Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Motorcycle Road Racing at Heartland Park Topeka

July 31, 2006
Ever since my interview with road racer Walt Sipp for the February, 2005, issue of Cycle Connections, I have been looking forward to attending a race. The perfect opportunity arose when the American Superbike Racing Association (A.S.R.A.) and Championship Cup Series (C.C.S.) came to race at Heartland Park south of Topeka, Kansas, and less than ninety miles from home. The event took place the weekend of June 16 through 18. Due to other commitments, including a charity ride in St. Joe on that Saturday, my attendance was limited to the final day.When I decided to cover this road race for…

22nd Annual A.B.A.T.E. of Iowa Freedom Rally

July 31, 2006
On Thursday, June 29, I headed north for my second major biker party in as many weeks. Having spent the previous weekend at Bike Week Oklahoma, I hoped that I had saved enough energy to do some serious partying at the 22nd Annual A.B.A.T.E. of Iowa Freedom Rally near Algona. I stopped off for a couple of hours in West Des Moines to take my niece Pam out to lunch and tour the shopping center where she works. After resuming my ride, I was thinking about the fact that I was making good time. Thoughts like that invite trouble. Sure…

99.7 KY’s 32nd Birthday Bash – Kansas City, Missouri

July 31, 2006
July 16, 2006, marked the beginning of the invasion from south of the border. Yes, the locals had had ample warning that this was going to happen. But when it hit, not a one was prepared for what was going to happen. The party was put on by local radio station KYYS 99.7 FM. The event was billed as the station’s “32nd Birthday Bash” and it lived up to all the hype. The gates to Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, in Bonner Springs Kansas, a small town just west of Kansas City, opened at 4 p.m. Once in the gate, visitors were…

Bike Week Oklahoma 2006 - Sparks America

July 31, 2006
As usual, my schedule did not permit me to attend the full week of biker festivities at the Sparks America Campground. I had planned to begin my 350-mile ride about mid-morning on Thursday, June 22, but rain held me up until early afternoon. After checking the Weather Channel, I decided to take head southwest from the Kansas City area, taking Interstate 35 through Wichita. This route added some miles to the journey, but was definitely a good move, since it kept me dry for the duration of the trip. As I rode through an area of road construction in Oklahoma,…

Yankee Goes Home – A Road Trip from Bridgeport, Texas to Coshocton, Ohio

July 31, 2006
It was a dark and stormy night…err, hrm, well…actually it wasn’t. I have always liked the line the little beagle used for his books though. The truth is that is was clear, hot, and humid without even a trace of a breeze. Facing into the morning sun, two Texans and a Yankee were fixin’ to take a little ride. Two-thousand seven-hundred and seventy-one miles to be precise, round trip from Bridgeport, Texas to Corunna, Indiana and then to Coshocton, Ohio and return. I had been considering this trip for over a half a year and finally decided it was now…

Harley-Davidson 2007 Motorcycles Honor Military Service

July 31, 2006
MILWAUKEE (August 11, 2006) – American military personnel and veterans know well the extraordinary sacrifice required to serve their country and protect freedom around the world. It is a level of dedication and commitment that cannot be taken for granted and is greatly respected by Harley-Davidson. Harley-Davidson will provide those who have served their country the chance to customize their motorcycle with details honoring their military service with the 2007 Patriot Special Edition program. These specially-decorated models will be sold only to active U.S. military service men and women, veterans and immediate family members of both those categories. “Harley-Davidson is…

Sturgis 2006 - Babes

July 30, 2006
Take a sneak peek at this year's collection of Sturgis 2006 babe photos, and make sure to check back often as we continue to add more pics every day! Photos by Mike Schweder and Stripe

Sturgis 2006 - Bikes

July 30, 2006
Take a sneak peek at this year's collection of Sturgis 2006 bike photos, and make sure to check back often as we continue to add more pics every day! Photos by Mike Schweder and Stripe

Sturgis 2006 - Bikers

July 30, 2006
Take a sneak peek at this year's collection of Sturgis 2006 biker photos, and make sure to check back often as we continue to add more pics every day! Photos by Mike Schweder and Stripe

Sturgis 2006 - Johnny Dare Live at The Full Throttle Saloon

July 30, 2006
Check out this year's collection of Sturgis 2006 photos of Johnny Dare, fellow biker and radio personality with 98.9 The Rock in Kansas City. These photos were taken during the Johnny Dare Morning Show remote on Thursday, August 10 at the Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis, South Dakota. Each year Johnny interviews celebrities as well as his fans who ride up from KC every year for the Sturgis rally. One of the celebrities Johnny interviewed this year was Stormy Daniels, who was in Sturgis this year promoting her hot new DVD entitled Sturgis Xposed with Stormy Daniels. Stormy has appeared…

4th Annual Ride for Ryan

June 30, 2006
Each year since the tragic death of Ryan Consolver at the age of 24 resulting from a motorcycle accident, his family has honored his memory and celebrated his birthday by putting on a charity poker run with the assistance of many sponsors and volunteers. Proceeds from the Ride for Ryan are used every year to provide scholarships for young people who are pursing careers in the construction industry, Ryan’s chosen field.This was my second year to attend the ride, having met Ryan’s parents, Rick and Janis, at the 2005 World of Wheels Show in Kansas City where they had Ryan’s…

