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Greetings Riders,

Well, we are now into September and cooler weather is just around the corner. If we only knew how far away that corner was. The good news is that we at least going to get a little reprieve from triple digits and it happens to coincide with the first Bike Nights of the Fall season.

The Westgate Bike Night starts on Thursday, September 15th with the first theme night being 50’s Night. We will have live music with the band “56” and will be featuring 5 of the best 50’s vintage cars I can find. It is only supposed to be in the high 90’s and a low of 72 that night, so plan to come out and help us kick off the Fall season of 10 nights. Click Here for details.

On Friday, September 16th I will be kicking off the Mesa Riverview Bike Night with the same band and theme night including the 50’s cars. I will also have some new photos from our recent ride for the Photo Gallery at Mesa Riverview. Hope to see you there and pick up where we left off last season for 10 consecutive Friday nights, each being a different theme night. Extreme machines will start on the 4th night with the best Monster Trucks in town. Click Here for details.

2011 Ride Day 5
Custer, South Dakota to Gillette, Wyoming

If you missed the newsletter last week describing our Buffalo encounter in Custer Park with photos, Click Here. I also included a raw video of the herd of 200 buffalo blocking the road and walking right past us. Crank up the volume, the sound they make is unusual to say the least. Click Here to see 1:44 Video.

On Day 5 we were on the road leaving Custer, SD by 8am. Not having any idea where we were going to end up that night, our goal was to do the prime riding in the Black Hills, then head for Sturgis and see how we were doing on time. Our first stop was the Crazy Horse Memorial just outside of Custer. We didn’t visit this memorial the last time we were there and wanted to see it this time. Unlike Mt. Rushmore, you really don’t get very close to it and you only have a side view. So if you have a long telephoto lens, you can get a picture of it, but that is about as intimate as you are going to get. Your best bet is to into the visitors center and see a mock up of what it is going to look like in about 100 years when they get it finished. This stop was quick and a little anti-climatic for me.

We quickly moved on from the Custer Memorial to engage in what we came there for, the riding. The riding in the Black Hills is truly some of the best and most memorable that you will ever do. Riding through the needles, the tunnels, the twisties, the pig tail bridges, Custer Park, seeing the animals and the views of Mt. Rushmore coming through the tunnels all ad up to one great and long lasting experience at the end of the day. It is really one of those destinations that you could ride every year and never get tired of it.

We started with Hwy. 87 to Needles Hwy. to ride through amazing Needles rock formations. This is where you will get your first taste of the one lane tunnels that are cut out of the rock. The views through here are incredible as you wind your way up and down the hills through the forest. It is just a beautiful ride. Then we went into Custer Park and took the Wildlife Loop around to 16A also known as Iron Mountain Rd. The last time we were on the Wildlife Loop, we didn’t even see a chipmunk. This time we hit the jackpot with Buffalo, Wild Burro’s, Antelope and Wild Turkey. You will not believe how many buffalo were in the road and walking right next to us.
Click Here for another awesome Buffalo Video.

We then picked up 16A that we would follow to Mt. Rushmore. This is a beautiful road that takes you to the famous pig-tail bridges. This is also where you will get your first look at Mt. Rushmore as you go through one of the tunnels. Look at this great picture that I had a fellow tourist take of Mrs. C. and I as we rode through the tunnel with Mt. Rushmore filling the tunnel. You will find this one blown up on the wall at the Photo Gallery at Mesa Riverview. CLICK HERE.

The first time you experience this it is truly awesome to see Mt. Rushmore in the distance through the tunnel. We enjoyed the rest of Iron Mtn. road and ended up on Hwy. 244 just a couple of miles away from Mt. Rushmore. So we rode toward Mt. Rushmore stopping to take a couple of beauty shots along the way. Since we had already stopped there the last time in Sturgis, we decided to just catch a glimpse from the parking lot and then head on down to Keystone for some lunch and bike watching at the Grizzly Creek restaurant on the corner.

After lunch headed to Rapid City and then up I-90 to Black Hills Harley-Davidson to see the vendors who had set up the week prior to the event. I was really surprised all of the bikes that were there on a Tuesday the week before the Rally. In my opinion, if you want to go for the riding and still catch some quality vendors, going the week before is a good idea as it makes the riding much more enjoyable without the traffic jam of bikes in the Black Hills.

From Black Hills HD we went on in to Sturgis to take a couple of laps through Main St. and around to see some vendors, picked up our T-Shirts and a patch for Mrs. C. that said “I Rode Mine To Sturgis”. Spending less than 2 hours in Sturgis we headed to Deadwood, my favorite city in the area for sure, to Lead and then over to Spearfish Canyon, one of the highlights of that area for sure. Once we hit the town of Spearfish it was only about 6 pm so we decided to head West toward Devils Tower.

We decided to take the loop up through Hulett and then South to Devils Tower. By this time it was around 7 pm. So we went into the park and as it turned out got some beautiful sunset pictures of Devils Tower that cast a golden glow on its jagged edges. I had never been there before and really kind of was wondering what all the fuss was about. But when you see it up close, it really is pretty awesome and would recommend it to anyone going to that area.

