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Bikers and Veterans: Cycle Disciples, Kansas City Chapter

February 29, 2004
As I began this journey of reviewing veteran motorcycle related web sites, I quickly discovered that many of them have a motorcycle club as their support base. Each web site reflects the same mission, objectives and values of the supporting motorcycle club. So this journey will take us much deeper than originally thought. Hopefully we can discover what the riders behind each web site are really trying to accomplish. I’ve always been fortunate to meet the right people at the right time throughout my life. This great blessing was again bestowed upon me a few weeks ago, while attending the…

All American Bike Show Award Winners

February 28, 2004
On behalf of Cycle Connections Online Motorcycle Magazine, we congratulate the following award winners of this year’s All American Bike Show!Antique: 1st-Ken Stiles-65 FL2nd-Ken Provence-53 HD Antique Custom: 1st-Adam Vigil-57 HD2nd-Teddy Bitner-60 ChopperV-Rod Stock1st-Michael Moss-03 V-Rod2nd-Employee Riders Association-04 V RodV-Rod Street1st-Ray Conner-03 V-RodSportster-Ladies: 1st-Cheryl Nick-03 SportsterBig Twin-Twin Cam-Ladies: 1st-Phyllis McGuire-99 HD2nd-Renee Bayliff-04 HDFull Dresser-Stock: 1st-Sonney Key-01 HD2nd-Gary Nick-98 HDFull Dresser-Mild Custom: 1st-Joe Rawie-02 HDSport Touring: 1st-Robert Briggs-02 HD2nd-Richard Martin-02 HDSport Touring-Mild Custom: 1st-Chris Meyer-99 HD2nd-Ken Stallman-04 HDSport Touring-Street Custom: 1st-Jay Stevens-00 HD2nd-Randy Kent-01 HDSport Touring-Full: 1st-Jim Evans-01 HD2nd_Merlin Eaton-03 HDSportster-Stock: 1st-Rick Yeager-01 HDSportster-Street Custom: 1st-Jim Testerman-01 Sportster2nd-Hollywood-87 SportsterSportster-Radical: 1st-Jeff Snyder-04…

Letters to a Dog

January 31, 2004
While the author of these letters is unknown, unfortunately, the circumstances are not unknown to many puppies and kittens found in area animal shelters a few months after Christmas. Now is the perfect time to propose that your club organize a benefit ride for your favorite charity. You know you're going to ride, so why not make it for a worthy cause. Eleven years ago, someone did just that and asked Gail Worth to sponsor a ride to benefit Wayside Waifs Humane Society. This ride has become an annual event and is appropriately named Putt for Mutts. This year’s event…

F.O.G. Cycles & Knuckleheads Saloon

January 31, 2004
Congratulations to Knuckleheads Saloon on being voted Best Bike Night location in Kansas City for 2003! Where else can you go to shop for motor clothes, buy parts, get your bike serviced, listen to blues, eat, drink, visit with other bikers and party like a rock star? Knuckleheads Saloon and F.O.G. Cycles of course. F.O.G. is no ordinary motorcycle bike shop. It may be out of the way and out of plain sight, but it is never out of your mind once you’ve been there.It was a Friday night and there was a good crowd congregated inside the Saloon, the…

Cycles N More Bike Show Review

January 31, 2004
Despite the threatening icy weather, the 6th Annual Cycles N More bike show was as huge success. According to Cycles N More owner, Mark Jacobs, this year was the biggest and best show ever, even though Sunday had slightly lower attendance than normal due to the ice storm that hit Saturday evening. What other bike show has more than 47 classes of bikes and hands out trophies to over 180 overly excited participants? There were too many winners this year to list in our article, however, Mark said to watch their web site because they plan to list all bike…

