Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

18th Annual Teddy Bear Run - Birmingham, Alabama

November 30, 2011
It was a beautiful cool Saturday morning as hundreds of bikers gathered at Rider’s Harley-Davidson in Trussville for the start of the 18th Annual Teddy Bear Run to Children’s Hospital. Both of the Harley shops had been preparing for this day for the past several months, selling stuffed animals and raising money for the Children’s Hospital in Birmingham. Registration was another opportunity for people to scoop up some last minute critters. Sales from the critters also went to the hospital. The parking lot was filled to the rim with chrome trim! This may have been a record year with as…

2011 Heartland Police Motorcycle Challenge - Independence, Missouri

November 30, 2011
The Heartland Police Motorcycle Association was formed in September 2010 by motorcycle officers from the Independence Police Department, the Lee’s Summit Police Department, and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department in Missouri and the Olathe Police Department and the Lenexa Police Department in Kansas. The association was formed to try to standardize motorcycle training in the Kansas City metro area and to hold a three-day training session annually. Membership has since grown to include motorcycle units from St. Joseph, Jasper County, and the Highway Patrol in Missouri as well as Leawood, Kansas. The motorcycle police unit from Kansas City, Missouri, is…

19th Annual Ralph Wayne's Backyard Nationals - Kansas City, Missouri

November 30, 2011
What do you get when you cross a block party with an antique motorcycle show? The answer could only be Ralph Wayne’s Backyard Nationals, a unique annual event that transforms a normally quiet neighborhood into an amazing motorcycle showcase that attracts enthusiasts from all around the Kansas City area and far beyond. Having grown from humble beginnings as a gathering of a few of Ralph Wayne Blackmore’s motorcycling friends, the event draws thousands of motorcyclists who park their rides on streets that are temporarily limited to motorcycle traffic only. For this bike show, there is no exhibition hall. Instead, about…

Three Texas Rallies in Three Weeks

November 30, 2011
Our first rally found my wife and me at Ken Smith’s BIKERS facility about five miles west of Springtown, Texas. Ken has a slick operation here with a large outside area with covered picnic tables, bandstand, and outside dance floor. Completing the arrangement is Chris Gossett and American Motorcycle Services in the onsite garage, Christina Evartt in the Leather Shop and Tandy Dunavin heading up Lazy D BBQ. This week’s rally was for a local man with prostate cancer who was not doing well physically or financially. Over a thousand dollars was raised to assist him, his wife, and two…

2011 Cycle Connections End of Season Bike Show – Birmingham, Alabama

November 30, 2011
Halloween weekend saw a lot of parties going on around Birmingham, but it also marked the end of the 2011 bike night season. On Saturday, Cycle Connections and the Thunder Inn on Hwy. 11 in Trussville, Alabama, where every night is bike night, sponsored and hosted an end of season bike show, with trophies from Quality Trophies in Trussville. We had everyone participate in the judging of the classes, and the winner of the Fan Favorite trophy was determined by which bike got the most beads put on it from the fans. Dan Rawlings’ old Pan Head was the winner…

17th Annual Kansas City Bikers for Babies® Ride – Kansas City, Kansas

October 31, 2011
A very special 5-year-old girl appears on her little “Harley” in the lead photo for this article. Maggie, the daughter of Ken and Bridget Swearingen, had a rough start in life. She had to be delivered by emergency C-section at 27 weeks weighing 2 pounds, 3 ounces. She was taken to the NICU where a nasogastric feeding tube and PICC line, a semi-permanent type of IV, were inserted and remained for her first month. At birth, Maggie also had defective heart valve that was corrected by medication. After two months in the NICU, Maggie was able to go home close…

