Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
5/12/10
 

Greetings Riders,

 

Well, it has been a big week for my family. My daughter got married last Friday in Maui. I never thought that would be the place that she would choose to get married, but it was a great choice. The ceremony was held before 15 people at a private estate that specializes in weddings that overlooks the ocean from a 500 foot cliff. It really was a beautiful setting and everything went as planned. We were a little concerned as we were getting a typical Maui afternoon shower, but 10 minutes before the wedding started, the clouds parted, I proudly walked the beautiful new bride down the aisle, and the nuptials were repeated in blue sky and sunshine. It was a magical moment. For you Father's who have gone through this, you will agree that it is a very special day when your daughter leaves the nest and starts a life of her own. For those of you that would like to see the setting, and a proud Mother and Father, I have included 5 photos for you to view. Click Here.

While we were there we did take advantage of some riding around the island on Monday and Tuesday. More about that next week. You can see 4 pictures on the Cyclerides.com Facebook. We just arrived home on the red eye at 7am this morning, so I am doing the best I can on this letter.

But for now. . . I want to list some of my thoughts about some basic courtesy of GROUP RIDING.  

We are now at that time of year when small groups will get together for Day Rides around the State. Group rides are fun and a good way to spend some time with your friends, HOWEVER. . . it can also be a very frustrating time as well if you have some problem children in the group. I'm sure some of you know what I mean already. As with any group activity you do, everyone needs to work together as a team to make it flow smoothly.
 
Let me set up a scenario. Imagine you are on a football team, the 15 minute halftime has ended and your team has the ball to start the second half. The team takes the field and is ready for the play, but all of a sudden 2 or 3 of your teammates decide they need to go to the bathroom, take a smoke break or get something to drink, all when the play was about to begin. This would most likely cause the team to not be efficient in playing the game and slow the progress down the field. After a move like that,  you would probably not be very excited about having them on the team and might not invite them to play the next game. 

The same analogy works for riding in groups with other motorcycles. All riders in the group, whether riding the bike or a passenger need to be on the same page to make the day trip desirable for all. I realize that there are many different riding styles, but that will work itself out. What I am referring to are some basic considerations that will make the whole outing flow much better. Here are a few examples of how you can help out the team.
 
Group Leader: Every group of more than 3-4 bikes should have an understanding who is going to be leading the group when planning a ride. This person is not the designated "ride nazi" but is merely responsible for keeping the group moving and on schedule, particularly if you are on a longer ride and are trying to reach a destination by a certain time. He is also responsible for letting everyone else in the group know the route that you are taking so that if someone needs to drop off for some reason, they will know where you are going and how to get there.
 
Punctuality: This is a big one with group riding and is a basic courtesy no matter what activity you are involved with. I've been in a group where the start time was 8:00am and the last straggler shows up at 8:50am. If you are one of those people that "move kind of slow in the morning" then DON'T PLAN A MORNING ACTIVITY THAT WILL REQUIRE YOU TO COMMIT TO AN EARLIER TIME THAN YOU ARE CAPABLE OF MEETING! Hangovers, Partying Late, Not Enough Sleep, or general Lack of Energy are not good excuses. If the ride is important to you, then plan your prior evening to make it desirable to get out of bed, meet your obligations and take a ride that will make you forget about everything else.
 
Having the rest of the group wait well past the start time will not endear you to the group, is not respectful of their time and is not a good way to start a ride. If you encounter an unavoidable delay, make sure that you call someone in the group to let them know that you will not be on time and when you could be expected to arrive. At this point the group has the option to wait a reasonable amount of time or you can catch up with them at the first stop. Otherwise, just make it a point to show up on time.
 
Be Ready To Go: When you show up at the agreed upon start location at the agreed upon time, be ready to go. HAVE A FULL TANK OF GAS, A FULL STOMACH AND AN EMPTY BLADDER. I have been in several groups where it is the start time, we are all saddled up and ready to go and someone announces that they are on reserve and will need to stop at a gas station to fill up. Not cool or fair to the rest of the group that filled up on the way TO the start location. One of your responsibilities of being "on time" includes being ready to ride with at least enough gas to make it to the first stop. 
 
Food: If you suffer from low blood sugar from not eating every hour, then take some crackers or something with you to tide you over to the scheduled lunch stop. Don't stand around talking and then when it is time to take off, announce that "you have to put some food in your stomach" before you go. Take care of these things as transparent as possible without slowing up the whole group.
 
