Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
3/11/09
 

Greetings Riders,
 
Well, after a 2 week hiatus from riding to let things heal, I couldn't wait any longer and finally got back on the bike late yesterday afternoon for some "moto therapy". Wow! I Almost forgot how good it was. For those of you back East, you might want to tune this part out, but it was a beautiful sunny 73 degrees as I hopped on the Road Glide at 5:15pm to head out of this city for some HD R&R. Started out with a t-shirt but soon added a sweatshirt as the sun was dropping below the mountains as I cruised Lake Pleasant. I wasn't the only one enjoying the desert as 6 hot air balloons were landing all around Carefree Hwy. and Lake Pleasant Pkwy. It only ended up being about a 40 mile ride, but it sure was needed. For you John Travolta fans, you might enjoy this. You have probably heard that he is the pilot for his own Boeing 707 that he actually parks at his house. In fact, I have read that Travolta is the only private citizen in the U.S. to own and operate a Boeing 707. He employs a cockpit crew of six. "He uses the 707 as the family van, the Gulfstream is his sports car." Don't know what he is doing in town, but in my travels yesterday, I happened to see his jet parked at Deer Valley Airport in Phoenix. Here it is. Travolta is an Ambassador-at-Large for the Australia based Qantas Airways.
 
If you ride a motorcycle I'm sure you have heard a few of these comments from your friends, family or co-workers.

"You are crazy to ride a motorcycle", "You are nuts to ride a motorcycle in this town", "You can't be very smart if you are going to get on the motorcycle today", "You are just plain dumb to ride a motorcycle from here to Canada when you could get there in a plane in 3 hours." In the past we respond with our own opinion. But beyond that, we just had to listen to these kind of comments without much of a scientific rebuttal. That has all changed. You can now refer to a study that shows that you are actually more cognitive alert than they are.  
 
Thanks to research by Ryuta Kawashima in Tokyo, we now have the technical information to back up what we already know. The following is a story done by AFP that says that riding motorcycles helps keep you young.
 
TOKYO (AFP) – Riding motorcycles helps keep drivers young by invigorating their brains, the scientist behind popular "Brain Training" computer software said Wednesday, citing a new scientific study.
 
"The driver's brain gets activated by riding motorbikes" in part because it requires heightened alertness, Ryuta Kawashima said after his research team and Yamaha Motor conducted a string of experiments involving middle-aged men.
 
"In a convenient and easy environment, the human mind and body get used to setting the hurdle low," he warned. "Our final conclusion is that riding motorcycles can lead to smart ageing."
 
Kawashima is the designer of "Brain Training" software, which incorporates quizzes and other games and is available on the Nintendo DS game console under the name "Brain Age" in North America.
 
A self-professed motorcycle fan, 49-year-old Kawashima cited a new study conducted jointly by Yamaha and Tohoku University, for which he works.
 
One experiment involved 22 men, all in their 40s and 50s, who held motorcycle licenses but had not taken a ride for at least a decade.
 
They were randomly split into two groups -- one asked to resume riding motorcycles in everyday life for two months, and another that kept using bicycles or cars.
 
"The group that rode motorbikes posted higher marks in cognitive function tests," Kawashima said.
 
In one test, which required the men to remember a set of numbers in reverse order, the riders' scores jumped by more than 50 percent in two months, while the non-riders' marks deteriorated slightly, he said.
 
The riders also said they made fewer mistakes at work and felt happier.
 
"Mental care is a very big issue in modern society," said Kawashima. "I think we made an interesting stir here as data showed you can improve your mental condition simply by using motorbikes to commute." 

Now you can tell your friends, family and co-workers that you are smarter and feeling younger because you ride a motorcycle with the data to prove it.
 
As the late great Paul Harvey used to say, "Now you know the rest of the story".

 



Highlights This Week
 
NEW!!
Sugar Daddy's Biker Brunch on the Patio.
Sugar Daddy's is back with their Sunday Biker Brunch from 10am - 1pm.


 
Bike Nights This Week
 
Wednesday Night 

Sandbar Mexican Grill Wednesday Bike Night. Stop by and try your hand at the Wii Bowling Tournament every Wednesday 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. 

Thursday Night 

The Bike Night At The Billet Bar. Saturday, March 7th, For One Night Only, The 74th Street Band Live From 9pm till Close.
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. 

Dirty Doggs Thursday Bike Night presented by Renegade Classics. The Dirty Dogg Saloon and Renegade Classics of Phoenix join forces to host one of the best Bike Night’s in the valley every Thursday.  Each week a free raffle will take place along with door prizes for both guys and gals, drink specials and of course the Dirty Dog Girls doing their thing on the bar.  The hours are 7-10; 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. 

