Well, I hope everyone was able to
enjoy what looks like will be one of the last mild weather weekends for the
foreseeable future. May treated us extremely well with not even one
day of 100 degree temps. I've lived here 29 years and that is rare. Last year
our first 100+ degree day was on May 7th. But it looks like our weather utopia
is about to come to an end this weekend. If you look at the extended forecast
highs for this weekend you will see 107 by Saturday.
We have known it was going to happen, and we
even got a hall pass for the month of May, but the mercury in the
thermometers is now going to be over the 100 degree mark on
a little more regular basis. What this means to us riders is that we will be
going through those games with our mind that 100 degrees is really too hot to
ride. It's interesting that every year I go through this same exercise. One side
of my brain, (the practical side) tells me that it is too hot to ride, that I am
risking heat stroke along with dehydration and that one day I will melt into the
asphalt and no one will find me. Only a pile of yellow melted steel will be left
behind. The other side of my brain (the motorcycle enthusiast side) tells me
that this is the best time to ride because I can start and end in a T-Shirt for
a ride to just about anywhere in the State, layering is not needed, and that the
practical side is a "wuss". As usual for me, the practical side of my thinking
has lost yet another round with the motorcycle enthusiast side. I am one
that doesn't mind riding in 100 degree weather.
interesting how we are such a numerical society. Just about everything we do is
based on numbers. We have lucky numbers, favorite numbers, social
security numbers and even ratings numbers on how good looking a girl or guy is.
People make a living by being a numerologist and there is even a book in the
Bible called Numbers. What is funny to me is how we use numbers of temperature
to make decisions on what we are going to do. For me with swimming, the water
has to be 80 degrees. If it is 79 I'm not interested. I'll wait for that extra
degree because with it, I will be much more comfortable, at least in my own
mind. When riding a motorcycle in Arizona the magic number seems to be 100
degrees. You can be talking to your buddies and they will be riding all over the
place at 99 degrees and won't say a word. But the minute they hear that it is
supposed to be 100, they don't want any part of it. Is it the heat that bothers
them or the number??
I can tell when the heat, or at least the
dreaded 100 degree forecast is starting to get on people's minds. I asked a friend of mine if he wanted to go on a ride with us this coming
weekend. He didn't ask where we were going, how far, or even what day. The first
question was. . . What is the temperature going to be? Is it the heat,
or the number?
As most of you know by now, I am a warm
weather rider. I'll ride all summer long and put up with the heat. But I will admit, that the first few times of getting out when the
temperature is over that triple digit mark does take a few days to get used to.
But once you come to grips with that is what it is going to be if you are going
to ride, the low 100's really aren't that bad. So don't let the report of the
weather man dictate weather you ride or not, he is just giving you a number.
Give it a try and decide for yourself what works for you. The really ironic part
of this whole story is that in September we will all be out riding and rejoicing
that it is ONLY 100 degrees. Welcome to Arizona. It's all about conditioning,
preparation and the battle with the mind. If you really want to ride, you will
figure out the best way that works for you.
But on a
serious note, for those of you that are new to the Valley, you need to respect
the higher temperatures especially when you are riding. With the
low humidity and high temps you can actually feel the moisture being sapped
right out of you. You will find your that your lips will get dry and the need
for more water stops. For those that are new to the area, be sure and drink
plenty of water when out riding in the Valley. Dehydration in 100+ degree
outdoor temperature, 130 degree asphalt and the wind in your face can come upon
you very quickly. If you even feel the least bit dizzy from the heat, stop for
water immediately. I usually stop every 30 minutes for water to stay
hydrated. Keep a supply of Blistex, Sunscreen and Water handy for summer
Other News and Updates:
Memorial Day: I rode by the National
Memorial Cemetery to pay my respects to our Veterans. It was a
moving experience to see the hundreds of people doing the same. I also never
tire of seeing the Patriot Guard Riders proudly displaying their flags. Over 100
of them rode through the cemetery to pay their respects. Here is
a 1 minute video clip in HD.
