Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Fundraiser – Raymore, Missouri

June 29, 2015
May 30, 2015 was a cold and cloudy morning for the end of May, but the organizers and models were on a mission. The mission was to bring bikers and beauties together for a good cause. Although they had a bit of a late start, there was no shortage of excitement and enthusiasm as they were working together for the families that depend on St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

13th Annual Ride for Ryan - St. Joseph, Missouri

June 23, 2015
  The morning of Saturday, June 6 got off to a rainy start at St. Joseph Missouri. Many riders were wearing their rain gear when they arrived at St. Joseph Harley-Davidson, the starting point for the 13th Annual Ride for Ryan. Fortunately, the rain moved on in time for the opening ceremony. The event is held each year to honor the memory of Ryan Consolver whose life was cut short at the age of 24 in a motorcycle accident on August 11, 2002. Money raised by the event goes to a scholarship fund dedicated to students who, as Ryan did,…

Road Trippin' to DC

May 31, 2015
Back in March, my good friend Stan contacted me to let me know that he and his long time ridding buddy Jeff were planning a motorcycle trip out to Washington, DC, down the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Tail of the Dragon, and back through Nashville and Memphis. Since they would be riding through Kansas City, I invited him and Jeff to stay with us like they did last year, when heading they were heading to the Natchez Trace Parkway.

2nd Annual Radar's Run for Fallen Friends - Belton, Missouri

May 31, 2015
The 2nd Annual Radar's Run for Fallen Friends took place on Sunday May 3, 2015. This annual memorial ride and poker run is a celebration of life in memory of our friend Carl Brent “Radar” Estep, as well as other friends who have passed, with all proceeds going to St Jude’s Research Hospital.

Indian Demo Rides at Indian Motorcycle Kansas City - Olathe, Kansas

May 30, 2015
On Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Indian Motorcycle Kansas City hosted their 2nd annual Indian demo rides, which enabled Indian motorcycle enthusiast and wannabe Indian riders the opportunity to demo their 2015 line-up.

AFSP Certificate of Appreciation Presentation 2015

May 30, 2015
A lot of Cycle Connections readers are veterans, and know that the U.S. loses 22 service members per day to suicide. Sadly, there are more statistics of note for mid-coast riders and veterans: Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in Kansas and Missouri On average, one person dies by suicide every 10.23 hours in Missouri On average, one person dies by suicide every 21.84 hours in Kansas

2015 Camp Valor Outdoors Patriot Ride – Holden, Missouri

May 30, 2015
Despite the rain and thunderstorms on May 16, 2015, which is Armed Forces Day, the 2015 Camp Valor Outdoors Patriot Ride was a huge success. Although the rain kept most of our riders from participating, we still had nearly 100 bikers complete the nearly 120 mile journey, which ended up at the Holden Community Activity Center for the remainder of the scheduled activities.

13th Annual Kelsi Long Memorial Ride, Thomson, Georgia

April 30, 2015
Earlier this year, I found out about a Biker Sunday that was going to be held at 2 p.m. at White Oak United Pentecostal Church in Thomson, Georgia. Mike Maddox and Pastor John D. Biggs got together to put on the first Biker Sunday at White Oak Church, which was held six days before the 13th Annual Kelsi Long Memorial Ride. Mike Maddox’s name is well known for organizing the ride for the Children’s Hospital of Georgia.

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

April 28, 2015
For many years, volunteers from Harley Owners Group’s Greater Kansas City Chapter have assisted Special Olympics in putting on their KC Metro Area Spring Games. This year’s event was held at Lee’s Summit North High School on April 25. Road Captain Bob Hyer led a 12-mile ride from Blue Springs Harley-Davidson to the school. Some of the volunteers met the group at North High bringing the count to eleven adults and one youngster.

7th Annual John Paul Magao Memorial Ride – Visalia, California

March 30, 2015
The 7th Annual John Paul Magao Memorial Ride was held on March 1, 2015 at Plaza Park in Visalia, California. John was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident in 2007, and his father, James Wilfong established a scholarship fund for students at Redwood High School and College of the Sequoias, which are both located in Visalia, California. This annual memorial ride helps raise funds for the awarded scholarships.

