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Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
9/21/11
 
Greetings Riders,
 
It was 71 degrees this morning when I got up. That is definitely part of the recipe for great early morning and evening rides. I would like to thank all of you that came out to the first Cyclerides.com bike nights last week at Westgate and Mesa Riverview. The band “56” rocked both places with 50’s music and a good time was had by all. See photo links below. It was obvious we were all ready to have a good excuse and destination to get the bikes out. This week it is 60’s night at both places. We will have classic cars and Live Music from the 60’s. Nine more weeks to go for this season. 70’s theme night next week and Monster Truck Night on October 6th and 7th.  Paul Yaffe will be at Mesa Riverview Bike Night with his 1965 Cadillac and will be displaying his bikes in the Cyclerides.com Photo Gallery along the live band “The Rave”. We will have 6 Classic Cars from the 60’s at Westgate with Live Band Chris Putrino. See you there!
 
Last week I did a story on our visit to the Antelope Slot Canyons near Page, AZ. This is a beautiful one of a kind experience that you will really want to visit. There are also over 100 photos of the Grand Canyon and Lake Powell from the air as well as the slot canyon. Click Here to read the story and see photos.
 
Beartooth Pass
 
This week I am going to jump back to Day 6 of our 2011 ride this Summer. To catch up you can read Day 5 here. The focal point of this day was to ride Beartooth Pass in Montana and Wyoming. We started the day in Gillette, WY and decided to knock off a good 120 miles on the freeway while making our way to the scenic roads. We hopped off I-90 at Ranchester to take Hwy. 14A through the Bighorn National Forest on our way to Red Lodge, MT for the East entrance to Beartooth Pass. This is a really good road if you are heading to Sturgis out of East Yellowstone.
 
Red Lodge, MT is a really cool old town that has built itself into a year round destination with skiing in the winter and tourist in the Summer. Lots of old buildings, restaurants and retail businesses for you to enjoy. It also doesn’t hurt that it is the only civilization near the Beartooth Pass for all the motorcycle rider’s that cross it every Summer. If you are running low on gas or need food, get it in Red Lodge before heading West.
 
Beartooth Highway has probably one of the most famous mountain passes in the United States. The Beartooth All-American Road, also known as the Beartooth Highway, officially opened on June 14, 1936. This year marked the its 75th Anniversary. A lot of the early acclaim for this road came when it was first referred to as "the most beautiful drive in America", by CBS correspondent Charles Kuralt. Charles was an on the road television correspondent that claimed the Highway is a destination in its own right. It is the highest elevation paved highway in the Northern Rocky Mountains open to travelers seasonally from mid May to mid October.
 
The Beartooth Highway is a 68-mile travel corridor, beginning on the East side just south of Red Lodge, Montana at an elevation of 6400 feet and ending on the West near the Northeast Entrance to Yellowstone National Park and Cooke City, Montana, at an elevation of 7500 feet. In between those two elevations, the road rises to 10, 947 feet at Beartooth Pass in Wyoming making it the highest elevation highway in the Northern Rockies. The Beartooth All-American Road passes through what is known today as the Beartooth Corridor. Surrounded by the Custer, Gallatin, and Shoshone National Forests, traveling parallel to the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, and abutting Yellowstone National Park, the Highway sits in a million-plus acre wilderness.  It is one of the highest and most rugged areas in the lower 48 states, with 20 peaks reaching over 12,000 feet in elevation. In the surrounding mountains, you will see glaciers on the north side of nearly every mountain peak over in the distance.
 
What makes this road so interesting to me, as well as other roads like this, is the amount of work and planning that went into building the road. As you make your way East from Red Lodge and negotiate the first of 19 switchbacks that you will encounter along the 68 mile road, you can’t help but look at the side of that nearly 11,000 foot mountain and wonder how in the world they made a road through there. As it turns out, it wasn’t that easy. It took them 5 years to construct this road. Three construction companies actually set up a small city with their own electric plant to house the 170 men that it took to do the work. If the workers were inclined they paid $1.35 per day for room and board. Skilled labor was paid $1 per hour, unskilled $.60 per hour and both got $.10 per hour extra for bad weather.
 
