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 

Every year around Veterans Day, Tom Allen, a long-time Gail’s Harley-Davidson employee and a Vietnam vet, leads a ride to honor military veterans. This year’s ride was on Saturday, November 9, an absolutely beautiful Fall day. The 180 or so participating motorcycles were staged in the lot behind the dealership. Registration was free, and the first 100 riders received a ride pin.

The riders gathered just prior to the 12:30 p.m. beginning of the ride and were welcomed by Gail. Based on a show of hands, roughly two thirds were military veterans. Tom added his welcoming remarks and read a touching poem about a soldier’s welcome at Heaven’s pearly gates. Tom described the route to this year’s destination, the K.C. Live outdoor entertainment area in the Kansas City Power & Light District. Had we taken the most direct route from Gail’s Harley-Davidson to downtown Kansas City, the distance would have been about 19 miles. When Tom Allen leads a ride on a nice day, the shortest route is definitely out of the question. With Tom up front, proudly flying Old Glory on his Harley as did many of the riders, we headed north on Missouri 71, Blue Ridge Boulevard, and Blue Ridge Cutoff, then rode west on Truman Road to our destination. The route covered roughly 28 miles and took us through neighborhoods with trees looking brilliant in their Autumn colors and past several cemeteries that served as a reminder of veterans who had found their final resting place.

Parking was reserved on the east side of Walnut between 13th and 14th. When that space was full, the remaining bikes were parked on the sidewalk on the west side of the street. The attraction at K.C. Live was The Hero Show with sponsors including 41 Action News KSHB TV, Q104 F.M., 38 The Spot, and Sheet Metal Workers International Association.

On Grand Boulevard between K.C. Live and the Sprint Center several military vehicles, antique, and modern were on display. A fine collection of antique military Cushman scooters was featured. The Kansas City Royals, Chiefs Ambassadors, V.F.W. and other organizations had booths in the area. Several members of the Kansas City Bettys dressed as U.S.O. girls from the 1940’s added a nostalgic touch to the event. There was live music throughout the day and into the evening hours. Featured performers were Clay Walker and Travis Martin. It was a great place to gather and to celebrate the freedom we have due to the sacrifices made by our vets through the years.

Special thanks go to Tom Allen and to Gail’s Harley-Davidson for their efforts in planning and sponsoring the Veterans’ Memorial Rides for sixteen years and counting. During all of that time, there have been only two destinations that have been visited twice—Lexington, Missouri and Fort Scott Kansas. Other locations visited include the veterans’ home in Cameron, Missouri, the veterans’ memorial in Smithville, Missouri, the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, and many others.

Article and photos by Stripe



The Soldier at the Pearly Gates

The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.


'Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you ?
Have you always turned the other cheek ?
To My Church have you been true?'

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
'No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.


And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.


I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.

They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.


If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.


There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.


'Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.'


~ Author Unknown


While attending the Open House event at Shawnee Cycle Plaza on March 6, I had the opportunity to visit with John Wehr, director of Eastern Kansas Tour Riders-Kansas Chapter B of the Gold Wing Touring Association.



CC: Are members required to own a Gold Wing?

John: That’s not a requirement. We welcome riders of all motorcycle brands. We have members who ride BMW, Victory, Harley, and others. It’s not all touring bikes, and some ride three-wheelers. It’s a good mix.





CC: Does your chapter have membership dues in addition to the national GWTA dues?



John: No, there is no charge for chapter membership.





CC: When and where do you have chapter business meetings?



John: We meet at the Perkins on 87th, just east of I-35 in Lenexa on the second Monday of each month. Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m., and many of our members arrive at 6:00 or so for dinner.





CC: How many members does your chapter have?



John: We typically have between 18 and 25 members who are regulars at our activities.





CC: What about chapter rides?



