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Sparks America Bike Run

July 31, 2004
The Sparks America event is advertised as “One Bad Ass Bike Run.” Tony Ward, the man who makes this party happen, prefers to call it a bike run rather than a rally, saying that “rallies are for pussies.” Whatever you call it, it’s one hell of a lot of fun! The Sparks America Campground is located just south of Sparks, Oklahoma; a town with just over 100 residents, about 60 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. I made the 350-mile ride from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, on Thursday, June 24. I had been looking forward to this weekend ever since meeting Tony…

Dale & Tami Amsden – From Ohio to Kansas via California

July 31, 2004
Meeting people is a natural occurrence of riding, and something I’ve truly enjoyed. In my experiences, I’ve met many good people. On occasion, I’ve had the opportunity to meet, who I consider exceptional people. At the XL-List Rally, during the last weekend of June near Leavenworth, Kansas, I ran into Dale and Tami Amsden. Before the weekend was over, I found their story worth sharing. Dale and Tami are avid Sportster riders from Springfield, Ohio. After deciding to participate in the June rally, they mapped a route through the southwest into California, and then to Kansas City. Over a 13…

Calendar Models Cheer Up Patients, Families at Walter Reed

July 31, 2004
Sometimes it seems that many of our good deeds we do for our returning veterans go unnoticed. This is not to say that we do these kind acts for notoriety, but it would be nice to be recognized, especially by fellow veteran riders. I came across a great article which includes a wounded veteran, motorcycle riding angels and the “biker friendly” Apehangers Bar and Grill in Bel Alton, Maryland. Dawn Glencer and the “U.S. Angels” 2005 calendar models rode their motorcycles to the Fisher House on the Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus to visit troops who were wounded in…

Army DS3 Provides Advocacy for Severely Disabled Soldiers and Their Families

July 31, 2004
We as a nation, have thousands of injured soldiers from past wars and now those fresh from the Iraq and Afghanistan fight. They all return from the war zone, to a military hospital with serious and complicated medical needs. Many times, these soldiers rarely understand their entitlements when they pass through the “medically discharge system.” These heroes and warriors are usually still dealing with various levels of medical pain to ask the right questions, nor understand what is said to them. The Iraqi War has brought this home hard, so this spring, the U.S. Army brought about a new program…

U.S. Army Transportation Corps Soldiers Serving in Iraq

July 31, 2004
First, I would like to send a Hoooahhh to my good friend, Greg, and his Transportation soldiers in Iraq! These soldiers are doing a tough job and are rarely recognized! I wish I could share with you their Iraqi stories and achievements, but for their safety and mission success, I cannot. Keep the faith my fellow warriors, as we veteran riders and citizens support you and thank you for honorably serving our nation! Also, a Happy Birthday to all in the Transportation Corps! Yes, your born on date goes back to July 31, 1942. The historical background of the Transportation…

Newhouse - Breaking the Cycle

June 30, 2004
Did you know that half of all women are beaten by their significant other at least once in their lives? Did you know that every nine seconds a woman is battered in the United States? That’s 400 women per hour, 9600 women a day. The Kansas City, Missouri Police Department reports an average of 21.6 percent domestic violence arrests a day. The severity of injury is increasing, possibly due to the increase of violence in society as a whole.That’s why there’s Newhouse. One of six shelters located throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area, a woman can stay up to ten…

Tool Shed Lounge – A Great Saturday Night Hangout

June 30, 2004
The Tool Shed Lounge has been a local hangout since 1969. Ray Perrin, the current owner, has been serving up great food and drinks since 1985. Ray owns three, count 'em three Harleys; boy Ray, if we all were so lucky. Although being a busy owner, Ray doesn’t get too many chances to ride, but I think his biggest problem would be which bike to take. Hmm, let me see; the Shovelhead, Dresser or Road King. A dilemma I know we all wish we had. Bike nights may be new to the Tool Shed, but it has had a biker…

Rolling Thunder – An American Tradition

June 30, 2004
Rolling Thunder, an event that draws America’s motorcycle-riding military veterans to Washington, D.C. during Memorial Day weekend, has been taking place the past 17 years. It began, and continues today, as a way to keep the names of POW’s and MIA’s and their plight in front of the President and Congress. I’m an Army veteran, having served in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971, and since I started riding again, participating in Rolling Thunder is one of my ultimate goals. “Rolling what?” my wife Terri asked the first time I talked about it. “You mean you want to ride across the…

19th Annual All Harley Drags at KCIR

June 30, 2004
On Sunday, June 13, American v-twins took over Kansas City International Raceway (KCIR) for Central Harley-Davidson’s 19th Annual All Harley Drags. About 3,000 race fans were on hand to witness the action on the track. Unfortunately, for several hours the strip was occupied only by the track maintenance crew working diligently to get the surface dry enough to permit racing. Like most other race tracks in the area, KCIR has been plagued by excess moisture this season. While waiting for the event to begin, spectators took advantage of the opportunity to visit the booths of various bike shops and other…

KC Creations - Ride For Special Children - V

June 30, 2004
Charity rides to benefit children with special needs always tug at our heartstrings. On Saturday, June 12th at KC Creations was no exception for the 5th annual ride to benefit First Downs for Down Syndrome. Hundreds turned out for the 103-mile dice run despite threats of afternoon storms. I met up with Cheryl Suter, owner of KC Creations and sponsor of the event. She introduced me to Jimmy Jack Clayton, Program Director for the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City.He said, “The event gets bigger every year. We had 60 bikes the first year, 200 last year and we…

