Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Loss of Another Brother

Cowboy was a dedicated member of BACA and he will be greatly missed. He was married to Bubbles, they have a 6 month old daughter Kaitlyn Maria and three other children from previous marriages.

Cowboy was killed on his bike this past Saturday evening. The Viewing will be on Wednesday 8/27 from 3 to 9 at Zeigenhein . The funeral will be on Thursday at 10:30am at Zeigenhein also.

Cowboy was a dedicated father and husband, he is a patched member of the East Missouri chapter, Cowboy always had a smile and a word of support for all that needed one. Cowboy gave all he had for the children. He will missed so much, but he will never be forgotten.

Please keep Cowboy, Bubbles, their kids, and family in your prayers. In lieu of flowers please send a donation to the funeral home as they are starting a trust fund for their daughter Kaitlyn. Zeigenhein Funeral Parlor 4830 Lemay Ferry, St Louis Mo 63129, (314) 352-2600

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Phony Rooster

If you think the way to arrive at Bike Night is in a car, with hair Bozo the clown would envy, well you might be a Phony Rooster.

Monday, August 25, 2008


You will probably read more about this topic in coming months from me, But yesterday I was sitting at Top Shooters chilling after a great ride on the Hartbauer/McBride Poker Run. The turnout was good and a lot of money was raised for the foundation but I couldn't help thinking of all the people this organization has helped over the years. I took that thought a little further and though that what if one friend of each person that had been helped had gone on this ride, it would have rivaled Bikers for Babies instead it was significantly smaller than that. Last year we ran a story about someone helped by the foundation and we are willing to publish more. However the foundation guards peoples anonymity so the individual would have to approach us. I know there are a lot of people out there asking for donations but these folks do so much with no corporate backing and for no money. I know by attending their meetings that no one gets paid and in fact many of the board members donate far more than the items later sell for. To learn more or to make a donation

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Things to do this Weekend in Motorcycles

Hello all I've been a slacked this week mainly because it was time to put together another version of the best damn motorcycle magazine in these parts, as they used to say in the old westerns. At any rate there are lots of great things to do today and tomorrow. Our first stop today will be the National Ride-IN motorcycle show and customer appreciation day at Ted's Motorcycle World this is without a doubt one of the top shows in the area. This weekend also marks Doc's Anniversary and as always you are the ones that get the presents we wish Patty and her staff another successful year. Tonight is the final night in the Moonlight TT series of Poker Runs. Tonight we start at end at Ardie and Tiny's across from Fairmount Park just off 255 and 70. Sign up is from 6 to 7 and last bike in is at 11. We have some nice stuff to raffle off so please come out and party with us and help the Battered Women's shelter in Belleville, IL.

Sunday not a lot is going on but what is, is always fun it is time for Hartbauer/McBride Poker Run. Sgin up is either at Ted's Motorcycle World or Doc's Harley Davidson and everyone ends up at Top Shooters for a fantastic party afterwards.

Here are some other options:
23rd Weasels First 23rd Party
Franks First Alarm 7800 Virginia 2 to close

23rd 5th Annual St Louis Grand National Ride In Bike Show and Ted's Customer Appreciation Day at Ted's Motorcycle World on Humbert Rd in Alton, IL

23rd Free Poker Run
sign up 11 to 12:30 at Jacks Iron Horse on St Charles Rock Rd

23rd 24th Docs 53 Rd Anniversary Party
at Docs HD in Kirkwood, MO

24th Bikers for Babies Illinois Marble Run
sign up at Frieze Harley Davidson O'Fallon, IL from 9 to 11 sponsored by the GKMC (Green Knights Motorcycle Club)

24th 21st Annual Hartbauer/McBride Poker Run
sign up at Ted's or at Doc's between 9 and 11 there is also a monster 50/50

24th Bush Pilots Poker Run
sign up at Ted's Motorcycle World on Humbert in Alton, IL from noon to 2

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Found Marble Run Book

We did located a Marble run book at our anniversary poker run and party. If the person who lost it can make it to Geo's Wings some week so my wife can identify her we will make sure you get it back.

Motorcycle Stuff This Week and Weekend

Well we made it this week to the second Two Wheel Tuesday at No-Jacks in Smithton, IL. I did get drenched the week before trying to get here but this week the weather was awesome. So me and some of the friends of The Biking Life magazine met and rode out here together all sporting our The Biking Life gear and most are pictured here. They probably had close to 40 bikes all told and the burgers and fries for $1.50 was a big hit as were the fabulous drink specials. If you are looking for something fun to do early week then join us this coming Tuesday at No-Jacks on Highway 159 in Smithton, IL.