Sunday 

Sugar Daddy's Biker Brunch on the Patio. Sugar Daddy's is back with their Sunday Biker Brunch from 10am - 1pm. Start your day on the huge outdoor patio with the $4.00 Bloody Mary bar. Then go for the build your own breakfast for $9.99 or other breakfast plates including the "Country Breakfast", "Farmers Breakfast" or "Mexican Breakfast" for as low as $6.99. As always, enjoy the fabulous 5000 Sq. Ft. outdoor patio on Scottsdale Rd. Just South of Old Town. Sugar Daddy's is located at 3102 N. Scottsdale Rd. in Scottsdale. 

This Week 

Saturday, March 14th
Ride the Track to Save a Family. On March 14th at Firebird! T.E.A.M. Arizona and Aztracktime are inviting you to come ride the track, improve your riding skill, have fun and help Save a Family! Click Here for Details.
 
Saturday, March 14th
Abby's Angel Ride. Join us as Shenanigans Bar & Grill hosts the seventh annual Abby's Angel Ride to raise money for services and programs benefiting children in Arizona with Down syndrome. The event begins with registration and breakfast at 8:am at Shenanigans at 2244 W Bell Rd in Phoenix. The ride starts at 10:am  and goes to the community of Cave Creek and returns to Shenanigans by 4:pm. Ride is a poker run with stops at Big Daddy's Sports Lounge at Cave Creek & Peoria in Phoenix, Buffalo Chip in Cave Creek, Roadrunner Steakhouse in New River (BBQ lunch stop), and Lakeside Bar & Grill at Lake Pleasant Blvd. & Happy Valle Rd in Peoria. Entertainment, raffle and auction await riders as they arrive at Shenanigans. Registration is $25 for singles and $35 for doubles. Registration includes breakfast, lunch & ride pin. All proceeds from the event go Whispering Hope Ranch Foundation to benefit children with Down syndrome. Children of Arizona with Down syndrome Thank You for your generous spirit and cooperation in this fund-raising and fun event. www.abbysangelride.org
 

Saturday, March 14th
1st Annual Yell and Tell Ride. Join Jean Davidson, granddaughter of the founder of Harley-Davidson and Buddy Stubbs, as they lead a ride to support Jean's charity for children "Yell and Tell". Great 85 mile ride starts at Buddy Stubbs on Cave Creek Road, stops at Bartlett Lake and then ends at Buddy Stubbs in Anthem. Great raffles prizes and lunch at end of ride. Jean will be autographing her book! Come ride with a legend for just $20, raffle ticket, lunch, pin and patch included! Passengers $15. Register at Buddy Stubbs AZ H-D or by calling 602-971-3400. www.buddystubbs.com
 

Sunday, March 15th
MMA of AZ Westsiders NCOM Fund Raiser. Sign in 9am to 10am at Chuy's Mesquite Brolier 5134 N 95th Ave Glendale, AZ cost is $5/person. Stop 2: Hooper's Pub 5114 W Northern Ave. (NW side of Northern & 51st Ave). Stop 3: 50/30 Lounge 5030 W Peoria Ave. NE side of Peoria & 51st Ave) Stop 4: Throttle Up Motorcycle 5030 W Peoria Ave. (Next door to 50/30 Lounge). Last Stop: Ramjet Racing Performance Cycle 9th Annual Customer Appreciation Day 13207 N Cave Creek RD Phoenix, AZ. High score winner will be announced 1pm at the MMA Booth Free BBQ Lunch on Ramjet DJ Rocking the place out 50/50 and lots of Give A Ways. Everyone is Welcome FMI 623-433-6503 Mojo. amusmcwalker@aol.com
 
Sunday, March 15th
2nd Annual Riding for the Wounded. Leathernecks MC, KaBar Chapter, will be putting on the 2nd Annual Riding for the Wounded. Raffle prizes, 50/50, silent auction. Sign in at Ironhorse V-Twins, 8550 N. 91st Ave, Peoria from 9:30 - 11:00 AM. $20 Single and $30 Double. Includes food for first 50 sign ups 

Next Week

 

Saturday, March 21st

Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Chili Cook-Off. Benefiting the Arizona Burn Center. Event time 11am - 3pm. People's choice chili starts at 11am. Red Chili turn in at 2pm. Stop by and pick your favorite chili.
DEMO Rides Saturday and Sunday. Everyone is curious, including myself, about how the new 2009 touring bikes ride with the new frame design. The Harley-Davidson Demo Truck is going to be at Arrowhead Harley on March 21st and 22nd making this is the perfect opportunity to try out the new 2009 Harley-Davidsons. Come early to get your name on the list to get a chance to ride your favorite bike. Demo rides are from 10am - 4pm. Arrowhead HD is located at 16130 Arrowhead Fountain Center Dr. in Peoria, AZ. 623-247-5542.
 

