Well, it has been a very emotional time for
motorcycle riders this week as the news of 8 motorcycles getting
run over by a dump truck, leaving 4 dead, 4 critically injured,
and 1 treated and released was reported and quickly spread through the
internet, email and text across the valley. Since hearing of this horrific
accident involving these motorcycles, I have been wondering how I would ever put
into words what I and many others must be feeling right now. So I have decided
to just candidly share my feelings and experiences as it happened over the
last several days.
The accident happened last Thursday, March 25th
at 27th Ave. and Carefree Highway in the Eastbound lane at around
11:30am. About 1:30pm I received a call from a friend that is a Phoenix police
officer that works in the air support out of Deer Valley airport. He called to
let me know that 10 motorcycles had been rear ended and run over by a dump
truck reportedly doing 40 mph and that there were possibly at least 5 dead. He
proceeded to tell me the reports about the magnitude of the scene describing it
as looking like a war zone with the truck and motorcycles catching on fire. My
heart skipped a beat and my stomach sunk in disbelief of what I was
hearing, immediately wondering if I knew any of the victims. I
asked if there were names released and he said that all he had heard is that
there was a Phoenix Firefighter involved.
Still in disbelief of the news that I had just
heard, I made a couple of phone calls to see if anyone had heard
anything else. As all of you know, the motorcycle community is a very close knit
group. So it wasn't long after the news started coming out that the
telephone tree in the motorcycle world was in high gear. My phone started
ringing as thousands of others did across the valley with everyone checking on
their riding buddies to see that they were ok. I had one guy call and say,
"Thank God you answered the phone, I heard the news and knowing that you are out
riding a lot, I wanted to make sure that it wasn't you in the accident".
The messages received were similar, just checking status after hearing the news.
I know this scene was played over and over as riders were immediately
checking on each other.
Being a part of this large in numbers, but very
small community of riders, I will admit to this news shaking me up pretty good.
We all have monumental news moments in our life that we will
remember forever. For example, I remember exactly where I was when I heard the
news of John Lennon getting shot, or the news of Elvis Presley passing away and
even as a small child, my first grade teacher telling us that our president, JFK
had been shot and killed. The circumstances with this accident were so horrific,
and the magnitude so large, that for me this will rank up there in the category
of knowing exactly where I was when I heard the news.
That Thursday evening at the Westgate Bike
Night, the talk of the riders was about the accident and if there
had been any names yet released. All we really knew was the original report
of five was now lowered to 3 confirmed dead and that 2 others,
including Phoenix Fire Captain, Ernie Lizarraga, were in very serious
condition and were hanging on to life. Names were later released and it was
confirmed that 67-year-old Clyde R. Nachand, 52-year-old Stephen Punch and
35-year-old Daniel L. Butler had died at the scene. Dayle Veronica
Downs-Totonchi, 47, died at the hospital Friday evening from extensive injuries
suffered in the crash. According to reports, the motorcyclists in this group
were members of the Phoenix M.C. Kruzer's and Phoenix Motorcycle Riders Group at
meetup.com and were on their way to Bartlett Lake for an afternoon ride.
Friday was a somber day for me and most in the
riding community as news was still sinking in and being deciphered
about the accident and trying to find out more information on the injured. The
news programs were reporting non stop on the crash when late Friday night it was
released that Dayle had passed away from her injuries. It was like another
dagger when I heard that seemingly restarting the grief that I had felt over the
last 30 hours.
This is how close knit the motorcycle world is.
Within 24 hours of this accident, the Phoenix Motorcycle Riders
Group and others put together a Solidarity ride in honor of these riders that
started in 2 locations and ended at the Roadrunner Saloon in New River.
Several hundred riders showed up on Saturday morning to pay their respects to
the fallen and make a donation to help the families involved. It was
amazing and heart warming to see so many, in such short notice to come
out and with a visible show of support. It never ceases to
amaze me how big the heart of the riding world
After spending some time there talking with
friends and acquaintances, I decided to take a ride by myself to
clear my head a bit and digest what had happened over the last 48 hours. It was
a beautiful day for a ride as I took the back way to Carefree Hwy. by way of 7th
St. and then on to Cave Creek for a burger. Knowing that could have been any one
of us stopped at that light, I just really wanted a moment to take an extra
special look at the mountains, enjoy the scenery and take time to give
thanks for it all.