Tonight is of course Bike Night at Geo's wings on West Main St in Belleville. This week they are going to have a dj on site to entertain the crowd and to change things up some. Also rumor has it they may give away a pair of tickets to Saturday nights Rams game to a lucky person.

This is the fourth week of the Moonlight TT and this week we are starting at Caddy Shack on 89th St in Caseyville, Il. This is a fun place sign up for the poker run is from 6 to 7 last bike in by 11 and there is free food at the first stop.

Now for the rest of the weekend:
15th - 17th Root Hog Rally
at the Arrowhead Campground on the Caster River at Grassy, MO gates open Friday at 2

16th 3rd Annual Support Our Soldiers Run
sign up at Local 2250 UAW Hall 1395 E Pearce Blvd in Wentzville, MO last bike out at 10:30

16th FSMC Rodeo for MDA
at the Dupo Quarterback Club in Dupo, IL

16th Jonathan Myles Edwards Poker Run
sign up 11 to 1 at Sit N bull in New Memphis, IL

17th Stone Celts HOG Elks Crippled Children Run
sign up from 10:30 to noon at Frieze HD on Greenmount Rd in OFallon, IL

17th Bootleggers Poker Run
sign up at Teds Motorcycle World on Humbert in Alton, IL from noon to 2

17th TJs Bike Show
at TJs Bar and Grill Hwys 61/67 and Z in Pevely, MO a bike show and a whole lot more

Phony Rooster

If you commit to advertising an event and then after two years, your employees cover your debt well you might be a phony rooster.

Oh and of course as stated before any resemblance of Phony Rooster to any person real or fictional, alive or dead is strictly coincidental.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Thanks To All Who Helped Us Celebrate Our 5th Anniversary

Like John said in an earlier post, our anniversary party was a huge success and I thank all who attended and also Johnny, Roger and Hammer collectively known as Floodline and also their opening act Ace in the Sleeve. I would like to take a minute to express my gratitude to a few groups first I thank the Vietnam Vets M/C Missouri and Illinois Chapters for showing their support, the Road Raptors Riding Club from Fairview Heights, IL, a stong contingent from the Missorui March of Dimes, representatives of the Hartbauer/McBride Foundation and there is another group I am missing.

I recognize those groups in particular because we have helped them with promoting events in the past and they get it. They know that if you want an organization to support you you should support them. However it is a little disheartening to see a lack of participation by groups that have no problem asking for support for their causes but don't support other's causes. These groups missed out on a most excellent party and also showed their true colors.

Two Wheel Tuesdays

Hello we are proud to be involved with No-Jacks in Smithton, IL Two Wheel Tuesday Bike Night. The first one is this coming Tuesday August 5th. I would like to see a lot of The Biking Life supporters at this event. So towards that goal the first ten people that meet me at Geo's Wings and More on West Main St. between 6:30 and 7 PM I will give t-shirts to and anyone else that shows up at No-Jacks wearing The Biking Life gear I will buy your first beer. No-Jacks is located on IL 159 on the north side of Smithton, IL. I hope to see you here and thanks for your support.

A Special Thanks to the Ladies at Show-Me's

The 5th Anniversary Biking Life Magazine celebration at Show-Me's in Fairview Heights was a huge success and a great time was had by all that attended. In addition to the free delicious wings, the young ladies at Show-Me's did a tremendous job keeping the drinks and other foods flowing. The place was packed both inside and outside with two excellent bands keeping the crowd entertained on the patio.

Where in the World are Dave and Kelly Perry

Has anyone seen these two road warriors? It has been a while since I saw them at anything and was just wondering.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Some Motorcycle Stuff for This Weekend

With Sturgis still going on there are not a lot ofevents this weekend but obviously in my eyes The Biking Life 5th Anniversary and Poker Run is one of the biggest. You can sign up at either the St Charles on Veteran's Parkway, the South County on Lemay Ferry one block north of gateway to the west HD, or the Fairivew Heights IL on Lincoln Highway locations all routes will run through various Show-Me's locations before ending up back at Fairview Heights for a party featuring the music of Floodline. I hope to see you all there.

