Find us on

Enter your biker related event FREE

TO ADD EVENTS:
1. use Daily for a single-day, one-time event
2. use Duration for any multi-day events (like a weekend)
3. use Periodic for recurring events (bike nites, monthly meeting or rides, etc.)

This calendar is also being published in each issue of Wide Open.


Correction: Ralph's 2011 Street Glide parts that are listed as Sinister Industries should have been listed as Sinister Wheel. We apologize for the error.

Here's a Sampling of the
Fall Issue's Features:

Yeager's H-D
Bike Giveaway

This Summer Yeager's Harley-Davidson in Sedalia, Missouri partnered with local Sedalia Radio Station KXKX 105.7 FM & BOB 92.3 FM to give away a brand new Harley-Davidson 883 Sportster Iron this summer. . . Page 5

Sturgis Baddest Bagger Bike Show
The Full Throttle Saloon again hosted Paul Yaffee's Bagger Nation and American Bagger Magazine's, Baddest Bagger in Sturgis competition. Neither the ominous black thunderheads looming above or the 100% chance of rain kept the 90 some riders from rolling in for registration. ..Page 9

The 74th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Aug.4-10, 2014~Another wild and crazy rally week has come to an end. For some this was a once in a lifetime experience. For others it's a way of life; making noise and raising hell with the party crowd is what it's all about. Putting the kickstand down, finding all your old friends at your favorite saloon and cutting loose is what the Sturgis rally is known for. But first comes the pre-rally and for a lot of the Wide Open crew, that starts out at the famous Chef Louie's Steak House and Lounge in Mitchell, South Dakota. The clan bellies up for dinner on our trip to Sturgis and we're never disappointed with the great grub. It's a must-do experience if you're hankering for a tasty meal. . . .13

Kenny Derks' 2013 FLHX Street Glide
Well folks, I can't believe it's time for another issue. It seems I just finished the feature for a fine-looking creation from the St. Joe Harley-Davidson Custom Shop. As is always the case, business is great for the St. Joe Harley crew, and apparently they have been very busy. If the Road Glide in our last issue was "understated and elegant" (my own words) Kenny Derks' 2013 Street Glide is a smack-you-in-the-face attention-grabber. This build was a no-holds-barred, no-expense-spared tour de force for the SJH-D Custom Shop crew. Believe it or not, this scooter's story actually began over a year ago. In its first finished state, it wore a vivid yellow and real flame paint job. Unfortunately at the Sturgis Rally last year a careless individual took it upon himself to back into the scooter knocking it over on its side. I know what you're thinking, but apparently Kenny has epic self-control as no beat-downs were applied over the incident. I'll start off with the bike's history then bring it into the present . . .Page 18

Indian Motorcycle Kansas City Grand Opening
Fantastic!" exclaimed Craig Keating, owner/operator of Indian Motorcycle Kansas City. "We had more than four hundred fifty demo riders register for the Grand Opening, more than double of what we expected. We sold fourteen new Indian Motorcycles, with more on order for delivery later this year. Unfortunately, we ran out of free food too soon because of the overwhelming turnout. Thank you Kansas City!". . . Page 24

Slingshot
Hey boys and girls, Polaris Industries has just introduced a new toy for your Christmas wish list. The all-new 2015 Polaris Slingshot is a three-wheeled hot rod built for two...Page 30

Ralph's 2011 Street Glide
You might think Ralph goes through bikes like some folks go through socks, and you wouldn't be far off. Unfortunately he never gets to keep them for very long. There is a method to his madness though, that most probably never considered. The custom scooters that Ralph (and his son Jesse for that matter) keeps building in conjunction with the best local bike shops are actually created for your benefit. The bikes built represent the latest and most popular bike models and the styling trends associated with them. . . .Page 32