55th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels - Kansas City, Missouri

March 21, 2015
During the weekend of February 13 through 15, Kansas City’s Bartle Hall was the venue for the 55th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels presented by Weld Engineering Performance. Tickets to the show sold for $18 for adults and $6 for children aged 6 to 12. Discount tickets were available at O’Reilly Auto Parts stores. As usual, the exhibition hall was packed with high-dollar sports cars, classic cars, street rods, race cars, rat rods, and vendor booths. There were show classes for motorcycles as well as cars, but the bike count was down considerably due to the fact that,…

Easyriders 2015 Bike Show Tour – Charlotte, North Carolina

February 28, 2015
I’ve been looking forward to the Easyriders 2015 Bike Show Tour for several months now. This year’s event took place on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the Charlotte Convention Center. I love the show, but I hate the lack of parking. Once you park your bike, it’s a long walk to get to the front of the building, and what I really hated the most was paying over $10 to park.

Motorcycle Club Sunday - Honea Path, South Carolina

February 28, 2015
This year's Motorcycle Club Sunday was held on January 24, 2015 at the Tri-City Shrine Club Building in Honea Path, South Carolina. I’d always missed this event for some reason or another, but this year a friend sent me a flyer and told me I should go. After reading the flyer, I took Darlene Sherfield’s advice and put the event on my calendar.

Scootin’ America

February 28, 2015
Adam Sandoval and his Charming Chihuahua Scooter have embarked on a year-long 65,000 mile journey that will take them to every Harley-Davidson dealership in the lower 48. Their journey is on a 1996 Harley-Davidson Electra-Glide. Adam loves his Electra-Glide and says the motor is “bulletproof.”

6th Annual Mid-Winter Vintage Motorcycle Show & Swap Meet-Lawrence, Kansas

February 24, 2015
If It’s Super Bowl Sunday it must be time for the annual vintage motorcycle show hosted by the Santa Fe Trail Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America. February 1 was the date, and the place was Building 21 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Lawrence, Kansas. The theme for this year’s show was “The Pre-20’s Motorcycles,” and the field of entries featured many fine examples fitting that description.

Christmas for the Children 26th Annual Toy Run - Joanna, South Carolina

February 1, 2015
The Christmas for the Children 26th Annual Toy Run was held on Sunday December 21 in Joanna, South Carolina. The first ride was held by the Sons of the South back in 1988, and this ride has grown over the years to over 250 riders.

VCA Bringing Christmas Home 2014 - Exeter, California

February 1, 2015
On December 20, the Valley Cycle Association (VCA) held their 2014 “Bringing Christmas Home” run. Once Again, VCA worked very hard all year to make this awesome event come to fruition.

ABATE of South Carolina Lobby Day 2015 – Columbia, South Carolina

February 1, 2015
On January 13, the ABATE of South Carolina Chapters and members from across the state join forces in Columbia, South Carolina for Lobby Day. On this day, all the ABATE members let the state senators and representatives know which bills are important to the bikers of South Carolina. The members meet at the Statue of John C. Calhoun before going into the gallery to show their unity to all the members of the General Assembly.

11th Annual Christian Biker Workshop

January 18, 2015
Saturday, January 3, began with a thick blanket of fog covering the southern part of the Kansas City metro area. In spite of the low visibility bikers sharing a passion for their religious faith as well as an enthusiasm for motorcycling found their way to the campus of Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary for the 11th Annual Christian Biker Workshop sponsored by Cycle Disciples M/C. For the third time, the event was held in the Langmade Room, a facility well suited for a gathering like this. Coffee and donuts were provided by the host club. Attendance was down a…

Biker Build-Off Winners at Shawnee Cycle Plaza - Shawnee, Kansas

January 1, 2015
For those who read the article I wrote last month entitled Biker Build-Off Team Building at Shawnee Cycle Plaza, you may recall that the management and employees at Shawnee Cycle Plaza drew names out of a hat, and divided into three groups for a fun team building exercise. Each team was given a stock motorcycle off the showroom floor, along with a budget of $2,500 (retail value) per team. The bikes were a red 2013 Honda Fury, a green and black 2014 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14, and a red and black 2015 Victory Cross Country. They had until Monday, December 22,…