Weekly Update
Greetings Riders,
Hallelujah! For those of us that are ready for the extended Summer temperatures to take a break, it looks like that time is finally coming. I checked the extended forecast and it looks like break we have been looking for will start a week from today as we will see the mid to high 80's for the following week. That is what we have all been looking for. Layering will soon be the norm as we leave for early morning breakfast rides, which will be a welcomed change.
This week I have some unique photos for you as I combined 2 of my passions, motorcycles and flying into one trip. As a lot of you know, in December of 2008 I fulfilled a life long dream of mine by earning my private pilot license. My Dad and Mom were both pilots and I still remember when I was about 5 years old, they would put me in the back of the old Piper Cub and go flying. As a result, flying was in my blood and something that I had been wanting to do for about 45 years. So I finally carved out the time, got it done and scratched another thing off of my bucket list. It was one of those things that could easily have been pushed off another 10 years, but I am so glad I finally made myself do it before I got too old.
While motorcycling is still my primary passion, and a lot cheaper to participate in, the intrigue of flying is right up there and I always look for ways to combine them. Scouting roads to ride is one good way. But last weekend it was for another reason. My daughters in-laws, who live in Visalia, CA were throwing a belated wedding reception for them so that his friends and family could celebrate their wedding. Mrs. C. and I wanted to attend, so immediately I said "Road Trip"! The only problem was, riding across the desert through Palm Springs at 110 degrees didn't see all that appealing. Been there, done that and it wasn't that much fun.
So I went to plan B and came up with the idea to beat the heat and quickly knock out 2 things that I have been wanting to do. Fly to Catalina Island and see the special motorcycle exhibit at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley. Seemed like a good excuse to accomplish both in the same trip.
For some reason, I have always wanted to fly to Catalina Island, just off the coast of California and land at the airport there. It is an old runway built in the early 40's by the Wrigley family, who owned the island. They literally carved off the highest peak at 1600 ft. elevation to put in the 3000 foot strip leaving a cliff on each end of the runway. And back then, their levels must not have been that good because there is a 40 foot drop from one end of the runway to the other. The words "go around" being broadcast over the frequency 122.7 from pilot's coming into Catalina are common as they try to land there for the first time. Doesn't sound like that much fun, but the thrill seeker that I am, it was a challenge that I was ready to conquer.
So we left here at 8:00am Friday morning arriving in Catalina Island at 10:50am. We did a quick sight seeing tour around Avalon and Two Harbors and made our way back around to make our attempt to land. After reading so many pilot stories about landing at this airport with the 40 foot elevation change, the hump in the middle which gives you the illusion that you are at the end and the wind that pushes you down at the numbers, the adrenaline was really pumping. As I turned base to final and lined up the Cessna 172 on final approach for runway 22, to take my crack at taming the beast also known as "The Airport in the Sky", I quickly realized what all the fuss was about. This was not your typical landing at long and flat Deer Valley Airport, this was something extra special that was going to take some concentration, a little luck and some skill to get us safely down on the first try. Click Here for my view.
Something that the other pilots forgot to mention is that there is a big optical illusion on approach from runway 22 due to the elevation change. It appeared that the bottom had dropped out and I was coming in way too high. To make this landing on the first try, I quickly had to get rid of some altitude. So I dropped anchor, went full flaps and bombs away for the numbers. The problem with that is that by the time that we went over the numbers we were going about 15 knots faster than I would have liked and we had to bleed off some speed before attempting to set it down. Fortunately we touched down about half way down the runway and rolled out to the end, making a successful, albeit exciting first landing at Catalina. The guy in the Archer behind us had 2 "go around's" and landed on his 3rd attempt. I later found out that he was an instructor. Now I was feeling even better to accomplish it on my first try.
