Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
1/17/07
 
Greetings Riders,
 
Well, this last couple of weeks has been a good opportunity to try out those new heated grips you got for Christmas or the latest face wraps. This last week has been as cold as I can remember for a while. That observation is validated by the "just nuked" look of the plants and trees in my yard. Needless to say, this cool and rainy weather has led to some undesirable riding conditions lately. But the good news is the premium time to get out and ride is just around the corner. That is why you are seeing all of the new bike nights starting up now.
 
If you missed last week's letter about the National Guard deployment and the Patriot Guard, Click Here. In reviewing videos for the letter I came across this video by Toby Keith of his American Soldier song. It really tells the story in pictures of what I wrote about last week. Click Here for the video.
 
Most of you know by now that I am kind of a gadget guy. I've written in the past about MP3 Players, molded earphones for your MP3 player and the Garmin Quest GPS. Since switching to the Road Glide 18 months ago I am really settling into the comforts of riding. The windshield that I said I would never have, I now love. And those bags that I thought were style killers and only used by old men, I don't know how I ever got by without them. Some might say it is because I am getting older, but I'll stick with my story that my tastes are changing. Along with those changing tastes comes making the riding experience as good as it can be.
 
For me, riding is made up of a few components. One is just being out and enjoying the riding experience. Two is seeing the countryside in the best possible way it can be seen, from the saddle of a motorcycle. Three is maximizing the enjoyment of the ride from Point A to Point B. As you might remember from articles in the past I am a huge fan of earplugs. I don't go very far without sticking in some earplugs to cut down on the wind buffeting across my ears. This really cuts down on the fatigue of a long ride by taking the constant irritation away. If you have never tried them, get a pair that are comfortable for you and give it a shot, you will be surprised.
 
The other part that I look forward to on a long ride is the music. You can do this by either using an MP3 player and molded headphones to directly bring the music to your ears, or if you have a bagger you can use the installed radio/CD player that comes with the bike. Either way, I still use earplugs and can hear the radio from the bike even better with earplugs due to not having the wind noise. Always looking to add the next cool toy, I decided to broaden my listening entertainment by adding an XM Radio to the Road Glide. Not being a fan of tacking a bunch of stuff on the handlebars, I found an XM Radio that I could mount on my fairing that would be a clean install, look good and be extremely functional. The answer to my satellite radio techno wish list was the Delphi Roady XT.
 
The Roady XT is a very small and thin receiver that will mount right to your fairing in a variety of  ways. The car mounting kit that is included with the Roady XT comes with everything you will need to mount the unit to your fairing. It is powered by 12V from your cigarette lighter. On my installation I took off the fairing, and got a cigarette lighter receptacle (female end), spliced into the existing lighter connection, plugged in the Roady cord and then drilled a small hole in the fairing behind the Roady installation to run the wires through. The antenna for the XM is magnetic which I stuck to the top of the radio underneath the fairing. It was a very slick and easy installation. The hardest part of it was getting the fairing off and particularly back on again. If you don't want to go through those steps to install your unit, you can take it to Jim at Biker's Bay, 602-923-0114, for a $75 installation.
 
Once you have the kit mounted and the Roady installed, you will tune your FM radio on your bike to your choice of several channels. I happen to have mine set to 90.1. You will want to program one of your buttons for this frequency. When you turn on the bike ignition, the Roady will automatically turn on and XM programming will be transmitted to your bikes stereo system and available for your listening pleasure. You can then easily remove the Roady from the cradle and lock it in your bags for security purposes when leaving your bike for extended periods of time and then just slide it back on when you return. Here is another cool function of the Roady XT. Since it has a built-in wireless FM Transmitter, anyone with an FM radio tuned to the designated station riding within 50 feet of your bike, can also enjoy the same music.
 
Being one of those that thought I would never use a windshield OR pay for radio, I have really enjoyed the XM radio experience. Not only are there over 150 channels of programming and almost every genre of music choices you can think of, there are also choices of TV News programs like Fox and CNN, Sports programming and one of my favorites, 3 choices of Comedy channels. When I got this I had no idea that most of my time listening to this would be split between channels other than music. Another cool feature of this system is that it will also scroll sports scores and stock quotes along the bottom of the screen. I was coming back from Rocky Point and a KU basketball game was being played. I was able to watch real time score updates as I was driving back. The Roady XT also offers a headphone jack for those of you with the molded earphones.
 
I have talked about XM in my article, but you can also get Sirius Satellite service as well. It really just comes down to which one has the programming that you like more. In my case, I chose XM because I liked the Roady XT for the installation on the bike. You can also get an additional car accessory kit for about $30, install that in your vehicle and simply take the Roady off of the base unit and use it in both your car and on your motorcycle.
 
