Weekly Update
Greetings Riders,
What a difference a weekend makes. This past weekend was as bad as the weekend it before was so good. It is really sad to see motorcycle events rained out or at the least impacted by rain and bad weather. I've had it happen to me a few times and I always empathize with those that have put so much work into these events. But, that does come with the territory when planning outdoor events. Unfortunately, this Saturday is not looking much better with the prediction of a 50% chance of thunderstorms. This will not only affect motorcycle riders, but also golf fans at the Phoenix Open this weekend. So keep that rain gear handy!
As you know I am an avid motorcycle rider and someone who constantly strives to cast a positive light on the motorcycling community. But even though I know how good, giving and caring most of those who ride motorcycles are, I am still amazed when we, as a group, are embraced by the mainstream as a result of our love of motorcycles. And that is exactly was has happened over the last couple of weeks in a very big way.
You might have seen the press lately about the upcoming plans for the Arizona Centennial celebration. On February 14, 1912, Arizona became the 48th state and the last of the contiguous states to enter the Union of the United States of America. In February 2012, Arizona will celebrate its 100th year of Statehood. At the time of statehood, Arizona epitomized the economic promise of the American West. Rich in natural resources, the state was earning its reputation as the home of the Five C's - copper, cattle, cotton, citrus and climate. Arizona continues to be recognized for its natural beauty, a high quality of life and its ongoing innovation in all fields of endeavors , from agriculture to technology.
Established by Executive Order, the Arizona Centennial Commission was formed to plan, promote and execute a comprehensive plan to commemorate the state of Arizona's 100th year of Statehood. There are over 63 Legacy projects planned that will include every city in the State. Signature projects including an Arizona Centennial Museum, Beautification projects, new historical markers, license plates, tree projects, etc. There are also 7 Signature Events that are listed which is where we will all have a particular interest.
Last Wednesday I was invited to attend the Governor's Centennial Summit at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix. All the dignitaries from cities across the state were there to see how they would be able to participate in Arizona Centennial. The number one project listed on the Signature Events was the Arizona Centennial Copper Chopper and Centennial Rides. The copper chopper idea was the brainchild of Arizona State Representative Jerry Weiers. Being an avid motorcycle rider and a real friend in the legislature to all motorcyclists of Arizona, Jerry thought that it would be a great idea to build a themed motorcycle to honor the State and draw attention to the Arizona Centennial. Others on the committee embraced the idea and the Copper Chopper was born.
I am proud to announce that long time Arizona resident and world famous custom motorcycle builder Paul Yaffe was chosen to build the Arizona Centennial Copper Chopper. You will be seeing and hearing a lot more about this motorcycle as Paul finishes this project. The Copper Chopper will travel the state for 18 months promoting the 100th anniversary of Statehood. It will serve as an ambassador bringing the Centennial Commission's celebration, a motorcycle safety educational exhibit and Arizona History exhibit to every corner of the State.
Culminating the tour of the bike will be rides that will come in from all over the State and the Southwest to a huge party in downtown Phoenix with national headliner bands, vendors, etc. This should be one heck of a celebration for our State. I am also honored to announce that I am Co-Chairman of the Centennial Ride committee and will be helping to organize this ride and event over the next couple of years.
The exciting part for me at the Centennial Summit was to watch Paul on stage with Governor Jan Brewer and Rep. Jerry Weiers unveil the preliminary drawing of what the motorcycle will look like. (Click Here for Video of the unveil and Governor Brewer's comments) Paul's vision of this bike will be to integrate as much of Arizona into the bike as possible. The bike will have a copper theme with parts being machined out of copper mined right here in Arizona. Copper plated wheels made to look like the Arizona flag, a copper oil tank and a copper air cleaner machined look like the state of Arizona, among many other ideas. I'm sure when Paul's creativity really gets going, it will be a masterpiece that we will all be proud of. The really good news is that someone will own this bike at the end of the Centennial. Raffle tickets will be sold for the bike and the winner will be drawn at the Centennial event. See Picture of Copper Chopper drawing. Click Here.
As I mentioned above, it is still amazing to me that the State is using a custom motorcycle in such a high profile position for the Centennial. And not only that, embracing the idea of having a ride-in from all over the state and the Southwest. That is really cool and something that all of us who ride should be proud of.
