Well, it is officially the dog days of motorcycle riding Summer
around these parts. Looks like the heat has settled in for a while
and then the monsoons are sure to start which will have us dodging thunderstorms
and dust storms. Not a lot of fun on the bike. The last Cyclerides.com
Westgate Bike Night of the season presented by
Tigers is this Thursday night, June 28th. We
have our best band of the year, “Kung Fu Grip” to close us out for the Spring
season. If you haven’t seen these guys, take on the heat for one last time to
enjoy their music and help us close it out till the Fall season starting back
again in September. The band will play from 6:30-9:30 PM. Look forward to seeing
you there to say “So Long” for the Summer. If you missed the newsletter last
week, Click Here to read.
Mrs. C. and I will be heading out Friday morning early to “beat
the heat” for a few days as we are heading out for a 3000 mile ride
to Northern California, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Washington. Fortunately I was
able to bribe my Sister and brother in-law from Kansas on short notice to come
house sit for a while. I guess the heat here is better than the heat and
humidity in Kansas right now. I’m sure the plane tickets and the pool doesn’t
hurt either. A nice vacation for them as well.
From what I can tell, we should be riding in temps of 70-85
degrees with evening temps in the 40’s to 50’s. We are definitely
looking forward to that. The plan is to criss-cross some of our favorite Sonoran
Passes in California and then focusing on a State we have not done before by
making a good loop through Idaho and coming down Lolo Pass, Hwy 12, to Lewiston
and then on in to Washington and back down to Bend, OR. After a short break-in
on the Pacific Coast ride, this will give Mrs. C. a good run on her new Street
Glide while pushing the Mako Glide odometer to over 10k miles since I got it
done in December. Looking forward to getting away for a few days. Watch the
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Last weekend we decided to beat the heat, check out some motorcycle roads
AND scratch an airport off of my bucket list. One of the reasons I
wanted to learn how to fly was to scout out some roads from the air that I had
not ridden and to visit some that I had. One of my favorite rides anywhere is
Hwy. 550, aka, the Million Dollar Highway in Colorado. I’ve ridden this numerous
times and NEVER get tired of it. So I was excited to be able to view and
photograph this incredible road from the air while picking out some of my
favorite spots. I’m sure you will have fun doing that with the photos as
There are also a few airports that I have read about or seen on TV that I
have wanted to land at. The first one was Catalina Island in California,
which we did a couple of years ago. Another one is Telluride Regional Airport in
Telluride, CO. It is commonly known as one of the most difficult and challenging
runways to land in the United States. Not only is it perched on the side of a
mesa, like Catalina, it is the highest commercial airport in the U.S. at 9070
feet, which provides density altitude problems in the summer. A common problem
is it usually has winds particularly in the afternoon that bounce off of the
mountains and mesa to create a swirling effect as you approach the runway which
makes things a little more exciting and definitely keeps you on your
On this day there was a cross wind at 14 gusting to 22. Not terribly windy
on a normal landing here in the valley, but with the wind
swirling and bouncing off of the mesa it pushed us in all directions, up,
down, left and right as you can see by the video. It gave us a good wing dip to
the left, right, left, a little lift near the approach of the runway before a
nice downdraft just before touching down. Although I learned a couple of things
on this landing, particularly coming in a little low in the event of mechanical
problems, it was a fun approach and landing for sure.
Apparently a couple of other planes had diverted
to another airport before we landed. Possibly due to wind or density
altitude being at around 11,200 at that time. I put together a pretty cool video
with music of landing and taking off from Telluride. As you will see, Mrs. C. is
still smiling after the landing, so I guess it wasn’t that bad. I used a Go Pro
camera strapped to my head, so you will see this from my perspective. Click Here to take the flight with me. You can also watch it on the Cyclerides.com
Facebook. Watch in full screen for best effect.
As you can tell by these first 2 airports on my bucket list, I like a challenge.
After landing we rented a car and drove the 6 miles down to Telluride
This has to be one of the neatest mountain towns that there is.
They have done a fantastic job with keeping it clean, interesting, beautiful and
friendly. All while staying true to the period. It seems that they have a
festival of some type there every weekend. On this particular weekend was their
biggest, the Bluegrass Festival. We didn’t go there for that, didn’t even know
it was going on when we decided to go, but it was great for people watching.
