Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Well, the middle of May 2006 is just ahead of us and our annual visit from 100 plus degree temperatures are about to make their reminder as to what we have to look forward to for the next few months. Layering weather is now a thing of the past. You can start the day and end it in the same clothing. As the temperatures rise to over 100 degrees here in the Valley, we will start seeing the mid 80's in the daytimes up North, which will be great riding weather.
One of the great things about riding a motorcycle is that it gets you away from the rest of the world and gives you a chance to think. With the busy lives that we all have today, it doesn't seem like we have a moment to ourselves that we can completely get away from all people and the electronic gadgets that keep us tethered to our work. For me, when I am out on the open road on my motorcycle, it is about the only time that seems to be totally mine to let my mind wander, so I try to make the most of that opportunity.
In 1993, Jimmy Valvano, the former basketball coach at North Carolina State gave a speech at the ESPY Awards show and spoke some words that have stuck with me ever since. As he was standing there on the stage, riddled with cancerous tumors, and as it turned out, with only days to live, he said this:
"To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special."
So as I ride my motorcycle I find that I usually take care of all three of these things that Jimmy suggested that would round out our day. I'm always smiling, it is a great time to think, and although I haven't been moved to tears while riding, my emotions are moved to a high level of joy. The reason I bring this up is that last Sunday morning Mrs. C. and I went on about an 80 mile loop to the West side of the White Tank mountains on Sun Valley Parkway and back home which gave me plenty of time to ponder an issue that has been on my mind that I think is becoming very serious and could deal a blow to the fabric of our society for both ourselves and our kids. You might guess that the issue I am referring to is the constant debate about illegal immigration.
I am not an expert on this subject and don't pretend to be a politician. But I am a realist, and I believe this is a problem that needs to be dealt with to preserve this Country as we know and love it. As I was riding and thinking about this issue I realized how disappointed I am in our leadership over the last 20 years that would have let this problem get so out of hand. I lay equal blame to the Republicans and Democrats. They've all had a crack at it. As I listen to some of them talk, it is almost as if we are not even talking about the same subjects. I know there are a lot of moving parts to this issue, and we can't undo in a day what has taken 20 years to get to this stage, but I believe if we just did 3 things to begin to stop the massive flow of illegal's into this Country, then we could figure out the details later.
As I said before, this is a very complex issue, but here are my 3 ideas that would start the process moving in the right direction so that we could get a handle on it.
1. Begin with getting the root of the problem under control. Institute a 1 million dollar fine for any company that hires an illegal alien, and maintain a zero tolerance. Put the onus on the company to make sure they are hiring legal workers by checking ALL available means to ensure that the people they are hiring are legally in this Country. That should make them think twice about hiring them. This would immediately stem the flow to the U.S. If they had no work and no pay, there would be no reason to be here except to sponge off our social services. Amnesty is not the answer. Shutting down their playground is. I don't blame them for wanting to better their life, as long as they follow the rules.
2. Monitor our borders completely. For example, Arizona is 310 miles wide. If we put one person every mile along the border to stand guard until we get this under control. We would only need 930 people for three eight hour shifts a day. We have 130,000 in Iraq, why not put 930 on the Arizona border? This would only cost 28 million dollars a year if every one of them were making 30.000 per year to do this job. A small price to pay when you compare it to what each illegal is costing us now, and it would plug the hole and buy us time while allowing us to deal with this from an offensive instead of a defensive position. Simply enforce the laws that we have. We should put Sheriff Joe in charge of this task.
3. Take this message to those that are making the laws in our Country. Send notice to our elected officials via the polls that either they govern by the will of their constituents or their political days are over. Zero Tolerance. No more making deals in Washington at our expense. Congressman Trent Franks is at least one that seems to have the right ideas. John McCain seems to have gone soft as he plans to run for President. Jumping in political bed with Ted Kennedy doesn't seem like a good start to a Presidential campaign.
I'll be the first to admit that I am not active when it comes to these types of things. I'm not one for showing up and carrying a sign around. But I think it might be time for all of us to do our part to correct this problem while it is a hot topic. And there is a way that all of us on motorcycles could do our part. As usual, when someone starts messing with our Country, motorcyclists are usually the first ones to make a stand. Frosty Woolridge, an author and 25 year feature writer for Rider Magazine and many other magazines has started the 21st Century Paul Revere Ride of 2006. Frosty and a few other riders are going to ride to 48 State capitals this Summer to let our politicians know that it is time to plug the hole in the border that could sink the boat we call home.
