Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Road Trippin' to Sturgis - 2005

August 31, 2005
I’d decided a few months back that I was going to skip Sturgis this year and set my sights on Bikes, Blues & BBQ in Fayetteville and the Steel Pony Express in New Orleans. About a week before Sturgis I received a call from Carl, one of my riding buddies, asking if I wanted to ride to Sturgis with them. I told him I was going to have to pass this year and thanked him for the offer. He then went on to tell me they were planning on taking a more scenic route this year and were also invited…

Sturgis 2005 - Babes

August 31, 2005
Check out this year's collection of Sturgis 2005 babe photos, and make sure to check back often as we continue to add more pics every day! Photos by Mike Schweder and Stripe

Sturgis 2005 - Bikers

August 31, 2005
Check out this year's collection of Sturgis 2005 biker photos, and make sure to check back often as we continue to add more pics every day! Photos by Mike Schweder and Stripe

Sturgis 2005 - Bikes

August 31, 2005
Check out this year's collection of Sturgis 2005 bike photos, and make sure to check back often as we continue to add more pics every day! Photos by Mike Schweder and Stripe

Sturgis 2005 - Johnny Dare Live at The Full Throttle Saloon

August 31, 2005
Check out this year's collection of Sturgis 2005 photos of Johnny Dare, fellow biker and radio personality with 98.9 The Rock in Kansas City. These photos were taken on Thursday, August 11 at the Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis, South Dakota and includes several of Johnny's fans from the Kansas City area.Photos by Mike Schweder

Happy-Go-Lucky Motorcycle Hill Climb

August 31, 2005
Saturday July 9 was a long and busy day. I got up early, rode up to St Joe Harley-Davidson to cover their Motorcycle Stunt Show & Cook-Out Party, then headed over to Holt, Missouri for their monthly hill climb. I’d been looking forward to this particular hill climb for a couple of months now because this night was to be one of their infamous hill climb drag races which I’d heard so much about. This is different from your traditional hill climb in that two riders climb the hill at the same time, and the fastest rider up the hill…

Mini-Route 66 Ride with the Greater Kansas City H.O.G. Chapter

August 31, 2005
Cyrus Stevens Avery was known as the “Father of Route 66.” A resident of Oklahoma, Avery was appointed in 1925 to a board assigned to designate the new federal highways and mark them. Congress had requested one route from Virginia Beach, Virginia to Los Angeles, California. From Virginia Beach to Springfield, Missouri, the route would follow what now is U.S. Highway 60. As originally planned, the route would continue through Kansas, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada, then angle southwest to L.A. To avoid the Rocky Mountains, Avery argued that the highway should follow a course from Springfield through Tulsa, Oklahoma City,…

Veteran's Day Letter to Mary, Laura & Sarah

August 31, 2005
Editor's Note: While serving in Baghdag, Iraq, Maj. Austin Hamner wrote the following letter to his daughters, Mary, Laura and Sarah, all of Greenwood, Missouri. The letter explains the importance of honoring our Veterans on Veteran's Day and every day, and also includes a tribute to Specialist Don Allen Clary (22) of Troy, Kansas and Staff Sergeant Clinton Lee Wisdom (39) of Atchison, Kansas, who were killed on November 8, 2004 when they placed their own vehicle between a suicide truck and a convoy to protect their fellow soldiers. On Sunday, September 11, 2005, there will be a poker run…

The 65th Annual Sturgis Rally in Review

August 30, 2005
The 65th Annual Sturgis Rally is now history, and this year an estimated 525,250 bikers attended the rally, compared to 514,951 in 2004. I don't know about you, but to me, the traffic in and around Sturgis seemed much lighter than over the past several years. Hulett, on the other hand, seemed more packed than usual for No Panties Wednesday. Stripe and I inquired into this at the media center in Sturgis and were told that this year, more people than usual showed up a week or two prior to the official start of the rally. That may be true,…

Ham ‘N Jam – Peoria, Illinois

July 31, 2005
“It's all for the kids,” said a sweaty Mike Loveless with a broad smile on his face and a gleam in his eye. It was curious that he was in such a good mood, considering he was hobbling around on a broken foot (suffered earlier in the day) in 90+ degree heat, scrambling to put the finishing touches on the setup for this year's Ham 'N Jam. Loveless is the Director of Crusaders for Kids, and this was their biggest event of the season. Ham 'N Jam is an annual motorcycle rally, festival and musical show put on by Crusaders…

Sid Memorial Run

July 31, 2005
As Chuck Tapp, Gardner, a motorcycle enthusiast, looked across the parking lot of the Tumbleweed Bar and Grill June 9, he was pleased for two reasons to see so many motorcycles. Eighty-one motorcycles, their chrome glaring from the overhead sun, were lined up. Riders and many with passengers were getting ready to saddle up and head down the road for a poker run to help fund the Kansas Biker’s Emergency Fund. The fund, started by Tapp, is set up to help motorcyclists who go down by providing them with quick money for medical, funeral, or living expenses. Tapp knows too…

