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7th Annual Cabin Fever Bash

April 30, 2005
It’s often said that the biker community is one of the most charitable groups of folks you’ll find. One of the key components of this benevolence in the Kansas City area is the Employee Riders Association (ERA) from the Harley-Davidson Assembly Plant in Platte County, Missouri. For the past seven years, this group has kicked off their fund-raising efforts at the start of the riding season with their annual Cabin Fever Bash. The ERA's rallying efforts for many local charities are considerable. As significant players in the annual Bikers for Babies® Ride since 1998, they have donated more than $50,000…

Gail’s Harley-Davidson Spring Fashion Show

April 30, 2005
Long-time Harley-Davidson riders remember when Harley apparel consisted of black T-shirts with a dealership logo on the back. The “new spring line” sported different designs on the front or maybe even a new dealership logo. The clothing rack was likely to be in one corner of the showroom floor that might have been in the same room with the service department. Harley-Davidson has come a long way, and so has their Motorclothes™ line! Harley dealerships of the Twenty-First Century typically have large areas dedicated to the sale of clothing and other general Harley merchandise. The company’s 2004 Annual Report quotes…

KC Creations “Thank You” Party

April 30, 2005
Dictionary.com defines the word party as “A social gathering especially for pleasure or amusement.” Kim and Cheryl Suter’s “Thank You” party definitely fit the definition to a “T.” Cheryl was so gracious as to invite yours truly, along with Stephanie and our editor-in-chief, Mike Schweder, to the event. The invitation could not have been more welcome as it saved me from a night of sitting home stewing over my interviews at the Easyriders V-Twin Bike Show the following day. Cheryl described the party as “A way for KC Creations to say thank you to Easyriders Events, the builders and some…

Easyriders V-Twin Bike Show 2005 - Kansas City

April 30, 2005
Well, we asked for it and we got it. Any writer would love to cover the Easyriders V-Twin Bike Show. This year’s show was scheduled for Saturday, April 9, so Stephanie and I decided if we were going to do it, we were going all out. We started back in January by getting contact info for the master builders. I had a master plan to schedule interviews as part of our event coverage. With the gracious help of Ivy and Sandy at Easyriders Events, as well as each of the master builders’ staff, we pulled it off and were able…

Easyriders V-Twin Bike Show 2005 Awards – Kansas City

April 30, 2005
The following awards were presented at the Easyriders V-Twin Bike Show. Congratulations to all bike show winners and participants. Best of Show - Spectator Class1st – Gary Prewitt - Lake Ozark, MO - 2005 Custom Chopper 2nd – David Stieferman - Steedman, MO - 2005 Special Construction Softail3rd – Hot Bike of Quincy - Quincy, IL - 2005 Custom Pro-Street Easyriders - Best Custom Bikes1st – Charles McNeese - Emporia, KS - 2005 Softail 2nd – Jamie Vaugel - Joplin, MO - 2005 Pro-Street 3rd – Joe Donnelly - Bucyrus, KS - 2005 Buell In the Wind - Highway Bikes1st…

Old Highway 56 Car & Bike Show

April 30, 2005
Reece Good looked up at the blue sky and glared at the bright sun. April 23 was almost a picture perfect day for the first-ever Old 56 Car and Bike Show at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Gardner, Kansas. Almost a perfect day! It was about that time when a strong gust of wind came in from the north and hit Good on the back of the neck. He twinged from the chill. “I’m surprised at how many bikes showed up. It’s windy and cold,” Good said. Good, the owner of Ultra Craft Customers in Gardner, was one of the…

Dothan Bikefest – Alabama’s Largest Motorcycle Event!