You can do a Google search for "Delphi Roady XT" and find several deals out there for the unit. One I came across is $29.95 after a $20 rebate that includes a car kit. I actually got mine for free from a promotion at XM Radio for signing a 6 month subscription agreement at $12.95 per month. Here is a little trick that might work. I signed up for a free trial to listen to XM Radio on the internet to see if I liked the programming that they offered. After my trial period, they emailed me an offer for the free radio. If you just do a little searching you can find a great deal on this unit. Circuit City, Best Buy and Ultimate Electronics also carry them.
 
Enjoy your new Tunes On The Road.
 

 
Highlights This Week
 
***NEW!! First Night January 18th!***
Thursday Bike Night at Buffalo Wild Wings in Goodyear.
First 50 Riders on January 18th get a FREE Buffalo Wild Wings Bike Night T-Shirt.
 
 Saturday, January 20th
Chester's Harley-Davidson "Sportster 50th Birthday Party".
We'll have Fav Ď50s soundtracks & movies playing all day, and refreshments straight out
of the Malt Shoppe: ice cream sodas, sundaes, burgers and fries.
 

 
 
This Week's Bike Night Events
 
Tuesday Nights
 
Chesterís Harley Davidson Biker Night at the Tilted Kilt in Tempe! If you are looking for some fun on a Tuesday night, With 2 outdoor patios and plenty of excitement, This place is a good time! The Tilted Kilt is home to the best Scotch-Irish experience in Arizona, with an award-winning menu, classic pub fare, and signature Kilt items sure to please any palate, not to mention twenty four globe-spanning beers on tap! Biker Night Tuesdays also mean $3 Jack Daniels and half-price appetizers. And, with a Tilted Kilt Biker Night Card, you receive 15% OFF your total bill. So what are you waiting for? Come on down and have a craic with Chesterís Harley-Davidson! The Tilted Kilt is located at 660 W. Warner Rd. in Tempe, AZ. Just 1.5 miles East of I-10 on Warner Rd. 480-592-0102. Click Here for Map.
 
Chandler Harley-Davidson Tuesday Bike Night at Nozzlehead's Grille & Pub. Stop by Two Wheel Tuesday Bike Night at Nozzlehead's Grille and Pub located at 4920 S. Gilbert Rd. in Chandler, AZ. Join us for Munchies and Music, Food and Drink, Specials, and good old fashion H-D fun! Nozzlehead's is a fun firefighter-themed restaurant that serves the best pure angus burgers and meatiest wings in the valley. 12 flavors of wings! 11 tap beers served out of the front-end of a real fire truck. Hot Times, Cold Drinks and Great Food! Stop by this Tuesday for the First Night!! Stop by Chandler Harley-Davidson located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler for a Nozzlehead Food Discount Coupon.
 
New!!!
Superstition Harley-Davidson and San Tan Flat are bringing Bike Nights back to the East Valley! Mark your calendars, because every Tuesday means one thing, cheap food and drinks for ALL bikers!  Come hit up San Tan Flat from 6pm to 9pm for a good-ole-fashioned biker bash.  Thereíll be $1.50 drafts, Ĺ off appetizers, $5 Chilidog combos, and a bunch of prizes! Come sit and relax indoors or outdoors at San Tan Flat were thereíll be music, fire pits and marshmallows to roast-to bring out that biker in you. Thatís Tuesday nights at San Tan Flat Ė the corner of Ellsworth and Hunt Highway.  Do it up right, íBike Nightí it baby! 6185 W. Hunt Hwy., Queen Creek, AZ. 480-882-2995. This is one of the coolest places in town and worth the ride to check it out.
 
Wednesday Nights
 
***NEW!!***
Bike Night at Buffalo Wild Wings Mesa-Falcon Field. This is a great new stop for riders on the East Side. Enjoy GREAT FOOD and Live Music every Wednesday night with Soul Catcher, featuring acoustic blues and classic rock from 7pm - 10pm every Wednesday Night at Buffalo Wild Wings located at 4425 E. McKellips Rd. in Mesa, AZ, just across from Falcon Field. Special motorcycle parking in front of the patio. Choose from the extensive new menu including Wings, Chicken Tenders, Huge selection of salads, Wraps, Sandwiches, Ribs & Combos, Burgers, Desserts and Beverages. Click Here for complete menu. Bike Night specials are 50 Cent Legs all day, $2.50 Coronas & Pacificos, $2.00 Well Rum and Coke, $2.00 Well Vodka Tonics, $1.75 Bud Light Pints, $1.75 Miller Light Pints. Sit inside and watch your favorite sporting events on over 50 TV's and 5 Giant Screen TV's or sit outside on the huge patio where there are more TV's and enjoy the evening air. Wherever you find to relax, you will be sure to have a good time, good food and good entertainment at the Buffalo Wings Wednesday Bike Night. 480-218-9464. Click Here to take a look at Buffalo Wild Wings.
 
