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I have had the link to the new movie "Wild Hogs" in the newsletter the last couple of weeks. That is one funny trailer. I hope the rest of the movie is as good as that 2 minutes of outtakes. Click Here to view. Touchstone has now updated the web site and has a game that you can waste a bunch of time on called "Burn Rubber". I have played it 4 times and was able to rack up 11,838 points. See what you can do.
The movie, starring John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy opens nationwide on Friday, March 2nd. I have made arrangements with the AMC 20 at Westgate City Center in Glendale next to the Cardinals Stadium for motorcycle only parking in front of the theatre, in the street in front of the theatre as well as a big chunk of the parking lot for motorcycles. I will have a link in next week's letter for you to buy your tickets online so that all on a motorcycle will be able to get in on the opening night. I am also going to alert the media to this gathering of motorcycles for the movie. Plan on coming to Westgate on March 2nd to see the movie. AMC said they would show the movie on their biggest theatre that holds about 500 people. Should be a great time. More details to follow.
The subject of the movie is taking a 2000 mile road trip. I'm sure a lot of us are starting to think of that very same thing these days. I know I have had my maps out and been cruising around the map programs to scope out some good routes. One of my favorite online map programs now is http://maps.live.com/ . It is easy to use and you can easily switch to the hybrid view that gives you a satellite shot of the area that you are looking at. And in the valley area you can click on the "Birds Eye View" and get a real close-up of whatever you want to view.
You need some basic necessities with even a short ride, but when you are thinking about taking a long trip out in the middle of nowhere, you need to think of a lot of different scenarios to both keep you on the road and comfortable. Mrs. C. and I have a few basic creature comforts like an MP3 player, molded stereo earplugs, GPS, spider bungee, phone, basic tool kit, water, extra glasses, etc. But as I looked in my saddlebags, there really wasn't much in there, especially if there were any mechanical problems.
So last week I asked you to help me put together a little more comprehensive list of things to add to my list of things to take on a trip. And Wow! Did you ever bring it. There were so many good ideas that if I were to use them all, I would have to pull an Airstream behind the Road Glide just to carry it all. But it was really great to hear all of the innovative and important things to take that I hadn't really thought of. Here are a few that I found particularly interesting that I might add to my list.
Leatherman Tool: This was the number one recommended item by far. This is a compact all in one tool that can handle many different chores that you might need on the road. I see they now have a leatherman with vise grips. You can also use a multifunctional knife tool as well.
Baby Wipes: Travel pack size for cleaning hands after applying sunscreen, wiping dirt off of face, or even wiping off your arms and neck to cool down. Good idea.
Fix-a-Flat: Good idea to keep you on the road long enough to get to your next stop. A good compliment to this is a small plug kit in case you ran over a nail.
Slime Tire Inflator: I have one of these in my bag. Comes in a small zippered case. Handy if your tires get low on the road or if you have a flat. Comes with a small tire gauge. Throw in a small plug kit with this and you will be good to go. Can be found at some of the local bike shops including Bikers Bay.
Rain Gear: You usually don't ride in the rain on purpose, but there are always that time that you will be glad you have it. Buy the good stuff, it lasts a long time.
Spider Bungees: These are the most handy things you can have in your bag. Vs. a regular bungee, this is more of a bungee net. Very handy for when you buy too much stuff on your trip and you need extra space to bring it home. Just use the spider to strap it on to your t-bag, fender or front forks. I have a couple in my bag. Also carry a couple of regular bungees.
Flashlight: This can be very important not only for safety, but for finding things in the bottom of a saddle bag.
Extra Keys for your bike: Now this is a good idea. Hide an extra set of keys somewhere on your bike in case you lose yours. Or even swap extra keys with who you are traveling with. Might come in real handy.
Maps with locations of Dealerships: No matter what type of bike you ride. This is a good idea to know where the authorized dealers are in the area that you are riding and what their phone numbers are.
Cell Phone Charger: Everyone has cell phones these days. But they are not going to do you much good if the battery is dead. Keep an extra charger in your bag at all times just in case. Even for short trips you might need it.
Tow Card or Roadside Assistance: In case of a catastrophic breakdown it is nice to have one central phone number to call that can get help to you. It might be with H.O.G., AAA or your own insurance company.
Vise Grips: A lot of people suggested this. In case something breaks, you might be able to hold it together long enough to get to a place to get it fixed.
Water: Especially for the climate around Arizona. I always keep at least 2 bottles of water in my bags. Can be a life saver in the summer.
First Aid Kit: Never know when that bee is going to fly down your jacket.
Sunscreen: No matter when or where you are riding, 30 spf sunscreen is a good idea.
Money: Stash some coins and a $20 bill somewhere on the bike. Never know when that lone vending machine would be needed for air or soda, etc.
