Weekly Update

Greetings Riders,
Wow, What beautiful riding weather we are having. The leathers are needed for early morning riding and then the layers can start coming off. Mrs. C. and I went to the start of the Halo Run where there were over 900 riders in attendance. I just want to complement them on putting on such an excellent run. There was plenty of food, drink and activities for everyone. And the venue at Turf Paradise was an excellent start to the ride. We didn't make the end location but I heard everyone had an excellent time.
It is kind of interesting how one event in your life will have a direct impact on something totally not related. I have been going to plenty of events for the last 4 years and most of them have a T-Shirt as part of the gifts for registration. And the Halo Run was no exception. So over the years I have collected quite a few of these event shirts. Even though I might not actually wear it more than once, I would still hang it up in the closet. It's kind of funny how the mind works. I am the type of personality that I can tolerate a little nuance for quite a while until one day something just snaps and things have to change. I'm sure you have all been there. Be it the garage, the office desk or whatever, I seem to tolerate it for a while and then all of a sudden it has to be fixed.
That is exactly what happened when I came home to put my Halo Run shirt on a hangar. Over the years I had collected so many T-shirts that it almost took a crow bar to pry them apart to get another one in. Or when I tried to pull one out, 6 more came with it. There were so many run shirts, Harley shirts and Cyclerides shirts that not even one more was going to fit. I know some of you are reading this and thinking..."I have the same problem". So Sunday became the designated clean out the closet day. I went through every piece of clothing on my rod and if I hadn't worn it in the last 3 months, it was gone. And this meant two 40 gallon trash bags of T-shirts made their way to St. Vincent De Paul's. Even though it cost me a day of riding, it was worth getting my closet space back and ready to start a new collection. So if you are downtown and see a homeless guy pushing a shopping cart while wearing a T-Shirt, you might have a good guess where it came from.
I usually put something like this in the EXTRAS column below, but I thought it was good enough to go here. I get a lot emails during the week, but every once in a while there is one that is exceptional. Hearing the daily news reports about our soldiers getting killed in Iraq is really disturbing. Whether we agree if they should be there or not, as a country we should still support them to the fullest. It has to be excruciating for them to be away from their homes and children for so long. Someone put together a flash presentation with music from Ricky Skaggs with an overlay of a little girl talking to her Dad who is a soldier. Whew! This is very touching and really puts things into perspective. I encourage you to watch this. Click Here To View.

Update On Toys To Kids Ride.

Last week I asked that anyone who was planning on going on the ride to please let us know how many would be in their group so that we could plan for food at Rawhide. We have already had 1000 riders respond and I thank you for that. If you haven't yet indicated your group interest, please Click Here.
THERE IS A NEED THAT WE HAVE. So that everyone can see the kids faces and expressions, I would like to have a video screen set up and a camera so that people behind the kids can see what is going on. If you or your company has access to a video screen or large TV and would like to donate it for the day, we would all appreciate it. Please contact me at
Saturday, December 6th
1st Annual "Toys To Kids" Ride is now only 16 days away. For those of you that are new to the Newsletter, has gotten together with Arizona Bike Week and Outback Productions to bring to you a Toy Ride that will bring the Kids to the Toys. The ride will start in Fountain Hills and ride the back way through Rio Verde and end at Rawhide. Here there will be 200 needy children waiting to receive your toys. They will be able to pick out the toys that they want with the help of Santa's Helpers. We will have Mike Chamberlin from TV3 there to entertain the kids and riders with music as well as magician Richard Steele. The ride is on Saturday, December 6th. Registration time is from 8:00am - 11:00am. on the Avenue of the Fountains in Fountain Hills. The cost is $10 per person and one new unwrapped toy. This includes a ride pin to the first 2000 riders and a complete lunch with drink at Rawhide. ALL proceeds go to charity. Click Here for all the details. Hope to see you there. 

