After a long hot Summer the forecast
for the next 2 weeks is a thing of beauty for us here in the Valley
of the Sun. Mid 80’s and sunny I can deal with especially while on a motorcycle.
Even up till last weekend, especially on Saturday it was still HOT! Looks like
we might have finally turned the corner. Get out and enjoy it!
Thanks to all who made the big SWITCH and passed along the information for
Westgate Bike Night
last Wednesday night. The word must have
gotten around because there was no decrease in the crowd at all, in fact it
might have been larger and was a great time with all of the cool bikes that came
out for the night. Thanks to Tatum Motorsports
for bringing out Paul Tracy’s 1700 HP Sand
Rail for us to see. We will continue on Wednesday nights for the
next 4 nights that will end this season on November 16th. Highlights for the
next 4 weeks will be a Veterans Day Celebration on November 9th and the unveil
of my new bike, The “Mako Glide” on November 16th. Thanks again for making the
switch. See you this Wednesday with Live Music from the Jacob Waltz Band.
The KC-135 Experience – Refueling F-16’s
Along with riding motorcycles, flying is another passion of mine. Since getting my private pilot license in 2008 I have taken every
opportunity available to enjoy aviation with trips around the Southwest,
California and Mexico. Not only do I like piloting the plane myself, but just
being around airplanes is of big interest. One aspect of aviation that has
always intrigued me is how they refuel jets in the air. I had seen this on TV
before and even though it was on my bucket list, I never imagined having the
opportunity to see it for myself. But when the opportunity came around through a
friend of mine associated with the Phoenix Air National
Guard Patriots and their community awareness
program, I jumped on it and it exceeded my expectations.
We arrived at the Air National Guard base at Phoenix Sky Harbor at 0530.
After passing through the gates we made our way to the Arizona Air
National Guard 161st Air Refueling Wing for our briefing about the flight. After
a video, flight instruction, a little background about what we would be doing on
our flight and some history of the air refueling process, we headed to the
Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker which would
be our ride for the morning. There are currently eight KC-135’s on the base and
ours was also known as the D’Back One. Take a look at the
cool logo they made for it. These planes have
been in service with the U.S. Air Force and contributing to air superiority for
over 50 years.
We boarded the plane, buckled in to our seats
that lined the walls of the aircraft and soon felt the tremendous
thrust of the 4 giant jet engines that quickly catapulted us to our 28,000 feet
cruising altitude. Once we leveled off we were encouraged get up and explore the
cockpit, talk to the pilots and learn as much as we could about the mission and
the aircraft. Being a pilot myself and have an insatiable appetite to learn as
much as I can about aviation, I ended up spending a lot of our 2.5 hours in the
air around the cockpit soaking up all that I
Our destination was in an area Northeast of Tucson as our mission on this
day was to do refueling practice with Egyptian pilots flying F-16’s. After about 40 minutes of flying a rectangle racetrack type of pattern at
28,000 feet, our excitement mounted as we noticed the first of eight F-16’s fly
up along side our KC-135 waiting
for instructions to settle back in behind the huge tanker to practice hooking up
to the boom and taking on some fuel that in a combat environment would be
absolutely essential to complete a long distance mission. The KC-135’s are
commonly known as “Gas Passers” throughout the military aviation community.
Once the word spread that the first of the 8 F-16’s scheduled to refuel had
arrived, the line of the 25 passengers lined up to the rear of the
plane to get their shot and seeing this process up close and personal. The boom
operator is located in the middle of the rear of the plane in front of a large
window and a panel with a couple of joysticks used to operate the boom. He also
has a headset on to communicate with the pilot in the plane. The guests go down
some steps on both sides of the boom operator and lay face down on a pad to look out
the back window. This is where you get your first look at the
F-16 slowly coming forward to
meet the boom and take a sip of the 200,000 pounds of fuel the big tanker has to
dispense at 6000 pounds per minute.
When instructed by the boom operator, the F-16 negotiates his way behind
the tanker as both planes travel at 300 knots. He then waits for
the “flying boom” to be extended while being guided by the boom operator to inch
his way within reach of the boom so that it can be extended to the receptacle in
the F-16. At this point it latches on to the F-16 and
starts the fueling process. Keep in mind, the receptacle is above and behind the
pilot, so he does not have a view of exactly where the boom is. In theory, this
process seems almost impossible to accomplish. I would have liked to have heard
the reaction to this idea when it was first discussed. You would think there is
no way to fly an F-16 up behind a KC-135 and insert a 6 inch pipe into it at 300
knots. But as you will see by the video, these guys make it
look real easy.
