16th Annual Moonshine Ride

Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Cross Roads Harley-Davidson, 1921 US Hwy 421. Presented by Wilkesboro H.O.G. Benefits High Country First in Families. Poker run where famous moonshine haulers drove their way to fame and fortune to NASCAR. $20/rider, $10/passenger. Register 2–4:30 pm. FMI 336-973-0533 or www.wilkesborohog.webs.com

5th Annual Paul Orlandi Memorial Poker Run

Grass Valley, California. Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gate 1, McCourtney Rd. Presented by family and friends to benefit a local children’s charities. 191-mile ride through the Sierras ends at Nevada City Elks with tri-tip barbecue, raffle prizes, 50/50 raffle, and $250 high/low hands. $20, pin to first 200. Sign in 8–10:30 am. FMI 530-692-0130 or see us on Facebook

Original Three Bridge Run

Oakland, California. OMC Club Hall, 742 45th Ave. Presented by Oakland MC to benefit them and their charity. Poker run, trophies, 50/50, run pin, food, soft drinks, historic clubhouse and photos, live music, and event shirts avail. $20/person. Sign in 3:30 pm, last hand in by 9:30 pm sharp. FMI 510-521-3699

Run to the Pines

Jamestown, California. Jamestown Harley-Davidson, 18275 Hwy. 108. Presented by Jamestown H.O.G. #8102. Benefits local charities. Poker run ($20) ends at Dardanelle Resort with music, prizes, food, and chance to win a Sportster 1200L and two $500 Visa Cards (only 1,500 tickets sold.) Sign in 8:30–11 am. FMI 209-852-0338

SBFMC Poker Run

Antioch, California. Red Caboose, 210 Fulton Shipyard Rd. Presented by Street Bike Freaks MC, Pittsburg Chapter. Cash prize for high hand, music, raffle prizes, food, 50/50, and more. Bar avail. Donation $20, free for presidents with colors. Register 9:30–11 am. FMI 925-325-2884

Angel Winged Rider Kathy

American Woman Riders would like to thank Don Bunna for sharing his love of his Angel Kathy with us.

When I ride now she’s also my Angel watching over me and I’m glad she’s on my shoulder. Thank you Don!

 

     My beautiful wife Kathleen Lyons-Bunna and I had been planning to ride the Blue Ridge Mountains for 6 months. We had both bikes packed. Kathy rides a 2010 Heritage. We had plans on staying in Tulsa for Friday night & heading out bright & early Saturday with the sunrise, down US 412 into AR. 

 

     Just before Stroud, a massive storm rolled out of nowhere & I couldn’t see anything in front of us.  As Kathy had much less seat time than I, I felt the only safe thing was to pull onto the shoulder and wait out the heavy downpour.   We left our flashers on, dismounted, stood in back of our bikes & spent the next 7-10 minutes holding hands and joking.  At one point I said a particular joke, she countered with one of her own. We broke out into laughter. I bent down to kiss her.

 

     We had our shields half way up and after releasing the kiss; I looked out of the corner of my right eye & saw a car with bright head lights coming directly at us. It was driving on the shoulder of the road, at a very high speed. As I went to grab Kathy & push her & me to safety, the driver thought of reacting identically & at the same moment, swerving to avoid hitting us, but ultimately hitting both of us.  Kathy took the brunt of the impact & began riding her new Iron Horse instantly into Heaven.  I was spared; don’t know how to this day & I came away with injuries that would heal quickly.  In determining later what may have happened, it seems this was a horrendous twist of fate & some irresponsible driving on the part of the driver. 

 

     Kathy & I met 3 years ago on match.com & on our first date I explained to her how important riding was in my life. She told me she had been thinking about learning how to ride herself.  An HR executive, well known in the OKC area, she was always about being in control of her life; so she took the beginner’s class at OKRiders & we got her a 2005 Honda Shadow to learn on.  She graduated up to a 1200 Custom Sportster & traded up for her dream bike, a 2010 2Tone Pearl Blue/Pearl Purple Heritage.  At first I thought she was learning how to ride just to be with me but, no, she was feeling it in her soul and looking forward to seeing the Blue Ridge Mountains.  She asked me 1 week before we left, what was the one thing I was truly looking forward to on our vacation. 