In addition to those listed above, here are a few of the basic items recommended: jumper cables, bailing wire, duct tape, zipp ties, utility knife, extra sunglasses, sun block, chapstick, tool kit, chewing gum, gloves, spark plugs, cloth and cleaning supplies, earplugs, eye drops, energy food bars, electrical wire and tape, insect repellent, flashlight, oil, extra fuses for your bike, flares, headlight/taillight bulbs, band aids, pen, tire plug kit and tire pressure gauge.
And now for my favorite recommendation of all. Given my penchant for running low on gas, I now carry a Turkey Baster in my bag for those times that I need just a little more gas to get me to the gas station. As long as you are riding with someone who is better at gas management than you are, 4 or 5 turkey basters full of gas will get you back on the road. A siphon hose is also a good idea.
Here is a funny story that a rider sent to me about what not to use:
As we were traveling south from Flagstaff to PHX. last summer on my Springer. We pulled over and bought two cheap plastic ponchos cause we saw rain squalls south of us . We put them on and continued. Cruising in light rain about 60 mph my poncho blew up and over my head . For what seemed like forever as I was driving blind. We were lucky we didn’t drive off the highway. You get what you pay for. Cheap ponchos should never be used.
There were so many good suggestions for all aspects of riding that I didn't want them to go to waste, so I listed some in a page for you to read for yourself in the riders own words. Some of these are extremely thorough and well thought out. One person even has a checklist. That is way more organized than me. I am usually running around the garage the night before trying to figure out what I am forgetting.
Click Here for the full list of the rider suggestions. A good read for ideas of all kinds.
Highlights This Week
Saturday, February 17th
Chief Bill Lanford Memorial Ride. Honoring Buckeye Fire Chief Bill Lanford.
Sunday, February 18th
Bikers Soar For Wildlife. For those of you that like animals, this is a good ride for a great cause, and best of all, you get to meet some of the animals at the end of the ride. Last year I did an article about the Wildlife Center complete with photos of the facility. Click Here to read. This is a good event. T-Shirt, Ride Pin and Lunch for the first 500 riders. Click Here for Photos of the Animals.
This Week's Bike Night Events
Chester’s 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 Chester’s 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.
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. There’ll be $1.50 drafts, ½ off appetizers, $5 Chilidog combos, and a bunch of prizes! Come sit and relax indoors or outdoors at San Tan Flat were there’ll be music, fire pits and marshmallows to roast-to bring out that biker in you. That’s Tuesday nights at San Tan Flat – the corner of Ellsworth and Hunt Highway. Do it up right, ’Bike Night’ 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. Click Here for Video of San Tan Flat.
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.
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.
Thursday Bike Night at Buffalo Wild Wings in Goodyear.
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.
Every Saturday and Sunday
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. Buzzard’s
Saloon now has Appetizer’s 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 Boom’s Real BBQ is also open for those who don’t 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:
Feb 17th Sat 12-4 Phat Bastard, Night 8pm- 12pm Novella Bentley
Feb 18th Sun 12-4 Phat Bastard
Feb 24th & 25th Dok & Gal, Biker’s Favorite rock & roll.
March 3 & 4 12-4 Dok & Gal
March 10th 12-4 Dok & Gal
Night 7pm-11pm Sluggo Rock & Roll
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 email@example.com . 480-970-6556.
New!! Coming Sunday February 25th!
Hot Rods, Honeys & Harleys at Pepper's. Take a Sunday Ride and enjoy a walk around some Hot Rods and Harley's. Every Sunday starting on February 25th at Noon, Pepper's Sports Grill, located on the NE Corner of 16th St. and Bell will fill the parking lot with Hot Rods and Harleys. Come show off your ride and win Prizes, Trophies and T-Shirts. You can sit on the patio and enjoy the view of the action while choosing lunch from their full menu from Noon - 7pm. Vendor spaces will also be available. Pepper's is conveniently located just 2 miles South of the Loop 101 on 16st. and Bell Rd. Call Jim at 602-484-4433 for more information and to reserve your car, motorcycle or vendor spot. More information to follow next week.
Saturday, February 17th
Chief Bill Lanford Memorial Ride. On February 5, 2003, Chief William D. “Bill” Lanford, of Buckeye Valley Fire District, lost his life while riding his Harley on Vulture Mine Road, just outside of Wickenburg, AZ. Please join his family, friends, and fellow brethren in fire service and law enforcement to honor the legacy of Bill on this memorial ride. Everyone is welcome –Push It, Pull It, Drive It, Ride It, Bring It or just bring yourself. Help us make this the BEST RIDE YET! Check-in and continental Breakfast at 8:00 A.M. – Ride Starts at 10:00 A.M. From 25206 West MC. 85, Buckeye Arizona – Fire Station 324. Escorted, 100 mile ride, including a stop at Bill’s roadside memorial on Vulture Mine Rd. $15 Single and $20 Couple. Finish at the Tin Top Bar and Grill. Everyone Welcome to the After Ride Party. Food, Raffle, Prizes, Fun. Please email any questions to Preston at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 602-762-2426.