1st Annual Teagan’s Ride – Kansas City, Missouri

October 31, 2011
On Saturday October 8, 2011, Alan Wrinkle hosted the 1st Annual Teagan’s Ride. Teagan was diagnosed with pulmonary stenosis, and this event was held to help collect donations to pay for the sky-rocketing medical costs that give Teagan a chance to live a life like every other little girl. As per the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital in Stanford, Connecticut, “Pulmonary stenosis is a congenital defect (present at birth) that occurs due to abnormal development of the fetal heart during the first eight weeks of pregnancy. The pulmonary valve is found between the right ventricle and the pulmonary artery. It has…

4th Annual Thunder Run – Kansas City, Missouri

October 31, 2011
Saturday October 1, Worth Harley-Davidson and Van Chevrolet hosted their 4th Annual Thunder Run event for Juvenile Diabetes. This is not just your average benefit ride, Worth Harley-Davidson pulled out all of the bells and whistles, and this is an EVENT. My beautiful, sunny 80-degree day started out at Worth Harley-Davidson with registration starting at 10:00 a.m. All registrants were entered to win a new 2011 Chevrolet Silverado that was customized by KC Trends and/or a new 2011 Harley-Davidson Blackline; a free custom paint job for a motorcycle valued at up to $3500; and a free ticket to see the…

13th Annual Fall Thunder Beach Rally - Panama City Beach, Florida

October 31, 2011
On Wednesday, September 28, the Shores of Panama hosted the first preliminary rounds of the Miss Thunder Beach Contest with “Geneva” supplying the music and signaling the start of the 2011 Fall Thunder Beach Rally on the beautiful beaches of Panama City Beach Florida, home of some of the prettiest white sand you’ll ever see. Down on the east end of the beach, Pineapple Willy’s hosted one of the kick-off parties with “Pop Evil” & “Egypt Central” for their live entertainment. And back over to the west end of the beach, the Sand-Piper Beacon hosted the other kick-off party with…

10th Annual 9-11 Tribute Rally and Ride - Grandview, Missouri

October 31, 2011
For me, Tuesday, September 11, 2001, began as just another routine day at the office. Then I got a call from a good friend, a Kansas City area resident who grew up in New York City. He was watching the news on television and was the first to inform me that one of the World Trade Center towers had been hit by an airliner. Coworkers were also getting calls, and soon began to gather at cubes where portable radios were available to follow the news of the incredible, tragic developments. The decision was soon made to send everyone home. Before…

Cover Bike & Cover Model Search at Rawhide Harley-Davidson - Olathe, Kansas

October 31, 2011
Rawhide Harley-Davidson in Olathe, Kansas was the location for our ninth and final cover bike & cover model search of the year, which took place during their bike night on Thursday, September 15, 2011. Lonnie, Donna, Stripe, Wally and I arrived early to setup our booth and to block off a section of the parking lot for our cover bike search, just in time before all the bikes started rolling in. Blake with Prodigal Son Coating also showed up, and parked his truck near the entrance to the parking lot so he could promote his powder coating business in Oak…

Cover Bike Search Winner Paul West & His 2000 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Classic

October 31, 2011
Paul West’s 2000 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Classic was selected as the winning bike at our Cover Bike Search at Rawhide Harley-Davidson in Olathe, Kansas, and will be photographed for an upcoming cover.Paul is from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and the first time I met him was at the 2010 Grand River Summer Rally, when he and his wife Kate entered their matching silver, red, white, and blue patriotic-themed bikes in our cover bike search event. After our cover bike & cover model search at Rawhide Harley-Davidson, I had the opportunity to gather more information about Paul and his 2000 Harley-Davidson Electra…

Cover Model Search Winner Alana

October 31, 2011
Alana is from Overland Park, Kansas, and was the winner of our Cover Model Search at Rawhide Harley-Davidson in Olathe, Kansas, and will be photographed for an upcoming cover.Alana works in sales at Rawhide Harley-Davidson, and when asked about her ambitions, she told us “I soon want to grow in my Cosmetology Career, pursue more modeling, and possibly my newest ambition acting. I also have a really silly one too, in which I want to someday travel in a hot air balloon.” As far as hobbies go, Alana said “I love being outside, so I enjoy running, biking, RIDING for…

