that were already set up. Many had been here since Sunday to lay…

14th Annual E.R.A. Cabin Fever Bash - Kansas City, Missouri

May 31, 2011
Saturday April 30, 2011, the Harley-Davidson Employee Riders Association held its 14th Annual Cabin Fever Bash event at Finnigan’s Hall (the old North Kansas City Bowl). The day of the event was a beautiful and sunny spring day, which allowed people to ride their bikes to event as I did. Finnigan’s allowed all bikes to park on the sidewalk in front of the venue right below the US and State of Missouri Flags. As expected, the Kansas City Chapter of the Harley-Davidson Employee Rider Association spared no expense to ensure that all who attended enjoyed themselves. The event kicked off…

Cover Bike & Cover Model Search at Harley's & Horses Grill, Stage & Saloon - Kansas City, Missouri

May 31, 2011
Our first cover bike & cover model search of the year took place on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at Harleys & Horses Grill, Stage & Saloon in Kansas City, Missouri. The event was originally scheduled to take place the previous Thursday; however, we had to postpone it due to one of the many thunderstorms that blew through area. It looked like we might have been rained out again, but we lucked out, which made for a great bike night and a good turnout for the event. Lonnie, Donna, Stripe, Danny, and I arrived early to setup our booth in the…

Cover Bike Search Finalist Charlie Adamson & His 1985 Harley-Davidson Super Glide

May 31, 2011
Charlie Adamson’s Super Glide was selected as one of the finalists at our Cover Bike Search at Harleys & Horses Grill, Stage & Saloon in Kansas City, Missouri. Charlie is from Claycomo, Missouri, and I had the opportunity to interview him for this month's issue, and to find out more about his 1985 Harley-Davidson Super Glide. We also took a couple photos of cover model search finalist Caitlin, on Charlie's bike. CC: Charlie, what is your occupation?Charlie: I’m a bartender.CC: Do you have hobbies other than motorcycling?Charlie: Yes, I also enjoy sports; especially football, as well as fishing. CC: Why…

Cover Bike Search Finalist Tony Casas & His 2010 Harley-Davidson Street Glide

May 31, 2011
Tony Casas’ Street Glide was selected as one of the finalists at our Cover Bike Search at Harleys & Horses Grill, Stage & Saloon in Kansas City, Missouri. Tony is from Independence, Missouri, and I had the opportunity to interview him for this month's issue, and to find out more about his 2010 Harley-Davidson Street Glide. We also took a couple photos of cover model search finalist Keesha, on Tony's bike.CC: Tony, what is your occupation?Tony: I’m an electrician.CC: Do you have hobbies other than motorcycling?Tony: Yes, I also enjoy camping, sports, and spending time with my family. CC: How…

Cover Model Search Finalist Caitlin

May 31, 2011
Caitlin from Lee’s Summit, Missouri was one of the finalists in our Cycle Connections Cover Model Search on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at Harleys & Horses Grill, Stage & Saloon in Kansas City, Missouri. We had the opportunity to interview Caitlin for this month's issue, and to take a couple photos of her on cover bike search finalist Charlie Adamson's 1985 Harley-Davidson Super Glide. Caitlin is a dental assistant, and her ambitions are to be the best at everything she does. She especially wants to go further in the dental or medical field than she already is, and wouldn't mind…

Cover Model Search Finalist Keesha

May 31, 2011
Keesha is from Kansas City, Missouri, and was one of the finalists in our Cycle Connections Cover Model Search on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at Harleys & Horses Grill, Stage & Saloon in Kansas City, Missouri. Keesha told me that she's a spoiled housewife, and her ambition is to be the best wife and mother, and to be just an all-around good person. Hobbies include bowling, computers, photography, card-design and decorating. Turn-ons include nice teeth and good hygiene, while liars, jealously, and mean people are a major turnoff. Keesha admits that she’s a sucker for animals. When asked what the…

MLB and SOB 2011 Eureka Springs First Ride - Eureka Springs, Arkansas

May 31, 2011
The MLB and SOB motorcycle clubs along with the Swiss Holiday Resort – Rodeway Inn in Eureka Springs, Arkansas held a “Start of the season” ride and gathering on the weekend of April 8-10, 2011. When the leaders of the motorcycle clubs and the manager of the resort first decided to put together an early spring gathering to celebrate the beginning of the riding season, little did they know how well it would be received. The word was spread in February, and soon the original resort was completely filled and the event started spilling over to neighboring motels. News of…

Worth Harley Davidson-2011 Spring Demo Days - Kansas City, Missouri

May 31, 2011
Worth Harley-Davidson of Kansas City at Tiffany Springs & I-29 hosted yet another opportunity for riders of all capabilities and ages to demo ride the new 2011 line of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. On Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6, the Harley-Davidson Motor Company provided the 2011 bikes and helmets. All you had to bring was your state-issued drivers license with a motorcycle endorsement; pick your bike and RIDE. The Northland Chapter of the Harley Owners Group provided road captain and chaser duties during the two days of riding. The demo route gave the rider a simulation of freeway, city, and…

Flat Track Pre-Season Outlaw Races - LaMonte, Missouri

May 31, 2011
Motorcycle racing returned to the fast 3/8-mile clay oval track at LA Raceway near La Monte, Missouri on Saturday, May 14. The facility is normally an auto racing venue, but Rick Yeager and track owner Mike White team up once each year to present an exciting motorcycle racing program. Dave Corey and staff from D.C. Promotions handled all of the administrative tasks such as rider registration, heat assignments, lineup and staging as well as flagging and scoring the races. Riders competed in Pro Singles, Pro Twins, and Vintage classes. Admission was $18 ($15 advance) with children under 10 admitted free.…

