Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

20th Annual Bikers for Babies® RIDE - Kansas City, Kansas

October 29, 2014
Kansas City is the home of the nation’s number one Bikers for Babies® fundraiser. Starting in 1995 with 130 riders and $3,000 raised, the event has seen phenomenal growth. The 20th annual RIDE attracted more than 5,200 riders and approximately an additional 1,000 people to Kansas Speedway with donations of more than $800,000 bringing the total raised to over $7.7 million. This year’s amount included $100,000 each from the NASCAR Foundation and Kansas Speedway resulting from Don Post’s selection as the winner of the Betty Jane France Humanitarian of the Year Award in December, 2013, and an additional $20,000 donated…

Valley Cycle Association End of Summer Run - Exeter, California

October 29, 2014
The Valley Cycle Association (VCA) End of Summer Run took place on September 27, 2014 in Exeter California. Bikers from VCA, 5 Diamonds MC, Kinfolk MC, Ninety 9 Saints MC, Sinnister MC, B.A.C.A. Bakersfield Chapter, and other riders showed up to support the run.

2014 Ride for Kids - Birmingham, Alabama

October 29, 2014
It was a beautiful, bright, crisp Sunday morning on September the 21, 2014, as hundreds of bikes rolled into the Barber Motorsports Park in anticipation of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundations “Ride for Kids” event in Alabama.

2014 Heartland Police Motorcycle Challenge - Grandview, Missouri

October 17, 2014
On September 19 and 20, Gail’s Harley-Davidson hosted the Heartland Police Motorcycle Challenge for 2014. Twenty-six riders from 12 different law enforcement agencies registered for the event. The maze of cones marking the course was set up in the parking lot directly behind the dealership rather than using the lower lot which would have been farther from restrooms and less convenient for spectators. Having less available space than past locations, the course was more compact and therefore more challenging for the competitors. Practice was conducted on Friday, and the competition took place on Saturday.

2014 Missouri Patriot Express Dice Run - Kansas City, Missouri

September 30, 2014
On Sunday, August 24, 2014 riders gathered at The Brass Rail Sports Bar, Restaurant, & Pool Hall in Kansas City, Missouri, for the 2014 Missouri Patriot Express Dice Run to raise money for Fisher House and Operation Military Embrace, a non-profit organization providing assistance to military families during hospitalization, illness, or injury.

Blues, Booze and Bar “B” Que - Kansas City, Missouri

September 30, 2014
The 1st Annual Blues, Booze and Bar “B” Que took place from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday September 6, 2014 at the Ararat Shrine Temple in Kansas City, Missouri, which is located at 5100 Ararat Drive, Kansas City, Missouri 64129. This festive event was a fundraiser for the Ararat Shriners General Fund, and for only $25, you were treated to a delicious menu that included brisket, turkey, pulled pork, sausage, BBQ beans, slaw, and corn on the cob. Beer, soft drinks, tea and water were included, and there was a cash bar for those wished to enjoy a mixed drink.

Scout's First Run - Olathe, Kansas

September 30, 2014
On Thursday, September 18, 2014, from 2-6 p.m., Indian Motorcycle Kansas City invited Indian motorcycle enthusiast and tire kickers back to their dealership once again for an event entitled Scout’s First Run. When Stripe and I pulled into the dealership, the first thing that caught your eye, was a shiny black Indian SUV attached to a shiny red trailer with an image of a red Indian Scout on the sides, and huge lettering on the back and sides that read “INTRODUCING THE 2015 INDIAN SCOUT - NOTHING ELSE.” As you can see in the photo below, the image of the…

13th Annual 9-11 Tribute Ride and Rally – Grandview, Missouri

September 27, 2014
On Saturday, September 13, thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts gathered at Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Grandview, Missouri, to pay tribute to those who perished on September 11, 2001, as a result of terrorist attacks and to honor military veterans and active military, police, and emergency services personnel.  The rally began at 9:00 a.m. and featured vendors, children’s activities, and displays of current and vintage military and emergency services vehicles. Dora the Explorer, a Remotec robot belonging to the 509th Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit from Whiteman Air Force Base, was in need some cleaning up, and bikini bike wash girls Elly Jean and…

39th Annual A.B.A.T.E. of Kansas Labor Day Rally - Perry Lake, Kansas

September 27, 2014
Dates for the 39th Annual National Labor Day Rally hosted by A.B.A.T.E. of Kansas at Perry Lake’s Paradise Point were August 29 through September 1. The gates opened at noon on Friday. Rain was forecast on and off all weekend, but fortunately Friday’s showers were mainly far to the north. Members of A.B.A.T.E. or other motorcycle rights organizations were admitted for $25 and non-members paid $40. An additional $20 was charged for recreational vehicles, campers, and all-terrain vehicles. Members of the military were eligible for a discount.

