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Greetings Riders,
First of all, I would like to wish my wonderful wife, aka, Mrs. C., Happy Anniversary! Today, May 16th marks 31 years of marriage for us. I want to publicly thank her for all she has done to support me in my crazy endeavors over the years, for being my best friend, for wanting to spend every available moment together, and for what she has done in raising our daughter who has now given us an awesome Grandson, and in a couple of months, another one. We enjoy every day together and have been blessed to beat the odds to make it this far. Thank you Tammy for 31 great years!
For those of you that might have missed last week’s newsletter that featured the 4 Lake Tour, Click Here for some good in town ride destinations. The Saguaro’s are in bloom and these are some good quick getaway’s. Look’s like mother nature is giving us a sneak peek into what this Summer has in store by getting us into the 105 temperature range already. Seems a little early to me, but from the looks of the extended forecast over the next couple of weeks, we better enjoy the 105 while we have it.
It has been an exciting week in the Cyclerides garage as Mrs. C., believe it or not, has finally traded in the V-ROD and defected to the bagger world. It wasn’t easy for her to give up the V-ROD as that is the only bike she has ridden for the last 10 years, but after renting a Street Glide to try out, she understands the comfort for longer rides and is now the proud owner of a 2012 HD Street Glide.
It is a former rental bike at Arrowhead Harley that had just came out of their fleet and has 9000 miles on it, ABS brakes, a 103 engine and is in perfect condition. The Big Blue Pearl color was not our first choice, we really wanted the Red Sunglow, but it didn’t matter what color it was as we planned to put a shade of red custom paint on it anyway.
If you have ever seen the Mako Glide, you know that I am a card carrying “Chromosexual”, which automatically carries over to her bike. So I have started the “Chromitization” of the Street Glide adding some personal touches for Mrs. C. along the way. I have also added chrome lower forks, Stage 1 air cleaner, Rinehart 4 inch slip-ons that sound awesome and have taken the stock wheels in to get chromed as well. After a 4 day trip over Memorial Day weekend across Angeles Crest Hwy, up the Pacific Coast to Monterey and back through the back roads of California, I will be taking the parts off to be painted and deliver to Chad at C.R. Designs to let him do his magic as he did on the Mako Glide.
We did do a quick little 250 mile ride this past Saturday for her to really get a real test on it. One of the chrome parts I needed was in Mayer at Grand Canyon Harley, so that was a perfect excuse to take a ride. We left here around 3:30 PM, rode to Mayer, picked up the part, then continued on North on I-17 to Munds Park to have an Ice Tea on their patio for an hour and then back home by 8:15 pm for dinner at Carraba’s. A nice little 4 hour and 45 minute 250 mile ride. The verdict is in and Mrs. C. says she now “Get’s It”. She loves the V-Rod, but also loves the creature comforts of the Street Glide with the fairing, cruise control and ABS brakes. Welcome to the bagger family. Stay tuned for the finished product.
After putting 5000 miles on the Mako in the last 5 months, I am convinced that it is able to do everything that I need it to do on long rides. It has been a true joy to ride with the current configuration of stretched 1.5 inches, raked 7 degrees and a 23 inch wheel. Based on the way this handles I wish I had done it years ago. Since the 2005 Yellow Road Glide has gotten very little use during this time, I have decided to sell it. If you know of anyone looking for a used Road Glide, email me at for more information.

Tidbits and Updates:
I would like to invite everyone to the Memorial Day Celebration that we will be having on Thursday, May 24th at the Westgate Bike Night presented by the Law Tigers. I would like to welcome special guest Mike Broomhead who does the drive time show on 550 KFYI Radio who will address the crowd about the importance of remembering our troops on Memorial Day. We will also have a great video presentation on the giant LED at Westgate that will really bring home the meaning of Memorial Day. We don’t have many opportunities to publicly show support for our past and present troops. This will be a good opportunity to do just that. I know it is going to be hot, but it is nothing compared to what our troops have to endure every day. Presentation begins with the National Anthem at 8 PM and will last 15 minutes. See you there.
Looking Ahead. . .
Do you have the Baddest stereo system in the valley on your bike? If so, let us see how good it is. On Thursday, May 31st, Paul Yaffe and Rockford Fosgate will sponsor what we are calling “Stereo Wars” at the Westgate Bike Night presented by Law Tigers. This will be a head to head tournament competition between bikes that will be decided each round by YOU! After the contestants demonstrate how good their stereo is, your applause will decide the winner of each round. The ultimate winner will win a $500 Gift Certificate to Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation. If you have a power stereo on your bike that you would like to show off, email me at to enter.
**I would like to give Mad Dog Saloon some “mad props” for the great job they are doing with their Tuesday Bike Night. They have plenty of staff to handle the crowds, great food and prompt service. These guys “Get It”, want the biker’s business and go out of their way to take care of us. As I have said before, this is a great bike night venue and is quickly becoming the place to be on Tuesday nights for bike night. Thanks to the management for welcoming and embracing motorcycle riders. Stop by and see for yourself! 
**The Mesa Riverview Bike Night is growing fast. Last week more than 100 bikes showed up for bike night. There is music in the street and plenty of motorcycle parking in the venue. Eat and drink on the patio’s of Matta’s Mexican Grill and Cactus Moon while listening to Live Music in the street. This week is Hollywood and Vine. Or dine in at Chili’s. Ride by this week.

