Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

American Cycle Center - A Ride for the Storm

October 31, 2005
American Cycle Center held a “Ride for the Storm” to raise money for the American Red Cross and the hurricane victims. The ride left American Cycle Center in Hoover, Alabama at about 8:30 a.m., Sunday, October 9, 2005, with 60-70 riders making the trip to 29 Dreams Motorcycle Resort in Vandiver. After everyone had gotten there and settled, Amy from American Cycle Centers, along with the help of Freddie Miller from the Southern Cruisers, held an auction with all kinds of good things like helmets, saddle bags, backpacks, T-shirts, hats, framed prints, leather chaps and jackets, etc. Leigh acquired a…

6th Annual Bikes Blues & BBQ - Fayetteville, Arkansas

October 31, 2005
Bike shows, rallies and events—they are everywhere you turn, but the Fayetteville rally is the fastest growing rally in the United States. This year the crowd peaked at 300,000 and 85,000 bikes! Vendor alleys, Babe contest, BBQ contest, Texas Holdem’ Tournament, Bike show, Beer Garden, Poker run, bands, concerts and food courts encompassed the fun-filled weekend. Rally-goers could not have asked for better weather…beautiful and high 70s. Music headliners included Marcia Ball whose voice is both sweet and soulful, not to mention deeply rooted in Southern tradition. She performed at the Walton Arts Center Thursday night. Friday and Saturday night…

Highway Hammers Tool Run - Habitat for Humanity

October 31, 2005
Sunday, October 9, 2005 got off to a chilly start, and riders were bundled up as they arrived at Habanero’s Mexican Restaurant in Lee’s Summit, Missouri for the Highway Hammers Tool Run to benefit Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity. Motorcyclists participating in this annual ride cover a specified route with stops along the way, but instead of drawing cards or poker chips, they draw stickers picturing various tools (hammers, screw drivers, drills, etc.). They fasten their tools to paper “tool belts” that they purchased when they registered for the ride. The price was $20 for the first belt and $10…

Bessie’s Cycle Barn Swap Meet

October 31, 2005
It was a good ole time had by all the Heifers and Hogs at the Barn, Sunday, October 16, 2005. Bessie’s Cycle Barn in Irondale, Alabama, held one hell of a Blow-Out Swap Meet. We helped them get flyers out, and we also sent about a dozen people over, and brought three with us. Two were friends of ours, Jim & Fay, who had come up from Florida, and Jerry, Leigh’s life-long riding buddy. Jeff and Sherri from Bessie’s, had also contacted the local bike clubs, as well as a few of the bike shops, like Mike, from “Dirty Mikes”…

Bill’s Bash – Fall 2005

October 31, 2005
Is it a bike show? Hmmm, well, maybe. Is it a picnic? Yep, and there’s plenty of food. Is it fun? Without a doubt! And, it’s free and happens twice a year. Once in the fall and then again in the spring, local motorcycle and motor scooter enthusiasts enjoy coming together, eating some food, and talking and riding motorcycles at the annual Bill Brown’s Bash. This fall, it was October 8. Brown is the motorcycle maintenance instructor at Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas, and hosts the event at his home in Lenexa, Kansas. It is a family affair.…

Hawg Wyld 5th Annual Birthday Bash/Block Party

October 31, 2005
Hawg Wyld finally caught a break from the weather gods for a change. Beautiful weather was on tap with no rain in sight as I headed out to attend the Hawg Wyld 5th Annual Birthday Bash/Block Party, 1st Annual BBQ Cook Off and Ride-In Bike Show. The event was held Saturday September 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 pm. When Tom Talley, owner of Hawg Wyld, puts on a party, you can rest assured that it will be more than worth your time. This year’s event added a twist from the previous events as event organizers Jimmy Evans and Tony…

