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Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

19th Annual Kansas City Bikers for Babies® RIDE – Kansas City, Kansas

November 1, 2013
The nation’s number one Bikers for Babies® fundraiser takes place in Kansas City. Beginning in 1995 with $3,000 raised by 130 riders the event has seen dramatic growth. Last year participants numbering nearly 5,000 came from 20 states and raised more than $675,000 for March of Dimes.

38th Annual A.B.A.T.E. of Kansas Labor Day Rally - Perry Lake, Kansas

October 1, 2013
I arrived at the A.B.A.T.E. of Kansas rally area at Paradise Point, Perry Lake, about mid-afternoon on Friday, August 30. The weekend weather forecast calling for extreme heat proved to be accurate. Free bottled water and a mist tent provided welcome relief for bikers at the end of their ride and the beginning of their party. After getting registered, I joined several friends who had arrived earlier from southeastern Iowa. As usual, they had set up camp near the area always occupied by A.B.A.T.E. District 7 from the Dodge City area, my old stomping grounds. After hanging out in the…

Cover Bike & Cover Model Search at Blue Springs Harley-Davidson - Blue Springs, Missouri

October 1, 2013
Blue Springs Harley-Davidson in Blue Springs, Missouri was the location for one of our ever popular cover bike & cover model search events, which took place on Thursday, September 12, 2013, and coincided with their monthly bike night that also featured the popular band Blue Orleans, Bikers for Babies® pre-registration, free hot dogs/hamburgers, beer in the parking lot provided by Clancy's Pub.

Cover Bike & Cover Model Search at The Bar - Lee's Summit, Missouri

October 1, 2013
The Bar in Lee’s Summit, Missouri was the location for their second cover bike & cover model search of the year, which took place on Saturday, September 14, 2013.

4th Annual Outlaws for Paws Benefit Event - Kansas City, Missouri

October 1, 2013
Saturday, August 17 was a beautiful day to ride down to Knucklehead’s Saloon and help raise money for the 4rd Annual Outlaws for Paws Benefit Event that’s put together by Brooke Turner and her non-profit organization The Bombshells.

2013 Ride For Kids - Birmingham, Alabama

October 1, 2013
I’m convinced that God and Mother Nature get together and set the most beautiful day for the Ride For Kid’s every year. Here it is, Sunday, September 8, and what an absolute gorgeous day, as hundreds of bike’s gather at Barber Motorsports Park to raise money for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

Road Trippin' to Sturgis - 2013

September 1, 2013
Check out some of our photos from our 2013 road trip to Sturgis! More info and photos coming soon, so please keep checking back!

Cover Bike & Cover Model Search at The Bar - Lee's Summit, Missouri

September 1, 2013
The Bar in Lee’s Summit, Missouri was the location for our second cover bike & cover model search of the year, which took place on Saturday, July 27, 2013.Stripe, Danny, Lonnie, Randall, Nichole and Skylar met me at The Bar around 3 p.m. to help setup our booth and block off a large area in the parking lot for our cover bike search. As soon as we had everything set up, bikes began rolling in, and we were busy the rest of the afternoon signing up beautiful bikes and ladies for the event. Lonnie was busy taking photos as Randall…

Cover Bike & Cover Model Search at Joe's Crab Shack - Olathe, Kansas

September 1, 2013
Joe’s Crab Shack in Olathe, Kansas was the location for our third cover bike & cover model search of the 2013 riding season, which took place on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, which coincided with their weekly happy hour where every Tuesday evening you can get $2 crawfish tails, popcorn shrimp, fried pickles, Bud Light, Miller Light & Hurricanes between 5-11 p.m. Stripe, Danny, Eric, Bruce, Randall and Nichole and I arrived early to setup our booth and to block off a section of the parking lot for our cover bike search. As we were signing up bikes, Nichole was busy…

Motor Boating for Margaret - Lee's Summit, Missouri

September 1, 2013
Some may wonder what Motor Boating has to do with a motorcycle poker run. Let’s get this out of the way right off the bat. The Urban Dictionary defines motorboat (an intransitive verb) as “the act of pushing one's face in between two ample breasts, and rocking one's head side to side very rapidly while making a vigorous, lip-vibrating 'brrr' sound.” Friends of Margaret Liggett came up with Motor Boating for Margaret as a rather catchy and humorous name for a Sunday, July 28, ride to raise funds to assist her with astronomical medical expenses she has incurred in her…

8th Annual Cruising for the King’s Kids – Chelsea, Alabama

September 1, 2013
What a beautiful day for a ride! On Saturday, August 10, riders gathered at Rider’s Harley-Davidson in Trussville, Alabama to start rolling dice and registering for the 8th annual ride benefiting the King’s Ranch, which is home for so many kids out there who have been dealt a crappy hand in life. Many people feel sorry for the kids who live here, but I also feel so very sorry for what they have had to live through before coming here. These kids aren’t wired to be this way; they are conditioned to be this way, and through no fault of…

