Weekly Update
Greetings Riders,
Isn't it funny how the weather can sometimes rule our lives? Especially if you are a motorcycle rider and have a ride planned for the weekend and you see it is supposed to rain or a cold front coming in. It has happened many times over the last several years and you tend to work around it or reschedule your ride. But as an event organizer, the looming threat of bad weather can make you crazy because it is a little more difficult than just saying you will do it next weekend.
As most of you know, I kicked off the Mesa Riverview Bike Night last Friday night. The weathermen all week long were constantly repeating how bad the weather was supposed to be on Friday evening, which was starting to raise my stress level a bit on kicking off a new event. They were saying that it was going to start raining at 6pm, ironically the same time the live band was supposed to start. In these types of situations I look at 3 weather reports on the internet, and being the optimistic person that I am, I choose to follow the one that would best serve my needs. Two of them painted a bleak picture and one gave me hope that the rain would hold off till midnight. I'll go with that one!
Even though there is not a thing I can do about it, I so want any event to be the best that I almost become obsessed with the weather report. I look at the forecast 7 times a day to see if it has changed and drill in on the hourly report like an expectant Father looking at contraction and dilation times and sizes. Not to mention watching the loop on the radar like a "B" movie on Netflix, trying to find any ray of hope that the storm will either hold off, or miss us.
One thing we do know about weather prognosticators in Arizona is that any thing other than the temperature, trying to predict where the rain is going to hit in the valley area is definitely a crap shoot at best. So on Friday afternoon the clouds were starting to build up all around just like reported. But by this time I was dizzy from watching the radar loop and was wore out trying to out guess what was going to happen. So I packed up and headed to Mesa Riverview to set up and hope for the best. At around 5 pm, the sun peaked through the clouds raising my optimism for the next few hours, the band started a little while later mixing in Creedence Clearwater's "Who'll Stop The Rain", gotta love the irony there. A short while later the loyal riders from the area who love a good bike night started to roll in throwing caution to the impending weather and thoroughly enjoyed the evening.  
As it turns out, it was cold and some black clouds surrounded us for most of the night. But even though quite a few decided not to  press their luck and stayed home, we still had 250 bikes ride in for the first night which I thought was a great turnout considering weather. Those who did show up had a great time and really enjoyed the setup that we had at Riverview. The Tin Weasel band set a good vibe from the center of the street, vendors were set up and the outdoor patios were a big hit with Cactus Moon serving fresh cooked food right from the patio. Matta's will be doing the same this week.This is a great venue for a bike night and I think this week will absolutely ROCK with the weather being sunny and 89 degrees. The 5 piece band "Fuel It" will be providing the live music from center court. Hope to see you all there this Friday night from 5-9 pm at the loop 202 & Dobson Rd. Click Here for Details. Forward this letter to your riding friends.
Many thanks to those who showed up last week. I appreciate it very much.
Let's see how many we can put in there this week.
I would also like to remind everyone to take a walk through the Photo Gallery while you are there. As you know I have taken literally thousands of photos over the years. Riverview has given me access to a vacant suite on the corner right behind the band that I am using as a photo gallery. Walk in a take a look at approximately 40 photos that I have blown up from our riding around the country and also some exceptional photos of landmarks that I have taken from the air. I'm happy to finally be able to share some of my photos in a setting like this. See you there.  

Exciting Announcement!
The West side has been enjoying the Westgate Bike Night for the last 2 years as it has become a Valley favorite place to go for bike night. We are now just starting the 3rd season with 12 more nights to go for the Spring session. I made a public plea in the newsletter last week to Duane Moore from Mogollon to play at Westgate for Bike Night. He is a good friend of mine and it is something that we have both wanted to do for the last 2 years.
I am planning a big Memorial Day celebration for Bike Night on Thursday, May 26th and am excited to announce that MOGOLLON will provide the Live Music that night. For those of you that haven't heard it, they do a 15 minute patriotic set that will blow your socks off and put goosebumps on your arms. I have a few other surprises for that night as well as we honor our fallen on Memorial Day. Don't miss it.
Save the Date! Thursday, May 26th. Should be our biggest night yet.
The weather should be beautiful this Thursday night for riding. Look forward to seeing you this Thursday night at the Westgate Bike Night with "The Naugahydes" providing the Live Music in events plaza. Don't forget to pick up your Westgate Bike Night T-Shirt at the Arrowhead Harley booth for $15.00 or at their store.