Every Hippie from the West must have made it to Telluride that weekend. If you
weren’t wearing some tie dye, YOU were the freak. It
was very interesting to say the least to see the amount of people dressed just
like we saw from the 60’s.
The festival was sold out to the over 10,000 music lovers that came to
town, but we were able to set on the river bank at 8 PM about 100
yards from the stage and listen to John Fogerty play some old CCR songs for
about an hour. Mrs. C. must have gotten into the mood as she sat by the river
and made herself a flower ankle bracelet. From
there it was a 5 block walk along the river path back to the Mountainside Inn. A
couple of other fun things we did while we were there was take the free Gondola
up over 11,000 feet to Mountain Village. This is a beautiful place that reminded
us of Whistler. The view from the Gondola back to Telluride is
awesome. We also ate at an Italian restaurant on the Main St. called Rustico. I
would HIGHLY recommend this place. Here we are on the great patio area next to the
restaurant that was a lot of fun to enjoy the weather and soak in some more tie
The next morning we took off for Durango to ride the Durango &
Silverton Train. Since the Cessna that I fly is not capable of
flying over the 14,000 peaks in Colorado, we went North around the mountains to
Ouray and followed Hwy. 550, the Million Dollar Highway all the way back to
Durango. This was great for us as we have ridden this road many times and was
fun to see it from the air. We got some good photos of Ouray, up close and personal
look at Red Mountain, saw the twisties through that mining
area with the white houses, got photo’s of the loop before Silverton, the town
Molas Pass as well as the
Durango Valley and Durango. I’m sure those of you
that have ridden this area will have fun picking landmarks out of the photos. I
know I did.
After landing at Animas Airpark just outside of Durango, we got
transportation to the Strater
Hotel to drop off our luggage and then caught the 11 AM bus
that would take us to Silverton to catch the train back. This gave us about 3
hours to eat lunch at Grumpy’s in the old Grand Imperial Hotel and explore the
town. The piano player there created a great turn of the century experience as
we at. The train left at 3:15 PM for
the 3.5 hour ride back to Durango. This is something that we have wanted to do
for several years, but never wanted to take time out of riding to do it. But we
are glad we finally got it done as it is a beautiful ride through the
mountains and along the
Animas River. We would highly
recommend it. Our seating was in the open car, which I would advise if the
weather is good.
My only critique would be that it could be about 30 minutes shorter. But other than that, it was excellent. Click Here for a little video
of the ride that I took with my cell phone. For you Harley riders,
they have now opened a new HD store in Silverton where you can get your “I rode
the Million Dollar Highway” T-Shirt. They are very cool. Stop in and
get yours when you are there. The photos from the Durango & Silverton Train
ride turned out spectacular. I hope you enjoy the ride. Click Here to
To clarify the photos that you will see, our trip up took us to Monument
Valley first where we landed at Goulding’s for lunch. We took off
from there and went North to fly over the Goosenecks on the Colorado river. It
just so happens that right next to that is the Moki Dugway road that you have
heard me talk about before. Here is the video from Moki
Dugway to refresh your memory. Here is a picture of it from the air. From
there it was on through Heavenly Valley and on it to Durango. On the way back we
went over Canyon De Chelly. You will see some pictures from that.
It was a great trip in which we had perfect weather throughout. I hope you enjoy seeing some of our favorite riding destinations from the
air and also enjoy the virtual ride on the Durango & Silverton Train.
These are some exceptional photos from both flying and on the train. Be
sure to run through them.
Click the Slideshow button in upper right for optimum viewing.
Tidbits and Updates:
Mrs. C’s Street Glide update:
As you might recall from a couple of weeks ago, I stripped down Mrs. C’s
new Street Glide and chromed the wheels, added chrome calipers,
chrome hand controls and just about everything else I could chrome. I also added
Harley-Davidson CVO stretched bags and Paul Yaffe side covers that he specially
cut for me to match the CVO bags that really give it a custom look while not
impeding with her reach at all. Paul is now selling those as an item in his
catalog for stock bags as well as CVO bags at BaggerNation.com. All of
the tin went into Chad at C.R.