As you are working your up the switchbacks on the North side of the mountain you will look down below to the road you were just on all while watching the 20 peaks of over 12,000 feet slowly come into view all around you. From the lodge pole pine forests outside of Red Lodge to the Alpine tundra at the top, the Beartooth Highway will demonstrate a range of ecosystems along your route. Once you get to the top you can walk out on the snow that is just off the road that you will find there year round. Glaciers are also visible on many of the peaks in the distance. The view is 360 degrees seemingly endless and  spectacular to say the least. This is where you can pick out the 20 lakes visible from the summit along with the 20 peaks over 12,000 feet in elevation. You will want to spend a few minutes at the top just to soak it up. But not too long, because even in the middle of Summer it is cold and windy up there.
 
Coming down the mountain heading West you will serpentine down the switchbacks heading toward Cooke City, MT and the Northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park. This is a very beautiful part of the ride as you will relax and enjoy the beauty while coming back down to vegetation including wildflowers, pine trees, lakes and waterfalls. Depending where your destination is going to be you can either turn South on the Chief Joseph Hwy. 296 that will take you to Cody, WY, which is and EXCELLENT road and highly recommended or continue on Hwy. 212 to Cooke City, MT which is a beautiful ride.
 
We chose to spend the night in the very cool little town of Cooke City, MT which is only a few miles from the Northeast entrance to Yellowstone and is the gateway to the park. If you are going to stay in this town, I would recommend getting reservations at least the morning of your stay as there are not many rooms available, and if you don’t stay here, you will have several miles to go to find lodging elsewhere in the park or Gardiner, MT. We stayed at the Soda Butte motel and I would highly recommend it. It is old without many amenities, but it is really quaint and comfortable and even has a restaurant. I’m sure you would enjoy your stay at the Soda Butte and Cooke City. We loved it and plan to go back.
 
Click Here for 107 Photos
Click Here for Map – 335 Miles from Gillette, WY to Cooke City, MT
 
Useful Links:
 
Beartooth Area Maps
Beartooth Highway Wikipedia
Beartooth Highway
Top 10 Scenic Drives in the Northern Rockies
 

 
Tidbits and Updates:
 
**The new bike build is coming along, but much slower than I thought. What started out to be adding a piece of chrome to the fairing has turned into a full blown custom theme bike modeled after a 1965 Mako Shark Corvette. I had no idea customizing a bike could take this much time and effort. And I’m not even doing the work. As it turns out, there is not one piece on this bike that has not been customized in some way to fit the theme. Lots of cool little trinkets also that will tie it all together to the Corvette. Hopefully will be close to being out of fabrication by Monday. Then we can go to paint. Here is a sneak peek. The front of the fairing is really cool. Will show that later. And the inner fairing will really shock you, like nothing you have ever seen. Hopefully will have the bike done by the last week of October. Click Here to view.
 
**One of the fun things of doing road trips on the bike is that you get to see a lot of different things. Here is a pic I snapped in Ranchester, WY. Apparently this is how they roll in Italy. Click Here.
 

Fall Bike Night Schedule:
I am really excited to announce the new Cyclerides.com Fall Bike Night Schedules for Westgate and Mesa 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.
 
Thursday Nights
 
Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night: See Photos from last week.
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 5-9 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 info@cyclerides.com .
 
Highlights this Week:
60’s Theme Night this week!
Live music with “The Chris Putrino Band”
Six classic cars from the 1960’s will be on display.
Nick Trask on display with his custom bikes and turbo systems.

I would like to give special thanks to our Sponsors of the Westgate Bike Night
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Please visit their booths at the event and click their links below to learn more about them.

Petersen Johnson Accident Lawyers.
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.

