Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

15th Anniversary Weekend at Blue Springs Harley-Davidson

Written by  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 kicked off Thursday evening, June 13 during Blue Springs Harley-Davidson’s bike night, which takes place the second Thursday each month. When we arrived, the parking lot was packed, as the popular band Switch was rocking the house (or technically the parking lot). They are an awesome band, and their lead female vocalist Melissa Bollman is one very attractive and talented singer! Woo Hoo!

There were several vendors setup in the grassy area in front of the dealership, and the east end of the parking lot was blocked off for the stage and beer garden. While we were there, one brave rider decided to try out the burnout pit, which consisted of a forklift sitting on the sidewalk with a wheel chock attached to the forks; a bit crude, but quite efficient.

We arrived early on Friday, June 14, and Eric and Danny were nice enough to help me setup the Cycle Connections booth. Several vendors were also there setting up, including Stick This in Your Ear, LLC, who sells custom ear protection & digital stereo “flat in ear” earphones, Team Cocktail, who sells custom drinking apparel and accessories, Damsel in Distress, who offer a variety of self-defense and personal protection products, Highway 7 Chiropractic, and numerous other vendors.

Friday’s activities was equally exciting, and to kick things off, Mayor Ross and the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce were on-hand for a chamber brunch and ribbon-cutting, with David Worth wielding the huge pair of scissors. The Harley-Davidson demo truck was setup at the west end of the parking lot and licensed riders had the opportunity to take demo rides on their choice of several new Harley-Davidson models. Both Stripe and Eric took advantage of this opportunity, and really enjoyed the nice route that was laid out for the demo rides. Stripe enjoyed the ride so much he decided to share his experience by writing a Demo Rides article for this month’s issue. Guests were also invited to sign up for their chance to win a 2013 Sportster 883.

Around Noon, the huge black Corona Light tour bus pulled into the parking lot to kick off for the official Kenny Chesney No Shoes Nation Tour Pre-Party. Q104 had their van setup on the parking lot from 3-7 p.m. for the TJ Live Show, and free Kenny Chesney tickets were given away. Jared Scott., and Travis Martin and Bush Hawg took the stage from 6-9 p.m., and our July 2013 cover model LeeAnn showed up to help work our booth, and was also all afternoon posing for photos on guest’s bike, and alongside the tour bus.

The Harley-Davidson demo truck was busy again on Saturday, and the band StonyHogg played from 11-3 p.m. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans on Saturday afternoon as a huge thunderstorm rolled in as the crowed rolled out. We quickly packed up all of our things and I was almost halfway home on my bike when the floodgates opened. Even though it was a short ride, I was totally drenched by the time I pulled into my garage.

Oh well…aside from the storm, it was an awesome weekend to help celebrate Blue Springs Harley-Davidson’s 15th Anniversary. A special thanks to Charlie who was in charge of coordinating the event, and a special congratulations to David Worth and his entire crew at Blue Springs Harley-Davidson for 15 years of wonderful service to our community!

Photos by Stripe, Eric Miller, Skylar Sherwood and Mike Schweder.

Mike Schweder

Editor-in-Chief - Kansas City, MO

Mike is the original founder of Cycle Connections Online Motorcycle Magazine and an avid motorcycle enthusiast. He has been riding for over 40 years, belongs to several local and national motorcycle organizations and travels to numerous rallies and events throughout the US each year. Mike has been a writer and editor for many years and has a passion for sharing his motorcycling experiences and stories with you. Contact Mike at mikes@cycleconnections.com