By this time it was now about 8 pm and we were a good 65 miles to Gillette, which was the closest accommodations on our route, other than Hulett which was full. So we took off and blazed the trail down I-90 to Gillette getting there around 9 pm. It ended up being a 13 hour day and about 315 miles, but well worth the effort for a great day of riding in the Black Hills and beyond.

If you haven’t been to the Black Hills area to ride, put it on your list of things to do. It is fantastic! And if you don’t care about the festivities of the Sturgis Rally, go the week before and still see a lot of bikes and vendors, but enjoy a much more less hectic time riding in the area. You will truly enjoy it.

Next week I am going to take a break from our 2011 Ride to give you a local ride idea that will be a good one now that it is going to cool down a bit. Beartooth Pass and Yellowstone will be the following week.

Click Here for 215 Excellent Photos from the Black Hills and Sturgis
(Click Slideshow in upper right to view full screen for best viewing.)
Click Here for NEW Buffalo Video.
Click Here for Map


Tidbits and Updates:

2010 Road Glide Project Bike.
The new bike build is now officially out of control. What started out to add a piece of chrome to the fairing has turned in to a full blown theme bike. It is now patterned after the 1970’s Mako Shark Corvette and literally will have every part with fiberglass customization on it with the fairing being one of the coolest you have ever seen, both outer and inner. I am naming it the “Mako Glide” and hope to unveil the bike at Westgate on October 6th. Until then, I am going to keep the fairing mods a surprise. Click Here for what has been done so far. I will be adding more pics this week. Thanks to PYO Bagger Nation and Paul Yafee for their excellent job on cutting and raking the neck, SMT Machining in Glendale for custom making the 23” and 18” wheels, and paint prep and ideas from C.R. Designs.

Fall Bike Night Schedule:
I am really excited to announce the new Fall Bike Night Schedules for Westgate and Riverview. We will be doing 10 weeks for the Fall season at both locations. There will be Live Music, Vendors and Theme nights with varying displays. Westgate Bike Night: Starts Thursday, September 15th!

We are going to expand the frequency for the Fall season at Westgate as there will be 10 nights this year. Due to the Coyotes schedule and not being able to overlap on their games because they use events plaza, we will be doing 5 Thursday nights in a row starting on Thursday, September 15th through Thursday, October 13th. Then we will switch to Wednesday nights for the next 5 from Wednesday, October 19th through Wednesday, November 16th. Event Time 6-9 PM. This year we will be doing theme nights that will incorporate classic cars, music and Extreme Machines. The first one on September 15th will be 50’s Night featuring 1950’s vintage cars as well as 50’s Live Music featuring the band “56”. The next 2 will be 60’s and 70’s with classic cars reflecting the era. We will then move on to “Extreme Machines” bringing in for display the most exotic motorsports we can find for you to see. I am really looking forward to programming this season. There will be something new to see each week. Click Here for Schedule and details. Pass this on to your riding pals. If you would be interested in being a vendor contact me at . Mesa Riverview Bike Night: Starts Friday, September 16th!

We will be doing 10 consecutive weeks at Mesa Riverview starting on Friday, September 16th and ending on November 18th. The first night will be 50’s Theme night featuring 50’s Vintage cars on display and 50’s Live Music with the band “56”. Event time 6-9 PM. I will also be programming theme nights at Riverview with Live Bands, Vendors and static displays including the best of Monster Trucks, Power Boats, Sand Rails, etc. for you to view. The Photo Gallery will also be back with some new photos from the archives and from our trip this year. For those of you on the East side, we are looking to bring you even more fun this season. Look forward to seeing you there. If you would be interested in being a vendor contact me at . Click Here for Details.

This Week


There is a big date coming up in September which I have been getting a lot of inquiries about. The 10th Anniversary of the 911 attack on the Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon is this year and there are 2 large events that will be taking place that weekend that you might want to attend.

Saturday, September 10th
911 Honor Ride and Patriot Day Celebration. Ride begins at Sanderson Ford with registration opening at 8am and KSU at 11am. This will be led by Mike Broomhead of KFYI and the Patriot Guard Riders. There will be a stop at Buddy Stubbs Anthem before ending at the big Patriot Day Celebration at Paseo Highlands Park located at 3435 W. Pinnacle Peak Rd. in Phoenix. This event time is 2pm – 9pm and will feature Joe Nichols as well as many other local bands and activities. Master of Ceremonies will be local talk show host Mike Broomhead of 550 KFYI radio. There will be aerial displays, parachute teams and lots of local political dignitaries. The cost is $9.11 to attend. Should be a good time. Click Here for more information.