On the way back to the West side I decided
to take Carefree Highway to the scene of the accident at 27th
Ave. and Carefree Hwy. to pay my respects. As I pulled up, there were
motorcycles and riders there doing the same. Over the last 48 hours there
had been a memorial started on the corner with flowers, teddy bears, and
even a motorcycle seat. In a mesquite tree there were several bandanas tied in
the tree as well as bandanas tied around the light pole next to the street. My
plans were to only stay a couple of minutes, but I found this to be such
a healing experience seeing all of the love that has been given to
these people, that I ended up staying 30 minutes just hanging out, talking with
other riders and letting it all sink in. If you haven't been by there yet,
I would suggest riding by and seeing it for yourself. It was the start of
my path to healing and recovering from the shock of this
horrible event. (See Photos of Memorial)
I didn't personally know Clyde, Stephen, Dan or
Dayle. But I'd say it is very possible that at some point I have
laid out my left hand to acknowledge them as they approached, gave them
a nod at a stop light, or greeted them at a bike night or an
event. Even though I didn't know them personally, it is possible
that our paths have crossed somewhere along the road or maybe in this
newsletter, but I consider them part of my motorcycle family and
grieve for them just the same.
There have been some tell me that this news
shook them up so bad that they are not ready to ride yet. I will
admit, that when I hopped on the bike Saturday morning to go to the
Solidarity ride, I didn't feel afraid, but I did have a heightened
sense of awareness of what was going on around me. It seemed like I was much
more in tune with what the cagers were doing around me. That is a good thing.
Unfortunately in this case, this group didn't have any chance against
an out of control dump truck behind them at 40mph.
We don't know the reasons things happen the way
they do and can't explain it. What we do know is that some day
it will all be revealed. We don't know why this man decided to move papers
around and not pay attention to the road and kill 4 innocent people. I seriously
doubt that he woke up on Thursday morning and made that his goal for the
day. But he is guilty of doing something that we have all been guilty of before,
and that is being distracted while driving. Be it answering the phone, changing
a radio station, a CD that has fallen on the floor or a child in a car
seat. It only takes a second and we have all been there, but have gotten lucky
that we didn't cause any harm. Hopefully we can become better drivers as well as
riders as a result of this.
It is not my job to judge the driver of
this truck. His punishment will come in many ways going forward. But after witnessing Mrs. C. being rear ended by a girl likely texting, I
can relate to the rage that is felt against this guy by family and friends.
Even though it was unintentional, it was also avoidable, and that is
the point that we have to drive home to all motor vehicle drivers including
ourselves. We need to slow down our lives and make driving our number 1
priority in a vehicle.
Finally, I would like to say to the family and
friends of Dan, Clyde, Steve and Dayle how sorry I am for
your loss. Standing at the site of the crash, I have said
a prayer for all of you to receive the peace and strength from
our Lord to get you through these very difficult times. I am grieving with
you. Mrs. C. and I both extend our heartfelt condolences to all of the families
of the fallen and pray for quick healing for the others that were injured.
God Bless us all as we ride on.
There have been some updates and new events
announced in the last couple of days. I would encourage everyone to
check my Cyclerides.com Facebook for news
in between newsletters. Even if you don't have a Facebook account, you can still
read my updates. view photos and comments by riders. If you do have a
Facebook account, Become a Fan. Go to http://budurl.com/CycleridesFB.
It is now being reported by John Fox of the
Phoenix Motorcycle Riders Group that there were actually 10 bikes
and 10 riders. Here are their updated conditions. Dan, Clyde, Steve passed
at crash site. Dayle passed in hospital on Friday, Ernie Lizarraga is
better, but still serious. Julie and Terry are still in hospital, but
expected to be release maybe at the end of the week or next week. Jason was
released. Todd was treated and released the day of the crash. Will was
This is an update from Ernie Lizarraga's oldest
daughter on Monday. "Hey everyone, I'm Ernie Lizarraga's oldest
daughter and I just wanted to update his other family. As of last night he's
still in critical condition, but he's stable and taking tiny steps forward
everyday. He's still "asleep" from the impact as well as the medicines but last
night was taking Dr.'s commands by raising 2 of his fingers. He'll get through
this, it will just take a while."
Candlelit Vigil at Connolly's Sports Grill -
6PM, Thursday, April 1st. Vigil will be held at 7:15 PM. Come give
respect to our fellow riders & their family members, who are in need of
support from the community, & need prayers to fully recovery from this
recent accident. Connolly's Sports Grill is located 2605 W. Carefree Hwy.,
Phoenix, AZ, 85085.