John: We have dinner rides every Wednesday evening, April through October. Sometimes the destination in announced. Other times, it’s a “mystery ride.” We meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Sears Outlet parking lot behind McDonald's & Taco Bell at 87th and I-435 in Lenexa, Kansas. We ride as a group to other chapters' poker runs and other charity events. We have chapter rides, with some weekend rides or long weekends such as Memorial Day, Labor Day, and other holiday weekends. We usually have an annual ride for a week out to Colorado. Last year we went to Colorado and Utah. We also have lots of informal get-togethers. Members and guests are welcome. There is a ride list on our website, and photos of past events are also on our Facebook page.





CC: Do you sponsor any charity rides?



John: Yes, we support multiple charities. This year we’re supporting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation with a poker run. At the end of each year, we decide on two or three other charity organizations to donate to. We’ll participate in the City Union Mission ride and Ride for Kids.





CC: Do you get dealership support?



John: Shawnee Cycle Plaza is very good about letting us join them on events like their open house and Fall Vendor Day. They are very supportive of us, and we like to support them as well.





CC: CC: Do you have any other comments?



John: The biggest thing we want to stress is that we accept all brands. All levels of riders from newbies to experienced riders. Some of us have campers we pull behind our bikes and enjoy camping out. We have five or six lady riders who ride with us, and more are certainly welcome.





CC: John, I enjoyed the visit. Thanks for the information.





Here is a list of the chapter officers from their website:



Chapter Directors: John & Jane Wehr



Asst Chapter Directors: To be announced



Treasurer: John English



Chapter Historian: Dave Aiken



Photographer: Bill Poe, Cheryl Zook



Newsletter Editor: Maurice Reiter



Dinner Ride Coordinator: Bev Speckman



50/50 Boss: Elaine Reiter



Website: Bill Poe



Photo Tour coordinator: Maurice Reiter





Additional information from national GWTA website :





Annual dues: $75 per family defined as “a household of two adults and their unmarried children living at home, regardless of age.”





Motto: Destination Friendship





Membership Benefits:

4-inch GWTA logo patch

Membership card, decal and pin

A family (household) membership receives one additional 4-inch GWTA logo patch, decal and pin. A membership card is issued to each family member listed. All have equal privileges.

Touring News monthly magazine subscription

The Blue Line. (A toll free phone number if you should need assistance while touring.)





During my visit with John and while viewing the national G.W.T.A. website, it was apparent to me that the organization recognizes and supports diversity among motorcyclists and seeks to promote a positive public image of motorcyclists. Much more information about G.W.T.A. is available on their website.

On Saturday morning, May 4, I was glad the ride from my house to Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs, was only a short 16 miles. Light rain was falling, and the temperature was a chilly 37 degrees. I arrived a bit early at Lot M between Arrowhead and Kauffman Stadiums for the 9:00 a.m. registration, and only a few motorcycles were already there. I wondered how many bikers would show up on such a nasty day for the Ride for Heads in Helmets. Sponsored by the Kansas City Chiefs Ambassadors , O’Reilly Auto Parts



, and Blue Springs Harley-Davidson, the ride was a fundraiser for Chiefs Children’s Charities.



Ladies representing Planet Aid handled the registration duties, collecting $35 per individual and $50 per couple ride fees and selling raffle tickets. All who registered received a colorful patch, a 2013 rocker, a $10 O’Reilly Auto Parts gift card, and one raffle ticket. Participants were greeted by several former Kansas City Chiefs players including Bill Maas, Ted McKnight, Duane Clemons, Deron Cherry, Danon Hughes, Dave Lindstrom, Tony Reed, and Walter White, some of whom showed up on their own motorcycles and joined us on the ride. Chiefs cheerleaders Cricket and Molly autographed posters and posed for photos with the bikers.



A unique feature of this event was a stadium tour conducted by Ambassadors Jerry Cornelison and Al Herrera. The tour began in the Sports Lab Theater adjacent to the souvenir shop that was open for the group. The first stop was the Scout Investment Level where 126 suites are located. We viewed the 9-foot statue of Lamar Hunt who moved his football team to Kansas City and was instrumental in the formation of the American Football League that eventually merged with the N.F.L. Throughout the tour, our guides provided interesting information about the history of the Kansas City Chiefs and Arrowhead Stadium. We made a stop at the Founder’s Club and moved on to the Field Level Concourse. We viewed the Community Champions Wall displaying photographs illustrating the involvement of Chiefs players in community activities and charities.