Bike Nights
Every Thursday Westgate Bike Night We started the first week with over 2500 bikes. Thanks to all who attended.
The wait is finally over. Welcome back to "The Times Square In The Desert". The Westgate Bike Night that has been a valley favorite for the last 2 years began again on Thursday, March 31st from 5-9 pm. It will run this season for 14 consecutive Thursday nights from March 31st and end on June 30th. Anticipation has been building for this year and we kicked it off with a record crowd of almost 2500 bikes on March 31st for another season of fun and entertainment. We hope to make this season as good as the last by bringing you different programming each week with Live Bands, Vendors, Displays and Special Events. We look forward to seeing you again this year.
Don't forget to pick up your brand new Westgate Bike Night T-Shirt. You can also purchase them any time at Arrowhead Harley-Davidson – RideNow Powersports Peoria, Goodyear and Surprise. 
Restaurant Pick of the night!
If you haven't been here yet, try the Tuscan Oven for great food and their $8 pizza and beer special from 5-9. Plenty of space on their outdoor patio or their bar inside.
Also pick up the Tuscan Oven "Tomato" Card and receive 20% off all future visits.
Live Music:
Our musical guest for April 13th will be "The Naugahydes" playing their special brand of Classic Rock and hits from the 80's and 90's. 
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 - 10pm.
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.
Your local Harley-Davidson dealership and proud sponsor of the Bike Night. We are located just South of 83rd Ave. and Bell Rd. Stop to see the latest 2011 HD motorcycles and to pick up the new Westgate Bike Night T-Shirt. 623-247-5542.
Curly's Customs is a full service Custom Paint & Body Shop for the motorcycle enthusiast. We refinish Harley Davidson and Metric motorcycles. Our goal is to provide high quality workmanship & materials at a very reasonable price. Curly's is located at 12030 N. 111th Ave. in Youngtown, AZ. 623- 977-0339. Stop by and see them at Bike Night.
For the duration of this run over the next 12 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 next week at Westgate. Westgate City Center is located on the SE Corner of the Loop 101 and Glendale Ave. in Glendale next to Arena and University of Phoenix Stadium.
Friday Nights
EAST SIDERS! This one is for you! Mesa Riverview Bike Night begins a 10 night run on Friday, April 8th from 5-9pm.
We will not be able to have the bike night on the first Friday of May and June.
For 2 years I have been looking for a great bike night location on the East side that would be comparable to the Westgate location. There is only one location in the valley that has a setup like Westgate, but Mesa Riverview, located at the Loop 202 and Dobson Rd. has the next best venue available to host a bike night. I wanted a location that is new, clean, attractive, well lit at night, has plenty of places to go eat and have fun, and could create that critical mass of excitement in one location. This is private property, so the management has agreed to close the street for 2 blocks in the complex from Bass Pro to the theatre. This will be utilized for motorcycle only traffic and parking. The great thing about Mesa Riverview is that they have 3 GREAT restaurants on the 3 corners in the middle of the 2 blocks plus 3 more within a few hundred feet.
These locations are Toby Keith's Bar and Grill with 18,000 square feet of Restaurant, 85 Foot Guitar Shaped Bar, Live Music, Dance Floor, Tv's And Outdoor Patio And Beer Served In Mason Jars. 
Across the street from Toby's is the brand new 14,000 square foot Cactus Moon Sports Grill featuring 12 pool tables, Forty eight 65" plasma screen tv's, a huge bar in the middle, a dance floor and a Huge outdoor patio.
The other corner across from Cactus Moon is Matta's Grill & Cantina featuring 5,000 square feet, 2 floors of great Mexican food dining, a great bar, beautiful interior design and an outdoor patio.
Within a few hundred feet of walking distance from the street parking is Chili's and Famous Dave's. All of these restaurants will have Bike Night specials and are welcoming riders from all over the valley to a fun Friday night at Mesa Riverview located at the Loop 202 and Dobson Rd. in Mesa. There is also a Gyro shop at the end of the street by the theatre and a Yogurt shop next to Matta's.
CLICK HERE to see photos of these great restaurants.
A live band featuring "Fuel It" in center court will be enjoyed by all the riders walking the streets as well as dining on the 3 outdoor patios. Toby's will then start National band acts at 9pm inside their place. There will also be vendors and special attractions throughout the run of this new East Side Bike Night. If you would like to be a vendor at this bike night, email me at .
I would like to give special thanks to our First Sponsors of the Mesa Riverview Bike Night.
Please visit their booths at the event and click their links below to learn more about them.
Chester's Harley-Davidson - Your local Harley-Davidson dealer. See our display at Bike Night. Store location at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404
Victory Big Dog Motorcycles of Mesa - Your store for Victory and Big Dog motorcycles. Visit our display at Bike Night. Store location at 833 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. 480-668-7969
T.E.A.M. Arizona Motorcycle Training - "T.E.A.M. Arizona is the premier motorcycle rider education organization in Arizona. Through our passionate coaches and staff, we strive to deliver a FUN, safe, and consistent motorcycling experience to riders of all backgrounds and skill level. 480-998-9888
The Law Tigers - "If you have injured in a motorcycle accident, call 800-LAWTIGERS (529-8443) or visit  We know bikes, bikers, and the law.  The Law Tigers, Arizona's Injury Lawyers Who Ride."
I am looking forward to bringing some good fun to the East Valley riders and am currently adding the details to the page, but CLICK HERE to see some photos to give you an idea of how nice this property is and general information.
See you this week from 5-9pm.
Mesa Riverview is located at the SE Corner of the Loop 202 and Dobson Rd. Bike night location is next to Bass Pro. Follow the signs to cruise the Main St.