Designs for a fresh coat of
custom paint and is now all put back on. It is hard to tell in these photos, but
this is a tri color called Molton Orange Effect. It is a red base with a gold
pearl over the top followed with clear. It then has candy apple red graphics
with a gold pin strip and a drop shadow. It is absolutely beautiful in person
especially with the sun highlighting the pearl in the paint. After MANY hours of
putting it back together it is now completed, and I only ended up with 3 bolts
and 2 washers left over. :) My days of a shade tree mechanic are over. Now I
know why these builders get paid so much to do custom bikes. Mrs. C. will have
it at the Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night presented by Law Tigers for the last 2
Thursday nights on June 21st and 28th. Click Here for Photos of the
Since I sold my yellow Road Glide I now have an extra set of stretched bags
that I was going to put on it. This is a brand new set of 4”
stretched bags that have frenched in LED lights, are fully lined & padded
including the lids and are painted vivid black. These would be an easy bolt on
for anyone with a black Street Glide or Road Glide. Or you could easily paint to
your color. If interested email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or talk with me at Westgate
Bike Night. Click Here for
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Every Tuesday Night
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
Every Thursday Night
Live music with
“Kung Fu Grip” on June
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.
will enjoy Live Music with “Kung Fu Grip”.
and drink specials include: Calico Jack's -
$3 Tacos, $2 Bud and Coors Original, The Shout House -
$7 Burger, Fries, and a Beer,
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.
I would like to give special thanks to our Sponsors of the Westgate
Please visit their booths at the event and click their links
below to learn more about them.
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.
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 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.
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
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Saturday June 30th
Hogs and Dogs
Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson invites you to join them on June 30th from 11AM
till 2PM for their Hogs & Dogs Event! This month they will be
featuring a special Try Before You Buy Program. Their service team will have an
H-D® Seat and Wind Screen Demo where they will actually install the product on
your bike and give you a chance to Try Before You Buy! In addition, their Hogs
& Dogs will feature FREE food & drinks, live music, a bikini bike wash,
museum tours and more! Stop in and enjoy all that Buddy Stubbs AZ H-D has to
offer this month! Buddy Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson is located at 13850 N.
Cave Creek Road in Phoenix and can be found online at www.buddystubbshd.com. For
more information or questions call (602) 971-3400.
Saturday June 30th
Harley-Davidson Red, White and Blues Event
. Join Chandler HD from 10 AM – 4
PM as they celebrate Independence Day with our Red, White and Blues
Event. Enjoy FREE Food, Music, Bike Wash featuring the Chandler Harley Girls,
Raffle Prizes, and Specials on Licensed Harley-Davidson Products. Chandler
Harley-Davidson is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, AZ.
Saturday, June 30th
of Scottsdale 4th of July Celebration
. It was July 4, 1776 when the USA
adopted the Declaration of Independence. However, it seems as of
late too much emphasis has been placed on dependence rather than Independence.
So, in our very own HDOS way, we're saying, "Buck the System, let's celebrate
this great nation's Independence with some fun and FREE Stuff... FREE our
favorite 4 letter F-word. Join Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale this Saturday for a
Pre-4th of July Celebration, June 30, starting with a FREE Famous Breakfast at
9a.m. FREE Ice cold drinks available and served by the MISTRESS OF COOL, along
with a refreshing spritz of cool lightly scented H2O, neck wraps chilled and
ready to wear for $5. Grizzly will be here sewing on patches for FREE and the
Liberty Wildlife Eagle will be available from 11-2 for FREE photos, along with
the BIG WHEEL OF FREE PRIZES. Fun for the entire family, Harley-Davidson of
Scottsdale is a great place to stay cool on Saturday, June 30.
Sunday, July 1st
Harley-Davidson Red, White and Blues Event – “Harley’s Heroes”
Arrowhead HD from 10 AM – 4 PM as we celebrate Independence Day with our Red, White and Blues Event. The Harley Heroes Mobile Truck will
be onsite all the way from California to process claims for VETS IN NEED! If you
are a Vet in need of know a Vet in need, please tell them about this event.
Enjoy FREE Food, Music, Bike Wash featuring the Arrowhead Harley Girls, Raffle
Prizes, and Specials on Licensed Harley-Davidson Products. Chandler
Harley-Davidson is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Fountain Ctr. Dr. in Peoria,
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