There is also the third iteration of the Moonlight TTs going on this weekend tonight we start at Crehan's 5600 North Belt West. Sign up is from 6 to 7 and last bike in is 11:30.

Here are some other options:
9th Riders for Kids 3rd Annual Poker Run and Toy Drive
sign up from 10 to 11 at White Mule Bowling Alley( used to be Frogz) in Desoto, MO

9th 1st Annual St Clair CO ABATE Poker Run
sign up 11 to noon at Gallaghers in Freeburg, IL

10th The Biking Life 5th Anniverary Party and Poker Run
sign up 11 to 12:30 at either the Fairivew Heights, South County or St Charles Show-Mes for more info call (6128) 531 -0432

10th 5th Annual Shrine Poker Runn
sign up 11 to 1 at B.S. Boogies in Maryville, IL

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Not a Political Endorsement!

"I'm told Barack Obama is proud of going to Berlin to hear the cheeers of 100,000 Germans. Well, I'd rather come to Sturgis and hear the noise of 50,000 Harleys!"

John McCain

Sturgis August 5,2008

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Sunday, August 3, 2008

New Bike Night

Hello we are proud to be involved with No-Jacks in Smithton, IL Two Wheel Tuesday Bike Night. The first one is this coming Tuesday August 5th. I would like to see a lot of The Biking Life supporters at this event. So towards that goal the first ten people that meet me at Metro Cycles between 6:30 and 7 PM I will give t-shirts to and anyone else that shows up at No-Jacks wearing The Biking Life gear I will buy your first beer. No-Jacks is located on IL 159 on the north side of Smithton, IL. Oh I neglected to mention that Metro Cycles is located at 110 Mascoutah Ave in Belleville, IL. and their phone number is (877) 754-3777 I hope to see you here and thanks for your support.


Latest Issue of the Magazine Now Online

The August issue of the Best Damn Motorcycle Magazine is now online. Yes the August version of The Biking Life is now available online. To see the whole thing just click on the cover which looks like the picture here and it will bring up the whole magazine. The excerpts should be up by Wednesday. Thanks for reading and riding.

Yesterday's Motorcycle Events

Hi-even though there were not a ton of events going on this weekend, yesterday was a busy day. It started at St. Ambrose on Wilson St. on the "Hill" where I attended the funeral service for Judy Yount. There was a great processional ride afterwards that many of Judys friends took part in.

Then it was off to deliver more magazines; oh, and I will have the website updated this evening. I delivered all the way out to Stanton, MO which gave me an opportunity to talk to old friends like Mike Stout at the Union flea market. He has some awesome deals and motorcycle accessories and is always a good dude to talk to. Next time you are out that way check him out.

After that I stopped by the Grand Opening of Tubas at 4036 S Grand Ave in St Louis. There were a lot of his BACA buddies there and he already had bikes on the tables and was wrenching on them. I believe their specialty is going to be quick turnaround and very reasonably priced oil changes. In fact, rumor has it some shops are already complaining about the prices he is charging. Well I think that is the way American business works, you know the whole build a better mousetrap thing.

Then it was off to Gallaghers for the second of five nights of poker runs known as the Moonlight TT. After taking a year off, this fun night time poker run is resurgent. As I wrote the other day, the tunrout wasn't awesome for the first week, but this week we had 10 times as many bikes and everyone looked like they were having a great time so I'll bet it will continue to grow. Next week we start at Crehans on North Belt West in Belleville and sign up is from 6 to 7 PM; last bike in is 11:30. My apologies to the folks last night, we got out of there a little late. I am not sure why, maybe it had soemthing to do with crazy people karaokeing at Ardie and Tinys in Collinsville, Ardies is also pictured above. I also thank Brett Small, Gene, Gary and Sis of S & J Main Street for coming up and riding with us. Oh and we can't forget Patty and her chair dances.

This was probably the biggest nighttime tavern run in St Clair County this year and only promises to continue to grow. We don't do this for The Biking Life, we do not have to have our name on it. We are doing this for fun and for charity. Towards that end, I personally thank Sis Sager and Brett Small for donating back their winnings. That enabled us to raise $150 last night for the Belleville Womens Shelter. I hope to see you at Crehans next week and remember free food at the first stop!

Phony Rooster

If you own a motorcycle shop but people rarely see you ride a motorcycle well you just might be a Phony Rooster.