Weekly Update
Greetings Riders,
Well, here we are into the home stretch of 2009. Hard to believe this year has only 29 days left before we enter the second decade of the new millennium. Amazing to me how fast the days go by as you get older. Doesn't seem like that long ago we were all talking about Y2K and how our computers were going to vaporize in front of our eyes. Now with all of the social networking, internet, email and text messaging, we can't keep our eyes off of the computer screens. No wonder the time goes so fast. You can set down in front of the computer, surf for a while, and next thing you know an hour is gone. As I write this, I'm starting to see that I am actually contributing to the problem. So if you need to exit from the real world for a while and into a virtual ride, go to and click on All Ride Photos, where you will find over 10,000 ride photos, dozens of videos and 10 years worth of Archived newsletters to get you through the winter.
Since I have mentioned the social networking, I would like to invite everyone that uses facebook to become a "Fan" of the Facebook and post a picture of you by a sign or landmark from a trip you have taken, or a picture of you on your motorcycle. Or just share your favorite ride with 1375 other motorcycle enthusiasts. Go to the Facebook at Even if you don't have a facebook account, you can still go view the photos and video on the page.
NOTE: If you were on vacation and missed last week's newsletter about the upcoming Toys To Kids Event on Sunday, December 13th, PLEASE Click Here to read. I am really excited to be able to put this on again this year. The kids from the Children First Academy need it more than ever, and I'm sure we could all use an opportunity to give a little of what we have to make a child's day a little better. I just came across this video report done last week by TV 12 about Children First Academy, the homeless school that will be bringing the kids. This really lets you see who you are helping with this event. Click Here to View. Rawhide is opening up special for us this day. And there will also be the big Rawhide Rumble Classic and Hot Rod Car Show going on at Rawhide the same day. Load up the car and bring the whole family. Grandma, Grandpa, kids, Everybody. The more the merrier. Bikes will be parked on the Main Street in Rawhide. See you there. Click Here for Flyer. See details below.
I went on the Arizona Republic web site this week to read the article about the possibility of dropping the requirement for motorcycles to go through emissions. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality asked federal authorities this month to exempt motorcycles from the emissions testing program in the Phoenix area, the only big city where bikes must meet smog limits. The Legislature passed a bill in 2008 to let the state drop motorcycle emissions tests if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved the request by July 1, 2010. This appears to be a good thing for motorcyclists, and does no damage to the environment. All good, right? Not if you read the discussion board just below the article.
I thought I got out on the motorcycle a lot, but I guess I have not been paying attention to the folks. According to some of these comments, motorcycle riders, ALL of us, rank right below scum of the earth. I was really shocked how an article on dropping motorcycle emission tests could degrade so fast to motorcycle hate. This is the primary reason I don't have a message board on You can regulate who gets to post by a login and password, but you can't regulate intelligence. I will link to the article all posts below, but here are a few of the quotes from the message board.
"Just give them a decibel test. There are too many insecure little boys riding around on them who think the only way they can attract attention (other than with their tattoos) is with motor noise."
"Everyday I see some scurvy looking dude fiddling with his bike while he's at an intersection because the thing is so out of tune that they can barely Idle."
"I hate being woken up by a guy who lives down the street from me who is trying to compensate for "down there" who has nothing better to do than to rev his engine all day long. I'll ok the emissions test bypass if they make it a requirement that if you own a motorcycle, you have to be a registered Organ donor."
"You can thank most of the wannabe bad as s HD riders for our lousy image. At least they only ride on the weekends, is it really necessary to hear your bike from a mile away?"
Believe me, there are bad apples in every group or fabric of society. I've seen members of church that I wouldn't trust with my wallet, but that doesn't make the whole congregation bad. Same with motorcycles. There are a few that have set the tone for the whole rider world, but that doesn't make ALL motorcycle riders bad. But in the eyes of the general public, even though we are probably the biggest giving group there is, it appears we have some PR work to do.
And this one is my favorite quotes of the bunch. No "grey area" for this girl.