Thursday Night
 
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.
 
***NEW!! First Night January 18th!***
Thursday Bike Night at Buffalo Wild Wings in Goodyear.
First 50 Riders on January 18th get a FREE Buffalo Wild Wings Bike Night T-Shirt.
This is a great new stop for riders on the West side. Enjoy GREAT FOOD from an extensive menu. 50 flat screen TV's and 10 Giant Screen TV's. Watch your favorite sporting events including the Suns or College Basketball. Or enjoy the new Video Jukebox on the Big Screens. Buffalo Wild Wings has a HUGE outdoor patio on the front that is perfect for enjoying the great Arizona evening weather. 50 Cent Legs all day. Great drink specials. There is plenty of action and fun at this Buffalo Wild Wings located at 13111 W. McDowell in Goodyear. Just 1 mile N. of I-10 just West of Dysart and McDowell at 13111 W. McDowell. First 50 Riders on January 18th get a FREE Buffalo Wild Wings Bike Night T-Shirt.
 
Every Saturday and Sunday
 
***NEW!!! Live Music! No DB Meters***
Western Trails Ranch Bike Weekend. Take a nice ride out of town and Enjoy a relaxed country atmosphere with good food and Live Rock & Roll Music every Saturday and Sunday Afternoons from Noon to 4pm. See the upcoming band list below. Loud pipes? No problem! You can ride out to Western Trails without worrying about DB metering equipment to greet you. Hang out under the covered patio at the Buzzard's Saloon or in front of the stage for some impromptu dancing. Buzzardís Saloon now has Appetizerís available at the Bar. Mozzarella Cheese Sticks, Chicken Tenders, Fries, Jalapeno Poppers, Breaded Mushrooms, Onion Rings, Beer Battered Mushrooms & Zucchini and Spicy Chicken Wings. Fast food service from the Bartender. Buddy Boomís Real BBQ is also open for those who donít mind walking 300 Feet for the best Burgers, award winning Ribs & BBQ on the Westside of town.
So take a ride out to Western Trails for some Lunch, Live Music and Fun every Saturday and Sunday. Starts This Saturday! For more information on Western Trails Ranch go to
www.westerntrailsranch.com . Located on Hwy. 60 in Morristown, just 12 N. of Sun City West on Grand or just 3 miles South of Carefree Hwy. Click Here for Map.
Live Band Schedule:
January 20-21.  Noon-4pm. Dok & Gal. Bikerís Favorite rock & roll.
January 27-28.  1-5pm. Phat Bastard playing Rock & Roll.
 
Every Sunday
 
Sugar Daddy's Blues Biker Sunday Brunch.
Sugar Daddy's welcomes you back to riding with the Award Winning Sugar Daddy's Sunday Brunch voted "Best Sunday Brunch" by Newtimes 2006. Enjoy a $9 All You Can Eat Buffet, $2 Mimosas, $4 Bloody Mary Bar from 10am - 4pm. Relax to Live Music from 10am - 4pm on the 5700 sq. ft. climate controlled patio. Riding by later? Grab a quick BBQ from Noon - 5pm on the patio. You can also order off of the extensive 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. Or maybe just relax on the patio with your favorite beverage 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 sugardaddysaz@aol.com . 480-970-6556.
 
This Week
 
Saturday, January 20th
Chester's Harley-Davidson "Sportster 50th Birthday Party". Whatís 50 years old, has no legs, and still runs faster than you? The Harley Sportster of course! Born back in 1957, the old manís officially over the hill this year as we celebrate the Sportsterís Fabulous 50th. We'll have Fav Ď50s soundtracks & movies playing all day, and refreshments straight out of the Malt Shoppe: ice cream sodas, sundaes, burgers and fries. Come decked out in your 50ís finery and weíll even throw a $50 Chesterís Gift Card your way! If you are looking for a destination ride, FREE Lunch and to celebrate a piece of history, ride on over to Chester's Harley-Davidson located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404.
 
Saturday, January 20th
A group of American Freedom Riders are going on an unofficial ride to Wickenburg this Saturday 1/20 to see the traveling Vietnam Wall. Everyone is invited to join us, especially those of you who rode with us last weekend to the Ramos and Compean rally. What a great group of riders - real patriots and real people. We will stage in the Denny's parking lot on Bell Rd. just west of I-17. Kickstand up at 10:00 am. We will make a straight run to Wickenburg, spend whatever time is appropriate at the wall, and then come back to the Western Trails Ranch for lunch and beverage.
 
