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The Midway - Farewell to a Great Biker Bar

January 31, 2005
Last August, I wrote a bike night review about a little bar in Lake Lotawana that is owned by a biker couple, Jerry and Chris Bowlin. I discovered the Midway Bar & Grill like most of our readers, through the Cycle Connections Bike Nights listings when I first moved to Kansas City in December 2003. But being December, I waited for the riding season to begin or the first thaw if you will, and after my first visit I knew I had found my new home. I fell in love with this little biker bar with its eclectic mix of…

Christian Bikers Workshop

January 31, 2005
On Saturday morning, January 8, the Cycle Disciples of Kansas City sponsored a Christian Bikers Workshop. Chapter president Teddy Bittner, a.k.a. the Colonel, had invited Cycle Connections to cover the event, and I was pleased to accept the assignment. Included in the group of about 30 participants were members of the Christian Motorcyclist Association, the Heart of God Fellowship, Bikers for Christ, the Tiffany Fellowship, Deerbrook Covenant Church, and, of course, the Cycle Disciples. The workshop took place in a classroom on the campus of the Calvary Bible College & Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. The first topic, “How…

Route 7 Scenic Byway to Hot Springs, Arkansas

January 31, 2005
If you’ve ever ridden through the Ozark National Forest, I’m sure you’ll agree that this is one of the most beautiful areas in which you could ever experience.Hot Springs, Arkansas is known for its legendary thermal springs that seep from the mountainside, making it such a hot spot. The Route 7 Scenic Byway that leads to this oasis it is a slice of motorcycle heaven. .Hot Springs and its surrounding national park have been welcoming weary travelers for centuries before motorcycles were even invented. The Native Americans called it the Valley of Vapors and believed the healing waters were a…

U.S. Angels...Being a Little Bad to do a lot of Good

January 31, 2005
It’s my great pleasure to share this interview with my fellow riders, veterans and civilians alike. Dawn Glencer is a patriotic, take-charge kind of gal, who manages the U.S. Angles. Dawn and her crew of beautiful ladies support our wound comrades through personal visits and fund-raising events. So pop a cold one, sit back and enjoy her lively and sincere candor, as she shares with us the story of the U.S. Angels 2005. CC: How would you describe the U.S. Angels organization? Dawn: We’re a tight-knit group of professional females, who are all from the Southern Maryland area and have…

Gail’s Harley-Davidson 2nd Annual Premier Invitational Motorcycle Show

December 31, 2004
The dates were December 4 and 5, the place was the Overland Park Convention Center, and the event was the 2nd Annual Premier Invitational Motorcycle Show presented by Gail’s Harley-Davidson. Since the entries were selected based on photos of the bikes e-mailed to Gail’s, I expected to see only the cream of the crop on display. With over 120 entries the diverse array of customs, choppers and antiques exceeded my expectations, and this turned out to be a show that I will not soon forget. There were other attractions in addition to the motorcycles. Vendors and exhibitors included Carriage Works,…

Gail’s Harley-Davidson 2nd Annual Premier Invitational Motorcycle Show Awards

December 31, 2004
Dresser - Showroom Paint 1st - Tony LaSalle – '04 Road King2nd - Tim Courtney – '03 Road KingDresser - Street Custom1st - Bill Collins – '02 Road King2nd - Bob Cox – '03 Electra GlideSoftail – FL Showroom Paint1st - Jim Evans – '01 Heritage Springer2nd - J.D. Lane – '02 Fat BoySoftail – FL Street Custom1st - Barry Arenson – '01 Fat Boy2nd - Galen & Christian Soule – '04 Fat BoySportster Street Custom 1st - Jim Testerman – '01 Sportster2nd - Sharon Jones – '02 SportsterSoftail – FX Showroom Paint1st - Doug Hastings – '00 Deuce2nd -…

Motorcycle Ride Volunteer Network - Pass the Word…Share the Wind

December 31, 2004
“In the wind.” For those of us who ride, there is no place we would rather be. Just for a moment, try to imagine what life would be like if the privilege of putting down the road and all the freedom that it represents was taken away from you forever by a disabling accident, or if the ability to experience the pleasure and thrill of riding was denied you because of a disability—an unsettling feeling, isn’t it? Gary and CJ Foote, founders of the organization Motorcycle Ride Volunteer Network (MRVN), have undertaken a worldwide effort to provide the opportunity and…

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas - F.O.G. Cycles Style

December 31, 2004
And what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature sleigh and…five Harley-Davidson scooters? Okay, maybe it wasn’t exactly the scene from 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, but it was just as appropriate for the holiday. Of course I am talking about the F.O.G. Cycles & Cycle Connections Online Motorcycle Magazine 1st Annual Christmas Drive, which was held at F.O.G Cycles on Saturday, December 18. Frank Hicks, owner of F.O.G. Cycles, along with Carl Busse and Wayne Thompson from Cycle Connections, came up with a plan that allowed those of us who could spare a few bucks this Christmas…

Reader's Choice - Best Bike Night Location in Kansas City 2004

December 31, 2004
The results of the Cycle Connections Best of Kansas City 2004 reader’s opinion polls are in, and here’s how you rated Kansas City’s best bike night locations for 2004. Best Bike Night Location1st Place – Paddy O'Quigley's (Lee's Summit, MO)2nd Place - Knuckleheads Saloon Kansas City, MO)3rd Place - Frankie D's Mexican Restaurant (Kansas City, KS)Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order):Hooters - Barry Road (Kansas City, MO)Johnny Dare's (Kansas City, MO)Kobi's Club & Deli (Bonner Springs, KS)The Landing (Liberty, MO)Longbranch Saloon (Lenexa, KS)Midway Bar & Grill (Lake Lotawana, MO)One Block East Bar & Grill (Kansas City, MO)Russo's Pizza & Pub (Lee's…