10th Annual Cruising for the King’s Kids – Chelsea, Alabama

September 1, 2014
For over 30 years, the King’s Ranch and Hannah Homes have been home to hundreds of young people, women and children seeking refuge, hope and help from abuse, neglect, abandonment, homelessness, and other difficult circumstances. They also provide residential group home services in eighteen Christ-centered homes, located in three different counties, teaching the necessary skills and providing tangible services to help the residents heal from their devastating past, breaking the cycle of abuse, building healthy relationships and helping them to become independent, productive members of society.

Sturgis 2014 - Babes

September 1, 2014
Check out this year's collection of Sturgis babes photos! Latest from Mike Schweder

Road Trippin' to Sturgis - 2014

August 29, 2014
The anticipation of our annual road trip to Sturgis is almost too much to handle. This is our favorite ride of the year, and the only opportunity we have to meet up with some of our good friends and riding buddies from around the country. We woke up early on Saturday, August 2, and made our way over to Danny and Amanda’s house, where Nichole hopped in our support vehicle with Amanda, before heading north on I-29 out of Kansas City to meet up with the rest of our group at the rest stop on I-29 between Platte City and…

Sturgis 2014 - Bikes

August 29, 2014
Check out this year's collection of Sturgis bikes! Photos by Stripe and Mike Schweder

Sturgis 2014 - Bikers

August 29, 2014
Check out this year's collection of Sturgis bikers photos! Photos by Stripe and Mike Schweder

Indian Motorcycle Kansas City Grand Opening - Olathe, Kansas

August 29, 2014
On Friday, August 15 and Saturday, August 16, Indian Motorcycle Kansas City celebrated their Grand Opening, and also provided Indian motorcycle enthusiast and tire kickers alike, the opportunity to take demo rides on the new fleet of Indian motorcycles so they could feel the power of the 111 cubic inch Thunder Stroke V-Twin (1819 cc).

Cover Bike & Cover Model Search at Blue Springs Harley-Davidson - Blue Springs Missouri

August 29, 2014
Blue Springs Harley-Davidson was the location for our second cover bike & cover model search of the riding season, which took place on Thursday, August 14, 2014, and coincided with their monthly bike night.

Sturgis 2014 - Racing

August 27, 2014
It is well known that the Sturgis Rally has its roots in motorcycle racing. Clarence “Pappy” Hoel is recognized as the father of the Black Hills Rally. He was the owner of an Indian Motorcycle franchise is Sturgis and was one of the founders of the Jackpine Gypsies club in 1936. Their first event was known as the Black Hills Classic, a single motorcycle race with nine racers and a small audience. Today’s rally attendance approaches 500,000 annually with record numbers expected for the 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle RallyTM . As I mentioned in my accompanying article about my 2014…

Sturgis 2014 - Stripe's Trip

August 27, 2014
Having missed the 2013 Sturgis Rally due to circumstances beyond my control, I was very excited to return to the Black Hills for the 74th annual rally. Having enjoyed the journey with friends to our cabin at the Nemo Guest Ranch, I was ready to experience the rally once again. My first stop in Sturgis on Monday was Grace Lutheran Church where breakfast is available daily during the rally. One of the church members who normally volunteers in the kitchen is Dorothy Short in whose back yard I camped during many past rallies. I was disappointed that Dorothy had not…

2014 Triumph AMA Superbike Classic - Birmingham Alabama

August 1, 2014
We heard the thunder as thousands of bikes rolled into Barber Motorsports Park on June 21, 2014 for the first 2-day weekend event of the 2014 Pro Road Racing season, featuring with the Triumph AMA Superbike Classic. There was no practice, racing or anything on Friday, which was a little strange, and meant that everything would be squeezed into Saturday and Sunday. It was beautiful, but very hot, so it was probably a good thing it was shortened.

Biker Diva Trip to Hermann, Missouri

August 1, 2014
In 2012, Shawnee Cycle Plaza started a series of events called Biker Diva.  The intent was to encourage more women to ride motorcycles.  The events included things like Matchmaking:  Finding the Right Bike, The Relationship: Knowing your Bike From Top to Bottom and a Fashion Show called Look the Part.(emceed by Gary Amble). This year they are doing Biker Diva Sweet Rides to get ice cream, a trip to Hermann, Missouri and a Fashion Show in the fall. The money we make from our Biker Diva T-shirts goes to Susan G. Komen.

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