Bike Nights
Every Tuesday Night
Starts Tuesday, May 8th.
Mad Dog Saloon Tuesday Bike Night in Mesa. I am really excited about Mad Dog Saloon as it is a perfect stand alone bike night location with a huge patio. For those of you that live in the area you will recognize it as the former Salty Senorita’s. The patio is huge with an outdoor bar, the inside is huge as well with garage doors that open to the outside and TV’s everywhere you look. And plenty of motorcycle parking. There will be food and drink specials including $1.00 tacos on Tuesday’s. Mad Dog Saloon is located at 1860 S. Stapley, just 3/10 of a mile South of U.S. 60 on Stapley. Stop by and check it out. See you there for opening night on Tuesday, May 8th. Click Here for Details, Map and Photos of the Mad Dog Saloon.
Every Thursday Night Westgate Bike Night presented by The Law Tigers: Don’t miss our 6th night!
Where: Westgate City Center, Loop 101 and Glendale Ave. SE Corner. Next to 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 Music with “DJ Darnell” taking requests for your favorite music.
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
"Visit or for your chance to win a $500.00 Renegade Classics gift card."
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 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! Over 100 Bikes last week.
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.
Live Music with Hollywood and Vine.
Outdoor patio seating.
Food and Drink specials.
Motorcycle Parking on street.
Be sure to catch the first night on Friday, May 4th from 6-9 PM and then every Friday night. Mesa Riverview is located on the Southeast corner of Loop 202 and Dobson Rd. next to Bass Pro Shop.

This Week
Saturday, May 19th
Remembering Waldo. Join in remembering Waldo and mark the 5 year anniversary of his passing. 1 PM till whenever. Live Music, Free admission, everyone welcome. Come out and share some memories and pay respects to a man who has left a lasting mark on Arizona’s biker community. Welcome Charity home from her latest deployment. Party held at Kid Chilleen’s Steakhouse at 33125 S. Coldwater Rd. in Black Canyon City, AZ. On I-17 at exit 244.
Saturday, May 19th
Buddy Stubbs Anthem Hogs and Dogs. Calling all Harley-Davidson lady enthusiasts! Are you ready to take the next step in riding a motorcycle? Anthem H-D is hosting a Women's only Garage Party on Saturday, May 19th, along with their monthly Hogs & Dogs event. The festivities will run from 11AM till 2PM so head to the dealership to enjoy a day designed especially for you! They will have several different stations set up including their newly acquired H-D Jumpstart module. The H-D Jumpstart allows you to physically mount a Harley-Davidson, set your boots on the foot pegs, fire up the engine, and shift through the gears under the watchful eye of trained personnel. All of the activities are designed to help you effortlessly learn more about motorcycling and Harley-Davidson! FREE food and drinks will be served by the Anthem H.O.G. Chapter with all donations raised benefiting charity. For more information or to register for the Garage Party contact or (623) 465-1122. Buddy Stubbs Anthem H-D is located at 41715 N. 41st Drive, Anthem, AZ. Visit them on the web at
Saturday, May 19th
3rd National Armed Forces Freedom Ride AZ. Starts at Chester's Harley Davidson - 922 S Country Club Dr. in Mesa. Registration: 8:00 - 10:00 AM / Donations $25.00 single $10.00 passenger. Everyone is welcome. Opening Ceremonies 8:30 - 9:00 AM. Special Guests: Mike Broomhead, Jim Sharpe KFYI, Post 1 POW,MIA,KIA Honor Guards and Rifle Team. Last bike / vehicle out at 10:00 AM. Ride Stops: Post 9 Florence, Veterans Memorial Post 84 Sacaton, Post 91 Chandler, Post 2 Tempe,END at Chester’s, Military presentations, Guest speakers, Vendors, Raffle, 50/50, T-shirts,Dog Tags, Ride Patches, Food, cash prizes for High/Low hand. Live music all day long. Proceeds go to Operation Homefront Arizona. For more information:
Sunday, May 20th
3rd Annual “Can You See Me Now” Motorcycle Awareness Ride.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer recently signed a proclamation making the month of May, ARIZONA MOTORCYCLE SAFETY AND AWARENESS MONTH! All riders know that more needs to be done to raise motorists awareness to the thousands of motorcycles sharing U.S. roads and highways each year. Communities across the nation experience 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. As a rider, every time you have thrown that leg across the saddle and head out, you get first hand knowledge of how so many drivers are simply not paying attention. This ride is about getting out there and being as visible as you can. All we ask is that at least a few drivers will get the message.