Riding the Trails of Nova Scotia

January 31, 2004
On a recent trip, Ramona and I trailered up to Portland, Maine and took the ferry over to Nova Scotia for a week. Come with us on our journey. After arriving in Portland, we took a tour of the waterfront area with one of our friends. He showed us the longest street in America (7.8 miles as I recall) and the Promenade. A cup of coffee later and he left us after making sure we knew where to eat (DiMillos – a floating restaurant) and where the ferry terminal was located. We embarked on the M/S Scotia Prince ferry at…

Veteran Motorcycle Riders Web Site Review

January 31, 2004
With today’s power of the internet, web sites are creating additional opportunities to communicate ideas and goals for both individuals and businesses. However, any one of them can become lost among the thousands of listed sites, or stand in the forefront, based solely on how a particular search engine rates them. Many individuals want their sites to remain as private as possible, although easily accessible to their members. Other sites try to gain as many viewers as possible, sharing their views with anyone willing to navigate their web site and read their material. As a veteran, I have explored the…

Resolve To Get Involved

December 31, 2003
Have you ever wanted to get involved and make a difference, yet didn’t know where to start? If you think the only way to help is to volunteer, I have some exciting news for you! Listed below are some other ways that you can help raise awareness, funds or wish list items for your favorite charity: Take up a collection at your work by asking for donations of canned food, toys, or cleaning supplies. Host a community yard sale. Host a bake sale at your church and sell cakes, pies and cookies. In lieu of gifts for your birthday or…

KC’s Best Bike Night of 2003

December 31, 2003
The results are in! Votes by overenthusiastic readers who “accidentally” voted more than once have been adjusted, and the winners of our Best Bike Night in KC for the year 2003 are (drum roll please…)!First Place Knuckleheads Saloon (FOG Cycles) in Kansas City, MOSecond Place Paddy O’Quigley’s in Lee’s Summit, MOThird Place Kobi’s Club & Deli in Bonner Springs, KSHonorable Mention (in alphabetical order):Billy Jacks Hillside Bar & Grill (Kansas City, MO)DJ’s Club (Kansas City, KS)Drafters (Kansas City, MO)Frankie D’s Mexican Restaurant (Kansas City, KS)Midway Bar & Grill (Lake Lotawana, MO)Russo’s Pizza & Pub (Lee’s Summit, MO)The Other Place (Olathe,…

Gail's Harley-Davidson Premier Invitational Motorcycle Show

December 31, 2003
Radio stations, 99.7 KY and 98.9 The Rock, presented Gail’s Harley-Davidson first Premier Invitational Motorcycle Show on December 6-7. It was held in the new Overland Park Convention Center and was a perfect choice for displaying all the bikes, providing ample vendor booths, a center stage for performances and free, nearby parking. Several thousand biker enthusiasts took time off from their holiday shopping to enjoy this fun event. Actually, many of us came away from the show with many new additions to our Christmas list!Countless stock and custom bikes were on display, all competing for part of the $2,500 purse…

Touring Northern Arizona

December 31, 2003
On a recent trip to Phoenix for a wedding, Ramona and I decided to extend our trip and do a Fly and Ride. We picked up a 2003 Heritage at Chosa's Harley-Davidson in Mesa just east of Phoenix. We took AZ 87 north toward Payson and Winslow. At the suggestion of a fellow Harley rider we talked with at a rest stop, we visited a unique place just north of Payson which is the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. If you have ever been to the Natural Bridge in Virginia then imagine putting two or three inside this natural bridge…

TIME Person of the Year for 2003: The American Soldier

December 31, 2003
United States fighters swept across Iraq and conquered it in 21 days. They stand guard on streets potholed with skepticism and animosity. They caught Saddam Hussein. They are the face of America, its might and goodwill, in a region unfamiliar with democracy. These are just a few lines out of TIME magazine; an essay written by Nancy Gibbs. TIME magazine has nominated the Soldier, as Person of the Year, a recognition not seen since 1950. It is quite an honor, and duly so, that our American fighting men and women are proudly singled out within our nation. These soldiers, our…