3rd Annual Mayor’s Wheelin’ & Dealin’ Ride for Hope House

June 30, 2006
On Saturday, June 17, I joined many others in the community to support the 3rd Annyal Mayor’s Wheelin’ & Dealin’ ride for Hope House. Hope House is a local domestic violence shelter with two locations located in Independence and Lee’s Summit. Founded in 1983, the shelter’s mission is to break the cycle of domestic violence by offering many services to women and children of abuse. Hope House is one of the largest domestic violence shelters in Missouri offering many different programs. With a 52-bed shelter and early childhood center, the programs have expanded to include: outreach therapy, court advocacy, and…

2nd Annual Widows Sons Poker Run – St. Joseph, Missouri

June 30, 2006
Early Saturday afternoon, June 17, Stripe, fellow Cycle Connections photojournalist and Randy, one of my good riding buddies met at my house and headed north to St. Joseph, Missouri, which happens to be in my old stomping grounds. Evil Twin Cycles located at 704 South Belt Highway was the starting point for the 2nd Annual Widows Sons Poker Run hosted by the local Widows Sons Missouri Grand Chapter. The Widows Sons Masonic Motorcycle Association is an internationally based association of Master Masons who have joined together to share the sport of motorcycling and to introduce Freemasonry to the public and…

Hog Wild Rodeo - Conesville, Iowa

June 30, 2006
Twice a year the roar of motorcycle engines fills the air in the normally quiet rural area near Conesville in Southeastern Iowa. The annual Hog Wild Rodeo takes place the weekend before Memorial Weekend, and the Thunder in the Sand Rally is a Labor Day Weekend event. Property owned by the Circle of Pride Motorcycle Club provides plenty of space for RV’s and tent campers as thousands of bikers take up temporary residence for each rally.Having attended the Labor Day event for the past several years, I decided to check out the Spring rally this year. On Thursday, May 18,…

Flat Track Races at Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas

June 30, 2006
Motorcycle racing returned to Kansas City’s Lakeside Speedway on June 10, the first of two scheduled dates this year. On Friday nights, racecars compete on this fast 3/8-mile dirt oval in Modified, Grand National, and Factory Stock classes. On this particular Saturday, it appeared that there might be no racing at all. The forecast was for an eighty percent chance of severe thunderstorms with large hail, damaging winds, and possible flooding. Considering the fact that my ’89 Bonneville already has hail damage, the decision as to whether to ride or drive the 45 minutes to the track was an easy…

3rd Annual Great Southern Bike Rally - Douglas, Georgia

June 30, 2006
On May 26, I headed south down Hwy 441 to the Great Southern Bike Rally to attend one of the largest bike rallies in South Georgia. Every year it is held at the Douglas Municipal Airport. The three-hour ride went by very quickly. This year there was more heat and sunshine than rain. But no one missed seeing the rain. Saturday morning I decided to take a ride and check out the countryside. I knew I had about two hours before I had to be back in Douglas for the Veterans ride and bike games. In the past few months…

4th Annual Guns N Hoses Motorcycle Ride

June 30, 2006
The Khrome Cowgirls as well as many other bikers participated in the 4th Annual Guns N Hoses Motorcycle Ride on June 17, 2006. This was a benefit ride sponsored by Kansas City Metro area Police and Firefighters. The proceeds from the registration will be donated to Overland Park Police officer Bob Miller for his daughter Hannah who is fighting Burkitt’s lymphoma. We met at Lenexa Christian Center in Lenexa, Kansas where the ride was to begin. Coming into the drive of the church we were met with a fire truck with its boom ladder extended out across the drive marking…

27th Annual Run What You Brung - McLouth, Kansas

June 30, 2006
On the morning of Saturday, June 3, I woke up to a beautiful day of sunshine and a perfect day for riding! My husband and I mounted our scoots and headed down the road to the 27th Annual “Run What You Brung” held at the McLouth, Kansas fairgrounds. After making a quick stop at the state line to ditch our helmets, we headed through the Kansas countryside to the fairgrounds for a day of biker fun. As we arrived at the gate and paid our entry fee, both my husband and I were impressed with the location and set-up of…

7th Annual Sizzler Rally - Warsaw, Missouri

June 30, 2006
On June 23-25 FORR Local 35 held the 7th Annual Sizzler Rally in Warsaw, Missouri. This event is held at Bo’s Nevermind Campground, six miles south of Warsaw off Highway 7. Local 35 president Bob Hawkins and his wife (Local 35 treasurer), Linda, headed up the weekend fun with lots of help and donations from their local membership as well as many other volunteers and sponsors. With the cost only $15 for FORR members and $20 for non-members for the entire weekend of camping and fun, you couldn’t go wrong! The event included camping with showers, food, vendors, field event…

4th Annual Soul Brothers Drag Race - Kansas City, Missouri

June 30, 2006
June 25, 2006, was a day I was excited about going back to the legendary KCIR Speedway. Upon arrival, I was eager to start snapping photos of the true talent that is present at these events. Darwin Barnett was stationed at the entry booth with a smile having all of the gladiators sign the guest clipboard. I was directed to meet Mary, Darwin’s lovely wife, at the motor home to help her get set up with anything she needed and to make my base camp. I heard that wonderful noise that keeps me excited and wanting to return over and…