Weekly Update
Greetings Riders,
Well, last weekend was our best days for riding this year so far. Sunday was a beautiful day for a ride at 83 degrees for a high. We took advantage of it by making our first trip of the year to Canyon Lake and Tortilla Flat. The ride ended up being 180 miles enjoying one of the best rides in the state that is just outside of the valley. A little short in miles for me, but not a bad start to get back into the saddle for a bit. Tortilla Flat was really packed with snowbirds and motorcycles. If you plan on eating there, don't go real hungry, because there will probably be a wait. We ended up eating at the Lakeside Restaurant & Cantina. Food was OK, but the view of the lake was excellent from the outdoor patio and well worth the stop. The road needs a little TLC and there seems to be a lot of gravel on it. It is not terrible, just be careful in the corners, and there are a lot of them. See the beautiful photos showcasing some of the best Arizona riding and landscape. Click Here. Click Slideshow in upper right to view full screen.
A lot of you probably saw the increasingly popular Westminster Dog Show on TV this past Monday and Tuesday. It is amazing how popular this event is getting. The winners are paraded around the morning news shows like movie stars or MVP's of the Super Bowl. Just for fun I Googled "how many dogs owners in the us". I found from the Humane Society of the United States that there are over 77 million owned dogs in the United States. 39 percent of U.S. households own at least one dog. On average, owners have 1.7 dogs. Now I know why this show has become so popular.
In 2003 I did a newsletter article about the Westminster Dog Show that still rings true today. I think you will enjoy how even today, I still relate a lot of things back to riding.
Mrs. C. is a huge dog fan and watches all 6 hours of this show every year. I have to admit, this thing is really getting big. You see it on the front pages of various newspapers, interviews with the winner on CBS The Early Show and radio. I even remember a few years ago Scott Pasmore on 3 TV admitted to having strange dreams about dogs floating away underneath some helium balloons. He wouldn't say on the air what happened, but Cyclerides inside sources have said that the balloons popped in flight and apparently it wasn't pretty. Alrighty then Scott, maybe we should have Dr. Phil take a look at this one. My suggestion would be to cut down on the Underdog cartoons, no Alpo commercials before bedtime and refrain from sticking your head out of the window while driving. All have been known to lead to strange dog dreams by humans.
As always, when doing something that does not capture 100% of my attention, I tend to revert everything back to my love for motorcycles.
As I was watching the 133rd Westminster Dog Show with Mrs. C. and hearing the booming voice of announcer Mike LaFave introduce the Mastiff from the Working Group, I thought maybe we could follow that same format with motorcycle shows. As you might recall, Mike boomed out the background of the Mastiff as "one of the most important breeds still in existence, he is a foundation dog that helped create the Bulldog, the Boxer, the Great Dane, Saint Bernard and New Foundland. He has been known for centuries in England and before that in Greece and Rome. He may have originated in Tibet thousands of years ago. This is Mastiff, number six!"
Why couldn't we do that with motorcycle shows?
It would instead go something like this: "The Harley-Davidson, one of the most important brands still in existence, it is a foundation brand that helped create the Yamaha, the Kawasaki, the Honda, the Suzuki and the Goldwing. Harley has been known for over a century in the United States and abroad. And may have originated in the mind of Walter Davidson's ancestors in Tibet thousands of years ago." This is Harley-Davidson, Number six!
And when you change groups it would sound like this.
And now I would like to introduce the Sport Cruiser Group. "The V-Rod, a crossover breed that has it's beginnings from the sport bike. 21st Century lore has it that a Harley Deuce and a Yamaha V-Max had an intimate moment during a ride in Germany and the V-Rod was born. As with all new breeds introduced into the club, the V-Rod will not be accepted as its own category in the club until there is acceptance by the public and continued breeding of other models." This is V-Rod, Number seven!
So next year when you are watching the 136th Westminster Dog Show you can imagine what words Mike LaFave would use to describe your motorcycle. And by the way Scott, you might want to move the dog bones away from the protein bars, you must have gotten them mixed up a time or two to come up with a dream like that. 

