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Sturgis 2004 Bikers

August 31, 2004
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The Anaconda Visits Sturgis

August 31, 2004
For a motorcycle to attract attention among the thousands of bikes and trikes at the Sturgis Rally, it has to be something really unusual and special. The Anaconda, Smokey McGill’s 10-passenger Harley powered limo trike, got lots of attention! Everywhere the Anaconda went, crowds gathered. Smokey made the trip from Kansas City along with his partner, Ron Wright of Wright Brothers Bikes. I spent some time with them throughout the week and observed that everyone wanted to take a look at the Anaconda and get a photo. Smokey was so busy every time I saw him that I decided to…

Bag Lady Tuesday at the Flying V Cambria Inn

August 31, 2004
This year was the coldest Sturgis rally I have ever experienced, so I chickened out on camping and stayed in a nice heated room in Spearfish. It was the first year I hadn’t camped, but since I’d dragged all my camera gear, laptop, and other gear with me, I was glad for the change. The weather was less than hospitable, so it worked out fine. I have camped or stayed at the Flying V on every one of my other trips to Sturgis for the past seven years. My riding buddies from California introduced me to this place just as…

Chris & Kristin Williams – A Sturgis Wedding

August 31, 2004
Being a photo journalist and a biker, I get out to a lot of events and hang out in a lot of bars. A month or so ago I was doing my thing, taking photos of half naked women and bikes at one of my favorite watering holes in Lake Lotawana, Missouri when this Big Dog Mastiff pulled up with a custom paint job by Hawg Wyld. The animated couple on the bike caught my lens immediately, so I started taking pictures and struck up a conversation. While Chris went to grab a beer, Kristin began explaining the significance of…

Dorothy - A Grand Lady of Sturgis

August 31, 2004
When I departed from the campground at the end of the 2003 Sturgis Rally, I had already decided I wanted to try something different in 2004. It wasn’t that there was anything wrong with the campground. It was just that I had stayed there for several years, and I felt it was time for a change. As late as two weeks prior to this year’s rally, I still didn’t have a plan. Then I got a call from my friend Michael who invited me to make the trip with him. His intention was to leave on Saturday morning and ride…

Sundance Burnout & Wet T-Shirt Contest

August 31, 2004
Sundance, Wyoming. You know: the place where 'The Kid’ got his name. The Dime Horseshoe Bar in Sundance has hosted the burnout contest for three years. Prior to that, it was run by the city, and used to be held in the street with a bunch of guys just trying to hold onto the bikes. Then they added some hay bales to keep the crowds back. When Tracy took over the Dime Horseshoe Bar and started sponsoring the contest, things changed for the good, of course. He built a platform with a ramp on both sides, of course, and a…

Jody Wyse - Artist of Sturgis

August 31, 2004
I became acquainted with Jody Wyse at the Kansas City stop on the Easyriders Bike Show Tour in early April of this year. From a booth next to Cycle Connections, he was selling Broken Spoke Saloon merchandise as well as his artworks. I decided then that I would touch bases with Jody during my annual Sturgis pilgrimage. I caught up with him at the Side Hack Saloon on Tuesday and walked with him to his house a block away where we were able to chat in relative quiet. CC: Jody, would you please describe the kind of artwork you do.…

Spokane or Bust!

August 31, 2004
Eighteen days and 5,000 mile, to Seattle, Washington and back, sandwiched by a myriad of sights, sounds, smells, and adventure, and all on my 1998 Honda Magna. If I were in school, it would be one of those classic “Here’s-what-I-did-during-my-summer-vacation” essays. It will be a summer trip I’ll treasure for a long time.On the morning of July 8, Bill Brown, instructor for the motorcycle maintenance class at Johnson County Community College (JCCC) in Overland Park, Kansas, Darren Marshall, who is a student in the class and also works in the computer technical support department at JCCC, and I, left the…

National BMW Motorcycle Rally

August 31, 2004
It was the evening of July 15 at the fair grounds in Spokane, Washington, and the cool of the night was a welcomed relief to that afternoon’s blazing sun and torturing heat. I was sitting in front of my tent looking across the fair grounds at the sea of other tents that had popped up under little or no shade for the National BMW Motorcycle Rally, when two motorcycles came in and parked near me. It was three females, and even in the dark, I could tell what appeared to be a mom and her two daughters. The two younger…

World War II Military Airborne Scooters

August 31, 2004
Recently, I went to Branson, Missouri and was lucky enough to stumble across a new military museum, appropriately titled, the Veterans Memorial Museum. Another retired army buddy of mine from Florida, Bob Hodges, joined me on the tour. One of the items that caught my eye at the museum was a perfectly restored, Military Airborne Model 53, Cushman scooter. It was an authentic airborne scooter, right down to the oil leak! Little is written about these scooters, so I thought it would be fun to assemble what I could find, publish it and ask you, our readers, to provide more…

Melanie

August 6, 2004
Melanie really needs our help folks. She has a rare form of cancer and is one of only eight children to ever be diagnosed with this particular disease. As bikers, helping those in need is what we do best, so I know I can count on you to help this little girl through your prayers and donations. She has touched and inspired me and I hope she will inspire you as well, through strength and determination to beat this cancer.Several weeks ago I met Melanie, her grandparents, and some of her friends at Paddy O’Quigleys where Melanie’s grandpa was selling…