We took the shuttle down the one lane road 1600 feet in elevation to Avalon for lunch at Armstrong's on the water, walked around a bit and then back up to the plane to prepare for the next leg to Van Nuys. I took several beautiful pictures from the air and on the ground of Catalina Island and Avalon. If you are ever in the area, I would highly recommend visiting Avalon on Catalina. It is a one square mile city with plenty to do. There is even a new 5 line Zip Line that looks really good. You can reach the Island by ferry or helicopter. The ferry takes about 1 hour 15 minutes and costs $66.50 for a roundtrip ticket. The helicopter takes about 15 minutes and is $165 roundtrip.
The second thing on our to do list was to visit the special exhibit at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA right now called "Born to be Wild: Vintage and Celebrity Motorcycles". So we took the short 40 minute flight from Catalina to Van Nuys where we spent the night in Simi Valley. The "Born to be Wild" exhibit chronicles the history and tradition of motorcycle culture from around the world. These bikes are displayed in the Air Force One Pavilion around President Reagan's 707 Air Force One jet. For me, seeing motorcycles and planes in the same room was pretty cool.
You are probably wondering why the Reagan Library would have a display of motorcycles around Air Force One. The reason is that in 1983, President Ronald Reagan imposed a temporary tariff of 45% on imported Japanese motorcycles which helped Harley-Davidson stave off bankruptcy and ensured that the 80 year old American motorcycle manufacturer would continue to produce higher-quality bikes. This exhibit honors President Reagan's role in preserving the American motorcycle industry and showcases several iconic movie and celebrity motorcycles as well as rare and vintage motorcycles dating back to 1899. There are 35 motorcycles on display.
The movie motorcycles on display include Arnold Schwarzenegger's 1991 Harley from "The Terminator," the 1920 Indian Scout ridden by Anthony Hopkins in "The World's Fastest Indian". Vintage models include a 1903 Harley-Davidson, a 1913 Sears, a 1922 Ner-A-Car and Floyd Emde's winning bike from the Daytona 200, a 1948 Indian now owned by Don Emde. My personal favorite's were the 1903 Harley-Davidson and the 1914 Pierce. I still can't believe that got those leather belts to hold up. I guess those motors didn't produce enough horsepower to strip the belts. But these old bikes sure were fascinating to look at.
As I mentioned earlier, the motorcycle display is housed in the Reagan Library's Air Force One Pavilion, next to around and under the very 707 that Reagan flew as Air Force One. You even get to walk through and tour the plane as part of your admission. The whole library is very good as you will see his Oval Office as it was with original furnishing's, a piece of the Berlin Wall and his gravesite among many other display's. "Born to Be Wild" runs through Tuesday, November 9, 2010. The Reagan Library is located at 40 Presidential Drive in Simi Valley. Public hours: are from 10 am to 5 pm daily. The Museum admission is $12 for general admission.
With the weather cooling off here in the next week or so, I would highly recommend visiting the Reagan Library and the motorcycle exhibit. It is only a short 400 mile ride from Phoenix to Simi Valley. Unfortunately mostly freeway, but you can make it interesting by going through Big Bear on your way back home, that is an excellent ride for sure. In fact, if you want to go with a bunch of other riders, 5 southern California HD dealers are having a ride to the library on October 16th. Click Here. That could be fun. I took several pictures of the exhibit for you to view.
Click Here for Pictures of Catalina Island. (Click Slideshow in upper right for best full screen viewing)
Click Here for Pictures of Reagan Library and Born to be Wild Exhibit.
Useful Links:
Reagan Library, "Born to be Wild" Exhibit.
Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce
History of Catalina Island
Catalina Airport - KAVX

**I have had a lot of questions about the Rocky Point Rally lately and it is on and scheduled for November 4th -7th. It is hard to believe, but this is the 10th anniversary of the Rally. I know that some are hesitant to go to Mexico right now with all of the bad press down there, but Rocky Point has seemed to avoid most of the issues that you hear about in the press. One thing we do know, this is always a good time. Here is the Agenda. If you are looking to make a reservation for lodging, Click Here. If you want a good snapshot of the Rocky Point Rally, check out this video from a couple of years ago.
