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Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
4/25/12
 
Greetings Riders,
 
Last week I gave you Northern Arizona Wine Ride. If you missed the story on this great little 200+ mile loop, Click Here to read. I have already heard that some people have visited Cottonwood and tried the Page Springs Rd. route and were very impressed. It is amazing that I have lived here over 30 years and just discovered Old Town Cottonwood only a year ago. It seems that on my many trips to Jerome I had taken the loop around old town direct to Jerome on Hwy. 260. I will now regularly stay on Historic 89A and go through Old Town. Another tip that I didn’t mention in the article is that you can easily incorporate Cornville Rd. and Page Springs Rd. on your ride to and/or from Sedona as an alternate for a nice loop off of I-17. See Map.
 
Occasionally interesting products are brought to me to test. If I like them, I share them with all of you. The product I am going to review today, I actually found them, and have been using the unit for over 3 months now. It is the ArrowTrack GPS Tracking System.
 
When I built the new Mako Glide, there was a concern about leaving it parked unattended while on our trips, or even here in town. With a bike like that, there is no way the insurance company is going to give me what it is worth. So I went in search of an affordable GPS tracking system that would give me SOME peace of mind while parked at a motel in the middle of nowhere when on a long ride. After searching the internet, I found the ArrowTrack GPS Tracking System which seemed to be just what I was looking for. And the bonus was, they happen to be right here in Scottsdale.
 
I guess the bottom line is if someone wants to steal something bad enough, they will probably be able to do it. But why make it easy for them? The guys who do this are very good AND quick. So if you can be alerted in progress of your bike being wheeled or carried away, you are going to have a better shot of stopping the theft or getting it back. The ArrowTrack will do just that.
 
While telling another rider about my GPS Tracking he told me a story about a buddy of his that had his bike stolen while in the grocery store. He parked in front of the grocery store, went in for about 10 minutes, came back out and his bike had vanished. What happened according to an eye witness was that an enclosed truck pulled up and parked next to the bike. 4 guys got out the truck, picked up the bike and moved it out of the parking spot. Another guy was in the back of the truck operating a hydraulic arm of some sort that came out the truck. They strapped the bike to the arm and lifted it into the back of the truck, shut the door and drove off. In literally a couple of minutes, the bike was off to the chop shop to be stripped and parted out.
 
The random guy setting outside the grocery store watching the whole thing go down is the guy who relayed the story to the bike owner when he came out and found his ride not parked where he left it. The guy said he had no idea that the bike was being stolen. He said he thought that it had broken down and was being taken to the shop. That is how easy it appears to be for professional thieves to capture a bike. While it is hard to totally prevent this type of operation from happening, at least you can take measures to help recover your bike or track it for police.
 
When looking for a tracking system there were 2 things that were most important to me. I wanted to be alerted immediately if the bike moved and wanted to be able to track it on my phone or an internet browser. When I came across the ArrowTrack GPS Tracking System and found out it did both of those, I got in touch with the owner Chris Hines to learn more about it. We met so that he could show me how the system works and go over all of the features that it has. At that point I was sold, it did all I wanted and more. 
 
Key Features:
 
* Tells you by text and e-mail immediately, wherever you are, if your vehicle has been moved.
* Finds your vehicle, typically in seconds, just by clicking the “locate” button.
* Tracks your vehicle location using GPS tracking.
* Monitors the location of your vehicle 24/7 from any web browser anywhere in the world.
* Provides a daily report on the location of your vehicle.
 
Added Benefits:
 
*Tells you when your battery is low or disconnected.
*Has an internal back-up battery with its own low-battery alert.
*Tells you when a pre-set maximum speed is exceeded (pre-sets are: 65 mph, 75 mph or 85 mph).
*Enables you to set up an adjustable perimeter (GEOfence) around your vehicle. The fence radius can be sized anywhere from 1/4 mile to 500 miles.
*GEOfence OUT alerts you if your vehicle moved out of the pre-set radius.
*GEOfence IN alerts you if your vehicle moved in the pre-set radius.
 
The ArrowTrack is less than the size of a pack of cigarettes and is easy to set up. You just install the unit under your fairing, attach the the power cord to your battery, go on the internet to register the unit and you are now being monitored. Simple as that. If installing on a car, you can then move it to any vehicle you choose as much as you want. The ArrowTrack GPS Tracking System cost $499. It comes with a full year of monitoring included. After that it is $100 per year to protect your vehicle. 
 
I have been using the ArrowTrack for 3 months now, have found it to work flawlessly and would highly recommend it. Every time I get on the bike to ride it texts and emails me to let me know that it is working and that I am protected. Where ever I go, I know that I have an extra layer of protection in the event that someone even sets on my bike. It is definitely more comfortable to leave the bike unattended with the ArrowTrack. Not only can you put this on your motorcycle, you can put it on a classic car, boat or anything else that you want to protect. You could also put it on your children’s car to see if they are breaking speed limits or going where they are not supposed to go. It transfers easily from vehicle to vehicle. This is the best unit available especially for the price, and I consider it very cheap peace of mind having it installed on my new bike.
 
