Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
11/8/17

Greetings Riders,

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I have done a lot of events supporting the military and Veterans over the last 18 years with Cyclerides.com, but as I sit here writing this letter, I am having trouble putting into words how excited I am for this Cyclerides.com Veterans Day Bike Night. The joy I have gotten seeing everyone step up to help with this event including private air transportation for the Veterans to Phoenix, asking Westgate if they would line Coyote Blvd. with 16 American Flags and they promptly said yes, having the band CTS to play the event, working with Rick Cochran on the presentation, and getting the giant 20 foot THANK YOU VETERANS banner that will hang below the Welcome Riders sign, along with other details has all been absolutely fun and gratifying in every way. I will admit that this is as excited as I have been for one of these events since we did the live satellite feed to Iraq at the Hearts to Heroes event in 2005.

As I watched the video of
U.S. Navy Seaman 1st Class Ray Chavez, the oldest Pearl Harbor survivor at 105 years old, and learn more about his story, it humbles me that we will have the opportunity to meet this man and shake his hand. The fact that he survived Pearl Harbor and went back out into combat that day is a story in itself, but I would also like to know his tips for a long life! Apparently getting a physical trainer at the age of 101 has something to do with it. (See Video) I am looking forward to spending some time with him to hear his story.

We will also have
United States Army Special Forces Command Sergeant Major Ramon Rodriquez with us that night. Ramon has 3 Bronze Stars, 3 Silver Stars and 5 Purple Hearts. When I first read the story about Ramon Rodriquez I was absolutely humbled by his bravery and commitment to our country. Then I watched the movie Hacksaw Ridge last weekend and that put a big exclamation point on the bravery that our combat soldiers possess. To see real life played out in that movie was almost unbearable to watch. If you haven't seen the movie yet, I would recommend it. Desmend Doss, the subject of that movie was awarded the Medal of Honor for his extraordinary service at Hacksaw Ridge, the same medal that Ramon Rodriguez is up for now.

If you use Facebook, stay tuned tomorrow starting at about 10:15am as I will be on the private jet that will be going to Long Beach to pick up Ramon and to San Diego to pick of Ray and Kathleen. My goal is to do Live Updates along the way as we pick up these Veterans and get a few words from them on the plane. I plan to video and document the trip on Facebook and in the newsletter for next week. For the Cyclerides.com Facebook go to www.facebook.com/cycleridescom. Like it if you are on Facebook, but even if you are not a member of Facebook, you can view the page.
I would again like to thank Ridenow Charities for funding the private air transportation that will bring these 2 men in the style they deserve from Long Beach and San Diego, CA on Thursday and return them on Sunday.

In a world that seems to be going off the skids in many ways, this will be a welcome diversion. I encourage everyone to take time this Friday night to come out to Honor Veterans, all of those that are serving in our military, enjoy a night of patriotism, and in particular, spend some time with these 2 heroes. Westgate has lined Coyote Blvd. with 16 American Flags in honor of Veterans Day. Please bring the whole family to enjoy a night of patriotic music by CTS, to honor our Veterans and the United States of America. It will be a wonderful time and I look forward to seeing you there. Get there early for best parking as there is an event that night in the arena that night. Parking will be limited in event plaza, but overflow will be plentiful. There may be intermittent closure of Coyote Blvd. later due to people on the road. You will be directed to overflow.

See below for more details:

What: Cyclerides.com Veterans Day Bike Night
Where: Westgate Entertainment District, Loop 101 & Glendale Ave., Glendale, AZ.
When: Friday, November 10th
Time: Gates open on Coyote Blvd. at 5pm.
Music: Live Music with CTS from 6-9pm
Meet and Greet: Ray and Ramon at 7pm at Indian Motorcycles Tent.
Main Program: Presentation of Colors and Ceremony at 8pm.

