Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

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…

The Uncle Bob Memorial All Pro 250 Race - Millbrook, Alabama

August 31, 2005
After his father passed away from lung cancer, Robert Harmon decided to have a motorcycle built to honor his dad and his racing career, so he contacted TNT Custom Cycles in Millbrook, Alabama and decided to unveil the bike at the Uncle Bob Memorial All Pro 250 race July 28-30. Back in the 1950s, Uncle Bob started the Montgomery Motor Speedway after years of racing the small track at the Fairgrounds in Birmingham, Alabama. In the early 1960s, Uncle Bob decided to sell the track and manage stuntmen. Then around 1980, he started a touring series called the All Pro,…

The Mayor's Wheelin' & Dealin' Ride for Hope House

August 31, 2005
On Saturday morning of July 16, the biker community began arriving at Hawg Wyld Cycles in Lee’s Summit for registration to ride in “The Mayor’s Wheelin’ & Dealin’ Ride for Hope House.” Hope House is the largest domestic violence shelter in Missouri with locations in both Lee’s Summit and Independence. Over 60 bikes were in attendance for this ride, which doubled the number of riders from last year. Connie S, one of my fellow Khrome Cowgirl sisters, was very instrumental in helping to pull off this ride. With Connie’s “get things done” attitude, and a lot of help from many…

FUEL - An American Made Bike Night

August 31, 2005
One of the hottest new venues in the Kansas City area is now a can’t-miss Bike Night blast! Fuel - American Made Bar and Grill, located on the northwest corner of 119th and Metcalf, has firmly established their position in this highly competitive market. Every Thursday evening, bright orange road construction cones are positioned in the expansive lot, designating bike-only parking, and the spots rapidly fill up. The patio area with wrought iron furniture and shade umbrellas is always full, while inside, live music rocks! Their combination of great food, rock and roll, discounted drinks and strikingly voluptuous waitresses taking…

3rd Annual Dirt Drags & Field Meet - Sedalia, Missouri

August 31, 2005
Dust was in the air at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia the evening of July 30. The Iron Horsemen, with promotional assistance from Yeager's Cycle Sales, Dick’s Honda, and Independent Cycle, put on their 3rd Annual Dirt Drags and Field Meet. A number of riders from the Kansas City area joined the locals in a fine display of rider skills and wild drag racing action. Plaques were awarded for the first three places in each event. The field events included the following: Slow Ride (solo and two-up), Ball Drop, Boot Toss, Keg Roll, and Barrel Race (street and knobby…

21st Annual A.B.A.T.E. of Iowa Freedom Rally

August 31, 2005
The members of A.B.A.T.E. of Iowa really know how to put on a great rally, and they do it every year during the Independence Day holiday weekend at their 140-acre Freedom Park about 7 miles northeast of Algona, Iowa. It’s always a wild party with great music, more than forty vendors, and a wide variety entertaining events. Bands performing at this year’s rally included Midnight Express, 2 for 1 Band, Mindy Gunn, Crow, Porkchop, Andy Durand & Jeff Mark, 2 Brickshy, Tantrum 2 Blind, Mark Jungers & the Whistling Mules, Great White, Geneva, Ernie Peniston Band, House of Cards, Buffalo…

Sturgis 2005 - A Visit to Angieland

August 31, 2005
Every year during the Sturgis Rally, thousands of bikers converge on the Full Throttle Saloon. Spread over more than 27 acres, it’s known as the “world’s largest biker bar.” The Full Throttle features great concerts and other stage shows, the Chop Lot display area, lots of vendors, side-by-side burnout pits, a mechanical bull, and over 18 bars. It’s also the home of Angieland where bikers come from far and wide to pose for photographs with Angie’s incredible derriere perched lightly on their heads. Angie’s bodacious backside has graced the pages of numerous biker magazines and has been seen in biker…

Sturgis 2005 - Beer Can Art by Jody Wyse

August 31, 2005
Visitors to the Sturgis Rally have an almost endless array of souvenir items to choose from. One popular selection is a can or six pack of Sturgis Beer. The artwork appearing on each can is the work of Jody Wyse, the retired manager of the Broken Spoke Saloon, who now sells his art through his business, Sturgis Artworks. I met Jody, a Sturgis resident, at the 2004 Easyriders Bike Show in Kansas City, and look forward to a visit with him each year during the rally. One of my Sturgis 2004 articles was a profile of the artist. This year,…

Sturgis 2005 - Jackpine Gypsies Hill Climb

August 31, 2005
The Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club has been associated with motorcycle competition at the Sturgis Rally from its very beginning. This year’s lineup of events during the Rally included motocross on Sunday, August 7, A.M.A. sanctioned short track races every evening Monday through Saturday, and hill climbs in the afternoon on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. All of the events took place at the Gypsies’ 40-acre racing complex south of Interstate 90 between exits 30 and 32. Motorists heading west along that stretch of I-90 have a clear view of the nasty hill, and law enforcement officials are kept busy trying to…

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