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We are now at that time of year when small groups will get together for Day Rides around the State. Group rides are fun and a good way to spend some time with your friends, HOWEVER..... it can also be a very frustrating time as well if you have some problem children in the group. I'm sure some of you know what I mean already. As with any group activity you do, everyone needs to work together as a team to make it flow smoothly.
Let me set up a scenario. Imagine you are on a football team, the 15 minute halftime has ended and your team has the ball to start the second half. Your team takes the field and is ready for the play, but all of a sudden 2 or 3 of your teammates decide they need to go to the bathroom, take a smoke break or get something to drink, all when the play was about to begin. This would most likely cause the team to not be efficient in playing the game and slow the progress down the field. After a move like that, you would probably not be very excited about having them on the team and might invite them to play the next game.
The same analogy works for riding in groups with other motorcycles. All riders in the group, whether riding the bike or a passenger need to be on the same page to make the day trip desirable for all. I realize that there are many different riding styles, but that will work itself out. What I am referring to are some basic considerations that will make the whole outing flow much better. Here are a few examples of how you can help out the team.
Group Leader: Every group of more than 3-4 bikes should appoint a group leader when planning a ride. This person is not the designated "ride nazi" but is merely responsible for keeping the group moving and on schedule, particularly if you are on a longer ride and are trying to reach a destination by a certain time. He is also responsible for letting everyone else in the group know the route that you are taking so that if someone needs to drop off for some reason, they will know where you are going and how to get there.
Punctuality: This is a big one with group riding and is a basic courtesy no matter what activity you are involved with. I've been in a group where the start time was 8:00am and the last straggler shows up at 8:50am. If you are one of those people that "move kind of slow in the morning" then DON'T PLAN A MORNING ACTIVITY THAT WILL REQUIRE YOU TO COMMIT TO AN EARLIER TIME THAN YOU ARE CAPABLE OF MEETING! Hangovers, Partying Late, Not Enough Sleep, or general Lack of Energy are not good excuses. Drink a Verve or take some Vemma, get out of bed, meet your obligations and take a ride that will make you forget about everything else.
Having the rest of the group wait well past the start time will not endear you to the group, is not respectful of their time and is not a good way to start a ride. If you encounter an unavoidable delay, make sure that you call someone in the group to let them know that you will not be on time and when you could be expected to arrive. At this point the group has the option to wait a reasonable amount of time or you can catch up with them at the first stop. Otherwise, just make it a point to show up on time.
Be Ready To Go: When you show up at the agreed upon start location at the agreed upon time, be ready to go. HAVE A FULL TANK OF GAS, A FULL STOMACH AND AN EMPTY BLADDER. I have been in several groups where it is the start time, we are all saddled up and ready to go and someone announces that they are on reserve and will need to stop at a gas station to fill up. Not cool or fair to the rest of the group that filled up on the way TO the start location. One of your responsibilities of being "on time" includes being ready to ride with at least enough gas to make it to the first stop.
Food: If you suffer from low blood sugar from not eating every hour, then take some crackers or something with you to tide you over to the scheduled lunch stop. Don't stand around talking and then when it is time to take off, announce that "you have to put some food in your stomach" before you go. Take care of these things as transparent as possible without slowing up the whole group.
Bathroom Stops: This is a big one in group riding. If you have 10 people in your group, you are going to have 10 different needs for bathroom breaks. This will usually send the group over the edge faster than anything when you have taken a rest stop for 45 minutes, and then everyone is on their bikes and ready to leave and someone says, "OH, I HAVE TO TAKE A POTTY BREAK". That is the last thing the rest of the group wants to wait for. If you have an active bladder, "pee planning" falls on your shoulders, the group leader cannot do this for you. If you know that you have to go every hour, make that a priority as soon as you stop and then again BEFORE departure time. The group leader will let you know plenty of time in advance of when you are leaving. Don't hold up the rest of the group while they wait for you to relieve yourself.