One More Ride Before Winter - Destination Unknown (Part 2)

December 31, 2004
My wife was in Waverly, Mississippi for a little R&R with her cousin. I was in Hutchinson, Kansas for a little R&R of my own. It’s where I ended up on a Saturday afternoon after an end-of-the-season, spur-of-the-moment motorcycle ride at the end of October. It was one of those weekends where you take off knowing there was no time frame. You didn’t have to be home by a certain time for supper. There was no breaking into a cold sweat knowing that my wife, Terri, was at home waiting for me to return at a specified time. Life was…

Charity is the Act of Selfless Giving

December 31, 2004
The Christmas and New Year holiday season always brings out the best in most riders, but this especially holds true for veteran riders across the nation. Why is this so? If you are a veteran, you most likely spent some past holidays away from family and friends as you served our country. As we know, this can be a very lonely time of the year, especially if we were overseas, and worse, in combat. So, we veterans tend to band together with other riders to raise money and gather gifts for those less fortunate, who need just a little help.…

11th Annual Teddy Bear Run

November 30, 2004
The 11th Annual Teddy Bear Run to benefit the Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, was held on Saturday, November 6. The event was put on by Riders Harley-Davidson of Trussville, Alabama, and the Birmingham Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.). I spoke with Director of Operations, Roger Kinard, as motorcycles continued to pour in and register. He told me the first year they had ten bikes, and this year they had close to 500 who had registered. And not everyone who rode registered; like our friends, Mad Dog and Linda, who work at Riders. Roger went on to tell us that they…

23rd Annual Toys for Kids Ride

November 30, 2004
On Sunday, November 7, many of Santa’s helpers loaded toys on their motorcycles and headed for Blue Valley Park in Independence, Missouri. The event was the annual Toys for Kids Ride sponsored by Freedom of Road Riders (F.O.R.R.). The price of admission was one toy and one canned good. With the benefit of unseasonably warm weather, over 125 riders enjoyed the short ride from the park to the Sunshine Center School; this year’s beneficiary organization. Clubs joining F.O.R.R. on the ride included several H.O.G. Chapters, Christian Motorcyclists Association, Star Riders, Kingdom Riders, Ararat Cycles, Zodiacs, Southern Cruisers, Lucky 11, and…

Steel Pony Express VII - New Orleans

November 30, 2004
If you have ever wanted to go to New Orleans, the Steel Pony Express Rally is the perfect time to visit, with temperatures in the high 80s. It falls over Halloween weekend every year, so mark your calendars for October 27-30, 2005. You can’t imagine what Halloween is like until you spend it on Bourbon Street, trudge through a ghostly cemetery tour, or visit the House of Voodoo, where spells are cast on all who enter. This monster holiday is second only to Mardi Gras, and the beads continue to be tossed from the balconies if you are brave enough…

Davenport, Iowa Antique Show and Swap Meet

November 30, 2004
Are you in need of a headlight bracket for your 1965 Royal Enfield Interceptor? How about a cat eye dash for your 1946 Harley Knucklehead or a set of seat springs for your 1924 Deluxe Henderson K model? Antique motorcycle collectors and enthusiasts travel to Davenport, Iowa, each year during the Labor Day holiday to buy or sell everything from complete motorcycles to nuts, bolts, and springs; or to just show off their bikes. This year’s event was the 33rd annual meet and was sponsored by the Chief Blackhawk Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America. The Mississippi Valley…

Steel Pony Express VII – Master Bike Builders Let the Good Times Roll

November 30, 2004
So, how approachable are the master bike builders? Very approachable, from what we found on Halloween weekend at the Steel Pony Express Rally in New Orleans. Leigh, my husband, has been riding, working on and building his own bikes most of his life. He currently has four Harleys, ranging from his '63 Panhead to his '03 V-Rod. For me, however, it has been only in the past 14 years since we've been together that I have gotten interested in them; mainly, because of him. And because of him, I've also been watching the Biker Build-Offs on the Discovery Channel, so…

Steel Pony Express VII – Halloween N'awlins Style

November 30, 2004
When I arrived in New Orleans on Thursday night, October 28, we went to The Dock to check out the welcome party for the rally. After looking at the schedule of events, I was disappointed to see that the rally grounds closed around 8 p.m. every night. But then I started thinking and figured out that the organizers knew exactly what they were doing when they planned the schedule. Who wants to be at the rally after 8 p.m. when that’s about the time the French Quarter is just gettin’ started. This, as it turned out, is exactly how our…

Jesse James No Love Party

November 30, 2004
I could already tell it was going to be a one hell of a weekend. Flying to California from Kansas City for the first time since I moved to the proverbial Bible belt, and I’m looking for No Love and some Love. An oxymoron? Maybe, but on that weekend, I got to take in Jesse James No Love Party on Saturday, November 13 and Love Ride 21 on Sunday, November 14. So let’s start off with Jesse James’ anti-Love Ride party, or Open House, if you will. I attended the first No Love Party at West Coast Choppers and haven’t…

Love Ride 21

November 30, 2004
In retrospect, my first experience with this charity event was Love Ride 14, and I was stoked to be returning to California to see how much this event had changed and grown. And as luck would have it, this was the first Love Ride in several years that wasn’t fouled by bad weather. Suddenly, I heard a voice, “Step away from the bottle of Jack.” It was my conscience. Crap! I hate when that happens. Having covered the Jesse James No Love Party all day, I knew I had better get to bed early, as the festivities for the press…

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