Sunday, February 18th
Bikers Soar For Wildlife. For those of you that like animals, this is a good ride for a great cause. See the feature story about my visit to the Wildlife Center last year complete with pictures. CLICK HERE. This poker run is to benefit the Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center Auxiliary. The center takes in over one thousand birds of prey every year, nurses them to health and releases them. The Center is staffed by one paid employee and a host of dedicated volunteers. Current funding is through the Heritage Fund from Arizona Lottery revenue. All other monies are through personal donations and these types of events. At the end of the ride you can see the animals that you are riding for. Sign-Up is from 8:00-10:00 AM at Taste of Mexico, located on the SW corner of 35 Ave & Northern. Breakfast will be served for $5.00 from 8:00-10:00 AM. Single Rider $20, With passenger $30. Includes Event T-Shirt, Ride Pin and Lunch for the first 500. Ride ends at Pioneer Village with a Live Band, 50/50 and other prizes. For more information call 623-587-0139 or visit: www.azwildlifecenter.org . Click Here for Photos of the Animals.
Saturday, February 24th
Buddy Stubbs 2nd Annual Phoenix Police Chili Cookoff and Swap Meet. For those of you that came to this event last year, you know that there was some good chili served here. This is a sanctioned Professional Contest with over 50 entrants and all proceeds go to benefit TAPS (Tuition Assistance for Police Survivors). Vote for your favorite. Event time is from 10am - 4pm at Buddy Stubbs HD located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix. There will be Live Music, Celebrity Judges, Parking Lot Sale featuring a huge selection of Parts, Accessories & Motorclothes all on sale! There will also be a Swap Meet. Sell your old Harley Parts, Accessories or motorclothes. 10x10 spot only $25. Set up starts at 7am. Be ready to sell by 9am. Call Andreanne DePape at 602-371-3400 for more information.
Saturday, February 24th
Rally to Free Border Patrol Agents. This has got to be one of the most disappointing cases I have heard from our justice system ever. Every day the news about this case gets even worse. There are now over 80 congressmen signed on to overturn the conviction of Nachos and Ramos. Just recently Nachos Ramos was severely beaten in prison by 5 illegal aliens. This has been a nightly story with Lou Dobbs on CNN, Bill O'Reilly and Hannity and Colmes on Fox and numerous talk radio shows. It is almost unbelievable that our own government would give immunity to a drug smuggling illegal alien caught in the act to prosecute the very agents that protect our border. These guys do not deserve to be in prison doing 10 years for shooting a drug smuggling illegal alien in the butt while he goes free with immunity and has since been picked up for smuggling again. They need to be released now. The American Freedom Riders are staging a Rally at Noon, Feb. 24th in front of the East Valley Tribune, located at 120 W. First Ave., in Mesa, AZ. Bring signs, energy and a loud voice. Click Here for a recent article on this story.
March 30th - April 1st
Westside Motorcycle Expo. There is so much going on at this event including Top Name Builders, Top Vendors, Celebrity Appearances, 9 Live Bands, Stunt Shows that you just have to go to the web site to see it all. Here is the description from Nitro Syndicate of their event: Finally an event that accommodates your needs of the 2000’s. That’s right! An event that has live entertainment where they have written music of this decade. An event that is focused on the builder’s of today’s ideas and technology of today’s motorcycles and yesterdays Old Schools. An event to entertain, admire, learn and remember. Nitro Syndicate is proud to present “The Westside Motorcycle Expo” aka – Four Season’s Showcase. We urge you to read the web site and mark you calendar because this is the event that will change the structure and content of Motorcycle Events and you don’t want to miss it. Nitro Syndicate & The University of Phoenix Stadium, Home of the Arizona Cardinals, in Glendale Arizona, would like to formerly invite you to the Westside Motorcycle Expo.
If the "Burn Rubber" game didn't waste enough time for
you, I'm sure this one will. This is called "Smack the
Penguin". Don't worry, no penguins actually get hurt in this game. Click Here. My best is 310.
If you like animals, music and dancing, then you will like this video. Click Here to view.
As I have said before, commercials are really getting creative to get your attention. Here is one advertising HD televisions that is really funny. Click Here to view.
The moral to this video is: Don't load more on the wagon than your donkey can pull. Click Here to view.
Here is a video from a group that has too much time on their hands. It is called Firehose Rodeo. Click Here to view.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,