Here are some pictures.
Here is an interesting bumper sticker I saw on the way out of the National Cemetery on Monday. This will make
you think. Click Here.
If you haven't been by this Bike
Night stop by and see it before it ends for the year. Take advantage of a great
food deal at The Shout House. $6
Sturgis Burger Special includes Burger, Fries, and Domestic Beer.
And $2 Domestic Drafts all night. You can't beat that! Located second level
above Cactus Jack's. See the Rock N' Roll Dueling Pianos. Every Thursday in
June. Opens 6pm, Pianos at 8pm.
Highlights This Week
Friday, June 4th
Riders have been asking for something to do on a Friday night for a long
and it is finally here at least once per month. Beer Gardens,
Bands, Blocked Streets. Great time!
Bike Nights This
In an over overwhelming vote by 83%, the
Chandler Bike Night has moved back to Wednesday nights.
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.
Enjoy food and drink
San Tan Brewery - Chicken
Salad sliders and a pint of Beer $7.00
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!
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.
Billet Bar Bike Night has moved to
Wednesdays as well as Thursdays!
Not only that, Billet Bar is
now serving food cooked right there on the grill!
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
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
Come park on Coyote
Blvd. and enjoy the view as over 1000 bikes roll into Westgate.
Watch motorcycle related videos on the Giant
LED screen, view vendors, eat at one of the local restaurants outdoor patios while enjoying the $6
million dancing fountains. Enjoy
Music and Videos all night. If you haven't made
it out the Westgate Bike Night yet, you only have 4 more weeks to ride out and
enjoy the fun with 1000 people that share your passion of motorcycles. Walk the
line and see all of the beautiful motorcycles lined up on Coyote Blvd.
Here for Photos from last week.
Check out this
new Westgate Bike Night video by Rusty Childress of The Main Event Imaging!
Click Here to
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 -
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.
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 the new Victory Cross Country
For the duration of this run over the
next 4 weeks, I will be updating the Westgate Bike Night page with
restaurant specials, special guests, musical guests and programming. You will also see photos from week's past. 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.
Take advantage of a great food deal at The
. $6 Sturgis Burger Special includes Burger, Fries, and
Domestic Beer. And $2 Domestic Drafts all night. You can't beat
that! Located second level above Cactus Jack's. See the Rock N' Roll Dueling
Pianos. Every Thursday in June. Opens 6pm, Pianos at
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.
BASH In Gilbert. Every Sunday is BIKE DAY at BABE'S, Ride Your Bike To
BABE'S And Get 1/2 dozen Free Wings from 12-2pm. Party starts at
Noon. Live Band at 2pm. This week is Men Without Shame. $3.00
Jack Daniels, $2.00 Drafts. All The Food & Drink Specials You Can Handle!
Ride by Babe's new location this Sunday at 1686 N.Higley Rd. in Gilbert, AZ
to enjoy Good Food, Live Music, Babe's Girls and sit on the outdoor
patio to watch the bikes roll in. Plenty of motorcycle parking out front. See
PHOTOS from last week on our Facebook
and more information at our web site. www.babessportsbar.com/
Friday, June 4th
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 over 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, June 4th 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 6:30pm
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.
