Weekly Update
Greetings Riders,
Well, for the first time in many months, we can look at the extended weather forecast and not see triple digits for high temperatures. This means we are now at the beginning of prime Arizona riding here in the Phoenix area. We took advantage of the great weather on Sunday just tooling around the outskirts of town to enjoy some wind in our face that didn't burn. Now is the time plan some of those Day Rides with your riding pals and enjoy some breakfast or lunch at some of your favorite stops.
As I was preparing for the newsletter this week I noticed the Choir Boys ride was this weekend and it reminded me that this month is also the 11th Anniversary month of It was 11 years ago this weekend that Mrs. C. and I kicked off at the Choir Boys ride. There are a few thousand new subscribers to the newsletter since the last time I told the history of, in fact, I have never done it to this extent, so I thought I would do that today.
I started riding and became infatuated with riding on 2 wheels back in 1966 when I was 10 years old. There was a high school boy in our small town of Lansing, Kansas that had a blue mini bike with a 3hp motor for sale for $35 that I thought was the coolest thing I had ever seen. I wanted it so bad, but the only problem was, that I was $35 short in being able to buy it. I asked my folks to buy it for me, but they decided to set my entrepreneurial path in motion at an early age by telling me that I would have to work to earn the money to buy the mini bike. Imagine that, kids don't hear that phrase much these days. I said I'm 10 years old, how am I going to earn $35?
My Dad mentioned that we had a lawnmower in the garage and suggested I might try mowing lawns to earn the money. So I set out with my lawnmower in tow, pulling it up and down the streets of Lansing, Kansas going door to door trying to get some jobs. Sure enough, there were three people that were willing to pay me $2.50 per week to mow their lawns. But at $7.50 per week, if I saved every penny, it would take 5 weeks to save enough to buy the mini bike, which seemed like an eternity at that age. Being extremely anxious to get this bike, every week I would lay those dollars and quarters out on my bed to determine how much more time it was going to take me to reach my goal while praying for rain to make the grass grow faster.
Combining my lawn mowing booty along with a few other odd jobs along the way, I was able to pull the $35 together in about a month and went directly to the guy to exchange this sack full of coins and bills for the long sought after and dreamed about mini bike. This was my first entry into 2 wheeled travel that got into my blood and has never left. From the mini bike I progressed to an old 50 cc dirt bike, to a 100cc Yamaha and then to a Honda 350 Scrambler as I was entering college. That bike was sold right before Mrs. C. and I got married and moved to Arizona almost 30 years ago.
As with a lot of young couples, things like motorcycles were not a priority, and when we started a family, it got pushed even farther back. But it is hard to keep a passion like riding, that had been born so early in life completely subdued, so we messed around with some scooters along the way to at least get some wind in our face. That sufficed for a few years, mostly because we were focused on raising a child and working. But then somewhere around 1997 my neighbor across the street got a brand new Harley-Davidson Fat Boy and brought it home. As you might imagine, that totally ignited the flame that had been smoldering for all these years and turned it into a small bon-fire. Now I had to listen to him pull out every weekend morning to go for a ride, leaving me to figure out how many lawns it was going to take me in today's world to buy a Harley.
So I saved my lawn mowing money again for a couple of years and this time bought a beautiful 1997 HD Sportster 1200 Sport from a guy in Scottsdale in July of 1999. We bought this bike to test the waters and see if we would be able to juggle all of our family duties and still enjoy some riding. The first trip that Mrs. C. and I took in Arizona on the bike was to Jerome via Wickenburg and we were once again hooked. There was no turning back now. Now I had a bike and great desire to ride again, where was I supposed go? We looked around trying to find things to do, but in 1999 there were just flyers being distributed to dealerships and no day ride ideas. I remember like it was yesterday riding out to the Hideaway one Friday night in early October, which had just been opened for 1 year at that point, and asked Mark Bradshaw if there were any internet sites that could give me some ideas of where to ride. He said "not that I know of". My reply was, "there will be on Monday", and that was the moment that was born, 11 years ago.
I went home that night and started searching for names and settled on for the web site. I began collecting the flyers around town for events, taking bike photos to display and coming up with Day Rides of my own to share to share on the site. We were now ready to unveil the site to the riding community which brings me back to my comment above. In October of 1999 Mrs. C. and I went to the start of the Choir Boys ride and started handing out flyers letting everyone know that there was now a web site that would give them event and riding information around the Valley. But back in 1999, the internet was not used nearly as much as it is today, and half the riders didn't even have a computer. But the other half that did, gladly took the flyer and eventually logged on. From there it was attending many events on the weekends and spreading the word. Cyclerides was now off and running.
