Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Sorry for the delay in getting the letter out this week. I guess when you turn 50 things DO slow down a bit. I want to thank everyone who replied with Birthday greetings last week. I was overwhelmed by the response. Thank you. I was also overwhelmed by the response to the subject of last week's newsletter. The right to wear your helmet and the disdain for Gary Busey seem to carry an equal measure. What I found interesting from the responses is that even the riders who do wear a helmet regularly still believe that it should be their choice to do so. Thanks again for all of your responses and viewpoints. If you missed last week's letter, Click Here.
I would also like to clear up the involvement of Chandler Harley with the commercial and Gary Busey. I talked to Matt Chiappetta, the manager of Chandler and one of their H.O.G. members that was in the commercial. It was solely a commercial to promote Harley's and is a pilot being used to pitch to HD corporate. It was not a pro helmet commercial. Chandler was not aware of Busey's recent media blitz about changing the helmet laws prior to allowing them to use the dealership as a back drop. Chandler HD wants to state emphatically that they are in no way associated with Busey or support any of the pro helmet campaigns that he has in this State. They are pro choice in their stance on the issue. It is unfortunate that they inadvertently got involved in this controversy with Busey. Don't throw the baby out with the bath water. I am sure that they are not involved with Busey or his crusade in any way. Not only that, I can't imagine that Harley-Davidson corporate would buy ANYTHING with Busey in it. While the premise of the commercial is interesting, I'm guessing this filmmaker is re-thinking his choice of actors for this project.
Judging by the amount of replies I got to this article and the passion behind those words, everyone has an opinion on it. I just wanted to share a few quotes from these responses that you might find interesting and entertaining.
"Barry, well-said regarding helmets. Although I wear one, it should not be regulated by anyone else. Kudos to you for the editorial. Also, kudos to you for NOT wanting the association factor with Gary Busey....enough said!"
"Well written Barry, it is a sensitive subject, but like you, I decide when I'm going to where my helmet, and that's MOST of the time."
"Great coverage of the Gary Busy story, both statistically and diplomatically, on your part. Personally I think it should be mandatory for someone as ugly as Gary Busy to wear a full-face helmet anywhere when appearing in public."
"I agree with the freedom to choose. Would the State insure that all helmets are at least DOT rated. After all how many are sold at swap meets. I wear one just to keep my bald head from getting sun burnt and bugs hurt too."
"I'm with you on freedom of choice. A few years ago I compiled data on various fatality causes, since I was getting tired of people harping on my chosen hobbies. The number one killer was heart disease, claiming 711,000 lives in the U.S. in the year 2000. So for every single person killed by not wearing a helmet, nearly 650 are killed by fatty food."
"I have been riding most of my life and admit that my life was saved by a helmet at one time. This is why I wear one if I am in rush hour traffic (a situation where there is no place to go to avoid something happening in front of you), but I prefer and feel much safer riding without one when I'm not in heavy traffic."
"I fall firmly into the choice of helmet category, but wonít impose my views on any brother/sister rider. My choice of wearing a helmet is due to my own experience, where my face and body would have been asphalt polished but for wearing a full face helmet and full leathers. ER nurses generally classify helmet-less riders as ďorgan donorsĒ. Several years ago, the woman who spear-headed the repeal of the FL helmet law died the first day helmets were no longer required, due to a motorcycle crash where she received head trauma injuries."
I also received a letter from the State Coordinator of ABATE of AZ. This is a very interesting read for all that have an interest in protecting our freedoms in the State of AZ. Click Here to read.
If I have not gotten back to you yet, I want to thank all who replied to this article and for all of the Happy Birthday wishes. I recently took a trip to Catalina Island. Stay tuned next week for the story and some great pictures.
This Week's Bike Night Events
Chesterís 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 palateónot 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 Chesterís 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.
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!