Tidbits and Updates:
**If you missed my preview of Arizona Bike Week in the newsletter last week. Click Here. As a reminder, if for some reason you don't get the newsletter, you can always go to the front page of to read the online edition. If you need to refer to an older newsletter, go to the Archives for all past newsletters.
**Each year Arizona Bike Week gives out the "Arizona Bike Week Hero Award" on the opening night at Westworld to a person who they feel has made a contribution to the motorcycle community in Arizona over the years. I am honored to say that this year they have chosen me to be the recipient of that award for 2011. There will be a brief award ceremony in the Handlebar Saloon at Westworld on Wednesday, March 30th at 8pm following the Miss Arizona Bike Week competition. I am inviting all of you to stop by and share this award with me. The Hideaway Grill in Cave Creek is sponsoring a ride to escort Mrs. C. and I from the Hideaway to Westworld leaving at 6pm. Make plans to ride with us to Westworld from the Hideaway. Thanks again to Arizona Bike Week for this honor and allowing me to be a part of the 15th Anniversary celebration.
The question that I get most when I am out and about is: "When is the Westgate Bike Night going to start?" I now have that answer. Westgate wanted to begin the bike night as soon as we could in March, but due to Coyote game conflicts with the arena on Thursday nights, the first night that we could start it is on March 31st. The good news is that we are going to be able to run 14 consecutive nights without interruption through June 30th. Bike Night will be kicked off by welcoming Ernie Lizarraga back from rehab as well as honoring all of the victims from that devastating motorcycle accident that took place almost one year ago. We are now in the planning stages for programming for each of these nights and look forward to seeing you again this season. If you would like to be a sponsor of this event, email me at .

Bike Nights

Every Thursday Night
It’s Biker Bull Night at Western Trails Ranch!  Come on out to the Ranch and watch the bikers ride the bulls. This is a live bull show and Thursday’s are amateur night, starts at 7:00pm every Thursday.  Bull riding is billed as the most exciting sport on the planet and that ain’t no lie.  We have audience games during the intermission with prizes, Happy Hour all night!  Or ride the Mechanical Bull $2.00 a ride. Buzzard’s Saloon and the Ice House will be open, so come early and have dinner in our steakhouse.  Check out our website at $5.00 admission at the gate; pays for the bull stock production company, which is K4 Bucking Bulls Luke & Gina Kraut.  It’s just a good time – don’t miss the excitement. Western Trails Ranch is located at 37823 NW Grand Avenue Mile Marker 123.5 FROM SURPRISE Morristown AZ 85342.

