Well, we are now half way through our first month of 2009 and I am still putting '08 on my checks and actually just had to change the year on this letter to '09. Hopefully by the end of the month I will have finally broken the '08 habit. There is another habit that I haven't broken and that is the urge get on the bike when we start having the Chamber of Commerce weather that we are seeing this week. For you back East you might want to skip this line, but riders in the Phoenix area are going to be looking at bright sunshine, blue skies and low to mid 70's temperatures for the next several days. The big dilemma on Sunday will be to take advantage of the 73 degrees for a nice long ride or watch the Arizona Cardinals play for their chance to go to the Super Bowl at 1:00 pm. I suspect there will probably a little bit of both that day. Good luck to the Cardinals on Sunday! It would be cool to have them in the Big Game.
I have written about this in the past as it pertains to safety issues but now those of you that don't have the motorcycle endorsement on your license, and you know who you are, are really going to be taking a risk if you get stopped by the police. Currently, it is law that when a person is found to be driving/riding on a Suspended or Revoked License, that their vehicle is TOWED and kept for 30 days, or until the owner comes to the impound yard with proof of their license being reinstated. This would include proof of ownership via registration, title and insurance etc.
You will notice that in the existing law it is if your license is Suspended or Revoked, you will be towed. Here is the bad news for you that do not have that "M" on your drivers license. The new bill that is being introduced by DPS will Revise this statue to include the TOWING of anyone driving or riding a vehicle WITHOUT THE PROPER ENDORSEMENT. This would include motorcycles and semi trucks.
So the days of having to leave your bike on the side of the road, have someone come ride it home for you, or riding it home yourself after the cop drives away are about to be over. When this revision is put into law, if you get stopped on your motorcycle for ANY reason and the police discover that you do not have that coveted "M" endorsement on your drivers license, your bike will be immediately hoisted onto a truck and taken to the yard to sit outside amongst all of the other vehicles that have been towed. According to DPS and the statute, you will be given a "Hearing" date when ticketed and towed, and if you get your endorsement prior to your hearing date, you will be given the proper paperwork to get your motorcycle released to you immediately. If you cannot get your endorsement prior to your "hearing" date, you can ask for an extension so that you can.
I know that most of you reading this today have your motorcycle endorsement. But I'm sure all of us know at least one person that is riding today that has not "gotten around to it" yet. The good news is that you have a few months to get it done. By the time this goes through all of the necessary legal paths of the State Legislature, 6 months will probably pass. But if you procrastinate past that time, you might experience that terrible day when you are stopped for something, not have your endorsement, and then see your beloved motorcycle being hauled away leaving you standing on the side of the road waiting for a ride home. Not to mention the fine and the tow charges that you will be forced to pay to get your bike back.
The bottom line is that there is really no good reason not to have your motorcycle endorsement on your license. The absolute quickest way to get it is to go to the MVD, take and pass a 25 question test, then go to the MVD riding skills test and pass a few technical riding skills like braking, going through some cones, etc. (Click Here for the MVD Motorcycle Operator Manual)Then you get signed off on for your endorsement. The other option is to just go take a 3 Day Motorcycle Rider Training course at your local Harley Dealer or TEAM Arizona Motorcycle Training. There are many locations around the Valley.
If you have questions about the process, you can contact the Arizona MVD at 602-255-0072 or Click Here for the location of the MVD nearest you. Get 'er Done before it is too late.
Sandbar Mexican Grill Wednesday Bike Night. Ride by the Sandbar Mexican Grill this Wednesday night where the patio instantly sweeps you away to a tropical island paradise as thatch and tin roofs cover the bar. Sit on one of the many high topped tables on the sandy beach or sit at the palapa bar outside and watch TV while listening to music. Or go inside to the dining area featuring a huge bar with 30 HDTV's to choose from around the room all decorated in an island beach theme. Sandbar has a great menu of Mexican food and will be featuring build your own burrito's for $5.00. Choose any ingredients you want off the menu, pack them into your burrito all for $5.00. There will also be $2.00 off ALL Drinks which makes domestic bottles $2.00 and Margarita's $4.00. Ride by this Wednesday night to check out the Sandbar Wednesday Bike Night. Motorcycle Parking Only will be blocked off in front of the restaurant. Click Here to see Photos and details. Click Here for Sandbar Web Site.
Dirty Doggs Thursday Bike Night presented by Renegade Classics. The Dirty Dogg Saloon and Renegade Classics of Phoenix announce the start of a Thursday
Night Bike Night called Holiday Happy Hour’s for the month of December.
Each week a lucky winner will receive a Renegade Classics Gift Certificate along with door prizes, drink specials
and of course the Dirty Dog Girls. The hours are 8-10; the Dirty Dog is located on the Southeast Corner of
Shea and Scottsdale Road –480-368-8095. Renegade Classics is located at 3102 East Cactus Road in Phoenix
and more information can be seen at www.renegadephoenix.com.
Chester's Harley-Davidson Bike Night at Dos Gringos Mesa. Ride by the New Dos Gringos Mesa located on the northwest corner of Greenfield and Baseline in Mesa. Dos is sure to make an impact and add some flare to the east valley. Enormous patio, complete with its own outdoor bar and separate dining areas on each side. Dos is a casual neighborhood hangout with great food and cold cervezas. Feel free to dine at one of our four tops, relax at one of the booths lining the edge or just belly up to the bar. Click Here to View. There will be drink and food specials and Raffles and Fun from Chester's Harley-Davidson. Ride with Chester's from the dealership at 5:30pm every Thursday located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa. 480-894-0404.
