Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Bike Night at Worth Harley-Davidson

July 1, 2012
I remember a time, not so long ago, when the monthly H.O.G. Chapter meetings were about the extent of the social gatherings at the local dealerships. Although the dealerships have always done a great job sponsoring charity rides and events, if you wanted to have a beer, hang out with your riding buddies, and listen to some live music, you had to saddle up and head to the bar.

Cover Bike & Cover Model Search 2012 at Russo's Pizza - Lee's Summit, Missouri

July 1, 2012
Our first cover bike & cover model search of the 2012 riding season took place on Sunday, June 10 at Russo’s Pizza in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Lonnie, Donna, Stripe, Danny, Wally, Randall and I arrived early to setup our booth in the parking lot, and the bikes soon began rolling in.

19th Annual Father’s Day Celebration at Alter Ego Motorcycle Supply

July 1, 2012
Sunday, June 17, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Alter Ego Motorcycle Supply of Kansas City held their 20th Annual Father’s Day Free Ride-in Bike Show. This event is the creation of Buddha and Lou Ann who are the owner-operators of Alter Ego, and this is a long-time staple event in Kansas City’s motorcycle community.

2012 Memorial Weekend B.A.C.A. Fundraiser – Bentonville, Arkansas

July 1, 2012
Seven years ago a group of biker friends from Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas met for a weekend of riding around Springdale, Arkansas and decided to have a bikini bike wash and a little ride-in bike show with donations to go to B.A.C.A. The best any of them can remember, they raised around 100 bucks that afternoon.

7th Annual Walk to Remember - Weston Missouri

July 1, 2012
Two hundred eight lives to honor and remember from Kansas and Missouri. Two hundred eight heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the war on terrorism. We took time to remember with tears streaming. Time does not heal all. The pain for the families and friends is very real and it does not sleep.

Road Trippin' to the Hog Wild Rodeo 2012 - Conesville, Iowa

June 30, 2012
The Memorial Day holiday weekend is always a good time for me to head for Iowa. On May 24, Kansas City weather was warm with the wind absolutely howling out of the south. This is not a bad thing when northbound, and at my gas stop in Osceola, I found that my gas mileage was well in excess of 50 miles per gallon.

14th Annual Kearney Bike Show - Kearney, Missouri

June 1, 2012
On Sunday April 29, 2012, Freedom of Road Riders Local 29 hosted the 14th Annual Kearney Bike Show at the E. Howard Porter VFW Post 5717 in Kearney, Missouri. This bike show was dedicated to all of our lost brother and sisters, as well as the many other veterans who have served our county. Per Rhonda Felts, President of Freedom of Road Riders Chapter 29, “Freedom of Road Riders (FORR) is the largest motorcycle rights organization in Missouri, with 2,454 members in 30 local across the state. FORR has been known as the group that wants to get rid of…

2nd Annual Tougher Than Hell Poker Run - Blue Springs, Missouri

June 1, 2012
Nearly 150 bikes participated in this year's Tougher Than Hell Poker Run fundraiser for the Recovery Lighthouse women's shelter. Single women and their children are the fastest growing group among this country’s homeless population. Many are victims of abuse, and many have dependencies on drugs and/or alcohol. The objective of the Recovery Lighthouse is to assist distressed women in their recovery process. Services provided include assessment, development of a recovery plan, connections with helpful resources, mentoring, peer support, counseling, and family counseling. Locations are in Warrensburg (660-429-2222), Odessa (816-230-7720), and Sedalia (660-827-4357). Funds raised by the 2nd Annual Tougher Than Hell Poker…

Can-Am Spyders at Reno's Powersports KC - Kansas City, Missouri

June 1, 2012
On Saturday, May 5, 2012 Stripe and I rode over to Reno’s Powersports in Kansas City, Missouri as several local Can-Am Spyder riders descended on the dealership. I’d never seen so many Spyders in one place at the same time, and it was great to see such an awesome turnout. There were Spyders there in every color, and some were highly customized with stereo systems, auxiliary lights, and custom paint. It was also apparent that Can-Am Spyders appealed to every age group. While we were there, several younger riders pulled in, as well as a few older folks who seemed…

23rd Annual Bikers With a Mission Ride - Kansas City, Missouri

June 1, 2012
More than 300 motorcyclists arrived at City Union Mission in Kansas City, Missouri, on Sunday, May 6, to participate in the 23rd Annual Bikers With a Mission Run for the Homeless. On-site registration was open from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and was staffed by the Kingdom Riders, Cycle Disciples , and City Union Mission. Riders came in spite of a forecast that called for heavy rain. Sure enough, rain moved in during the morning hours in the form of strong thunderstorms. Those who chose to go ahead and ride the 80-mile route had to deal with some very treacherous conditions. Many who came to…

10th Annual B.A.C.A. Bike Show - Kansas City, Missouri

June 1, 2012
The weather was perfect, the parking lot was full of bikes, and Brooke and her Bombshells were busy washing motorcycles in their bikinis when Stripe and I pulled into the parking lot at Harley’s & Horses Grill, Stage & Saloon. The date was Saturday, May 5, 2012, and the event was the annual Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) Ride-In Bike Show, which is always a huge event. 

