So did you have a good Fourth of July? If you can count all your fingers and toes with both eyes, I'm guessing you survived mostly unscathed. When I was a kid I had a blast shooting off fireworks, blowing up whatever my Black Cats would fit in, and watching Dad scare the hell out of Mom by setting off cherry bombs outside the bedroom window while she was still asleep. Ahhh, the good old days!
I still enjoy watching fireworks and getting together with family and friends; however, for some reason I just can't get myself to pry open the old wallet and hand over my hard-earned money for something that's going to be gone as soon as I flick my Bic. I guess I'd rather spend my money on some new chrome or leather, but hey; to each his own.
With just one look at the article titles on this month's cover, it's easy to see why Cycle Connections is the most read online motorcycle magazine on the Internet. In this month's issue we feature stories from Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, New York, and of course, right here in the good old Midwest.
The month of July is one of the busiest months for rides, rallies, and events, so make sure to check out our Bike Night Locator page, Local Rallies & Events calendar and US Rallies & Events page to stay on top of all the great rides, rallies, and events in your area.
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 you're aware of any bike night locations we don't yet have listed, please use our Submit a Bike Night link to let us know.
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On the Cover
Cover Page - - Cycle Connections Kawasaki ZX1100C3 Ninja & Cover Model Rosa.
A Helping Hand - Loney & Stephanie covered the 1st Annual Out of Hibernation Dice Run & Street Party at Bear's Hiway Classics in Avondale, Missouri, Stripe rode up to St. Joseph, Missouri for the 5th Annual Ride for Ryan, and down in Birmingham, Alabama, Lynn participated in the Shawna Buchanan Poker Run.
Band Reviews - Check out some of our best local biker bands.
Bike Club Reviews - Stripe visited with the Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts (HoAME) to find out more about this diverse group of riders.
Bike Night Reviews - Bike nights are back, so gather up your riding buddies and head out to your favorite watering hole!
Bike Reviews - Dave Miller road tested a 2007 Aprilia RSV 1000R; courtesy of Reno's Yamaha Aprilia of KC.
Business Reviews - Take a behind the scenes look at some of the best biker-friendly businesses around!
Product Reviews - Find out everything you ever wanted to know about detailing your bike by taking our Pig-Glow Products Detailing Tutorial.
Rides, Rallies & Events Recap - Lynn & Leigh spent time at the 2007 Alabama State H.O.G. Rally, which returned to Birmingham this year and Chuck made his way down to Spring Hill, Kansas for the 4th Annual Blackhawk Motorcycle Rally. Doug & Cecil hit the road to Graham, Kentucky for the Hawg Valley Bike Rally while Stripe headed north on his annual pilgrimage to Conesville, Iowa for the Hog Wild Rodeo. Daniel S. Burnstein took a road trip to Americade 2007 in Lake George Village, New York. Stripe also found time to cover the HoAME 2007 Vintage Motorcycle Show, which took place at the Kansas Speedway.
Readers & Their Rides - Are you proud of your bike and would like to share your story with your fellow readers? If so, just e-mail a good photo of you and your bike to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll gather some additional information about you and your ride. Your photo and information will then be published in an upcoming issue.
Scenic Rides & Destinations Reviews - Come along for some of the best scenic rides and destination in the country.
Writer's Block - Check out our staff's personal interest stories in the Writer's Block section of this month's issue.
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.
Biker Humor - Our weekly publication of jokes and cartoons are sure to bring a smile to your face and tear to your eye. 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 - Check out all the great safe riding tips!
Spoke to Spoke - Goldie gives us some valuable tips on group riding.
Tech Tips - In this month's issue, Dave tells us how to service rear brake drums.
Veteran Riders - Doze joins the Defenders Motorcycle Club on a ride to the Florida National Cemetery for a Memorial Day observance.
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