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 "Easton Ashe" 9pm - 1:30am
Saturday: Live Music with "Easton Ashe" 9pm - 1:30am
Sunday Evening: Live Music with "Walt Richardson" 1-5pm
Click here for the Cave Creek Roadhouse website. 480-575-3098
Sugar Daddy's Blues Biker Sunday Brunch.
Looking for a place to start the day for brunch or to just cool down? Enjoy Sugar Daddy's patio for brunch ordered off of the menu, a $2 Mimosa or a $4 build your own Bloody Mary bar from 10am - 4pm. You will also enjoy Live Music while dining from 10am on the patio.
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.
Saturday, July 15th
Superstition Harley-Davidson MotorClothes® Moving Madness
Need new gear? Bring your leather loviní, Harley® hailiní, deal digginí self in to Superstition Harley-Davidson, Saturday, July 15th for our 1-Day only MotorClothes® Moving Madness! We want to get rid of as much of our MotorClothes® inventory as possible before our big move. That means you reap the rewards! 30% OFF of all sandals and select T-shirts, 20% OFF select leathers & summer wear, 10% OFF all jewelry, and much, much more! Thatís Saturday July 15th Ė Donít miss out at Superstition Harley Davidson in Apache Junction! 480-346-0600. Superstition Harley-Davidson is located at 2910 W. Apache Trail in Apache Junction, AZ. 480-346-0600. Click Here for Map.
Wednesday, July 19th
15th Annual Ride To Work Day.
This year's fifteenth annual motorcycle and scooter commuting demonstration will increase the number of riders on the road, according to Ride to Work, a non-profit advocacy organization. "Riding to work on this day shows the positive value of motorcycles and scooters for transportation. For many people, riding is an economical, efficient and socially responsible form of mobility that saves energy, helps the environment and provides a broad range of other public benefits," states Andy Goldfine, the event organizer. Motorcycle and scooter enthusiasts and rider organizations worldwide encourage their members to ride to work on this day.
Ride to Work Day helps demonstrate how these vehicles make parking easier and help traffic flow better. Studies have shown that across equal distances commuting motorcyclists reach their destinations in less time than those using automobiles, that motorcycles and scooters consume less resources per mile than automobiles, and that they take up less space on roads. Motorcycle and scooter riders seek improved employer recognition and support for this form of transportation, and more public and government awareness of the positive value of riding.
July 21st - 23rd
Too Broke For Sturgis 2006. Presented by ABATE of Arizona at Mormon Lake Lodge in Mormon Lake, AZ. $25 per person for the entire weekend. $15 per person for Saturday & Sunday. $5 discount for ABATE members. Kids under 17 are free. Poker Run, Live Music, Bike Games, Bike Show, Poker Walk, 50/50, People Games, Wet T-Shirt, Tattoo Contest, Miss TBFS Contest, Motorcycle Raffle for a 2006 FLSTC, Kids Games, Camping, Food, & Libation. Rooms are available for a 10% discount if you mention ABATE, Call 928 354-2227 or fax 928 354-2356 and mention ABATE. RV Spots, Log Cabins, Restaurant, Bar, Gas, General Store, Groceries, Beverages, & Ice, Coin Laundry, & Horseback Riding. Visit www.mormonlakelodge.com. Vendors are welcome, $75 per space, call 602 242-8812. For more information call 602 570-6839.
Need a trailer for a Summer trip? Look no further than Buggmann Trailers. Dual & Single Rail motorcycle trailer kits with all the accessories. Can
be modified to accept up to 108" wheel base. Powder-coated steel and aluminum construction. Quick delivery;
assembles in about 6 hours. Can be seen at www.BuggmannTrailers.com
or call 480 699 4776 and ask for Buggmann. Only $1295/$1195 at your door.
Here is a funny beer commercial. The guys will get a kick out of this one. Click Here.
Here is a VERY impressive video of a jet flying demonstration. Appreciate some of the maneuvers that this thing accomplishes. Wow! This 3 minutes goes by fast. Click Here.