**Photos on Smugmug. I am getting quite a collection of photos on the Smugmug page and adding more every week. There are 15 galleries under Events and 10 galleries under Riding Photos. Click SLIDESHOW in the upper right of the gallery screen for best full screen viewing. Or you can just watch the random slideshow of all the photos on the opening page.

This Week
Friday, October 1st
Motorcycles On Main St. in Mesa Sponsored by Chester's Harley-Davidson. Motorcycles on Main in Mesa is back in full swing. Riders have been asking for something to do on a Friday night for a long time and now it is here at least once per month. This event regularly brings in over 1000 riders 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, October 1st 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, October 2nd
Thunder Mountain Ride Official Kickoff Party at Buddy Stubbs. By now most of you have heard about the Thunder Mountain Ride happening in Payson on October 8-10 that is giving away 13 motorcycles. The first one of those bikes will be given away on Saturday, October 2nd at Buddy Stubbs HD. And since it is unprecedented to give away 13 bikes at one event, Buddy Stubbs is throwing a huge party to kick it off! Free Admission 3pm-8pm. Anyone who comes to the party will get one free ticket entered in the drawing. There will be Live Music on the Main Stage, Great Food, a Miller Lite beer garden, Vendors, Museum Tours and of course the Sportster Giveaway. You can buy your registration to the Thunder Mountain Ride and get your name in the hat for the first bike given away at Buddy Stubbs. Click Here to see how to register for the event, or register at Buddy Stubbs to be in the drawing.  
Saturday and Sunday, October 2nd & 3rd
Chandler Harley-Davidson Demo Days. You might have seen the new 2011 Harley-Davidson's by now, but there is nothing like actually getting on one and taking it for a ride. This is your chance! The Harley-Davidson Demo Truck will be at Chandler HD on Saturday and Sunday to give you an opportunity to see what all the fuss is about with the new 2011 models. Pick the one you want to ride and take a spin on it from 9am - 4pm both days. You must have a valid motorcycle license and be at least 21 years old. There will be Free Food, Raffle Prizes and More! Don't miss this opportunity to test ride your favorite Harley-Davidson. Chandler HD is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, AZ. 480-496-6800.
Saturday, October 2nd
4th Annual We Ride so Kids can Walk presented by El Zaribah Shrine Motorcycle Unit. Registration at Johnny Rockets at Westgate City Center at 101 Hwy & Glendale Rd. from 7am - 10am. Ride starts from 9-10am. $20 Registration/$10 Passenger. This year's Theme is Treasure/Scavenger Hunt. Ride is 100 miles which is about 3 Hours seat time. Ride ends at El Zaribah Shrine. 1st Prize 1 oz Gold Bar, 2nd Prize a Diamond, 3rd Prize 10 oz of Silver. Many more prizes and raffles. Download a Registration form at  Registration at event start only.
Sunday, October 3rd
2nd Annual "Never Give Up" Ride. For strength and hope in loving memory of Claudine Brady. 100% Of funds raised will benefit a child with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona. $5,000 makes a child's wish come true! Register at Renegade Classics, 3102 E. Cactus Rd Phoenix at 8:30 am. All riders will receive a raffle ticket at registration & Meet Miss Arizona Bike Week 2010 Jules Elliott! 10:00 am We’ll Hit The Road. 1st Stop American Legion Post #107. Enjoy $7.00 & under breakfast first come first serve! 2nd Stop Gavilan Peak Sports Bar & Grill in New River. 3rd Stop The Hideaway in Cave Creek. 4:00 PM Final Stop Legends Bar & Grill in Scottsdale. Legends will offer a delicious nacho bar, $5 dollar burgers & house chips & Happy Hour drink prices! Raffle prizes from our sponsors!