Cannonball Run 2014
Across America

"A bike is on fire!" I heard this through the pack of bikes ready for the signal to ride out from the specified hotel lot. It sent chills down my spine and judging by the faces of the riders around me, I wasn't alone. We would hear later that evening that she really flamed up when the seams of the gas tanks melted. It was day 7 of the Cannonball Endurance Run 2014 Across America. We also found out that evening that the bike was a 1928 Harley Davidson J.D. owned by Ken Smith. While riding to the starting point the bike caught fire. AMCA member Frank Rich snapped the picture. Ken Smith supposedly said later, "It's just a bike" and shared a little gratitude that no one was hurt. That statement expressed the positive attitude of everyone riding. Ken's friend Marcus Bolden from England (co-rider) still had smiles to share the next day. Marcus is the European Representative for Vincent Motorcycles and was rider #106 in the Cannonball Run. . .Page 38

HOAME Show in
West Bottoms
September 7th in the West Bottoms of Kansas City, MO the HOAME, Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiast club held their 23rd annual motorcycle show. The theme was Hogs v/s Rockers and their cool poster reflected that. Several riders dressed the part. There was a rolling thunder throttle roll at noon, but most of us Harley riders were out exploring the cool neighborhood. The Friday evening before they had a gathering at first Friday and the day before they held a TT race. It was a pretty full weekend for the HOAME club... . Page 42

Jim Franklin's
2012 Street Glide

Jim is the proud owner of not one but two bikes built by the very capable hands of the crew at Turkey Creek Cycles. Jim had the crew at TCC busy toiling away at building a wicked Road King when he decided he needed a long-range bagger to ride as well. This bike would retain its stock drive-train but undergo styling modifications to suit Jim's personal tastes. According to TCC's Paul Harper, Jim had a clear-cut vision of how he wanted his scooter to look as a finished product and was involved in all aspects of the build.. . . Page 46

Kenny Merritt's 2010 Road King
The sweet looking Road King you are feasting your eyes on is more than meets the eye on several levels. On one level it is the vision of one man that was conveyed to a like-minded man who was tasked with bringing the vision to reality. On another level it is an incredible looking bike that was built with "Ride-ability" at the top of the build sheet. On another level it is a testament to top-shelf customer service and the benefits it creates... . Page 52

Bad Dad's 2007 Road Star to Rock Star
Bad Dad originally purchased this 2007 Road Star to use as R&D for its growing line of Road Star parts. The bike had less than 4,000 miles on the odometer and wore all of its original sheetmetal when it was brought into Bad Dad's shop. . . Page 62

Women Who Ride
My name is Heather Szumierz. All my life I have been a passenger rider. . . . Page 73

Gail's Harley–Davidson
Why We Remember

It's been thirteen years since the events of 9/11/2001 unfolded - thirteen years since we witnessed not only unimaginable destruction and tragedy, but also great heroism and compassion. Time has a way of dulling the pain, though. Time makes it easier to become complacent in our own little routines again. In reality, most of us desire to leave painful events in the past. Sometimes though, remembering is worth it. It brings the healing and courage we need to keep pressing on and helps us to know how to help others. Remembering reminds us of who we are and what we're truly capable of. . . Page 74

3rd Annual Mike's Ride for Suicide Prevention
One hundred ten bikers and about another fifty contributors gathered at The Bar in Lee's Summit, Missouri to participant in the 3rd Annual Mike's Ride Poker Run, July 19th, in memory of Mike Vansell, and to benefit The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. It was ideal riding weather to head out from The Bar on an 85-mile poker run route that took riders from Lee's Summit to Blue Springs, Harrisonville, Peculiar, Belton, and back to Lee's Summit. At each stop, riders drew a card for their poker hand, quenched their thirst with a cold beer, and grabbed a snack before heading out on the road to the next poker stop.. . . Page 79

Margarita's Restaurant Hosts
Street Rodder Gathering

?Corvettes from '56 to new, Thunderbirds from '64 to '04, Mustangs from '64 to new, a Ford Deuce Coupe, a '40 Oldsmobile, a selection of late '60s muscle cars including a Chevrolet Chevelle SS, a Plymouth Road Runner, and a Pontiac Firebird, and even a new Porsche Cayman S parked around Margarita's Amigos Mexican Restaurant South in the Martin City location was not just a very strange and unusual coincidence—it was planned. . .Page 81

Plus a whole lot more...

 


 

 


Wide Open, Harley-Davidson, motorcycles, Midwest biking and events,leathers, t-shirts, v-twin, tattoos and David Mann artwork