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Ride to 2018 Thunder in the Smokies Motorcycle Rally By: Donna & David Leemon- Argo, Alabama

May 22, 2018
David and I, along with our son, Matt and good friends, Brenda and Michael Strickland, left Argo, Alabama on May 3, 2018 heading to Maggie Valley, North Carolina to attend the 2018 Thunder in the Smokies Motorcycle Rally.  It was the perfect morning to be heading to the mountains.  Our first stop was at White Lightning Harley Davidson dealership in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  We always stop at as many of the local HD dealers as possible during our travels.  Leaving Chattanooga we headed north to Cleveland, Tennessee and on through the beautiful scenic winding roads along the Ocoee River.  This is…

The 12 Best Touring Motorcycles For The Wide Open Road –By: Octavia Drughi BookMotorcycleTours.com

April 24, 2018
  While it’s true that just about any motorcycle can be taken out of the city and into the wide open road, touring bikes do have their perks. They make long road trips much more comfortable and safe, whilst your street bike might leave your muscles cramped and your whole body burned-out.    Most people who own a motorbike use it for road trips, which is one of the main reasons why motorcycle touring has been gaining so much popularity over the past years. There are many choices out there, with plenty of key features that will help you get the most…

April Showers Brings Horsepower

April 24, 2018
April Showers Brings Horsepower

2018 Miracle League Ride, Moody, Alabama

April 24, 2018
We woke Saturday morning, March the 24th, 2018, to an absolutely beautiful day for riding. There was one stop we needed to make along the way, then it was off to the Moody Ball Park to meet up with the ride that Larry Hardeman had pulled together along with support from several of the clubs like the CMA, the Saints and the Veterans Brotherhood, just to name a few. This ride was to benefit the Moody Miracle League, where they believe that “Every Player Deserves a Chance To Play Ball”

Wisconsin: Winter Wonderland for Motorcyclists By Gary Ilminen March 9,2018 Reprinted by permission, Ultimate Motorcycling

March 30, 2018
Wisconsin has been called the Winter Wonderland. With good reason; you have to wonder what will happen next. In recent years, the weather has been more than a little unexpected at times, leaving us to wonder. Of course, we have long used the old saying, “Don’t like the weather? Wait five minutes—it’ll change.”

Alabama Speed Club Wheels and Wings Show at Hooters in Trussville, Alabama

March 15, 2018
On Saturday March the 3rd, Ash and Nick with the Alabama Speed Club brought out one of the first outdoor shows of the 2018 season at Hooters in Trussville, Alabama. We brought Harley Jane (our bulldog) so we could show off my Harley while Leigh was showing off his. She draws almost as much attention as the bike does!

The Best Countries for Motorcycle Road Trips- Written By: Cris Puscas

March 14, 2018
“People don’t take trips, trips take people.” – John Steinbeck  The endless road in front of you, the stunning scenery on each side, wind in your hair; that’s what motorcycle road trips are all about! 

Motorcycling in Vietnam: 6 Thrilling Road Trips to Add To Your Bucket List

February 28, 2018
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2018 Birmingham World of Wheels

February 17, 2018
The World of Wheels show, sponsored by O’Reilly Auto Parts, rolled into Birmingham, Alabama on Friday February the 9th, 2018, well actually, the party started the Thursday before for those who had some beauties to show off, as that was the “move in day” for all of them, and that always creates quite a buzz of excitement, and after hours-PARTY TIME! There was no shortage this year of really awesome vehicles and bikes to tickle everyone’s fancy!

2018 World of Wheels Tennessee

January 22, 2018
January 5th thru the 7th, 2018 COMPETITION: The 50th Annual Chattanooga O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels Custom Auto Show, is produced by MotorSports Productions, Inc. The specialty vehicles coming to this year’s show include Hot rods, Race Cars, Custom Imports, Antique and Classic Cars, and Motorcycles PLUS Special Feature cars.

Barber Vintage Festival, Birmingham, Alabama

December 29, 2017
   On October the 13th, 2017, The Barber Motorsports Park hosted the 13th annual Vintage Festival, filled with Road Racing, Cross Country Trails Motocross, Thrill Shows, Fan Zone and one of the biggest, Best Swap Meets in the country.

2017 Ride for Kids - Birmingham, Alabama

November 29, 2017
On Sunday, September 24, 2017, we were greeted with absolutely beautiful weather as God once again bestowed his blessings on the Ride for Kids ride at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.  

2017 Sparks America Halloween Bash - Sparks, Oklahoma

November 25, 2017
Around Halloween time every year, Sparks America Campground plays host to a huge Halloween Biker Bash. The dates for the 2017 event were October 19 through 22.  Travel weather was good on Thursday, and I arrived in time to get my tent set up before dark and head over to the playground where karaoke singers provided the evening entertainment. 

16th Annual 9-11 Tribute Ride and Rally - Grandview, Missouri

November 22, 2017
Thousands of motorcyclists gathered at Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Grandview on Saturday, September 9, to honor the memory of the nearly 3,000 people who were killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and to show appreciation for veterans and active military, police, and emergency services personnel. The rally started at 9:00 a.m. and featured vendors, children’s activities, and displays of Grandview emergency services vehicles.  Missing this year were the military vehicles due to their deployment to assist with hurricane relief. Visitors to Gail’s enjoyed live music from Mojo Saint. Jumpers from Skydive Kansas City parachuted into the grassy area…

2017 Sparks America Halloween Bash Award Winners - Sparks, Oklahoma

November 22, 2017
Very nice plaques were awarded to the winners of all of the bike show classes and all of the games winners at the Sparks America Halloween Bash..  Lacee Smith from Kearney, Oklahoma, was selected for the honor of Miss Sparks America,  A list of bike show award winners follows:

2017 Geezers and Wheezers Classic Motorcycle Show – Blue Springs, Missouri

October 31, 2017
On Saturday, September 30, 2017, Stripe, JO, Nichole, Skye, and I walked out the gate from our backyard and down the street to Dell’s Powersports (DPS) for their annual Geezers and Wheezers Classic Motorcycle Show. We normally ride to most of the bike shows we cover; however, it was kind of nice for a change to walk there from home in my shorts and sandals.

11th Annual “Mad Dog” Memorial Ride – Birmingham, Alabama

October 31, 2017
We woke up Sunday morning, August 13, to an absolutely beautiful day for a ride! That in itself was a pleasant surprise, because this summer’s weather has been like Forest Gump’s box of chocolates.

8th Annual Joshua Berry Ride for the Burkett Center - Morris, Alabama

October 31, 2017
It was an absolutely beautiful day as bikes started rolling into Riders Harley-Davidson in Trussville, Alabama for registration to the Burkett Center Ride.

42nd Annual ABATE of Kansas Labor Day Rally - Lake Perry, Kansas

October 25, 2017
Every year during the Labor Day weekend, Lake Perry’s Paradise Point becomes Kansas’ center of motorcycle activities.  Rally gates opened at noon on Friday, September 1.  Admission was $30 for members of A.B.A.T.E. and other motorcycle rights organizations.  Non-member’s paid $50, and a Sunday only pass was $20.  Active and retired military discount was $10.  Bands on the schedule for Friday were Mike Powers Trio, Double Vision, and Eleven After.

33rd Annual A.B.A.T.E. of Iowa Freedom Rally - Algona, Iowa

October 23, 2017
The 33rd Annual A.B.A.T.E. of Iowa Freedom Rally took place at Freedom Park near Algona, Iowa, on June 29 and 30 and July 1.  Thursday was my travel day and a great day to be on a motorcycle.  I had missed this rally for the last few years due to schedule conflicts and was really excited to be back.