Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Victory Demo Rides at Shawnee Cycle Plaza - Shawnee, Kansas

May 31, 2014
On Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3, Shawnee Cycle Plaza provided Victory motorcycle enthusiast and tire kickers alike, the opportunity to take demo rides on the new fleet of Victory motorcycles. This event tied in perfectly with Victory’s 15th Anniversary, and Shawnee Cycle Plaza’s 1 year anniversary for carrying the Victory line.

CAN-AM Spyder Demo Day at Reno's Powersports KC - Kansas City, Missouri

May 30, 2014
Sunday, May 4, 2014 was a beautiful day, and as the 25th Annual Bikers With a Mission Ride was winding down, I decided to give Cycle Connections Editor Mike Schweder a call to see how things were going at Reno’s Powersports KC. He informed me that plenty of people had come out to take advantage of the opportunity to test ride their demo ride fleet of Can-Am Spyders. Since it was a relatively short ride to Reno’s, I decided to head that way and possibly take a Spyder for a spin. Since I had not pre-registered, I would have to wait…

25th Annual Bikers with a Mission Ride - Kansas City, Missouri

May 28, 2014
The 25th Annual Bikers with a Mission Ride to raise funds for the City Union Mission took place on Sunday, May 4. The ride began at the mission as usual, but there were numerous changes from the way the event has been conducted in recent years. There were no outdoor activities at the mission, so the familiar large tent was missing from the parking lot.

Patriot Guard Riders Assist at the Army Arena Bowl – Bakersfield, California

May 1, 2014
The Patriot Guard Riders were invited to assist with the Army Arena Bowl that was held on April 4h, 2014 at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, California.

Run For Autism Awareness – Visalia, California

May 1, 2014
The Inaugural Run for Autism Awareness was held in Visalia, California on April 6, 2014. Diane Tanner and Judy Falcone organized the event, which was a poker run too. The run started and ended at Visalia Harley-Davidson.

8th Annual Gailapalooza - Grandview, Missouri

May 1, 2014
The party that annually marks the beginning of the prime riding season in the Midwest is Gailapalooza. The 2014 event was the 8th hosted by Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Grandview, Missouri and took place on Saturday, April 12.

4th Annual MLB & SOB First Ride - Eureka Springs, Arkansas

May 1, 2014
The start of the riding season party in Eureka Springs, Arkansas that was founded four years ago by myself, Doc Lonnie (photographer here at Cycle Connections and leader of the MLB biker group), had its fourth edition on the weekend of April 11-13.

Biker BBQ for Autism – Exeter, California

April 1, 2014
March 16, 2014 turned out to be an awesome day! A Biker BBQ for Autism was held at 4K Bar Ranch in Exeter, California.

12th Annual Kelsi Long Memorial Ride – Augusta, Georgia

April 1, 2014
Augusta, Georgia - March 15, Augusta H-D hosted the 12th Annual Kelsi Long Memorial Ride. Then at ten am, 300-plus bikers hopped on their hogs and revved up their engines and helped to raise more than $6000 for the Medical College of Georgia's Children's Medical Center.

Moonshines & BBQ Cook-Off Festival – Union Point Georgia

April 1, 2014
The Moonshines and BBQ Cook-Off Festival is a two-day event that started March 21 and ran through March 22. I can tell you that for the bikers who were drinking moonshine, it was a three day event.

5th Annual Vintage Motorcycle Show - Lawrence, Kansas

March 10, 2014
This year’s vintage motorcycle show took place on Super Bowl Sunday, February 2, 2014 at Building 21 of the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Lawrence, Kansas. I’ve come to the conclusion that for some reason, the Santa Fe Trail Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America really likes holding their bike shows on Superbowl Sunday.

2014 All-American Motorcycle Show/World of Wheels - Kansas City, Missouri

March 10, 2014
The 54th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels Show drew big crowds of auto and motorcycle enthusiasts to Kansas City’s Bartle Hall during the weekend of February 14-16. A special added attraction at the show every year is the All-American Motorcycle Show presented by Gail’s Harley-Davidson .