Caring for Kansas City for the Holidays

November 30, 2003
During the holidays, our calendars are filled with events promising an unforgettable season. But for some, this is not the case. Thankfully, many people open their hearts to those less fortunate and give generously at this time of the year. When donating clothing and/or food for needy families, remember their pets need help too. If we can help them take care of their pets, fewer pets will be surrendered and end up in shelters. If you, your family, co-workers or riding club are interested in providing life’s most basic joys within your community, here are some ways to help:The March…

Harley Fashion Show

November 30, 2003
On Thursday evening, November 20th, the Ladies of Harley and Gail’s Harley-Davidson hosted a winter fashion show featuring Harley apparel for all ages. Gail graciously opened her business and clothing line to help make this a success. The Ladies of Harley put in a lot of time and flair to please the attendees. The models appeared a bit nervous, but bravely and eloquently walked the runway amid applause, cameras flashing, and encouraging comments from family and friends. Leather was the prominent show theme, but warm slippers, robes and jaunty hats were also featured. This event was guaranteed to generate many…

Stop the Madness!

November 30, 2003
Need an escape from the pushing and shoving of holiday madness? Listed below are four towns less than two hours from Kansas City that enjoy Christmas the old-fashioned way.Parkville calls it Christmas on the River. Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the wooded hills and valleys overlooking the Missouri River. The highlight of the season is a celebration on December 5th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. featuring a 1,000 voice children’s choir, lighting ceremony, and fireworks finale. Stores will be open late and the Marines will be collecting toys for tots, so bring a new toy and enjoy!A little further…

Christmas at War

November 30, 2003
The images of Christmas we are most familiar with are Santa Claus, Christmas trees, mistletoe and gifts, but for many military men and women, Christmas is different. Christmas brings no relief to the cold, heat, misery, fear, danger and loneliness to a service member’s life away from home. This Christmas, many of our American military will find themselves celebrating under fire and far away from their loved ones. Typically, the holiday season is for generosity to our families and to those in need, but there's a third category we often neglect. That person is a soldier, sailor, airman or a…

Winslow's BBQ

November 30, 2003
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4th Annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ Motorcycle Rally

November 1, 2003
Fayetteville, Arkansas is home to the fastest growing motorcycle rally in the country. In just four short years, the Bikes, Blues & BBQ Motorcycle Rally has grown to over 125,000 attendees, which more than doubles last year’s attendance of 50,000. Proceeds from the event benefits the Washington County’s Council on Aging Meals-on-Wheels program, which serves over 600 meals to the elderly in northwest Arkansas every day. Why is Bikes, Blues and BBQ such a popular event, you might ask? That’s exactly what we were wondering, so we decided to ride on down and find out for ourselves.On Thursday morning, October…

Kobi's Club and Deli

October 31, 2003
All week long, I’d been looking forward to Tuesday evening October 7th because I was planning on riding over to Kobi’s Club & Deli in Bonner Springs, Kansas for their weekly bike night. I’d been to Kobi’s before on a poker run, but tonight I was headed there to do a bike night review for our magazine. I figured if I was lucky, I could do a quick interview with the owner, chat with a few fellow riders and take a couple photos before sitting back and relaxing the rest of the evening. It was cold and damp evening as…

4th Annual Ms. Bikes, Blues & BBQ

October 31, 2003
On Saturday evening, October 4, 2003, eight vivacious, beautiful women took the stage for the 4th Annual Ms. Bikes, Blues & BBQ finals competition in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Preliminaries had taken place August 23rd through October 3rd at various local clubs, with Powerhouse Seafood hosting the semifinals. Knight Times Tattoos was the exclusive sponsor of this year's contest, and I also spoke with Nat Bothwell of Arkansas National Bank and one of the judges for the event. Nat stated "We’re sure it will get bigger every year, and I just want to say what an outstanding job the rally directors have…