Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

KC Creations 10th Anniversary Party

July 31, 2005
Is it hotter in the summer in the city or colder in the winter in the country? You are probably asking yourself where the hell is he going with this. Read on, o’ faithful reader and you will understand. The above question is just a little bit of redneck witticism from my home town. The question is meant to stymie you, as there is no correct answer. I believed this to be true until June 25, 2005. I now know it is much hotter in the summer in the city. Stephanie and I were on hand to cover KC Creations…

KC Riverfest Car and Motorcycle Show

July 31, 2005
After living in the Kansas City metro for almost 20 years, I am somewhat ashamed to admit I had never visited the Berkley Riverfront Park before July 2 of this year. It has truly been my loss to delay a visit. Stephanie and I decided to ride the scooter down and check out some of the Kansas City Riverfest activities held July 2-3 in celebration of Independence weekend. Alright, to be honest, all I really went for was the Kansas City Riverfest Car and Motorcycle show, and I am damn glad I did. The weather was perfect for the event…

Soul Brothers 3rd Annual Drag Race at KCIR

July 31, 2005
After last year spending two full days of breathing the avgas and the alcohol-based fuel, I was very eager to get back down to KCIR Speedway for the 3rd Annual Soul Brothers Drag Racing Series. I woke up to an 80-degree day with 75 percent humidity. Wow! Not a great start for racing, but I went along for the complete ride this year. I met up with Darwin Barnett and his lovely wife Mary at the motor home. I knew this would be a great base-camp to set up my laptop for the picture downloads. I have never been so…

St. Joe Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Stunt Show & Cook-Out Party

July 31, 2005
On Saturday, July 9, 2005, St. Joe Harley-Davidson sponsored a motorcycle stunt show and cookout party, which attracted hundreds of riders from St. Joseph, Kansas City, Topeka and everywhere in between. When the McCreary’s throw on a party, everyone comes! Along with great food, the local band Swift Kik was cranking out some great music and cheerleaders from several local high schools got the crowd going by conducting a live dancing fashion show on stage to showcase all the new Harley-Davidson Motorclothes. The motorcycle stunt team, Ill Conduct, from Nashville, Tennessee performed at various times throughout the day and was…

Hog Wild at Riders Harley-Davidson

July 31, 2005
On Saturday, July 9, Riders Harley-Davidson in conjunction with the Birmingham H.O.G. chapter threw an all day HOG WILD bash! The Birmingham H.O.G. chapter started back in February selling $50 raffle tickets for a chance at owning a brand new black 2005 Heritage Softail Classic. The goal was to sell 600 tickets, which of course they did! Who wouldn’t give $50 toward the possibility of driving home a brand new Harley! Early in the day Saturday, there was a pancake breakfast and a bike wash, from which the Birmingham H.O.G. raised around $1,000 to donate to the Children’s Hospital. Riders…

Escorting The Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall

July 31, 2005
Often as a photojournalist, we are asked to participate in events that we may not necessarily be excited about. Recognizing that it is our responsibility to do so, we show up, complete our assignment then move along. On occasion, we have the opportunity to be a part of something much bigger than the particular experience, something that touches us deeply. A few months ago, a co-worker had recommended that Cycle Connections promote and participate in the escort ride for the Dignity ®Memorial Vietnam Wall Experience. Now, having ridden with the escort and after spending time with the wall, I can…

3rd Annual Ride for Ryan

June 30, 2005
The Ride for Ryan is a memorial ride for Ryan Consolver of Union Star, Missouri, who tragically died in a motorcycle accident on August 11, 2002, at the age of 24. Held each year in St. Joseph, Missouri at the time of Ryan’s birthday, the event provides scholarship funds for young people who aspire to careers in the construction industry. I became aware of the ride in March while covering Kansas City’s World of Wheels Show where Ryan’s family had entered his beautifully customized Fat Boy and truck. Ryan’s mom, Janis, told me his story, and I was moved to…

13th Annual Putt for Mutts

June 30, 2005
Another successful Putt for Mutts ride is history, and Wayside Waifs Humane Society raised more than $28,000 thanks to more than 700 generous motorcyclists who participated. Wayside Waifs, Inc. is an independent, not-for-profit animal shelter that takes in nearly 12,000 pets annually. This organization depends solely on donations for support. The event took place on May 21, and the weather couldn’t have been better. Registration began at 9 a.m. at Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Grandview, Missouri. For a $20 donation, riders received dice run sheets, ride pins, goodie bags, and a meal. For an additional $15, a commemorative T-shirt was included.…

Stables Bar & Grill – Kearney, Missouri

June 30, 2005
On Thursday evening, June 16, J.O., one of my partners in crime and I decided to take the backroads from Blue Springs to Stables Bar & Grill in Kearney for their Thursday night bike night and to help at the pre-registration signup booth for the Ride the Organ Trail benefit ride we are helping to sponsor for a good friend of ours who is having a kidney transplant. When we arrived, the parking lot was packed and a band was cranking out some great blues in a corner of the parking lot next to the building. After parking the bikes,…

2nd Annual Blackhawk Motorcycle Rally

June 30, 2005
There’s no question the 2nd Annual Blackhawk Motorcycle Rally 2005 in Spring Hill, Kansas on June 18 was a success. Word of mouth about a fun event spreads the news quickly. The number of motorcycles coming into Spring Hill and the number of bikes entered in the show more than doubled. The Spring Hill Ruritans’ High School Scholarship Foundation nearly doubled the amount it made from last year. Spring Hill Scouts and the high school’s After Prom organizations also benefited. Vendors were happy, and the Spring Hill community received a vast amount of radio coverage as a result of the…