We had the rare privilege of visiting the Chiefs’ locker room. Then we had the opportunity to go out on the football field and pose for photos. The 50-yard line was a popular spot. The tour concluded in the Chiefs Hall of Honor.



Due to the inclement weather, it was decided to abandon the original route that would have circled through Lee’s Summit, instead heading directly to Blue Springs Harley-Davidson. Several officers from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department provided a first-class escort, stopping Interstate 70 traffic along the way. The riders enjoyed lunch catered by Rancho Grande.



The Ride for Heads in Helmets was put together primarily by former Chiefs defensive tackle Bill Maas and O’Reilly Auto Parts employee Allan Wrinkle. I had the opportunity to visit with Bill as he prepared for an autograph session at Blue Springs Harley.



CC: Is this the first time for this ride?

Bill: Yes, this is the inaugural event. Proceeds go to the Chiefs Children’s Fund that is a 501(c)(3) charity. The Ambassadors select where the money is ultimately donated. U.S.A. Football has a program with the N.F.L. called Heads Up Football, and it targets youth concussion awareness. They teach kids in Pop Warner, the Catholic Leagues, the Police Leagues, and other kids leagues how to tackle properly and how to get fitted for helmets properly. You see lots of kids with loose helmets because their coaches haven’t received sufficient information about concussion prevention.



CC: It’s the same with motorcycling.

Bill: Yes, and it’s also the same with youth hockey, skateboarding, bicycling, and other sports. We want the kids to have the best protection available.



CC:That gives me a better understanding of the name chosen for this ride.

Bill: These days there is a heightened awareness around head trauma and concussions. People are getting the understanding that these kids may be tough and strong, but their brains aren’t. We think it’s especially important to get this awareness started at an early age.



CC: There were somewhere around 25 or 30 participants today. I know there would have been a bigger turnout with better weather. Is this going to be an annual event?

Bill: Yes, that’s the plan. We may do the Arrowhead Stadium tour again or it may be a tour of the practice facility or something along those lines. We had pre-registrations and great sponsors that made a contribution to the cause. There was a lot of interest, but Mother Nature wasn’t very cooperative.



CC: The Sheriff’s Department did a great job with the escort.

Bill: I’ve been on rides with police escorts before, but this is the first time I’ve seen them totally shut down the highway.



CC: There are people lining up for autographs. I’ll let you get to that. Thanks for the visit.



Prior to the drawing for raffle prizes, I had a good conversation with Mary Gaier and Kate Kershaw with the Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater KC



They had literature available concerning brain injury prevention, recognition, and treatment. Autographed helmets were sold or raffled to contribute to the funds raised. They included a firefighter’s helmet, an army helmet, a drag racer’s helmet, and football helmets from Kansas State University, Missouri University, and the Kansas City Chiefs.



Thanks go to the Ambassadors, O’Reilly Auto Parts, and Blue Springs Harley-Davidson for their sponsorship of this ride and to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department for the escort.

Riders in last year’s Bikers with a Mission Ride endured torrential downpours. This year’s weather was somewhat better, but the day still began with overcast skies, light rain, drizzle, and cool temperatures. Despite the unfavorable conditions, around 215 motorcyclists chose to participate in the May 5 ride to benefit the City Union Mission . Cash and pledges amounted to more than $17,000 bringing the 24-year total to nearly $623,000. The funds are used to help Mission clients with needs over and above what the Mission typically budgets for, including utility assistance, bus tokens, baby formula, prescriptions, dental and medical care, eyeglasses, and much more.



Participants could register on-line or at the event. On-site registration at the Mission was open from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. The ride fee was $25 per participant, rider or passenger. The route covered 126 miles with a checkpoint at the Richmond Shell station. Riders were due back at the Mission by 1:30 p.m. Hot dogs, chips, cookies, and soft drinks were provided for lunch. The Good News Garage Band provided musical entertainment, and several people who had received City Union Mission assistance told their stories.