I thought it would be fun to be able to communicate with riders every week to let them know what was going on, so in January of 2000 I started this newsletter with about 75 email addresses. Now that I was definitely going to be riding as much as I could, it was time to upgrade the bike. In February of 2000 I purchased a 2 year old 1998 Titan Roadrunner that I rode for the next 5 years. The newsletter idea really caught on and grew rather quickly. People have come and gone over the years, but the letter is now emailed to over 8600 riders throughout the world. There are many in other states and in the military that get the newsletter including Iraq and Afghanistan that have told me that this is their link to home. I am humbled by that. My first bike night was at Macayo's on Bell Rd. which has led to many bike night locations over the past 11 years culminating with the Bike Night that many of you enjoy each month.
High points along the way personally have been the Toys to Kids Ride that I do every year bussing in 150 kids so that you can give them their gifts, The Hearts To Heroes Ride that we did from 2005 to 2008 that included a live satellite interview with 50 soldiers in Baghdad and a ride around PIR on the motorcycles in 2007, The Chopper Memorial Ride that we did in 2007 with TV3 and Scott Pasmore that took 2000 bikes from the TV3 station to Westgate that raised $42,000 in 2 hours. (See Video). And the many thousands of miles that Mrs. C. and I have ridden and reported to you on over the years (See Photos). The bikes have progressed over the years as well. We got Mrs. C. a new Vrod in 2002 which she traded in for a 2008 model. I got a new 2005 Road Glide that I have been riding that now has 67,000 miles on it.
So that is the history of how was born. It has been an incredible ride and provided the opportunity to meet hundreds of absolutely wonderful people along the way that have turned into friendships over the years. It still thrills me when I run into some of the original people that were there at the start that have helped us along the way. It has been a lot of work and many late nights to get the newsletter out on time, but the rewards that I get from all of you in the form of kind words and smiles when I see you have made it all worth while.
My number one goal with over the years has always been to put a positive light on the lifestyle of motorcycle riding while giving you an enjoyable place to go to live vicariously through our travels, bringing those moments back to you through words and photography. I'm not sure how much longer I will be doing this. Life has a way of changing things, giving you different challenges and eventually it will be time to move on. But I want you to know that I love and appreciate each and every one of you that are reading this right now, and thank you for your help, support and kind words over the years. It has been one heck of a special 11 year ride, I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have. God willing, for the foreseeable future, if you keep reading, I'll keep riding and writing.
Ride safe, ride often and enjoy every minute. There is nothing else like it.
See you at Westgate this Thursday night.
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This Week
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. This month we have Urban Roots bringing back classic R&B, Motown and Blues. This is an excellent 8 piece band that includes a horn section. 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:
Arrowhead HD
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.  
Allstate Insurance - Steve Wingenfield Agent.
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 next 2 nights, please contact Barry at
See photos from last season.
Saturday, October 16th & 17th
ROCKTOBERFEST at Chester's Harley-Davidson. Ride in and join the huge party at Chester's Harley-Davidson that takes place in their 5-acre Miller Beer Garden, sponsored by Miller, Patron Tequila, Jagermeister & Jack Daniels.  Free Admission to party.  Gates open at 11am till 10pm. Proceeds from alcohol sales benefit Choir Boys Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, a 501 (c) 3 charity organization helping families of officers killed or injured in the line of duty. Enjoy festivities and events throughout the day including:
- Hot Rod & Low Rider Custom Show & Shine Car Show on display all day.
- Bike Vendors & fantastic food
- Harley-Davidson 18-wheeler Demo Truck with 18 new Harley’s to test ride free.  Starting at 9am – 4pm Saturday & Sunday 10am – 4pm.  Take a 10 mile demo ride on a bike of your choice.  From a trike to Screamin’ eagle street glide.  Come early and ride often.  Demo rides will occur every hour on the hour, all free.
-  Meet & Greet Police Women of Maricopa County a reality hit TV show on TLC.  The ladies will be on site all day starting at 3pm.  They will be available to sign autographs at the Choir Boy’s vendor booth.
-  Free Bikini Bike Wash 11am – 3pm by the sexy girls at Dirty Dogg Saloon.
Live Bands:
11:00am -PSYCHOBILLY RODEO.  A local favorite.
3:00pm - CORVEZ INC.