Next Week
October 8-10, 2010
Thunder Mountain Ride Motorcycle Rally. PUT THIS ONE ON YOUR CALENDAR NOW!
There are rides or events that come along every now and then that really get me excited and that includes the upcoming Thunder Mountain Ride Motorcycle Rally in Payson, AZ. Not only is Payson Arizona a beautiful place to have a motorcycle event, it is also the perfect time of year for it. But they are really making it huge by giving away 13 motorcycles to those who attend. Not to mention live music daily including high profile acts like Mogollon and rides through and around the rim.  I will be talking more about this event over the next several weeks. But for now I would like to direct you to the excellent video that they have done for this ride that will definitely get you excited about it. Event is sponsored by Native Air, City of Payson, North Country HealthCare, Outback Steakhouse and Budweiser.
This video is really good and will get you excited to participate. Click Here to View Video.  
Stay tuned for weekly updates for this event.
Drawings For Motorcycles! There has been some confusion on the registration costs for the event. I called today and got the bottom line on it. Here is the deal as simply as I can make it.
If you want to have a ticket in each of the drawings for the 13 motorcycles the cost is $120. This will get you into all of the rides and all activities as well as the drawings.
If you would like to be involved in the drawings for 5 motorcycles, the cost is $60. This will get you into the event all 3 days and in the drawings for 5 bikes. No rides are included. You can add rides or motorcycle drawings for $20 each.
To register for the bikes and entry Click Here.
If you would just like to go to the event and watch the bands and view the vendors and entertainment, the cost is $10 per day.
Bike drawings days, locations and times, Click Here.
They have done a real nice job of lining up Entertainment for this event.
Friday: John Scott Band, 1-3pm,  74th Street Band, 3-5pm. Valley favorite Mogollon, 5-9pm.
Saturday: John Scott Band, 1-4pm. Echoes The Fall, 4-5pm. Rondavous, 5-7pm. American Idol Star Amanda Overmeyer, 7-9pm.
Sunday: John Scott Band, 11am-2pm..
Saturday, October 9th
Renegade Classics 3rd Annual Kick Start Party and Bike Show. Stop by Renegade Classics 9am - 4pm for some FREE Food, Beverages and Live Music. And while you are there, take advantage of their huge sale. Save 20%-50% on Leather Chaps, Jackets,  & Vests. HD Leather Boots, Dot Helmets, Saddlebags & Luggage. Ladies' Tanks & T's & Long Sleeve Shirts. Men's T-Shirts & Work Shirts. Sewing available on site. Bike Show Voting begins at 10am. 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Trophies & Prizes. Renegade Classics is located at 3102 E. Cactus Rd. in Phoenix. 602-595-9597.
Saturday and Sunday,
October 9th and 10th. 
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Demo Days. You might have seen the new 2011 Harley-Davidson's by now, but there is nothing like actually getting on one and taking it for a ride. This is your chance! The Harley-Davidson Demo Truck will be at Arrowhead HD on Saturday and Sunday to give you an opportunity to see for yourself how truly great the new 2011 models are. Pick the one you want to ride and take a spin on it from 9am - 4pm both days. You must have a valid motorcycle license and be at least 21 years old. There will be Free Food, Raffle Prizes and More! Don't miss this opportunity to test ride your favorite Harley-Davidson. Arrowhead HD is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Fntns Ctr. Dr. in Peoria, AZ. 623-247-5542.
