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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 –…

Road Trippin' to the 5th Annual V-Twin Expo

February 28, 2005
This year, the 5th Annual V-Twin Expo in Cincinnati, Ohio was held on the last weekend in January. It was much too chancy to ride a bike to up here in the North, but it was certainly worth a ride in a cage to participate. My partner, Wild Bill and I had the great fortune of being invited by Berry Wardlaw, owner and founder of Accurate Engineering, to assist his staff at their booth in the show. Berry’s Signature Series engines are considered by many to be top of the line for custom bike builders. They are not just pretty…

34th Annual Birmingham O’Reilly World of Wheels

February 28, 2005
The 34th Annual Birmingham O’Reilly World of Wheels Custom Auto Show kicked off on Friday, February 11, at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex Civic Center in Birmingham, Alabama, for a weekend of hot rods, race cars, custom imports, antique and classic cars, trucks, motorcycles and much more. This is the largest indoor custom car show in Birmingham, and is produced by Motorsports Productions, Inc. This event is part of the GM Performance Parts Show Car Series and is sanctioned by the International Show Car Association (ISCA). The judges are professionals, who are brought in from several different states. Winners received plaques…

Jay Leno and Harley-Davidson Raise $800,100 for Tsunami Relief Effort

February 28, 2005
Back in 2001, Jay Leno and Harley-Davidson partnered up to raise $360,000 for victims of 9/11 by auctioning off a motorcycle that was signed by many of Jay’s guests on the Tonight Show, including John Travolta, Sylvester Stalone, Denzel Washington, Tom Cruise, and many more. Because of the success from that endeavor, when the deadly tsunami hit South Asia, Jay Leno and Harley-Davidson teamed up once again to auction off another bike, and raised $800,100 for the tsunami victims. For several weeks, the motorcycle was on the set of The Tonight Show, and was signed by more than 60 celebrity…

FUEL – American Made Bar & Grill

February 28, 2005
Walk into FUEL, and you’re surrounded by bike and car swag from the likes of Jesse James, OCC and Harley-Davidson, not to mention tool boxes, a few antique car parts, gas pumps and NASCAR & IRL hoods hanging from the ceiling. Bottom line; this is a sports bar with a twist. The theme here is All American Iron & Steel. Suddenly, I feel like grunting like Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor. Although the doors just opened December 2, 2004, owner, Shawn McClenny, says it took ten plus years to get from the idea stage to reality. Some of you may…

Historic Weston, Missouri

February 28, 2005
I’ve ridden to Weston, Missouri several times, and always enjoy the short, but scenic 30 minute ride up M-45 from Kansas City. Weston is a small, charming community nestled among the high bluffs of the Missouri River about half way between Kansas City and St. Joseph, Missouri. It’s also one of the oldest and most picturesque river towns in Missouri. Weston has been around since 1837, which you can tell by all the antebellum homes scattered throughout town and along the bluffs that once overlooked the Missouri River. Yes, I said once overlooked, because after the flood of 1884, the…

Veteran Motorcycle License Plates

February 28, 2005
I know what you’re thinking. Veteran motorcycle license plates is kind of a lame subject, but is it really? I bought my first veteran plates for the King after my recent move from Kansas to North Carolina. Of course, I always do my research before I spend my hard earned dollars on extras for the King. So, I thought you might benefit from my findings and maybe consider purchasing your own veteran plates for your own ride! Every state has their own policies and regulations, which cover all types of motor transportation license plates. Some states still do not offer…

A Safe and Happy New Year’s Celebration at Knuckleheads Saloon

January 31, 2005
New Year’s Eve, as far as holidays go, is actually my least favorite. Every year at this time I wrestle with the same questions: Do I stay home safe in my warm little house or go out and risk being the victim of some amateur-night drinker. Do I go to friends’ parties and risk letting them see how truly unclassy I am, or go to some overpriced, overcrowded, trendy club where a trip to the facilities must be planned well in advance. Well, this year was a pleasant change. When we got word of the F.O.G. Cycles/Knuckleheads Saloon New Year’s…

Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO)

January 31, 2005
Most people don’t realize the amount of giving the biker community does via fund raising, poker runs, charity rides, raffles and just plain old donations. And I would almost bet that the biker community as a whole does more than any other for those who are disadvantaged, sick and in need than any other group in the world. What we can do for Special Olympics is no different. Most of the charities we are involved with usually just want money. And that’s OK. That’s all you can do for them in some cases. But Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) is an…

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