"Any bad image is collective from ALL who represent themselves as riders of motorcycles, who (also) act without regard for other members of society. Includes those idiots riding wheelies in traffic, riding in and out of traffic, as well as the outlaw groups which flaunt lawbreaking as their preferred activity (which helped generate THE phrase, some 50 yrs ago)." 
So according to this brain surgeon, if you ride a motorcycle, you are guilty by association. Hmmmm. . . Wonder if she knows that the guy that signs her paycheck every week rides a motorcycle? This is why I don't have a message board. The conversation started out as emission testing and ended up as loud pipes and bad citizens. And as they always do, I'm sure it will end up with talking about Obama and illegal's. Click Here for Complete article and Comments.
On the November 4th episode of Southpark, they did the whole show on motorcycle riders. As usual, it was on the edge, not politically correct at all, and especially harsh on Harley riders. In fact, they even wanted to change a derogatory name from one group and give it to us. But if you have a sense of humor, it had some funny parts. Consider the source. Here is one clip from that show we have all experienced on either side of the fence at one time or other. Pretty funny actually. This 1 minute clip is called "Getting Away From It All". Click Here to View. Click Here for the entire episode.

Highlights This Week
Tuesday, December 1st - Saturday, December 12th
12 Days of Christmas Sale. Arrowhead HD and Chandler HD present the 12 Days of Christmas Sale.
You will find 15% off from December 1st to December 12th on selected items.
Saturday, December 5th
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson and Chandler Harley-Davidson Open House. Get your
Christmas shopping done early while taking advantage of HUGE Store Discounts
including up to 40% OFF on selected items around the store. Event time 9am - 5pm.

Bike Nights This Week
Thursday Night
The Bike Night At The Billet Bar The Billet Bar is the place to be for the Summer nights and weekends. Set on the patio and watch the action. Voted "BEST BIKER BAR IN PHOENIX" by New Times. 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 Every Day. Stop by and take a look at the New Flamed Booths on the Paradise Patio. 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. 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 on 3752 N. Scottsdale Rd. Check it out this Thursday night and all weekend long. Info: at 480-941-1876. Click Here for the New Billet Bar Page with pictures.
Bike Night Thursday at McDuffy's in Peoria. Ride by the newest Bike Night on the West side. Over 100 bikes every week.
McDuffy's is one of the finest West side locations for a bike night at a single restaurant. The 12,500 Sq. Ft. McDuffy's features 2 outdoor patios, a huge dining room with booths for seating, a very large area with high tops for you to easily hang out with your friends, an upper level for lounging or to play pool, a very large bar and 100 TV's to watch your favorite sporting event. Not only that the dinner menu is very broad and McDuffy's has excellent food at a very good price. Bike Nights features a $6.99 Menu that includes Classic Burgers, Charbroiled Chicken Breast Burger, Buffalo Wings, Chicken Quesadilla, Nachos, Popcorn Chicken, Pizza and 1/2 Drink Pricing. Stop by for the first night on Thursday, September 17th. McDuffy's is located just South of 83rd Ave. and Bell Rd. at 15814 N. 83rd Ave. 623-334-5000. Plenty of Motorcycle Parking! RAFFLES! For September Arrowhead Harley will be raffling off a set of "Games Riders Play". Harley-Davidson Folding Domino's table, a Harley Gammon Board, a Poker Chip Set and "Harleyopoly" Game set. Winner will be selected the last Bike Night in September. Octobers raffle will be a complete "Harley Cooler" set. 2010 Models will be on display.
Every Weekend
Western Trails Ranch - Biker Destination 7 Days a Week
Western Trails Ranch is a 12 Acre Old Western Ghost Town, you can Bar Hop with your drinks between Buzzard's Saloon & The Ice House, enjoy live entertainment while keeping warm around our outdoor fire pits. Secure Motorcycle Parking in Buzzard's Corral.  Extensive Menu featuring everything from Burgers to Smoked Prime Rib and Mesquite Grilled Steaks. 
