Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
6/10/09
 

Greetings Riders,
 
It is hard to imagine, but Old Man Summer is really giving us a break this year. Looking at the extended forecast, I'm seeing low to mid 90's for highs through June 20th. In the 28 years of living in the Valley, I can never remember a June as mild as this one. So for all of you that are new to the area, don't get used to it. I'm guessing we will be paying for this in the near future. But enjoy it while you can and ride some of the areas around the State now that will be hotter later.
 
Mrs. C. and I took a great 725 mile ride this past weekend that I will have for you next week complete with lots of photos. But this week I am going to give you an idea that might make the rides that you will be doing a little more enjoyable. This product is something that I have been waiting for a long time that is now finally perfected and works very well. In the past when we have taken our longer multi-day rides and ride on the same bike, we have used the older Chatterbox brand communication device to be able to talk freely as we rode through scenic areas. Mrs. C. especially liked this concept as it kept me from spitting on her every time I would turn my head to say something. I'm sure a lot of you women can relate to that. So the basic concept was good, but it wasn't perfect as there were wires plugged in all over the place and we would always have to decouple when we got off of the bike.
 
When we were not on the same bike, I've always wanted to be able to communicate with Mrs. C. from my bike to her bike. It is especially useful on some of the mountain roads that we end up on to relay debris in the road, cars taking up more than their fair share of the asphalt especially on corners or to just point out different things in the scenery including animals. Now there is a product that is transmitted by a high powered wireless blue tooth technology that works perfect for both applications called the Scala Rider Q2 Multiset made by Cardo Systems.
 
We have tested the Scala Rider Q2 over the last 2 trips and we are extremely pleased with the performance. In fact, we are kind of hooked on the concept. It makes the journey a lot more interesting when you can communicate with another rider that can point out things in the ride that you might not have seen, relay route instructions or to just chit chat along the way. The strength of signal is good for up to 1/2 mile away and works best in a line of sight. It is voice activated and full duplex so you can talk normally as if you were on a phone. If inclined, you could even hook your cell phone up to it and take hands free calls as well as getting instructions from your GPS.
 
Ahhhh, but here is the rub for some people, including myself at first. You have to wear a helmet to use this system. Now before you think that I am coming out in favor of a mandatory helmet law, let me be on the record that I believe riders should have the right to decide whether they wear a helmet or not. Everyone knows that Mrs. C. and I normally don't wear helmets except where there is a helmet law, most notably California, the entire West coast and Canada. Knowing we were going to do a lot of riding in those areas we had invested in some good comfortable HD Jet 3/4 helmets with retractable face shields to use on these rides. What we accidentally found out was that wearing a helmet wasn't nearly as bad as we thought it was going to be. It kept our heads, and subsequently the rest of our bodies WARM and dry when we were riding down the coast, and it kept our heads COOL when riding across Palm Springs in 110 degree heat.
 
I had always believed this to be the opposite, but in high heat, particularly over 100 degrees, we have actually noticed that we can double our distance ridden without having to stop for liquids, due to the fact that we have a good helmet on that keeps the sun from frying our melon and extracting all of the moisture out of our body through our head. However, it is true that it seems that you sweat more if you are moving slow or in traffic due to the fact that there is no wind going over your head to cool it. But the helmet is still protecting your head from the direct sun which is more of an advantage.
 
This whole process has kind of taken me back to when I said I would never have a bike with a windshield. Once I got past the part that I thought windshields weren't cool, I appreciated how much they improved the comfort of the ride. The same thing is happening with the helmet. I still don't like the hassle of dealing with them, the sometimes brief helmet ache that I get with them, and they still aren't cool. But the comfort and protection that it gives me from the elements is tipping the scales in favor of wearing them more, not to mention the safety aspect if you were to fall and hit your head. And now, after adding in the cool technology of communication, I believe we will be regular helmet wearers, particularly on long trips. Believe it or not, after 28 years of marriage, we do still have things to talk about and enjoy it, so the Q2 has been a nice added bonus to our rides.
 
This was not intended to be an expose on helmet wearing, but taking it from someone who has never worn one, to actually finding out the benefits beyond the safety factor is pretty enlightening. If you were ever having that little voice in your head telling you that you should be wearing a helmet, now you have a few other reasons why. The scorching heat that we will be seeing around here on our rides back into the Valley will be a good place to give them a test. 
 
The bottom line is, the Scala Rider Q2 Multiset Bluetooth Communication system is excellent! They have added a new dimension to riding that is very easy to use and one that we really do enjoy. The unit is small and stylish on the helmet, there are no wires to deal with, the microphone is voice activated, so no buttons to push to talk, the sound is crystal clear, it works up to 1/2 mile and the battery life is exceptional. There are many features included with the Q2 Multisets, but I will let you go into detail from the review below. From what I have read, these are the best units at the best value and I would fully agree with that. I Googled "scala rider Q2 multiset" and found them for anywhere from about $250 and up depending on where you get them. Locally, I believe a lot of the dealers carry them as well.
 