Bathroom Stops: This is a big one in group riding. If you have 10 people in your group, you are going to have 10 different needs for bathroom breaks. This will usually send the group over the edge faster than anything when you have taken a rest stop for 45 minutes, and then everyone is on their bikes and ready to leave and someone says, "OH, I HAVE TO TAKE A POTTY BREAK". That is the last thing the rest of the group wants to wait for. If you have an active bladder, "pee planning" falls on your shoulders, the group leader cannot do this for you. If you know that you have to go every hour, make that a priority as soon as you stop and then again BEFORE departure time. The group leader will let you know plenty of time in advance of when you are leaving. Don't hold up the rest of the group while they wait for you to relieve yourself.
 
Gearing Up: When the ride leader announces that you will be rolling in 10 minutes, this is your cue to take care of all of your personal needs of bathroom, food, drink and putting on your riding gear. Especially if there is a lot of layering going on and the need to put on and take of clothing at stops. So you need to be cognizant of how long it takes you to put on your jacket, helmet, gloves, glasses, ear plugs, MP3 player, sunscreen and unwrap your lollipop or gum for the ride. It seems like in every group I've ever been in, when everyone else is on their bikes, with motors running, ready to roll, there is always one last person zipping up a jacket or putting on gloves, and we are setting there staring at them. Don't always be the one everyone is waiting for. Spread it around.

Visiting with others in your group at stops. This is why we take these group rides, to enjoy the company of our friends while we all enjoy our passion of riding. But where the problems come in is that we tend to talk about the last 100 miles before we take care of what need to do at the stop. A good suggestion is to get your gas, drinks, bathroom breaks out of the way, then visit with your buddies. After the conversation is over, you are all ready to roll.

Riding Style: This is a problem in some groups. Usually when you ride with a group you are pretty similar in riding styles, that's why you ride together. But occasionally there will be a new person that will join the group that just "doesn't feel comfortable enough to keep up the pace". That is fine, we would never ask anyone to compromise the way that they ride just to keep up with the group. That is not safe or fair. But, it is also not fair to slow down a group that likes to ride the speed limits and take away their style. What do you do? If you don't feel comfortable at certain speeds, make sure you find out from your ride leader the directions to the next stop, take your time and ride at your own pace, they will understand. But don't expect the rest of the group to adapt to your style. The fun part of riding is enjoying the pace at which you like to ride.
 
Conclusion: I know a lot of you reading this right now are shaking your head in agreement saying, "we've got one or two of those in our group". We all do. But there are some people that don't realize they are doing these things, and then there are some that don't care. The ones that "don't care", don't get a call the next time a ride comes along. The ones that "don't realize", you can forward this letter to them.
 
I don't want this to sound like going on group rides with friends is supposed to be equivalent to a military maneuver. It is not by any means, and if it was, I wouldn't do it. It is supposed to be fun, relaxing and a way to see the country in the best way possible, from the seat of a motorcycle and share it with friends. We have all been guilty of one of more of these nuances along the way. I know I have. The bottom line is, that we all need to consider if we are a consistent violator of any of these points above, find a way to improve on them and to respect the time of our friends.

Time is something that is hard to come by these days and we want to use it wisely.
 Going on these types of day rides are usually the only window of riding some of us have for the entire week or possibly the month, and making this time the most enjoyable possible should be very important to all of us. So if we could put the "It's all about ME" aside for the group and show up on time, full of gas, food, water and low on excess bodily fluids at every stop, the group riding world would be a better place.
Pass this around to your riding buddies.

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Updates:
 
1. Chandler Bike Night has moved to Wednesday's effective May 12th. See you there!
 
2. Attention ALL Woman Riders! Cyclerides.com Ladies Night is Thursday, May 20th at the Westgate Bike Night. Women who ride their own bike to Westgate on the 20th will have VIP parking at center court, (while space lasts), get a raffle ticket for drawings from Arrowhead HD and a gift from Petersen Johnson as well as a drawing for a gift certificate. We will also have a Women Rider bike show. So if you have a cool bike, email me at info@cyclerides.com to place it in the show. Arrowhead Harley is having a free woman only ride leaving the dealership at 6:30pm. Free gift bag to the first 50 woman riders. Click Here for details.