This Week
Saturday, April 16th
Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry Memorial Run. A benefit run that will raise money to benefit the family of Fallen Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry, and honor his life by raising money for the Border Patrol Scholarship Fund and the 100 Club of Arizona. Brian was shot and killed in the line of duty on Dec. 15th, 2010 near Nogales, AZ. Registration starts at 8am at the Arena Bar in Benson, AZ located at 250 N. Prickly Pear Ave. Last bike out at 11am. $20 rider and $15 passenger. Meal included with registration. See flyer for details.  
Saturday, April 16th
Rustler's Run. Poker Run to benefit the Arizona National Guard Emergency Relief Fun. Registration at VFW located at 7220 E. Wilshire Dr. in Scottsdale, AZ. Registration begins at 8am, kickstands up at 10am. $25 per rider, $30 per couple. Lunch meal included at end party. The OCC "Patriot Chopper" scheduled to appear at the end party.
Saturday, April 16th
Buddy Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson Hogs and Dogs. On Saturday, April 16th turn your bike to destination Anthem for the always enjoyable Anthem Hogs and Dogs from 11am -3pm. As always there will be Free Food, Free Drink, Live Music and Day Special. Buy 1 helmet, get a second of same or lesser value for 50% off. Buddy Stubbs Anthem is located at 41715 N. 41st Dr. in Anthem, AZ
Saturday, April 16th
3rd Annual Branded-Streetlight Abolition Raffle Ride. Event to Stop Child Rape for Profit in Phoenix. 100% Proceeds benefit Streetlight Phx in the fight to Eradicate Child Sex Slavery. 7:15-8:15am - Registration, Donuts, Coffee / 8:30am - All bikes out. Approx. 100 mile route. Fees: $20 single, $30 two up Pre-register by 4/13. $25 single and $35 day of registration. Includes: T-shirt to first 75 registered riders. Raffle ticket at each stop. Raffle prizes at finish + 50/50 raffle at finish. Food at finish.
Saturday, April 16th
Brees Ride for Life. To benefit a 17 year old girl with an inoperable brain tumor. Ride cost is $10 per bike including the ride and one general benefit drawing ticket. Begins at North Valley Honda, located at 14827 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix. Registration 8am - 10pm. All proceeds from this event including sales of food and drink will be donated. More information: .
Sunday, April 17th
W. Steven Martins Law Ride & Scavenger Hunt. Help us honor all 233 Arizona Officers that have died in the line of duty in our states history and replace or add new Memorial Markers at departments where officers have served. Check in between 9am - 10:30am at Iguana Macks located at 1371 N. Alma School in Chandler, AZ. Drawing and prizes at 1pm on the patio. Scavenger hunt will have 5 photo stops and 20 trivia questions. Bring your digital phone/camera. Get half of the 20 questions or photos right and you will be in the drawing for a one week San Diego vacation. Donation $20 per bike. Police Week shirts and 50/50 separate.
Next Week
Saturday, April 23rd
Craig Creed Rally Ride. This ride is to honor the memory of a man who loved his Family, Friends and Country. He was fulfilling a mission with the Patriot Guard Riders when he lost his life honoring a brave soldier who died in combat. $25 Rider, $35 couple. Food, drink, raffle prizes, t-shirt, music, honor guard. All proceeds benefit Vet Tix. Register at AZ Victory Motorcycle located at 1133 W. Bell Rd. in Phoenix. Kick stands up at 10am. Last bike in at 3pm.
Special Ongoing Event
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.

Mid Week Updates will be made on the Facebook. New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to Facebook. Over 3000 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!

If you like Arizona landscape see the short 1 minute to 2 minute HD video's that Hangar 5 shot with a helicopter. Outstanding video. Go FULL screen on them. Click Here to View.

Here is a Thunderbirds show gone bad. Good thing the pilot ejected. Click Here to View.

Video of the Week: What do you do if you forgot the ramp to get your backhoe out of the truck? This guy has the answerClick 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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