The ride will be coming through Phoenix on June 20th and they would like as many motorcycles as possible to come out to show John McCain and other politicians in our State that we are serious about this issue and we are the ones that can advance his career or end it. The plan is to assemble about 9am at Childress Buick dealership for about 30-45 minutes, after which the motorcycles will circle the Mexican Consulate on Camelback in a sort of "Circle the Alamo" pattern. Click Here for more information and the link to the route across the United States. I will have more information about this event in the newsletter as we get closer.
In closing, I am not trying to be a political activist and I am not against immigration from anyone in the world. I am just saying, we need to have them follow the rules that are on the books now and ENFORCE THEM! These laws are in place for a reason, to protect our Country from ILLEGAL immigration doing harm to our Country. I would expect anyone immigrating to the U.S. to follow those laws and regulations just as they would any other law that we have.
I can not understand even a little bit how anyone could stand up and say, "Well, they have already broken the law and we didn't catch them, let's just call it even". I'm sure that if someone broke into these politicians houses, moved in, made it their home, ate all their food and didn't give anything back to them, that they would have them arrested immediately. And I seriously doubt that they would ask them to stay just because after they broke into their house that they made the beds and mowed the grass once a week.
This is one problem that we need to pay attention to and not let it get swept under the political rug. I will leave you with a quote from Teddy Roosevelt that is as poignant now as it was in 1907. I think this is well said and should be the blueprint that we use 100 years later.
Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907.
"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."
Theodore Roosevelt 1907
A great source for immigration information is http://www.immigrationbuzz.com/See the Extras column below for a video.
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.
NEW!! This is a GREAT IDEA!!!
says to ride your two wheels and get wild every Wednesday in May from 6PM to 9PM for raffle prizes, giveaways, great food specials, drinks, entertainment,
and Poker! With this new traveling poker bike night, you could win a $500 gift card from Superstition Harley-Davidson. Just draw a card
each bike-night and on May 31st the best had wins.
The next 3 weeks locations are listed below.
May 10th River Bottom Saloon in Florence $5 all you can eat burger bar will all the fixin’s and great drink specials. Play High Card/Low Card-win and get 2 for 1 drinks. River Bottom is located at 2501 North Highway 79, Florence, AZ 85232.
May 17th Indigo Joe’s in Mesa ½ off appetizers and great drink special. Catch up on sports or enjoy the outside patio. Indigo Joes is located at 2855 North Power Road, Mesa, AZ 85215 (Power Rd. & McDowell.
May 24th Los Gringos Locos in Apache Junction. Extended Happy Hour specials for all who ride up on their bike. $2-$4 food and drinks. Los Gringos is at 280 South Phelps Drive, Apache Junction, AZ 85220 (Apache Trail & Phelps Dr.)
Casey Jones Grill Bike Night. A valley favorite bike night for over 3 years. Ride in and sit out on the patio 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.
Every Saturday and Sunday
The "Hog Pen" at the Roadhouse Bike Weekend. Take a ride and stop by the "Hog Pen" at The Roadhouse, the Hottest New motorcycle patio in Cave Creek where every weekend will be Bike Weekend. Now Featuring a new Breakfast Buffet from 8am - Noon on Saturday and Sunday and Live Music on the patio every Sunday from Noon - 4pm! Grab a seat at the new Hog Pen bar rail and watch the bikes ride by. There is plenty of new concrete motorcycle parking right out front. CCR is located on Cave Creek Rd. in the heart of Cave Creek directly across from Harold's. It is a restaurant and bar that focuses on a broad menu of good food and has a large bar for socializing with your riding pals for a good time. It is built to look like something out of the 1800's, but it is brand new. Stop by this weekend for lunch, dinner or just to have a drink and take a look at the place. I can tell you that their hamburgers and steak fries are exceptional. Mrs. C. had the swordfish and said it was very good.