Most of the bikers had returned by the time the closing ceremony started at 1:00 p.m. beginning with a welcome from the Mission’s Executive Director Dan Doty. Next was the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the singing of the National Anthem by Jody Jarrett. An announcement was made concerning the new “$5 for 25” program. In honor of next year’s 25th anniversary of the Run for the Homeless, pledges of $5 per month for the next 25 months are encouraged. Those making the pledge receive a special pin and, at the conclusion of next year’s ride, will be presented with a CD of photos illustrating the history of the ride. Another new program this year permits participants to complete the ride on any day during the month of May and still receive the ride patch and/or rocker.





Dan introduced Colonel Teddy Bitner of the Cycle Disciples M/C , the event emcee, and presented him with a framed certificate honoring Bikers With a Mission as first runner-up for Biker Charity of the Year 2012. Teddy recognized the event sponsors and thanked everyone for their participation. After a short sermon by Reverend Guy Girratono, the founder of the City Union Mission Run, a large facsimile check in the amount of $16,921.44 was presented to Dan. Subsequent donations and pledges have increased the amount to well over $17,000.





Ray Schneider was recognized for bringing in the most pledges and cash donations with $1,845. He received a custom-made knife donated by Bill Miller of W. M. Knives, who has provided knives as incentive prizes every year since the event began. Next came the drawing for raffle prizes including another knife, a motorcycle helmet painted by Larry Collens, and a $100 gift card from Creation Tattoo. Auction items included Royals dugout box tickets donated by Burns & McDonnell and a $100 gift card from Aftershock Tattoo Company. To save time, other winning ticket numbers had been posted on a whiteboard that could be checked by riders as they returned from the route.





At the conclusion of the event, Dan said, “Motorcyclists throughout the metro area look forward to this annual event as a time for sharing a passion for the road and a compassion for our less-fortunate neighbors. They should feel good about their efforts to strengthen the fabric of our community. City Union Mission is grateful for all the riders who participated in today’s event, as well as the individuals and groups who supported them with generous pledges. We also want to thank all the volunteers and promotional sponsors who helped make this event a success. Hope to see everyone next year for the 25th annual event!”





By the time the program concluded the weather had improved, and the sun was beginning to peek through breaks in the cloud cover. Next year’s ride is scheduled for May 4, 2014.





The following is a list of sponsors whose generous contributions helped to make the 24th annual ride a huge success in spite of the nasty weather:





Platinum ($500+) Engle Motors, Grandview Top Co.





Titanium ($250+) Gail’s Harley-Davidson , Shawnee Cycle Plaza , Cycle Disciples M/C





Chrome ($100+) Blue Springs Harley-Davidson , Liberty Cycle Center, K.C. Metro Blue Knights, Heart of God Fellowship, Freedom of Road Riders Local 1, Freedom of Road Riders Local 29, CMA Wheels of Thunder Chapter 988, Wade’s Two Wheelers





Premium Gift in Kind – W.M. Knives, Burns & McDonnell





Gift in Kind – Accent Special Event Rental, ALDI, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cycle Disciples M/C, Emmanuel Bible Church, Glacier Ice, Beverly Godwin-Seamstress, Good News Garage Band, Gun-KO Traffic Control, Haitian American Baptist Church, John and Jody Jarrett, Kansas City Young Matrons, KC Metro Blue Knights, Krispy Kreme-Merriam, Mid America Laminating Company, Northland Christian Church, Northland Sonic, Pepsi Beverages Company, Road Runner Safety Services, Sign-A-Rama, Strasser Hardware, Swiss RE, The Hayes Company





Gift in Kind Attendance Prize – After Shock Tattoo Company, Cabela’s, Donnell’s



Ride for Ryan is an annual motorcycle rally and ride honoring the memory of Ryan Consolver who lost his life at the age of 24 as the result of a motorcycle accident on August 11, 2002, in North Kansas City. The event raises money for a scholarship fund dedicated to students who, as Ryan did, have chosen to pursue careers in the construction industry. This year, scholarships of $1,000 each were granted to 17 students. The 11-year total exceeds $100,000 presented to approximately 110 students.



