Is it just my imagination or are there more motorcyclists on the road these days than ever before? After visiting and talking with the owners and Rider Coaches at three of Kansas Cityís most popular MSF rider training facilities I have a feeling itís not my imagination. Just between Maple Woods, Midwest Motorcycle Training Center and Rolling Wheels Training Center, these three locations train more than 2,000 new and returning riders each year. And thatís not even counting the number of students who are trained at the Riderís Edgeģ, which is part of Worth Harley-Davidson North and Kansas City Kansas Community College. I also had the opportunity to interview a student at Rolling Wheels to get a perspective of what itís like to complete the Basic RiderCourse.
With this many new riders on the road, and with the spring riding season just getting kick-started, itís more important than ever to remember and practice your defensive riding techniques because after a long winter, cage drivers arenít used to seeing motorcycles on the road and are as inattentive as ever between cell phones, the radio, screaming kids and numerous other distractions.
Weíve been busy updating our Bike Night Locator page, Local Rallies & Events calendar and US Rallies & Events page to help keep you informed on all the local and national rides, rallies, and events that are coming up. As you know, we rely on you to let us know about all the events going on in your area, so please Submit a Rally or Event so we can share it with your fellow riders, and if youíre aware of any bike night locations we donít yet have listed, please use our Submit a Bike Night link to let us know.
All of us at Cycle Connections would like to thank our new advertising partners and KC Bike Nite Calendar sponsors for allowing us help spread the word about their great products and services:
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On the Cover
Cover Page - - On this month's cover we feature Mike Emerson's 2006 Dynamic Chassis Pro Street & Cover Model Sophia.
A Helping Hand - Gene covers Spikeís 3rd Annual Breast Cancer Run.
Bike Night Reviews - Bike nights are back, so gather up your riding buddies and head out to your favorite watering hole!
Bike Reviews - Check out our latest reviews and road tests on this yearís new lineup of bikes!
Business Reviews - Bearís Hiway Classics in Avondale, Missouri knows how to make old school cool.
Product Reviews - Take a look at latest product and book reviews!
Rides, Rallies & Events Recap - This yearís 9th Annual Kearney Bike Show was a huge success. Nic hangs out with the Harley-Davidson Employee Riders Association at Finniganís Hall in North Kansas City for the 10th Annual ERA Cabin Fever Bash to raise money for numerous local charities. Stripe made his way down to Grandview, Missouri to join in the early spring fun at Gail's Harley-Davidson and he and Dave also made their way out to Lawrence, Kansas for Riverfront Harley-Davidsonís ribbon-cutting ceremony to kick-off the opening of their new dealership.
Readers & Their Rides - This month we featured Dustin Triboulet and His í06 Harley Sportster 1200 Custom.
Scenic Rides & Destinations Reviews - Ride along with our team of weary travelers as they show you some of Americaís best scenic rides and destinations.
Writer's Block - Manfive Irish tells us about the day his son became a man Ė biker style.
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 - Loney tells us about a very cool product from Custom Cycle Gear Inc. which provides an attractive and functional way to carry junk in your trunk.
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 us a line and let us know what's on your mind.
In Memory Of - Please stop by and pay tribute to our fallen brothers and sisters.
Safe Riding - This month we visited Maple Woods, Midwest Motorcycle Training Center and Rolling Wheels Training Centerto give you a first-hand look at three of Kansas City’s best rider training facilities. We also interviewed a student
who recently completed her MSF Basic RiderCourse.
Spoke to Spoke - Goldie talks with Debby Frerichs from Leeís Summit who is the vice-president of the Soldierís Angels, whose mission is to provide aid and comfort to the military and its families, provide immediate response to hard situations, and make sure no soldier feels unloved. They also help their families here at home as needed.
Tech Tips - Dave tells us how to service your 2-stroke dirt bike.
Veteran Riders - See how bikers everywhere are coming together to help support our troops.
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