Live Music Every Weekend:
Friday: Live Music with "4 Left Turns" 9pm - 1:30am
Saturday: Live Music with "Easton Ashe" 9pm - 1:30am
Sunday Afternoon: Live Music with "Dok and Gal" Noon - 4pm
Sunday Evening: Live Music with "Uncle Mike" 4-8pm
Click here for the Cave Creek Roadhouse website. 480-575-3098
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. Live Music from 10am on the patio.
And Sunday Brunch Just Got Better! You now have 3 options to choose from.
Option #1: Eggs Benedict – Grilled English muffins, smoked ham, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.
Served with your chose of fresh fruit or crispy potatoes. ($8) or Sugar’s Pancakes – You won’t eat pancakes anywhere else. Buttermilk pancakes served with butter and syrup. ($5)
Option #2: Can’t 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 email@example.com . 480-970-6556.
May 7th - 14th
Skip the florist and the mall and do your Mother's Day shopping with Chester’s Harley-Davidson. We have special gift ideas to bring out the adventure seeker in her and get her ready for summer riding. This year, pick up somethin' special for mom, and get her a pretty bag, too! Chester's Mother's Day Special runs May 7th through the 14th, and we've got a smokin' deal for you… fill a flower bag to the top, and take 10% off everything in the bag! While you're here, get some Harley essentials for yourself. Excludes sales items. Not valid with any other promotions or discounts. Parts & Accessories, motorcycles and labor not included. Not that motorcycles or labor would fit anyway! Chester's Harley-Davidson is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404. Click Here for Map.
May 13th & 14th
Biker Mama Madness. Forget the flowers and candy this Mother’s Day, give your mom the gift she’s been revvin’ for …give her a Harley! Bring your mom over to Superstition Harley-Davidson on Mother’s Day weekend for ‘Biker Mama Madness’! May 13th & 14th.
Saturday, the 13th, We will be featuring a $3 build your own taco salad – and sample the newest energy drink from 11am-1pm- proceeds to benefit Project Help. All day, spend $100 or more in MotorClothes® and spin the wheel for great prizes plus FREE Chair massage.
Sunday, the 14th, - We will have prizes for anyone who spends over a $100 – like
10%, 20%, or even 30% off of your entire purchase just by picking
a flower! Best of all, you can enter-to-win our featured mother-of-pearl- diamond watch, with over 20 diamonds!
Drawing will be on Mother’s Day @ 3pm but the fun will be all weekend long! Superstition Harley-Davidson
is located at 2910 W. Apache Trail in Apache Junction, AZ. 480-346-0600. Click Here for Map.
Saturday, May 13th
Cliff Castle Casino Ante Up For Kids Spring Poker Run. This is annually one of the better poker runs of the year. A chance to get out of the heat, a good route to ride, great prize money and excellent organization. Cliff Castle Casino will host this year’s Ante Up for the Kids Spring Poker Run charity event benefiting Toys For Tots of Northern Arizona. Participants (riders & passengers) will begin their 109-mile journey from the casino at 10am, to qualify for prize money totaling $3,000. Stops include Prescott Valley, Mingus Mountain, Cottonwood, Windmill Park in Cornville and ending at the casino. Participants will each receive five entries for the Thunder Valley Rally grand prize giveaway, a custom $25,000 old school chopper to be awarded on September 24th, a commemorative ride t-shirt (while supplies last) a ride pin, a $10 cash coupon, and a $5 Blackjack Match Play coupon. Register online at www.cliffcastle.com. Same-day registration is from 8am-10am. Reservation fee is $25 per participant. Same-day registrations will only be accepted in cash. There will be a continental breakfast served during registration and live entertainment from 3-7pm. Cliff Castle Casino is located off of I-17 at Exit 289 in Camp Verde, AZ. For more information call 928-567-7999.
Wednesday, May 17th
Run For The Wall XVII. "Riding in Freedom for Those Who Can't",
Veterans from all wars and their supporters will begin their annual pilgrimage across the heartland of America.