Mayor of Independence and the Sunshine Center School

July 31, 2004
Mark your calendars for a great fall benefit ride on Saturday, September 25 for the Sunshine Center School. Led by the mayor of Independence, Ron Stewart, this is the third year for this 90 mile ride which begins at 9 a.m. on Main Street in the Independence Square. Breakfast will be provided by the Merchants Association starting at 7:30 a.m. Sunshine Center School is a not for profit organization whose goal is to prepare children to enter the school system prepared for learning and ready to tackle the educational challenges that will help them fulfill their lives. They primarily serve…

Midway Bar & Grill – A True Biker Bar

July 31, 2004
When you’re halfway between here and there, you’re midway; and hopefully at the Midway Bar and Grill in Lake Lotawana. This is a true biker bar. Yes, I know we have it listed here under “Bike Nights,” but this is really just a good old fashioned biker bar where you can always find some bikes out front, no matter what day it is. And that’s the way owners Chris and Jerry Bowlin like it. A biker couple who owns a bar, complete with Harley parts hanging from the ceiling. Life just doesn’t get any better for this old road dog!…

Russo’s Pizza & Pub – Serving Great Pizza Since 1984

July 31, 2004
Frank Russo’s pizza is by far the best pizza I’ve found anywhere in town. Frank says he and his wife, Barbara, got into the pizza business 20 years ago when they found this area deficient in good pizza pie. As my co-worker Candice would say, “It rocks!” But I must give credit where credit is due. My friends, Cathy and Tina had been raving about Russo’s pizza to me for a long time. Being the stubborn biker I am, I was reluctant and uncooperative, but they finally pinned me down (yeah, I hated that part), pried the beer from my…

Blackhawk Motorcycle Ride ‘N Shine and Bike Show

July 31, 2004
Travel south from Olathe, Kansas, through the rolling hills of Johnson County on Highway 169, or north from Miami County seat, Paola, and when you come to where the counties meet, don’t blink, or you’ll speed past the exit ramp for the growing little farm community of Spring Hill.It’s small, but historic downtown, is more than a mile east of the highway in Johnson County. Compared to other communities in bustling Johnson County, Spring Hill is a sleepy farm community, struggling to keep from being swallowed up by the expansion of Olathe from the north and the expected Paola growth…

XL-List Kansas City Run

July 31, 2004
The power of the Internet continues to amaze me. It brings stories like this and others to thousands and more. It likely has consumed much of your time, changed how you ask questions, how you stay in touch with family or friends, and how you buy and sell. It’s creating subtle culture changes even as you’re reading. In this case, the XL-List, located at www.sportster.org, is an Internet based discussion forum dedicated to Harley-Davidson Sportster enthusiasts. It provides bikers from around the world a forum to discuss the specifics of absolutely any aspect of maintaining, modifying, riding or racing Harley-Davidson…

Happy-Go-Lucky Hill Climb – Since 1958

July 31, 2004
Along with several members of the American Heartland-Kansas City H.O.G. Chapter, I rode to Holt, Missouri, the evening of Saturday, July 10, to attend the Happy-Go-Lucky Hill Climb. I had not been to a hill climb other than at Sturgis for several years. It was about a 50-mile ride from Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Belton. We arrived early, so I decided to roam around and interview some of the people involved with the event. First, I talked to the man in charge, Charlie Dawson, and Rob Elam who assists him with registration and serves as announcer during the hill climb. CC:…

David Mann Benefit

July 31, 2004
David Mann is a Kansas City treasure and a motorcycling legend. He has given us so much over the past 30 plus years through his incomparable art; it was due time we gave something back. On Saturday, July 17, a benefit event was held to raise money for Dave, whose health has declined dramatically over the past several months. A full day’s entertainment was on tap with music provided by several local bands, as well as ZZ Top and KISS tribute bands. Brian Howe, former Bad Company lead singer, also put on a good show. There was a bike show…

Soul Brothers 2nd Annual Drag Race at KCIR

July 31, 2004
July 3rd and 4th brought the best drag racers in the Kansas City area and beyond to KCIR for the Soul Brothers 2nd Annual Drag Race. The qualifying was supposed to start at 10 a.m., however, due to the morning rain things didn’t get under way until around 12:30 p.m. I arrived early enough to watch the teams do last minute tuning and computer diagnostics on their bikes. The weather was cloudy and the humidity was around 82 percent. If you have been exposed to this kind of elements before, you know this is not the ideal race conditions for…

1st Annual Bikers Ball – Pre-Sturgis Party

July 31, 2004
On July 10th, Clear Channel promoter Chris Fritz and local radio station 99.7 KY, with help from the Harley-Davidson Employee Riders Association (HD-ERA), put together the 1st Annual Bikers Ball at the Verizon Amphitheater in Bonner Springs, Kansas. The event was billed as a pre-Sturgis party, and they sure picked one “hell” of a day for the event, as temperatures soared well into the nineties and the heat index was at least one hundred plus. With shade being at a premium, it was hard to stay cool, but where there are bikini contests, cool bikes and Rock-n-Roll, you’re sure to…

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