Rides, Rallies and Events Recap
Stripe

Stripe

Photojournalist/Account Representative - Kansas City, MO

Dave Baxter, a.k.a. Stripe joined our staff in December, 2003, as a photojournalist. If that road name sounds familiar, you may have seen his photos on the pages of such publications as American Iron, V Twin, VQ, In the Wind, and Easyriders. Stripe attends as many rallies, bike shows, and charity runs as he can and is a major contributor of photos and articles to our magazine. His first assignment was our January, 2004, cover photo, where he snapped the awesome photo of a 1958 Harley-Davidson Duo Glide. A rider since the age of 14, he loves to help and encourage new riders. Stripe enjoys meeting new people and looks forward to catching many of our readers in the viewfinder of his digital camera. Contact Stripe at stripe@cycleconnections.com 

Every year around Halloween time, Sparks America Campground plays host to a huge Halloween Biker Bash. This year’s event happened on the weekend of October 20 through 23. It was cold and wet as I left the Kansas City area behind and headed for Sparks, Oklahoma, where the weather was, thankfully, warmer and dry. When I arrived, I learned that in addition to all of the usual biker events there would also be a wedding. Friday evening, Jessie and James would be married on the Sparks America stage. Jessie is the daughter of Willy and Bambi who are well known and loved by all of the Sparks regulars.

Again this year, Kansas City is proud to be the home of the nation’s top Bikers for Babies® event with over $600,000 raised for March of Dimes and more than 4,000 attendees including 3,300 who registered to ride. Beginning in 1995 with 130 riders and $3,000 raised, the RIDE has become the top one-day charity ride in the nation year after year. The September 18 RIDE began and ended in the infield at Kansas Speedway for the 16th consecutive year. It’s a perfect venue for a huge event like this one!  

On September 23 and 24, the Heartland Police Motorcycle Challenge was held at Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Grandview, Missouri. On Friday, the competitors were able to familiarize themselves with the layout of the course and make some practice runs. The partner barrel race competition that is usually a part of the Friday agenda was not held this year.

Thousands of motorcyclists converged on Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Grandview on Saturday, September 10, 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, pre-registration for the Bikers for Babies RIDE, and displays of Grandview emergency services vehicles as well as vintage and current military vehicles. Visitors to Gail’s enjoyed live music from School of Rock, The Suburbans and Hudson Drive. At about 2:30 p.m., jumpers from Skydive Kansas City parachuted into the grassy area behind the dealership with John Hall flying the beautiful Stars and Stripes between his rig’s risers.

Gates opened at noon on Friday, September 2, for the 41st Annual A.B.A.T.E. of Kansas Labor Day Rally at Lake Perry’s Paradise Point area. The area is located on the east side of the lake far to the north and provides a perfect location with acres of shaded camping. Admission for the weekend was $50 for non-members, $30 for A.B.A.T.E./M.R.O. members, plus $30 for RV’s/Campers/ATV’s. Discounts were offered for active military. At the registration tent there were separate lines for those who had pre-registered and those who had not. Everyone received a packet including a rally booklet, pin, and a trash bag to help keep the area neat. The booklet contained maps, event schedules, and much more useful information about the rally as well as some advertising from sponsors.

August 28, 2016

Sturgis 2016 - Racing

Competitive motorcycle events have always been a part of the annual Sturgis Rally. The man recognized as the father of the Black Hills Rally was Clarence “Pappy” Hoel who owned an Indian Motorcycle dealership in Sturgis and was one of the founding members of the Jackpine Gypsies club in 1936. The Gypsies’ first event was a motorcycle race with nine competitors and a small audience. From that humble beginning grew an annual rally with attendance ranging from 400,000 and 600,000 each year. Motorcycle competition is still featured at the rally with moto-X, drag racing, hill climbs, ½-mile flat track, short track, and rodeo. This year, my agenda included Monday’s amateur hill climb at the Jackpine Gypsies’ Clubgrounds, the A.M.A. Pro Half-mile Flat Track races at Sturgis, Gypsies’ Short Track (rained out), and the Pappy Hoel Classic Vintage Half-mile races also at Sturgis.    

This year’s Sturgis trip seemed very strange due to the absence of several friends who would be staying home due to various circumstances. Included among them were Editor Mike and Nichole. They were missed by all, but we managed to have a fun trip anyway. The Road Trippin’ to Sturgis article is normally Mike’s work, but I’m doing my best to cover for him while still providing coverage of some racing events at the 76th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Plenty of awards are handed out every year at Bike Week Oklahoma.  The lovely awards presenter was the reigning Miss Sparks America, "Breezy" Morrison.  Our apologies to any we missed with so much activity going on.  Here is a list of the bike show awards for the second weekend.

Each summer bikers from all over convene at Sparks America Campground near the small town of Sparks for Oklahoma Bike Week. The dates for this year’s event were June 16 through 26. Bike Week always features live music on stage every night, bike shows and Woody’s auction of chainsaw artworks and furniture on both Saturdays, and plenty of bike games and people games. Various nights during the week have themes such as Gangster Night, Redneck/White Trash Party, Sports Night, Cartoon Character Night, Roaring 20’s, Movie Star Night, Naughty School Girls, and Freakers’ Ball.

Following the 2016 event, the Consolver family posted the following notification that there will be one more official Ride for Ryan in 2017.

“A Final Farewell:

It’s been a great 14 years. A tragedy turned into a celebration, community event, and fundraiser to help so many. For those who do not know, Ryan Consolver was 24 years old when he had a tragic motorcycle accident in K.C. The dreaded knock on the door came as his family was getting ready for Church. Plans were to later that day have their annual family reunion. Plans changed. God had something different in mind. That day, August 11, 2002, changed so many lives forever. Change isn’t always bad, and a lot of times can be good. The process and adjustment is hard. There have been many, many good things happen. The idea of the ride came during a discussion of wanting to do something for Ryan’s birthday in June. He loved motorcycles; he loved parties; and what better way to honor him than by doing a memory ride. The first ride was an organized cluster.   Who knew it would have resulted in 301 people coming? One scholarship was awarded.

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