Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

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.

Cover Bike & Cover Model Search at Gail's Harley-Davidson - Grandview, Missouri

August 1, 2014
Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Grandview, Missouri was the location for our first cover bike & cover model search of the season, which took place on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Our event coincided with their weekly Feel the Power Happy Hour that includes free food and beer, and lots of other fun activities. Stripe, Nichole, Lonnie, Randall, and I arrived early to setup our booth and to block off a section of the parking lot for our cover bike search, and before we had everything setup, several bikes had already started arriving and entering our cover bike search. Nichole was also busy…

Oklahoma Bike Week 2014 - Sparks, Oklahoma

July 30, 2014
Oklahoma Bike Week at Sparks America Campground ran from June 19 through 29. Doc Lonnie Blum and I decided to make the trip from Missouri to Sparks on Thursday, June 26. After checking in and setting up camp, we headed for the “playground” area that is the center of many of the rally’s activities. A couple of major changes were immediately apparent. The sound system is now controlled from a tower in front of the stage instead of from a cubbyhole at the side. The stage has been rebuilt and is now two stages in one, separated by a wall…

Dodge City 300 Centennial Racing - Dodge City, Kansas

July 28, 2014
  On July 4 the sport of motorcycle racing returned to Dodge City, Kansas, on a very small track but in a very big way. When the organizers of the Dodge City 300 Centennial celebration began drafting their schedule of events, it was only natural that racing would be included. Initially, the plan was for the competition to take place on the 1/8-mile clay oval at Dodge City Raceway Park, but a scheduling conflict developed with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, so an alternative location was required. After some imaginative planning, it was decided that the Dodge City…

Dodge City 300 Centennial Celebration - Dodge City, Kansas

July 27, 2014
A century ago, Dodge City, Kansas, was the site of a world championship 300-mile motorcycle race on a 2-mile dirt oval on the northeast corner of town. The field included motorcycles manufactured by Indian, Thor, Excelsior, Pope, Flying Merkel, Harley-Davidson, and others. The race, sanctioned by the Federation of American Motorcycles, took almost 4-1/2 hours to complete with speeds reaching nearly 100 miles per hour. The winner was factory Indian rider Glen “Slivers” Boyd. Bill Brier finished second on a Thor, and Carl Goudy came in third aboard an Excelsior. Dodge City racing continued for many years, but was suspended…

2nd Annual Ride to Silence the Stigma - Shawnee, Kansas

July 1, 2014
The 2nd Annual Ride to Silence the Stigma took place on Sunday June 22, 2014 at Shawnee Cycle Plaza. This event was to raise awareness about suicide and to aid in its prevention. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in both Kansas and Missouri. More than 160 riders participated in the ride, which brought in over $12,000 for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

6th Annual Burton Center Poker Run – Greenwood, South Carolina

July 1, 2014
On July 7, 2014, the riders of Greenwood County and the riders from the surrounding counties met at the Burton Center just off of Highway 221& 72. The purpose of the poker run was to help provide funding to purchase wheelchairs and accessible equipment for people with disabilities and special needs (autism, intellectual disabilities, head injuries, spinal cord injuries and related disabilities) at the Burton Center. The Burton Center serves over 1,500 people, with a staff of 450 personnel in Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Lexington, McCormick and Saluda counties. The staff has a saying “Wheels for Wheels,” which to me meant…