Writer's Ramblings

Best Wishes for the New Year from Alabama

Written by  January 31, 2007

It’s the start of a new year and we are already excited about what 2007 has in store for us.
One of the advantages of living in parts of the south, like Alabama, is that we have many good riding days, even in the winter. We have definitely had our share of warm riding days so far this winter, so it makes it very easy to transition into planning events as well as planning to attend events, starting in the spring.

It does make it a little hard on the bike shops looking to have bikes coming in to get serviced and geared up for the ride season to come, not to mention the do-it-yourselfers who have the same thing in mind, only doing the work themselves, when it’s just so pretty out you don’t want to be caught with your bike down when the call of the wild hits you.

We are already working with Marc and Augie at Lightning Strikes to set up Alabama’s best,
“Off the hook” jammin’ bike night, every Friday night starting April 6, 2007. Coors Light will still be our official beer of bike night as well as the sponsor of the monthly bike shows. Adamson Ford, home of the Harley-Davidson truck, has joined our marketing family, and will be the presenting sponsor for the 2007 season. Scruggs Trailer & Equipment is another of our new sponsors, and we are very happy to welcome them both on board. And of course, Leigh and I will be there for Cycle Connections as the founding sponsor, which we are very proud of.

We also have many of our other sponsors from last year returning this year, like Bessie’s Cycle Barn, American Cycle Centers, American Classic Cycle and the Leather Lady. Our best bands have already started booking their nights. We already have “Latest Rumor” & “4th & One” set for all of their Friday night appearances, and the rest are filling in with the help of our presenting sponsor, Adamson Ford. We have already had people contacting us from up north, inquiring about the bike night and making their plans to head down here. Have you made your plans to come down, over, or up yet? Holler at us! We look forward to having you.

Also new for 2007, two brand spanking new motorcycle resorts have opened in Alabama. One is a little north of Birmingham (the Southern Eagle); the other is a little south of Birmingham (Indian Hills). So we will have a lot of fun checking those out for ya! We’ll let you know.

This year the Alabama state H.O.G Rally is coming back to Birmingham; well actually Pelham.
It will be a lot of fun having our two favorite Harley shops involved, Riders and Heart of Dixie. That means there will be a weekend of partying between the two. They both got together and threw one hell of a good New Year’s Eve party. The band 4th & One had been booked to play for us, which everyone loved. They packed the house, and that’s a pretty big house to pack! The place looked awesome! Leigh and I brought around seventeen 2007 champagne glasses and the engraver. I had engraved our names on the base of our glasses, and had figured I might do the same for the people who got the other glasses from us when we got there. I started with Bill and Tim Peek and Tim’s wife Sally. After that, I was off to the back to engrave glasses, not just the ones we brought, but many that other people had brought as well. It was a lot of fun. Everyone knew this was going to be one of those parties you didn’t really want to drive home from, so that explains why there was no room left in the Inn at the bottom of the hill!
They had even set a special room rate for the bikers. We threatened to go crash in on a few of them, but of course we didn’t. Damn good party! I will leave you with some pictures of that night.

We would like to thank all of you from all over for taking the time to read Cycle Connections and hope you will continue to do so! Continue to tell your friends, and please continue to submit information to us from your neck of the woods.

May each and every one of you have a safe, healthy and prosperous 2007! Hope to see you down the road!

Write-On and Ride-On
Story and photos by Lynn Reynolds and
Leigh Lilly - Birmingham, Alabama