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AHDRA Southern Nationals in Commerce, Georgia

June 30, 2005
WOW! And what a rush! Memorial Day weekend we went to the All Harley Drag Race at theAHDRA Southern Nationals in Commerce, Georgia, and my eardrums vibrated fordays afterward! We contacted Lisa Cranfill who handles the press relations for theAHDRA to request access to the race. We thought it would make a nice storywith some really cool pictures to share. Lisa couldn't have been more helpful. Wehad media packets waiting for us when we got there that were filled witha lot of useful information on the AHDRA. We headed for Georgia early Saturday to stay at the Howard Johnson'sin Commerce,…

Alabama State H.O.G. Rally

June 30, 2005
The Alabama State H.O.G. Rally was held in Pelham this year. It has been five years since it was held in the Birmingham area, and this rally covered a lot of ground. It started Thursday night in Trussville at Riders Harley-Davidson with a kick-off party where the Buicks were playing, hamburgers and hot dogs were grilling, and the store was staying open late. Even though it was kind of a 'crappy' night weather-wise, there was still a large turnout. We stayed for awhile then decided to go see what they were doing across town at the Heart of Dixie Harley-Davidson…

Blue Knights Alabama Chapter VI - Troop 2005 Ride

June 30, 2005
On Saturday, May 21, the Blue Knights Alabama Chapter VI hosted a Troop 2005 Ride to support our troops in Iraq. Mother Nature was nice enough to donate a beautiful day for the ride. Registration started at 10 a.m. with the ride-out scheduled for 1 p.m. departing from four different locations, Mt. Cheaha Harley-Davidson, Springville National Guard Armory, Alexander City National Guard Armory and Pelham's Heart of Dixie Harley-Davidson. The ride ended at 29 Dreams Motorcycle Resort in Vandiver. There were a lot of door prizes given away, T-shirts, hats, tool kits, knives, and a Jeff Gordon shirt I wanted!…

Kansas City BMW Club - 26th Annual Land of Oz Rally

June 30, 2005
No matter the best laid plans, you just can’t plan out the weather. And although severe storms, dramatic lightning, and heavy rains pounded La Cygne, Kansas, and Linn County Park during the early morning and late-night hours June 3-4-5, more than 100 die-hard BMW riders took part in the Kansas City BMW Club’s 26th Annual Land of Oz Rally. “I think a lot of people were looking at the weather radar and wondering if they should come or not,” said club member and nationally known rider Voni Glaves, Lawrence, Kansas. “We (Voni and her husband Paul) came down today (Saturday)…

2nd Annual XL-List Rally

June 30, 2005
Are you looking for a resource with highly active, knowledgeable and opinionated participants? Would you like to learn how to re-jet your carb, increase your displacement, know which ignition system you should upgrade to and, most importantly, learn how to “Pay the Taxes”? If these topics provide you with just a hint of curiosity, then you need to subscribe to the most active web list for Harley-Davidson enthusiasts, the XL-List. The XL-List officially started in December 1996 and has grown to 1600 subscribers, with another 1,000 who regularly read it from the web page. And if you’d like to join…

Operation Homecoming USA – A Tribute to Vietnam Vets

June 30, 2005
Operation Homecoming USA is a first-ever national event having the specific purpose of providing Vietnam veterans the national homecoming they never received. "Welcome Home: America's Tribute to Vietnam Veterans" took place June 13-19 to mark the 30th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. Motorcycle riders from across the area met in Springfield with the truck carrying the multi-section Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall Experience. The military escort was provided by Army National Guard Sergeant First Class Richard Burns and 13 other members of the 203rd Engineer Battalion from Springfield, Missouri. Each of the soldiers served in Iraq, and all…

Save the Sweater Kittens Poker Run

May 31, 2005
With a name like Save the Sweater Kittens, I knew this wasn’t going to be your average poker run. I’m not exactly sure where the term, sweater kittens came from, however, I think I may have first heard it on the Johnny Dare Morning Show on 98.9 The Rock. Anyway, for those of you who aren’t up on your slang, sweater kittens is another name for breasts. Therefore, you can probably figure it out for yourself, that this was a benefit ride to raise money in the fight against breast cancer. The run started at Worth Harley-Davidson North, where Team…

3rd Annual All Patriots Poker Run

May 31, 2005
It was a crisp, cool morning on Sunday, May 15 as I backed my bike out of the garage and headed north toward Kearney, Missouri. Today was the 3rd Annual All Patriots Poker Run sponsored by the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA), and I was excited to meet up with several of their members who I had talked with just a week earlier at the Bikers Against Child Abuse Bike Show at Knucklehead’s Saloon. When I arrived at the VFW in Kearney, the parking lot was already full of riders who had gotten up just a bit earlier than I…

16th Annual Run for the Homeless

May 31, 2005
The morning of Sunday, May 1, 2005, the temperature was 36 degrees when we got on the scooter and headed out. What, you may ask, would possess us to get up and out so early on a Sunday morning in weather like that? Only a very good cause would justify it in my mind, and the 16th Annual Bikers with a Mission (BWAM) – Run for the Homeless is a cause worthy of a little discomfort. And since there was no threat of storms and tornadoes like the ones that followed us for the duration of the ride in 2003,…