Funeral services for one of the fallen
Nachand, a decorated Vietnam Veteran and Patriot Guard Rider,
have been planned for Thursday April 1st, 10:00am at Church of the Beatitudes,
555 W. Glendale Ave, Phoenix, AZ. The Patriot Guard will participate in the
A memorial fund through Wells Fargo has been
established. It is "FMVF" (Fallen Motorcycle Victims &
Families). Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo location. The account # is
Central - Then Search "Motorcycle Crash" for all articles.
A very good video tribute to the fallen. Click Here
Friday, April 2nd
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. Downtown Mesa from 6pm - 10pm.
Saturday, April 3rd
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! FREE Baseline Run on our
Saturday, April 3rd
Head to the Ranch for a full day of music and fun featuring
the Ultimate AC/DC Experience with
Bike Nights This
NEW!! Day Changed to
For the riders in the Southeast Valley, the
Downtown Chandler Bike Night is back on! This year, the night for motorcycles in
Chandler changed. It is now on Tuesday nights. The really good news
is that the road will be blocked off for motorcycle only traffic which will
make this a much more safe and enjoyable event. Thanks to the City and the
Downtown Chandler Community Partnership for making this happen. Once again we
will have vendors, music and participating bars and restaurants for you to
enjoy. I will bring more details to you as I get them. Downtown Chandler is located just 5.5 miles South of U.S. 60 on Arizona
Ave. adjacent to Dr. AJ Chandler Park. (MAP) Bike Night will be from 6pm - 10pm. Look forward to seeing
all of you back again this year!
Great Crowd last week!
I think this is going to be a great
venue for bike night as we fill the streets with vendors, music and
For those of you on the East side of town, you
have not been forgotten. This is something that I have wanted to do
for a few years, and it is finally happening. I will be starting a new bike
night in Downtown Scottsdale on Wednesday nights. Many of you might remember a
few years ago when Arizona Bike Week had the Tuesday night party on Craftsman
Ct. in Downtown Scottsdale. We will be re-creating that great party by
blocking off Craftsman Ct. between 3rd Ave. and 5th Ave., just West of
Scottsdale Rd. each Wednesday night for motorcycle only
parking. This is the same location as the Downtown Scottsdale Block
Four bars and restaurants on this street will be
participating in this event with Bike Night specials including:
Upper Deck Sports Grill,
Acme Bar &
Three of these places have outdoor patios
and are set up perfect for a bike night. Plenty of trees and a nice
ambiance around. We will have LIVE Music, vendors, food specials, drink specials
and plenty of plenty of fun as we head into riding season.
The Weather is Supposed to be 88 degrees and
sunny this coming Wednesday.
This would be the perfect time to
give the Cyclerides.com Downtown Scottsdale Bike Night a try. Live
Special Thanks to Hacienda
Harley-Davidson in Scottsdale as our first sponsor of this event.
Be sure to stop by their display to see the latest in Harley-Davidson and Custom
If you would like to be
a Sponsor or a Vendor at this event, email me at email@example.com. Should be a great place for a Wednesday
night bike night in Scottsdale. Click Here For Information
Page and for New Photos of the
street, restaurants and an aerial view. Should be fun!
Billet Bar Bike Night has moved to
The Bike Night At The Billet Bar. The Billet Bar has now moved bike night to
Wednesday nights as well as Thursdays to take advantage of all of the bikes
expected to be in town for the Downtown Scottsdale Bike
Not only that, Billet Bar is now serving food cooked right there on the
That's right, Myron now has a grill and is serving up
1/4 pound cheeseburgers and chips right there hot off the grill for $6.50 every
day of the week. On bike night enjoy happy hour pricing on drinks all
night long. Click Here for 2 for 1 coupon for your first drink. Print it out and bring it in to
This is the
perfect time of year to set on the patio and watch the action on
Scottsdale. The Billet was 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. 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.
The Westgate Bike Night in
Association with Cyclerides.com is back and bigger
This turned out to
be one of the most talked about and best attended bike nights this
State has ever seen. There was some disappointment when
it ended last July 2nd, but the anticipation was building this year and we
kicked it off in a huge way on March 18th with an estimated 1500 bikes. We hope
to make this one even better than last year with different programming every
Here for Photos from last week.