Most will be riding motorcycles. Its purpose is to create a groundswell of support for ALL AMERICAN PRISONERS OF
WAR and MISSING IN ACTION from all wars and to help those injured by war, to heal. This 10-day cross-country journey
will include ceremonies with veterans and civic organizations, visits to war memorials, visits with VA hospital
patients and appropriate stops to make sure our POW-MIA's are remembered. Anyone can join the group anywhere along
the route. Everyone and all brands of motorcycles are welcome. On Day 10, May 26th, the ride arrives at the
Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
The Southern Route will be stopping in Phoenix. For those of you that can't go on the ride you can support the riders by gathering along 3rd Street North of Indian School near Steele Indian School Park around 4:00-4:30pm to Welcome the riders to Phoenix. 4:30-5:30pm Visit the VA Hospital & the State Veterans Home. 5:30-6:30pm will be Ceremonies @ Steele Indian School Park. Everyone welcome. FMI: Ray Houston - 602 402-8026 or Jerry Mc Nelly 623- 583-9105.7663 or www.rftw.org .
Saturday, May 20th
Superstition Harley-Davidson Open House. Dear loyal customers, You are cordially invited to attend the exclusive Open House event at Superstition Harley Davidson on Saturday, May 20th from 10AM to 3PM. Unfortunately, there will be no caviar, but there will be plenty of FREE food served by…..the Hooters girls! That’s right! Come check out our ‘oh so hot’ Open House! We will have a Bikini Bike Wash, demo rides, prize wheel, pumpin’ music, sweet door prizes, and of course storewide specials that you won’t want to miss out on! So put on your biker’s best and get ready to kick back and have some fun! Superstition Harley-Davidson is located at 2910 W. Apache Trail in Apache Junction, AZ. 480-346-0600. Click Here for Map.
Saturday, May 20th
Chester's Harley-Davidson Women’s Riding. Attention Ladies!! This is your SPECIAL DAY. Saturday, May 20 from 11am-2pm. Make new friends, pamper yourself, and learn something new. It’s your day, so enjoy it! $20 per person includes:
$10 Chester’s Harley Gift Card, Phoenix Mercury May 25 Home Opener Ticket, Jennifer Gillom, Phoenix Mercury Legend & Other Guest Speakers, Catered Lunch, Interactive Demonstrations, Raffle Prizes, Gift Bags & More!
For a detailed schedule and to REGISTER ONLINE visit http://www.chestershd.com IS LIMITED TO 200 REGISTERED.
Saturday, May 20th
10th Annual Jester Memorial Run. Sign in 9-11am at KA Cycle Accessories, 595 South 6th Street in Cottonwood, AZ. $10 single/$15 couple. This is a Memorial Run for all Fallen Brothers & Sisters presented by the MMAs Verde Valley District. Runs End Party at the Old Corral in Cornville, AZ. Live Music by the "Neon Raiders, Raffles, BFC Bike Blessing, 50/50, Food, & Vendors. Remember fallen Brothers & Sisters. All welcome, Vendors are welcome. Info at 928-649-6020.
As most of you know by now, The cast of Orange County Choppers are making a visit
to Mill Ave. in Tempe this Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-29 to kick off their OCC In America 2006 Tour. This
tour will feature a display of their famous TV Theme bikes, including the NASA Bike and Juniors Dream Bike, 2 live
interactive shows a day with the cast while they build a chopper that will be given to some lucky fan in the crowd.
They will also be doing sessions in the OCC Garage that will feature the cast members going one on one with you,
sharing their skills of building radical choppers. Junior will do a particularly interesting session on design
with Jason on the computer that you will be able to see on the big screens. This should be really fun. There will
also be a Custom Bike Show with 25 invited guest bike builders that will participate. I have seen some of these
and they are FANTASTIC bikes. Click Here for Press Release.
There will be 3 gates that will take pre paid tickets and only one entry to buy tickets. I would suggest buying tickets early to avoid the long lines at the box office the days of the show. There are 2 entrances that will let you in with your advanced ticket and one entrance to buy tickets at the gate. Click here for tickets. If you are interested in being a vendor, you can Click Here to email me for information.
While we are on the subject of immigration, Rush
Limbaugh hits the nail directly on the head with this 2 minute video. Click Here.
OK, here is some payback from the Sport Bike riders for me always putting crashes of them in the newsletter. Check this one out. Tough way to treat a brand new bike. Click Here.
If you have ever wondered what it would be like to take a ride in a Blue Angel F/A-18, this is about as close as most of us will ever get. There are 5 great videos on this page. Click Here.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
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