Road Trippin' to Oklahoma Bike Week 2013 - Sparks, Oklahoma

August 1, 2013
The 2013 version of Oklahoma Bike Week at Sparks America Campground ran from June 14 through 23. As usual, my schedule did not permit me to attend the entire event, but I was able to get away on Thursday, June 20, for a long weekend. This year, I was pleased to have editor Mike join me for his first visit to Sparks. With Mike on his Fat Boy and me on my Wide Glide, we headed south late in the morning. After a gas stop in Joplin, we decided to drop by the local Harley dealership. We discovered that the…

Cover Bike & Cover Model Search at Gail's Harley-Davidson - Grandview, Missouri

August 1, 2013
Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Grandview, Missouri was the location for our first cover bike & cover model search of the 2013 riding season, which took place on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, which coincided with their weekly Feel the Power Happy Hour, that includes free food and beer, a bikini bike wash, and lot of other fun activities. Stripe, Danny, Eric, Nichole and I arrived early to setup our booth and to block off a section of the parking lot for our cover bike search, and Bruce and Randall also arrived to help out. Before we had everything setup, several bikes had…

B.A.C.A., Bombshells, and Blockbuster Bikini Car & Bike Wash - Independence, Missouri

August 1, 2013
On Saturday, July 6, 2013, Biker’s Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) KC and Brooklyn’s Bombshells hosted a bikini car and bike wash at Blockbuster; located at 4555 S. Noland Road in Independence, Missouri. B.A.C.A. member Heavy Ted invited the Bombshells to help raise money to prevent child abuse. Bombshells Christina, Kathleen, Angela, LeeAnn and Pebbles volunteered for the event, and although the day started out a bit slow, once the drive by traffic saw these beautiful girls in their bikinis, business picked up quickly. More cars than bikes were washed that day, and a lot of money was raised for B.A.C.A.…

Kansas City Bikers for Babies® 2013

August 1, 2013
Sunday, September 22 • Kansas SpeedwayONE DAY. ONE RIDE. ONE REASON.On Sunday, September 22, 2013 thousands of motorcycles will roar into Kansas Speedway for the 19th Annual Kansas City Bikers for Babies® ride. The largest and most successful March of Dimes fundraiser of its kind, Bikers for Babies® brings together riders of all ages on all brands of motorcycles to raise funds for community programs and services committed to improving the health of babies. The American Motorcycle Association (AMA)-sanctioned ride is sponsored by 98.9 The Rock, HCA Midwest Health Systems and Price Chopper. Johnny Dare, 98.9 The Rock morning show…

Bike Night at The Bar - Lee's Summit, Missouri

July 1, 2013
The Bar in Lee’s Summit, Missouri is one of the most fun and fastest growing bike nights on the east side of town. Conveniently located at 428 SW Ward Rd in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, The Bar has one of the largest parking lots of any bike night location he Kansas City area. Owners Rich and Dana are bikers themselves, and know how to run a nice bar and certainly know how to put on a great bike night every Thursday night during riding season, which is sponsored by Gail’s Harley-Davidson this year. On bike night you can get $2 draws…

Bike Night at Joe's Crab Shack - Olathe, Kansas

July 1, 2013
Joe’s Crab Shack in Olathe, Kansas is our newest bike night partner. Located at 11965 S Strang Line Rd, this is an ideal location for one of Kansas City’s only Tuesday night bike nights. There’s plenty of bike-only parking, and there’s plenty of room for you and all your riding buddies to hang out on their huge deck or walk around in the parking lot to check out all the bikes. A couple months ago, General Manager Alex Goncalves contacted me and said that he’d recently transferred to Olathe from the Independence location, and was interested in hosting a bike…

Demo Rides at Blue Springs Harley-Davidson

July 1, 2013
Visitors to Blue Springs Harley-Davidson during the dealership’s 15th Anniversary Celebration had the opportunity to take demonstration rides on brand new motorcycles. There was a large selection of Harleys from which to choose. The route covered more than 20 miles north and east of the dealership and offered riders the chance to experience the bikes at highway speed. The curvy roads allowed participants to evaluate the handling characteristics of the various models. Demos were conducted on both Friday and Saturday. Requirements for the ride were: age over 18, current motorcycle license, eye protection, long pants, closed toed shoes with heel…

15th Anniversary Weekend at Blue Springs Harley-Davidson

July 1, 2013
I’ve lived in Blue Springs, Missouri for about 30 years now, and was very excited when Blue Springs Harley-Davidson opened up only 10 minutes from my house. I’d recently purchased a 1999 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy, so it was nice to have a dealership so conveniently located for getting parts, service, accessories, and that annual or bi-annual vehicle inspection we’re all blessed (or cursed) with here in the state of Missouri. So when I heard about Blue Springs Harley-Davidson putting on a huge 15th Anniversary party, I knew Cycle Connections had to be a part of it. The three-day event officially…

11th Annual Ride for Ryan - St. Joseph, Missouri

July 1, 2013
Ride for Ryan is an annual motorcycle rally and ride honoring the memory of Ryan Consolver who lost his life at the age of 24 as the result of a motorcycle accident on August 11, 2002, in North Kansas City. The event raises money for a scholarship fund dedicated to students who, as Ryan did, have chosen to pursue careers in the construction industry. This year, scholarships of $1,000 each were granted to 17 students. The 11-year total exceeds $100,000 presented to approximately 110 students. The ride is always held on a Saturday around the anniversary of Ryan’s birth. This…