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Hawg Wyld Cycles Birthday Bash

September 30, 2004
Once again, Hawg Wyld has had bad luck when it came to picking a good day for their events. At last year’s Birthday Bash it rained, at the Bike Show in June it was cold and overcast, and then their Bikini Bike Wash in August was rained out. This Birthday Bash was almost rained out, but the sun finally prevailed. For once, the weather predictions were accurate. Amazingly, it’s never stopped Tom from throwing a great party for his customers, old and new alike. And just like all the previous parties, it didn’t stop his loyal customers from coming in…

Apparitions in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

September 30, 2004
When it comes to road trips, nobody wants a shock; unless, of course that’s the reason for your trip. If you want to get into the “spirit” of Halloween this fall, plan a ride down to Eureka Springs, Arkansas where ghostly encounters are just part of the experience. Located just 45 minutes southwest of Branson, Missouri, this is one of the most scenic fall rides you will ever take. We’ve ridden to Eureka Springs several times, and each trip is a special treat. I never get tired of riding the beautiful twisty roads in and around Eureka Springs, and when…

Haunted Atchison, Kansas

September 30, 2004
I grew up in a small town about 45 minutes northeast of Atchison, so my riding buddies and I used to make several trips there to party at The Warf, The Hilltop, and other long forgotten bars. Although we had some scary late night rides home, I had no idea Atchison was such a haunted town. I knew it was an old town, dating back to the 1800's, and I knew it was the birthplace of Amelia Earhart, but until I saw “Haunted Atchison” featured on the Travel Channel, I had no idea it was also famous for its “spirited”…

New Jersey's Annual Rolling Thunder Ride

September 30, 2004
I usually write an article or two for this section of the magazine, however, this month a story was submitted to me and since it was top notch, I decided to share it. The writer is Scott Ferguson from Gannett, New Jersey. He covered a very special ride for the Rolling Thunder New Jersey Chapter 2, as they rode to the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial in Holmdel. The following is Scott’s take on the people and activities throughout that special day. In his younger days, Lance Evans' father used to read him 'Tommy,' Rudyard Kipling's poem about the lives…

Mouse for the House - Hope House Benefit

August 31, 2004
On Sunday, September 19th, Trouser Mouse Bar & Grill in Blue Springs, Missouri is hosting a blues festival to raise money for their first annual 'Mouse for the House' Hope House Benefit. For those of you who might not be familiar with Hope House, it is a locally based non-profit organization with two locations in Independence and Lee's Summit, Missouri that provide support for women and their children who are victims of domestic violence and abuse. Services include emergency shelter, legal assistance, counseling, childcare and a 24-hour crisis hotline (816-461-HOPE). They have helped countless women in eastern Jackson County for…

One Block East Bar & Grill (formally Bike-Nites)

August 31, 2004
Some of you may recall a club in Kansas City called One Block West. Well, Mike Mills, the new owner of Bike-Nites Restaurant and Bar, wanted to recreate a similar place from his youth. Mike and Promotions/Event Manager, Jimmie Evans are putting all their heart, soul and energy into this major facelift, and from what I seen and from the description that’s been painted for me, it sure shows.I also want to point out that the name hasn’t yet officially changed (we got the inside scoop, kids), so when you show up on your scoot, don’t be surprised if the…

Sturgis 2004 Bikes

August 31, 2004
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Sturgis 2004 Babes

August 31, 2004
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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…