Gearing Up: When the ride leader announces that you will be rolling in 10 minutes, this is your cue to take care of all of your personal needs of bathroom, food, drink and putting on your riding gear. Especially if there is a lot of layering going on and the need to put on and take of clothing at stops. So you need to be cognizant of how long it takes you to put on your jacket, helmet, gloves, glasses, ear plugs, MP3 player, sunscreen and unwrap your lollipop or gum for the ride. It seems like in every group I've ever been in, when everyone else is on their bikes, with motors running, ready to roll, there is always one last person zipping up a jacket or putting on gloves, and we are setting there staring at them. Don't always be the one everyone is waiting for. Spread it around.
Riding Style: This is a problem in some groups. Usually when you ride with a group you are pretty similar in riding styles, that's why you ride together. But occasionally there will be a new person that will join the group that just "doesn't feel comfortable enough to keep up the pace". That is fine, we would never ask anyone to compromise the way that they ride just to keep up with the group. That is not safe or fair. But, it is also not fair to slow down a group that likes to ride the speed limits and take away their style. What do you do? If you don't feel comfortable at certain speeds, make sure you find out from your ride leader the directions to the next stop, take your time and ride at your own pace, they will understand. But don't expect the rest of the group to adapt to your style. The fun part of riding is enjoying the pace at which you like to ride.
Conclusion: I know a lot of you reading this right now are shaking your head in agreement saying, "we've got one or two of those in our group". We all do. But there are some people that don't realize they are doing these things, and then there are some that don't care. The ones that "don't care", don't get a call the next time a ride comes along. The ones that "don't realize", you can forward this letter to them.
I don't want this to sound like going on group rides with friends is supposed to be equivalent to a military maneuver. It is not by any means, and if it was, I wouldn't do it. It is supposed to be fun, relaxing and a way to see the country in the best way possible, from the seat of a motorcycle and share it with friends. We have all been guilty of one of more of these nuances along the way. I know I have. The bottom line is, that we all need to consider if we are a consistent violator of any of these points above, find a way to improve on them and to respect the time of our friends.
Time is something that is hard to come by these days and we want to use
it wisely. Going on these types of day rides are usually the only window
of riding some of us have for the entire week or possibly the month, and making this time the most enjoyable possible
should be very important to all of us. So if we could put the
"It's all about ME" aside for the group and show
up on time, full of gas, food, water and low on excess bodily fluids at every stop, the group riding world would
be a better place.
Featured Bike Night This Week
E's Grill in Estrella Mountain Ranch.
Take a beautiful evening ride out to E's Grill in Estrella Mountain.
Huge Outdoor Tree Covered Patio, Great Food, Live Music with Dok & Gal at 7pm.
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Highlights This Week
Saturday, June 7th
Renegade Classics Grand Opening Party. After opening nearly two months ago
Renegade Classics is quickly becoming the biker accessory place to shop
and is celebrating with a Grand Opening Party on June 7th that includes 20% off the entire store.
Saturday, June 7th
Chester's Harley-Davidson Ride With Us. TO THE MOVIES!
Ride with Chester's to the Hollywood Theaters in Gilbert to see the new
"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull".
Grill Wednesday Bike Night. What a cool place! For all of you on the West
Side that would like a nice ride off the beaten path of the City, you need to check out the Kalahari Grill on Wednesday
nights. Located in Vistancia just 5 miles West of Happy Valley Rd. and
Lake Pleasant Rd. in Peoria. This is a very nice restaurant with a great indoor horseshoe bar and outdoor pass
through bar that leads to a huge patio where you can relax while watching the sun set overlooking the desert .
Kalahari Grill has an excellent menu and seriously good food and service. Enjoy Live Music on the patio every Wednesday for Bike Night from 7pm. Bike Night Specials include: $2.00 Off All Appetizers, Prime Rib Dinner $13.00,
Domestic Drafts $2.50, Imported Drafts $3.50. Mrs. C. recommends the Ahi Tuna Tartar Appetizer. For more information
call: 623-594-5947. Kalahari Grill is located at 28615 N. El Mirage Rd. in Peoria, AZ. Click Here for Photos Map and Menu.
Kalahari Grill would also make the perfect Poker Stop for your next run.
Chesters's Harley-Davidson Bike Night at Sluggo's Sports Grill. Join the crew at Chester's Harley-Davidson Every Thursday night for BIKE NIGHT at Sluggo's Sports Grill in downtown Mesa from 6-9pm. Enjoy Food and Drink specials, Raffles and plenty of TV's to watch your favorite sporting event. Ride in with Chester's group. Kickstands up at 5:30pm. Sluggo's is located 161 N. Centennial Way in Downtown Mesa. For more information call Chester's HD at 480-894-0404. Click Here for more information.