Gardner Lions Poker Run

May 31, 2005
More than 100 motorcyclists rode into Gardner, Kansas on May 14 for the 2nd Annual Gardner Lions Poker run that helps the club purchase eye glasses for youngsters whose families might not be able to afford them. Organizers, that included members of the newly formed Gardner Lions Pride Riders Motorcycle Club, which was officially chartered during a dinner May 21 in Gardner, were hoping to get 100 motorcycles participating in the event. “We ended up with 113 motorcycles,” said Gil Dishman, president of the Pride Riders. "It was a great day, a great run that came out good, and it…

Greater Kansas City H.O.G. and Special Olympics

May 31, 2005
Each year the Greater Kansas City Chapter of Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) provides volunteers to assist with the Special Olympics Area Track and Field Meet in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Rain or shine, the event is held, and the bikers are there to help. According to the organization’s web site, the mission of Special Olympics is “to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with mental disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their…

Spike’s Brickyard Benefit for Breast Cancer

May 31, 2005
We missed it! Yep, no hiding that fact! The Cycle Connections staff does our absolute best to cover every event, but sometimes we just can’t get to them all. In this case, it was a big one, so we now bow our heads in shame and request your forgiveness! Although we weren’t present for this one, we are bringing you the heartwarming story that came from it. Jessica Freeman is at the center of our story. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in June of 2004, just prior to her 30th birthday. Always smiling, she was the last one you’d…

Thunder on the River Ride-In Bike Show

May 31, 2005
A large ballroom with chandeliers and luxurious carpet provided an elegant setting for the inaugural Thunder on the River Ride-In Bike Show and Apparel Show in the Convention Center at Harrah’s North Kansas City Casino and Hotel. The event, jointly sponsored by the casino and Worth Harley-Davidson North, drew a field of around 50 stock, custom, and antique motorcycles competing for $100 cash prizes in the following categories: Best Engine, Best Paint, Best Display, Best Club Display and Best Ladies Bike. For the bike selected as Best in Show, the prize was $1,000. The event took place on Saturday, April…

3rd Annual Bikers Against Child Abuse Bike Show

May 31, 2005
Saturday, May 7 was a beautiful day for the 3rd Annual Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) Ride-In Bike Show. Several bikes lined both sides of the street in front of Knuckleheads Saloon as their owners registered for the show. The B.A.C.A. trailer was a hub of activity as members sat at a table in front of the trailer handing out literature about their club; while inside the trailer, a skilled artist from Kingpin Tattoos was busy applying someone’s new tat. There were several silent auction items laid out on a table. At the T-J Enter Prises booth next door, the…

Shawnee Protest Ride

May 31, 2005
They called it the Weenie ride to Shawnee City Hall to express opposition to the city’s consideration of a new noise ordinance that would specifically target motorcycles. Shawnee Cycle Plaza owner Barry Bunner, organizer of the ride, was hoping to get 100 motorcycles, but nearly 500 motorcyclists from throughout the area took the May 17 event to heart. Their presence at the city council committee meeting that night, as well as at the city’s council meeting May 23 apparently had an affect. The Shawnee City Council unanimously voted not to pursue looking into creating a new noise ordinance for the…

7th Annual Thunder Beach Spring Rally

May 31, 2005
Did you feel the rumble coming from the Gulf Coast? What thunder Mother Nature didn't provide, the thousands of motorcycle's did that invaded Panama City Beach Florida the last weekend in April, for the 7th Annual Thunder Beach Spring Rally. What better mix is there? You've got your surf, sand, buff bodies, scenic riding, thousands of awesome motorcycles, and did I mention-alcohol? There are probably just as many, if not more, bikes riding to the beach as there are those being given a 'lift' down. Our friends, Jim & Jeff from Bessie's Cycle Barn had a small posse leave from…

Touring America's Southwest - A Biker's Diary

May 31, 2005
For some years I have wanted to take a trip to America’s Southwest on my motorcycle, and shared this notion with Jon Watkins, my friend and riding buddy, a couple of years ago. He was way ahead of me, having already thought the plan through and even gathered some information about the sites and attractions there. Jon and I have ridden together for years, and have traveled this country from rally to rally, mountaintop to beach, and lots of places in between. I am a some-time photographer and a full-time computer geek, and Jon chases computer hackers for a living.…

POW – MIA Veteran Riders Motorcycle Club

May 31, 2005
I’m not sure where the month of May went, but it sure passed quickly! I trust all riders returned safely from the Rolling Thunder ride and the hundreds of other equally significant Memorial Day rider events. The month of June always seems to be a month to regroup from my mad dashes on the bike during April and May. Those two months are always insane for me, as I can never seem to get enough riding time in the fresh spring air and my desire to find and renew old friendships. June is a good month for me to plan…

3rd Annual Ride for Ryan

April 30, 2005
On August 11, 2002, Ryan Consolver’s life was tragically cut short at the age of 24 as a result of a motorcycle accident on Highway 169 in Kansas City. For several months following Ryan’s death, his parents, Rick and Janis of Union Star, Missouri, struggled to cope and to find a way to go on with their lives. Finally, they came up with a plan to honor Ryan’s memory while benefiting others. They decided to organize a motorcycle event called the Ride for Ryan that would be held on his next birthday in June, 2003. Supportive family and friends pitched…