Motorcycle Clubs and Groups

Motorcycle Clubs and Groups

Iron Horsemen - Sedalia, Missouri

July 31, 2005
In 1959 a group of riders in Sedalia, Missouri, decided to form a club based on their shared enthusiasm for the sport of motorcycling. That club, known as the Iron Horsemen, M.C. is still going strong today. I had the privilege of meeting a number of the members at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia at a motorcycle field meet sponsored by the club on July 30. Jeff Arnwine, the “Little General” was the coordinator the the event, but found time to provide some information about the Iron Horsemen.The club has about 60 members most of whom live within a…

Gardner Lions Pride Riders Motorcycle Club

May 31, 2005
The stigma associated with people who ride motorcycles isn’t what it used to be—it’s better! So much better, in fact, that Gardner Mayor Carol Lehman welcomed a recently formed motorcycle club during an official swearing-in ceremony on May 21 in the commons at Wheatridge Middle School. “I look around and see so many people who are already involved in the community,” she said prior to the start of the ceremony. “The Gardner Lions have done so much for this community. It’s so good to see them form this motorcycle club.” And with that, the official “biker dinner” to charter the…

Zodiacs Chapter of Greater Kansas City

April 30, 2005
The Zodiacs club of greater Kansas City was established on Aug 27, 1973. Wilbert Neil is the oldest original founding member of this club. They are not just a club who rides together; they are a Non for profit organization that is currently the oldest African-American motorcycle club in Kansas City. Since moving to Kansas City, I have been introduced to a several members of this club, and I am very impressed with the attitude of all the members. They focus on the importance of keeping the peace, and stress the importance to younger riders not to street race. When…

Freedom of Road Riders, Inc.

March 31, 2005
Freedom of Road Riders, Inc. (FORR) is Missouri’s largest motorcycle rights organization, whose main purpose is to guard the rights of all motorcyclists; to keep you informed of laws that will help or hinder you as motorcyclists; and to promote safety, brotherhood and freedom for all motorcyclists. FORR is not a club, but rather a not-for-profit organization made up of motorcyclists from all walks of life, who ride all types of motorcycles and with all sorts of interests. It doesn’t matter if your interests are centered on legislative activities, motorcycle shows, charity events, or motorcycle rallies; FORR has something for…

Ararat Cycles Shrine Club

February 28, 2005
While gathering information for my June, 2004 article about the Ararat Motor Corps motorcycle drill team, I learned that the Shrine also includes a motorcycle club called Ararat Cycles. One of the club members, Ben Kenney, provided me with information about the group. CC: Who are the present officers? Ben: Ron Facklam is President, William Boynton is Vice President, Paul Brewer is Secretary, and Dan Gilliam is Membership Chairman. CC: When and where are club meetings held? Ben: Meetings are on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Ararat Shrine Temple in Kansas City, Missouri. CC:…

Cycle Disciples M/C - Kansas City Chapter

January 31, 2005
One would expect a club with M/C in its name to be motorcycle-centered. There is no doubt that the members of this club love motorcycling, but the heart of this group is their shared love of Jesus and their desire to minister and witness to others. The Cycle Disciples M/C Kansas City Chapter started as part of the St. Joseph, Missouri Chapter and began independent operation on March 21, 2001. Since October 26, 2001, the chapter has been incorporated in Missouri as a not-for-profit corporation. Nationally, the Cycle Disciples club began informally in Whittier, California, in 1993 and was officially…

The American Motorcyclist Association – Rights, Riding, Racing

December 31, 2004
The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), with more than 265,000 members, has an unparalleled history of pursuing, protecting and promoting the interests of the world's largest and most dedicated group of motorcycle enthusiasts. The AMA was founded in 1924, and exists to further the interests of American motorcyclists, while serving the needs of its members. The AMA is the premier defender of motorcyclists’ rights in the United States. The work of the AMA Government Relations Department extends beyond AMA members to all motorcyclists. Staff members seek out bad laws and anti-motorcycling discrimination at the local, state, federal and corporate level. When…

Khrome Cowgirls 1st Birthday Party

November 30, 2004
On Saturday, November 13, the Khrome Cowgirls of Kansas City Chapter of Women in the Wind (WITW) celebrated their 1st birthday party at Drafters Bar & Grill in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Since this year also happens to mark the 25th Anniversary of the National Organization of WITW, there was even more reason to party (like these women really need a reason)! Margaret and I arrived about 6:30 p.m., and as we approached the entrance to the bar, we were pleasantly surprised (but not shocked) to see that our friend, Lisa Brenek, one of the original founders and former President…

KC's Most Wanted

October 31, 2004
New Page 1I met Mike Hysom at the Soul Brothers drags fourth of July weekend at KCIR. Mike is the Team Manager and one of the performers with the Kansas City based stunt team, KC’s Most Wanted. I was standing out in the middle of the drag strip when all of a sudden these sport bikes start doing all these amazing tricks around me. Not knowing what was going on, I just started shooting photos thinking these guys had crashed the drags and were just showing off. After taking some photos and noticing that no one was doing anything to…

Circle of Pride Motorcycle Club

September 30, 2004
The Circle of Pride Motorcycle Club (MC) originated in the basement of the Rajun Cajun strip club in Muscatine, Iowa, in the fall of 1990. As “Possum” enjoyed the ambience of the club and swapped stories with a few biker friends, he hatched the idea of forming a motorcycle club. The group agreed on a set of rules and by-laws, and the Circle of Pride MC was born. The club is dedicated to sharing the freedom of the road and the biker lifestyle. They uphold the ideals of brotherhood, trust, and American pride. The organization is charitable and raises funds…