WTR is a great place to end a Motorcycle Run, charity event, Christmas Party or put on your own special event with it's 2 covered outdoor stages along with a separate Concert area that holds 10,000 people featuring a 60ft Concert Sound Stage.  Now Open 7 Days a Week from 10am to 9pm. Happy Hour all day Monday thru Thursday all Long Necks including Imports $2.50.  Big Screen TV's, Horse shoe pits, Pool Tables and the best part is the 30 minute ride out the Carefree Hwy or Grand Ave on your motorcycle.  A real Biker Destination for people that like to ride!  Contact Marcos at 480 299-5615  or Sign Up for our Newsletter at
WTR Weekly Schedule of Events:
Mondays, Buy 1 Mesquite Grilled Burger and Get One Free!  Happy Hour all day, all Long Necks including Imports $2.50. Plus Drink Specials.
Tuesdays, SOA Bike Night!  6pm – 10pm come watch Sons of Anarchy on the big screen TV’s in The New Ice House and enjoy other bikers.  Happy Hour all day, all Long Necks including Imports $2.50. Plus Drink Specials. Ride your Motorcycle and Get 2nd Drink for .50 cents. Motorcycle Passenger gets 2nd drink for $1.00
Wednesdays, Hump Day, Choice of any Daily Special on Menu.  Happy Hour all day, all Long Necks including Imports $2.50. Drink Specials,
Thursdays, Blues & BBQ,  $2. off any Burger & $ any Rib Dinner.  Happy Hour all day.
Fridays, Fish Fry,   all you can eat Fish Fry $12.  Drink Specials.
Saturday, December 5th, Live Entertainment 3pm to 7pm - “REWIND ROCKS” The Ranch.  $4 off any Steak Dinner.
Sundays, Soft Tacos, $2. choice of chicken, pork or beef.
This Week
Tuesday, December 1st - Saturday, December 12th
12 Days of Christmas Sale. Arrowhead HD and Chandler HD present the 12 Days of Christmas Sale. You will find 15% off from December 1st to December 12th on selected items. Each day will feature two categories of either Motorclothes or Parts & Accessories for you to save big money on. These items include Jewelry, Boots, Windshields, Helmets, All Leather, Jeans, Home Decor Items, Screaming Eagle Products, Pet Products and MUCH MORE! This sale takes place at both Chandler HD located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. and Arrowhead HD located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Ftn. Ctr. Dr. in Peoria, AZ. See flyer for details on when you can save on your favorite item. Click Here to View.
Saturday, December 5th
Toys For TotsCome out early and join in the fun Saturday, Dec. 5th, 2009, 9am - 3pm. The MARINES and THE TEQUILA'S RIDERS  WILL BE BACK AT FUZZY'S SOUTHWEST SPORTS GRILL COLLECTING Donations!! Make A Difference In A Child's Life This Year, Bring A Toy!!  If you cannot make the December 5th, day of fun, please bring your toys donations to fuzzy's now!  They have their donation box set up and they also have "TOYS FOR TOTS" Trains you can buy for a buck.  ALL PROCEEDS GO TO TOYS FOR TOTS!!! Fuzzy's is located at the SW corner of Grand Ave. & Reems Rd. in Surprise, AZ.
Saturday, December 5th
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson and Chandler Harley-Davidson Open House. Get your Christmas shopping done early while taking advantage of HUGE Store Discounts including up to 40% OFF on selected items around the store. Event time 9am - 5pm. FREE Gift Wrap with any purchase. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at Arrowhead Harley-Davidson from 10-12 and Chandler Harley-Davidson from 1:30-3:30. Please bring your cameras with you if you'd like to take pictures. Santa and Mrs. Claus will have candy canes and they look forward to seeing all the kids that have been coming in to see them for the past 5 years. Chandler HD located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. and Arrowhead HD located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Ftn. Ctr. Dr. in Peoria, AZ.
Saturday, December 5th
13th Annual Sunshine Acres Toy Run. Sponsored by The Salt River District MMA. All proceeds benefit Sunshine Acres Children's Home. Registration from 7am - 9am at The Fraternal Order of Eagles located at 6209 E. Main St. in Mesa, AZ. Pre-Registration $20/$30 couples. All groups and riders that would just like to ride to Sunshine Acres meet at Toby Keith's Bar & Grill, 1065 Dobson Rd. between 10:30am to Noon. Price includes Ride Pin and T-Shirts to the first 500 to register. Please bring an unwrapped toy for the kids.
