Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

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…

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,…