Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
6/2/10
 
Greetings Riders,
 
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.
 
It's 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 riding.
 
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.
 
Westgate/Cyclerides.com Bike Night has only 4 nights left. Ends on June 24th.
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
Motorcycles On 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. Beer Gardens, Bands, Blocked Streets. Great time!
 

 
Bike Nights This Week
 
Wednesday
 
 
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 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.
 
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.
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
 
The Westgate Bike Night in Association with Cyclerides.com is back and bigger than ever!
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.  Click 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 View.
Rusty is an excellent photographer and has many other great photos. Click Here to View.
 
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 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 motorcycle.
 
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 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.
 
Every Saturday
 
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.
 
Every Sunday
 
NEW!!
BABE'S BIKER 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/
 
This Week
 
Friday, June 4th
Motorcycles On 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 family. Starlight 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
The American 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 602-501-7940.
 
Next Week
 
June 10th - 12th
The 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
Camp Chester's 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
7th Annual 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 623-680-8506.
 
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!
 
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 View.
 
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 View.
Click on the Video of the Week graphic on the page.
 
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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