You still have until midnight on Wednesday, May 31 to take the Cycle Connections Reader's Survey for a chance to win some great Cycle Connections swag!
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Here we go again. A bill (HB 994) that would repeal the mandatory helmet law in Missouri for riders ages 21 and older has made it past the House and is now in the hands of the Senate, where similar proposals have failed in the past.
Last year, the Missouri helmet law repeal was included in a larger bill that would have allowed police to stop motorists for not wearing their seat belts. The combined measure cleared the Senate but failed in the House, and an attempt to only repeal the helmet law never cleared the Senate.
This time, along with the helmet law repeal, the House adopted a provision that calls for the Missouri Department of Transportation to fund a study evaluating the impact of repealing the helmet law for the next three years.
In December 2003 I wrote an article entitled In the Wind or Under the Helmet, in which I voiced my opinion on mandatory helmet laws. My views haven't changed since then, and as always, we welcome your input on this topic or anything else you would like to toss out on the table for discussion.
If you're in Kansas City on Saturday, May 20, make sure to stop by our booth at Reno's Yamaha Aprilia for their GRAND RE-OPENING and for your chance to win some great Cycle Connections swag and have your photo taken with the Cycle Connections girls!
Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) Charity Ride & Bike Show - On Saturday, June 24, 2006, bikers will take over Westport for an all-day event featuring a ride for B.A.C.A. in the morning, a ride-in bike show in the afternoon & cage fights that night! Make sure to stop by the Cycle Connections booth for a chance to win some great swag and for a chance to have your photo taken with the lovely Cycle Connections girls!
On June 24-25, make your way to the Kansas City International Raceway (KCIR) for the Soul Brothers 4th Annual Drag Race/Car & Bike Show, and on Sunday, June 25 ride your bike down and enter it in the Cycle Connections Ride-In Bike Show! There will be several classes of bikes and trophies will be presented in each class. As always, the Cycle Connections girls will be on-hand to present the trophies and will be available for photos on your bike!
There are way too many great rides, rallies and events to list them all here, so check out our Local Rallies & Events page so you don't miss out!
As you know, we rely on you to let us know what rides, rallies and events are going on in your area, so please make sure to Submit a Rally or Event so we can share this information with your fellow bikers.
On the Cover
Cover Page - On this month's cover we feature the incredible 2006 Suzuki Boulevard M109R and take a peek behind the scenes at this month's cover model, Apryll.
A Helping Hand - Tommy tells us about the 2nd Annual St. Jude Poker Run in Eatonton, Georgia and Stripe leads a Greater Kansas City H.O.G. ride to assist the Special Olympics. Your prayers and help are needed for fallen brother, Steve “Bub” Ford, who was recently involved in a serious motorcycle accident.
Band Reviews - In this month's issue we feature The Bob Harvey Band, one of Kansas City's most biker-friendly bands.
Bike Club Reviews - I had the opportunity to talk with Cecil Searcy, President of the Widows Sons Masonic Motorcycle Association - Missouri Grand Chapter to find out more about their organization.
Bike Reviews - Dave Miller gives us a closer look at the 2006 Suzuki Boulevard M109R.
Business Reviews - Take an inside look at three of our newest sponsors: Donnell's Motorcycles - Independence, Missouri, Reno's Yamaha Aprilia - Kansas City, Missouri and Heart of Dixie Harley-Davidson in Pelham, Alabama.
Product Reviews - Kay Fellows' new book entitled Upper Mississippi Valley by Motorcycle takes you on a tour covering the Quad Cities in Illinois and Iowa, the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul as well as the adjacent corners of Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa..
Rides, Rallies & Events Recap - Lynn Reynolds reports on the Barn Burner at Bessie’s Cycle Barn in Irondale, Alabama, while Stripe has some Fun Times at Gail's Harley-Davidson in Grandview, Missouri. Tommy Pittard tells us about the Milledgeville Thunder Rally in Milledgeville, Georgia, and make sure to check out Riders Harley-Davidson's 30th Anniversary party in Birmingham, Alabama.
Readers & Their Rides - Meet Joe Schnitz and his ‘06 Yamaha Roadliner S.
Scenic Rides & Destinations - Mike Lousha takes us along on his Anniversary Ride to Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Writer's Block - Take the Cycle Connections Reader's Survey for your chance to win some great Cycle Connections swag, and make sure to check out Mike Lousha's article entitled, VALUES to find out about his opportunity to experience true “biker values” up close and personal.
Ask the Jackass - No such thing as a stupid question? Wrong! If there's something on your pea-sized brain and you don't know whom to turn to for advice, just ask the Jackass.
Behind Bars - Check out this new monthly column for Loney's take on 2006 Daytona Bike Week fatalities.
Biker Humor - Our weekly publication of jokes and cartoons are sure to bring a smile to your face. We encourage you to submit jokes and cartoons, and each month, we'll draw a name out of the helmet for a free Cycle Connections cozie!
Cool Bikes & Hot Babes - Check out our photo collection of cool bikes & hot babes! New photos are added each day. This is a members only page, so sign up now for your FREE online subscription and check them out today!
E-mail to the Editor - We've received lots of great feedback and information from our readers that we want to share. Drop me a line and let me know what's on your mind.
In Memory Of - Please stop by and pay tribute to Ryan Consolver and our other fallen brothers and sisters.
Safe Riding - Learn the proper technique for picking up your bike if you fall over and go BOOM!
Spoke to Spoke - Goldie gives us a rundown on some of her favorite blues performers, B.B. King, Rodney Crowell, Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Kim Wilson.
Tech Tips - Dave consults with Mike Wilson of Dyno Mike's Dynamic Chassis for a Q&A session on Harley-Davidson Twin Cam tensioners.
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