2 PM Gates Open

Daily Activities: Aerial Shows, Military Displays, Regimental Grog



Sunday, September 11th
10th Anniversary W. Steven Martin 911 Patriot Ride. Many of you remember the 1st W. Steven Patriot Ride in 2001. There was a phenomenal turnout to support our country then and I believe there will be again. Check in is from 8am – 10am with start time of 10:30am at Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion (formerly Cricket Pavilion) located at I-10 and 83rd Ave. in Phoenix. Follow the signs to the East parking lot. $20 per bike. This ride will end at Mesa Riverview where the streets will be blocked off for motorcycle only parking with LIVE MUSIC. The streets will be lined with Boy Scouts holding each of the States flags. Proceeds benefit Arizona Police and Fire support programs. Donation includes 10th Anniversary 9/11/11 bracelet while supplies last. Click Here for Details.

Next Week

Friday – Sunday
September 16th-18th
11th Annual Thunder Valley Rally. The three day Thunder Valley Rally will begin Friday afternoon with the Barley and Grapes Ride beginning in Old Town Cottonwood, making their way to Jerome and back down through the wine country of Page Springs, and of course making stops along the way for a bit of tasting. The run will end giving riders’ time to make it out to Stargazer Pavilion at Cliff Castle Casino Hotel to be entertained by Willie Nelson and Family beginning at 7:00 pm. If you would rather return to Old Town Cottonwood you will enjoy live music on Main street, vendors and some of Arizona’s premier bike builders. 

Saturday will offer the Thunder Valley Rally Poker Run, beginning in Old Town Cottonwood at 10:00am and riding up the Oak Creek Canyon along 89a into Flagstaff and back down Lake Mary Road near Mormon Lake and finishing headed Northwest on State Route 260 back to Cottonwood. $4000 in cash prizes for the poker run.
At the end of the Poker Run riders and non-riders will be able to enjoy live music, featuring the 74th Street Band, Rudy “Boy” Experiment and national act Rehab from 3:30pm – 9:30pm in Old Town Cottonwood. The KA Cycles Bike Show will correspond with the music of the day right behind City Hall in Old Town at the Activities Park. The Show will award $500 prizes to Best Overall Bike, Vintage, Metric and Amateur classes. Winners of the bike show will be announced Sunday at 10:00 am. at the Activities Park to conclude the festivities.

Saturday, September 17th
Rally in the Alley. A FREE Fun Event for all motorcycle enthusiasts! Sierra Vista Harley-Davidson and Thunder Mountain H.O.G. present Rally in the Alley. Enjoy Music, Vendors, Food, Raffles, Bike Show and Bike Wash. Event time is 9 am – 4 pm at Sierra Vista Harley-Davidson located at 176 W. Fry Blvd. H. in Sierra Vista, AZ. Take advantage of 15% off on all licensed Harley-Davidson Products.

Saturday, September 17th
Buddy Stubbs Anthem Open House. The 2012 models are in stock and Buddy Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson invites you to come check them out! Stop in September 17th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and enjoy a wide-open house Harley style. There will be FREE food and drinks on the misted patio as well as a bikini bike wash! Ride early to take advantage of cooler temperatures and be sure to stop in afterwards to spend time with friends and make new ones! For more information call (623) 465-1122 or e-mail Buddy Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson is located at 41715 N. 41st Drive, Anthem AZ, 85086. Or online at

Saturday, September 17th & 18th
Superstition Harley-Davidson Demo Days. Event time 10am-4pm. Been waiting to ride that new Harley-Davidson that you saw in the magazine? Now is your chance, take advantage of Demo Days - 2012 Model Year Open House - H.O.G. Chapter Chili Cook-off at Superstition Harley-Davidson in Apache Junction, AZ. T.E.A.M Arizona The Motorcycle Training Specialists will also be there. Don't Ride? Want to feel what riding a Harley is all about? Try the Jumpstart Experience!
September 18th 11am-3pm Demo Days Continue! Get here early to ride the Bike you want to own. Superstition HD is located at 2910 W. Apache Trail in Apache Junction, AZ. 480-346-0600.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, October 22nd
“Arizona On the Move” City of Peoria Centennial Celebration. SAVE THE DATE! This is one event that you will want to attend. Presented by SRP, this event includes a free community breakfast sponsored by Peoria Firefighters Charities, a 5K run (7:30 am start), family bike ride, Motorcycle Run to Prescott, kids arts and crafts, the Copper Chopper, horse and buggy rides, entertainment and much more!
After the event, enjoy "Mogollon" in concert at Arrowhead Harley Davidson from 4 pm–7 pm. 


Mid Week Updates will be made on the Facebook. New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to Facebook. Over 3400 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!

Another good commercial. I can’t understand the spoken language, but I do get the body language. Click Here to View.

Trask Performance Too Hot To Ride Specials!
Riding season is just around the corner.
So bring your bike in now and have it prepped. Service specials such as oil changes, tranny and primary lubrication changes and free tire installs. We do a quality check ensuring your ride is good to go. From now till October 15th. Make an appointment with James at 623-879-8488 ext 3. Trask Performance is located at 21601 N. 3rd Ave. Suite D in Phoenix, AZ. Arizona's premier performance and service center, Trask Performance!

This is one criminal that should find another line of work. He is just not cut out for this. Click Here to View.

Video of the Week: I’ve seen a few of these body flyer videos, but this guy sets the bar high for having guts, or no brains. You decide. Almost 2 million views on this video. 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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