This Week
Saturday, February 19th
Chief Bill Lanford Memorial Ride. Honoring our Fallen Firefighter Brother William D. “Bill” Lanford was the Chief of Buckeye Valley Fire until he was tragically killed while riding his Harley on Vulture Mine Road on February 6th 2003. Please join the many brother and sister Firefighters, Law Enforcement Officers and all of his friends and family in honoring Chief Lanford on this memorial ride. Everyone is welcome – Any Scooter, Hot Rod, or Apparatus, Ride it, Drive it, Push it, or Pull it – Just come and make this a huge, memorable event. Check-in at 8:00 A.M. – Ride Starts at 10:00 A.M. at Station 324: 25206 W. MC 85 Buckeye Az. 85326. Continental Breakfast Provided. $20.00 Single rider, $25.00 Couple. Escorted, 100 mile ride, including a stop at Bill’s roadside memorial on Vulture Mine Rd. Everyone Welcome to the After Ride Party.  If any questions please contact Jason at or 480-734-3778
Saturday, February 19th
Buddy Stubbs ANTHEM Hogs and Dogs. Join us for Free Hot Dogs, Drinks, Live Music and much more from 11:00AM to 3:00PM for our Hogs and Dogs Party at Buddy Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson. While you are there, see the NEW 2011 HD Blackline motorcycle and take advantage of 3.99% Financing on all new models. It is a really nice ride up to Anthem and This event is always a good time and one that riders look forward to every month. Buddy Stubbs Anthem is located at 41715 N. 41st Dr. in Anthem, AZ 85086. 623-465-1122.
Sunday, February 20th
6th Annual "Biker's Soar For Wildlife". This is the 6th year for this run and from the beginning this has been a well attended event. You might have seen my articles and photos about the Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center in the past. If not, CLICK HERE for Photos and Story.  This year the ride will end at Pioneer Restaurant and as always, will have a great lunch, rock and roll music from the 60's, 70's & 80's, raffle and prizes. And of course you will get to see some of the animals you are riding for at the end of the ride. Registration from 8am - 9:30am at Arrowhead Harley-Davidson located at 16130 Fountain Center dr. in Peoria, AZ. Ride Starts at 9:00 am (New ride route with more curves-approximately 120 miles) Single Rider: $30.00 or Rider with Passenger: $35.00. Registration Includes: Lunch, T-shirt for and Ride Pin for the FIRST 300 who register. More information, please call, 623-587-0139 or visit the website at or send an email to Sandy at
February 1st - April 30th
Looking for a new bike, have a little extra time on your hands and know a lot of people? Chester's HD is giving you the opportunity to win a 2011 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra for a little effort on your part. Giveaway program starts February 1, 2011, and ends April 30, 2011. Just bring someone you know into Chester's Harley-Davidson to buy a new bike. You must accompany buyer to the dealership and have proof of purchase signed off by the General Manager. Buyer must agree to Chester's Harley-Davidson's terms of sale and cannot already have a deal pending at Chester's.  Validity of referral is at the sole discretion of the General Manager and could be denied. The person who brings in the most new bike sales wins a 2011 Harley-Davidson Road Glide® Ultra. Referrals must be contracted and take delivery of a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle at Chester's Harley-Davidson by April 30, 2011. Winner must refer a minimum of three sales to qualify.  There will be no ties.  In the event that 2 or more persons bring in the highest amount of qualifying buyers, the winner will be the person that reaches the minimum of three sales first. Winner is responsible for all applicable sales tax, license and doc fees. Click Here for details.
Next Week
Saturday, February 26th
Chester's Harley-Davidson Spring Fashion Show. Every year Chester's Harley-Davidson throws a big Spring Fashion Show to highlight the best of the Harley-Davidson Motorclothes. Plan to be at Chester's on Saturday, February 26th from 11am - 1pm to enjoy the show. The day will also feature The Arizona Derby Dames & Hot Male Models. There will be a Wine and Cheese Reception along with a photo shoot to follow the Fashion Show. See Lesleigh or Kristen from 11am - 1pm to ask for the "Secret Code". All FREE. Chester's HD is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ.
Saturday, February 26th
Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson Hogs and Dogs. Ride by Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson and enjoy his famous monthly Hogs and Dogs event from 11am - 3pm. LIVE Music, FREE Food, FREE Drinks, FREE Motorcycle Museum Tours with Buddy Stubbs, and a Pool Tournament. While you are there, see the NEW 2011 HD Blackline motorcycle and take advantage of 3.99% Financing on all new models. This event is always a good time and one that riders look forward to every month. Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson is located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix, AZ. 602-971-3400. .
Saturday, February 26th
Hogs with Hearts Poker Run. Hacienda HOG Chapter 97 is hosting the Second Annual Hogs with Hearts Poker Run. This run is in support of the MDA Children’s Summer Camp at Camp Shadow Pines east of Payson, Arizona.   We’ll be giving away over $5,000 worth of raffle prizes so don’t miss out on your chance for some great prizes as well as making a difference in a child's life. The entry fee is $25 for a single rider and $35 two-up. Fee includes a t-shirt for the first 100 registered riders, ride pin, coffee and breakfast supplied by Dunkin Donuts at the start, lunch and live music at the end.  The ride will start at Hacienda Harley-Davidson.  There will be prizes for high and low hand as well as dozens of raffle prizes including a Shell Vacation Club week valued at over $2100. Best Hand grand prize is $250 cash.  Ride Registration is from 8am - 10am at Hacienda HD located at 15600 N. Hayden Rd. in Scottsdale. All Bikes Welcome.  Join us for a great 120 mile ride through beautiful Arizona scenery and make a huge difference in a child’s life.  More information and online registration at
Saturday, February 26th
Puttin For Pooches Poker Run. To benefit the Arizona Humane Society. Pre-Registration online at -$40.00 per rider, $20.00 per passenger, or register in person at Chandler Harley Davidson. Registration includes breakfast, a ride T-shirt, lunch at Cave Creek Smokehouse and an event patch. Breakfast will be served starting at 8:30am at Chandler Harley Davidson, 6895 W. Chandler Blvd., which will also be the starting point of the ride that starts at 10am. Ride ends at Humane Society at South Mountain. We will have great raffle prizes, prizes for high/low hand at the end of the ride. Tour the shelter. Adoptable pets. For more information, The Arizona Humane Society relies solely on donations and receives no government funding, so please help us support this worthy cause.
Saturday, February 26th
2nd Annual AZ Freedom Ride. This ride benefits the Wounded Warrior Project. The Freedom Ride is a motorcycle poker run that will start in the West Valley at Westgate Fountain Plaza and it will end with a reception at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill. All proceeds will be matched and will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. On site registration will take place from 10:00am-Noon. Kickstands Up at Noon! A BBQ Lunch will be provided at 3rd Stop! Last Poker Hand needs to be at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill at 5:00pm. Freedom Ride Reception is open to the public and there is no cover charge! There will be High Hand and Low Hand Winners, Prize Giveaways, Live Music, Meet and Greet the Wounded Warriors, Specials and Much More! Come join the fun!!!
February 25th-27th
Checkered Flag Run. The Checkered Flag Run is a weekend in Arizona hosted by the Second II None Phoenix Motorcycle Club, Phoenix International Raceway and Talking Stick Resort and Casino. The weekend culminates with an escorted motorcycle run from Talking Stick Resort and Casino to Phoenix International Raceway to watch NASCAR Drivers, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson tear up the track in the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, Sunday, February 27th, 2011. 3 days of activities and fun.