10th Annual Christian Biker Workshop - Kansas City, Missouri

February 1, 2014
For ten years, people who share a passion for their religious faith and the love of motorcycling have gathered on the campus of Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary on a Saturday early in January for a Christian Biker Workshop sponsored by the Kansas City Chapter of Cycle Disciples M/C .

VCA's Bringing Christmas Home 2013 - Exeter California

January 1, 2014
Valley Cycle Association (VCA) held its 2013 “Bringing Christmas Home” run on Sunday, December 22, 2013.75+ Riders from VCA, 5 Diamonds MC, 99 Saints MC, Central Valley Riders MC, Street Royalty MC, and Kinfolk MC participated in the run. Three pickup trucks were needed to haul the presents and elves!

16th Annual Veterans Ride - Grandview, Missouri

January 1, 2014
Every year around Veterans Day, Tom Allen, a long-time Gail’s Harley-Davidson employee and a Vietnam vet, leads a ride to honor military veterans. This year’s ride was on Saturday, November 9, an absolutely beautiful Fall day. The 180 or so participating motorcycles were staged in the lot behind the dealership. Registration was free, and the first 100 riders received a ride pin. The riders gathered just prior to the 12:30 p.m. beginning of the ride and were welcomed by Gail. Based on a show of hands, roughly two thirds were military veterans. Tom added his welcoming remarks and read a…

Biker Halloween Bash at Sparks America - Sparks, Oklahoma

December 1, 2013
Witches are said to ride broomsticks. As it turns out, some ride motorcycles. So do ghosts, vampires, knights, naughty nurses, doctors (with questionable credentials), and various other costumed characters. Around Halloween, they all head for Sparks America Campground near tiny Sparks, Oklahoma for a long weekend of partying, playing games, listening to live music, and celebrating the biker lifestyle. Robert and Brenda Butler are host and hostess for these festivities and many other events at Sparks America. The campground has a large wooded area where the office, shower house, vendors, and much of the tent camping are located. South of…

25th Annual Toys for Tots Ride - Rawhide Harley-Davidson - Olathe, Kansas

December 1, 2013
In spite of temperatures in the forties, Kansas City area bikers mounted up, loaded toys on their scoots, and headed for Rawhide Harley-Davidson in Olathe, Kansas. The date was November 3, and the occasion was the 25th Annual Toys for Tots Ride. Members of the Central Midwest H.O.G. Chapter were on hand to direct parking and assist with registration. Participants donated at least $10 and a new unwrapped toy and received a goodie bag, souvenir coin, and ride pin. The Combat Logistics Regiment 4 is responsible for toy collection. A MTVR 7-ton truck decorated with Toys for Tots banners was…

12th Annual 9-11 Tribute Rally and Ride - Grandview, Missouri

November 1, 2013
On September 7, thousands of motorcyclists gathered at Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Grandview-Missouri to honor the memory of the 9-11 victims and to show appreciation for veterans, those currently in military service, and people who work in law enforcement and emergency services. The day began with free biscuits & gravy. There were activities for the children and various displays to see including first responder vehicles, antique military vehicles, police cars and motorcycles, General Tommy Franks Traveling Museum, and dozens of vendor booths.

2013 Heartland Police Motorcycle Challenge - Independence, Missouri

November 1, 2013
The Heartland Police Motorcycle Association was formed in September 2010 with the goal of emphasizing the importance of continued training in an effort to improve the safety of police motorcycle operations in conjunction with raising money for various charity organizations or groups. Each year the association conducts a police motorcycle training seminar/competition. The event gives motor officers an opportunity to hone their riding skills while providing the general public with a chance to observe and appreciate the amazing way the competitors are able to maneuver their police bikes. The large parking lot outside the Macy’s store at the Independence Center…

9th Annual Barber Vintage Festival - Birmingham, Alabama

November 1, 2013
What a gorgeous weekend for a festival! Bikes were rolling into town as early as Thursday for the start of the 9th Annual Vintage Festival at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.