E's Grill Thursday Bike Night. LIVE MUSIC with Dok & Gal every other Thursday starting June 5th. But take a beautiful ride out to Estrella Mountain to E's Grill every Thursday night. Enjoy their huge outdoor patio and entertainment area complete with stage and 3 large screen TV's. Equipped with one of the best mist systems you will find. Band plays outside. Enjoy E's Great Food and drink. Bike night specials include 1/2 off Appetizers and Happy Hour All Night Long. If you haven't been to E's, it is worth your ride out on Bike Night to enjoy Live Music, Great Food and a Good Time every other Thursday with Dok & Gal. And don't forget the Weekend Brunch to get your ride started. E's is located 8 miles South of 1-10 on Estrella Mountain Parkway. Turn right at the first stop sign in Estrella to 17750 West Elliot Road in Goodyear. You will have to take Dysart or Cotton Ln. South of 1-10 right now as Estrella Exit is closed.
Vito & Nick's II Thursday Bike Night. A NEW Bike Night for the SOUTHEAST VALLEY.
Vito & Nick's II is putting their great outdoor patio to good use on Thursday nights with an all new bike night. This is a brand new location that features an outdoor patio, a comfortable dining area and bar. Bike night specials include $1.00 Off All Beer, $2.00 Off All Appetizers, $2.00 Off All Shots, $2.00 Off All Large Pizzas, Raffle Prizes. Get your raffle ticket when you ride in. Plenty of outside seating and dining inside. Stop by this Thursday for some Great Food and Fun! Vito & Nick's is located at 3321 E. Queen Creek Rd. (SE Corner of Queen Creek and Higley Rd.) 480-279-4482. Click Here to see Vito & Nicks.
Hooter's Thursday Bike at Peoria location. The parking lot will be blocked off and it will be a night for MOTORCYCLES. Ride by Hooters in Peoria every Thursday night for Prizes, Giveaways every 1/2 Hour, Specials and of course great service by the Hooter's Girls. Enjoy $2.00 Bud and Bud Light Pints and $5.00 Bombers as well as those tasty Hooter's Wings. Sit on the huge outdoor patio and watch your favorite sporting event or inside with TV's every where you look. Enjoy this perfect riding weather with a ride to Hooter's this Thursday. Plan to check out the first night. 16550 N. 83rd Ave. just South of Bell Rd. 623-776-0123.
Fuzzy's Southwest Sports Grill Bike Night. Riders on the far west side in the Surprise area finally have a Bike Night. The brand new Fuzzy's Southwest will be hosting a bike night on Thursday Nights. Fuzzy's features an outdoor patio, 17 HD TV's, Pool Table, Large Horseshoe Bar and all glass front to see the bikes roll in. Enjoy Great Food, Pool, and Your Favorite Sporting Events all on new Flat Screens every Thursday Night at The Newest Bike Night In the Far West Valley. Bike Night Specials Include: 2.25 Corona's, Corona Light, Dos XX, Dos XX Amber, Pacifico, Tecate. $3.00 Jalapeno Poppers. $4.00 Super Spuds. $5.00 Chicken Tenders. $6.00 Baby Burgers. From 6-9pm. Fuzzy's is located 18795 N. Reems Rd. in Surprise at the corner of Reems and Grand Ave.
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.
Salty Senorita Sunday Biker Brunch. Sunday from 10:00am - 3pm. Stop for a great brunch, some giveaways and the Salty's VIP Card good for 15% off of your food. This is a great location for brunch on the West side, you will not believe how cool this place is. Mrs. C. and I had it last Sunday and it was excellent while dining on their 3000 sq. foot outdoor patio with great music and an excellent sound system that backs up to the baseball field at Peoria Sports Complex. Salty's Sunday Brunch features a "Build-Your-Own Omelet for just $7.99, possibly the best omelet you will ever have, or you can order off of Salty's Super Brunch menu. Salty's also has a Create-Your-Own Bloody Mary. Plan to make the first one on Sunday, April 13th. Salty's in Peoria is located at 8011 W. Paradise Lane just one block South of Bell Rd. and one block East of 83rd Ave. See you this Sunday. See Photos of "Who Was There" previous Sundays.
