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10th Annual Burkett Center Ride

April 30, 2019

  We have happily been a part of 2 different, very worthy events over the past 10 years, both of which we have now had to rescued after they got dropped. The latest rescue was the Burkett Center Ride, which we got back on its feet on Saturday March the 30th, 2019

2nd Annual Amelia's Journey Benefit Ride

April 8, 2019

  "When to Ride" hosted a benefit motorcycle ride on Saturday, March the 16th, 2019, the 2nd annual  "Amelia's Journey Benefit Ride" to benefit Princess Warrior, Amelia Griffin, a Tuscaloosa Alabama native who is 2 years old and has had many disorders since the age of only 4 months and has been diagnosed with Mitochondrial Disease.

3rd Annual Moody Miracle League Buddy Ride

April 1, 2019

   It was an absolutely gorgeous start to this wonderful day as bikes rolled into Rider's Harley-Davidson in Trussville, Alabama before heading out to the 3rd Annual Moody Miracle League Buddy Ride on Saturday, March the 23rd.

"The Unlikely 1"- By: Gary “Finn” Ilminen- Book Review

February 28, 2019

  One of our favorite things to do is people watch, my husbands would be riding his bike, so it was a perfectly natural fit when we joined up with Cycle Connections as contributing photojournalist, giving us the chance to share with others, our biking adventures, and to have the opportunity to meet new people. 

4th Annual ChillBilly Ride-2019, Moody, Alabama

January 31, 2019

  One of the joys of living in the south is that you get to ride pretty much year round! So that means in January when a lot of folks have their bikes "winterized" we have ours “winter-rides’d"

Another Service Member Honored... Written By: J. S. Anderson- San Diego Region

January 31, 2019

The sound of bikes fills the San Diego morning air, with riders beginning to gather, as they often do multiple times per week, at the designated staging area. Harleys, Hondas, Indians, Spyders, and the occasional BMW, and other makes and models: an eclectic group of motorcycles for sure. The bikers are coming together at the request of a family, and volunteering their time in a time of grief, to honor the deceased. A solemn and important undertaking, appropriately titled “missions” that these Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) perform selflessly for members of the military who die on active duty and veterans who have drawn their last breaths.

One Eighty Church Ride- Springville, Alabama… Written by: “Fuzzy"

February 1, 2019

Well it’s been 8 years since I've been on a bike. Way to long. But Dec 29, finally, I was able to get another bike and get back to riding once again.

Breakfast With Santa and the Zoo Run for Children's "Stars" at Chic-Fil-A in Leeds, Alabama

January 1, 2019

  On Saturday December the 8th, 2018, Cycle Connections teamed up with Chic-Fil-A in Leeds Alabama to bring breakfast with Santa to the "Stars" of the Zoo Run Safari for Children's event from September.

2018-Eldridge Toy Run

December 31, 2018

Way back in 1897, Eldridge Baptist Academy was born, by 1948 it became the Eldridge Children's Home in order to provide refuge to children in need of a safe, secure, loving place to live.

  In 2003, Johnny Northington had a vision and with the leadership of Phil Frye, they began an annual benefit for the home that would include motorcycle and antique car enthusiasts who also were interested in supporting this ministry in the form of a "Toy Run" that would take place on the first Saturday of December.

Zoo Run Safari for Children's Bike Show/Raffle/Auction

December 1, 2018

On Saturday, November the 3rd, 2018, the American Legion Post # 107 in Leeds Alabama, along with Cycle Connections, hosted the inaugural "Zoo Run for Children's" Bike Show/ Raffle/ Auction, benefiting Children's of Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer & Blood Disorders.

The Strange Case of the Yamaha Seca Corn Popper By: Gary Ilminen Courtesy of: www.ultimatemotorcycling.com

November 1, 2018

Motorcycle Tales

When you think of one of those hot air corn poppers, one with a four-cylinder double overhead cam mill attached probably doesn’t come to mind.

2019 Breakfast with Santa and the Zoo Run Safari for Children's Stars

January 1, 2020

  This year's Breakfast with Santa had another visitor, and unlike last year, it wasn't the rain! Larry Moore, better known as the Magic Man, joined us to do some balloon creations for the kids, and the Chic-Fil-A cow was also there to entertain the kids, he even hung out with Santa.

The Eldridge Children's Home Toy Run with the “Gintown Lowlife Society”

January 1, 2020

  The Eldridge Children's Home run is always done on the first Saturday of December and for 9 year's now, the Gintown Lowlife Society has happily participated and generally just made a day out of it, starting at the Club House with breakfast. They also do a "Mayor's Run" that they take the proceeds from along with tips collected throughout the year, and take a substantial donation with them. They never know just how much they will be taking with them until the week before the ride when the council members get together and count all the proceeds and go to the bank for a cashiers check.

Letter to the Readers

January 1, 2020

  Wow! It’s hard it’s hard to believe that we’re already starting another year!

2019 had its ups and downs, that's for sure. The highlight for us had to be the Zoo Run Safari for Children’s event. We had more Star families this year and hope to increase that again in 2020.

 

We’ve once again, been happy to have all of you on board with us. We enjoyed sharing stories and adventures with you and having some of you share your adventures with all of us!

 

We appreciate each and everyone of you and hope that you all have a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year and that you will continue to share your adventures with us!.

Footnote:

We’re very grateful to our Graphics Artist and friend, Lisa Bonta, for continuing to bring us some awesome covers and event fliers, and just generally grateful for your friendship girl, that goes way beyond all that!!!

H.D News Corner

January 1, 2020

HARLEY-DAVIDSON 2020 FACTORY FLAT TRACK TEAM ANNOUNCED  

Ricky Howerton Named Crew Chief of Three-Rider Super Twins Team with Riders Bryan Smith, Jared Vanderkooi and Dalton Gauthier  

MILWAUKEE (December 5, 2019) – The Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Racing Team will add former champions Ricky Howerton and Bryan Smith to its effort on the 2020 American Flat Track (AFT) SuperTwins series. Howerton will lead the team as crew chief, responsible for all technical aspects of tuning and set-up of the Harley-Davidson® XG750R competition motorcycles prepared by partner Vance & Hines Motorsports. Smith, the 2016 AMA Grand National flat track champion, brings veteran leadership to a talented team of riders including Jared Vanderkooi and Dalton Gauthier.

On The Cover: January, 2020

2020 January CoverHope you all have a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!!

Wishing You Fun, Safe Adventures, And Invite You To Share Them with Us!

Cover Design By: Lisa Bonta

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