The ride is always held on a Saturday around the anniversary of Ryan’s birth. This year’s event was on June 8 with registration from 10:00 a.m. until noon at St. Joe Harley-Davidson. Following the opening ceremony that included the introduction of several of the scholarship recipients, riders mounted 480 motorcycles, each with a colorful balloon tied to the handlebars. The engines roared to life, and Ryan’s father, Rick, released the first balloon. Soon the sky was filled with Ryan’s birthday balloons.



The 90-mile route wound through scenic countryside north and east of St. Joseph with a stop at Savannah where lunch was sold to benefit a memorial fund in honor of Zachary Kelley (12/1/2001-2/04-2013). The new destination for the 2013 Ride for Ryan was Felix Square in downtown St. Joe where the Rock for Ryan pre-party had been held the night before. Seven downtown bars participated in the event waiving cover charges and offering drink specials. The post-ride festivities included presentation of the colors by an honor guard, live and silent auctions, a 50-50 drawing, presentation of prizes for the youngest person who completed the route on a motorcycle (an 8-year-old passenger) and the rider who traveled the greatest distance to participate (Springfield area), and musical entertainment. Vendors were on hand at the start and finish of the ride. Available ride souvenirs included T-shirts, hoodies, hats, calendars, koozies, and pins.



Special thanks go to Rick and Janis Consolver, all of the volunteers, and the officers of various law enforcement and emergency services organizations who provided escort service and traffic control for the safety of the riders. Photos and much more information about the ride can be found on the Ride for Ryan website and Facebook page .

Some may wonder what Motor Boating has to do with a motorcycle poker run. Let’s get this out of the way right off the bat. The Urban Dictionary defines motorboat (an intransitive verb) as “the act of pushing one's face in between two ample breasts, and rocking one's head side to side very rapidly while making a vigorous, lip-vibrating 'brrr' sound.” Friends of Margaret Liggett came up with Motor Boating for Margaret as a rather catchy and humorous name for a Sunday, July 28, ride to raise funds to assist her with astronomical medical expenses she has incurred in her battle with breast cancer. Having endured surgery and chemotherapy with more of both to come, Margaret’s out-of-pocket costs at the time of the ride were already in excess of $6,000. She is a long-time motorcycle enthusiast and has a multitude of friends in the motorcycling community.





More than 100 bikes turned out for the event that began at The Bar in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, with registration from 11:00 until noon. Two groups headed out on the route with the first preceding the second by about twenty minutes. Covering about 60 miles, the course included stops at the Daily Double Lounge in Raytown, the Ranch House Bar in Blue Springs, and Russo’s Pizza in Lee’s Summit. The ride concluded where it began at The Bar. Margaret had a good day and felt strong enough to join her friends on the poker run. She rode with Jeff Gamble on his Harley.





Margaret is thankful for all of the support she has received. She mentioned that Rich and Dana, owners of The Bar, did more than providing a start/finish location. They also “did the route, set up the bar stops, and donated proceeds from food sales.” Margaret has many friends in the Riders Of America’s Roads (R.O.A.R.) group and sends special thanks to Belinda, Donnie, Jeff G, Michelle, Donna L., Donna H., Vicky, Regina, Jane, Marian, Barb and Joe Walsh for his great music. Thanks also go out to Jenny Johnson and to those who donated raffle items.

Denise Dickerson won the 50/50 raffle, Guy Gamble drew the high poker hand, and Dylan Bunch had the low. All of the winners were quick to donate their winnings back to Margaret. A total of $4,460 was raised to help pay the medical bills. She asked me to send out a big THANK YOU to all who were involved and said, “Of all your possessions, family and friends are the most precious!”