Arrowhead HD and Ridenow Powersports Your local Harley-Davidson dealership and proud sponsor of the Cyclerides.com/Westgate Bike Night. We are located just South of 83rd Ave. and Bell Rd. Stop to see the latest 2011 HD motorcycles and to pick up the new Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night T-Shirt. 623-247-5542.

Curly's Customs
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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.

Allstate Insurance – Kirk Borg Agency
Allstate insurance has extremely attractive insurance rates for motorcycles, cars and homes. Stop by and see Kirk at Westgate to get a competitive quote on your bike. Ask about bundling all your insurance for reduced rates. Contact Kirk Borg at kirkborg1@allstate.com or call 623-561-0445. Located at 20229 N. 67th Ave., Ste C-4 • Glendale, AZ 85308. www.borgagency.com

Trask Performance. A full service shop specializing in high performance upgrades and dyno tuning. Let our team of professionals fulfill your performance needs and unlock your bike’s full potential. Motorcycle Builder and performance expert Nick Trask will be Featuring his turbo systems. This will be your opportunity to meet Nick and see how he can improve the performance of your bike. 21601 N. 3rd Ave. Suite D., Phoenix, AZ. 623-879-8470.
 
Friday Nights
 
Cyclerides.com Mesa Riverview Bike Night: See Photos from Last Week.
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 Cyclerides.com 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 info@cyclerides.com . Click Here for Details.
 
Highlights this Week:
60’s Theme Night this week!
Live music with “The Rave”
See the 1965 Corvette with a 1000 HP Blown Engine in it along with Paul Yaffe’s 1965 Cadillac and others.
Paul Yaffe will be displaying his bikes in the Photo Gallery.

I would like to give special thanks to our First Sponsors of the Cyclerides.com Mesa Riverview Bike Night.
Please visit their booths at the event and click their links below to learn more about them.

Chester's Harley-Davidson - Your local Harley-Davidson dealer. See our display at Bike Night. Store location at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404

The Law Tigers - The Law Tigers are Arizona's Injury Lawyers Who Ride. We know bikes, riders, and the law. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, call 1-800-LAWTIGERS (529-8443) Visit www.lawtigers.com.


 
This Week
Saturday, September 24th
2nd Annual Ride to Chase Field with Arrowhead HD and Chandler HD. Take a ride to see the Arizona Diamondbacks take on the San Francisco Giants. Ride will start at 2:30 pm at 2 locations. Or meet us at the Ballpark. First 30 to sign up will get Swimming Pool Suite Tickets. Or you can buy tickets online. Game time is 5:10 pm. Go to www.dbacks.com/harley and enter the special code: ride. Tickets are only $15 per ticket with $5 of each ticket going to Ride For Kids. Tickets are for sale at both Arrowhead and Chandler Harley-Davidson locations. For more information call Arrowhead at 623-247-5542 and Chandler at 480-496-6800.

Saturday, September 24th
Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson Wide-Open House. Ride into Buddy Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson on Saturday, September 24th, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and check out all of the hottest 2012 offers courtesy of Harley-Davidson. Summer is winding down, so ride early and stop in at their open house to enjoy FREE food and drinks while browsing the endless isles of incredible motorcycles. In addition, there will be live music, museum tours and a bikini bike wash! For more information call (602) 971-3400 or e-mail marketing@buddystubbs.com. Buddy Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson is located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix AZ, 85022. Visit them online at www.buddystubbshd.com.

Saturday and Sunday, September 24th & 25th
Harley-Davidson of Tucson DEMO EVENT! We all want to see the new 2012 model year Harley-Davidson’s. Now is your chance to test ride the 2012’s for Free* From 10am – 4pm both days, pick your favorite Harley-Davidson and take it for a ride. If you don’t have a motorcycle license, stop by and try the Jumpstart experience. You will feel like you are riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle without leaving our parking lot. While you are there, enjoy Food and Prizes. Harley-Davidson of Tucson is located at 7355 N. I-10 Frontage Rd. East in Tucson, AZ 85743. 520-751-3380.
 