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 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.
Wednesday, January 14th
Chester's Harley-Davidson Garage Party Event. Do you know a Woman who has always dreamed of riding a motorcycle? Tell her about the Chester's Harley-Davidson Garage Party Event. Chester's is hosting a free Garage Party event to introduce women to the fun of riding and give them "inside information" on how to enter the sport. We will hold interactive sessions on topics of interest to potential female riders. We will answer any questions Women want to know!
When: It all takes place Wednesday, January 14th from 6-8pm.
Where: Chester's Harley-Davidson, 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa.
Contact: Sarah Clark for more information - firstname.lastname@example.org - 480-894-0404
Enjoy Wine, Cheese and Raffles. Arrive early for a VIP shopping spree!! 15% off all Women's Apparel from 5-6pm. Enter to win a pair of Genuine HD Boots. Please pass on this information to a Woman who has always dreamed of riding a motorcycle.
Saturday, January 17th
Morning Roast and Rumble with Chester's Harley-Davidson. Looking to meet some new friends that share your passion of riding? Holiday's are over, it is time to get out and ride. On Saturday, January 17th, Chester's HD is offering you a way to get out and meet some new riding pals. Enjoy Free Gourmet Coffee and Free Breakfast from 9am-11am with the purchase of a Harley-Davidson mug! All proceeds from mug purchases donated to Youth at Risk! THEN...after the coffee kicks in, it's time to ride! RIDE WITH US to Saguaro Lake and The Monastery III. Kick stands up at 11:30. Approximately 48 miles via the AZ-87 and the Bush Highway. The RIDE WITH US event at Chester's has become a great way to meet up and share a ride with some new friends. Chester's is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa. For more information call 480-894-0404.
Saturday, January 17th
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Customer Appreciation Day. Didn't get everything you wanted for Christmas? Now you have an excuse to get out, take a ride and enjoy Tier Discount Savings of up to 20% for One Day Only, Saturday, January 17th from 10am - 5pm at Arrowhead Harley-Davidson. Don't miss this opportunity for huge savings. Spend $0-$200 for a 10% savings, $201 - $500 for 15% off and spend over $501 and save 20%. There will also be FREE Hot Dogs and drinks from 11am - 3pm. Arrowhead HD is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Ftn. Ctr. Dr. in Peoria. 623-247-5542.
Saturday, January 17th
Spring of Life Motorcycle Ministry to benefit the American Cancer Society.To be held on Saturday, January 17, 2009 . Registration 9:00am to 10:00am , Run 10:00am to 2:00pm , Prizes 2:00pm , lunch 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Entry fee: $15.00 rider or $20.00 rider & passenger , Location Spring of Life Christian Church 1330 south Crismon road, Mesa ,A.Z. , Prizes for best , worst hand and dealer's draw. All bikes welcome.
Saturday, January 17th
Bike's and Babes at R.H. Hamilton Post 65 - 1624 E. Broadway Road in Phoenix. Daytime Events 11am - 3pm Bike Contest Featuring Best Harley, Best Sport, Best Custom. Also Day-time Menu: Hot links, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Chips and Potato Salad. Evening Events 8pm - 1am "Luscious In Leather Contest" featuring Best Female, Best Male, Best Couple. Night Time Menu: Chicago Deli Style Ital. Sausage, Ital. Beef, Ital. Combo, Wings, Pasta Salad, fries. Admission $5.00 All Proceeds to benefit the SAL Student Scholarship Fund.
STREET EAGLE NOW RENTING HARLEYS & VICTORY'S IN PHOENIX & TUCSON
Street Eagle Motorcycle Rentals the second largest motorcycle rental operator in the nation has now opened its doors inside of two Arizona Victory dealerships in Phoenix at 13401 N. Cave Creek Rd and in Tucson at 1102 N. Anita Ave. We specialize in renting the late model Harley-Davidson & Victory Motorcycles. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and unlike some other companies focus only on renting motorcycles. Check-out our special weekday rates, $99/day Monday-Thursday and our Weekend Holiday Special. $99/day with a two day minimum or try a one- way rental between Phoenix and Tucson by picking your bike up at one store and dropping it off at the other. Store hours: 9am-6:00pm Monday-Saturday and Sunday we will gladly open by appointment. Airport pickups are available. Street Eagle Arizona is proudly owned and operated by Milwaukeeans Chad, Justin, Chip & Mike so stop by or give us a call and let's get you out riding. Call 877-892-7473.
A video came to me this week that I think is fantastic. If you love music, you will love this video. An award winning director used the song "Stand By Me" as his palet to inspire, connect and bring peace to the world through music. He then went literally around the world and had street performers sing and play this song on their instruments. He then edited it all together and ended up with a fantastic inspirational video and song. At the 1:56 mark of the video, this young man's voice in the Congo will raise the hair on your arms. GREAT EFFORT by this guy. Click Here to View. To learn more about the behind the scenes of the project, http://www.playingforchange.com/.
Here is one of those "in the wrong place at the wrong time" videos. This had to hurt. Click Here to View.
Don't know if this is some sort of illusion or it is just one stupid guy trying to get some play on the internet. But it looks real to me. Click Here to view.
Have you ever had anyone tell you that you "Don't know Jack Schitt"? Watch this video and you will be able to confirm that you actually do. Click Here to View.