You could almost compare the evolving of motorcycling to country music. 30 years ago, no one wanted anything to do with country music. Now it has crossed over into mainstream and is the number one genre of music. Similar scenario with motorcycling. 30 years ago when you would pull up next to a car on the street, you could hear the electric door locks being employed and the driver looking straight ahead. Now people will give you the nod and even talk to you at a light. And with the honor of having the tour of the "Copper Chopper" as the Signature Event and ambassador for the Centennial, I think we should all be proud. I am happy to be a part of it and will do my best to help make this a great event. More information will follow over the next several months. Stay tuned.
Yesterday I went down to Yaffe's shop to take a look at the very start of the Copper Chopper. I took video of the raw frame and got some insight from Paul about what his vision is for this bike. For all of you motorcycle enthusiasts out there, I think you will find this video very interesting to see and hear Paul, in his own words, what his ideas are for the bike.
Click Here for Video.
Last Friday Paul was on TV3 and interviewed by Scott Pasmore about the Copper Chopper. Click Here for Video.
Governor Brewer unveils drawing of Copper Chopper. Click Here for Video.
Picture of Copper Chopper drawing. Click Here.

Highlights This Week
Saturday, February 27th
Buddy Stubbs Classic Car and Bike Show.
Don't miss the always fun Buddy Stubbs Classic Car and Bike Show from 11am to 3pm,
Enjoy Free Food and Drinks, Museum Tours with Buddy, Pool Tournament
Saturday, February 27th
Chester's Harley-Davidson Ride With Us.
I get a lot of emails from people wanting to know of informal groups to ride with.
Chester's monthly Ride With Us is the PERFECT time to take a ride and meet some new friends.
Every Saturday
Chester's Harley-Davidson "Party On The Patio".
Looking for a good quick ride destination or a great place to meet up with
your group for a ride? Grab lunch before you go!

Bike Nights This Week
Wednesday Night
NEW!! Starts Wednesday February 17th.
Wednesday Bike Night at Legends Bar & Grill in Scottsdale. (Formerly Brokers). Brokers is under new ownership and is now called Legends Bar and Grill. It is the same fun place with great food and atmosphere. Wednesday is Bike Night, but the new owner is welcoming the motorcycle riders all the time with specials everyday just for riders. Legends is conveniently located on the SW Corner of Frank Lloyd Wright and Scottsdale Rd. Motorcycle parking available every day. Stop by this coming Wednesday night for the Kickoff Party. Make Legends a stop for your charity ride. More details to come.
Thursday Night
The Bike Night At The Billet Bar The Billet Bar is the place to be for the Summer nights and weekends. Set on the patio and watch the action. Voted "BEST BIKER BAR IN PHOENIX" by New Times. There is no better place to watch all the Bikes ride down Scottsdale road than from The Billet Bar Patio. The Billet is ALWAYS packed with bikes Every Day. Stop by and take a look at the New Flamed Booths on the Paradise Patio. The new bars front and rear provide spacious seating, fresh air atmosphere, perfect temperature and courteous staff. The food is amazing and always the latest in cold libations await. You can sit at the back bar and watch your favorite TV on any of the seven big inch televisions. Play pool, listen to the latest music and socialize. The front patio seats over 75 people and is perfect for people watching on Scottsdale Rd. The Billet Bar is located on 3752 N. Scottsdale Rd. Check it out this Thursday night and all weekend long. Info: at 480-941-1876. Click Here for the New Billet Bar Page with pictures.
Bike Night Thursday at McDuffy's in Peoria. Bike Night at McDuffy's has been cancelled.
Every Saturday
Looking for a good quick ride destination or a great place to meet up with your group for a ride? Grab lunch before you go! Every Saturday from 11am - 2pm head to Chester's Harley-Davidson for the "Party On The Patio".  Enjoy FREE BBQ Burgers and Dogs with all the fixins', Live Music this week with Jynx and an Outdoor Sidewalk Sale. Great Deals to be had on some inventory reduction! Park under the patio, hang out with other riders, meet new friends and DEMO a brand new Harley-Davidson. Good times to be had by all. The Party on the Patio will be happening EVERY Saturday at Chester's Harley-Davidson located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404.
