Weekly Update

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Most of the time in the newsletter I bring you places to visit, events or things to do. But occasionally I bring you things that are good to do for your motorcycle. This week I want to share my experience with ceramic coating for your paint. The paint on my Road Glide is 6 years old this month. Even though I have taken good care of it, over the course of 48,000 miles it has encountered a lot of weather, road wear and lots of cleaning. If you have seen my bike you know that I am a stickler for keeping it clean. As a result of that cleaning I had probably created some scratches in the paint over the years that had begun to show up and as a result dull the shine on the paint. I would guess some of you are experiencing that right now.

I will admit that I am not an expert when it comes to buffing paint to get scratches out of it without going too far and damaging the paint. It is not rocket science, but there is an art to it that those who are experienced can do a much better job than I could do, and not harm my paint. But I was at the point that I was going to give it a shot when a friend of mine suggested that I get it ceramic coated. Not knowing much about the process, I researched it and found that it was truly a viable alternative to basic waxing.

But I also learned that the key to making a great ceramic job is in the preparation, also known as paint correction. In this process they use a light to identify all of the scratches and water spots and then use a compound to buff all of the scratches and water spots out of the paint. Once they get the paint prepared the best it can be, they apply the ceramic coating which is also an art in itself, as if applied wrong, it can also cause problems to fix that. When done properly, you end up with an incredible deep shine with no visible scratches and a finish that will last for years. I can't verify that it last for years, but from what I have read, it will certainly last much longer than normal wax that will come off with washing.

One of the things that I have read and now experienced with my bike is that it doesn't seem to retain dust that way that it did. Here is one of the things that I read online that seem to be true.

"The more pitted a surface, the easier it is for dirt to worm its way into tiny pockets on the paint surface. Nano-coating works deep down at the molecular level ensuring that the car’s surface coating is extremely even and smooth. So, even when grime and sand come in contact with the paint coating, it finds no pits to adhere to and simply rolls off the surface. Thanks to this unique property of ceramic coatings, most of the road-based contaminants they encounter will be unable to stick to the car’s surface and will fall away, leaving the surface in its initial pristine state."

I have found this concept to also be true with bugs, which is one of the main reasons I wanted to try the cermaic coating. Over the last month that I have had this on my bike, I have noticed that the bugs that have been smashed onto the front fairing of my Road Glide seem to wipe off effortlessly. In some cases I can simply wipe them off with my finger. For me, that is worth the price of the coating alone. Coming home from a road trip with the thought of cleaning off the bugs is never a fun thing. So far, I have found that I can just spray on my cleaner and wipe them right off.

Here are 5 benefits that I found online when researching ceramic coating that seems to be in universal agreement with everyone who reviews this process:

1. Paint Protection. A nano-coating provides a strong, protective surface over the car’s body that can block an extensive range of foreign matter and prevent them from damaging the car’s paint. The ceramic nano-coating ensures the original top coating of the car is encased in a protective layer that can withstand significant wear and tear and damage without surfacing any ill-effects on the vehicles bodywork.

2. Ceramic Coating Lasts Longer. A ceramic paint coating is a long-term solution to protecting your car’s exterior surface. The new coating is fused to the surface of the vehicle and is not dislodged by vibration or external forces.

3. Vehicle Stays Cleaner. The more pitted a surface, the easier it is for dirt to worm its way into tiny pockets on the paint surface. Nano-coating works deep down at the molecular level ensuring that the car’s surface coating is extremely even and smooth. So, even when grime and sand come in contact with the paint coating, it finds no pits to adhere to and simply rolls off the surface. Thanks to this unique property of ceramic coatings, most of the road-based contaminants they encounter will be unable to stick to the car’s surface and will fall away, leaving the surface in its initial pristine state.

4. Eliminates Waxing. Having a car waxed was the best approach to protecting your car’s paintwork prior to the arrival of nanotechnology-based coatings. Wax provided a special if temporary coating for your car protecting its surface. The problem with wax sealants is they eventually wear off, leaving your car’s paintwork exposed to the elements.
Consequently, car owners had to continually apply a fresh coat of wax several times a year.

5. Cost Efficiency. While ceramic coatings are more expensive than wax treatments, it is essentially long-term if maintained properly. Never having to wax your car again saves you a lot of time and money.
Where traditional vehicle coatings, such as wax, wear off over time when exposed to the weather, acidic atmospheric components or bird droppings, nano-coatings last for years.

My Review:
I cannot attest to the longevity of ceramic coating as I have only had it on my bike for one month, but from what I have read, it does have longevity. But I can certainly attest to how this process brought my bike from looking like 6 year old and 48,000 mile paint, to looking better than showroom condition and extremely easy to clean.  I was literally considering taking it apart and getting a fresh coat of paint on it. Now, I don't have to do that. And the fact that bugs wipe right off without any problem is certainly a bonus. I use my detailer spray and the bugs wipe off like they were dust.

If I were buying a new bike, I would take it right from the dealership to get it ceramic coated to protect the paint. In my opinion, it would be money well spent over time. If you have an older bike like mine that you would like to bring back to looking like new, I would highly recommend that you take a look at getting it ceramic coating process done. If you are at either one of my bike nights over the next 3 weeks you can see for yourself how well it came out. If you can't see it in person, I have taken some photos of the paint, but they do not do it justice. Click Here to View Photos.

