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F.O.G. Cycles Halloween Party

November 30, 2004
I’ve got to be honest with you. Halloween has lost much of its glamour for me, as I have grown older. The holiday was much more fun when I was getting candy as a child or soaping windows as a youth. The past few years, Halloween has relegated me to the position of chauffeur, and believe me, there is no fun in that. Fortunately, Frank Hicks of F.O.G. Cycles and Knuckleheads Saloon fame, gave me a reason to brighten up this year. The F.O.G. Cycles Halloween Party was held the Knuckleheads Saloon on Friday, October 29. We spent several sunny…

The Best Damn Halloween Party in Oklahoma

November 30, 2004
Ever since my first trip to Sparks America in June, 2004, I had been looking forward to revisiting this 160-acre campground near Sparks, Oklahoma; between Tulsa and Oklahoma City. The dates were October 22-24 and the event was “The Best Damn Halloween Party in Oklahoma.” With about 3,700 attending, it was smaller than the June bike run, but there were just as many games and events scheduled, and it was just as much fun. Due to my late afternoon departure from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, many of the Friday festivities had been concluded by the time I arrived. Tony Ward, coordinator…

One More Ride Before Winter - Destination Unknown (Part 1)

November 30, 2004
I received an early Christmas present towards the end of October. It was one of those unexpected surprises that can almost take your breath away. I was sitting in front of my computer. The days were getting shorter, the sky tended to be overcast rather than sunny, and the winds were becoming more brisk. There’s no mistaking when the riding season starts coming to an end. And when the elements dictate that I should leave my 1998 Honda Magna in the garage, I sit in front of my computer and search the Internet for accessories and pictures of other motorcycles.…

The Moving Wall™ - A Ride to Remember

November 30, 2004
On Sunday, November 14, riders from two Kansas City H.O.G. chapters united to observe Veterans Day by riding to Lexington, Missouri, to view The Moving Wall™ Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Members of the Central Midwest Harley Owners Group departed from Central Harley Davidson in Shawnee, Kansas, and after a breakfast stop, joined the group from the Greater Kansas City H.O.G. Chapter at Blue Springs Harley Davidson in Blue Springs, Missouri. A total of 85 bikes, many with two aboard, traveled the remaining 40 miles or so. With temperatures in the 40s, everyone was well bundled up. Upon arrival at the Wentworth…

Ron Robbins Poker Run

October 31, 2004
In July of this year, Ron Robbins was out with a couple of his buddies, Jeff Spencer and John Payne, who all work together at the Harley-Davidson plant in Kansas City, Missouri. Tragedy struck when they became separated and Ron was left trying to catch up to his bro’s. Ron was going south on I-435 when he lost control of his Harley and went over the handlebars. Ron suffered severe facial injuries and has been laid up ever since. In August, his bro’s, friends and coworkers got together to help raise money for Ron to help defer the hospital cost…

Blue Springs Harley-Davidson's Back Roads Bash

October 31, 2004
As many as 3,000 motorcycle enthusiasts visited Blue Springs Harley-Davidsonon Saturday, September 25 for the Back Roads Bash. Most went with dreams of winning the 2005 V-Rod to be given away by the dealership and country music station KDAF 106.5 FM, and for one person the dream came true. The event was the annual fund-raiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and brought in over $10,200 for the charity. Those who participated in the ride paid an entry fee of $20 that day or $15 if they registered early. The top fund-raiser received his and hers leather jackets and one of…

Highway Hammers Habitat for Humanity Tool Run

October 31, 2004
You couldn’t have asked for a nicer day as bikes began rolling into the parking lot at Habanero’s Mexican Restaurant in Lee’s Summit, Missouri for the Highway Hammers Habitat for Humanity Tool Run. I enjoy a good old fashioned poker run or dice roll as much as the next guy, but when a run organizer throws something new into the mix, you’ve got to applaud them for their effort and creativity, which is exactly what Ben Helt and his crew from Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity did on Sunday, October 3, 2004. Rather than sponsoring a traditional poker run to…

Cleveland Chiropractic College Raises $1,300 for Local Spina Bifida Clinic

October 31, 2004
On Saturday, September 25th, Cleveland Chiropractic College held its second annual charity motorcycle ride. Proceeds went the Spina Bifida Specialty Clinic at KUMED Center in Kansas City, Kansas. This year the event went beyond the campus community and was open to the public. In doing so, they tripled the number of riders who participated to almost 70, and the amount of money collected, totaled $1,300! This year's event was a poker run with around $1,000 in donated prizes! Registration took place at the college's main campus at 63rd and Rockhill in Kansas City, Missouri, where the first 50 people received…

Johnny Dare's Bike Night Part Deux

October 31, 2004
I know Johnny Dare’s again! Well last month I promised to upload pictures of my adventures at JD’s every couple of weeks and I guess I lied. October was a hell of a month for us at the magazine as it seems that everyone crammed their bike event in this month. So basically I never had time to get around to it. When you publish monthly like we do and there are so many events going on your head starts to spin, or is that just from all the drinking I’ve been doing at the rallys and events. Anyway I…

David Mann Memorial Ride

October 31, 2004
On Sunday, October 9, bikers converged on Kansas City, Missouri from every point of the compass. Their purpose was to celebrate the memory of a great artist and, perhaps more important, a genuine, humble, loving man. His name was David Mann. When Dave departed this life on September 11 this year, the motorcycling community lost one of its most respected and revered members. It was only fitting that his memorial took the form of a ride.After gathering at the Cler-mont Elementary School in Independence, Missouri, near Dave’s long time home, nearly 200 bikes cruised a scenic route through Lexington, across…