Seeing this whole process in person is just about the coolest thing you can
see in aviation. You’ve got one of the meanest fighter jets in the
world pulling up behind you at 300 knots, 28,000 feet in the air and you are
close enough to see his face and read the name
on the side of his plane. The first time you see this it is really a rush and
almost hard to comprehend. You get about a minute and a half to view and then
you are asked to let the next person come down. Fortunately, I got to go another
couple of times and was able to get video and photos from both sides of the
boom. For an aviation lover, and a big supporter of our military, it was awesome
to see the United States air superiority first hand.
We have over 400 of these tankers working throughout the world. Most countries have single digits of these planes and no other country
even comes close to what we can do in the air with these tankers being a very
big part of it. A typical F-16 only has about 300 nm of fuel on board. That
means that they can only go 150 nm out and back with fuel on board. These
tankers make it so that these planes can essentially fly for hours and make long
strikes from their base do to the ability to refuel in the air. So the next time
you see one of the big tankers on the ground on the South side of Sky Harbor
airport, know that they are essential to keeping the United States the military
power that we are.
Thanks to Phoenix Air National Guard Patriots and the
for allowing me to share in this incredible experience and to Scott Nylen for inviting me.
This was one that will be etched in my memory bank forever. Be sure to look at
the 48 pictures I took of the day and the 3 HD Video’s of the refueling process.
They are fantastic and worth the download.
**Mako Glide Update
. Updates this week: The new Rinehart 4 inch True
Dual Exhaust has been installed, the Chrome Exchange parts have arrived and an
updated photo of the new Air Cleaner. The parts are now at C.R. Designs
for paint and the progress is
going well. Hopeful to spray red paint this week.
Click Here to
view. We have added one last part, the
custom air cleaner. We covered half of the original air cleaner with fiberglass
and left some chrome exposed. The fiberglass cover will be screwed on the sides
which will show no visible bolts to attach the air cleaner. The fiberglass part
will be painted red like the bike. It is the last picture on the
page. It ends up that only one part on the bike does not have fiberglass
fabrication and that is the front fender. This has turned out to be a way bigger
project than I had envisioned, but I think we have created a really cool bike in
the process. There has been a little change in color as I have decided to go
with Viper Red. With the Corvette theme, it just seemed like
the thing to do. One recent piece that Jim fabricated was the Chin Spoiler that
I thought came out real nice.
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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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org . See Photos .
Highlights this Week:
Live Music by “Jacob Waltz Band”.
I would like to
give special thanks to our Sponsors of the Westgate Bike Night.
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
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
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.
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 email@example.com or call
623-561-0445. Located at 20229 N. 67th Ave., Ste C-4 • Glendale, AZ 85308. www.borgagency.com
. 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.
T.E.A.M Arizona Motorcycle
- "T.E.A.M. Arizona is the premier motorcycle rider education organization in Arizona. We are dedicated to providing motorcycle
education as a life-saving public service. Through our passionate coaches and
staff, we strive to deliver a FUN, safe, and consistent motorcycling experience
to riders of all backgrounds and skill level. T.E.A.M. Arizona is Your Road To
Ride For Life."
We will be doing 10 consecutive weeks at Mesa Riverview starting on Friday,
September 16th and ending on November 18th. 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. See
Photos. If you would be interested in being a
vendor contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org . Click
Here for Details.
Highlights this Week:
Live Music from “The Sal Carlino Band”.
Cyclerides.com Photo Gallery featuring 75
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.
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.
Saturday, October 29th
45th Anniversary Party
. Join Buddy Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson in
celebrating their 45th anniversary! They will have FREE food and
drinks from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the dealership, as well as a guided museum tour
with Buddy at 12:30. Back playing by popular demand is the band RIG, you
definitely do not want to miss them jamming all of your favorite classics as
well as a few newer ones. Following this, there will be photo opportunities with
Buddy in addition to an escorted ride to the Buffalo Chip at 6 p.m. for dinner.
Included with a $30 donation to the H.O.G. 93 Charities is a big Cowboy dinner
plus a Buddy Stubbs H-D 45th anniversary limited edition tee shirt. For more
information or to sign up for the ride call (602) 971-3400 or go to www.buddystubbshd.com.
