November 2009 e-Newsletter
ON THE COVER
On the Cover -- 2008 Custom Suzuki GSX-R 1000 & Cover Model Alysha - Pete Davis from Kansas City, Kansas it the owner of this month's cover bike, and Alysha from Stockton, Missouri is our November cover model
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Buy A New Motorcycle in 2009 and Write Off the Sales Tax! - Have you been thinking about buying a new bike but still putting it off? If so, you'd better get off your butt and get to the dealership now!
FROM THE EDITORAlthough the weather didn't behave all that well in October, that didn't stop riders from participating in many of the great fall rides, rallies and events, which is obvious from all the articles in this month's issue.
Yes, I know that every time you turn on the TV all you hear is how bad the economy is, how high the unemployment rate is, and all the other "woe is me" stories the press just loves to bum you out with. Although the economy may be low, and we may have the highest unemployment rate in almost 25 years at around 10 percent, if you have a job and are doing OK, there's absolutely no reason you shouldn't be out patronizing your local motorcycle dealerships and other motorcycle-friendly establishments just like you always have. Not only can you get some great deals on new motorcycles and write off your sales tax, but you'll be doing your part to help the economy and your local businesses.
If you think about it, your dollars may be just be enough to help many local motorcycle-related businesses get through the tough times so they'll be there for you once the economy straightens out. Therefore, if you're one of the 90 percent employed motorcycle enthusiasts out there, turn off the TV, get off the couch, and help out your fellow motorcycle enthusiasts and business owners!
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A Helping Hand
15th Annual Bikers for Babies® RIDE - Kansas City, Kansas - Kansas City’s 15th Annual Bikers for Babies® RIDE was a huge success! About 6,000 motorcyclists came together at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, September 20, for the nation’s largest March of Dimes motorcycle event… (Read full article)
1st Annual Braking the Cycle Ride – Indianapolis, Indiana - The air may have been brisk, but the sun was shining, and the bikes were hot at the First Annual Braking the Cycle Ride. On October 10, 2009, close to150 bikers, supporters, and volunteers gathered together at Christel House Academy (CHA) in Indianapolis for this inaugural charity ride to benefit Christel House International… (Read full article)
2009 Hearts on Fire Ride - New Berlin, Wisconsin - On Tuesday evening, August 18th, a motorcycle parade--with members from the Kettle Moraine Harley Owners’ Group Chapter (KMC H.O.G.) along with staff from Hal’s Harley-Davidson, friends and family--presented a check for $17,446, representing year-long fundraising efforts to offset the cost of the camp for as many Wisconsin kids as possible and offered motorcycle rides with photo mementos to burn injured campers… (Read full article)
3rd Annual Cruisin for St. Jude Mini Rally – Birmingham Alabama - The 3rd Annual Cruisin for St. Jude Mini Rally at the Birmingham Race Course, sponsored by Cycle Connections, kicked off on Friday, September 4, with beautiful weather and a very nice turnout to what promised to be our best rally weekend yet… (Read full article)
Ride for the Red 2009 – Overland Park, Kansas - The custom paint and chrome glittered like diamonds as the sun slowly rose in the azure blue sky, repeating the experience of daily life as it did the day previous, and will the next. At least, we hope said celestial body will perform as usual. It’s going to be a mighty big bummer for all bipedal carbon-based units if it doesn’t… (Read full article)
Rides, Rallies & Events Recap
17th Annual Ralph Wayne's Backyard Nationals - Kansas City, Missouri - For the past 17 years, Ralph Wayne has hosted the Vintage Motorcycle Backyard Nationals on the first Saturday in October, and Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, was no exception. Yes, it is in his backyard in Kansas City, Missouri, and Ralph gets a permit each year to block off the streets surrounding his house to use for motorcycle parking only, and it is not uncommon to see over a couple thousand bikes there at any given time of the day… (Read full article)
Milledgeville Thunder Rally – Milledgeville, Georgia - October 3-5 was the last edition for the year of the Milledgeville Thunder Rally, which came to a very slow ending Sunday morning. When I arrived Friday morning I was expecting to be one of the first ones to come through the gate. To my amazement it seemed like the campground was already full of bikers and campers… (Read full article)
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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 membership and check them out today! … (View this section)
Spoke to Spoke
My Take on Charity Runs - In just a two-weekend span of time in September, New Jersey saw no less than 30 charity ride events. Many of these were misnamed “First Annual,” and close to half were “poker runs.” … (Read full article)
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