This Week
Wednesday, February 24th
MMA and ABATE of Arizona Present Motorcycle Day at the Dome. The purpose of the Motorcycle Day at the Dome is to meet, greet and converse with your district legislators and to discuss various issues facing motorcyclists today. Representatives from various motorcycle organizations and legislators will attend this event. This event is sponsored by MMA and ABATE of Arizona with volunteer organizations and motorcycle clubs. The date is Wednesday 2/24/10, from 11:30am - 1pm on the Capitol grounds, Arizona House & Senate Lawn 1700 W. Washington St. in Phoenix. As always. a barricaded area, reserved for bike parking will be on 17th Ave between Washington and Jefferson, the full length of the Capitol grounds. Your lobbyists can not do this alone and we are asking for your help to make this another great year with our legislation. See flyer for more details.  
Saturday, February 27th
Buddy Stubbs Classic Car and Bike Show. Don't miss the always fun Buddy Stubbs Classic Car and Bike Show from 11am to 3pm, We all need a destination on a Saturday and this is a good one. Centrally located and an easy ride from anywhere in the valley. Enjoy Free Food and Drinks, Museum Tours with Buddy, Pool Tournament, and Sales in General Merchandise and Parts. Enter your motorcycle in 5 judged categories. Best Bagger, Best Import, Best pre-1983 Vintage, Best MMI Student Bike and Best Custom. Enter your Classic Car for Best of Show. Call 602 971-3400 now to reserve your spot. Winner of each category win $100 Stubs Gift Card. Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson is located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix, AZ. 602-971-3400.
Saturday, February 27th
Chester's Harley-Davidson Ride With Us. I get a lot of emails from people wanting to know of informal groups to ride with. Chester's monthly Ride With Us is the PERFECT time to take a ride and meet some new friends. They do a great job of making everyone feel comfortable and welcome. And it is FREE. This month the ride is to Gila Bend stopping for lunch at Harrahs Casino and back to Chester's.  Chester's Ride With Us is quickly becoming a popular event every month at the dealership. Riders from all over the valley make their way to Chester's for these rides. This is a good opportunity to ride with some friends that you haven't met yet. Saddle up with Chester's Harley-Davidson for a fun ride to Gila Bend and back to Chester's. Everyone is Welcome! Ride Starts at Chester's located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa. Registration from 9:00am - 10:00am. Kickstands up at 10:30am. This is a FREE ride.  Call now to reserve your spot. 480-894-0404.
Saturday, February 27th
Viper Thunder Classic Motorcycle Poker Run. All proceeds to benefit the Verrado Viper Marching Band. Sign-In starts at 8am. Run leaves Verrado High School at 9am located at 20050 W. Indian School Rd. in Buckeye, AZ. $20 donation per hand. Ride to Gila Bend and return to the car show. Registration includes entering motorcycle into the Viper Thunder Classic Car and Cycle Show. Need not be present to win.
Saturday, February 27th
1st Annual Golden RME Poker Run hosted by KFYI. Join KFYI's MIKE BROOMHEAD for the 1st Annual RME Golden Poker Run to support the members of Arizona's Law Enforcement Community. Registration begins 10:30am at The Helmet Center located at 25225 N. Lake Pleasant Pkwy. (99th Ave & Happy Valley Rd in NW Peoria) Ride ends with Party & Raffle at Toby Keith's I LOVE THIS BAR 1065 N. Dobson, Mesa between 3pm - 4pm. Registration fee of $25.00 per player will go to FOP for Fallen Officers Memorial and covers your game & food at the end party. Donations being accepted by 100 Club in memory of Lt. Eric Shuhandler. Call 602-374-6131 for more info.
Next Week
First Friday Night of Every Month!
March 5th this month.
Motorcycles On Main St. in Mesa Sponsored by Chester's Harley-Davidson. Riders have been asking for something to do on a Friday night for a long time and it is finally here at least once per month. Last month over 400 riders came out to downtown Mesa for a fun time. Ride to downtown Mesa the first Friday of every month for the Downtown Mesa "Motorcycles On Main St." Cruise Main St. and enjoy Sturgis Style parking on the inside lanes. Park and show off your bike. The night will feature 4 Beer Gardens located throughout the 2 blocks and 4 Live Band Stages. Be sure and check it out this month on Friday, March 5th to join in on the motorcycle fun in Downtown Mesa from 6pm - 10pm. Downtown Mesa is located Just East of Country Club Dr. on Main St. Ride in with Chester's HD. Meet at the dealership at 6pm located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa. Ride leaves at 6:30pm and ends at the Chester's Booth on Main St. Reserved Motorcycle Parking on the Main St. See Ya There! Click Here for photos from last month.