1985 Harley-Davidson Super Glide

May 31, 2011
Charlie Adamson’s 1985 Harley-Davidson Super Glide was selected as one of the finalists in our Cover Bike Search at Harleys & Horses Grill, Stage & Saloon in Kansas City, Missouri. I had the opportunity to interview Charlie for this month's issue, to find out more about him and his Super Glide. We also took a couple photos of cover model search finalist Catlin, on Charlie's bike.Owner: Charlie Adamson City: Claycomo, MissouriGeneral- Year: 1985- Manufacturer: Harley-Davidson - Model: Super Glide- Fabricated and assembled by: Owner and Dennis Schmidt- Assembly time: 6 months- Chromed by: Parts R UsEngine - Year/Make/Size: Harley-Davidson 80ci.…

2010 Harley-Davidson Street Glide

May 31, 2011
Tony Casas’ 2010 Harley-Davidson Street Glide was selected as one of the finalists in our Cover Bike Search at Harleys & Horses Grill, Stage & Saloon in Kansas City, Missouri. I had the opportunity to interview Tony for this month's issue, to find out more about him and his Super Glide. We also took a couple photos of cover model search finalist Keesha, on Tony's bike.Owner: Tony Casas City: Independence, MissouriGeneral- Year: 2010- Manufacturer: Harley-Davidson - Model: Street GlideEngine - Make/Size: Harley-Davidson 103 ci. w/big bore kit & Sceamin’ Eagle cams/100 Horsepower/112 Torque - Carburetor: Harley-Davidson Fuel Injected- Air Cleaner:…

A.H.D.R.A. Midwest Nitro Nationals-Tulsa Raceway Park-Tulsa, Oklahoma

April 30, 2011
Saturday, April 16, got off to a bad start. The temperature was only 39 degrees, and there was mist in the air. I knew the weather at Tulsa Raceway Park in Tulsa, Oklahoma, would be better, but I decided to drive instead of getting the bike out. By the time I passed through Joplin, Missouri, the sky was still overcast, and the temperature had risen only two degrees. However, as I headed west on I-44 the clouds began breaking up, and before long the sky was clear and the thermometer was reading over 50. Better!The All Harley Drag Racing Association…

5th Annual Gailapalooza at Gail's Harley-Davidson

April 30, 2011
After a particularly bitter winter, cabin fever has been a common ailment among Kansas City area motorcyclists. A nice day at this time of the year always brings out bikes in large numbers. Brilliant sunshine and warm temperatures made Saturday, April 2, a great day to get out and ride, and the destination of choice for many was Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Grandview, Missouri. Gailapalooza is an annual celebration of the arrival of the riding season in the Midwest and offers attractions for motorcyclists and their children. The little ones enjoyed bouncing their way through an inflatable obstacle course. A balloon…

Arizona Bike Week 2011 - Scottsdale, Arizona

April 30, 2011
Hot Days, Cool Nights at Arizona Bike Week - It was a hot time in the old town in Scottsdale as the 15th annual Arizona Bike Week swept in, but it took the cool of the evening to bring out most of the bikers. That was no surprise considering that daytime temperatures flirted with 100 degrees on April 1, the mid-day of the five-day event, and the other days weren’t much cooler. But oh, those evenings! While most of the rest of the nation was still bundling up at night, in Scottsdale T-shirts and either jeans or shorts were the…

1st Annual Inzer-Confederate Heritage Ride & Festival - Ashville, Alabama

April 30, 2011
Historic Ashville, Alabama played host to the 1st annual Inzer-Confederate Heritage Ride & Festival, benefiting the Lt. Col. John W. Inzer Home and Museum, on Saturday, April 2, 2011. It was a great outdoor festival and ride for the preservation of a historical landmark and living history of antebellum St. Clair County and Alabama. The Ride and Festival started at 8:00 a.m. with registration for the ride that left at 10:00 a.m. The fee/donation included lunch, door prizes, live entertainment and a guided tour of the museum and grounds. All of the proceeds went to the restoration of the John…

Naked Rallies, Rides, Bike Night and Strange Weather Kick off the 2011 Ride Season in the South

April 30, 2011
The first of the “naked” rallies actually took place back in March with Bama Bike Fest.This year they added a “Miss Bama Bike Fest” to their line-up of fun planned for the weekend, and our very own Donna Chandler took home that honor. The weather didn’t put a damper on too much THIS weekend. “Buck Wild” did their part to keep things heated up as they rocked the house! Then April Fools Day weekend, Boogie Bottoms, our newest little “naked rally” in Alabama, started the season off with their Spring Rally. The April Fools Day joke on everyone was that…

Indy Racing Returns To Barber Motorsports Park - Birmingham, Alabama

April 30, 2011
April 8-10 saw the big boys of Indy racing once again at the beautiful Barber Motorsports Park, in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, in Leeds Alabama. Birmingham beat out five other cities in 2010 for the opportunity to host the inaugural race and to become the only IndyCar race in the Deep South. Early in the week the racing bug bit the mayor of Birmingham when they closed off streets and brought in a 2-seater Indy car along with a driver to take the mayor for a ride.Both he, the Governor of Alabama, and Park owner and developer,…

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