Kansas American Legion Riders

October 31, 2005
The Kansas American Legion Riders (ALR) mission is primarily focused on supporting all veterans, and secondarily on supporting our community. The official ALR mission statement is 'Promote and support the American Legion and its programs; to call for an accounting of ALL Prisoners of War and those missing in action and to honor the memory of those killed in action.' Some of our activities include the following:Send phone cards to soldiers serving overseasVisit VA hospitals with a quarterly 'Rolling Thunder Banana Ride' (with flags on our iron horses)Participate in Toy RunsProvide 'Welcome Home' rides for returning soldiersParticipate in patriotic parades…

The Veteran Rider

October 31, 2005
Demographic studies will clearly show a close relationship between motorcycle riders and America’s veterans. Most of us who ride have a little grey around the edges and, unfortunately, a little extra around the middle. While that may say some negative things about us, it also says we are in the age bracket to have served America in the military. Regardless of all the demographic research, this column is designed to keep the Veteran Rider of all ages and service periods informed about information of interest to vets and their dependents. There are many possible benefits available to honorably discharged veterans…

Harley-Davidson Bike Night at Children’s Mercy Hospital

October 31, 2005
How high is the sky? This is a real question from real kids. Children are not limited by adult conventions. They are able to ask questions fearlessly, fully expecting an answer. 'How high is the sky?' is a demonstration of the child-centered environment at Children's Mercy, and it shows that Children's Mercy isn't afraid to ask the 'impossible,' and to involve patients on the journey to find answers.The above statement, directly from the home page of the Children’s Mercy Hospital, speaks volumes about what this organization is all about. Dedicated to caring for all children regardless of their family's ability…

Ralph Wayne's 13th Annual Vintage Backyard Nationals

October 31, 2005
What’s the best way to describe the Ralph Wayne’s Vintage Motorcycle Backyard Nationals? You might say it’s the Mother of block parties. For 13 years, Ralph Wayne’s neighbors in a section of Raytown, Missouri, don’t seem to mind that the streets around their homes are blocked off (legally by the city) for one Saturday out of the year. The only things allowed through are the people who live there and motorcycles. And riders of all ages and sitting atop all models, makes, and years of motorcycles, converge on Wayne’s neighborhood and home for free food, free drinks, and a chance…

Oztoberfest in Wamego, Kansas

October 31, 2005
Anyone who has ever watched the 1939 movie classic “The Wizard of Oz,” knows that the Wicked Witch of the East is dead. After all, audiences watched as Dorothy’s house fell on her in Munchkin Land. They saw the ruby red slippers disappear and her legs shrivel up and wrinkle away under the house. And, to make it all official, the Coroner of Munchkin Land declared her dead. What more proof does one need? Well, you see in Kansas, as with most states, for a person, or witch, to be legally declared dead, there must be a signed death certificate.…

9-11 Memorial Ride - Gail's Harley-Davidson

September 30, 2005
We have not forgotten. We will never forget! A public memorial ride such as the one that originated in Grandview, Missouri, at Gail’s Harley-Davidson on September 10, 2005, gives bikers the opportunity to ride as a group to demonstrate our unity. We are unified in remembering our fallen heroes, in caring about their loved ones, in opposing the evil forces behind the 9-11-2001 attacks, and in supporting those who protect and serve us every day—the police officers, emergency services personnel, and members of the military. The ride was preceded by a rally at Gail’s. About a dozen vendors had displays…

ABATE of Kansas 30th Annual National Labor Day Rally

September 30, 2005
The 30th Annual ABATE of Kansas National Labor Day Rally at Paradise Point, Lake Perry, Kansas was the biggest yet with over 4,000 in attendance. A favorable weather forecast may have contributed to this year's increase in attendance, with the only precipitation being a light shower early Saturday morning. And speaking of showers...one of the most noticeable improvements this year was the addition of a Porta Kleen Shower Trailer that was conveniently parked in front of the old shower house. Fully self contained, these units feature private and very clean stainless steel shower stalls, a small private dressing area with…