I look forward to bringing you our latest ride next week along with several beautiful photos.

Useful Links:
Scala Rider Q2 Multiset
Here is a very comprehensive review of the Q2 Multiset.
 



Bike Nights This Week 

Thursday Night 

The Bike Night At The Billet Bar The Billet Bar was the place to be during Bike Week as well as the rest of the year. Set on the patio and watch the action. 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. 

Only 3 Nights Left!! Bike Night on Thursdays through June 25th
Westgate City Center Bike Night in Association with Cyclerides.comWestgate Bike Night Has Been Extended to June 25th!!! 

For the First Time, The premier entertainment venue in the Valley, Westgate City Center, will Host a night for motorcycles through June 25th. I have been wanting to see a Bike Night at Westgate for a couple of years and it is finally here. If you have ever been to an event at Jobing.com or University of Phoenix Stadium, you are most likely familiar with the Times Square feel of Westgate City Center. Starting Thursday, April 9th, for the 6 Thursdays, Westgate will open up Coyote Blvd. from 6pm - 10pm for parking of motorcycles next to the 6 Million Dollar Dancing Fountains. Restaurants including Margaritaville, Bar Louies, Shout House, Which Wich, Moe's, Kabuki, Johnny Rockets and Hell's Half Acre will have Bike Night food and drink specials and will be welcoming all riders.
You will be given a flyer that will get you the discounts at the participating restaurants.
Discounts include $2.00 Miller Lite, $5.00 Chicken Nachos and $6.95 pulled pork sandwich and fries at Bar Louie's and $3.00 drafts, $2.00 well, $2.00 off Margaritas, Mini Quesadillas for $5.95 and Sliders for $6.95 among other specials at Margaritaville. Sit out on the patios and enjoy the entertainment on the big screen. 
Click Here for full menu of specials
Thanks to our Westgate Bike Night Sponsors - GEICO Motorcycle Insurance, Arrowhead Harley-DavidsonRidenow Powersports and Chuck Franklin Law
Click Here for Photos From the Last 4 Weeks.
Thursday, June 11th will feature motorcycle displays by Arrowhead Harley-Davidson, Ridenow Metro Motorsports, Swift Motorcycle and Victory Motorcycle. 
There will also be motorcycle programming and music on the Huge 30'x50' LED screen located in events plaza. 
What to do:
6:00 pm - 10pm: Displays of
Custom Baggers and Bikes From Arrowhead Harley-Davidson.
Sport Bikes, Cruisers, Rhinos and Spyder From
Ridenow Metro Motorsports.
Come park on Coyote Blvd. and enjoy the music or eat at one of the restaurants.
Music and Videos all night.
Every Half Hour:
Music and Performances by the 6 million dollar Dancing Fountains. 
 
Take a ride to Westgate, located on the SE Corner of the Loop 101 and Glendale Ave. 
Enjoy this beautiful venue that is offering a night just for motorcyclists every Thursday for the next 5 weeks starting April 9th - May 14th. Get something to eat or drink on one of the many outdoor patios in events plaza, watch the video presentations or just join in the fun and view the display of bikes lined up on Coyote Blvd. in Westgate. ALL MOTORCYCLES WELCOME. Click Here for photos of Westgate. Westgate City Center is located at the SE Corner of the Loop 101 and Glendale Ave. Enter Coyote Blvd. from the West next to Jobing.com Arena. 

This Week 

Saturday, June 13th
Katelynn Stinnett National Memorial Ride. This is a memorial ride to honor and remember Katelynn Elizabeth Stinnett from Lexington KY. Katelynn was beautiful 2 year old little girl who was brutally beaten, by (allegedly) her 18 year old babysitter. Come Join The National Memorial Ride to Benefit Arizona Children. All proceeds are going to The Crusaders For The Children MC. We are the Crusaders For The Children! We stand ready to assist children in need - the survivors of abuse or neglect and those suffering through illness. Our crusade is to raise awareness in our local community to recognize the needs of these little ones; every child deserves to have a voice. Check-in/Registration: Rock Springs Cafe, Exit 242 off Route I-17 from 8am - 11am. Food, Live Music, Kick Stands up at 12 noon. Ends at Pennie Lee's (formally Coyote Hill), 12417 W Glendale Ave. at 1pm. 50/50, Auction, Vendors, Food, Prizes, Live Music. Opening band is: Wrestling Rumors, followed by, Lucero & The Blues Crew and our Main Stage Act is Jack Ripper and His Band.
For ride/sponsorship information please contact: Judy Amsbury. 623 628-1969.
curlygrly_judy@hotmail.com