Attractions This Week:
Special Guest Motorcycle
Builder and performance expert Nick Trask will be
Featuring his turbo systems. This will be your opportunity to meet Nick and
see how he can improve the performance of your bike.
Click Here to view the new Westgate Bike Night Web Cam. Page automatically refreshes every 10
seconds. Will be live every Thursday for bike night from 5pm -
I would like to
give special thanks to our Sponsors of the Westgate Bike Night.
Please visit their booths at
the event and click their links below to learn more about them.
Petersen Johnson is a local Arizona law firm,
whose attorneys have over 60 years of combined legal
experience in Accident/Injury law and DUI/Criminal Defense law. We
have substantial experience in representing riders injured in motorcycle
accidents. Ron Petersen and Brad Johnson are involved in every injury
case. We discount our fees; never our service. Please call us
locally at 602-650-1200 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Performance. A full service shop
specializing in high performance upgrades and dyno tuning.
Let our team of professionals fulfill your performance needs and unlock
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Next Week, April 8th
Meet and Greet with NASCAR
Driver Kurt Busch and autograph signing from 6:00 - 8:00pm in
Events Plaza at the Westgate Bike Night. Kurt
Busch NASCAR Show Car will be On Display!
For the duration of this run over the next
13 weeks, I will be updating the Westgate Bike Night page with the weekly
photos, restaurant specials, special guests, musical guests
and programming. So bookmark this page and check back every week to see what is coming up. I
look forward to seeing you all this week at Westgate. Westgate City Center
is located on the SE Corner of the Loop 101 and Glendale Ave. in Glendale next
to Jobing.com Arena and University of Phoenix Stadium.
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
** Enjoy FREE BBQ Burgers and Dogs with
all the fixins',
** Live Music this week
with Dok & Gal
** Outdoor Sidewalk Sale 9:30am - 4:30pm.
Great Deals to be had on some inventory reduction!
** Pool Tournament: First Place $50
Chester's Gift Card. 2nd Place a $25 Gift Card.
** Guess the horsepower contest. $25
Chester's Gift Card to the winner.
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.
Friday, April 2nd
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 1000 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, April 2nd 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, April 3rd
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, March 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".
Free Pool Tournaments. Games start at 12 Noon. Top prizes to
the 1st and 2nd place winners. 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 Chester’s 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.
Saturday, April 3rd
Ball. Hosted at Four Points Sheraton in Phoenix. Benefiting the
Eagle District MMA - AZ. Limited Hotel/Event Packages Available. Farkle Run 12PM
End Party at 5PM Dinner Banquet at 6PM Live Entertainment, Free Giveaways,
Vendor Village and much, much more. Event only tickets $40 per person. For more
information on the Arizona Biker Event of the Year, please visit our website at
Saturday, April 3rd
Too Broke For
Bike Week at Western Trails Ranch. Head to the Ranch on Saturday, April 3rd
for a full day of music and fun featuring the Ultimate AC/DC Experience with
"TNT". Gates open at Noon. Admission is only $10 for the day.
$3.00 Domestic Longnecks. Vendors begin at 12 Noon including a
Motorcycle Swap Meet. Sell your parts with paid admission. Bike Show and
trophies by MMA Iron Horse.
2:00pm: Music begins with the rock
band "Wall Street".
3:00pm: Biker Rodeo with 4 Events, Cash
6:00pm: Burn out pit contest - Free tire
and trophy from Bikers Bay.
7:00pm: Dirty Cowgirl
8:00pm: Concert featuring "TNT" The
Ultimate AC/DC Experience.
10:00pm: Wet T-Shirt
Western Trails Ranch is located
37823 Grand Ave., Mile Marker 123 1/2 in Morristown, AZ. Now open 7 Days per
week, 10am - 9pm. More information at www.westerntrailsranch.com
. Vendors and Classic car entrants call Budd at
Friday, April 9th
Harley-Davidson Backstage Biker Bash IV featuring Jackyl"
Event starts at
12 noon, Jackyl Band to perform at 8pm with Road Rage Band opening
performance at 6pm. This will be the premiere ABW pre-rally party! Join us
at our 7-acre property for a day full of bikes, booze, girls, vendors, food,
entertainment, music, mayhem, and so much more! Last year we had over 13,000
raving fans attend. This year we'll ROCK even more! Buy your tickets
now at www.chestershd.com or www.backstagebikerbash.com.
