Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Alabama Wedding for One of Cycle Connections' Own!

June 28, 2016
We’ve brought you several weddings in the past, to share with those who may have missed it; none were quite as close to our hearts as this one, as it was ours!

5th Annual Lyla Ride - Leeds, Alabama

June 28, 2016
On Saturday, April 16, 2016, the F.A.I.T.H Riders Motorcycle Ministry of Cedar Grove Baptist Church hosted the 5th Annual Lyla ride.

Flat Track Motorcycle Racing at Lakeside Speedway - Kansas City, Kansas

June 18, 2016
After an absence of many years, on Saturday, June 7 flat track motorcycle racing returned to Lakeside Speedway’s 4/10-mile dirt oval track in Kansas City, Kansas. Gates opened at noon with tickets priced at $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, students, and military, and $6 for kids age 7 through 12. Practice and qualifying occurred during the afternoon with racers ranging in age from 5 to 70-something, 155 entries in all. There were 21 classes with competitors from California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Ohio, Oklahoma, Missouri, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, and one from as far away as Lake Wyangan,…

3rd Annual Radar's Run for Fallen Friends - Lee's Summit, Missouri

May 29, 2016
The 3rd Annual Radar's Run for Fallen Friends took place on Sunday May 1, 2016. This memorial ride and poker run is a celebration of life in memory of our friend Carl Brent "Radar" Estep who left us too soon at the age of 45, as well as many other friends who have passed on, with all proceeds donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Greater Kansas City H.O.G. Assists Special Olympics - Lee's Summit, Missouri

May 29, 2016
For many years, the Greater Kansas City Chapter of Harley Owners Group has provided volunteers to assist with the Special Olympics Spring track and field event. The 44th Annual Kansas City Metro Spring Games were held on Saturday, April 30. Rain fell during the early morning hours, and only three H.O.G. members were present at Blue Springs Harley-Davidson for the short 13-mile ride to the event at Lee’s Summit North High School. The rain had subsided, and only a few sprinkles were falling as Road Captain Tom Countryman led the way. Another bike joined the group at the school parking…

Kelly's Krash Krew Ride - The Bar-Lee's Summit, Missouri

April 27, 2016
On March 6th 2016, Kelly Springer and I were enjoying a warm yet windy spring day on our bikes.  Along Kurzweil Road in Raymore, a combination of strong, gusty wind and a washboard section of the road resulted in Kelly "high siding" her bike and her body falling to the pavement in front of me.  In an effort to prevent running over my close friend, I laid my bike down as well.  Kelly's bike came to rest on the roadway while mine ended up submerged in a creek.  In an ironic twist, my bike sustained damage which totaled the bike…

Biker Sunday at Heart of God Fellowship - Buckner, Missouri

April 25, 2016
Each spring since 1999 the congregation at Heart of God Fellowship in Buckner, Missouri, has hosted a special service welcoming members of the motorcycle community. The 2016 Biker Sunday was held on April 17. There was plenty of room for hundreds of motorcycles in the church parking lot and lots of room for the riders in the huge tent where the service took place. The weather was great for riding, and the sides were removed from the tent just prior to the service providing good air circulation for everyone’s comfort. To get things rolling, Knucklehead Mike rode the church’s 1942…

56th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels-Kansas City, Missouri

March 13, 2016
During the weekend of February 12 through 14, Bartle Hall in Kansas City was the venue for the 56th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels presented by Weld Engineering Performance. The show is part of the Championship Auto Shows series held in various U.S. cities and Canada. As always, World of Wheels fills Bartle Hall with sports cars, classic cars, street rods, race cars, rat rods, motorcycles, and vendor booths. Ticket prices for the show were $18 for adults and $6 for children aged 6 to 12. Discount tickets were available at O’Reilly Auto Parts stores.

7th Annual Vintage Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet - Lawrence, Kansas

February 25, 2016
Motorcycles are a source of great fun. However, through the years we have found many ways of putting our rides to work. Recognizing this, the Santa Fe Trail Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America selected “Bikes of Service” as the theme for the 7th Annual Mid-Winter Vintage Motorcycle Show held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Lawrence, Kansas, on Super Bowl Sunday,

12th Annual Christian Biker Workshop - Kansas City, Missouri

January 24, 2016
  On Saturday, January 2, bikers gathered in the Langmade Room at Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary for the 12th Annual Christian Biker Workshop sponsored by Cycle Disciples M/C. Coffee and donuts were provided by the host club. There were 43 in attendance including members of several Christian groups such as Christian Motorcyclists Association, Bikers for Christ, and Heart of God Fellowship.

