Rides, Rallies and Events Recap
Stripe

Stripe

Photojournalist/Account Representative - Kansas City, MO

Dave Baxter, a.k.a. Stripe joined our staff in December, 2003, as a photojournalist. If that road name sounds familiar, you may have seen his photos on the pages of such publications as American Iron, V Twin, VQ, In the Wind, and Easyriders. Stripe attends as many rallies, bike shows, and charity runs as he can and is a major contributor of photos and articles to our magazine. His first assignment was our January, 2004, cover photo, where he snapped the awesome photo of a 1958 Harley-Davidson Duo Glide. A rider since the age of 14, he loves to help and encourage new riders. Stripe enjoys meeting new people and looks forward to catching many of our readers in the viewfinder of his digital camera. Contact Stripe at stripe@cycleconnections.com 

August 29, 2015

Sturgis 2015 - Racing

Motorcycle racing has been at the heart of the Sturgis Rally since its origin. The man known as the father of the Black Hills Rally was Clarence “Pappy” Hoel who owned an Indian Motorcycle franchise in Sturgis and was one of the founders of the Jackpine Gypsies club in 1936. The Gypsies’ first event was known as the Black Hills Classic, a single motorcycle race with nine racers and a few spectators. From that modest beginning, attendance at the rally experienced remarkable growth.

The 3rd Annual Mike’s Ride began on July 18 at The Bar in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, with registration and breakfast. Ride fees were $25 per rider and $10 per passenger with proceeds going to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Raffle tickets were sold for a chance to win a beautiful customized 1999 Harley-Davidson Sportster. Poker run prizes were $100 for the best hand and $50 for the worst. There were also some nice raffle prizes.

August 20, 2015

Sturgis 2015 - Bikers

Check out this year's photos of Sturgis bikers

Photos by Stripe and Doc Lonnie Blum

August 18, 2015

Sturgis 2015 - Babes

Check out our photos of babes at the 75th Annual Sturgis Rally.

Photos by Stripe and Doc Lonnie Blum

August 16, 2015

Sturgis 2015 - Paint

Every year the art works of motorcycling's Rembrandts and Picassos on canvases of metal are on display in the streets and vendor spaces of Sturgis.  Check out some that got our attention.

Photos by Stripe and Doc Lonnie Blum

August 16, 2015

Sturgis 2015 - Bikes

Check out some of our favorite antiques, customs, choppers, rats, and trikes seen at the 75th Annual Sturgis Rally.

Photos by Stripe and Doc Lonnie Blum

Every year, the Bikers with a Mission Ride raises funds for the City Union Mission. The contributions are used to assist Mission clients with needs over and above what the Mission typically budgets for, including utility assistance, bus tokens, baby formula, prescriptions, dental, medical care, eyeglasses and much more. Saturday, July 11, was the date for this year’s ride which began at Worth Harley-Davidson. Registration began at noon with participants contributing $35 per rider and $30 per passenger. Those who registered on line got a $5 discount. Nearly 200 riders registered. Kurzweils’ Country Meats served a delicious barbeque lunch while musical entertainment was provided by the KC Biker Band. Prior to the program, bidding was open for a long list of silent auction items including a motorcycle jacket; Chiefs vs Titans football tickets; Ready to Ride basket; Eric Hosmer batting helmet; Billy Butler helmet; G.P.S. for motorcycle; Gold baseball; portraits of current and former Kansas City Royals players Jeremy Guthrie, Aaron Crow, and Wade Davis; William Miller amber stag knife; Scala Rider G4 Bluetooth; picnic basket; and various T-Bones baseball tickets.

 

There are so many contests and so many awards that I am sure I missed photographing a few of the presentations. Congrats to all the winners and apologies to those omitted here.

 

For a week every summer Sparks America Campground near the tiny town of Sparks hosts Bike Week Oklahoma. The dates for this year’s event were June 18 through 28. Bike Week always features live music on stage every night, bike shows and Woody’s auction of chainsaw artworks and furniture for charity on both Saturdays, and lots of bike games and people games. Various nights during the week have themes such as Super Hero, Cowboys & Indians, Honor the Troops, ‘50s Sock Hop, Roaring ‘20s, College Teams, and Naughty School Girls.

 

The morning of Saturday, June 6 got off to a rainy start at St. Joseph Missouri. Many riders were wearing their rain gear when they arrived at St. Joseph Harley-Davidson, the starting point for the 13th Annual Ride for Ryan. Fortunately, the rain moved on in time for the opening ceremony. The event is held each year to honor the memory of Ryan Consolver whose life was cut short at the age of 24 in a motorcycle accident on August 11, 2002. Money raised by the event goes to a scholarship fund dedicated to students who, as Ryan did, have chosen to pursue careers in the construction industry. To date over $150,000 has been raised for the fund.