Saturday, April 10th
Stubbs 6th Annual Bike Week Bash. This HUGE Buddy Stubbs party hosted over
13,000 people last year who came and enjoyed a great party! 2010 will be even bigger!! Admission is always FREE. Located at Buddy
Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson with partial proceeds benefiting Phoenix Harley
Owners Group Charities, Inc. Featuring 2 Acre Miller Lite Beer
Garden, Patron Margaritas - Pyrat Rum - Ultimate Vodka - Great Food
- Even more Vendor Displays - 3 Museum Tours. Ample parking. FREE
Shuttle Service. AND back by popular demand, one lucky person in attendance will
WIN A HARLEY-DAVIDSON® SPORTSTER® 1200. Given away live on-stage! Limited to 2000
raffle tickets! Steve Poirier spent $10 and walked away with a $10,000
Harley-Davidson last year. Get your raffle ticket now before they’re gone at www.buddystubbshd.com/bikebash.
Put this party on your list of
"Can't Miss" events! 11am - 8pm.
Events of the day
11:00am - Live Music with Capital
1:00pm - Miss Arizona Bike Week
3:00pm - Live Music with Harry
5:00pm - Live Music with Easton
6:30pm - Sportster Giveaway
Buddy Stubbs is located at 13850 N Cave
Creek Road. Info: 602-971-3400.
Saturday, April 10th
Harley-Davidson Backstage Biker Bash IV
Featuring The Marshall Tucker
Band" & Semi Finals of Ms. Arizona Bike Week Contest.
open at 9am. The Marshall Tucker Band to perform at 8pm with Cadillac Angels
opening performance at 6pm. Semi finals are underway with Ms. Arizona Bike
Week contest starting at 7pm. A 7 acre beer garden with vendors, food,
entertainment throughout the day, fashion shows, music, bikes, girls, mayhem,
and so much more! Buy your tickets now at www.chestershd.com or www.backstagebikerbash.com.
Saturday, April 10th
2nd Annual Queen
Creek Chamber of Commerce Token Ride. Join us for the QC Chamber's 2nd
Annual Token Ride, benefiting the Queen Creek Fire Department,
Capt. Eric Tinkham memorial fund. 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM. Queen Creek
Marketplace, Ellsworth Loop & Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek, AZ. $25 Single
Rider, $35 Double Rider, Ride starts at QC Chick-fil-A, Ride ends at Rhino
Caffe and is followed by a CAR SHOW! Ride length: 85 miles.
Sunday, April 11th
Ride 4 Haiti.
Cruisers, Sport Bikes, Harley Davidson, and Three-Wheelers will
have an unforgettable experience riding together, unified in a common purpose to
help those in desperate need in Haiti from the recent and devastating
earthquakes that have possibly killed over 200,000 people and leaving an
estimated 3 million people affected by its aftermath. To both young and old
alike, this event will mean a sense of hope for a better tomorrow for Haiti.
Ride 4 Haiti is an all-weather event, and it will be held, rain or shine. Sign
in at Chandler
Harley-Davidson located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. Chandler, AZ 85226.
9:00AM – 11:00AM Check-In/Sign Up.
FIRST COME FIRST TO GO!
There are no special parking once at the Hideaway, the advantage is that you
will be the first to leave Chandler so getting to the event at the Hideaway will
be that much easier. 10:40AM – 11:00AM Welcoming Ceremony Celebrity guest
introductions. 12:00PM Caravan Of Bikes To The Hideaway. http://www.ride4haiti.com/
Arizona Bikeweek is now only 8 days away from
Pre-Rally events. There is so much going on this year, have you
decided what you are going to do? To get you started, go to http://www.azbikeweek.com/events.htm. Then click on the tab of the day that you have planned
to participate and see what is going on. You can also buy tickets online for the
4 concerts starting on Wednesday, April 14th that include Vince Neil, Ratt,
Dierks Bentley and George Thorogood. www.azbikeweek.com
Mid Week Updates will be made
on the Cyclerides.com Facebook.
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. BECOME A
Here is another one of those creative commercials. Being a
doctor can be dangerous. Click Here to View.
This is an old clip from a
Benny Hill show, but is a funny and creative bit. Click Here
Video of the Week:
For some reason we all get a kick out of people
doing dumb stuff. Here are 4 clips of just that. This first one
makes me cringe EVERY SINGLE TIME I watch it. Click Here to
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