Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

“Harleyween” Southern Style at Heart of Dixie Harley-Davidson

November 30, 2005
The inmates were running the asylum Halloween weekend at the Heart of Dixie Harley-Davidson in Pelham, Alabama. Since we were headed out amongst the weird and unusual, I decided to be Stevie Nicks and Leigh was a just an ole biker dude. We arrived at Heart of Dixie around 7 p.m. It was quite chilly out so we drove like most everyone else did. It was going to be a little hard to put leathers on over the dress and heels. This was a way freaky bunch that we came to party with. And we loved it! From the time…

Suuueee…Calling All HOGs to Riders Harley-Davidson

November 30, 2005
All of the Hogs were called in to play at Riders Harley-Davidson in Trussville, Alabama on Saturday, October 22. Although the weather was a little cool that morning, it didn’t stop people from coming out to enjoy the day, and by the afternoon, it had warmed up quite nicely, which made it a little better for standing outside listening to the band “The Breaking Point” where Pat “Sticks” Wise was allowed to sit in and play drums on one song. I was impressed—she really held her own with the guys and sounded pretty damn good. You go girl! Inside, Tim…

A Fall Ride to Nashville, Tennessee

November 30, 2005
The old advertising theme and now cliché, “it’s not the destination; it’s the journey” fit. It fit like a well worn leather riding glove. A spontaneously planned ride had delivered our group of seven from Kansas City to Nashville and back over three and a half days. We encountered beautiful weather, incredible scenery, fine eating and a most unique crossing of the Mississippi. We covered nearly 1,400 miles of rain-free highways that wove through Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky and Missouri. Prior to departure, my expectation of the best part of this trip was the destination; after all, this was the Music…

The Veteran Rider

November 30, 2005
Veterans enjoy the camaraderie of other veterans because who better would understand their experiences, their feelings, and their lives. There is absolutely no question that a tour in the military changes life forever. I have personally been out of the Marine Corps for better than 30 years, but I still carry with me the pride, the Marine-specific lingo, and I am certain that I always will. I’ve got a set of dress blues hanging in my closet, for crying out loud! Almost every veteran can attest to the same life-changing experience. That’s why we need the Veteran-specific groups out there.…

Lest They Be Forgotten – Memorial Ceremony

November 30, 2005
Three days before Veterans Day, in the small town of Atchison Kansas, friends, families and soldiers, both past and present, met for one purpose. That was to honor two fallen soldiers, who one year ago that day upheld the highest Army Values: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. A memorial ceremony was held on November 8, 2005, one year after SFC Clint Wisdom and SGT Don Clary were killed on the airport road in Baghdad. At the ceremony two bronze field crosses bearing the names of each soldier were dedicated in their honor so they will…

2nd Annual Back Roads Bash - Blue Springs Harley-Davidson

October 31, 2005
Saturday, Sept 24, was an eventful day. The 2nd Annual Back Roads Bash was advertised as “an event so huge we couldn’t hold it at just one place.” It was indeed huge, with about 2,000 participants including over 500 motorcyclists who rode the route from Blue Springs Harley-Davidson in Blue Springs, Missouri, to Whiskey Tango in Grain Valley. Donations from the event amounting to about $17,500 went to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The major sponsors for the event included Blue Springs Harley, Whiskey Tango, 106.5 WDAF Radio, Zarda Barbecue, and Black Hat Productions. The fun began at 10:00 AM at…

5th Annual Thunder Beach Autumn Rally

October 31, 2005
The end of September means it’s time for the 5th Annual Thunder Beach Autumn Rally in Panama City Beach, Florida. Jeff and Sherry from Bessie’s Cycle Barn in Irondale, Alabama, had planned their usual ride to the beach from Bessie’s. There were probably around 30 bikes making the ride with them. Leigh and Jerry had talked about riding with them, but they were leaving a little earlier than the boys were wanting to go, so they rode alone, and Harley Jane and I followed in the truck. We chose to stay at the Howard Johnson hotel at the Boardwalk on…

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…