ABATE of Kansas, Inc., District 5

July 31, 2004
People ride for different reasons. People ride different makes of machines. Some want to wear helmets, some don’t. There are riders who like protective gear with armor. Others like the feel of jeans and leather. And when motorcyclists are on the road during the heat of the summer, or sitting in their front rooms while their bikes have been put away for the winter, there’s someone watching out for them to make sure their riding choices are not impeded. It’s not an angel, per say, but an ABATE lobbyist. ABATE? Never heard of it? Think of it as the ACLU…

Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) – Kansas City, Missouri Chapter

July 30, 2004
On Thursday, July 15th, I had a chance to meet with Bravo, President of the Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) Kansas City, Missouri Chapter to find out more about this wonderful organization. B.A.C.A.’s mission is to create a safer environment for abused children and to help eliminate their fear of further abuse by including the child in their organization. B.A.C.A. members are always at the ready, and their hotline is only a phone call away, which guarantees a quick response to whatever these kids need. They work close with local and state officials, police, and the Division of Family Services,…

Kansas City Ruff Ryders Motorcycle Club

June 30, 2004
The first time I met the Kansas City Chapter of Ruff Ryders, was on Thursday evening, June 24th at a Paddy O’Quigley’s bike night in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Their club patch is very unique, which made it easy to pick them out of the crowd. Most of the members I met that night rode really nice sport bikes, such as Chapter President, Ray “Sug” Caliman’s beautiful 2001 Yamaha R1. Ray took the time to introduce me to several members and told me a little about their unique organization. As it turns out, the Ruff Ryders Motorcycle Club is a national…

Ararat Motor Corps - Helping Kids & Having Fun

May 31, 2004
Front: Stan, 2nd Row L-R: Jim & Rod, 3rd Row L-R: Troy, Jeff & Greg, 4th Row L-R: Don & Doug, Back: Len No discussion of motorcycle drill teams would be complete without mention of the Shriners. For years, anyone who has watched these riders perform in exhibitions or competition or has seen them in parades has been amazed at their skill and precision. I’d like to begin with a few words about Shriners, as an organization, then focus on the Ararat Motor Corps. Shriners belong to the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, an international…

ABATE of Oklahoma - NW# 69 Chapter

April 30, 2004
ABATE is an acronym for A Brotherhood Aiming Toward Education. According to the state web site, ABATE is a motorcyclists’ rights organization dedicated to preserving individual freedom and promoting safety. ABATE is not a club, but is a non-profit organization which supports rider training as well as safety and educational programs. ABATE welcomes all riders regardless of the make of their motorcycles. There is no probationary period for new members. The organization becomes involved in the political process to support legislation favorable to motorcyclists and protecting their rights. Many states have ABATE organizations or similar organization such as Missouri’s Freedom…

Central Midwest Chapter Harley Owners Group

March 31, 2004
Interviewing motorcycle clubs is always interesting, as each has their own story. Most are formed to share friendships, goals and commonalities like bikes, riding styles and support causes. They tend to start as a small club, with some eventually expanding to multiple Chapters throughout the United States, even a few crossing international borders. Over the past 10-12 years, motorcycle ownership has become very popular, which has naturally increased the number of riders and the need for more clubs. In each major metropolitan area, you’ll find clubs vary in membership size and diversity. The variance in these clubs allows each rider…

American Heartland - Kansas City Chapter Harley Owners Group

February 29, 2004
The American Heartland – Kansas City Chapter Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) is one of three within the Kansas City area. It is the newest Chapter, with their first meeting being held March 12, 2003, with 277 prospective riders and members. One of their goals were to have at least 1,000 members by the end of March 2004, which would put them in the H.O.G history books as the fastest growing new Chapter. They made it! You still have until the end of March to join and be part of H.O.G. history and become a Charter member.I was able to interview…

Proud to be Diverse - Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts (HoAME)

January 31, 2004
One night while I was out with a few coworkers enjoying an extended happy hour in the backroom at McBride’s Irish Pub in Overland Park, we were informed by the waitress that a motorcycle club was scheduled to hold their monthly meeting that night. As we moved out of the backroom, my coworkers looked at me for an explanation, as they know I ride and live in the area. Since I had no clue which club was meeting there, I decided to stay and find out. As various men and women trickled in, I struck up a conversation with some…

Women in the Wind - Khrome Cowgirls of KC

December 31, 2003
Hey riding divas! If you’re looking for an all-female, WOMEN ONLY riding club, check out Women in the Wind (WITW), which has a new chapter right here in Kansas City! I met with Lisa Brenek, club President, to get the scoop on this new chapter.As it turns out, Lisa met a gal in August at Union Station during the Thunder in the Heartland event, who had a Women in the Wind patch on her jacket. They became fast friends and met up again in Milwaukee, WI for the Harley-Davidson 100 Year Anniversary Party. After returning home, Lisa went online and…

Greater Kansas City H.O.G. Chapter

November 30, 2003
With over 2,300 members, the Greater Kansas City Harley Owner’s Group (H.O.G.) is the largest H.O.G. chapter in the Midwest. There are currently over 750,000 H.O.G. members world-wide and membership continues to grow. Blue Springs Harley-Davidson and Worth Harley-Davidson North work together to sponsor this active group and provides a monthly meeting location that rotates between the two stores. Chapter Director, Pat Honn, and the other chapter officers go out of their way to make all new and current members feel welcome, and to ensure that everyone has a fun and safe riding experience on all chapter rides and events.…
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