2012 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run II - Coast to Coast

April 30, 2012
This September 7, the second Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run is going to be rolling out of New York on a 15-day journey across the United States travelling back roads to wind its way through rural America all the way to San Francisco Bay on pre-1930 motorcycles of a variety of makes. This ride is not for the comfort-only inclined. It’s more like for the little-to-no-food-or-sleep inclined that don’t mind pulling a MacGyver on the side of the road and in hotel parking lots on a ride, wrench, repeat cycle, as 2010 entrant Bill Rodencal would coin the phrase during the…

6th Annual Gailapalooza and Spring Fashion Show at Gail's Harley-Davidson

April 30, 2012
Last year, Gailapalooza took place on a glorious day at the end of a dismal winter season. For 2012, the situation was reversed. Winter in the Midwest had been one of the mildest in recent memory, but the weather on April 7 was cool, damp, and generally unpleasant. In spite of the weather, lots of motorcycle enthusiasts turned out at Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Grandview, Missouri, to check out the bikes and merchandise inside the dealership as well as the numerous vendor booths that filled the parking lot out front. In addition to the vendors, several charities had booths where they…

2nd Annual MLB & SOB First Ride - Eureka Springs, Arkansas

April 30, 2012
The start of the riding season party in Eureka Springs, Arkansas that was founded a year ago by myself, Doc Lonnie (photographer here at Cycle Connections and leader of the MLB biker group), had its second edition on the weekend of April 13-15. We knew the event was growing and was going to be even bigger than the first one last year when the headquarters resort, The Rodeway Inn Swiss Holiday Resort, was completely booked with every room reserved by a member of our group as soon as the dates were posted last fall. We ended up with the 1876…

Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama - Birmingham, Alabama

April 30, 2012
On Friday, March 30, the Indy cars roared back into town for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by Legacy Credit Union at Barber Motorsports Park. The rain returned with them, making a mess of things, but halting nothing. If it were the bikes it would be a different story, but these cars just put on rain tires and go. There were people there from 42 different states and 6 countries, with an estimated 80,000 people for the weekend, most of them on Sunday. At 8 a.m. on Friday, the track opened for practice and qualifying, starting with…

Dixie Bike Fest - Elko, Georgia

March 31, 2012
Dixie Bike Fest is a small rally that takes place in Elko, Georgia at the Elko Mud Boggin off of Highway 26 which leads to Hawkinsville, Georgia. When I arrived at the gate, I found many of the familiar faces such Scott Frey and Judy Defoe who help make up a bunch of great guys and gals of the CMA. They are the members of the Chapter #330 Son Riders from Warner Robins, Georgia. Most of the members are retired or members of the Warner Robins Air Force Station about thirty miles up I-75. I am always glad to see…

Show Me Bike Show 2012 - Sedalia, Missouri

February 29, 2012
For over 10 years, the Sedalia Motorcycle Association has put on a motorcycle show in late January or early February. On February 1, 2011, a major winter blizzard dumped nearly two feet of snow on Sedalia, a community of about 21,000 residents about 80 miles east of Kansas City. That really put a damper on last year’s Show Me Bike Show. Fortunately, the weather for the 2012 show was very good, and the Ag Building at the Missouri State Fairgrounds was filled with show bikes, vendors, and motorcycle enthusiasts. The February 4, one-day show began with registration from 9:00 a.m.…

2012 All-American Motorcycle Show - Awards

February 29, 2012
Congratulations to all the award winners at the 2012 All-American Bike Show Antique1st – John Goss2nd – Paul BurrisV-Rod Mild1st – Dave Cox2nd – Danny ClarkLadies 1st – Cindy Kelly2nd – Kim JamesonDresser Mild1st – Greg Jordan2nd – Andre WheelerDresser Street1st – Kevin Berry2nd – Danny WebbDresser Full1st - Larry SearsDresser Stock1st – Anthony Hollinger III2nd – Paul EvansSport Touring Mild1st – Jim Franklin2nd – Matt TrappSportster Mild1st – Jim Testerman2nd – Melissa JohnsonSportster Street1st – Lonnie Blum2nd – CJ Poulson Softail FX Mild1st – Karen LeichtleSoftail FX Street1st – Kickstand Dickinson2nd – David ReidSoftail FL Mild1st – Ted HaaseSoftail…

2012 All-American Motorcycle Show/World of Wheels-Kansas City, Missouri

February 29, 2012
Bartle Hall was the place to be in Kansas City during the weekend of February 10-12. Hot rod and custom car fans and motorcycle enthusiasts attended the 52nd Annual World of Wheels show sponsored by O’Reilly Auto Parts. Each year the All-American Motorcycle Show, an invitational event presented by Gail’s Harley-Davidson , is a special feature at World of Wheels. This year’s ticket prices were $17 for adults and $5 for children aged 6 to 12 with discounts available at O’Reilly Auto Parts stores. World of Wheels has several motorcycle classes that are judged separately from those in the All-American…

Benefit Ride for Amber & Clint - Blue Springs, Missouri

January 31, 2012
Around 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 7, approximately 60 riders, many riding two up, rolled into the parking lot at Side Pocket’s in Blue Springs, Missouri for a benefit ride to help cover medical expenses for Amber Loulos and Clint Young, who were critically injured in a car accident on December 27, 2012.When Stripe and I arrived, we were glad to see such a great turnout. I recognized several people, including many of Amber and Clint’s closest friends who I’d met at a party Amber and Clint threw this past summer. I also noticed a tent that was setup in…