Saturday, June 7th
Renegade Classics Grand Opening Party. After opening nearly two months ago Renegade Classics is quickly becoming the biker accessory place to shop and is celebrating with a Grand Opening Party on June 7th that includes 20% off the entire store. Renegade Classics is one of the nicest stores in town and carries everything from “boots to helmets” and is part of a 50 store group that pools their buying power and passes along the savings to fellow riders. For the party food will be provided from 11-2 courtesy of Haps Barbeque Pit along with music, entertainment and the Renegade Classics Girls doing a bikini bike wash. Some guest vendors will include Purple Slice Detailing Products, Arizona Victory Motorcycles, Big Bear Choppers and Caricatures by Jason “cheeseman” Myer. Be sure to check out the special "Travel Section" for all of those needed items to take on a trip. A very nice store. Renegade is located at 3102 E. Cactus Rd. in Phoenix. Easily accessible 1 mile West of the 51 on Cactus. Hours Monday - Friday 10-6. Sat. and Sun. 9-4. 602-595-9597.
Saturday, June 7th
Chester's Harley-Davidson Ride With Us. TO THE MOVIES! Ride with Chester's to the Hollywood Theaters in Gilbert to see the new "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull". Registration from 10am -10:45am. Kick stands up at 11am. First 20 people to register get 2 free movie tickets. (You must Pre-Register). Call now to reserve your spot. 480-894-0404. This is a Free Ride for all Chester's Customers. Chester's is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ.
Saturday, June 7th
East Valley ABATE Spaghetti Feed. Ride by and support the East Valley ABATE while eating a plate of Spaghetti for only $5.00 per plate. Saturday, June 7th from 6-9pm. Menu includes Spaghetti, Meatballs, Garlic Bread, Salad and Dessert. There will also be Games, Entertainment, Door Prizes, $100 Game Prize and More. This all takes place at The Eagles located at 2314 E. Apache Blvd. in Tempe, AZ.
Friday and Saturday
June 13th and 14th
2nd Annual Rumble On 66. The roaring sounds of motorcycles will be heard in Williams, Arizona June 13th & 14th with the 2nd Annual Rumble on 66 Bike Rally. A large number of riders are expected to return to the cool pines of Northern Arizona to attend the Rumble which is sponsored this year by Wild West Junction, Twister's 50's Soda Fountain and Route 66 Place and the Williams Grand-Canyon Chamber of Commerce. Special Events that have been planned include bike games, a bike show and a Williams to Flagstaff ride to the Arizona Snow Bowl. Special discount coupons will be offered to all registered riders for the "Sky Ride" at the Arizona Snow Bowl for that day. Lots of Vendors and live entertainment featuring "Shut up and Drive" will be happening both Friday and Saturday. Special reserved bike parking will be available on Route 66.
The welcome/on site registration booth will be open from 12pm to 8pm Friday June 13th and 8am to 8pm on Saturday June 14th. Bike games, bike show and northern Arizona ride will all take place on Saturday. A special limited edition Rumble shirt and pins will be on sale all weekend to commemorate the event. You get these items free with your pre-registration of $25 per rider. To pre-register or for more information on this fantastic event log onto www.wildwestjunction.com or call Jan at 928.635.4512 or the Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce at 1.800.863.0546.
Saturday, June 14th
Inaugural Bike Night at Chase Field. Join Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson as we take in a ball game at the Inaugural "Bike Night at Chase Field"! Ride with us from the dealership at 4 PM to watch the Diamondbacks take on the Kansas City Royals. Pre-Ride Refreshments available at 3 PM. Motorcycle Parking will be available in a designated lot by the ballpark for $5. All purchases include a ticket to the game, Ride Bag compliments of the Law Tigers, and a $3 donation to support MDA. First 25,000 fans will receive a free D-Backs Floppy Cap. Baseline Box - $35, Baseline Reserve - $23. Bull pen Reserve - $18. Click Here to learn how to purchase your tickets online. Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson is located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix. For more information call 602-971-3400.
