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With the weather getting a little
cooler here in the valley and the days getting shorter, it means
that it will be getting a lot cooler up North and our window for riding
up there narrows. So a lot of us are going to be looking rides around
the valley to keep us entertained. One of my favorite rides around the
Phoenix area is the ride out to Tortilla Flat on Route 88 from Apache
Junction. As many of you know, this road has been in pretty bad shape
for a couple of years with the decay of the road making it less than
desirable to ride a motorcycle out there. With that in mind, I have
some good news and some bad news.
The bad news is that this road will be
under construction for the next year and will be limited to one
lane in each direction for several months which will make a ride out
there a challenge as well as not much fun. Not only will you have to
deal with the bad road that is already there, you would have to deal
with the crazy traffic and construction that will have the road torn up
making an already narrow road a little more dangerous.
The good news is that by the Fall of
2018, they expect to have this 17 mile stretch of Route 88
completely fixed and repaved which will include widening and
reconstructing some of the more difficult corners as well as paving
some of the pullouts. This has always been one of the motorcycle riders
favorite routes and when finished, it will be the best pavement as
well. While I don't like the fact that I can't ride out there right
now, I am really excited to once again enjoy one of the my favorite
routes enjoying fresh pavement. I will keep you informed as to the
In the meantime, if you need a
quick ride there is great pavement on the ride out to Bartlett Lake.
the details from ADOT as to the work that will be done on SR 88.
SR 88 restrictions near Apache Junction start Monday (Nov. 27)
Lane closures part of $6.5 million improvement project
Drivers who use State Route 88 (the Apache Trail) for travel between
Apache Junction and Tortilla Flat should allow extra time starting
Monday, Nov. 27, due to work on a $6.5 million improvement project.
SR 88 initially will be narrowed to one lane along a 3-mile stretch of
the historic roadway starting about 3 miles northeast of Apache
Junction, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. When
the highway is restricted, flag crews will alternate traffic through
the work zone one direction at a time.
Total project will be on 17 miles of State Route 88 located through
Tonto National Forest lands, beginning approximately 3 miles east of
Apache Junction and ending 7 miles east of Tortilla Flat (milepost 203
to 220). Work on the entire 17-mile project is scheduled from 6:30 a.m.
to 4:30 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays. No weekend or holiday work is
scheduled. The improvements are scheduled for completion by fall 2018.
The project will rehabilitate the existing pavement within the project
limits, and includes the following:
*Adjusting roadway curves at six locations
*Paving selected pullouts
*Updating signage and pavement markings
*Repairing the concrete ford across Tortilla Creek near Tortilla Flats
*Removing rocks to limit rock fall onto the roadway
*Removing and replacing guardrail
Area includes Apache Junction to an area east of Tortilla Flat within
the Tonto National Forest (mileposts 203 to 220).
Drivers should use caution when approaching and traveling through work
zones and watch for construction crews and equipment. For more
information about the SR 88 improvement project, visit azdot.gov/SR88. A
one-day, six-hour closure near Tortilla Flats will be needed for
boulder removal in mid-December
Here is an app that you can download
that can be very useful all over the state, particularly when
you are traveling on I-17 North where there seems to be a lot of
traffic accidents and road closures. When a freeway closure or other
major traffic event occurs, this free app available at ADOTAlerts.com
will send critical information directly to app users in affected areas
– where possible, in advance of alternate routes. You can also get it
on your Google Play Store for Android and the App Store for I-phone.
Please Ride Safe!
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Great Stocking Stuffer Idea!
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
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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
$15 online that includes free shipping. Click Here to Order.
Month of November
Harley-Davidson Service Specials. Keep
your bike looking Brand New and in shape for the riding season.
Leather Bag and Seat Service:
Engine Bright Service: $29.95
White Wall + Wheel Clean
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.
Saturday, December 2nd
Alice Cooper's Solid Rock Charity Ride.
Ride to raise money for programs and Christmas Gifts for At Risk Teens.
Alice gives them free music lessons, and helps them start bands and a
lot of other really cool stuff. Registration Begins at 11:30am at Alice
Cooper's Solid Rock - Teen Center 13625 N. 32nd St. Phoenix AZ, 85032.
Group Ride at 1:30 P.M. to Desert Wind Harley Davidson. Music by the
Full Throttle Band and Solid Rock teen bands, 50/50, raffle tickets,
food trucks, vendors. $15 Single, $25 Couples. For more information
call Gunzz 757-967-0667 or visit http://www.bikersforchrist.org
Sunday, December 3rd
Arizona Cycle Swap
presented by Law Tigers. Phoenix, Arizona’s Premium Motorcycle Swap
Meet. Buy, sell, swap! All makes and models of motorcycle and parts
welcome. Single Vehicle Vendor Spots $25 online or $30 at gate. Vehicle
with Trailer Vendor Spots $50 online or $60 at gate. For info and
vendor reservations http://www.arizonacycleswap.com. From 8:00 A.M. –
Noon, rain or shine. The Arizona Cycle Swap is held in the parking lot
of Big Surf Waterpark – 1500 N McClintock Dr. Tempe, AZ. 85281. For
more information call 480-442-1821 or visit
Saturday, December 9th
10th Annual Toys For Tots. Join us for our 10th Annual Toys
For Tots along with the White Mountain Marine Corps League. We collect
new, unwrapped toys & money for the USMC Toys for Tots program, We
will be with members of the Marine Corps to collect donations in front
of Fuzzys Southwest Grill. Santa will be there, too. Live band, 50-50
drawing & door prizes after 4pm. Fuzzys is located on Reems Rd,
just West of Grand Ave., in Surprise. Saturday, December 9, 10am to
Friday and Saturday
December 9th and 10th
Sleigh Ride Toy Run.
Enjoy Morongo's 1st Annual Sleigh Ride Toy Run with multi-platinum
selling 80's rock icons Great White and Slaughter on Dec. 9th and Vixen
& Autograph on Dec. 10th. 1 Day Online - $20- / 1 Day at Door -
$25-. Admission includes Bike Games, Bike Show, Food, Drinks, and Live
Entertainment. Donate a $15- or more new, unwrapped toy to be entered
into event raffles. Tickets available through Ticketmaster. This event
is located at the Morongo Pavilion, 49500 Seminole Dr., Cabazon, CA,
Saturday, December 9th
Toy Runs begin at 11:00 AM at both Palm Springs Harley-Davidson, 19465
N. Indian Canyon Dr., 760-329-1448
and Temecula Harley-Davidson
at 28964 Old Town Front St., 951-506-6903. Contact either dealership to
sign up for rides.
Day 1# - Doors open at 12pm
and music begins at 6pm. Click
Here for Tickets.
Day 2# - Doors open at 10am
and the concerts begin at 12pm. Click
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NEW! Sign up for the
MOTORCYCLE GIVEAWAY! A brand new Harley-Davidson Street Glide. To
enter, just sign up for the Toy Run. Click
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Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
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