Motorcycle Clubs and Groups

Kansas City Vulcan Riders Chapter 1-44

Written by  July 1, 2013

Editor’s Note: I first met Eric Finney on Tuesday evening June 4, 2013 during a bike night at Joe’s Crab Shack in Olathe, Kansas. Eric and several members of the Kansas City Vulcan Riders were participating in one of Shawnee Cycle Plaza’s Mystery Dinner Rides, which the dealership sponsors on the first Tuesday of each month. Eric showed me his custom painted bike and gave me some information about his group. We like to feature as many motorcycle clubs and organizations as possible in our magazine, so I asked Eric if he could write something up about his group for this month’s issue. Thanks Eric, and I hope to see you again soon!

Our group is the Kansas City Vulcan Riders Chapter 1-44. The “1” signifies that we are a United States chapter, and the “44” is our chapter number. Eric Finney, President, is the membership contact for our chapter. He can be contacted on the VRA National Forum,, on our Kansas City VRA Riders Chapter 1-44 Facebook page, or e-mail at By This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Vulcan Riders Association began in August of 1998 by Jim Sloan “Odinn” and Bruce Irwin (Bruiser). They were active in spreading the VRA to a worldwide association from 1998-1999. By the end of 1998, there were 18 chapters in the Association. In 2005, the idea of having National Chapters was initiated because of the differences in laws and customs between countries.

The Purpose of the Association is to promote responsible motorcycling activities for its members by conducting chapter activities and encouraging the participation of its members in these activities while maintaining a family-oriented atmosphere.

Our mission is to endeavor to provide a means for Kawasaki Vulcan enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels to meet for rallies, outings, and social functions in a cohesive family atmosphere. Also, to promote Vulcans, and motorcycling in general, as a fun and safe activity to be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. And to promote the image of the Vulcan Riders Association, and motorcycle riders in general, through involvement in public functions and charitable events and through demonstrated responsible motorcycling.

There are now 42 chapters in the United States, with international chapters in Sweden, Finland, Mexico, Turkey, Brazil, Serbia, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Australia, United Kingdom, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Holland, Italy, Norway, Romania, Slovenia, and Canada.

This year was the first year for two National Rallies, one for the West Coast (Rally in Idyllwild) last April, and the East Coast Rally (Mayhem in the Mitten) to be held in Cadillac, Michigan July 9-11 2013. The River City Chapter of the VRA is hosting this year and has a great time planned for all of us, including a run through the “Tunnel of Trees”, riding over the Mackinac Bridge (longest suspension bridge in the USA), a scavenger hunt, and much more! Chapters bid on hosting a rally, and a committee picks one and announces the winner at the current Rally.

The Kansas City chapter was born August, 2012. Eric Finney, being a proud Vulcan owner, had gone to the National Rally held in McGregor, IA in July and was duly impressed with the people he met there. He decided to start a chapter, and by posting on the National Forum and Facebook, arranged a meet and greet at the Legends in Kansas City, KS .Eighteen people were at the first meeting! At the second meeting, officers were elected, Eric Finney, President, Michael Oldfield, Vice-President, Dena Finney, Secretary, and Darrell Russell, Treasurer. Yearly dues were set at $25 per person, the only requirement being love of motorcycle riding, make of motorcycle is irrelevant. KCVRA has official meetings once per month, with the date and place usually announced at the previous monthly meeting. We try to plan a group ride from each meeting, ending at an interesting place (Murray’s Ice Cream in Westport, Billiards in Odessa, Wabash BBQ in Excelsior Springs, visiting Amelia Earhart’s home in Atchison, etc). We also have a Bike Night at the Arby’s at the Legends every Wednesday evening at 6pm, just to get together. KCVRA currently has 24 voting members.

KCVRA, in association with Shawnee Cycle Plaza, sponsored our first annual bike ride, the 1st Annual Ride to Silence the Stigma, on June 22, 2013, to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Registration began at 8:45 a.m., with kickstands up at 10:30 a.m. Stops included High Noon Saloon in Leavenworth, and Helen’s Hilltop Restaurant in Tonganoxie. There was a raffle and silent auction at Shawnee Cycle Plaza afterward. Registration was only $25 per rider and $25 per passenger. Registration also included a t-shirt.

Members of KCVRA also support many other charities in our community by participating in their rides, such as Guns n Hoses, Bikers for Boobies, Ride for the Fallen, Ride for NorthCare Hospice, Ride for Faith and Bikers for Babies, and we also do fundraisers such as chili cook-offs and serving food, with proceeds going to Harvester’s and many others.

KCVRA is about riding motorcycles and having fun, and if we can do a little good in the world, it’s a bonus! (Direct quote from Eric)

By Eric Finney