Cyclerides.com Downtown Chandler Bike Night.
Moving to Wednesday Nights starting May 12th!
In an over overwhelming vote by 83%, the Chandler Bike Night is moving back to Wednesday nights.
The rider count this season was down by about 50%. So I put a poll on the site to see which night was preferred by you the riders. It was a clear choice by 83% to move it back to Wednesday night. So forward this on to your riding pals that enjoy the Downtown Chandler Bike Night.

LIVE MUSIC with J.D. Madrid. 

Enjoy food and drink specials from:

San Tan Brewery - Chicken Salad sliders and a pint of Beer $7.00
Murphy's Law,
El Zocalo and 
Piza Piza
Fat Cat.

Once again we will have vendors, music and participating bars and restaurants for you to enjoy. 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 on Wednesday! 

Jugg'z Saloon Wednesday Bike Night After Hours Party. Jugg'z Saloon is inviting you to stop by their "After Hours Party" for the Downtown Chandler Bike Night from 7pm - Close. Jugg'z is located just 1.5 miles South of Downtown Chandler at 851 S. Arizona Ave. in Chandler. Enjoy 12 Wings & Beer for $6.00, 12" Pizza and Beer for $6.00 and $2.00 Coors Light and Bud Light. 2 Pool Tables, 2 Dart Boards and 4 TV's for sporting events. Bike Parking in front of bar. 

Wednesday 

New!!
Billet Bar Bike Night has moved to Wednesdays as well as Thursdays!
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 Night. 
Not only that, Billet Bar is now serving food cooked right there on the grill!
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 redeem.
 
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. 

Thursday Night 

Westgate Bike Night in Association with Cyclerides.com.
The Westgate Bike Night in Association with Cyclerides.com
is back and bigger than ever!
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 week. Click Here for Photos from last week. 

If you can't make it, 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 your Accident-Personal Injury-Criminal Attorney.
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.
 
Arizona Victory Motorcycles. Arizona Victory, one of the top Victory dealers in the United States is located at 13401 N. Cave Creek Rd. Stop by their booth and see the latest from American Made Victory Motorcycles including the Cross Country touring motorcycle from Victory. Arrange your demo ride. Stop by their booth to enter to roll the dice to win a new Victory 8-Ball motorcycle.
 
Trask Performance. A full service shop specializing in high performance upgrades and dyno tuning.  Let our team of professionals fulfill your performance needs and unlock your bike’s full potential. 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.
 
For the duration of this run over the next 7 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. 

Every Saturday

NEW!!
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! 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 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. 480-894-0404. 

This Week 

Saturday, May 15th
1st Arizona Freedom Ride 2010. Armed Forces Day is May 15 this year. The 1st National Freedom Ride will be supporting all the Armed Forces, our Troops, MIA's, POW's, Veterans, their families, friends and all that still stand to Serve our Country. Proceeds go to Operation Homefront of Arizona.  Pre-registration fee $20 single & $25 couple paid online by April 1st.  Day of the event the fee is .$25.00 single or $30.00 couple. Free patches to the first 100 paid riders. There will be a $10.00 donation charged at the end location for non-riders. STARTING at Chester's Harley-Davidson 922 South Country Club Drive, Mesa, AZ 85210. REGISTRATION 9:00 am to 11:00 am Opening Ceremonies 9:30 am til 10:00 am. Last Bike out by 11:00 am. ENDING location WESTERN TRAILS RANCH. Live Music by Burnin' Betty from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm and the CellPhone Cowboys from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm.  Raffles, 50/50, T-shirts, Dog Tags and vendor sales.

Saturday, May 15th
7th Annual Power to Cure Huntington's Disease Roosevelt Lake Poker Run. Join us for a scenic day ride and poker run to beautiful Lake Roosevelt!  At 10 a.m., Saturday May 15th, riders will depart from Hacienda Harley Davidson, 15600 N. Hayden Road in Scottsdale and  head to the Beeline Highway.  Heading north up Beeline Highway thru Punkin Center riders will arrive at Lake Roosevelt where a delicious free BBQ lunch will be provided next to the lake by the Roosevelt PERA club from SRP!   Everyone will then head back down Beeline Highway and end at Hacienda Harley-Davidson for more fun, activities and awards! Festivities will include a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, and other raffles during the ride, with winners announced and prizes awarded at the dealer! The first 200 riders who pre-register online before May 14th will receive a beautiful commemorative ride pin!   Award for the club or team with most registrations!!! Enjoy a beautiful ride and free lunch while helping those with Adult Onset Huntington's Disease and Juvenile HD in Arizona!  On-Site Registration Day of Ride, May 15th (9 am to 10:30 am): Single: $25.00  Two Up $35.00. For more information: Sandy Petraitis, 602-236-0811.