Next Week
 
Friday, January 26th
Chester's Harley-Davidson Glassware Party. Got fifteen bucks handy? Have we ever got a deal for you! Visit Chester's on Friday, January 26th for our Glassware Party. It's like your Aunt Bessies tupperware parties, but Harleyd out! Your 15 dollars will nab you one of a variety of Harley glasses which well fill with the beer of your choice for our Beers of the World Tasting. You'll also get a spin of our Prize Wheel on Chester's Customer Appreciation Day, Saturday, January 27th from 6 - 9 pm, for each glass you purchase. All that, plus crackers, fruit, cheese, cold meat trays, and live music and all the proceeds benefit Waste Not, a local organization that feeds the hungry. Tell Auntie B you're sorry, but you've got something better this year, and join us for the Glassware Party, January 26th. Well see you there! Chester's HD is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404.
 
Saturday, January 27th
Chester's Harley-Davidson Customer Appreciation Day. We Thank You! Chester's Harley-Davidson loves their customers. Stop by for Customer Appreciation Day, Saturday, January 27th, and well prove it! Storewide savings of up to 50% off on selected in-stock MotorClothes merchandise and selected Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories; spins on the Prize Wheel for every purchase totaling $250 or more; Live Music; Free Subs and Drinks from 11am to 2pm; and for every purchase well let you throw the dice. The higher you roll, the more you save! Don't worry, we won't make you join a group hug or anything we just want you to know we care, that's all. Customer Appreciation Day, January 27th. Be here! Chester's HD is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404.
 
Saturday, January 27th
Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson 2nd Annual Hot Rods and Hot Dogs. Join the fun at Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson as they roll in the Hot Rods for everyone to view and vote for your favorite nostalgic car. There will be a free BBQ, Live Rockabilly Band, Free Pool Tournament, 12:30 pm Motorcycle Museum Tour with Buddy Stubbs, 50/50 Raffles and your opportunity to meet the H.O.G. Chapter members. This is always a fun and well attended event. Make this your destination on Saturday, January 27th and ride by for a free lunch, music and some nostalgic eye candy from cars of the yesteryear. Buddy Stubbs HD is located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix, AZ. 602-971-3400. 
 
Saturday, January 27th
Bikers Bay Grand Opening Party. Join Bikers Bay as they celebrate their Grand Opening of their newest store located at 2530 E. Bell Rd. from 10am - 3pm. Bikers Bay has taken over the entire parking lot and will present Live Classic Rock from Trainwreck playing your favorite tunes from the 70's and 80's, 25 Vendors for you to browse, Major raffle prizes from Custom Chrome and Drag Specialties as well as many others that you can win just for attending. Fresh cooked BBQ will be available for purchase at the event. Stop by and see the original "Ride In and Ride Out" specialists. While you are browsing the vendors or listening to some Classic Rock, get your oil changed or take advantage of their tire deals to get ready for the riding season. For more information go to www.mybikersbay.com or call 602-923-0114. 
 
Sunday, January 28th
Arizona Freedom Rally. Let Freedom Ring. Ride to support Arizona's Legislative Effort. Sign-In opens 9am at Park Central Mall located at 3121 N 3rd Avenue, South of Indian School on Central at Earl, between Osborn & Thomas in Phoenix. Food & Beverage available. Parade lineup starts at 10:30am. Mass Ride to Wesley Bolin Plaza (across from the Arizona State Capitol) for speeches. There will be no vendors at Wesley Bolin Plaza. Guest Speakers TBA. Co-operatively presented by Arizonas three SMROs: ABATE, MMA, & ACMC. The Arizona Freedom Rally is YOUR opportunity to participate in a highly visible display of motorcycles showing the politicians of Arizona that Riders do vote and do care about their rights.
 
Extras
 
Here are some short clips of some mishaps of ordinary people. Click Here.
 
For those of you that like to look at new concept cars, here is a photo gallery of the latest from the Detroit Auto Show. Click Here. There are some very cool cars here. Check out the new Camaro.
 
For you Seinfeld fans, you are going to love this one. Most of you heard about the tirade of Michael Richards at a comedy shop in L.A. Someone put together a great clip interspersing real Seinfeld clips with clips of his act. Very Funny. Click Here.
 
As for me this week, I will be attending the first night of the Buffalo Wild Wings Bike Night in Goodyear. See ya there.
 
 
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All, 
 
Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours -  Take The Ride"
 
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