6:00pm - CRY WOLF
8:00pm - DOKKEN
-  Miss Rocktoberfest 2010 Bikini Finals 8PM.  Semi finals have been underway at AZ Country USA Bar on Country Club Drive in Mesa (1 blk south from Chester’s HD) every Wednesday night.  2 girls each week advance to the finals. The winner awarded on Saturday will win cash and a trip for 2 to Cabo San Lucas.
IT’S FREE TO ATTEND EVENT, BUT WE’RE OFFERING A V.I.P. AREA.  $60/ticket includes all day VIP access to VIP tent, 4 drinks, private bar & premium concert viewing & seating.  Anyone interested in purchasing tickets can go online to our website and click on the right hand side of VIP TICKETS HERE icon OR call us 480-894-0404.  Tickets available at dealership and day of event.  Limited amount of tickets available. 
-  Free overnight bike security available.  We’ll have taxi’s available on site if customers don’t feel comfortable to ride home and we’ll keep their bike secured overnight for them.
Sunday, October 17th
10AM – 4PM   Free Harley-Davidson Demo Rides.  Test Ride a new Harley free.  10-mile demo route with a lot of it on the HWY to really get that Harley feeling on the open road.
11AM – 3PM   Free Bikini Bike Wash
11AM – 3PM   BBQ & ice-cream available with 100% donations benefiting Phoenix Children’s Hospital Network.
Saturday, October 16th
14th Annual C.U.F.F.S. Run. This is always a good run. Choir Boys are a Law Enforcement organization committed to assisting the survivors of fallen law enforcement officers with immediate needs. This is a great cause to help families of the Civil Servants the help us every day. Net proceeds go to the families of officers killed or injured in the line of duty. Registration starts from 10:00 am - Noon. Donation: Rider - $20.00, Passenger - $10.00. Includes Poker Hand. Free Ride Pin to first 100 registered. After party at Chester's Rocktoberfest with Live Bands or Vendors, Beer Garden, HD Demo truck on site. $5 for non riders. Sponsored by Chester's Harley-Davidson. FMI call 480-894-0404. Register at Chester's Harley Davidson 10 am - Noon at 922 S Country Club Dr., Mesa.
Saturday, October 16th
Buddy Stubbs Anthem Hogs and Dogs monthly party. Join us at Buddy Stubbs Anthem H-D Saturday, October 16th from 11-3. This is the perfect place to grab lunch before or after your ride! We will have free sandwiches and cold drinks. Enjoy them under our misted patio while listening to live music from 11-3. Buddy Stubbs Anthem is located at 41715 N. 41st Dr. in Anthem, AZ.
Saturday, October 16th
Krystinas 65 Roses Poker Run Ride for the Cure. Charity Motorcycle Poker Run for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in memory of Krystina Marie Everett. All proceeds from this event benefits the cystic fibrosis foundation. Registration begins at 8:30AM ($25 per bike, $10 per passenger) At Buffalo Chip Saloon. Per Bike Registration Fee includes Rally Fee, Event Tshirt, and One Buffalo Chip(Good for One Free Meal at Rally) Paid Passenger includes Rally Fee and Buffalo Chip. Pick up packets on Ride day at Buffalo Chip Saloon – 6811 E. Cave Creek Rd. Cave Creek, AZ.
Saturday, October 16th
American Legion Post 117 Legacy Benefit Run. Proceeds will benefit Legacy Scholarship Fund. All bikes and cages welcome for participation. Registration 9am - 11am at Post 117 located at 16428 N. 32nd. St. in Phoenix, AZ. Last bike out at 11am. $25 per rider. $30 with passenger. Ride pins with registration. Food at 4pm. Live music 5pm - 9pm. Contact Vicky with questions. 602-754-8821.
Sunday, October 17th
Ride For Hope Fun Run Motorcycle Rally. Registration Starts at 7:30am. Kick stands up at 9am at the Cancer Center at Chandler Regional Medical Center located at 1875 W. Frye Rd. in Chandler. The scenic route that will be ridden finishes at San Tan Flats at 6185 W. Hunt Hwy. in Queen Creek for great food, entertainment and raffles. Funds go to assist cancer patients with necessities that, because of their medical condition, they cannot afford to pay for themselves. Registration fees are $25 that includes meal and t-shirt. Passenger $10 includes meal. Deadline to register Friday, October 8th. More information at 877-728-5414.