Bob Moses Ceramic Coating did my bike and car. Matt Moses has extended a special deal to readers to get the ceramic process done to your bike. The cost is $249 for a bagger and $199 for a non bagger. If extensive paint correction is needed, price could be a little more. Call Matt at 602-909-1907 for more information and to make an appointment. Not only can you use this on your motorcycle, it is also great for your cars, trucks, toy haulers or sand cars. See Bob Moses Ceramic Coating Facebook page for more information, videos and applications.

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Enjoy your week and
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Only 3 Nights Left of the Season!
Tempe Marketplace on Thursday and Westgate on Friday nights
2 Nights per Week. East and West Valley.

East Valley

See the New Bike Night Video for Tempe Marketplace.

Thursday Nights, September 13th - November 15th
Live Music with "Faded Jeans" November 1st Bike Night to Tempe Marketplace See Photos from Opening Night. Click Here.
This is first time since 2011 that we have done a bike night in the East Valley and I am excited to be bringing it back. We will be riding into Tempe Marketplace for 10 consecutive weeks on Thursday nights starting on September 13th and ending on November 15th.
This is a fantastic venue conveniently located at the Loop 101 & 202. We will utilize the street and courtyard area in the center of Tempe Marketplace and will be able to cruise through and park our motorcycles on the street that is normally closed to traffic. There is a built in stage, tables, umbrellas and misters in the area that will keep you cool. 

We will have Live Music every week. There will be Vendors as well as Food and Drink specials throughout the complex. Click Here for Food and Drink Specials at Tempe Marketplace. Dave and Busters has a great 2nd story patio that overlooks the road and band that you will be able to hang out in and watch the bikes cruise through. California Pizza Kitchen is on the ground level with an outdoor patio and Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que with a large outdoor patio where all the bikes exit, as well as many other places throughout the district.Live Music for September will include: 74th St. Band, Backstage Crew and Skarlett Fever on September 27th. Ride in and help us kick it off on Thursday, September 13th. See Photos of where we will be having bike night. Thanks to Tempe Marketplace for allowing us to do this and to our presenting sponsors: Desert Wind Harley-Davidson, Ridenow Powersports Chandler, Indian Motorcycle Chandler and Nash Powersports, along with our associate sponsor Law Tigers who help make this happen.

West Valley

Friday Nights September 7th - November 16th - Bike Night at Westgate Entertainment District
- Live Music with "74th Street Band" November 2nd
This season will be all Friday nights from September 7th - November 16th. Live Music every Friday nigh t with some of the best bands in the valley. We are kicking off this season with great soul and classic rock by "The Visitors". Other bands include Strangeland, Skarlett Fever, Broken Toys, Backstage Crew, 74th St Band and Bad June. Enjoy Vendors, Live Music and Food & Drink Discounts throughout Westgate.
Thanks to our presenting Sponsors again this season, Arrowhead Harley-Davidson, Ridenow Powersports Peoria and Indian Motorcycle Peoria and our associate sponsor Law Tigers. They are what makes this happen.

For those of you that have not been to Westgate, I like to call it the "Times Square of the Desert" that presents a great venue for a bike night that has been going on for 10 years as one of the biggest bike nights in the Southwest. Cruise and park on Coyote Blvd. next to the fountains, then visit the vendors and grab something to eat and drink at one of the many restaurants. Stay tuned for the food and drink specials. I look forward to getting this started again to provide a great place to ride to on Fridays nights. Ride in on Friday, September 7th to help us kick it off for the season. See you there!
Restaurant Deals for Westgate: Click Here to view

I am really excited to provide 2 excellent Bike Nights covering both sides of the Valley on Thursday and Friday nights so that everyone will have the opportunity to have a fun place to ride. It will keep me moving, but I am looking forward to seeing riders on both sides of town. Thanks for your continued support of our new endeavors.

This Week

November 3rd
Give a Shift for Junior Achievement. Stop by Desert Wind H-D and help support Junior Achievement. West-Alley BBQ will be cooking up a storm!
THIS Saturday! Carvin Jones will be playing LIVE at Desert Wind Harley-Davidson! Come down and eat some BBQ, drink some beer, and jam to live music! See you all Saturday! 11am-4pm
Beer Garden
and enter to win 2 NASCAR tickets!!

Desert Wind Harley-Davidson is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ.
Saturday, November 3rd
Shake, Rattle & Roll for Parkinsons. The Shake, Rattle & Roll for Parkinson's Ride starts and ends at Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale at 15656 N. Hayden Road in Scottsdale. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The first 150 pre-registered riders receive a swag bag and run pin. Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m. Last bike in by 1:00 p.m. This is a points ride with games at each stop and prizes are awarded for highest and lowest scores. The festivities during the End Party include a cash bar with free BBQ for riders, amazing raffle prizes, and a silent auction. Enjoy live music by Jared Blackstone and Guests.

Next Week

Saturday, November 10th
Veterans Day Get Out & Ride Event. Stop By Chandler HD to celebrate our veterans! We will also have coffee and a donuts first come first serve!
Test Rides! Raffles! Harley Girls. 20% Off Licensed H-D Merchandise for Veterans. Test Riders receive a Free Gift! All takes place Saturday, November 10, 2018 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Chandler Harley-Davidson is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, AZ. 480-496-6800.


Mid Week Updates will be made on the Facebook. New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to Over 7000 LIKES! 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!

Here are some unbelievable construction fails!
You won't want to stop watching this one.  Click Here to View.

Video of the Week.
Since NASCAR is this weekend in Phoenix, here is a compilation of some nasty crashes. This video will explain that!  Crazy drivers. Click Here. Click on the Video of the Week graphic to view.
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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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