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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.

Spirit Ride - Kansas City, Missouri

September 1, 2012
July 28 was the date for the inaugural Spirit Ride to raise funds for the National World War I Museum at Kansas City’s Liberty Memorial. The event began with a rally at Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Grandview where registration opened at 11:00 a.m. The registration fee was $40 and included a goodie bag, participation in the escorted ride to Liberty Memorial, admission to the museum, picnic dinner, and concert admission. While waiting for the ride to begin, participants visited vendor booths at Gail’s and listened to the music of the Jeremy Nichols Band.

28th Annual A.B.A.T.E. of Iowa Freedom Rally - Algona, Iowa

September 1, 2012
The 2012 Freedom Rally was scheduled for July 5, 6, and 7 due to the mid-week Independence Day holiday. As I rode north, it was apparent that those who were heading for the rally had better be prepared for hot weather. I passed a time-and-temperature sign that indicated a sizzling 102 degrees. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I had missed the 2010 and 2011 events at Algona. Knowing that the Iowa A.B.A.T.E. organization constantly strives to make improvements at the rally grounds, I was expecting to see some changes. Sure enough, some significant enhancements had been made at Freedom…

3rd Annual Outlaws for Paws Benefit Event - Kansas City, Missouri

September 1, 2012
Saturday, August 18 was a beautiful day to help save animals, and Knucklehead’s Saloon was the perfect location for such an event. We’d been helping promote the 3rd Annual Outlaws for Paws Benefit Event for several months, which was all put together by Brooke Turner and her non-profit organization; Brookelyn’s Bombshells, Inc.

Biker Diva Motorcycle 101 - The Relationship at Shawnee Cycle Plaza - Shawnee, Kansas

September 1, 2012
On Thursday evening, August 2, 2012, Shawnee Cycle Plaza presented the second of a three part series entitled Biker Diva Motorcycle 101. The free seminars cater towards women riders, and encourage attendees to “Get in touch with your inner Biker Diva!”

Sturgis 2012 - Babes

September 1, 2012
Check out this year's collection of Sturgis babes photos!

Sturgis 2012 - Bikes

September 1, 2012
Check out this year's collection of Sturgis bike photos!

Sturgis 2012 - Bikers

September 1, 2012
Check out this year's collection of Sturgis biker photos!

Sturgis 2012 - Mike's Trip

September 1, 2012
A few weeks before heading to Sturgis each year, I start getting that exciting tingle in my stomach, which is an indication that it’s time to ride north. With the intense summer heat and drought we’ve had this year, I assumed this year’s trip was going to be one of our hottest yet; however, we was pleasantly surprised when the heat broke just a couple days before our trip.

Sturgis 2012 - Stripe's Trip

September 1, 2012
This is where I get to share some of the experiences of the 72nd Annual Sturgis Rally and Races that were outstanding to me. The following chronological summary, along with the accompanying photos, represents my “show and tell” on the 2012 event.

Life in the Sturgis Mega Campgrounds – Sturgis, South Dakota

September 1, 2012
After years of covering other rallies and events, Donna and I decided to travel with the rest of the Cycle Connections Magazine crew to cover the Black Hills Rally in Sturgis for the first time. Although the magazine had a house rented out in the countryside, we decided to get first-hand experience and coverage of the mega campgrounds that are like their own cities during the rally. So, Donna pulled our small camp trailer while I rode the bike for our first trip to Sturgis. We set up our camp in Glencoe Camp Resort, and the famous Buffalo Chip Campground…

Road Trippin' to Oklahoma Bike Week at Sparks America

August 1, 2012
I was pleased when my Cycle Connections colleague Doc Lonnie informed me that he and Donna planned to attend the 2012 Oklahoma Bike Week at Sparks America Campground. With my camping gear riding in their toy hauler/camping trailer, my Wide Glide would have a lighter load for our June 21 ride to the rally, and the magazine would have the benefit of two photojournalists providing double-coverage. Our plan was to rendezvous at Peculiar, Missouri, on Highway 71 to begin the trek. Due to my faulty memory of Missouri geography, I turned left at the intersection of 291 and 71 at…

2nd Annual Parrot Head Ride - Kansas City, Missouri

August 1, 2012
The 2nd Annual Parrot Head ride took place on Saturday July 7, 2012, with all proceeds benefitting the Burge Bird Rescue and Beaks N Wings Rescue. The Parrot Head Ride started and ended at One Eyed Jack’s Bar and Grill during a sultry 107 degree day in Kansas City, Missouri. Registration began at 10 a.m., and bikes pulled out around 11:30 a.m. As time arrived for kickstands up, the ride had grown to 18 bikes carrying 27 dedicated participants. 

5th Annual Thunder Run for JDRF - Kansas City, Missouri

August 1, 2012
On Saturday June 30, 2012, Worth Harley-Davidson hosted their 5th Annual Thunder Run Event for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. This incredible charity event included an 82-mile ride, with approximately 350 bikes and 450 riders. The ride was led by Jesse James Dupree, the lead singer and guitarist of JACKYL, and local and regional radio personalities Johnny Dare and Moose from Kansas City radio station 98.9 The Rock. 

2012 Kansas City Bikers for Babies® Ride - Kansas City, Kansas

August 1, 2012
On Sunday, September 16, 2012 thousands of motorcycles will roar into Kansas Speedway for the 18th 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.

Biker Diva Motorcycle 101 - Matchmaker at Shawnee Cycle Plaza - Shawnee, Kansas

August 1, 2012
On Thursday evening, July 12, 2012, Shawnee Cycle Plaza presented the first of a three part series entitled Biker Diva Motorcycle 101. 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 Brass Rail - Kansas City, Missouri

August 1, 2012
The Brass Rail in Kansas City, Missouri was the location for our third cover bike & cover model search of the year, which took place on Sunday, July 15, 2012, which coincided with their weekly Sunday Biker Brunch.

10th Annual Ride for Ryan - St. Joseph, Missouri

July 1, 2012
Ryan Consolver would have turned 34 on June 9, 2012. Tragically, his life was cut short on August 11, 2002, as the result of a motorcycle accident in North Kansas City. His extended family found healing from their loss in the institution of an annual motorcycle ride called Ride for Ryan . To honor Ryan’s memory, the ride takes place on or close to his birthday each year. Proceeds from the ride go to provide scholarships for students pursuing their education in construction-related fields.

Cover Bike & Cover Model Search 2012 at The Bar - Lee's Summit, Missouri

July 1, 2012
The Bar in Lee’s Summit, Missouri was the location for our second cover bike & cover model search of the riding season, which took place on Saturday, July 23, 2012. Stripe, Lonnie, and Donna were out of town attending the Sparks America Rally in Oklahoma that weekend, and Danny had his bike torn apart putting a new wheel on the front, so Nichole recruited a few friends to help out for the day.