Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Well, we are now about half way through the first month of 2005. I remember when I was in grade school and January seemed to be one of those months I just wanted to get over with. Back in Kansas it was usually really cold and you really couldn't do too much outside. I'm starting to feel that way about January 2005 in Arizona. With all of the rain and cold that we have had, it is hard to get out on the bike and do much here either. I decided to ride the bike to a meeting I had Tuesday. When I left the sun was shining, and when I returned an hour later I was riding home in a downpour.
But without a doubt, the weather will soon be turning nice and riding will be perfect. If you haven't ridden much lately or you are new to riding, you need to once again focus on safety. The Arizona Republic did an article on December 26th that talked about the rise in motorcycle accidents in the last few years and the reasons why. One of the obvious reasons is the incredible increase in the amount of motorcycles on the road. But that is only one reason. Since we are soon going to be putting a lot more miles on the bikes, riding safe should be on the top of everyone's things to do, I am going to give you a few quotes from the article.
The Republic starts the article by saying: "The number of motorcyclists dying on Arizona roads has dramatically increased in the past five years in part because new riders and veterans who haven't ridden for years are hitting the streets without proper training, experts say. A flock of new urban professionals and older returning riders are ill-prepared to handle the rigors of more powerful bikes and crowded streets, they say. Add to that unlicensed riders, alcohol impairment and inattentive motorists, and it means more deaths and injuries." Arizona has seen a 37 percent increase in motorcycle licenses and registrations in the past five years, according to the state Motor Vehicle Division. But according to Arizona Republic analysis of Arizona Department of Transportation data, the number of Arizona motorcycle fatalities jumped 46 percent, with 111 deaths in 2003 compared with 76 deaths in 1999.
"There's an influx of retired folks that rode when they were in high school and gave it up, raised a family and now are returning, but the motorcycles and the dynamics are completely different," said Dick Studdard, chairman of the Arizona Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council. "It is part of what is going on nationwide," Studdard said. "It is not just more motorcycles, it is more untrained motorcyclists." Ron Arieli of TEAM Arizona said the vast majority of riders are untrained. Last year, his company trained about 5,000 riders, a mixture of new riders and returning riders. He said the dynamics have changed for returning riders including more traffic on the roadways and more powerful motorcycles. Arizona Motor Vehicle Division spokeswoman Cydney DeModica agrees that training is lacking. "What we are seeing is young professionals who have kind of adopted motorcycles as their hobby, and they are able to afford the really upscale bikes," she said. But a lot of them are skipping the training. Another interesting statistic that the Republic reported was that in 2003, 27 percent of the riders in fatal accidents had no motorcycle endorsement or license. That would lead you to believe that there was not even any book training.
Safety and Awareness needs to be universal with riders of motorcycles as well as drivers of cars. The Republic reports that the state's motorcycle safety advisory council and the Governor's Office of Highway Safety are working together to keep drunken riders off the road, and increase rider education, training and motorist awareness. The council provides input on how the state's motorcycle safety fund, financed by a $1 fee on motorcycle registration, is spent and has used $80,000 for awareness projects and educational materials this year. Among its efforts, the council placed 35 Valley billboards featuring two young boys pleading with motorists to "Look out for Motorcycles. Mommy and daddy ride motorcycles."
And of course, the use of helmets are always a hot topic. It has been endlessly debated and the statistics are hard to quantify. I personally feel that it should be the choice of the rider as to whether they wear a helmet or not. But there were a couple of statistics that I found interesting. "Dr. Scott Petersen, St. Joseph's Hospital medical director of trauma services, said the hospital has seen an increase in helmet use, from 30 percent of patients in 2002 to 48 percent in the first half of 2004. And he said the presence of alcohol in the blood of patients has decreased from 26 percent in 2002 to 22 percent in 2004."
The reason I devote this space to this subject in the newsletter is to remind us all that we need to stay alert and at the top of our game at all times. Not only do we have to watch out for other motorists, we need to be alert ourselves. It only takes one lapse of judgment to put yourself in a tough spot. A very interesting statistic is that 46% of motorcycle deaths in 2002 occurred in single-vehicle crashes. This means that almost half of the time, it could have been rider error or something in the road, etc. There were 54% of the deaths that occurred in multiple vehicle crashes. This is where we really need to be sharp. Of those 54% I would assume there were a fair amount of rider lapses or errors that even caused those accidents.
No matter how good we are, sometimes we can get in a hurry and make a bad decision. There are risks in everything we do, but the freedom of riding motorcycles on the open road is one of the most enjoyable, exciting, exhilarating past times I have ever been involved in. And if we are going to do it, we have to be willing to take those risks and do the best job of riding we can do. To this day, when I get back from a trip, I am already planning the next one. God Bless us all for safe riding. If you would like more statistics, you can read the letter I did on this subject back in May of last year. Click Here.