Cover Bike Search Finalist Jack Dunn & His 2006 Harley-Davidson Street Glide

October 31, 2011
Jack Dunn’s 2006 Harley-Davidson Street Glide was selected as one of the finalists at our Cover Bike Search at Rawhide Harley-Davidson in Olathe, Kansas.Photos by Doc Lonnie Blum

Cover Model Search Finalist Stephanie

October 31, 2011
Stephanie from Edwardsville, Kansas, and was selected as one of the finalists at our Cover Model Search at Rawhide Harley-Davidson in Olathe, Kansas. Stephanie is a bartender and promo girl, and her hobbies are everything and anything fun!Photos by Doc Lonnie Blum

Cover Bike Search Finalist David Collins & His 2012 Harley-Davidson Road Glide

October 31, 2011
David Collin’s 2012 Harley-Davidson Road Glide was selected as one of the finalists at our Cover Bike Search at Rawhide Harley-Davidson in Olathe, Kansas.Photos by Doc Lonnie Blum

Cover Model Search Finalist Savannah

October 31, 2011
Savannah from Bonner Springs, Kansas, and was selected as one of the finalists at our Cover Model Search at Rawhide Harley-Davidson in Olathe, Kansas. Savannah is a bartender, fashion model, promo lead, and works for Kittens of Chos Promotions). Whan askeda about hobbies, she said "Life is a hobby!"Photos by Doc Lonnie Blum

7th Annual Barber Vintage Festival - Birmingham, Alabama

October 31, 2011
When you start to see motorcycles everywhere you go in the Birmingham and surrounding areas, bikes at the hotels, bikes at the restaurants, on the road and looking a little like Thunder Beach, then you know something must be going on at Barber Motorsports Park. On Friday, October 7, there were so many bikes in town for the 7th Annual Vintage Festival at Barber’s. The park opened at 7 a.m. with registration for the AHRMA Road Racing and the Barber Vintage Museum opening soon after, and the Swap Meet opened at 8. The museum had a book signing with David…

Ride with the 40 – San Francisco, California to Shanksville, Pennsylvania

September 30, 2011
United Airlines Flight 93 routinely took off from Newark International Airport bound for San Francisco, but this day was anything but routine. On this day, September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked the plane with intentions believed to be crashing it into the White House or the U.S. Capitol Building. Their plans were foiled when the 40 passengers and crew on cell phones heard that other jet liners had crashed into the two World Trade Center towers in New York and into the Pentagon in Washington. Knowing they had nothing to lose--and much to prevent--they rose up against the hijackers, with the…

Patriot Express Dice Run - Kansas City, Missouri

September 30, 2011
On Sunday, August 28, about 100 riders gathered at Finnigan’s Hall in North Kansas City, Missouri, for a dice run to raise money for 1st Marine Division Benevolent Fund and for Fisher House, a non-profit organization providing assistance to military families during hospitalization, illness, or injury. Registration kicked off at 8:30 a.m. with each participant receiving a goodie bag including a small American flag, bandana, and other items. Prior to the beginning of the ride, bikers watched as Terry Franz of Cars4Heroes presented a minivan to a vet and his family who were in need of transportation. You can view…

MOST POPULAR COVER MODELS & BIKES

  • Behind the Scenes with Lulu
    Behind the Scenes with Lulu Lulu, from Topeka, Kansas is our August 2017 cover model. She is a teacher, and plans to get her master’s…
  • Behind the Scenes with Kate
    Behind the Scenes with Kate Our September 2017 cover model is Kate, from Raytown, Missouri. Her ambitions include becoming a flight attendant and traveling the…
  • 1958 Harley-Davidson FL Duo-Glide
    1958 Harley-Davidson FL Duo-Glide Our August 2017 cover bike is a 1958 Harley-Davidson FL Duo-Glide, which is owned by Derek Melhorn from Kearney, Missouri.…