Saturday, October 29th
. Join us for the 1st Semi-Annual Blues Mini-Fest from 2 PM –
10 PM at the Thunderbird Roadhouse located at 3549 W. Thunderbird
Rd. in Phoenix, AZ. SW corner of 35th Ave. and Thunderbird. Enjoy the music of
Blues Favorites including Leon J American Crossroads Blues Review, Juke Joint,
Hans Olson Dirt Music Express, Scotty Spenner, Paris James and Sal Carlino &
The Strayhounds. Special Bluses Hall of Fame induction ceremony for Jay Morton,
AKA Leon J. There will also be Food Vendors, Bike Wash along with the Great
Music all afternoon and evening. VIP after party. GA tickets $15 in advance, $20
day of show. VIP admission $35/$40. Call 602-439-6800 for tickets or pick up at
The Roadhouse. Or get tickets online at www.minifestproductions.com .
Saturday, October 29th
Annual Anthony Holly Memorial Ride
. Registration 7 AM – 9 AM at the 5 &
Diner located at 7541 W. Bell Rd. for free coffee and a great breakfast special.
This will also be your chance to get your raffle tickets for the
Nolan N43 Trilogy helmet and the Glock 36, and the many other great auction
items. With registration complete and your cool new shirt in hand, it's
kickstands up at 9 AM. You'll travel just over 100 miles through some of the
Valley's most scenic areas. There are plenty of stops in between to stretch your
legs, wet your whistle, and snap photos of friends and nature too. There is a
$25 per rider and $15 per passenger registration fee and proceeds benefit the
children's charities of the Anthony Holly Foundation. You can register online
and obtain the ride route information at www.AnthonyHollyFoundation.org.
The ride is expected to be 3-4 hours long and will finish with a free trip
through the buffet line at Pullano's.
Saturday, November 5th
Run to the
. Sponsored by American Legion Riders Post 58 in Fountain Hills.
Registration from 8AM – 10AM. First Bike out at 10AM, Last Bike in
3PM. Start from 5 Valley Locations and end up at Post 58 for a party, home
cooked food and live band. Preregistration at www.alr58.org with contribution of
$10.00 Single, $15.00 2 Up or on site day of ride $15.00 Single, $20.00 2 Up.
Start at any of the following locations: Post 26 Mesa, 506 W. 2nd St., Mesa, AZ,
Post 27 Apache Junction,1018 S. Meridian Rd., Apache Junction, AZ, Post 39
Gilbert,206 N. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert, AZ, Post 58 Fountain Hills,16837 E.
Parkview Av., Fountain Hills, AZ and Post 91 Chandler, 922 N. Alma School Rd.,
Chandler, AZ. All riders and vehicles welcome. Entry includes Home Cooked Meal
and Band(Three Point Posse) at the end of the Run with Raffles, Prizes, and much
fun. $100.00 Best Hand, $50.00 Worst Hand Prizes at 4:30P. Beard Contest, $5.00
entry fee and prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. Come and join us on our
beautiful outdoor patio for food and adult beverages to compliment our wonderful
AZ weather. For additional info call or e mail: Ken Couture, email@example.com,
Thursday: Kickoff Party at Sandy
Beach 5pm till
Friday: Miss Rocky
Point contest and concert 2-5pm Pinky’s
Playa Bonita concert 5-8pm
Pub Crawl 13th Street 8pm
Penasco Del Sol concert 9pm till
Saturday: Old Port
10am concert, bikini bike wash etc
Parade 4pm leaving Capone’s
Jungles 5pm till
Sunday: Penasco Del Sol pool party
Old Port pub crawl 6-10pm
Mid Week Updates will be made on the
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
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!
Sometimes it is hard to give up
cigarettes. Even for cats. Click Here to
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sputter, bad gas mileage or runs hot? If so come get your bike
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state of the art chassis dyno headed up by our skilled technicians. We also set
your bike up properly for emissions testing. Trask Performance Arizona's Premier
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Dash cams on police cars pick up some
interesting video. Check out this new Hybrid. Click Here to
Video of the Week: I hear they are getting some
snow back East. Check out these ice driving clips. Pretty
entertaining. Click Here to View. Click on the Video of the Week graphic on the
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