Saturday, June 14th
Chester's Harley-Davidson Father's Day Celebration. Attention All Father's! Breakfast and Lunch ARE ON US!! We will feed Dad from 9am - 1pm. Try your luck in some Manly Man games to win Chester's Big Bucks. Big Bucks are for in June 14th only. One prize per person. You can also take advantage of HUGE Deals at the Part's Discount table. Need more Torque? $100 off Stage 1 kits for the entire month of June. You will also enjoy a visit from Man's best friend, courtesy of the Humane Society. Chester's HD is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404.
Saturday, June 14th
Andrea's Closet Christmas in June Charity Toy Run. This is a Motorcycle/Car event to benefit Andrea's Closet at St. Joseph Hospital. Registration at 8:00am at Arrowhead HD and will conclude with delivery of toys at St. Josephs. Last years event had around 100 bikes (all Kinds) and 25 cars. This year we will be starting at Arrowhead Harley Davidson and ending up at St. Joseph's Hospital. We collected 1300 toys last year and are looking to double that this year. This is a great event for anyone there is no charge, for every toy you bring you get a raffle ticket and we have great raffle items again this year. You can also buy tickets, we are also selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a custom Pat Tillman custom Chopper built by Evolution Custom Cycles buy one for $20.00 and you also get raffle tickets for other great prizes. This is all for kids come out and have fun. More information: Kenny Brunk at 623-556-7608 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Wednesday, June 18th
Hacienda Harley-Davidson Ladies Night. ATTENTION LADIES! This is an evening just for you! Event starts at 7pm. $10 admission includes 2 beverage tickets, appetizers, gift bag including a $10 gift certificate. The evening features:
Hacienda Studs Fashion Show, Special Guest Appearances, Shopping Specials, Fantastic Door Prizes, Raffles and More. Invite your friends. All ladies welcome. Reservations for this evening are highly recommended. For more information or to R.S.V.P. call Andreanne at 480-905-1903. Hacienda Harley-Davidson is located at 15600 N. Hayden Rd. in Scottsdale.
Product Review - Purple Slice One Step Detailer
Every once in a while a product will come across my desk that actually works and
does what they claim it does. Purple
Slice One Step Easy Detail is one of those products. I am one of those riders that likes to keep my bike clean all the time and am particular
about what I use. So finding a product that will help me do that quickly and easily is of real value to me. After
trying many detail products over the years that were just OK, I was not expecting Purple Slice to be any different.
But after spraying some Purple Slice on my microfiber rag and making a few passes over my gas tank, I knew this
product was different. I don't know what is in this, but it works extremely well as a one step detailer
that cleans and leaves a lustrous shine. Another area that Purple Slice excels in is the removal of splattered
bugs. This is a problem area for everyone. I've even been known to pull out a razor blade to scrape bugs off.
I sprayed Purple Slice directly on my windshield, let it set for 15 seconds and the bugs wiped right off amazing
me with every pass of the rag. Not only that, it leaves a nice water-resistant shine on the shield. Purple Slice
is also great for chrome, mirrors and even the windows in your house. Contains no flourocarbons, VOC's and is safe
and bio friendly. I would highly recommend this product if you are a fan of keeping your bike clean and shiny the
Another product in the Purple Slice family is Wet Wet. Along with a clean bike I also like the tires to shine as well. Wet Wet is a clear, non-foaming coating that provides a water-resistant high gloss shine. This product brightens and renews and vinyl, rubber or plastic surface. I even spray it on the engine for a nice shine overall. It works especially nice for those with black engines. Once again, I was extremely impressed with Wet Wet and Purple Slice and would highly recommend both. You can purchase and see demos of both of these products this Saturday at the Renegade Classics Grand Opening. Wet Wet is $14.95 for a 12 oz. can. Happy Cleaning. Or you can Click Here to order online.
Not sure why this was shot, but it is some pretty good special effects. Maybe someone out there knows where this came from. Click Here to View.
I don't know the story behind this one. But someone didn't check the height restrictions before floating their boat under this bridge. Click Here to View.
So you think getting on a Southwest Airlines flight is tough? Check out the boarding procedures on this Asian train. That is what I call "packed in". Click Here to View.
Everyone likes to watch a good car chase from the air. Here is one from right here in Arizona. This is one lucky guy. Click Here to View.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"