In This Issue:
The First Cocomo Joe's Sunday Bike Day. Stop By This Sunday
"Birds On Bikes" sponsored by MMA of AZ 


This Week's Events

Los Gringos Locos Wednesday Bike Night sponsored by Chosa's Harley-Davidson Shop.
Here is one for the riders in the far East Valley and Apache Junction. Los Gringos Locos and Chosa's HD Shop have combined for a Wednesday Bike Night. This is a great facility with a separate Cantina and an outdoor patio. Enjoy great Mexican food in the dining area or eat in the Cantina or outside. Happy Hour will be all evening long. $3.00 house margaritas, $1.50 domestics and $2.50 imports. Los Gringos is located at 280 S. Phelps Dr. in Apache Junction. That is just 2 blocks South of Apache Trail (Main) on Phelps. Join the gang from Chosa's HD Shop on Wednesday nights for some good food and fun. There will be raffle prizes and giveaways. More information at 480-288-5626. Click Here for Pictures.

San Felipes Wednesday Bike Night As always you can enjoy good Mexican Food, Good Drinks and a Rockin' Good Time? San Felipes is your place in North Scottsdale. Not only are you allowed to dance on the bar at San Felipes...It is encouraged! See the pictures. San Felipes starts out mellow for the dinner crowd and then builds as the night goes on. It really gets going at around 10:00PM when the bartenders sing Karaoke on the bar. Billed as North Scottsdale's Only Dance Party with 100 Tequilas and No Cover, the DJ begins at 8:00 and will be playing your favorite tunes to get you going. And now they are inviting all riders to stop by and join in on the fun. Stop by for dinner and then sit back and wait for the fun to start. Located on the SE Corner of Pima and Thompson Peak Pkwy. There is a big new retail center there that is built to look like an old mining town. Really neat atmosphere with Bike Parking all across the front. San Felipes is easily accessible from just about anywhere. Just 2 miles N. of the 101 on Pima Rd. You can sit inside and eat, watch your favorite teams on the big screen or sit out on the patio and enjoy the evening weather. Bike night specials include: $3.00 Margaritas, $3.00 Bottles and 25% off all entrees.  This is really a fun place. Some of you might recognize the San Felipes name from their restaurant on the Main St. in Flagstaff. Bike night is from 6PM - Close. For more information: 480-563-9495. V.I.P. Cardholders will get 25% Off Entrees all week long.
The Wild Hare Wednesday Bike Night. Looking for a Bike Night on the East side? Here is a bike night for the East side of town at a really nice location. Stop by and take a look, you will be impressed. It is called The Wild Hare located at 4910 W. Ray Rd. That is the NE Corner of Ray Rd. and Rural Rd. This is a really nice place with a very large outdoor patio. The inside has just been remodeled to double the seating along with adding a DJ, pool tables and games. The Wild Hare has a broad menu including 20 different appetizers, salads, wings, 17 different sandwiches, chicken, filet mignon, burgers and desserts including strawberry cheese cake. There will be food and drink specials that will run during bike night from 6 PM till close. This will all start on Wednesday, August 14th. I will have an information page on the event calendar that will give you all the details. Stop by and take a look, I'm sure you will like what you see. Info: 480-897-6200. 

Thursday Night
Thursday Night features Bike Nights all over the Valley. Look below to find one near you. 

The Bike Night At The Billet Bar. Voted "BEST BIKER BAR IN PHOENIX". There is no better place to watch all the Bikes ride down Scottsdale road than from The Billet Bar Patio. The Billet is ALWAYS packed with bikes on Bike Night. The new bars front and rear provide spacious seating, fresh air atmosphere, perfect temperature and courteous staff. The food is amazing and always the latest in cold libations await. You can sit at the back bar and watch your favorite TV on any of the seven big inch televisions. Keep an eye on your prized possession (your motorcycle) on the monitors. Play pool, listen to the latest music and socialize. The front patio seats over 75 people and is perfect for people watching on Scottsdale Rd. The Billet Bar is located right next to Easyriders on 3752 N. Scottsdale Rd. Check it out this Thursday night and all weekend long. Info: at 480-941-1876. 