Sunday October 17th 
2nd Annual Bikers for Boobies Ride. Begins at Gavilan Peak in New River. Registration begins at 10am. Last bike out by 11:30am.
Raffle,  50/50, Auction, Live Music and more! $25 Single, $35 a couple. Includes Breakfast Buffet. First 100 Registered Riders get bag and Shirt. Stops at Connollys, Hideaway, The Vu, Dirty Dogg. Help us celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Ride for Boobs.
Next Week
Saturday, October 23rd
MMA Eagle District presents 2nd Annual Bike and Car Show. Event time is 4pm - 8pm at Chuy's located at 5134 N. 95th Ave. in Glendale. Enter your bikes, Muscle Cars, Hot Rods, Low Riders stock or modified all are welcome. Trophy's awarded for both classes. Food provided through Chuy's. Happy hour available through the night. $10 per bike. $15 per car. 50/50, DJ, Prize Raffles. Questions contact Mike at 623-435-0727. All proceeds to MMA of Arizona.
Saturday, October 23rd
Scottsdale Healthcare Poker Run 2010. Benefits the Gift Of Life Lodging program for the Virginia G Piper Cancer Center. This was a huge success last year with over 200 bikes. This year is going to be even bigger as our sponsors have increased due to the word of mouth from last years run. Event starts at 7:00 am. Some of our prizes include a new motorcycle, cash, a big screen TV etc. 8:00am registration at Go AZ Motorcycles located at 15750 N. Northsight Blvd. in Scottsdale. Pre-registration; $30/$20. Day of $35/$20. First 100 to pre-register get t-shirt. Ends at San Tan Flat. Last bike in 3:30pm. Live music from Stephanie Eason Band. More information: Joanne Gain at 480-882-4541.
Saturday, October 23rd
Unveiling of the Arizona Centennial Copper Chopper and Bret Michaels concert. Join 100.7 KSLX for our 1st Annual Bike Night at the Fair with Hacienda Harley Davidson Saturday Oct 23rd at 4pm. Just $13 gets you admission for two into the Arizona State Fair plus bike parking inside the fair gates (in-venue parking limited to first come, first served but overflow will be designated bike parking area) and general admission seating for the Bret Michaels show that night. There is so much to do FREE with your Fair admission, including seeing the Arizona Centennial Copper Chopper Unveiling Ceremony at 5pm, attend the Bret Michaels show at 7pm (doors are at 6pm for general admission seating), see Demolition Derby in the grandstand at 7pm, and more! Tickets can be purchased until 10/22 at Hacienda Harley Davidson located at 15600 N. Hayden Road Scottsdale, AZ 85260. The event is at the Arizona State Fair, 1826 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85007. Arizona Centennial Copper Chopper and traveling exhibit, created by world-renowned bike builder and Phoenix resident, Paul Yaffe will be unveiled Oct. 23. The Chopper proudly promotes the 100th anniversary of Arizona’s statehood, motorcycle safety, and is a piece of Arizona history generating a sense of pride amongst Arizonans and visitors for our independent spirit, ingenuity, love of the open road, and cultural/natural diversity.
Sunday, October 24th
Rip's BAD Ride. The American Diabetes Association presents Arizona Rip’s B.A.D. Ride VI – Bikers Against Diabetes, Sunday October 24, 2010. Start Sites are Arrowhead HD, Chandler HD and Tucson HD. Check in 8-9am, Rides start at 9am. Fairgrounds Gates Open at 10AM. Bike Show, Bike Games, Vendors, Live Concert by Mogollon. Minimum donation $30 rider/$20 passenger before 10/20- includes BBQ Lunch and ride pin. ALL Bikes are welcome. Make a difference in the lives of 23.6 million Americans who have diabetes. For more info:, 1.888-.342.2383.
Upcoming Events
November 4th - 7th
10th Annual Rocky Point Rally. Yes, it is on and Mogollon is going to be the featured musical entertainment on Saturday night at Las Palomas on Sandy Beach. This should be a great concert. 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. Do your own research about issues in Rocky Point, don't let the broad brush of the press decide for you. Then see if you want to go or not. 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.
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!
The new issue of the Biker Information Guide is now out. Look for them and pick one up at your local motorcycle dealership.
Give a guy a cat, a video camera and some spare time and see what happens.   Click Here to View.
This is a great commercial done by an ad company promoting the advantages of TV advertising. Click Here to View.
Video of the Week: This video is like looking at a car wreck. You don't really want to, but you can't not look. This guy is certifiable crazy for sure. 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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