Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

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…

Warriors on Wheels - 1st Annual Benefit Ride

September 30, 2005
The first annual motorcycle dice run for Triality, Warriors on Wheels, was held on Saturday, August 27. The ride covered an 80-mile scenic route through the back roads of the Northland. Riders gathered at Worth Harley-Davidson North bright and early for departure. The weather cooperated fully after rain showers on Friday, and riders got their share of sunshine, which we had not seen much of during the week.History: Triality is a not-for-profit agency that provides care and education to children and adults with developmental disabilities such as Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, and brain injury caused by prematurity, child abuse,…

Soul Brothers 3rd Annual Drag Race - Noble, Oklahoma

September 30, 2005
Driving down to Noble, Oklahoma, I had several thoughts of who might be the reigning champion of Thunder Valley Raceway. It was a very humid Saturday, and this was qualifying day. I have seen so many faces of those who have raced at KCIR Speedway in Kansas City. The one thing that remains true for all of them is the racers are very loyal to this sport, and although gasoline prices fluctuate it seems daily, the miles between races never hinder the loyal racing community. Thunder Valley Raceway is only 388 miles from Kansas City, Missouri. It is just south…

Katrina and the 29’ Waves - Giving a New Meaning to the Phrase “Bike RUN!”

September 30, 2005
“So, you think this thing is going to hit Key West?” I asked Jon Watkins on the telephone. It was two days before the hurricane actually did so, and about five days before we were leaving for the trip. But, it was looking for all the world like it was headed straight out of the Atlantic, and would make a direct hit on our final destination. “Probably,” he said, “but it’s not even a true hurricane yet. Even if it does gain strength, it won’t be more than a Category 1, and those people have been through much worse.” “Heck,…

Win a 2005 Custom Chopper & Support the Abby Lou Foundation

September 30, 2005
Recently I had the pleasure of meeting Paul Joiner, the chairman and CEO of the Abby Lou Foundation. We met up and discussed a possible team effort to get the word out that they are raffling off a 2005 custom chopper built by Tom Talley of Hawg Wyld Cycles. When I heard this, I immediately wanted to know more. Paul told me the purpose of the Abby Lou Foundation is to lend a helping hand to families by helping to pay medical expenses associated with their child’s disability. They accept applications, and upon approval they contact the families and discuss…

Thunder in the Sand 2005 - Conesville, Iowa

September 30, 2005
The Circle of Pride Motorcycle Club owns over 20 acres of real estate between the small southeastern Iowa towns of Columbus Junction and Conesville. Every year during the Labor Day holiday weekend, bikers arrive there by the thousands to attend the Thunder in the Sand Rally. They buy tickets priced at $25 in advance and $30 at the gate to be admitted to this adults-only biker party. The event features vendors, music, and a wide variety of entertainment. My holiday weekend started on Thursday with a very nice solo ride from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, to the home of my buddy…

Metric Amigos in Eureka Springs

September 30, 2005
While sitting around a table at the side of an Ozark motel swimming pool, nurturing a bottle of Jamison Irish Whiskey and puffing gingerly on cigars, an extended weekend sojourn officially was declared a motorcycle trip for guys only. “There’s no having to put down the toilet seat this weekend!” said Tom Chenowith. It was a pretty bold statement, one that immediately was celebrated with a toast of our glasses. It also set the tone for the next two days of riding for these four “Metric Amigos.” Tom, who works for Sara Lee in Kansas City, Mo., is from Olathe,…

Lest They Be Forgotten, Wisdom-Clary Benefit Ride

September 30, 2005
If you look up the word 'heroism' in the dictionary, you will find descriptions such as 1: heroic conduct especially as exhibited in fulfilling a high purpose or attaining a noble end and 2: the qualities of a hero. On Monday, November 8, 2004, while serving in Baghdad, Iraq, SFC Clint Wisdom (39) of Atchison, Kansas and Sgt. Don Clary (22) of Troy, Kansas rewrote the book on heroism when they placed their vehicle between the convoy they were protecting and a suicide bomber. These brave men were killed in action that day, but through their selfless act of duty…

2nd Annual Kodiak Run

August 31, 2005
For those of you who missed the 2nd Annual Kodiak Run, you missed riding in one gratifying ride. The Kodiak Run, sponsored by the Cleveland Chiropractic College, was named for a little boy named Kodi Stevens who was born with spina bifida, a very serious birth defect. When Kodi was born they named him after the Kodiak bear, which was a sign of strength. You should see this little tyke; he is a doll-baby. When I arrived with my hubby and some friends, I immediately started snapping pictures as we registered for the ride and bought our raffle tickets. Deciding…

Give Back to Kansas City Kids

August 31, 2005
The weather was perfect for a cruise through Missouri, and, you know how riders pine for a reason to ride…what better reason than to help Kansas City kids? You may have seen a brief excerpt on Fox 4 News or heard about people spinning the wheel for McDonald’s breakfast items or prizes with 106.5 FM’s Hilary Woods and Brian Malicoat, and, as we appreciate their support, we still need the whole story… Solomon’s Porch Church joined forces with Worth Harley-Davidson North to sponsor the Kansas City Poker run held on July 30, 2005. All of the funds raised will be…

KC Harley-Davidson Assembly Plant Donates 2005 V-Rod to MDA

August 31, 2005
This year marks the silver anniversary of Harley-Davidson’s partnership with the Muscular Dystrophy Association. For 2005, the relationship between the motorcycle giant and MDA promises to be as big as any in the past. MDA President and CEO Robert Ross said in 2004, “Harley-Davidson is one of MDA’s most prominent sponsors, and the untiring efforts of its dealers, employees and customers have helped bolster our service and research programs . . . whether raising funds for lifesaving research or entertaining youngsters at MDA summer camps, Harley-Davidson riders are always there for us, and we’re profoundly grateful.” The Harley-Davidson partnership with…

Charity Pig Roast - Gadsen, Alabama

August 31, 2005
The weekend of August 7, 2005, marked the 21st year that the City of Gadsden, Alabama, has held the Charity Pig Roast, aimed at raising funds to help the underprivileged children in Etowah County. They have a weekend of several bands that play outside at Moragne Park, (the site for the pig roast), in the afternoon on into the night. There is a kids festival area with a lot of fun things for the little ones to do while the big kids check out the vendors, enjoy the music, and stuff their faces with PIG! There was so much barbeque…

Catch a Dream Poker Run - Gadsden, Alabama

August 31, 2005
Leigh and I rode to Gadsden, Alabama Saturday, July 23 for a poker run. As for myself, I had never actually participated in a poker run before. I guess you could say I was a poker run virgin! We arrived at Mangos in Gadsden around 10 a.m. Mangos was the start of the run where you registered and got your first card. Most people had already registered by the time we got there so there was no time to mess around before we had to mount up and ride. The City of Gadsden and the Parks and Recreations Board had…