If you would like to protect your valuable vehicle, you can purchase an ArrowTrack GPS Tracking System locally at Buddy Stubbs HD, Chester’s HD, HD of Scottsdale or by calling ArrowTrack at 877-866-1361. ArrowTrack will have a booth at the Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night on Thursday, May 3rd. Stop by and talk to Chris in person to see the unit in action.
 
Below are some useful links that will help you learn more about ArrowTrack.
 
ArrowTrack web site. www.arrowtrackgps.com/
ArrowTrack sales brochure. Lists all of the Features. Click Here.
See a great 2 minute video about the system and a comparison to Lo Jack. Click Here.
See a graphic comparison to Lo Jack. Click Here.
ArrowTrack User Guide for all the details. Click Here.
 

 
Tidbits and Updates:
 
Just a reminder:
I mentioned last week that I was working on new East Valley Bike Nights. I have finalized them.
 
The Bike Night at Mesa Riverview is now back on Friday nights starting on May 4th 6-9 PM. Cactus Moon, Matta’s Grill & Cantina and Chili’s are combining for bike night this season with Live Music and blocked streets. Should be rocking again. See details below.
 
Mad Dog Saloon in Mesa. A new location that will be starting on Tuesday nights, May 8th. This is a great venue for a bike night. Details in the newsletter next week.
 

Bike Nights
Every Wednesday Night
 
Starts Wednesday, April 25th
Irish Republic Bike Night in Downtown Chandler. Bike Night in Downtown Chandler is back! Begins Wednesday, April 25th. For those of you in the East Valley, Irish Republic restaurant and bar in downtown Chandler is hosting a bike night on Wednesday nights. There will be motorcycle parking out front with Food and Drink specials. Bike night is from 6 PM – 9 PM. Location is 58 S. San Marcos Place in Chandler, AZ. For more information go to www.irishrepublicaz.com
 
Every Thursday Night
 
Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night presented by The Law Tigers: Don’t miss our 5th night!
Where: Westgate City Center, Loop 101 and Glendale Ave. SE Corner. Next to Jobing.com Arena.
When: Thursday nights beginning March 29th – June 28th
Time: 5 PM – 9 PM
What: Bike Night. Live Music, Food, Fun, Vendors, Motorcycles and Sturgis Style Cruising down Coyote Blvd. Live Music with Sour Diesel Trainwreck.
You will enjoy Live Music with “The Blues Review Band” featuring their great Rock and Blues sounds.
Food and drink specials include: Calico Jack's - $3 Tacos, $2 Bud and Coors Original, The Shout House - $7 Burger, Fries, and a Beer, Shane's Rib Shack is offering a FREE 10 piece Traditional Chicken Wings Basket with the purchase of any Full Rack Rib Plate. Value $7.99. Saddleranch - Chicken Tacos for $5.50, Classic Pints of Draft Beer only $2.50, Large Pilsners of draft for only $4.50. Margaritaville: 15% Off Food with “M” class license.
Click Here for Flyer.
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.
Presenting Sponsor The Law Tigers
Law Tigers is a professional association of motorcycle injury lawyers who help riders every day. Our association of motorcycle accident attorneys consists of a skilled group of personal injury lawyers whose mission is to support and promote the well being of motorcyclists. Dedicated to rider safety, awareness, and education, we are committed to the riding community. Find an attorney near you from our network of motorcycle accident lawyers or call Law Tigers, toll-free, at 1-800-529-8443. Our lawyers are available -- 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Arrowhead HD
Your local Harley-Davidson dealership and proud sponsor of the Cyclerides.com/Westgate Bike Night. Stop by and see the latest in what Harley-Davidson has to offer. Speak to one of our trained sales staff about what Harley-Davidson motorcycle would be right for you. We are located just South of 83rd Ave. and Bell Rd. 623-247-5542.
Curly's Customs.
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.
Ridenow Powersports
Stop by and talk to our staff at bike night or at one of our many valley locations. We feature many brands including Polaris, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Honda, Can-Am, BMW, Victory, KTM, Spyder, and Ski-doo. Click Here for a list of our locations.
 
Every Friday
 
Mesa Riverview Bike Night. The bike night at Mesa Riverview is now back!
Cactus Moon, Matta’s Grill & Cantina and Chili’s are combining for bike night this season. The venue is going to be a little different this time as they are under construction of Main St., but we were able to use the street between Cactus Moon and Matta’s for the Live Band and bike parking as well as the street behind Cactus Moon for bike parking. There will be plenty of outdoor patio seating, Live Music, Food and Drink specials. Be sure to catch the first night on Friday, May 4th from 6-9 PM. Mesa Riverview is located on the Southeast corner of Loop 202 and Dobson Rd. next to Bass Pro Shop.
 
