Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

7,500 Miles – A 19-Day 18-State Motorcycle Trip (Part 2)

January 1, 2013
Another cold early morning start as we follow the Colorado River on its westward route. The vistas are what you’d expect from this canyon--grand. Ignoring the signs, Tom climbs over the fence so he can pose precariously on the edge cliff with a big fearless ground squirrel that is perched there. Hwy 64 takes us south out of the park to Williams. We head west on I-40 for about 25 miles then jump off on Route 66 which turns out to be a very worthwhile detour. At Peach Springs we pause for lunch and there is another group of bikes…

Biker Halloween at Sparks America - Sparks, Oklahoma

December 1, 2012
Bikers gather every year at Sparks America Campground near the tiny town of Sparks, Oklahoma, for a huge Halloween Biker Bash. The 2012 party was the second big motorcycle rally hosted by Robert Butler who acquired the facility prior to Oklahoma Bike Week in June. Robert continues to look for ways to make sure everyone who comes to Sparks America has a great time.

Cover Bike & Cover Model Search at Worth Harley-Davidson - Kansas City, Missouri

December 1, 2012
Worth Harley-Davidson in Kansas City, Missouri was the location for our final cover bike & cover model search of the season, which took place at their new Events Center on Thursday, October 11, 2012, which coincided with their weekly bike night, which is known for their food and drink specials, live bands, and bikini bike washes by the beautiful Worth Girls.

7,500 Miles – A 19-Day 18-State Motorcycle Trip (Part 1)

December 1, 2012
In April I received a phone call from Tom, who I met on a previous trip, asking if I wanted to do a 3-week bike trip. Two weeks later I’m up early ready to go but it’s still dark out and raining. Watching the weather radar on the TV I finally decide to make a run for it shortly after the sun rises behind a sky filled with dark foreboding clouds and drizzle. It is 59°F as I leave and I run into and out of light rain as I travel east across Missouri on Highway 36. Hunkered down and…

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

November 1, 2012
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 22, 2012.

20th Annual Ralph Wayne's Vintage Backyard Nationals - Kansas City, Missouri

November 1, 2012
Each year a normally quiet Kansas City neighborhood is the setting for a unique motorcycle event that attracts enthusiasts from all around the metro area and far beyond. It’s a combination classic motorcycle show and block party known as Ralph Wayne’s Vintage Backyard Nationals. Twenty years ago, a few of Ralph Wayne Blackmore’s friends got together to show off their motorcycles.

18th Annual Kansas City Bikers for Babies® RIDE – Kansas City, Kansas

November 1, 2012
In 2004, Tucker Orton was born 14 weeks early weighing just 19 ounces. His mother, Jennifer, had been diagnosed with severe preeclampsia and possible HELLP syndrome, a life-threatening obstetric condition. Tucker coded immediately after delivery, was revived and rushed to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) where his diagnosis was severe prematurity, respiratory distress, and possible sepsis. His care included surfactant therapy, a treatment developed by March of Dimes-funded research, enabling his undeveloped lungs to function.

Full Boar Open House at the Harley-Davidson Vehicle and Powertrain Operations - Kansas City, Missouri

November 1, 2012
Come on and take a Free Ride! The best thing about Harley-Davidson’s Open House events is the opportunity to take a ride on the bike of your dreams, free! No charge, no hidden costs, no fees! To ride that brand new Harley, just show up at the Open House event, provide a current driver’s license with a motorcycle rating, put on a helmet, register and go!

8th Annual Barber Vintage Festival - Birmingham, Alabama

November 1, 2012
In Alabama, October signals the change of seasons. Changing leaves, Halloween, and the Vintage Festival at Barber Motorsports Park converge on Alabama. October 12 kicked off the 8th annual Vintage Festival, presented by Triumph, and ran through the 14th.

37th Annual A.B.A.T.E. of Kansas Labor Day Rally - Perry Lake, Kansas

October 1, 2012
If you are a rider who traveled from anywhere east to Paradise Point at Perry Lake to attend the 37th Annual A.B.A.T.E. of Kansas Labor Day Rally, chances are you had to endure some rain. The remnants of Hurricane Isaac had arrived in the Midwest producing a broad band of wet weather.

11th Annual Ride for Kids - Birmingham, Alabama

October 1, 2012
Sunday, September 9 was an absolutely gorgeous day for a ride as hundreds of bikers rolled into the Barber Motorsports Park for the 11th annual “Ride for Kids” benefiting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

18th Annual Mule Run - Kearney, Missouri

October 1, 2012
Although there are several great motorcycle events in the KC area each year, when it comes to good old-fashioned fun, nothing can beat a gathering of bikers in someone’s backyard, which is why the annual Mule Run that’s put on by Brother’s Word is one of my favorite local events.

AMA Pro Racing Returns to Barber Motorsports Park – Birmingham, Alabama

October 1, 2012
This has been a hotter than normal year for most of the country, and the weekend of June 22 was no exception. Even with the temperatures in the 100s, fans still poured into the Barber Motorsports Park for 10th Annual AMA Super-Bike Race weekend.

Biker Diva 101 - The Fashion Show

October 1, 2012
The final event of a three part series entitled Biker Diva Motorcycle 101 was held on Thursday evening, September 6, 2012 at Shawnee Cycle Plaza. The free seminars cater towards women riders, and encourage attendees to “Get in touch with your inner Biker Diva!”

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

October 1, 2012
Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Grandview, Missouri was the location for our fourth cover bike & cover model search of the year, which took place on Thursday, September 19, 2012, which coincided with their weekly Feel the Power Happy Hour, that includes free wings and beer, a bikini bike wash by the KC Knockouts, and lot of other fun activities.

Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest 2012 – Osage Beach, Missouri

October 1, 2012
More than 15,000 bikers attended this year’s Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest, which should be considered a testament to the fortitude of the Midwest biker. It takes more than rainy skies and cool temperatures to dampen their spirits.

Vintage Motorcycle Days: Where the Past Lives On – Lexington, Ohio

October 1, 2012
New motorcycles roll in and old ones are put out to pasture, usually rusting in some salvage yard. But some few of them refuse to die, finding shelter and loving care from one of the growing number of fans of old bikes. And then every year, some few of those get to relive their glory days at Vintage Motorcycle Days (VMD). At VMD, old bikes never die; they just grow richer in mystique.

11th Annual 9-11 Tribute Rally & Ride - Grandview, Missouri

October 1, 2012
For me, Tuesday, September 11, 2001 began as an ordinary day. Then I got a call from my friend B.C. who was the first to inform me of the attack at the World Trade Center. Others were also getting calls, and everyone was soon following the news on portable radios. After a while, we were all sent home. By the end of that day, both towers had fallen, the Pentagon had been hit, and United Flight 93 had gone down in Pennsylvania.

2012 Heartland Police Motorcycle Challenge - Independence, Missouri

October 1, 2012
The annual Heartland Police Motorcycle Challenge took place on Thursday, September 13, through Saturday, September 15 in the Macy’s parking lot at the Independence Center mall in Independence, Missouri. Spectators were welcome, and those who came enjoyed a remarkable demonstration of skilled motorcycle riding by the participating officers.

6th Annual Wheels for the Cure Ride - Blue Springs, Missouri

September 1, 2012
The Kansas City area was in the grip of a major heat wave, but the soaring temperature did not deter more than 120 generous motorcycle enthusiasts from showing up on Saturday, June 30, at Blue Springs Harley-Davidson to participate in their annual breast cancer fund-raiser.