KC Creations Ride for Special Children VI

July 31, 2005
KC Creations, known for building high quality big inch bikes, has another story to tell. This story is about helping out families whose children are afflicted with Downs Syndrome. As part of their 10th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, June 25, they hosted The Ride for Special Children, and this year’s event was a big success. On Saturday at 2 p.m., around 200 bikes departed from KC Creations, 7524 Frontage Road, Overland Park on a nearly 90-mile ride that took participants through the counties of Johnson, Wyandotte, Leavenworth, Douglas and Miami and included cities such as Bonner Springs, Linwood, Eudora, Desoto,…

EFECT Is The Cause 2005 – First Annual Biker Run

July 31, 2005
On Saturday morning, July 2, 2005, 29 riders, many riding two-up, pulled into a roped off section of the parking lot in front of Bullseye Bar and Deli in Lee’s Summit, Missouri to register for the Encouraging Families with Exceptional Children Together (EFECT) First Annual Biker Run. EFECT is a not-for-profit organization, which was created by parents for parents. Their mission is to empower families of children with disabilities by providing education, information, encouragement, support and pathways to services. Sharlene Krepps, head of fundraising for EFECT, and several other EFECT volunteers already had their registration table setup when riders started…

Janey's Over The Next Hill Ride for Immacolata Manor

July 31, 2005
On Sunday, June 26, 2005, over 450 riders poured into the parking lot at Harrah’s Casino in North Kansas City, Missouri for Janey’s Over the Next Hill Ride for Immacolata Manor. This ride has been one of Kansas City’s largest charity rides for a number of years. Harrah’s Casino was the main sponsor of this year’s ride, and this was the first year you could pre-register online and shop their online store. Isn’t the Internet great! I got there early to setup the Cycle Connections booth, and patiently waited for the hundreds of bikers to come pouring in. It wasn’t…

Ride the Organ Trail

July 31, 2005
On Saturday, July 16, 2005, approximately 107 riders registered for the Ride The Organ Trail dice roll to help with living expenses for kidney donor Jenny Acosta following transplant surgery. Jenny’s sister Carol Diaz is the kidney recipient and a good personal friend of mine. Their surgery is scheduled for Thursday, August 25 in St. Louis, Missouri. Pre-Registration took place from May 20-June 27 at Knuckleheads Saloon, The Landing, Stables Bar & Grill, Margarita’s North and Hooters North. The day of the ride, a registration table was setup in the parking lot at Metro North Mall and registration was open…

Bullseye Bar & Deli

July 31, 2005
From the moment you walk into Bullseye Bar and Deli in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, you realize this is no ordinary drinking establishment. This biker-friendly bar seems more like a gigantic game room than a bar. Describe it however you want, but it’s clear that this place was designed for one purpose, and one purpose only—for people to have a whole lot of fun! Five tournament-style dartboards take up the entire wall to your right (hence the name Bullseye Bar) and to your left is a big screen TV, which as bar owners Terri Detwiler and Mike Cary explain, is a…

Fat Pat's Bike Night - Trussville, Alabama

July 31, 2005
Fat Pat’s in Trussville Alabama, owned by Patrick Dunn and located off Chalkville Mt. Road behind the Chevron (formerly On Tap), started their first-ever bike night, Wednesday, June 22. Leigh and I were proud to represent Cycle Connections and sponsor Pat’s first bike night. Tim Peek and Linda from Riders Harley-Davidson in Trussville most generously donated T-shirts, hats, coozies, and pens to our door prizes. Also Jeff and Sherri from Bessie’s Cycle Barn donated several (very useful) gift certificates. Neal Lacy from Bogart’s Motor Sports donated a stack of Triumph T-Shirts. For the Wednesday night bike nights, Patrick has taken…

Oklahoma Bike Week at Sparks America

July 31, 2005
Oklahoma Bike Week at the Sparks America Campground is promoted as “One Bad Ass Bike Run.” It’s one case of truth in advertising. This year’s event took place from June 17 through 26. Admission was $100 for a ten-day pass, $50 for five days, and $15 for single day passes, and it was worth every penny. Bikers came from all over the country, and attendance increased to around 10,000. I made the 350-mile ride from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, to Sparks America, located about 60 miles northeast of Oklahoma City, on Wednesday, June 22. Clear skies and a blazing sun mercifully…

N.F.T.R.A. Motorcycle Races at Lakeside Speedway

July 31, 2005
The 3/8-mile oval at Lakeside Speedway is Kansas City’s center for exciting dirt track racing. On Friday nights throughout the racing season, racecars compete in Modified, Grand National, and Factory Stock classes at the track located a few miles north of the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. On July 9 and again on July 23, after an absence of more than 25 years, motorcycle racing returned to Lakeside. These events were sanctioned by the National Flat Track Racing Association, based in Wichita, Kansas. According to Roger Attebury, N.F.T.R.A. President, this series often serves as a stepping stone for young…

AMRA All Harley Drags – Bowling Green, Kentucky

July 31, 2005
There’s nothing like the smell of nitro Harleys in the morning! On June 23-26, 2005, Beach Bend Raceway hosted the American Motorcycle Racing Association (AMRA) All Harley Drags with all the hoopla. For the past few years my family and I have stopped there for several different races, however this was my first, but hopefully not my last time to see the all Harley drags. Beach Bend is not only a drag strip, but is also an amusement park, water park and camp ground. The bleachers are conveniently covered so you can sit in the shade and there are a…

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