Sunday, May 16th
Phoenix MC Kruzers Fallen Four Memorial Ride. All proceeds will go to the families of the fallen four and the survivors. If you can not ride, join us at the end point for a celebration of their lives. Registration: 7:00am –8:00am
Start Location: Waddell’s Longhorn Corral located at 1629 N. 195 Ave. in Buckeye.
End location: The Roadrunner Restaurant, 47801 N. Blk Canyon Hwy in New River.
Kickstands up 8:00am. $20 per bike - $25 double. Donations are Tax Deductible. There will be food, raffles, and entertainment. If you cannot ride, please join us at the end of the ride for a celebration of their lives. There will be food, raffles, and entertainment. For Ride, Vendor, or Sponsorship information please call: Steve Riley, C.R.A.AZ President - 623-695-0000
steve.riley@cox.net.

Next Week 

Thursday, May 20th
Cyclerides.com Ladies Night at the Westgate Bike Night. Women who ride their own bike to Westgate on May 20th will have VIP parking at center court, (while space lasts), get a raffle ticket for drawings and a gift from Petersen Johnson as well as a drawing for a gift certificate, and we will have a Women Rider bike show. Arrowhead Harley is having a free woman only ride leaving the dealership at 6:30pm. Free gift bag to the first 50 woman riders. Click Here for details.

Saturday, May 22nd
American Legion Riders Post 79 5th Annual Motorcycle Scrabble Run. $15 buy in. Registration 9-11am. Ride pins, lunch, cash prizes. Check in at ALR post 179 in Yarnell, AZ. 22911 Looka Way in Yarnell. Proceeds benefit ALR-79 charities, which include the Northern AZ BBQ for the Prescott VA patients and staff.

Sunday, May 23rd
First Annual Motorcycle Awareness Ride. Join thousands of other bikers across this country and around the world. The First Annual "CAN YOU SEE ME NOW!" Motorcyclist Awareness Ride. All riders know that more needs to be done to raise motorist awareness of the millions of motorcycles sharing U.S. roads each year. Many communities across the nation have experienced crashes resulting in serious rider injury or fatality due to inattentive, careless or unaware drivers. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2008, 47 percent of all motorcycles involved in fatal crashes collided with another type of motor vehicle. THIS RIDE IS OPEN TO ANY AND ALL MOTORCYCLE RIDING INDIVIDUALS, CLUBS, AND GROUPS. It's all about us, what we love to do, and we hope to inform others that when you drive any vehicle, your attention should always be concentrated on what your responsibility is. Put away that cell phone, leave the burger in the box, and the eye liner can wait until you are stopped. Begins at Toby Keith's at Loop 202 and Dobson Rd. in Mesa at 9am. Kick stands up at 9:45am. Ends at Greasewood Flat in North Scottsdale. All freeway ride to draw awareness, no fee to ride. For all details Click Here.

Sunday, May 23rd
Harleys For Hooters Fundraiser Ride. Harleys for Hooters ride benefitting Bekki Neugart, a beautiful single mom waging the war against breast cancer. Take a gorgeous ride with us and help Bekki at the same time. Sunday, May 23, 2010. Ride leaves at 9:00 am
at Julio Cesar Chaves Sports Bar at SW Corner of Southern & Country Club, Mesa. Check in time 7am - 8:45am. $25 donation per rider, $35 double for pre registration. Add $10 day of ride. Shirt, Goodie bag, Door Prize ticket, Food and Fun.
 

Extras 

Mid Week Updates will be made on the Cyclerides.com Facebook.
New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to Cyclerides.com Facebook. Over 2400 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!

I might have had this in the letter before, but it is funny enough to watch again.  Click Here to View.

Wow! This cop is a lucky one. Listen for the click of the empty cylinder at the start. Click Here to View.

Video of the Week:
Heard about the new 3D tv's? This one might be carrying it a bit far. Click Here to View.
 
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
 
Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
www.cyclerides.com
info@cyclerides.com

 

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