Casey Jones Grill Bike Night  The evening riding weather is good. You can always count on lots of bikes here. Ride in for what I call the Best Cheesesteak Sandwich in town. This thing melts in your mouth. They have 3 new pool tables, darts and foosball. Located in the Mervyns Shopping Center on the SE corner of 43rd Ave. and Thunderbird Rd. Casey Jones is a great place for a bike night featuring a large outdoor seating and over 150 people inside. And for those of you that want to watch a sporting event they have 50 TV's scattered throughout the restaurant connected to satellite to get any game you can think of. They have a full menu for lunch, dinner and a Happy Hour from 11:00AM - 7:00PM and a reverse happy hour from 10:00PM - 12:00 Midnight. $1.75 domestic bottles and $2.00 Jacks. There are always a lot of bikes showing up for bike night at Casey Jones Thursday night. Join them for open mic night on Wednesdays. Sunday.

Hooters at Ahwatukee Thursday Bike Night. Continues Giveaways and Raffles. The riders in Ahwatukee were wanting a Bike Night of their own, so Hooters Ahwatukee stepped up to provide a great place to come on your motorcycle on Thursday nights. Stop by for raffles, good times and good food at Hooters in Ahwatukee located at 4804 E. Chandler Blvd. There will be raffles and giveaways from Chandler Harley and Hooters as well as 20% off menu items (25% off with V.I.P. Card). $2.00 Corona Thursdays and plenty of parking next to the outdoor patio. Click Here for the pictures and all the details.

Hooters at Arrowhead Bike Night. Continues Giveaways and Raffles.
Ride by and join in on the fun! Hooters will host a Bike Night every Thursday at the Hooters at Arrowhead located just 1 block S. of Bell on 83rd Ave. Stop by for some great food and Hooters Hospitality. There will be 20% off menu items (25% off with V.I.P. Card). $2.00 Corona Thursdays and plenty of parking next to the outdoor patio. Stop by for some giveaways and raffles from Hooters and Arrowhead Harley as well as great wings and fun at Hooters. Click Here to see Pictures and all the detailed information.

Thunder Pass Food and Spirits Lounge Thursday Bike Night.
Far East Siders you now have a nice big place to go on Thursday nights. The newly remodeled and very large Thunder Pass Food and Spirits Lounge opened for the first time Thursday May 29th to kick off their Thursday Bike Night from 6pm to close. Thunder Pass owners are the same as the Spirits Lounge in Gilbert that a lot of you have gone to in the past. Spirits closed the doors on Saturday due to the loss of the lease. Rick's new place, taking the place of Spirits will be Thunder Pass located at 9303 E. Apache Trail in East Mesa. One block East of Ellsworth on Apache Trail (Main St.). They will have ladies night on Thursdays with $1.00 drinks, extensive food menu and a huge dance floor with a DJ. Thunder Pass features 2 patios. One out front and one in the back. Park your bikes right next to you. Rick invites all that have come to Spirits for the last 21 years to the new 300 seat Thunder Pass located on the County island between Mesa and Apache Junction.
ACME Bar and GrillRemember when downtown Scottsdale was the place to be? They are back with the complete remodel of the place including the new rooftop bar. You will enjoy a Free Buffet from 8:00-9:30 PM, Drink Specials, Raffles every week, Great Music, Pool and lots of fun in Downtown Scottsdale. Make your plans for Thursday March 20th to kick off the return of ACME. Come early for the free buffet and get your raffle ticket and return at 10:00 PM for the drawing. ACME is located in Old Town Scottsdale at 4245 N. Craftsmen Ct. just South of 5th Ave. and West of Scottsdale Rd. For more information call 480-990-7111. Ride by and be a part of the Rebirth of the Acme Ride Night This Thursday Night.  Click here for details and pictures.


