Rides, Rallies and Events Recap
Eric Miller

Eric Miller

March 16, 2014 turned out to be an awesome day! A Biker BBQ for Autism was held at 4K Bar Ranch in Exeter, California.

The Inaugural Run for Autism Awareness was held in Visalia, California on April 6, 2014.

Diane Tanner and Judy Falcone organized the event, which was a poker run too. The run started and ended at Visalia Harley-Davidson.

The Patriot Guard Riders were invited to assist with the Army Arena Bowl that was held on April 4h, 2014 at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, California.

Valley Cycle Association (VCA) held its annual 420 run on Sat April 19, 2014, which started and ended at the 4K Bar Ranch in Exeter, California.

On Saturday June 1, 2013, Brookelyn and her Bombshells held a Bikini Bike Wash at the Kickstand in Independence, Missouri. Brookelyn, Caitlin, LeeAnn, Christina, and Pebbles washed bikes in support of the military, and although the rain slowed down the bike washes at bit, it didn’t discourage the bikers from contributing to the Bombshells worthy cause!

The Bombshells are a non-profit organization and all the girls donate their time for worthy causes all over the Kansas City area. If you’d like to have the Bombshells at your next event, contact them now!

The Bombshells’ next big event is the 4th Annual Outlaws for Paws on Saturday August 17, 2013 at Knucklehead Saloon in Kansas City, Missouri. Cycle Connections will also be there once again putting on some fun biker games for everyone’s amusement.

Better Hurry; tickets are selling fast for this great event!

On Saturday, July 6, 2013, Biker’s Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) KC and Brooklyn’s Bombshells hosted a bikini car and bike wash at Blockbuster; located at 4555 S. Noland Road in Independence, Missouri.

B.A.C.A. member Heavy Ted invited the Bombshells to help raise money to prevent child abuse. Bombshells Christina, Kathleen, Angela, LeeAnn and Pebbles volunteered for the event, and although the day started out a bit slow, once the drive by traffic saw these beautiful girls in their bikinis, business picked up quickly.

More cars than bikes were washed that day, and a lot of money was raised for B.A.C.A. The Bombshells worked from 1-6 p.m. that day, and Heavy Ted gave a big shout out to the Bombshells for their hard work and dedication to such a great cause.

Valley Cycle Association (VCA) held its 2013 “Bringing Christmas Home” run on Sunday, December 22, 2013.

75+ Riders from VCA, 5 Diamonds MC, 99 Saints MC, Central Valley Riders MC, Street Royalty MC, and Kinfolk MC participated in the run. Three pickup trucks were needed to haul the presents and elves!

The Vietnam Traveling Wall made its way to Tulare, California on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. The Vietnam Traveling Wall is a replica of the Vietnam Wall Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Traveling Wall is designed for people to see the names of the 58,253 military members who gave their lives during the Vietnam Conflict.

Selected as an exclusive host for Yamaha Demo Days in the greater Kansas City area, on May 10 and 11, Reno’s Powersports KC welcomed customers to stop by and take a demo ride on their favorite Yamaha. Riders could choose from an assortment of bikes, including the all-new 2014 Bolt, Super Tenere, SCL Raider, Raider, Roadliner, Road Star, Stratoliner Deluxe, Stryker, V Star 950, V Star 1300, VMAX, FJR 1300, R1, R6, FZ8 and the FZ6R.

The Yamaha Demo Team was comprised of individuals from all over the U.S., and the Yamaha district manager was on site at Reno’s to help answer any questions customers might have. Riders were required to present valid driver’s licenses with motorcycle endorsements, and safety was stressed by ride leaders in the pre-ride briefing. One individual discovered that ride leaders really meant business when his unsafe riding resulted in him getting to walk back to Reno’s.

Salesman, Karl Morrison, described business during Demo Days as “busy, busy, busy!” Riders came from as far away as Salina, Kansas, a 3-1/2 hour drive. Bob from Salina came to test ride the Yamaha Stratoliner. He said that he couldn’t find a dealer close to him that was hosting Demo Days, so he made the trek east to Reno’s.

I personally rode the “Ultimate Monster,” the Yamaha VMAX! It is a beast of a motorcycle and a blast to ride. Yamaha came out with the VMAX in the mid-1980s. The newer version of the VMAX is much improved and has even more horsepower!

I also rode the all new 2014 Yamaha Bolt. It is a 950cc sporty cruiser bike. What a fun, fun motorcycle to ride. It has plenty of throaty mid-range power and handles like a dream! It is the perfect motorcycle for in town. What a great first motorcycle for the novice motorcyclist or someone’s next bike if they are looking to step up in size.

Reno’s Powersports KC located at 13611 Holmes Road in Kansas City, Missouri is described as the “leading motorsports dealership” and features not only Yamaha, but also Can-Am, Sea-Doo, Wave Runner, Spyder, Ducati, Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Vespa, Piaggio and Ural. They offer full-service sales, maintenance, parts and accessories and are focused on great customer service. For further information, go to: www.renospowersportskc.com.

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.

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