If you need to get your license or just brush up on your riding skills call TEAM Arizona and ask about their beginning or advanced riding skills classes. They are currently signing up for an Total Control Advanced Riding Clinic for January 29th. Click Here for details.
Be sure and see the Extras column below for some interesting Pictures, Video and Links.
Check back next week for the report of a new event I am working on for March.
New!!! This Wednesday.
Hooters at 1-17 and Bell Rd. Wednesday Bike Night. Starting on Wednesday, January 19th, from 6pm - 9pm, Hooters at I-17 and Bell will be hosting a new Bike Night. They will feature a "Ride In" Bike Show with weekly prizes for 1st - 3rd. And then, the third Wednesday of every month we will crown the Bike of the Month with a Grand Prize and will also be featured on Cyclerides.com as the "Bike of the Week". We will have $2 Bud, Bud Light, and Mich Ultra bottles. There will be 20% off of all food and merchandise when you ride in on your bike. Stop by the first night for loads of Raffle Prizes. There will be VIP Motorcycle Parking and you will be greeted at the front door by a Hooter's Girl waiting to give you your raffle ticket. Hooter's is located in the Bell Canyon Shopping Center at 2834 W. Bell Rd., West of I-17 on Bell Rd. 602-375-0000.
Thursday Night features 4 Bike Nights all over the Valley.
Hooters at Arrowhead Bike Night. Every Third Thursday of the month Hooters is giving away a gift certificate for $1000 towards a custom paint job. 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 Cyclerides.com 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.
Casey Jones Grill Bike Night Are You A Poker Player?? Make plans to play in National Pub Poker League "Texas Hold'em Tournament at Casey Jones. Tournaments at 7:00 and 10:00pm. Sign in starts at 6:00pm Thursday Nights. 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. You can always count on lots of bikes here.
The Bike Night At The Billet Bar. 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 right next to Genesis Custom Cycles 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.
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. And Sunday Brunch Just Got Better! You now have 3 options to choose from. Option #1: Eggs Benedict Ė Grilled English muffins, smoked ham, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.
Served with your chose of fresh fruit or crispy potatoes. ($8) or Sugarís Pancakes Ė You wonít eat pancakes anywhere else. Buttermilk pancakes served with butter and syrup. ($5)
Option #2: Canít decide what to eat? How about an All-You-Can-Eat buffet for ONLY $12.
Option #3: Order off our regular 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 - 4pm. Enjoy live music from 10am - 2pm Or maybe just relax on the patio with your favorite beverage and enjoy the beautiful weather and watch the bikes roll down Scottsdale Rd. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 480-970-6556.
Saturday, January 15th
Ride For ALS. This ride is to benefit ALS Arizona. ALS is more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The vision of the Arizona Chapter is to Enhance Quality of Life. We are dedicated to the care and support of individuals and families living with ALS and to promoting research that will lead to effective treatments and a cure for ALS. Ride begins at Tempe Town Lake in the Surface lot at 3rd St. and Mill Ave. in Tempe, AZ. Registration is from 9:30 - 11:00am. Run ends at Greasewood Flat in Scottsdale. $25 Registration includes: Continental Breakfast, Poker Hand, Ride T-Shirt for first 250 registered, Dinner at final stop, 1 free Raffle ticket for sports memorabilia prize, $15 for passenger without poker hand. Cash prizes for High and Low Hands. Raffle, Silent Auction and Live Entertainment. More information at 866-350-2572.
Saturday, January 15th
Chosa's Harley-Davidson 4th Annual Customer Appreciation Night. Join us from 6pm to 9pm at our Mesa location for our 4th Annual Customer Appreciation Night! Take advantage of BIG savings on selected Harley-Davidson merchandise. 10-50% off selected MotorClothes ô Apparel, Leathers, Helmets, Boots, Gifts and Collectibles. All specials are limited to IN STOCK items only and cannot be combined with any other Chosa's offer. Don't forget about spectacular door prizes and spin the prize wheel when you spend a $100 or more in MotorClothes ô Merchandise - where you are always a winner! And that's not all- enjoy complimentary appetizers and beverages. With savings this good, you'll want to stock up at Chosa's Harley-Davidson located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa. 480-894-0404.