April 30, 2005
You know, it just isn't a bike rally until people start showing skin and getting wet and Messy! We found that and more down in Dothan, Alabama the weekend of April 8, at the Dothan Bikefest, which is Alabama's largest bike rally! We had originally set out for this experience back in the fall, for what is now lovingly referred to as "Rainfest." It rained day and night for three days, but there was still one hell of a lot of fun to be had if you were staying in the campground, which we weren't. Twenty dollars gets you into…

Touring the Natchez Trace Parkway and Vicksburg, Mississippi

April 30, 2005
Anticipation of an upcoming big ride has always been part of the fun for me. I can only imagine how much fun it would be if that anticipation was my job. Planning for this trip was assembled by Larry, one of my newer riding buddies who recently retired from a leadership role in a large engineering firm. He now spends much of his time anticipating; that is anticipating another day without work! Larry is a meticulous person, so much that he uses Q-tips when he cleans his bike. But don’t confuse this attribute as a primary characteristic of his demeanor.…

A Time to Honor our Military Service Members - Present, Past and Still Missing

April 30, 2005
The month of May seems to put a little more spring in our step, especially as we head towards our waiting bikes. This month also brings us two important dates to honor those in the military who are serving now and those who have served and sacrificed their lives in the past: Armed Forces Day – May 21 and Memorial Day – May 30. The motorcycle community honors Memorial Day by participating in the annual Rolling Thunder ride, with the emphasis on our KIA/POW/MIAs. It is with great pleasure, that I’m able to share an interview conducted by Brandy Ballenger…

Special Olympics - Ride for the Run

March 31, 2005
If you've been reading this magazine for at least a year, then you know how much we care about Special Olympics. I wrote about them in March last year and Wayne wrote about them just a couple of months ago. Imagine my delight while I was out distributing flyers at local shops for another ride, when I saw a flyer for a ride benefiting Special Olympics. Once I got back home, I called Kelly Curran, Development Manager for Special Olympics Kansas, and asked her to tell me more about it. It's called a Ride for the Run, which will be…

Daytona Bike Week 2005

March 31, 2005
It's the 2005 Daytona Bike Week. What can you say, but wow…what a good time! Bike Week had lots to offer everyone, from the sandy shores, motorcycle races, beautiful women, vendors, Kennedy Space Center, wonderful weather, beautiful women, demo rides, thousands of visiting motorcycles, and did I mention beautiful women? The first thing we did after arriving, was head through the “loop,” a beautiful ride along the intercostal waterway with trees lining the road that meet overhead to create a canopy. Along the route, I spotted a van parked on the shoulder with the words, “HogPics” on it. I thought…

World of Wheels Bike Show Awards - Kansas City

March 31, 2005
The following awards were presented at the World of Wheels Bike Show - Kansas City. Congratulations to all bike show winners and participants.Restored Bike1st - Jon Roebuck - Belton, Missouri - '79 SuzukiRestored Custom Bike1st - George Lafal - Kansas City, Missouri - '67 Harley-DavidsonChopper1st -Ellen Settles, Belton, Missouri - '03 Custom 250 SoftailOutstanding - Buddy Schulz - Washington, Texas - '04 South Central ChopperOutstanding - Philip Fairchild - Scaly, Texas - '04 South Central ChopperClass Winner - Steve Collins - Independence, Missouri - '04 American Ironhorse Lone Star ChopperSport Touring Bike1st - Travis Caw, St. Joseph, Missouri - '03…

World of Wheels/All American Bike Show - Kansas City

March 31, 2005
It’s two great shows for the price of one when the CARQUEST World of Wheels Auto Rama and Cavalcade of Customs makes its annual stop at Bartle Hall in Kansas City, Missouri. The All American Motorcycle Show, sponsored this year by Worth Harley-Davidson North and Blue Springs Harley-Davidson, along with the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.), includes American-built motorcycles that are classed and judged separately from the bikes entered in the World of Wheels show. Anyone who attended the event during the weekend of March 11 through 13 had the opportunity to see some terrific…