Saturday, June 5th
1st Annual Operation
Live On, Ride On! Teddy Bear-Poker Run. The Starlight Children's Foundation
is teaming up with the Operations Support Squadron Booster Club from Luke Air
Force Base to host the "1st Annual Live on, Ride on" Teddy Bear-Poker Run. Registration will begin at Arrowhead Harley Davidson from
8am-10am. Your $20 donation (add $5 for a passenger) will include 1 teddy
bear to be delivered to St Joseph's Hospital Pediatric Center. Additional
bears may be available for purchase for $15. The ride will take you across
nearly 70 miles of beautiful Phoenix roadways, with stops at St. Joseph's,
Renegade Classics, The Hideaway Grill, Shades of Havana Cigars, and finally back
to Arrowhead Harley where prizes will be given out to the 3 best poker
hands. In addition, there will be a 50/50 drawing and entertainment until
5pm. The Operations Support Squadron Booster Club raises money every year
through fundraisers to host the annual "Holiday Party". This event is
designed to thank not only the men and women in uniform, but also their
families, for the day to day sacrifice that is required of a military
Children’s Foundation has dedicated itself to helping seriously ill children and
their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment,
education and family activities.
Saturday, June 5th
Legion Legacy Run Cowboy Up Benefit. Proceeds go to the Legacy Scholarship
Foundation. Check In at Evil Twin Customs at 2534 W. Broadway in
Mesa from 9-10am. Destination American Legion Post 2 in Tempe, 2125 S.
Industrial Pk. Ave. $15 per pilot, $20 with passenger. This will be a scavenger
hunt. You will need a camera to play the game. Raffle prizes. Last bike in by
3pm. For more information contact Stevie at
June 10th - 12th
Annual Arizona State H.O.G. Rally returns to the cool pines of Northern
Arizona! Welcome to the "GATEWAY TO MANY GREAT RIDES" or better known as the
"GATEWAY TO THE GRAND CANYON", Williams, AZ. The 2010 Arizona State
H.O.G. Rally Committee is working hard for a glorious return to Williams,
AZ, June 10-12, 2010. June
is a great time of year to get out of the city and come enjoy the cool pines and
small town hospitality of Williams, Arizona! They are ready to roll out the red
carpet and welcome riders as only they can. There will be so much to do with scenic guided rides as
well as self-guided rides throughout Northern Arizona. Also, a ride in Bike Show
and Great Bike Games with covered seating!! Listen to live music, dance the
night away or just kick back with friends. The possibilities are endless, you
won't want to miss a minute of it! Click Here for the complete Schedule of Events.
Saturday, June 12th
Event. Looking for a destination this Saturday morning? Ride by
and take advantage of some Harley "Boot Camp" Workshops. And while you are
there, enter to win a $400 Gift Certificate. Festivities take place from
11am-4pm. Free fun day with Harley Boot Camp Workshops, Fashion
Show at 1 PM, Free BBQ & Live Music, Raffles & Games. You
don't want to miss out on learning valuable service tips from our Chester's Camp
Counselors! All here at the dealership. Chester's HD is located at 922 S.
Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ.
Monday, June 14th
Burn Camp Ride. Attention all Arizona fire department members, retirees and
guests! Please join us for a day of fun in the cool pines near
Prescott on our 7th Annual Burn Camp Run hosted by the Phoenix area Wind &
Fire Motorcycle Chapter to benefit the Arizona Burn Camp. This ride is limited
to fire department members, retirees, and their guests. Registration between
11am - 11:45am at Prescott Fire Station #1, 333 White Spar Road. $30 Donation
for riders, $15 donation for passengers. Hamburgers and Hot Dogs provided by the
Prescott Firefighters. Lunch will be served at the Burn Camp. Phoenix area
riders will be leaving from Station 56 at 3210 W. Canotia Place (I-17 &
Carefree Hwy.) and will ride through Wickenburg and Yarnell to Prescott.
Registration for Phx riders will be 7am. Questions: Jerry Burghout at
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. Click the
Here is one for the true motorheads out there.
I can't believe this guy didn't hit the wall at least
once. Watch to the
end. Click Here to View.
Here is a car commercial
with some definite adult humor. Watch till the last scene.
Funny. Click Here to
Video of the Week:
This is really funny and ridiculous at the same
time. It is amazing how dumb some people can be. These are
supposedly real calls to 911 mixed with a couple of police dash cam
videos. Click Here to
Click on the Video of the Week graphic on the
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