During the course of the day, I did not observe any “motorboating” going on. What I did see was a bunch of generous people having a great time while helping a friend get through an incredibly difficult and challenging time in her life. We at Cycle Connections wish Margaret the very best as her recovery continues.

Article & photos by Stripe & Skylar

In spite of temperatures in the forties, Kansas City area bikers mounted up, loaded toys on their scoots, and headed for Rawhide Harley-Davidson in Olathe, Kansas. The date was November 3, and the occasion was the 25th Annual Toys for Tots Ride. Members of the Central Midwest H.O.G. Chapter were on hand to direct parking and assist with registration. Participants donated at least $10 and a new unwrapped toy and received a goodie bag, souvenir coin, and ride pin.

The Combat Logistics Regiment 4 is responsible for toy collection. A MTVR 7-ton truck decorated with Toys for Tots banners was parked in front of the dealership ready for bags of toys to be loaded. Prior to the ride, there was formal Presentation of the Colors by the Kansas City Marine Recruiting Station color guard, and the National Anthem was played. At the conclusion of the ceremony, riders headed for their bikes and departed on a 60-mile ride expertly escorted by officers from several area law enforcement agencies. There were 145 riders who donated 384 toys and cash. The volume buying power of the Toys for Tots organization magnifies the value of the cash donations.

V.F.W. Post 7397 was the destination. There was plenty of room to park motorcycles in the lot in front, and the hall provided ample room for the participants to sit down and enjoy the delicious lunch catered by Jack Stack Barbecue. By the time riders headed home the temperature had warmed into the sixties, and the riders enjoyed the warm feeling of knowing that many children would have a brighter Christmas as a result of their efforts.

Special thanks to:
Combat Logistics Regiment 4
Kansas City Marine Recruiting Station
Marine Corps League and Bill “Top” Clinton
Rawhide Harley-Davidson and the Central Midwest H.O.G. Chapter

The 53rd Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels Show drew large crowds of auto and motorcycle enthusiasts to Kansas City’s Bartle Hall during the weekend of February 8-10. A special added attraction at the show each year is the All-American Motorcycle Show presented by Gail’s Harley-Davidson . Admission for both shows was $17 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and under with discount tickets available at O’Reilly Auto Parts stores. There were several motorcycle classes included in the World of Wheels Show, and the entries were scattered throughout the exhibition hall. The invitational All-American Show occupied an area near the center of the hall and featured a wide variety of motorcycles entered in 24 classes. In addition to class awards, plaques were presented for Best Engine, Best Paint, Best Display, and Best of Show. There were also special display areas for bikes belonging to Gail’s Harley-Davidson employees and members of the American Heartland Chapter of H.O.G.



In addition to Cycle Connections staff, several friends stopped by to assist at our booth. For the Friday session we were pleased to have Jennifer and Stevi of The Bombshells at our booth to help us greet the public as well as promote the upcoming Outlaws for Paws charity event. Neighboring booths were occupied by our friends from Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) on our left and Bikers for Babies® RIDE to the right. Visitors to Gail’s booth had the opportunity to shop for Harley apparel or even choose a new motorcycle from several that were on display.





In addition to fine autos, boats, motorcycles, and other vehicles, World of Wheels always includes special displays and guest celebrities. People waited in long lines to get autographs and pose for photos with Christopher Douglas Reed (“Filthy Phil” from Sons of Anarchy), WWE Hall of Fame wrestler and actor Adam “Edge” Copeland, Davis Cleveland (Flynn Jones from Disney’s Shake It Up), and Stefanie Scott (Lexi Reed from Disney’s A.N.T. Farm). Rise Above BMX freestyle riders performed some crazy aerial stunts on bicycles, and the battery-powered Bigfoot Monster Truck sponsored by Odyssey Battery performed a car-crushing demonstration that was somewhat limited by the available space. The enormous pickup gets its motor power from three banks of 10 batteries and has six more to power the brakes and steering. Another impressive display was a tribute to the Batmobile including three different versions of the legendary vehicle.