Saturday, October 9
Budweiser Arizona Mile Grand National Championship Finals. The AMA Pro K&N Filters Grand National Championship series is the oldest and most traditional form of motorcycle racing competing on stock car and horse tracks throughout the country. Motorcycle riders from across the U.S., Japan, Australia and Canada will compete handle bar to handle bar only inches apart at speeds over 140mph on the one mile dirt oval. Mile dirt track racing has been dominated by the Harley-Davidson XR750 for over 30 years, 2010 brought new competitive equipment to challenge the Harley-Davidson.  To date Harley-Davidson has won 5 races, Ducati 1 and just last weekend Kawasaki won their first race at the Lucas Oil Indy Mile ridden by former Harley-Davidson factory rider Bryan Smith. Often called the most spectacular motorsports racing in the country, both Pro Singles and Expert Twins compete on the K&N Filters Grand National Championship Series. The drafting technique keeps riders together for the entire main event with the race often won by only inches at the finish line.  The win by Joe Kopp on the Ducati in May over Harley-Davidson mounted Sammy Halbert was won at the finish line by less than 2 feet! Takes place at Yavapai Downs in Prescott Valley, AZ. Gates Open 9:00am. Practice/Timed Qualifying 10:30am. Opening Ceremonies 1:30pm. Races 2:00pm. Yavapai Downs (928) 775-8000.
Saturday, October 9th
2nd Annual East Side B.A.C.A. Poker Run. Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) exists with the intent to create a safer environment for abused children. We exist as a body of Bikers to empower children to not feel afraid of the world in which they live. We stand ready to lend support to our wounded friends by involving them with an established, united organization. Sign in at Joeta's Leather, 433 W. Main St. in Mesa. 9am - 11am. Prizes for High and Low hand. $20 single or $30 per couple. Your donation includes Ride Pins for the first 100. Live Music, Merchandise and 50/50 Raffle, Vendors, Breakfast served before run.
Upcoming Rides
Thursday, October 14th
The Bike Night will present the second night of the Fall season on October 14th. If you didn't make it to the first one last month, don't miss this one. The Fall season is going to be a little different. We are just going to do 3 Thursday nights for the Fall. So mark you calendars for September 16th, October 14th and November 11th which will be a Veteran themed event. Event time is 5-10pm. I will end the season with the Toy Event at Westgate on Saturday, December 4th.
This year we will have Live Music every month starting with Velvet Tiger bringing back classic R&B, Motown and Blues. There will be more Vendors, Restaurant Specials, Videos on the giant LED, performances from the 6 million dollar dancing water fountains and of course plenty of motorcycle parking on Coyote Blvd. and beyond. Urban Roots will play from 6-9 pm.  
Plan to join us on Thursday, October 14th from 5-10pm at Westgate City Center located next to the Cardinals Stadium and Arena at Loop 101 and W. Glendale Ave. Click Here for Details.
Sponsored by:
Your local Harley-Davidson dealership and proud sponsor of the Bike Night. We are located just South of 83rd Ave. and Bell Rd. Stop to see the latest 2011 HD motorcycles. 623-247-5542
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.  
Stop by Steve Wingenfeld's Allstate tent on Bike Night and check out Allstate's NEW Lower rates on All Harley's and all cruiser bikes. Now you can save over 40% with multi-line discounts. You can stop in at our Westgate office on Coyote's Blvd(suite 1056) or call us at 623.581.0374. Check out our Motorcycle website at, Just input zip code 85305 to get to my web page.
RideSmart Motorcycle Training - Celebrating ten years of being the highest quality, lowest priced rider training school in the Phoenix Metro area!  Motorcycle Safety Foundation based curricula and highly qualified, personable Rider Coaches.  Courses for beginners and experienced motorcyclists.  MVD testing is an integral part of the curricula.  Fun, low threat training environment.  Ninety-seven percent student success rate.  Not the biggest school, simply the best!
If you would like to be a vendor or a sponsor on any of these 3 nights, please contact Barry at
Mid Week Updates will be made on the Facebook.
New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to Facebook. Over 2600 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!
I don't even know how to preview this one. Still can't figure out how and why this guy came up with this idea.  Click Here to View.
The van driving dog. Can't always believe what you are seeing. Click Here to View.
Video of the Week: Oh my gosh, this is both funny and unbelievable. See what happens when a guy tests an airbag. I can't understand what they are saying, but I understand the laughter. 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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