Saturday, March 6th
Have you ever wondered how much horsepower you have when you are fully loaded and trying to pass those cars on a slow 2 lane road? It seems like never enough! But now you can find out how much you have and where you need to be to get around those cars in plenty of time. Stop by Chester's HD on Saturday, Marth 6th for a FREE Baseline Run on our Dyno and let us tell you how much Torque and Horsepower your motor is producing. While you are there, enjoy FREE Food and Live Music at the "Party on the Patio". Take part in the "Guess the horsepower on the turbo V-Rod contest". The person that guesses closest to how much horsepower and torque gets a $25 Chesterís gift card. Stop by Chester's Harley-Davidson from 10am - 3pm on Saturday, February 6th for all of the fun. Chester's HD is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404.
Saturday, March 6th
"Colon All Angels" Motorcycle Run. On March 6, 2010 we will be holding a Motorcycle Run with all proceeds going to the Colon Cancer Alliance. The ride will start at Joeta's Leather, 433 W Main St, Mesa, AZ. Registration will start at 10:30 a.m. with kickstands up at 12:00 p.m. Anyone pre-registering will be given 2 free raffle tickets to be used at the Angels Appreciation Party at Post 2 as a thank you for doing so. Your registration includes the day of riding, a meal ticket redeemable at American Legion Post 2 at the Angels Appreciation Party and a night of fun with old friends and new, along with some awesome music provided by Steel Solace. If you can't ride with us and would like to attend the Angels Appreciation Party, there is an option on the Pre-Registration page for $10.00 for dinner and live music only. Also you can pay at the door to join the party and fun! PUBLIC WELCOME!! All proceeds will benefit Colon Cancer Alliance, both locally and nationally. See the web site for more information and other ways to donate.  for research and treatment.
Saturday, March 6th
3rd Annual Car and Motorcycle Show. Presented by American Legion Post 35. All proceeds to benefit The Veterans Assistance Programs. Registration from 7:30am to 11:30 am. Takes place at the American Legion Post 35 located at 2240 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, AZ. Judging at Noon. Trophies at 1:00 pm. Food, Beer Garden, Music. Free Admission. Entry Fee: $15.00 per vehicle. Vendor Spaces $20 for a 10x10. More information contact Justin Phillips at 602-570-0881. Or John Lundquist at .
Saturday, March 6th
Phoenix Teen Challenge 3rd Annual Bike Run. The run's proceeds go to the men at Teen Challenge. Teen Challenge is a non-profit organization that fights addiction in men, women, and youth throughout Arizona. We are committed to changing the community one life at a time. Registration and Breakfast at 8am. Run begins at 9am. Start at Greater Phoenix Teen Challenge, 1515 W. Grand Ave., Phoenix. End at Christian Life Ranch, 47819 Figs Springs Road, Phoenix. $25 per bike includes breakfast and t-shirt. More information at .
Sunday, March 7th
Liberty Wildlifes 3rd Annual Born To Be Wild Motorcycle Run. We've gone to the north, we've gone to the west and now we are headed to the east and hope you join us!!  Ride starts at Logans Valley Motorcycles 1440 W. Main st Mesa and ends at the Riverbottom Saloon for burgers at Riverbottom 2501 N. Highway 79 in Florence. Sign up/Ride from 10-11 am. Last bike in by 2pm. First 100 registered riders receive Born to Be Wild Pin. $20 per person. includes Meal, Music, Raffle Ticket, and Grab Bag. 50/50, Live Auction and more. Live animals on display for you to see where your funds are going and a special surprise at the end. Contact Melissa or the Ladies of Liberty Wildlife at 480-998-0230.
New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to . 1800 FANS!
Take a look at all the new photos posted on the wall. I invite you to post a picture of yourself by a sign or landmark from a trip you have taken, or a picture of you on your motorcycle. Or just share your favorite ride with 1600 other motorcycle enthusiasts. 
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.
In honor of the Waste Management Phoenix Open this week, I thought I would include a fantastic golf shot. Apparently this was by Vijay Singh who was just trying to skip it across the water and get to the green during a pro am at the Master's. Look and see what happens.  Click Here to View.
This is another funny creative commercial that you will certainly remember. It is G rated, so don't go there. Click Here to View
Video of the Week:
This video is AMAZING! Be careful when driving around destruction zones.   
Click on the Video of the Week graphic on the page. Click Here to View.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"

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