Weekly Update

Greetings Riders,

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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 progress.

In the meantime, if you need a quick ride there is great pavement on the ride out to Bartlett Lake.

Here are 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 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 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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New Logo and Shirts! A 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 "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 $15 online that includes free shipping. Click Here to Order.

This Week

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.

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

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 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

Next Week

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 6pm.

Friday and Saturday
December 9th and 10th
Morongo's 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, 92230.
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 Here for Tickets.

Sign up for the MOTORCYCLE GIVEAWAY! A brand new Harley-Davidson Street Glide. To enter, just sign up for the Toy Run.
Click Here.

Mid Week Updates will be made on the Facebook. New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to Over 6800 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!

You guys that like the Dunes will get a kick out of this one. Click Here to view.

Video of the Week
This is amazing feat to say the least!! Not sure what would happen if these guys missed. 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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