Saturday, December 5th
Toys for Tots Charity Run Presented by American Legion Riders - Post 35. Registration is from 8:00am - 10:00am. Sign in at Skunk Motorsports, Inc. 202 W. Main Street in Mesa.  Cost for Riders is $20.00 without a toy and $15.00 with a toy.  Passengers: $15.00 without a toy and $10.00 with a toy. Ride pins for the first 100 participants.  Paid Ride includes:  Ride lunch, Raffle Prizes and Music. More information contact Jesse "Smog" Hendix or call 602-717-7545.
Sunday, December 6th
37th Annual Kicks 4 Kids Toy Run. Phoenix's Longest Running Christmas Charity Toy Event is back for 2009, Sunday December 6th , the 37th Annual Kicks 4 Kids Toy Run will hit the streets to gather up new toys for Greater Phoenix Toys for Tots. Star Riding and Touring Phoenix Chapter #113 in conjunction with The Army Reserve NCO Council will be hosting. The event begins at Phoenix F.O.P. Lodge #2 located at Sweetwater & 19th Ave with sign-ups from 8am to 10am, Hot Beverages, Donuts and Breakfast Buffet will be offered for purchase by the F.O.P. and a performance by the Arizona Precision Motorcycle Drill Team. The ride will leave promptly at 10am down 19th to Cactus, Cactus to I17, south on I17 to Grant Ave., east on Grant to 7th St., south on 7th to Elks Lodge #447. At the Elks the day's festivities will continue with the Toy Collection and presentation. Donation is one Unwrapped Toy $5.00 minimum value and Star Chapter #113 will be giving awards for Largest Club or Organization, Best Decorated Bike, Trike & Sidecar Rig and of course Most New Toys donated. So mark your calendars Sunday December 6th, at 8am for the 37th Annual 2009 Kicks 4 Kids Toy Run and let's make 2009 our biggest year yet. For more info please contact Sarge at 602-576-0109.
Sunday, December 6th
Rusty Spur Saloon 7th Annual Charity Poker Run. All proceeds benefiting the Tim & Willy Kid's FUN-Dation. Registration from 9:30am - 11:30am at the Rusty Spur Saloon located at 7245 E. Main St. in Scottsdale, AZ. All cards in @ 6pm. Drawings commence at 6:30pm. $25 Single/$35 Couple. Best hand wins $50, Worst Hand $50. 50/50 Drawing, Raffles and more.
Sunday, December 6th
Cochise County Choppers Toy Run. Registration starts 10:00am at Cochise County Choppers 963 S. Highway 92 Bisbee, Az. Bikes leave at 12:00 noon, in parade formation for a nice ride through Bisbee, and then down to Naco, Az. for a HUGE after party, with drinks, food, & we will be unveiling 2 bikes, that are being built right now. Call us if you need any more info. (520)234-6402. ALL PROCEEDS GO DIRECTLY TO THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF BISBEE!
Next Week
Saturday, December 12th
Rise From The Ashes Poker Run. An event to help Kelly Rogers and Jason Sarratt of Hellcat Customs recover from the losses sustained during a tragic fire. Starts and ends at Roadrunner Saloon, 47801 N. Black Canyon Hwy. in New River. $10 per person. Check in 7:30am - 9:00am. Kickstands up at 9am. Prizes for High and Low hands. Roadrunner will have lunch special and breakfast available to purchase. More information: .
Sunday, December 13th Toys To Kids Event. This was my first endeavor into organized rides and remains one of my favorite events that I organize every year. And this year it almost didn't happen. But for the kids sake, especially this year because the needs are so great for these kids, I'm glad it came together. Thanks to Rawhide for hosting the event this year and picking up the tab for the venue, food for the kids and entertainment. As usual, this year we will be bussing in 100 children from Phoenix Children First Academy, the largest homeless kids school in the nation, to make it "Their Day" of entertainment, food and gifts. It is amazing to see these kids that literally live day to day, eventually light up when they realize that the riders came to support them, bring them gifts and show them that this day is ALL about them. For some of these kids, these will be the only gifts that they will get. Come share it with them. If you haven't done so already, I invite you to watch this video from the 2006 Toys to Kids event. Click Here.