This Week
 
Saturday, April 28th
Buddy Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson Hogs and Dogs. We are hosting a new Clinic Series in addition to their monthly Hogs & Dogs event on Saturday, April 28th, from 11 am to 3 pm! The dealership will be serving FREE food and drinks along with live music as they kick off their new Clinic Series specifically designed to give you education for a better ride! The classes will be for those who are interested in learning more about their Harley-Davidson motorcycle, gear, and accessories that create a safe and complete H-D experience. The inaugural Service class will cover things like scheduled maintenance, safety checklists, brake inspections and much more. Come join Buddy Stubbs AZ H-D as they get you on your way to being a more informed H-D rider! Space is limited so please email marketing@buddystubbs.com or call (602) 971-3400 to register. For more information go to www.buddystubbshd.com and click on customer corner. Buddy Stubbs AZ H-D is located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85022.
 
Sunday, April 29th
Ride Against Suicide. In Memory of the Beardslee brothers! Sunday April 29th Starts at Chesters Harley Davidson and goes thru a nice ride of the lake and river ending at Baseline Pub and Grill! Check in is open from 9-11am. Last Bike out by 11am. 1st 150 registered riders get shirt and gift bag. Lunch included! Register at www.twogalsevents.com. RIDE #2. Bikers Shine for Starbright Saturday May 12th. No Excuse for Child Abuse " Check in at Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale 9am-11am. This ride heads to the "westside" ending at Tailgaters off 67th Ave Great ride! Great Cause. 1st 125 registered riders get shirt and bag!! Lunch Included! Register at www.twogalsevents.com
 
Next Week
 
Saturday, May 5th
Inaugural "Blues, Bruise and BBQs". A Major Festival event ‘Ride In’! Bring your bike and your babe and Ride in literally, to an all day Music Festival with National Festival Favorite The Delgado Brothers Headlining the event coming in from Los Angeles CA. This event has a Biker Village that will be hosting Bike games, contests, and plenty of FUN all day long! The Biker Village supports Children’s Cancer and is hosted by The Americans Motorcycle Club. There are several rides forming to help support this cause and will Ride into this event. Bikes have an opportunity for ‘VIP inside the event Parking in the Biker Village’ for only $5 per bike. General Admission is only $10 per person.
The music Festival will also featuring Blues Hall of Fame acts: Leon J & JukeJoint - Big Nick and the Gila Monsters -Bill Tarsha and the Rocket 88’s - Paris James - and Geo Bowman. Other acts on the line up are national acts Christopher Robin Band, and the popular Wiley Ones. The Festival also has a BBQ Village with over 50 BBQ trucks, Beer tents and VIP cocktail lounges, a Bar in the Biker Village where the fun will commence, as well as a Body Painting Competition and the event finishes the night with a MMA Fight Card on location in the 2 Knuckles professional Fight Zone.
Don’t miss this opportunity to show off your Bike, Show off your Babe, play some bike games, and enjoy incredible music, food, and drinks as you Ride In, to this amazing event! May 5th. 10am-11pm, 101 & I-10 at the Fear Farm Location the West Side Sports Complex. Go to http://www.bluesbruiseandbbqs.com/ for more information.
 
Saturday, May 5th
Cinco de Mayo Lowrider Car Show at Arrowhead Harley-Davidson. Stop by Arrowhead HD from 11 AM – 3 PM Saturday, May 5th to check out the collection of Lowrider Cars. Enjoy the Fiesta of Mexican Food and Music, Bike Wash by the Arrowhead Harley Girls, Raffle Prizes and a Pinata for the Kids and More. If you have a hot looking Low Rider, enter your ride for free! Trophies awarded to category winners. To register call 623-247-5542. Arrowhead HD is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Ftn. Ctr. Dr. in Peoria, AZ.
 
Saturday, May 5th
Cinco de Mayo Lowrider Car Show Chandler Harley-Davidson. Stop by Chandler HD from 11 AM – 3 PM Saturday, May 5th to check out the collection of Lowrider Cars. Enjoy the Fiesta of Mexican Food and Music, Bike Wash by the Chandler Harley Girls, Raffle Prizes and a Pinata for the Kids and More. If you have a hot looking Low Rider, enter your ride for free! Trophies awarded to category winners. To register call 480-496-6800. Chandler HD is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, AZ.
 
Upcoming Events
 
Saturday, May 12th
Bikers Shine for 2012 Benefiting Starbright Foundation. No Excuse for Child Abuse. Check in at Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale 9am-11am. Last bike out by 11am. $20 Solo, $35 Rider. Lunch included in price and some special surprises. This ride heads to the "Westside" ending at Tailgaters off 67th Ave Great ride! Great Cause. 1st 125 registered riders get shirt and bag!! Lunch Included! Register at www.twogalsevents.com
 
Extras

Mid Week Updates will be made on the Cyclerides.com Facebook. New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to Cyclerides.com Facebook. Over 3700 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!

This was voted best beer commercial. Not sure by who, but it is funny. Click Here to View

Do you know what an Ornithopter is? Me either, but it is cool that they made it fly like a bird. Click Here to View
 
Video of the Week: This isn’t a funny video, but it is awesome! This 5 year old little girl singing the National Anthem is outstanding and will make you proud. 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"
www.cyclerides.com

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