Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

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,…

Biker Build-Off Team Building at Shawnee Cycle Plaza - Shawnee, Kansas

November 30, 2014
Years ago, when I worked in a large corporate office, management would come up with various team building exercises to help build comradery and motivate employees to work better together; however, none of the them were near as cool as what Shawnee Cycle Plaza owner Barry Bunner and his management team came up with.

Lost Girls MC 10TH Annual Breast Cancer Ride – Visalia, California

November 29, 2014
The Lost Girls MC 10th Annual Breast Cancer Ride was held on October 5, 2014 in Visalia, California. The theme for this year’s ride was “Tutus for TATAs.” This was also the first year the boys were allowed to join the girls.

10th Annual Barber Vintage Festival - Birmingham, Alabama

November 29, 2014
If you’re a fan of the classics, the “Old Guys,” you would have loved this weekend at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. If you were part of the 70 something thousand people who were there, you know what I’m talking about.

5th Annual Joshua Berry Ride for the Burkett Center - Morris, Alabama

November 29, 2014
About 100 bikes gathered at Rider’s Harley-Davidson on Saturday, September 20 for the 5th Annual Ride for the Burkett Center in Morris, Alabama. This wonderful event is sponsored by the Burkett Center P.T.A and assisted by the C.H.R.O.M.E Cross Cruisers.

2014 Sparks Halloween Bash

November 28, 2014
I had hoped to begin my trip to Sparks for the annual Biker Halloween Party on Thursday, October 24, but my departure was delayed until early Friday morning. Bike games were already in progress when I arrived at about 11:30, so I postponed setting up camp until later in the day and instead headed for the “playground” area. Friday’s bike games and people games included plank ride, horseshoe toss, basketball shoot, potato race (with tennis balls), titty licking, buff the woody, wienie bite, keg toss (men’s and women’s), drinking and riding (Don’t try this at home.), butt darts, dizzy race,…

3rd Annual Biker Diva Fashion Show - Shawnee, Kansas

October 31, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014 was a beautiful evening at Shawnee Cycle Plaza for their 3rd Annual Biker Diva Fashion Show, which was evident by all the guests who rode their motorcycles to the event. This free fashion show caters to women riders, and features the latest bier diva fashions.

Cover Bike & Cover Model Search at Worth Harley-Davidson - Kansas City, Missouri

October 31, 2014
Worth Harley-Davidson was the location for our last cover bike & cover model search of the riding season, which took place on Thursday, September 25, 2014, and coincided with their weekly bike night.

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.