Here is the itinerary for the day.
9:00am - Gates to Rawhide open for riders to arrive.
9:00am – Broken Spoke Bar will be open for service in Wagon Wheel Plaza.
9:00am – 10:30am - Breakfast will be served in Wagon Wheel Plaza featuring $5 breakfasts. So get together your riding groups and head out early for breakfast.
9:45am – 100 children Phoenix Children First Academy arrive at Rawhide.
9:45am - 10:00am - Rawhide Roughriders greet the children and take them for a tour of the town, then entertain them at the Six Gun Theatre for an Old West show.
10:45am – Kids arrive back at Wagon Wheel for lunch. They will get their lunch and then sit in front of the stage.
11:00am – 11:30am - Rawhide Entertainment on the Wagon Wheel Stage.
11:30am – Kids get their presents.
11:45am - Riders are free to enjoy Rawhide, Eat Lunch and go to the "Rawhide Rumble" Car Show to see some of the baddest custom, classic and hot rod cars in the valley. Admission to the car show, which is located right next to the Old Town on a grass field is either 2 cans of food, an unwrapped toy or $5. Automotive vendors will be set up at the show.
Not only will this be a Day to Remember for the kids, it should also be a great day for all participants. You can enjoy the town of Rawhide's shops, museum, eat lunch, watch a show at the Six Gun Theatre and this year the added bonus of the Rawhide Rumble, a major Custom and Hot Rod car show featuring over 300 cars. It should be a fun and rewarding day. To learn more about Children First Academy, watch this excellent short video report by KPNX TV 12 News in Phoenix. This will really give you a feel for the kids that will be in attendance. Click Here to View. Thanks to Paul Yaffe of Paul Yaffe's Bagger Nation for picking up the cost of the bus transportation of the kids to Rawhide. If you would like to bring something else for the kids, here is list of ideas. Click Here.
Directions to Rawhide: Take I-10 South to Exit 162. Go West to 48th St., Turn Left and go 2 blocks to you see the Rawhide sign. Turn right and follow the signs around to the entrance. I know the ride to Rawhide for some of you will be a long one, but hopefully your participation in "making a difference" in a child's life, and the destination will make it worthwhile. Bring the whole family. I want to thank everyone in advance for making this event a success every year and for giving these kids a day to remember.
Sunday, December 13th
Sunriders Tucson 28th Annual Motorcycle Toy Parade. Come join us on Sunday, December 13th for our 2009 Toy Parade starting at Morris Udall Park at 7290 E. Tanque Verde and ending at Beaudry RV on Irvington. Registration from 8:00 am to 11:30 am at Morris Udall Park. Parade begins at 12:00 pm sharp. Cost of pre-registration: $10 plus a toy Day of event: $15 plus a toy Walk in at Beaudry: $10 plus a toy. First 500 entrants get a run pin Raffle tickets $2.00 each. Raffle Prizes: First place is $1,000, Second  place is $500, Third to be announced at event. Run shirts available day of event for $15.00 a piece.
Extras Facebook. Post a picture of you by a sign or landmark from a trip you have taken, or a picture of you on your motorcycle. Or just share your favorite ride with 1375 other motorcycle enthusiasts. Join 1375 other riders! I am inviting you to "Become A Fan" on the Facebook page. Click Here to Become a Fan and bookmark this page. If you are not on Facebook, you can still go to the page, but you will not be able to communicate. There will be a link there for you to sign up for Facebook if you are inclined.
This is an extreme sport that I have never heard of. This guys looks like a living transformer. But I was mesmerized by the sport and scenery in this video.  Click Here to View. This road is Grimselpass in Switzerland. Take a look at this great road from the air. Click Here.
What is worse than locking your keys in the car? This might be it. Click Here to View
Video of the Week
Ok, I literally Laughed Out Loud on this one. What a hoot! Don't worry, it is PG. Click Here to View. Click on the Video of the Week graphic on the page.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"