Sunday evening, the exhibitors gathered for the All-American Motorcycle Show awards presentation. April Meisberger handed out the awards as John Crabb announced the winners. The presentation included a slide show so that the audience could see which entries won which awards. Photos for the slide show were the work of Amanda Davidson (Fatmonkey Snapshots) and Crystal Hickey.





With exhibits to see, celebrities to meet, live music to enjoy, and other activities, it was a great show. The Cycle Connections crew appreciates all who visited our booth. As always, Gail and her staff, assisted by the American Heartland H.O.G. Chapter, did a super job handling all of the details and hard work involved in putting on a show of this magnitude. It’s something to look forward to each year.

Below are the winners of the 2013 All-American Motorcycle Show - Awards Ceremony, and make sure to also check out our Awards Ceremony Video (1 of 2) and Awards Ceremony Video (2 of 2)



Antiques

2nd – Wayne Keeler

1st – Wayne Kozak



V-Rod

2nd – Randy VanMeter

1st – Danny Clark



Ladies

2nd – Kate West

1st – Kristi Stennet



Dresser Mild

2nd – Anthony Hollinger III

1st – Joe Rooney



Dresser Street

2nd – Jeremy Nash

1st – Kent Byers



Sportster Mild

2nd – Tim Childers

1st – Tony VanMeter



XL Radical

2nd – Tony VanMeter

1st – John Sparks



Softail Mild FX

2nd David Reid

1st – John Shram



Softail FX Street

2nd – Hellraisers fabrication- Wayne Dilday Sr.

1st – Steve Miller



Softail FL Mild

2nd – Nicholas Wampler

1st – Charlie Cook



Softail FL Street

2nd – Tony McMackin

1st-Ted Haase



Dyna FX Mild

1st Rick Trumble



Dyna FX Street

1st – Roger Taylor



Pre Evo Mild

1st – Steve Miller





Big Twin Radical – Rigid

2nd –Chris Butterfield

1st – Ken Orem



Big Twin Radical Softail

1st – John Rodecap



Production Custom

2nd – Roger Lumley

1st – Kevin McCarthy



Trike

1st – Forrest Oneal



Antique Custom

2nd – Mark Kozak

1st – Mark Kozak



Big Twin Radical Rubber

1st – John Sparks



Dresser Full

2nd – Ron Shryock

1st – Turkey Creek-Kevin Berry



Ultimate Bagger Mild

2nd – Dan Dalrymple

1st – Donnie Houk



Ultimate Bagger Radical

2nd – Turkey Creek – Paul Harper

1st – Turkey Creek – Denny Smith





Best Engine: Kevin McCarthy

Best Paint: Donnie Houk

Best Display: Ron Shryock

Best of Show: Turkey Creek- Denny Smith



(Team Gail’s) Employee Bikes

3rd – Aaron West

2nd – Robin Thiem

1st – Chris Cardello

Shawnee Cycle Plaza’s Open House was held on March 16, the day before Saint Patrick’s Day, and the slogan was, “Wear GREEN, Save GREEN!” Special values during the event included 10% off on parts and accessories (excluding sale items), 10% off service scheduled that day, and 50% off labor for oil changes on that day. Anyone buying a bike at the regular price during the open house event received a guitar or bass package. Hourly drawings were held for door prizes.



As customers arrived, they were cheerfully greeted by members of the Eastern Kansas Tour Riders Chapter B of the Gold Wing Touring Association. Membership information and applications were available as were flyers promoting the chapter’s May 4 poker run supporting the Ride for Kids fundraiser for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. I had the pleasure of interviewing chapter president John Wehr for a Cycle Connections bike club review. The chapter served lunch including hot dogs, chips, cookies, and soft drinks. There was no charge for the food. Instead, donations to Ride for Kids were accepted.



Shawnee Cycle Plaza is located at 13020 W 63rd St in Shawnee Mission, Kansas (phone 913-631-1111). It’s a great place to shop for ATVs, cruiser motorcycles, dirt bikes, and scooters from Honda, Kawasaki, Victory, and Yamaha. Apparel, parts, and service are also available.

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