This is quickly becoming a very big event. Here are a few details of what is going to happen:
For $35.00 this is what you get, all inclusive: 
Friday Feb. 25 - Meet and Greet at Talking Stick Resort 5-9pm (includes 2 drinks Hosted by 3 Amigo's Tequila)
Saturday Feb. 26th - Picnic at Hacienda Harley-Davidson 11-6pm (Food, Fun, Games, Music and more) 
Saturday Feb. 26th - Leather and Lace Ball at Talking Stick Resort 9p-2a (Miss Checkered Flag Contest)
Sunday Feb 27th - Police Escort to PIR, Subway Fresh Fit 500 from Talking Stick Resort 8am 
When you get to PIR you will have reserved seats, VIP motorcycle parking and: 
Largest Motorcycle Club present wins $5,000.00, Largest Female Club present wins $2,500.00, Largest Social Club present wins $1,000.00, Bike Show like no other judged by Paul Yaffe, Brian Klock and Rick Hatch. Bike Show winner $3,000.00 and escorts PIR President to winner circle to present Subway Fresh Fit 500 trophy. All this for only $35.00. For more information or to buy tickets call Ed LeClere at 602-315-0711. Or go to register your group or buy tickets.


Mid Week Updates will be made on the Facebook. New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to Facebook. Over 2800 FANS! Take a look at all the new photos posted on the wall. If you are not on Facebook, you can still view the page, but you will not be able to post. There will be a link there for you to sign up for Facebook if you are inclined. Click the LIKE button!

Have you ever wondered what happens to a washing machine if you happen to put a brick in it?. Click Here to View.

Here is one good reason to read a newspaper instead of an I-PadClick Here to View.

Arizona treasure hunt “revs up” for the keys to a $35,000+ custom motorcycle from Sucker Punch Sally's!  “The BAD Economy Buster Bling Bike Hunt(TM) is a fun, out of the ordinary public event happening right now thanks to many retailers, restaurants and businesses across the state. The keys to a stunning custom are hidden somewhere in Arizona and nine (9) clues will lead one lucky winner to them!  The clue access codes are distributed weekly at participating merchants around the state (in Phoenix, Tucson, Cottonwood and more). Those interested in joining the search can find a list of clue access code locations at  Each week, upon getting your new access code (which are free!), then visit the site again and type in the access code to view a video clue. Every clue will divulge more details and ultimately lead you to the bike! The winner and motorcycle will be unveiled at Arizona Bike Week on Saturday, April 2nd. Now’s the time to join the hunt! Visit for all the details!

Video of the Week: Here are a collection of 4 mishaps that definitely were not very well thought out in advance. That's gonna leave a mark! Click Here to View. Click on the Video of the Week graphic on the page.

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Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"

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