Saturday, June 13th
Supporting Wounded Warriors of Arizona organized by American Legion Riders Post #36. Starts at American Legion Post #36, 5845 E. 22nd  St.  Registration 7:30 am – 9:30 am; last bike in at 1:30 pm.  Cost is $10 / $15 two up.  High hand $150, Low hand $75.  Breakfast, lunch, soft drinks and adult beverages will be available for an additional fee.  Raffle prizes, 50/50, raffle tickets for 50 cents.  A signed U of A Women’s Basketball and Cal dueling pistol will be available.  Vendor info:  520.603.1300. 

Next Week 

Saturday, June 20th
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Father's Day Car Show. For those of you that have been to Arrowhead Harley for a car show in the past, you know that they attract some outstanding cars to display. Now for all you Dad's that get the day to do whatever you want, you can stop by AHD and view all of these fine classic cars from 9am - 1:30pm. You can also grab a Free Hot Dog from 10:30am - 2pm. After you've taken in the classic cars in the paring lot, go inside and check out the Arrowhead HD Father's Day specials including 25% off Men's silk Tori Richards shirts, 25% off HD Ceiling Fans and 25% off all Vintage Metal Signs. Raffles include Diamondback Tickets, $50 Gift Card to Best Western Hotels and $50 Gift Card to McDuffy's and something cool from NAPA Auto Parts. Bikini Bike wash sponsored by McDuffy's. Arrowhead HD is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Dr. in Peoria, Just S. of 83rd Ave. and Bell Rd. 623-247-5542.

Friday-Sunday, June 19th-21st
Chandler Harley-Davidson Father's Day Sales Event. Join a Father's Day weekend full of Food, Fun and Famous Tier Discounts.
Friday: HOG Party 5-8pm. Foothills Chapter HOG Appreciation Night. Music and Food.
Saturday: 9 Year Anniversary Party. Tier Discounts, Money Machine, Bikini Bike Wash, Burnout Pit Contest, Food from Famous Dave's BBQ, DJ Music, $2500 in Raffle Merchandise.
Tier Discounts on Saturday: $1-$200 get 10% Off, $201-$500 get 15% Off, $500 and up get 20% Off.
Sunday: Father's Day Breakfast provided by the HOG Chapter. 10am till it is gone.
Chandler Harley-Davidson is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, AZ. 480-496-6800.
 

Extras 

Skull Valley Cafe
It is no secret that I love bringing you new riding ideas and places to stop. Last fall, coming into Skull Valley, I noticed a little restaurant on my right named Skull Valley Cafe. It is a really quaint little building decorated in a railroad theme that seemed like a good motorcycle stop for breakfast or lunch. So we did a U-Turn back to the place to check it out. As it turns out it is a very cool little place that would make an excellent destination for a breakfast or lunch stop while enjoying a beautiful ride to get there. Seating is available at the counter as well as a few tables inside. The good news is that there is also an outdoor patio to enjoy the great weather while you have breakfast or lunch. They are biker friendly and would love to have riders there on weekends  In fact, for you to try them out, they are offering Cyclerides.com readers a $4.99 breakfast special and a Cheeseburger, Fires and Drink for $6.99. Just mention the Cyclerides.com ad and the discount is yours. My recommendation for breakfast is the Chicken Fried Steak,Scrambled Eggs and Hash Browns. Wow, is that good! (Don't think that is a special though) Give them a try this summer, it is a great destination ride from Phoenix. Skull Valley is just 23 miles North of Yarnell and 11 miles N. of Kirkland Junction and 20 miles West of Prescott. (3045 S. Iron Springs Rd., Skull Valley, AZ) This is a really nice ride for breakfast or lunch that is only 96 miles from I-17 and Loop 101. You could then make the loop around to Prescott and back home for a nice little 200 mile breakfast or lunch ride. Click Here for information page and map. Restaurant hours are from 6am - 2pm Tuesday through Friday and until 3pm on Saturday and Sunday. 

For those of you that like to see things blown up, check out this tank destroying missile. Click Here to View.
 
Ever wonder why it is taking so long to hand the security over to the Iraqi soldiers? Click Here to View.
 
Ok, this one comes with a bit of a warning. It is pretty graphic, but it has been around my email about a dozen times, so I guess most people don't mind watching it. The moral is, don't grab a power line when you are grounded. Click Here to View. 

Video of the Week
This one is a lot of fun. See how creative wild animals and some domestic are to get food. Really funny. 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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