Magna Riders Association Visits Eureka Springs, Arkansas

June 30, 2005
Harley riders have the H.O.G. BMW riders have their own clubs and rallies. So do people who ride Honda Goldwings, or Victory Cycles, and even Indians. Heck, even people who ride vintage motorcycles have their own organizations. But a group just for Honda Magna motorcycles? The Magna, that sleek, four-cylinder piece of machinery that’s at its best cruising along the highway between 70 and 80 mph, is, to say the least, in a class by itself. While out on the road or at poker runs or other events, you may see a Magna or two among the other hundreds of…

Sizzler 2005 Motorcycle Rally in Warsaw, Missouri

June 30, 2005
As a favor to my buddy Mike, Editor of Cycle Connections, I decided to finally write an article for the magazine. I guess what finally got me off my butt to send one in was when Mike told me he didn’t have anyone available to cover the Sizzler held down in Warsaw, Missouri this year. I just couldn’t let the readers who were unable to attend the event not hear about this rally; it’s too fine a time. The Sizzler is held each year in June at the Never Mind Campground at the junction of Highway 65 South and 7…

AHDRA Southern Nationals in Commerce, Georgia

June 30, 2005
WOW! And what a rush! Memorial Day weekend we went to the All Harley Drag Race at theAHDRA Southern Nationals in Commerce, Georgia, and my eardrums vibrated fordays afterward! We contacted Lisa Cranfill who handles the press relations for theAHDRA to request access to the race. We thought it would make a nice storywith some really cool pictures to share. Lisa couldn't have been more helpful. Wehad media packets waiting for us when we got there that were filled witha lot of useful information on the AHDRA. We headed for Georgia early Saturday to stay at the Howard Johnson'sin Commerce,…

Alabama State H.O.G. Rally

June 30, 2005
The Alabama State H.O.G. Rally was held in Pelham this year. It has been five years since it was held in the Birmingham area, and this rally covered a lot of ground. It started Thursday night in Trussville at Riders Harley-Davidson with a kick-off party where the Buicks were playing, hamburgers and hot dogs were grilling, and the store was staying open late. Even though it was kind of a 'crappy' night weather-wise, there was still a large turnout. We stayed for awhile then decided to go see what they were doing across town at the Heart of Dixie Harley-Davidson…

Blue Knights Alabama Chapter VI - Troop 2005 Ride

June 30, 2005
On Saturday, May 21, the Blue Knights Alabama Chapter VI hosted a Troop 2005 Ride to support our troops in Iraq. Mother Nature was nice enough to donate a beautiful day for the ride. Registration started at 10 a.m. with the ride-out scheduled for 1 p.m. departing from four different locations, Mt. Cheaha Harley-Davidson, Springville National Guard Armory, Alexander City National Guard Armory and Pelham's Heart of Dixie Harley-Davidson. The ride ended at 29 Dreams Motorcycle Resort in Vandiver. There were a lot of door prizes given away, T-shirts, hats, tool kits, knives, and a Jeff Gordon shirt I wanted!…

Kansas City BMW Club - 26th Annual Land of Oz Rally

June 30, 2005
No matter the best laid plans, you just can’t plan out the weather. And although severe storms, dramatic lightning, and heavy rains pounded La Cygne, Kansas, and Linn County Park during the early morning and late-night hours June 3-4-5, more than 100 die-hard BMW riders took part in the Kansas City BMW Club’s 26th Annual Land of Oz Rally. “I think a lot of people were looking at the weather radar and wondering if they should come or not,” said club member and nationally known rider Voni Glaves, Lawrence, Kansas. “We (Voni and her husband Paul) came down today (Saturday)…

2nd Annual XL-List Rally

June 30, 2005
Are you looking for a resource with highly active, knowledgeable and opinionated participants? Would you like to learn how to re-jet your carb, increase your displacement, know which ignition system you should upgrade to and, most importantly, learn how to “Pay the Taxes”? If these topics provide you with just a hint of curiosity, then you need to subscribe to the most active web list for Harley-Davidson enthusiasts, the XL-List. The XL-List officially started in December 1996 and has grown to 1600 subscribers, with another 1,000 who regularly read it from the web page. And if you’d like to join…

Operation Homecoming USA – A Tribute to Vietnam Vets

June 30, 2005
Operation Homecoming USA is a first-ever national event having the specific purpose of providing Vietnam veterans the national homecoming they never received. "Welcome Home: America's Tribute to Vietnam Veterans" took place June 13-19 to mark the 30th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. Motorcycle riders from across the area met in Springfield with the truck carrying the multi-section Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall Experience. The military escort was provided by Army National Guard Sergeant First Class Richard Burns and 13 other members of the 203rd Engineer Battalion from Springfield, Missouri. Each of the soldiers served in Iraq, and all…

Save the Sweater Kittens Poker Run

May 31, 2005
With a name like Save the Sweater Kittens, I knew this wasn’t going to be your average poker run. I’m not exactly sure where the term, sweater kittens came from, however, I think I may have first heard it on the Johnny Dare Morning Show on 98.9 The Rock. Anyway, for those of you who aren’t up on your slang, sweater kittens is another name for breasts. Therefore, you can probably figure it out for yourself, that this was a benefit ride to raise money in the fight against breast cancer. The run started at Worth Harley-Davidson North, where Team…

3rd Annual All Patriots Poker Run

May 31, 2005
It was a crisp, cool morning on Sunday, May 15 as I backed my bike out of the garage and headed north toward Kearney, Missouri. Today was the 3rd Annual All Patriots Poker Run sponsored by the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA), and I was excited to meet up with several of their members who I had talked with just a week earlier at the Bikers Against Child Abuse Bike Show at Knucklehead’s Saloon. When I arrived at the VFW in Kearney, the parking lot was already full of riders who had gotten up just a bit earlier than I…

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