Saturday, March 21st
Anthem Harley-Davidson Countdown to Bike Week. Is your bike ready for Bike Week? Buddy says come on out to Buddy Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson an take advantage of a $39.95 oil change to get you ready for the miles you will be putting on during Arizona Bike Week. While you are waiting for your oil change, do some shopping and enjoy 15% off of everything except labor and motorcycles. There will also be Free Hot Dogs and Drinks from 11am - 3pm. Don't miss your opportunity for DEMO RIDES! Finally take that test ride on the Harley-Davidson that you have been wanting. KDKB will be on site Live with Concert Tickets and Giveaways. Anthem Harley-Davidson is located on the West side of I-17 four miles North of Carefree Highway at Exit 229. Address is 41715 North 41st Dr. in Anthem, AZ. 623-465-1122. www.anthemhd.com
 

Saturday, March 21st
Biker Extravaganza at the Trackside Sports Bar &  Grill. Join the fun at this once per month Biker Extravaganza at the Trackside Sports Bar & Grill hosted by Quick Throttle Magazine. Trackside is a great new Sports Bar located just North of Surprise on Grand Ave. featuring 4000 square feet of Lounge, Pool, Darts and multiple TV's to watch your favorite sporting event. Enjoy:
*Live Music with Doc & Gal

*Vendors

*Drink Specials

*Food Specials

*Bike Only Parking

Noon till ? 50/50 Raffle benefits the "The Crusaders". Trackside is Located at 27806 US 60. Just 6 miles North of Bell Rd. on Grand Ave. 623-388-0800.
 
Saturday, March 21st
Loops for our Troops. Join Spring of Life Christian Church as we honor our troops and Veterans with the "Loops for our Troops ride" followed by a welcome home party for all who have served. This is a Free Event. Registration 10:00 11:30am. at 1330 South Crismon Road, Mesa, Arizona. Event time - 11:30 - 3:00pm. We're on the northwest corner of Crismon & the US-60. Free Ride Pins to the first 150. Lunch provided after ride.
 

Saturday, March 21st
2nd Annual American Hero Run. Support Our Veterans. Registration 9:00-10:00 am, Poker Run-Two Top Hands Prizes, Door Prizes and 50/50 Raffles. $15.00 Singles $25.00 Couples. Food, Fun, Drinks. S.T.A.R.R Band Live at 3:00. VFW Chandler Post #7401, 751 S. Arizona Ave, Chandler 480-963-1777.
 

Saturday, March 21st
Lotto Charity Run. This charity run is to benefit Ofc. Richard Zvarra, who works for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. In January Richard was involved in a motorcycle accident that left him with a serious head injury. He is a former Marine as well as a husband and father to 2 small children. He faces more surgery in the future as well as a lot of rehabilitation. The cost for the event is $10 per bike. Extra tickets may be purchased at $5 each. This event is a lotto-style event where numbers will be picked at the four stops. At the last stop numbers will be drawn until someone wins the Grand Prize. All proceeds will go to the Zvarra family. Grand Prize: $100 Cash There will also be a 50/50, and other prizes awarded from the batch of 50/50 tickets Starting Point is Pioneer Restaurant, 3901 W. Pioneer Rd. Phx, AZ. 85086 Exit 225 on I-17. Registration will be from 8am-10am. The ride starts at 10am. After exiting I-17 go West till you see a Pink Cadillac, then make a left. Breakfast will be available for purchase from 6am till start of ride at the restaurant. Ending Point is Western Trails in Morristown, AZ , where food and beverages are available for purchase.
 

Sunday, March 22nd.
Crossroads 3rd Annual Blessing of the Bikes. Registration starts at 9:00 am (Free). Blessing Event Starts at 11:30 am. Recognize those who serve with 21 second salute.  Ride to Honor our Troops.  Live Music after ride.  Free Hotdog, Chips and Water. Free Ride Pin to First 100 Riders. ALL BIKERS WELCOME! CrossRoads, 1000 West Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ 85220. N/W Corner of Apache Trail and Thunderbird. www.forhimweride.com
 

Upcoming Events 

March 27th - April 5th
Arizona Bike Week. Start planning your Arizona Bike Week activities. 

Extras 

Animal clips are always a crowd pleaser and this one is really funny. Anyone who has had a dog has probably seen them having a dream while sleeping. This dog takes it to the next level. Hilarious! Click Here to View.
 
Dogs do have some strange habits. See how this one tends to relieve himself. Click Here to View.
 
Creative commercials are always fun to watch. Fed Ex got creative on this one. You won't know where this one is going. Click Here to View.
 
Have you ever wondered what that customer service rep is doing while you are waiting for them to answer the phone. It might be this guy. Click Here to View. 
 

Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
 
Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
www.cyclerides.com
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