Sunday, September 25th
Chester’s Harley-Davidson Party on the Patio. Has Moved to SUNDAY’S!
Party on the Patio moves to Sunday this week and we have “Bandalism” for your live entertainment. This Sunday Party on the Patio 11-2pm. Bandalism will be rocking the house as we help National Kidney Foundation of Arizona. Tired of the same old dogs? Rock Taco Cantina will be serving up their delicious tacos. Football, music, pool, food and helping charity. Can't get much better. This Sunday at Chester's H-D 11-2pm. Let the good times roll. Chester’s will be out at Cyclerides.com Bike Night at Riverview this and every Friday for the next 9 wks. Come out and see what we are up too.
 
Next Week
 
Saturday and Sunday, October 1st & 2nd
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Demo Days. Been waiting to ride that new Harley-Davidson that you saw in the magazine? Now is your chance, take advantage of Demo Days at Arrowhead Harley-Davidson in Peoria this weekend. Event time 10am-4pm. Don't Ride? Want to feel what riding a Harley is all about? Try the Jumpstart Experience! You will feel like you are riding a motorcycle without ever leaving the parking lot. Get here early to ride the Bike you want to own. Enjoy Food and Prizes. Arrowhead Harley-Davidson is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Ftn. Ctr. Dr. in Peoria, AZ. 623-247-5542.
 
Saturday, October 1st
Chandler Harley-Davidson Used Parts Swap Meet. Looking for a good buy on some used parts, or need to get rid of some? Head over to the Chandler Harley-Davidson Used Parts Swap Meet. Not only will you see plenty of used parts and take offs, there will be up to 70% Off on select licensed Harley-Davidson products. This all takes place from 9am – 3pm Saturday, Oct. 1st. Swap Meet: No competitive items or bike sales please. To Pre-Register for space email Deb at chdmarketing@ridenow.com. Chandler Harley is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, AZ. 480-496-6800.
 
Saturday, October 1st
Tombstone Harley-Davidson Grand Opening Ride! Be the first to see the new Tombstone Harley store! Start ride at Tucson Harley, head to Sierra Vista HD and end at our new Tombstone location. Registration 9 a.m. at Harley-Davidson of Tucson with breakfast. Ride is FREE! Ride will leave at 10 a.m. after safety briefing. Show a stamp from all 3 locations and get a special Ride Pin. FREE Lunch for all riders at Tombstone Harley-Davidson. For more information, call 520-751-3389. If you can’t make the ride, take a scenic ride to Tombstone and see the latest location for Harley-Davidson shirts in Arizona. Be the first to get your Tombstone HD shirts!
 
Saturday, October 1st
Fundraiser For a Little Boy- Stephen James.
Stephen James was diagnosed with a rare disease called eosinophilia esophagitis in October 2010. Since birth he has had many stomach issues and eventually stopped growing.  After his diagnosis he was taken off most all foods and put on a feeding tube to get the majority of his nutrition.  It has been a rocky road since his diagnosis but throughout all he has been through, this little boy has remained the happiest, smiling child you will ever meet.  The doctors are finally starting to get Stephen on the right track but this will be a life long adventure in trial and error to keep him healthy. Please come together to help this family and little boy with the medical expenses they have incurred and continue to incur throughout this journey by coming out to this event on October 1st, 2011 between 7:00Am - 1:00Pm.  Have your car washed, enter the raffle, buy some baked goods, or just go shopping in their rummage sale.  Located in Marcello's parking lot, 1701 e warner rd, Tempe AZ 85284. See flyer for pictures of Stephen and details.
 
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.
 
Extras

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

This dog didn’t know what just happened. He was just out for a walk in the woods. Hilarious. 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 AZ Diamondbacks should pick up this kid now! This is some talent. Click Here to View.

Video of the Week: This is another one of those candid camera type videos. Very funny. 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"
www.cyclerides.com

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