Antique Bike Show, Swap Meet, and Races at Davenport, Iowa

September 30, 2005
Each year during the Labor Day holiday, antique motorcycle collectors and enthusiasts converge on Davenport, Iowa. Those in need of parts for restoration projects roam the Missippi Valley Fairgrounds where as many as 800 vendors sell or trade everything from nuts and bolts to complete motorcycles. Bikes such as Harley-Davidson Knuckleheads and Henderson Fours are a rare sight just about anywhere these days, but are common at this meet. Motorcycles and scooters manufactured by obscure companies that went out of business during the Great Depression or earlier abound at Davenport. This year’s event was the 34th annual meet sponsored by…

Cycle Connections 1st Annual Bike Show

September 30, 2005
The 1st Annual Cycle Connections People’s Choice Ride-In Bike show took place on Saturday, September 10, 2005 in conjunction with this year’s Blue Springs BBQ Blaze Off State Championship Barbeque Contest. We had a great turnout for our bike show and the Blaze Off, drew record crowds of between 8,000 to 10,000 people. The main sponsor of this year’s barbeque contest was Blue Springs Harley-Davidson, which is what gave Blaze Off committee the idea of having a bike show. Darin, a committee member contacted me to see if we would be interested and I jumped at the chance. The Blue…

NHRA O’Reilly Mid-South Nationals - Memphis, Tennessee

September 30, 2005
We arrived at the America’s Best Value Inn in Memphis on a very sticky, hot August night for a weekend of exciting NHRA drag racing. This was the O’Reilly Mid-South Nationals, which ESPN was also covering, as it was being televised. We contacted April Potter, in charge of media relations for the NHRA, who wasted no time in getting us hooked up to be right in the middle of all the racing action for the weekend. Michael Padian took over at the track for media relations. He got us all the results of each round when they were over and…

11th Annual March of Dimes Bikers for Babies® RIDE - Kansas City

September 30, 2005
The people of Kansas City are special, very special! Any doubts in regards to that should rapidly dissolve once you’ve spent a Sunday in September with those who plan, operate and participate in the single largest one-day fund raiser for March of Dimes in the entire country! The compassion and generosity of the people in our fair city is no better demonstrated than during the annual Bikers for Babies Kansas City Ride, whose objective is to raise money and save infants from the silent killer of premature birth. Kansas City has earned the title of leading fund raiser for the…

Platte City End of the Trail Festival – Motorcycle Rally and Street Dance

September 30, 2005
Ok, I hate to say I told you so, but I did! If you read our coverage of the Platte County End of the Trail Rally and Street Dance last year, you will remember I predicted big things for the event. I am very happy to be able to report my intuition was right on. The event was much bigger and better this year with an estimated crowd of 5,100 people, and it was twice as much fun. The two-day schedule of events was filled with activities for all ages and interests and included a dice run. This year the…

Gruff’s Busted Ass Run

September 30, 2005
One of the worst feelings a rider can have is watching the news before going to bed and finding out about another rider going down. It's even worse when they show the bike involved and it’s one you recognize. On Saturday May 14 Tim “Gruff” Strickland and another couple were leaving BB’s Lawnside BBQ heading back to Johnny Dare’s when an ever increasing and very disturbing incident befell them. At 85th and Paseo a cager “blinded by the sun” pulled out in front of both bikes. The bikes had no time to react and both bikes T-boned the car. Tim…

Sedalia AMA Half Mile Races and Yeager's Bike Show

September 30, 2005
For nine days prior to Saturday, August 27, the weather at Sedalia was consistently rainy prompting flashbacks to last year’s rain-delayed races on the ½-mile track at the Missouri State Fairgrounds. Fortunately, race day dawned with scattered clouds that later gave way to clear skies. Many motorcycle enthusiasts stopped by Yeager's Cycle Sales to check out the bike show on their way to the track. A good crowd gathered to enjoy round twelve of the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship. Primary sponsors for the event were Yeager's, R.K. Stratman, and Budweiser. A field of nineteen racers in the…

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