Live music for this evening from 6-9 PM will be the band CTS, featuring Jeff Senour who is an incredible performer, patriot and military supporter. This is the perfect band to celebrate Veterans day with as they are Driven by a passion to celebrate the greatest country in the world and touching the souls of America’s youth through music, Jeff Senour formed the CTS (Called To Serve) rock band in 2002. Senour and CTS have created inspiring original music with a positive message garnering worldwide recognition and numerous awards, including:
*Song And Music Video Of The Year: Military Writers Society
*Southwest Airlines Presidents Award
*Snowball Express “Official Song”
*Performances On USS Missouri For 75Th Anniversary Of Pearl Harbor, Pentagon Washington DC, USS Midway San Diego, 105th Birthday Celebration For Ray Chavez – Oldest Pearl Harbor Survivor.
Jeff has several original songs by CTS dedicated to our Veterans that will be played throughout the evening.

At 8PM there will be a special 30 minute presentation featuring the National Anthem and unfurling of the 20 foot flag that flew on the USS Missouri, a Color Guard presentation, Patriot Guard Riders, and a presentation of Ray Chavez and Ramon Rodriguez who will both address the crowd. If you are looking for a place to show your patriotism and your support for our Veterans and active military forces, I invite you to join us on this magical night, Friday, November 10th with these 2 military heroes. You will also have the opportunity to talk with them and see the medals on display.

I truly believe this will be a magical night that will give us all an opportunity to show our love for the Veterans of the United States Armed Services and well as show our Patriotism and love for our country at a time when we need it so much. Hopefully we will see you on Friday, November 10th at the Cyclerides.com Bike Night for Veterans at Westgate Entertainment District. Live Music by CTS from 6-9pm. Special Presentation to our Veterans at 8 PM on Coyote Blvd.
Bring all of your family and friends to show our Veterans that we support them! Don't forget to stop by and see the live Bald Eagle brought in by Liberty Wildlife.

Photos and video of the event will be in the newsletter next week.

Enjoy your weekend riding weather and Ride Safe!
Barry

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New Cyclerides.com Logo and Shirts!
Working on the Veterans Day Bike Night inspired me to come up with a new logo that celebrates America. I am calling it the Cyclerides.com "Old Glory" Logo. They will have the phrase "Ride-Eat-Sleep-Repeat" on the front with a small Old Glory logo below and a large Old Glory logo on the back. Please take a look at it and see what you think. Click Here to View. I will have a limited quantity of these shirts for sale at the Veterans Day Bike Night and will be using this as my new logo going forward. The shirts will be available in short sleeved black to start and I will be adding Long Sleeved black by December 1st in time for Christmas. The price is only $18 online that includes free shipping. Click Here to Order.



Cyclerides.com Bike Night
*Friday Night this week! Live Music with "CTS".
Cyclerides.com Bike Night at Westgate Entertainment District.

Cyclerides.com Bike Night at Westgate Entertainment District will begin our 9th Fall Season with 11 nights total on Friday, September 8th from 5pm - 9pm. Yes, you read that correct, Friday night. Due to interest in Friday nights last time and some conflict with events at the arena, we have decided to do the first 7 Cyclerides.com Bike Nights at Westgate on Friday nights. For those of you putting this in your calendars to keep track, those dates will be Friday nights from September 8th - October 20th.

Here is where it gets a little tricky. Our first idea was to do the last 4 nights on Thursday nights and that is how we were going to proceed. Then Westgate got notified of an event happening at the arena on Thursday, Nov. 9th. So we are switching that one night to Friday, November 10th when we will have a big Veteran's Day celebration at bike night. So the last 4 nights will be on Thursdays, October 26th, November 2nd and November 16th for the last night. November 10th will be on a Friday. It was unfortunate that we couldn't keep all 4 Thursdays in a row, but with all the conflicts either way, this was the best way to do it. 

This is a great excuse for all to get out on the motorcycle and enjoy some cooler weather especially for evening riding. There was a lot of good feedback on Friday nights last time as a lot of people used it for a date night on the motorcycle and were able to stay out a little longer as for some it isn't a work night. 

Live Music:
Friday, November 10th: "CTS"
Thursday, November 16th: "Kung Fu Grip"

Thanks once again to our presenting sponsors: Arrowhead Harley-Davidson, Ridenow Powersports and Indian Motorcycle Peoria, and Indian Motorcycle Chandler.
And also to our Associate Sponsor: Law Tigers Motorcycle Lawyers. 