All American Bike Show Awards - Kansas City

March 31, 2005
The following awards were presented at the All American Bike Show - Kansas City. Congratulations to all bike show winners and participants.Antique1st – Ken Stiles – '65 Harley-Davidson FL 2nd – Rick Whyle – '43 Harley-Davidson WLC 3rd – Tom Edmonds – ’42 Harley-Davidson WLAV-Rod Street 1st – Carter Morrison – ’03 Harley-Davidson V-Rod2nd – David McLeod – ’03 Harley-Davidson V-Rod Sportster - Ladies 1st – Patty Bulva – '04 Harley-Davidson XLH Twin Cam Big Twin - Ladies 1st – Sue Cox 2nd – Alice Gile – ’99 Harley-Davidson 3rd – Michelle Hedden – ’05 Harley-Davidson Full Dresser - Stock…

21st Annual Snake Saturday Parade

March 31, 2005
On Saturday morning, March 12, the Cycle Connections crew, several of our readers, advertisers and riding buddies, got up at the crack of dawn to ride in the 21st Annual Snake Saturday Parade in North Kansas City, Missouri. We were delighted that several Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) members also showed up to ride with us. The night before the parade, Frank Hicks of F.O.G. Cycles and Knuckleheads Saloon let us finish building our float in his garage so we wouldn't have too far to pull our float the next morning. Our parade entry consisted of 21 bikes and a…

2nd Annual Crawfish Boil & Bike Show – Centre, Alabama

March 31, 2005
Nothing announces the beginning of spring better than the smell of crawfish boiling and the rumble of hundreds of motorcycles. The weekend of Saturday, March, 19 was the start of riding season for us, in this part of the country. We have had plenty of days here and there to ride, but now that it seems to warming up for awhile, there is nothing left to do but get out and commune with nature, meet new people and find new places to see. And as you know, half the fun is getting there, which means a hell of a lot…

Desert Wanderer

March 31, 2005
Today I left the mundane world behind me, if only for a time. I rode my motorcycle out early when the chill still held to the lowlands, although the blue skies promised sun and desert warmth. I pointed my machine, a “knock off’ of a 69 Triumph Bonneville, toward Tombstone, Arizona, a place I had frequented since my youth, and still held a semi-morbid fascination with. The cool air clung to the ground, but the smell of mesquite, palo verde and countless other herbal aromas belied the rain that had fallen the night before. The road was empty at that…

Welcome Home Troops

March 31, 2005
Although the temperature was in the low 30s, nine brave riders from American Heartland H.O.G. left Gail's Harley-Davidson in Grandview, Missouri and headed to the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. The purpose of this ride was to show our support and help escort 80-some service men and women who were returning from Iraq. Earlier in the day, the troops had arrived at Ft. Riley, Kansas, were loaded onto buses, and headed for the Missouri National Guard Armory south of Arrowhead Stadium. Upon our arrival at the Speedway, we joined 20 bikes from the Ararat Shriners Motorcade, along with a…

Cycles n More Bike Show

February 28, 2005
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I have had about all I can take. I have spent the last several months languishing in that special hell known as the Missouri winter. Finally a light at the end of the tunnel brought me a bit of relief from my doldrums. The annual Cycles n More Bike Show could not have come at a better time. Unlike most folks, I do not use a calendar to keep track of time. I have found that using bike-related events and rallies is as good a way as any to track my…

Cycles n More Bike Show Awards

February 28, 2005
The following awards were presented at the Cycles n More Bike Show. Congratulations to all bike show winners and participants.Best PaintSonny NorrisBest of ShowMike MeadowsBest Display- Kevin Carpenter- Robert Hart- Eric Krantz- Scott Krantz- Mark Olds- Mike & Sandy Sedler- Danny Sullins- Bob CoxAsian Cruiser Under 1000 cc1st – Stacy Young2nd – Terry L Heare3rd – Carla Cave4th – Jay Santucci5th – Kay DeGraffenreidAsian Cruiser 1000 cc & Up1st – Lisa Smith2nd – Royce Stricklan3rd – Ryan FoosAsian Cruiser Mild1st – Patricia Fockler2nd – Denise Pardon3rd – Bonnie BarbarichAsian Tour1st – Paul Watters2nd – Jerry Stearman3rd – Dan Wade4th –…