Hawg Wyld Cycles - People’s Choice Bike Show & Bike Wash

June 30, 2004
A people’s choice vote is a great way to hold a bike show and this was no exception. Complete with a 50/50 raffle, 20 percent off everything in the store and numerous bike specials. After turning in your scoring card, you were handed a blue raffle ticket towards even more giveaways from H.G. Wyld, which I found out is the name of the hog in their logo. Prizes and giveaways included cash, t-shirts, doo-rags, posters and a lot of fun from some very gracious people. Groom Appliances was on hand with their new line of Phoenix barbeques cooking up an…

Wings & Wheels - Angel Flight Motorcycle Ride

June 30, 2004
On Sunday, June 6, around 200 riders on 145 motorcycles participated in the Second Annual Wings & Wheels motorcycle ride, a fund-raiser for Angel Flight Central. The mission of this organization is to arrange transportation on behalf of people in need for the purpose of access to medical care or for reasons of compassion or community service. The event raised almost $6,400. Christel Gollnick, Angel Flight’s Executive Director said, “This event is not only a celebration of the lives we are lengthening every day by helping people in need access life saving medical care, but it is a fun way…

Cruisin' to the Crossroads Guitar Festival

June 30, 2004
Most of my life I’ve been the lucky one. You know the type; someone who falls into a sewage lagoon and comes out smelling like lilacs. The first weekend in June this year was no exception; and what an incredible experience it turned out to be! If you like music, especially if you’re a blues or rock fan and you like to ride, stay with me on this one. My riding buddy Jim, who has no real job, was on his way to the lake the end of March when he heard a promotion on the radio for a guitar…

Marble Hill, Missouri - ATrial Run for Spokane

June 30, 2004
I’m learning quickly that packing gear to go on a motorcycle trip is a fine art — a REALLY fine art! This summer, Bill, Darren and I are going on a two-week trip to Spokane, Washington for a national BMW rally. Bill and Darren are riding their BMW’s while I tag along on my Honda Magna. When a recent BMW rally was scheduled for Marble Hill, Missouri, we decided it would be a great chance to do a trial run for the big trip in July. The only hitch was how to get me and all my gear on the…

Military Veterans Motorcycle Club

June 30, 2004
With each passing month, the war in Iraq begins to resemble the past Vietnam War. The U.S. military seems to be at a stand still, taking unnecessary casualties, while the U.S. civilian government practices nation building without an instructional manual. Now please don’t get me wrong, I love my country very much and would willingly give my life if called upon to do so in order to keep her free. However, military action controlled by politics has always spelled doom and caused wasted precious life throughout our past history. With the presidential elections lumbering towards us this November, both President…

Immacolata Manor Looks Forward to Over the Next Hill

June 3, 2004
For those of you that don’t know about Immacolata Manor, let me tell you about how they started and what they do today. The Manor is situated on 37 acres and was purchased in 1981 by a group called “Friends of the Handicapped.” It was then that the Manor was established as a home for women with developmental disabilities, with the Benedictine Sisters of Kansas City as the caretakers. The Sisters managed the home until they retired in 1997, and their work is now carried on by a non-profit agency, under the direction of a volunteer board of directors and…

JC's Sports Bar - A Northland Tradition

May 31, 2004
JC's Sports Bar is a unique biker friendly hangout, where they make you feel like part of the family as soon as you walk in the door. Along with their ever-popular Tuesday night bike night sponsored by Clay County Choppers, they also offer many specials throughout the week. On Mondays you can get a draw for only a buck, on Wednesdays you can get $4 pitchers of Bud, Bud Lite and Busch, and on Thursdays you can have a shot for only one George Washington. If you happen to be there for bike night on the last Tuesday of the…

Rotolo's Joe's Standard Bar – Home of the Best Live Music

May 31, 2004
Rotolo's Joe's Standard Bar in Blue Springs, Missouri may be one of the Kansas City areas newest bike night hot spots, but this biker friendly bar is rich in family history and tradition, and is one of the best kept secrets in the motorcycle community. Every Tuesday evening during riding season, the parking lot is roped off for bike only parking, and this nostalgic bar is transformed into a haven for bikers who enjoy live music, great food, and a place where they can roam around outside to mingle with friends and check out the bikes. Add a snug dance…

12th Annual Putt for Mutts

May 31, 2004
Wayside Waifs, Inc. is an independent, not-for-profit humane society and animal shelter that admits nearly 12,000 pets each year. They survive solely on donations and receive no funding from the government or animal organizations. On May 22, for the 12th consecutive year, riders of all makes and models of motorcycles united to provide financial assistance for this worthy charity. Registration began at 9 a.m. at Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Belton, Missouri. For a donation of $20, riders received dice run sheets, goodie bags, ride pins, and lunch catered by Wagon Wheel Barbeque. Special incentives were given away for various levels of…

15th Annual Run For The Homeless

May 31, 2004
For 15 years, motorcycle riders throughout the Kansas City area have been coming together the first Sunday in May to ride with one mission in mind: raising money for the City Union Mission in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. This year, bikers raised $26,374 in the Bikers With A Mission Run for the Homeless. Over the last 14 years, the event has raised more than $400,000.Sponsored and organized by the Cycle Disciples Kansas City Chapter, 593 bikers registered at the Cycle Disciples Clubhouse at the former Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base near Belton, Missouri. The 100 mile route took us east from…

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