For more information, go to the Cyclerides.com Bike Night Page. Here you will find the bands that will be playing each week and photos posted throughout the season. I look forward to seeing you all again for bike night this fall. 
Westgate Entertainment District is located at the SE corner of Loop 101 and Glendale Ave. in Glendale, AZ.



This Week

Thursday, November 9th
Veterans Day Appreciation Night presented by the Husband and Wife Law Team. Event time from 5pm -8pm. Free BBQ Dinner, Raffles, Live Music by 74th Street band and special ceremony honoring local heroes. Seating available for the first 150 RSVP’s. RSVP at www.husbandandwifelawteam.com/veterans. Takes place at Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale in Scottsdale, AZ.
 
Saturday, November 11th

Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Veterans Day Blood Drive. Join Arrowhead Harley-Davidson on Saturday, November 11th  from 10am to 1pm for their Veterans Day Blood Drive! American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be onsite from 9am - 4pm.
*Bikini Bike Wash (last bike wash of the season)
*Free Lunch & Ice Cream
*DJ *Boot Shining
*Raffles - proceeds benefiting Nation of Patriots - Arizona
15% off H-D licensed merchandise to all active duty, retired, and veteran military members.
MIND-BLOWING MARKDOWNS on all pre-owned MOTORCYCLES!
To schedule your appointment for the blood drive, please call: 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org and use Sponsor Code: harleydavidsonpeoria. Arrowhead Harley-Davidson is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Dr. in Peoria, AZ. 623-247-5542.

Saturday, November 11th
Chandler Harley-Davidson Veterans Day Appreciation. Join us Saturday, November 11th from 10AM - 3PM for our
Home of the Free, Thanks to the Brave Veterans Day Appreciation event. All are welcome. Coffee and Donuts will be served while supplies last. All Veterans receive 20% Off Licensed H-D Merchandise. Chandler HD is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd., in Chandler, AZ  480-496-6800.

Month of November
Chandler Harley-Davidson Service Specials. Keep your bike looking Brand New and in shape for the riding season.
Leather Bag and Seat Service: $39.95
Engine Bright Service: $29.95
White Wall + Wheel Clean Service: $29.95
Buff All Paint + Wax: $49.95
Oil Change Special: Regular Oil - $89.95, Synthetic Oil - $119.95
1/2 Off Labor on exhaust slip-on install. Offer includes Free Safety Inspection.
Chandler Harley-Davidson is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, AZ. 480-496-6800.

Next Week

Friday, November 17th
Ink & Iron 2: Bike Show & Car Show. 6pm - 9pm. Registration begins at 5pm. *Free Food *Live Band *Patch Sewing *and more.
Bike Show:
Best Club Style / Best Bagger / Best Custom / Best Softail / Best Sportster / Best Import
*Plaques and gift cards for winner of each category.
Car Show:
All Makes & Models Welcome
$300 Tattoo for First Place Winner, $150 Tattoo for Runner-Up
Tattoos courtesy of Top Rocker Tattoo
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Dr. in Peoria, AZ. 623-247-5542.

Saturday, November 18th
Buddy Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson Hogs & Dogs. Join Buddy Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson for Hogs & Dogs! They’ll have free burgers, dogs, drinks and more as they host a great open house. This month they are thanking the Military with 15% off all Riding and Casual Gear along with an extra 10% off all End of Season Motorclothes! In addition, they'll have legendary pinstriper Lyle Fisk on site to stripe bikes, cars, phones, or whatever you've got!  Join them Saturday, November 18th from 11am till 2pm! Great food, cold drinks, fun shopping and an all-around good time! So hop on your bike, grab some friends and roll up to Buddy Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson. For more information call (623) 465-1122 or go to www.buddystubbshd.com. Also check them out on facebook at facebook.com/anthemhd and Instagram @anthemhd

Extras
 
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This will keep you entertained for a while. A collection of supercar crashes and mishaps. Click Here to view.

Video of the Week
Tired of football? Watch something more interesting. The BEST of Police Tackles. 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"
www.cyclerides.com

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