Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Victory Demo Rides at Shawnee Cycle Plaza – Shawnee, Kansas

Written by  June 1, 2013

Shawnee Cycle Plaza hosted Victory Demo Days on May 11, 2013. The Victory Truck was parked, and the Victorys were lined up.

Doris Sarver from Shawnee Cycle Plaza spearheaded the Demo Days event. She did a fantastic job coordinating the event. Hamburgers, chips, lemonade, and cookies were served. All of the salespersons were available to answer any and all questions.

Doris included “Operation Gratitude” as part of the Demo Days. Operation Gratitude annually sends 100,000+ care packages filled with snacks, entertainment items, and personal letters of appreciation addressed individually to U.S. service members deployed in hostile regions, to their children left behind, and to veterans, first responders, wounded warriors, and their caregivers. Their mission is to lift morale, bring a smile to a service member’s face, and express to our Armed Forces the appreciation and support of the American people. Each package contains donated products valued at $75 to $100 and costs the organization $15 to assemble and ship. For safety and security, assembling of the packages occurs at the Army National Guard armory in Van Nuys, California. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than 915,000 packages to American military members.

Thank you, Doris, for spreading the word about Operation Gratitude! This is a very worthwhile charity.

Also at Demo Days was the Kansas City Vulcan Riders Chapter. They have teamed up with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. They are hosting the 1st Annual Ride to Silence the Stigma on Saturday, June 22. The ride starts and ends at Shawnee Cycle Plaza, and check-in is at 8:45 a.m. with kickstands up at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $25 for the rider and $25 for the passenger. This is a very important undertaking as suicide rates have soared in the military community. Suicide awareness is a topic that deserves more attention. Thank you to the KC Vulcan Riders for raising awareness regarding suicide. For more information on the event, call Michael Oldfield 913-269-5722.

The Great Plains Victory Riders were a tremendous help in ensuring Demo Days was a success. They volunteered as road captains and led the demo rides. The ride was approximately 20 minutes, and the route was set in town and on the freeway. The route allowed you to capture the complete feel of the Victory that you were riding.