Event time- 9:00. Rides depart- 10:00 Sharp. New This Year- Your choice of 2 different start locations. Eastside – MESA: CACTUS MOON SPORTS GRILL. Riverview Shopping Center Loop 202 and Dobson (Near Bass Pro). Westside/GLENDALE-WESTGATE CITY CENTER. Parking Lot EAST of the Westgate complex (Corner of Sunrise and Coyote Dr). Ending at Harold's Cave Creek Corral. Located in beautiful downtown Cave Creek. Fee: It doesn't cost anything to participate in this ride. This ride is open to any and all motorcycle riding individuals, clubs, and groups.
Next Week
Saturday, May 26th
Buddy Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson is hosting a Women’s Garage Party along with their popular Hogs and Dogs monthly event on Saturday, May 26th, from 11 am – 3 pm.  Head over to Buddy Stubbs AZ H-D for FREE Food, Drinks, Live Music, a 12:30 pm Museum Tour and much more. The H-D Garage Party is designed for women who are interested in learning to ride their own H-D motorcycle. The party will be full of helpful tips, information and fun activities to transform you into a confident rider.  So bring a girlfriend and learn how to take the next step in motorcycling. Reserve your spot today by contacting (602) 810-2366 or For more information on H-D Garage Parties check out Buddy Stubbs H-D is located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. Phoenix, AZ. Visit them on the web at
Sunday, May 27th
2nd Annual AZ Memorial Ride and Concert. A ceremonial ride to honor our fallen American heroes. This is quickly becoming a big Memorial Day Celebration event. Join Mike Broomhead from News Talk KFYI who will be flying the Gold Star Flag in honor of his brother Tom KIA in Iraq. 
WHEN:   SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2012
2:30 PM: Registration opens @ Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson Cave Creek, 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phx
4:30 PM:   Kicks Stands Up for a group ride to the National Memorial Cemetery
6:30 PM:   Regroup at 101 & Northern Ave. @ Park West Shopping Center and ride as a group.
7:00 PM:   Arrive at Dillon's Restaurant for CONCERT with “Western Bred” and AFTER PARTY.
Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium, 16501 W. Northern Ave., Litchfield Park
BENEFITS:    Patriot Guard Riders, Arizona Chapter and American Legion Riders Legacy Fund
You can Pre Register and pick up your T-Shirt and Commemorative Coin at the Westgate Bike Night on Thursday, May 24th. $25 Rider/$15 Passenger. There will be a special commemorative coin available for sale at Bike Night.
****FIRST 300 get FREE t-shirts/tanks when you sign up.
Monday, May 28th
Memorial Day “Flags For Our Fallen”. Help us remember and honor our Veterans with American Flags, lining the road leading to the entrance of the Phoenix Veterans Cemetery. 6:30 – 8:00 AM. Gathering at Cave Creek Rd. and Pinnacle Peak Rd. This is a free event. See Flyer for details. See photos from last year’s event. Click Here.

Mid Week Updates will be made on the Facebook. New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to Facebook. Over 3800 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!

Have you ever heard of the term “Fracking” to get oil? See how Saturday Night Live puts a spin on this term. Click Here to View

Check out this onboard camera on a Blue Angels plane. Fantastic video. Click Here to View
Video of the Week: This is one of the most exciting vehicle jumps I have seen. See what you think. 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"

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