Cocomo Joe's Sunday Bike Day. Many of you have been to Cocomo Joe's in North Phoenix. There is now a day just for riders. Cocomo Joe's is a very open and comfortable place to hang out that is decorated in a Jamaican theme. They have a new large outdoor patio as well as 2 smaller ones around the side. There is a large dining area with TV's all around to keep up on all NFL football on Sundays. See the pictures here. After football season they will be bringing in live entertainment on Sunday afternoons. There is also 3 pool tables and games for your enjoyment. There will be food and drink specials for ride days starting at 10:30am as well as blocked off preferred parking for motorcycles. The day starts at 10:30am with breakfast foods available. Bike day is from Noon - 6pm. Cocomo Joe's is located on the NW corner of Tatum and Dynamite Rd. So if you are riding to or from Cave Creek, or want to take a ride up North and not have to run the DB gauntlet, stop by Cocomo Joe's. 28244 N. Tatum Blvd. 480-535-8008. Stop by this Sunday for opening day. Click Here for all the details.

Sugar Daddy's Blues Biker Sunday Brunch.
Now is the perfect weather to be sitting out on the Sugar Daddy's patio, listening to live music while dining from the Brunch Menu. Our 5,000 sq. ft. temperature controlled patio has six air conditioning units, misters, and plenty of shade. Sugar Daddy's patio, food and entertainment is becoming a regular Sunday stop. If you haven't tried it yet, give them a try. Complimentary coffee is now served. Make Sugar Daddy's Blues your stop on your ride down Scottsdale Rd. for Brunch or Lunch from 10am - 5pm. Enjoy live music from 1-6pm and choose from 9 delicious ala carte brunch items or order off of the extensive menu including pizza, salads, burgers or sandwiches. Or maybe just relax on the patio with your favorite beverage and enjoy the beautiful weather and watch the bikes roll down Scottsdale Rd. You can even play a game of pool as you watch the activities on the patio. Don't forget to go inside and see the unbelievable decor inside Sugar Daddy's. It's a Cajun and blues delight. Even if you can't make it   Click here to see the awesome pictures and details of Sugar Daddy's located at 3102 N. Scottsdale Rd. between Indian School and Thomas on the West side of the road. Stop by and check it out. A great place to hang out. Plenty of Bike Parking. If you have suggestions, email them at . 480-970-6556.

This Weekend

Sunday, November 23rd
"Birds On Bikes" sponsored by MMA of AZ. This is an annual event that is growing every year. Your chance to help feed the homeless or less fortunate. Strap your Turkey or fixings on the back of your bike and ride to one of 4 starting locations:
From the West: Arrowhead Harley, 1 blk S. of 83rd and Bell Rd.,
From the North: Maximum Performance Cycles, 2424 E. Greenway Rd. NE Corner of Cave Creek Rd. and Greenway Rd. 
From the East: Chosa's Harley-Davidson, 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa.
From the Far East: Chosa's Apache Junction.
Gather from 9:00-11:00AM for coffee and doughnuts and at promptly 11:00AM  head for St. Vincent de Paul's at 420 W. Watkins in Phoenix. From 11:30-Noon meet the chefs and see how they feed the masses. If you can't make it to a starting location, just meet everyone at St. Vincent to give your turkey.
Read last year's report on the Birds on Bikes Turkey Run.

Sunday, November 23rd
Benefit Ride and Swap Meet. Ride benefits Desert Voices Oral Learning Center. Ride starts at 9:00am at Ram Jet Racing, 13207 N. Cave Creek Rd. Ends at Kid Chilleen's in Black Canyon City. Live Music 12-4 pm. $25 per rider/$15 per passenger that includes T-Shirt and special gift. For information call Curt at 602-740-8943.

