2015 Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS Rally

Our August 2015 cover bike is a 2015 Aprilia Caponord 1200 Rally, which is available at Reno's Powersports KC in Kansas City, Missouri. This month's cover model is Stephanie from Grain Valley, Missouri. Scroll down to check out this month's articles and for more details on our cover bike and model.



In This Issue

Behind the Scenes with Stephanie

July 29, 2015

Our August 2015 cover model is Stephanie from Grain Valley, Missouri. She is a makeup artist and project manager, and told us her ambitions include making music for video games, owning a Holistic/Med Spa, and doing makeup for New York Fashion Week. Stephanie’s hobbies include makeup artistry, writing, singing, playing music, dancing, and yoga.

Video: Behind the Scenes at our August 2015 Cycle Connections Cover Shoot

July 29, 2015

For this month's issue, we invite you to take a look behind the scenes at our August 2015 Cover Shoot video, which follows cover model Stephanie through her photo shoot and interview, and make sure to check out the specs and additional photos of the 2015 Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS Rally!  

Photos by Dick Carlson with Carlson Digital Photography

Video by Doc Lonnie Blum with Explorer Photography, and video editing by Randall “Sea Hawk” Hauk with Sea Hawk Media Productions

2015 Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS Rally

July 30, 2015

Our August 2015 cover bike is from Reno’s Powersports KC. We enjoyed shooting cover model Stephanie on this unique motorcycle, and we’re sure you’ll also enjoy this month’s behind the scenes photos and video from our cover shoot!

Bike Week Oklahoma 2015 at Sparks America, Sparks, Oklahoma

July 26, 2015

For a week every summer Sparks America Campground near the tiny town of Sparks hosts Bike Week Oklahoma. The dates for this year’s event were June 18 through 28. Bike Week always features live music on stage every night, bike shows and Woody’s auction of chainsaw artworks and furniture for charity on both Saturdays, and lots of bike games and people games. Various nights during the week have themes such as Super Hero, Cowboys & Indians, Honor the Troops, ‘50s Sock Hop, Roaring ‘20s, College Teams, and Naughty School Girls.

Bike Week Oklahoma 2015 Awards Photos, Sparks, Oklahoma

July 26, 2015


There are so many contests and so many awards that I am sure I missed photographing a few of the presentations. Congrats to all the winners and apologies to those omitted here.


26th Annual Bikers With a Mission Ride for the Homeless-Kansas City, Missouri

July 28, 2015

Every year, the Bikers with a Mission Ride raises funds for the City Union Mission. The contributions are used to assist Mission clients with needs over and above what the Mission typically budgets for, including utility assistance, bus tokens, baby formula, prescriptions, dental, medical care, eyeglasses and much more. Saturday, July 11, was the date for this year’s ride which began at Worth Harley-Davidson. Registration began at noon with participants contributing $35 per rider and $30 per passenger. Those who registered on line got a $5 discount. Nearly 200 riders registered. Kurzweils’ Country Meats served a delicious barbeque lunch while musical entertainment was provided by the KC Biker Band. Prior to the program, bidding was open for a long list of silent auction items including a motorcycle jacket; Chiefs vs Titans football tickets; Ready to Ride basket; Eric Hosmer batting helmet; Billy Butler helmet; G.P.S. for motorcycle; Gold baseball; portraits of current and former Kansas City Royals players Jeremy Guthrie, Aaron Crow, and Wade Davis; William Miller amber stag knife; Scala Rider G4 Bluetooth; picnic basket; and various T-Bones baseball tickets.

AMA Superbike Racing Returns to Alabama

July 29, 2015

On September 4, 2014 it became official: The KRAVE Group, led by three-time 500cc World Champion Wayne Rainey, had taken over the promotional and management rights for AMA Road Racing in North America, through it’s newly formed MotoAmerica Series. Then, just over seven months later, the series made its debut at Circuit of the Americas in conjunction with the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas. Now it readies for its fifth round at Barbers Motorsports Park in Leeds, Alabama.

Lane Splitting

July 29, 2015

California has been the only state that allows lane splitting. While there is no specific law addressing lane splitting one way or another, police were allowed to use their discretion in whether to issue tickets for the maneuver.

August Tidbits

July 29, 2015

Women Riders in India

India is jumping on the “women should be riding” bandwagon. Recent articles and blogs are touting reasons why more Indian woman should be on motorcycles. Some of the reasons listed in IDiva, an online Indian news site for women, include:

Mandy White and Her 1996 Harley-Davidson Low Rider

July 29, 2015

Aside from the blond hair, you may recognize this month’s featured rider as Mandy White, who was our May 2010 and March 2014 cover model. Over the years, Mandy has also helped work the Cycle Connections booth at numerous motorcycle events.


More Events


More News