Sunday, January 16th
1st Annual Raffle Event to benefit The Hospice Family Care Foundation. Stop by Jilly's American Grill this Sunday anytime from Noon - 5:00pm to purchase your raffle ticket to win either a 2005 Harley Road King or a 2005 Honda CRF450R Dirt Bike. Raffle tickets are only $20 each and only 3000 will be sold. So you will actually have a 2 in 3000 chance of winning one of these bikes. Come enjoy FREE FOOD and Drink Specials. There will also be fantastic door prizes including a 19" color TV, DVD Player, Eric Herrmann artwork and much more. Come on down to watch Football and support an amazing cause. Jilly's is located at 825 N. 54th St. in Chandler.
Saturday, January 22nd
Oasis At The Islands Car and Motorcycle Show. Looking for a nice little ride and some automotive eye candy? Then check out the Oasis at the Islands Shopping Plaza Car and Motorcycle Show. Show will be limited to 100 cars and 20 motorcycles. The show is from 9:00am - 4:00pm. The Oasis is located at 1455 W. Elliot Rd. in Gilbert, AZ. Just 2 miles South of the US 60 at Elliot and McQueen. There will be six different classes of cars and 2 classes of motorcycles. If you would like to enter, Click Here.
February 17th - 20th
7th Annual San Gennaro Feast. This is the biggest Italian Food Festival in the World. And we are biker friendly with reserved motorcycle parking directly across from the front gate. Please join us at the 7th Annual San Gennaro Feast. Held at the Peoria Sports Complex (Peoria, AZ), now in it's seventh year in the same location. This February 17-20, 2005. This time honored tradition, brings multi cultures together to pay tribute to the Patron Saint of Naples, San Gennaro. This year's festival promises to be even grander than before. A huge Carnival, with rides and games for kids of all ages to enjoy. Shop for unique Gift, and One-of-a-kind finds from over 200 of the southwest's best artisans and Specialty vendors. Delight all day and night as nonstop, Italian Nationally an International known, performers offer up, unbeatable Entertainment on the Main Stage, and Italian strolling musicians travel through the crowds, for all to enjoy. Did we mention the food Mama Mia? The food, nobody leaves this feast hungry. You'll find the most mouth watering Italian dishes you've ever dreamed of. Every taste under the sun. If you would like to be a specialty vendor, contact Anthony at 623-487-7774. Click Here for all the information.
EVIL TWIN WANTS YOUR BUSINESS AND WE ARE GOING TO PROVE IT! To celebrate the coming
of 2005, EVIL TWIN is offering $20.05 LABOR RATE for the month of January on all service work!! Give us a try. As always, free pickup and delivery.
Come on in for fast friendly service, and low low prices. Visit Evil Twin at 2534 W. Broadway in Mesa (thatís just
East of the 101 on Broadway) or call them to make an appointment at 480-784-0040. And don't forget to check out
the Custom Bike Kits assembled starting as low as $12,999.00.
For those of you who have been to V-Twin Consignments, you already know about the fantastic deals they have on Quality pre-owned parts, as well as new parts. For those of you that have not been there stop by and check out their inventory. You never know what you will find that would be the perfect part for your bike. And if you have some parts setting around the garage, this is your place to sell them. If it is new parts you are looking for, V-Twin is an authorized dealer for Drag Specialties, Custom Chrome, V-twin, Kuryakyn, Rivera, and Barnett. They also have a full service center, with the best shop rates in town, by appointment only, contact them for there oil change specials. They are now offering to all cyclists the opportunity to purchase a warranty, or extended warranty for there new or used motorcycle. There are several different warranties to choose from, and they can even cover your performance parts i.e.: Screamin Eagle ad-on parts that Harley won't cover, contact them for details. Having trouble getting your bike thru emissions, V-Twin has the answer, the most economical solution to get your bike to pass. Stop by and say HI at 1716 W. Bell Rd. Sunday February 13 we will have our 1st Annual Customer Appreciation Day from 11am to 2pm. There will be food , drawings, giveaways, and 15% off of everything in stock, and all orders placed that day. Get your consigned parts in before that day. For more information about new or used parts and service phone 602-548-5799.
Here is one of those funny little videos. We've
probably all wished we could do this at least once when you come out to the parking lot and see that nice door
ding on your new car. Click Here.
These pictures are amazing! These are satellite photos that show the before and after of areas hit by the Tsunami. Click on the picture to toggle back and forth between the before and after shots. Click next to go to the next photo. These will give you a good idea of the destruction. Click Here.
FYI, Although impressive, the recent photos passed around the internet said to be pictures of the waves coming in from the Tsunami are false according to www.snopes.com . These are actually pictures of a tidal wave in China from 2002. Click Here for the complete story.
As for me this weekend, I will hopefully take advantage of some sunshine and put a few miles on the bike. Check back next week for my report on a great ride that I am working on for March.