Next Weekend

Saturday, November 29th
Hacienda Harley Hot Air Balloon & Hot Wheels Event. If you need a place to ride with plenty of things going on, take a ride to Hacienda Harley between Noon and 9pm where the street will be blocked off to display 15 beautiful Hot Air Balloons and some Hot Wheels. There will be free Tethered Balloon Rides, Free Food, Live Music and Kids Activities. Stop by after dark for the Evening Balloon Glow. Then walk over to Hacienda Customs for the Bike and Shine Show contest from 1-5pm. If you want to enter, it is free, just ride in by 12:00 noon to enter. Winners will be judged by the public. This all happens between Noon and 9pm and Hacienda Harley located just South of Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. on Hayden Rd. For more information call 480-905-1903.

Saturday, November 29th
Hacienda Harley Basement Blowout Sale. Another of the popular Basement Blowout Sales. This is when Hacienda takes all of their clearance items downstairs and gives you the opportunity to purchase these items at 30-50% off. Plenty of genuine Motorclothes Apparel and Accessories available in this sale. A good opportunity to get your shopping done early for Christmas. The sale is on Saturday only from 9am - 6pm. Hacienda is located at 15600 N. Hayden Rd. in Scottsdale. 480-905-1903.

Saturday, November 29th
Operation Appreciation. A toy drive and poker run for USMC Families. While they are away, fighting for our world's freedom from terrorism, their families' lives are continuing without them. Join the ARIZONA STRAY FEATHERS on "Operation Appreciation" to benefit those left behind. Toys and other donations raised will be airlifted to children of Marine families at various bases. Help a Marine's family have a Merry Christmas. SEMPER FI (Always Faithful). Registration is $15 from 9-10am at Indian of Phoenix, 1133 W. Bell Rd in Phoenix AZ. Coffee & refreshments provided. Run's End Party at Wild Horse West, Carefree Highway & Lake Pleasant Rd for Live music, 50/50, food, raffles, drawings, & libation. 602-978-5200.

Sunday, November 30th
Ramjet Racing Swap Meet. Finally! An opportunity for you to get rid of your old parts. Do you have some parts laying around the garage you would like to sell? Are you looking for that rare part and haven't been able to find it? How about a great deal on some take off parts? Then this is the place to find it. Ramjet is building a monthly Swap Meet for people to buy and sell their own parts. Contact Jerry to reserve your spot to display and sell your parts at 602-788-0364. Discounts on all In-Store purchases as well as discounts on all RamjetWear. The swap meet hours are from 9:00-12:00 Noon. Setup from 7-9am. .

Sunday, November 30th
Rusty Spur Poker Run. Benefiting Arizona Action For Foster Children. Sign in 8am-10am at Rusty Spur located at 7245 East Main Street in Old Town Scottsdale. Run ends at Rusty Spur. $20 per rider, $5 per passenger. 50/50 and Door Prizes. For more information call 480-425-7787.


All Vrod Owners! This one is for you. 
As many of you know, the Vrod is a great motorcycle. We have over 20,000 miles on Mrs. C's. But one of the issues with the Vrod is the sound. I have been waiting 2 years for someone local to come up with the perfect modification for stock Vrod pipes and it is finally here.
Custom Performance has developed a Stage 1 kit for the Vrod that is exceptional. They modify the existing pipes to give them a very low rumble with an aggressive sound, but not that tinny or loud sound that you hear from some of the aftermarket pipes. Then Nick adds a K&N Filter and modifies the EFI System and Induction System. As a result of this you will gain anywhere from 4-8 Horsepower and some excellent sound from the stock pipes. Click Here for the dyno sheet. I had this done to Mrs. C's Vrod and I am thrilled with the results. I would highly recommend it. The cost of the Custom Performance Stage 1 Kit is only $449.95 installed, 1/2 of what other stage 1 costs are and what most pipes alone cost for the Vrod. Give Nick a call to discuss the Vrod Stage 1 Kit. You will love it. 623-879-8488.
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As for me this week, I will be attending the opening day for the Cocomo Joe's Sunday Bike Day. After you drop off your Turkey, come on by.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
Barry Caraway
"The Road is Yours - Take The Ride"

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