11th Annual Hogs & Heifers Miracle on 3rd Street Toys for Tots Motorcycle Run – Las Vegas, Nevada

December 28, 2015
Sunday Dec 13, 2015 was a great day in Las Vegas, Nevada, which was the location for the 11th Annual Hogs & Heifers Miracle on 3rd Street Toys for Tots Motorcycle Run. This great event is held every year to brighten Christmas for children at Sunrise Children’s Hospital, and Hogs & Heifers teamed up with the Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation for the event.

Riding for Fallen KC Firefighters – Lee’s Summit, Missouri

December 22, 2015
Front (L-R): Kelly Springer, Sheri Miller, Mel Foster Middle (L-R): Sonja Griffith, Cheryl Sperry, Pam Fedrick Back (L-R): Doug Earnshaw, Jeff Franzeskos On October 25, 2015 a group of fewer than 10 friends with heavy hearts in Lee’s Summit, orchestrated the Fallen Heroes ride to help raise money for the families of Larry Leggio and John Mesh. Many media outlets have reported that we were blessed with over 1,200 riders that day raising in excess of thirty-five thousand dollars. Unfortunately, what most are unaware of is HOW it all came together in merely six days. With none of us having…

Marine Corps Las Vegas 9th Annual Toys for Tots Motorcycle Run

November 30, 2015
A motorcycle run on Halloween? YES! If you’re in Vegas, it happens! On October 31, 2015, 300+ riders showed up for the Marine Corps Las Vegas 9th Annual Toys for Tots Motorcycle Run. Marines brought out the “Big Truck” to haul all the toys. The American Legion Riders from Post 40 donated $250 worth of toys, and other motorcycle clubs, riders associations, and Independents also donated lots of toys.

Kevin Unruh Fallen Officer Poker Run - Billings Montana

November 30, 2015
The Iron Warriors MC, Beartooth Montana Chapter, are a group of firefighters and police officers who each year, for the past 10 years, have hosted a fundraiser to benefit the firefighters and police officers (and their families) who have been wounded or lost their lives in the line of duty.

3rd Annual Support Cancer Action Ride (S.C.A.R.)-Blue Springs, Missouri

November 28, 2015
Proceeds from the annual S.C.A.R. poker run go to assist Cancer Action of Kansas City. That organization’s mission statement is, “As a caring community of professionals and volunteers, Cancer Action is dedicated to reducing distress and improving the quality of life for those living with, through and beyond cancer; and promote education, prevention early detection to reduce the impact of cancer in the greater Kansas City area.” Their vision statement is, “Cancer Action compassionately provides program and supportive services for those living with, through and beyond cancer in the Kansas City area.” Cancer Action provides free services such as practical…

2015 Sparks Halloween Bash-Sparks, Oklahoma

November 26, 2015
  Travel weather on Thursday, October 22, was cool and wet. Still, plenty of bikers headed for Sparks America Campground near tiny Sparks, Oklahoma for the annual Biker Halloween Bash. Live music was scheduled for every night of the party including Skillet Lickers (Thursday), Blue Trixter and Blind Date (Friday), and New Dynasty and Lip Service (Saturday), so there was plenty of entertainment after the sun went down. The daylight hours, as always, were also packed with fun entertainment.

2015 Sparks Halloween Awards-Sparks, Oklahoma

November 25, 2015
Congratulations to all of the award winners at the 2015 Sparks America Halloween Bash.  Apologies to any we missed photographing.

4th Annual Biker Diva Fashion Show - Shawnee, Kansas

October 31, 2015
Thursday, October 8, 2015 was the date, and Shawnee Cycle Plaza was the place for the 4th Annual Biker Diva Fashion Show. Not only did the guests get to see lots of great motorcycle clothing and accessories, but they also contributed money to benefit Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City in the fight against breast cancer.

Rod Creamer Benefit Concert & Campout – Urich, Missouri

October 30, 2015
On October 17, 2015, a group of bikers from the Kansas City area met at the Grand River Rally Campgrounds in Urich, MO to support a favorite tattoo artist who had been injured. Rod Creamer, owner of Sideshow Tattoo in Sugar Creek, Missouri had fallen down a flight of stairs and shattered two vertebrae. Having no insurance, the medical bills were weighing heavily on his family.

11th Annual Barber Vintage Festival – Birmingham, Alabama

October 30, 2015
October signals the start of fall; the time changes, Halloween and the biggest most exciting thing to happen in the southeast pertaining to the motorcycle community. I say the southeast, but it’s a pretty big deal for people from all over the country and from a few other countries as well, I’m talking about the Vintage Festival at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, which takes place October 9-11.