10th Annual Mule Run

October 31, 2004
Most people would freak out if a few hundred bikers rode into their backyard, but not Dane Robertson of Kearney, Missouri. Each September, Dane sets up a stage on his back deck, puts up a few tents for food and t-shirt sales, pulls in a refrigerated trailer full of keg beer with taps on both sides, then sits back and watches the bikes roll in.Saturday, September 11, 2004 was a beautiful day for the 10th Annual Mule Run. We pulled into Dane’s backyard shortly before 6 p.m. to the sounds of Firebox, jammin’ on stage. The place was already beginning…

Rumble in Fayetteville for the 5th Annual Bikes, Blues and BBQ Rally

October 31, 2004
Wow! What a terrific rally this town puts on. It was bigger, better and a complete blast! Fayetteville’s Bikes, Blues and BBQ is one of 14 motorcycle events in the country that typically draw more than 100,000 bikers. This year’s attendance was 250,000 compared to 140,000 last year. Bikes of all kinds, jammin’ tunes from the bands, smoke from the BBQ contestants and vendors filled the air in downtown Fayetteville. Bikes lined Dickson Street parked in every conceivable space. Traffic was bumper to bumper up Dickson Street and around the corners as on-lookers ooohed and awed and pointed at their…

4th Annual Run with the Leaves

October 31, 2004
'Wow--What a party!!' is one quote that perfectly summarizes the 4th Annual Run With the Leaves Ride in Warsaw, Missouri held on Saturday,October 16. The ride, hosted by Carl and Patty Busse and sponsored in part by Cycle Connections Online Motorcycle Magazine, was a poker run through the scenic hills and curves of the Lake of the Ozarks area beginning in Warsaw and culminating in an incredible party at the Old Oarhouse Inn on the lake. A total of 98 riders made the journey and 16 merchants from the Warsaw and Kansas City areas sponsored the ride with 11 of…

Ralph Wayne's Vintage Backyard Nationals

October 31, 2004
This was the first time I’ve been to this event and man was I excited. Having heard so much about Ralph Wayne’s from numerous friends, I knew I was in for something unique and very special. I was supposed to go to Fayetteville and cover the Bikes, Blues and BBQ Bike rally but after my visit to Ralph Wayne’s I was glad I stayed in town. This “Free” event takes place in Ralph Wayne Blackmore’s backyard and has grown into an event that is recognized nationwide. I met people from as far away as California and Florida that came for…

F.O.G. Cycles Two-Day Street Party

October 31, 2004
If you haven’t been to F.O.G. Cycles or the Knuckleheads Saloon, you must be living in a cave or under a rock. This unique bike shop and saloon is by far one of the best in the Kansas City area. It reminds me of a cross between the Broken Spoke and the Full Throttle Saloons in Sturgis. What’s really cool is that you don’t have to ride to Sturgis to experience it. This two-day event is just one of many held at F.O.G. throughout the year. The first one was in 1997 and they are planning for at least six…

Freedom of Road Riders (FORR) Local 14 Bike Show

October 31, 2004
Members and friends of the Freedom of the Road Riders (FORR) Local 14 held their 5th Annual Bike Show on Sunday, September 19 at the VFW Memorial Post 3976 in Sugar Creek, Missouri.On one of the busier Sundays of this motorcycle season, approximately 30 bikes registered in thirteen classes, including a people's choice and a kid's class category.Attention grabbers for the afternoon ranged from Allen Craig's vintage Honda 350 Four to Bob Cox's dressed out Electra Glide Standard. Cox' Electra Glide featured all of the goodies you would hope to find on a touring bike, along with a set of…

The Trails of Moab, Utah

October 31, 2004
It’s fall in Kansas City. The days are getting short, and the nights are getting crisp. It’s the promise of winter and the threat of the period known as “post riding-season stress-disorder” that prompted me to plan the annual pilgrimage to eastern Utah with my son, Jeff. Early October is a good time to visit the desert. The days are warm and calm, the nights cool and clear. In short, it’s a perfect time to play hard, visit with friends, enjoy a campfire after a day of adventure and take in the stars. Remembering past trips prompted me to phone…

American Legion Riders

October 31, 2004
Fifty-one years ago, Congress changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day for all of America. The next year, on October 8, 1954, President Eisenhower signed a proclamation that stated: “On that day, let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom.” So, for this month in honor of Veterans Day, I think it is appropriate to share with you, a nationally recognized honorable motorcycle riders’ organization, the American Legion Riders (ALR). The ALR are members of the American Legion and are…

Fort Riley Open House and Welcome Home for Troops

October 31, 2004
Privilege is defined as: A special advantage, immunity, permission, right, or benefit granted to or enjoyed by an individual, or class. I must admit that I live a privileged life; one without daily fear for the safety of the ones who matter most to me. Straight up, I am guilty; guilty of not considering all the personal sacrifices necessary to maintain the safety and security we enjoy. Recognition of my oversight swept over me on Saturday, October 2 when I participated in the Fort Riley Open House and Welcome Home troops celebration. The Employee Riders Association (ERA) of the Kansas…

Cody Watters - Student, Motorcyclist, Fund-Raiser

September 30, 2004
Hollywood might like to portray motorcycle riders as the outlaws of the road; gruff, mean, long-haired characters sporting tattoos on their bodies and chains from their pant loops, traveling in clubs, and riding wildly through streets and terrorizing townsfolk. But in real life? Well, a lot of riders might have tattoos. Many of them might have some chains hanging from their waists. More than a few might be pretty gruff and even have long hair. However, Cody Watters of Gardner, Kansas, a soon-to-be 14-year-old eighth-grader at Wheatridge Middle School, does not have any tattoos (none visible to the naked eye,…

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