 

       I told her…to see your smile, from ear to ear, the moment you gaze your eyes on the Blue Ridge Mountains.  I told her I had seen them already, in a cage, but still had seen them, but my one greatest moment was going to see her smile when she finally saw the Majesty of the vast & beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. My wife Kathy has always been competitive in everything she did. Well, before I could get her there to see the majestic rolling mountains, she got an aerial view from Heaven.Kathleen was an HR exec. at a financial institution, here in OKC & had been very active for many years in the Oklahoma State and the Oklahoma City HR Society. We were married on October 9th. We had within our new home, us, an 11 year old special needs son & a 16 year old son trying hard to get through high school. Although, I can say, we had a couple husband/wife differences since we’d been together & we both had previous marriages that didn’t work. We knew from almost the very beginning we were soul mates.  We used to tell each other, we may not be perfect people but we’re just perfect for each other.

 

      I will love her forever & will cherish her & her memory forever.  Including the family she picked up from me, we had a total of 8 children, ranging from 35-11 & at the time of her bike ride into Heaven, 5 grandchildren.  The sixth grandchild was born 2 days after Kathy’s funeral. They say when one angel leaves to travel to Heaven they make way for another angel here on earth.

 

 

          Our bikes ended up in perfect condition, never touched by the driver and the car.  It has taken me awhile, but I’m starting to feel my soul and her’s while riding. You never REALLY know when your last day on this earth will be.

 

 

Note from Tina : When I read Don’s story about his love for Kathy it made me really think about not taking any day for granted and that we need to not forget our friends and loved one that have gone before us and are now Angels. American Woman Riders is making a Tribute Page to those Angels watching over us. Angel Kathy is the inspiration for this Tribute Page and will be our first Angel Winged Rider.

 

Angel Winged Riders

 

 

If you have an Angel Winged Rider please email me at harleyskyangel@comcast.net . American Woman Riders would be honored to proudly include their spirit on our page.

 

Safe Rides Always and Remember To Find Joy In Your Journey!

Tina – HarleySkyangel – American Woman Riders 

 

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7th Annual Buffalo Bike Run

Miami, Oklahoma. Buffalo Run Casino, 1000 Buffalo Run Blvd.
 Poker run with $101,000 in payouts, Circus Una, Ted Nugent concert, bike shows, Rte. 66 parade,
Buffalo Run Brisket Challenge, camping, and more.
FMI www.buffalobikerun.com

Newest Orlando Harley-Davidson Store is Custom Fit

Seventh Central Florida Location Debuts at Downtown Disney® West Side

Orlando, Fla. – When customers enter the newest Orlando Harley-Davidson (OHD) location at Downtown Disney® West Side , they won’t hear the usual store soundtrack of chart-toppers and oldies. As soon as they set foot inside, they’ll be greeted by the sounds of the road: the roar of V-twin engines accelerating from 0 to 60 and the signature “potato-potato” for which Harleys are known. This isn’t just a store – it’s a celebration of the Harley-Davidson® culture. And that’s just how owners Steve and Anne Deli envisioned it when they started designing the store two years ago.

“For fans of the brand, Harley-Davidson® is a way of life,” said Anne Deli, President of OHD. “We wanted this store to speak to that culture. For us, it’s about more than selling merchandise. It’s about creating a place for both die-hard Harley fans and those simply curious about riding.”

The new store’s 3,635-sq.-ft. layout and hands-on format encourages customers to touch the merchandise and sit on the display bikes. For the first time at a
Harley-Davidson® store, visitors can “ride” a motorcycle in front of a variety of green-screen backgrounds, including Daytona Beach and Route 66, and take home photos to remember the experience.

When it comes to merchandise, the store offers everything from adult shirts and jackets to baby bibs and dog collars. For those looking to personalize the iconic Harley leather vest, the store sells a wide array of pins and patches, including some exclusive to the location. A full-time seamstress sews purchases while customers wait.

Throughout the motorcycle world, Harley-Davidson® bikes are renowned for their intricate design and custom paint jobs. To incorporate this element, local artists Vince Balistreri and Ted Schoonard each designed and painted original sculptures for OHD.

“It’s not often that a store doubles as an attraction,” said Deli. “We wanted to encourage interaction for all ages of Downtown Disney® visitors. As lovers of the Harley-Davidson® lifestyle, Steve and I designed the store to reflect the type of place we’d want to visit.”

Situated between Planet Hollywood and AMC Theatres, the store is located at 1502 East Buena Vista Drive in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Hours are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.