Weekly Update

Greetings Riders,
Whew! This has this been a hot one!
Record high temps, a blistering hot sun cranking out 118 degrees and no shade can make it tough to want to get out and take a joy ride on a motorcycle. But for some reason it still hasn't taken away my desire to ride. I'm not sure how hot it has to get to do that. It's really kind of funny, when I am riding and actually see someone else out on a bike, I immediately start making judgments about this person. Things like: "What is wrong with this guy? Doesn't he know it's too hot to ride?" or "What an idiot! Why would he be riding in 118 degree weather?" or "Man, that guy must really like to ride to be out here in this weather!". And then I remember that I'm doing the same thing as this idiot that I am making judgments about. OH NO! I'M THAT GUY! I don't know what there is about it, but if I need to make a quick trip somewhere I will still walk past the car to get on the bike. Just the other day I was going to run an errand and Mrs. C. said, there's the car, why don't you take that? I said why should I when there is a perfectly good bike to ride? It is still a kick to get out on 2 wheels for a little while even in this heat. Like the old saying goes: "If I have to explain wouldn't understand".
Keeping with the theme from last week about segmenting your rides to the desirable parts of the day I have part 2 of last week's short Day Rides. This is also a ride that you can get done in the morning and be back inside before it gets too hot. But this one has a "Twist". An activity you can do when you reach your destination to kick that adrenaline up just one more notch. Harley-Davidson has the "Fly and Ride Program" for members who want to fly someplace and ride. I have found a place that you can "Ride to and Fly". I am calling this one the "Lake Pleasant Ride and Fly ".
My daughter saw that my chrome wish list was getting a little short and she wanted to find something else to get me for my Birthday. She knows I love flying so she purchased a Parasail Ride for me at Lake Pleasant. The timing was perfect as I was just getting ready to do a Day Ride feature for the Lake Pleasant area. So after taking the Parasail Ride I just decided to combine the two and it is the perfect match. Imagine this: Take a nice scenic ride to the lake, park by the dock, get off and walk to the Parasail boat, and 20 minutes later you are suspended 500 to 900 feet above the water in one of the smoothest and quietest rides you will ever have. It is really cool. You and your spouse or girlfriend can go back to back on the same ride or go out as a group and watch everyone from the boat. They put a life jacket on you, a harness and then hook you up to the parasail. The rope is then slowly released and you are airborne. You don't get wet so you can wear whatever you want. The cost is $35 for 500 foot of rope. You can go higher for $10 for each additional 200 feet up to 900 feet. Parasail runs Wed. - Sun. Before or after your ride you can enjoy a breakfast buffet at the Marina from 8:30 - 11:00 am for $6.50. There is a $6.00 fee to enter the Marina gates. Cyclerides V.I.P. Members will receive $5.00 off on the Parasail Ride.
If you want to see what it is like before you go, I did a really neat video taken from 2 different angles and edited them together with music. It turned out great, this is one you will want to see. You will need Windows Media Player 9 to view the video. Click Here For The High Speed Video.  Click Here for the 56K Dialup Video (2.8mb).
Lake Pleasant is located  just 8 miles West of I-17 on Carefree Highway (Hwy 74). It is very easily accessed from most parts of the Valley as Carefree highway is just 10 miles North of the Loop 101 on I-17. You will find 3 different options on this ride. I have the complete maps, directions, pictures of the area and pictures of the parasailing for you on the Day Rides button on or by Clicking Here. This is a fun little ride to get you out of the house and on your bike. I think you will enjoy the ride and the fly.

Be sure to read the Extras Column below for more "Stuff.
See how you can help out a fellow rider with Leukemia and
A classic joke that all you Harley Riders will love.


This Weeks Events


San Felipes Wednesday Bike Night. How about some good Mexican Food, Good Drinks and a Rockin' Good Time? Then San Felipes is your place in North Scottsdale. Not only are you allowed to dance on the bar at San Felipes...It is encouraged! See the pictures. San Felipes starts out mellow for the dinner crowd and then builds as the night goes on. It really gets going at around 10:00PM when the bartenders sing Karaoke on the bar. Billed as North Scottsdale's Only Dance Party with 100 Tequilas and No Cover, the DJ begins at 8:00 and will be playing your favorite tunes to get you going. And now they are inviting all riders to stop by and join in on the fun. Stop by for dinner and then sit back and wait for the fun to start. Located on the SE Corner of Pima and Thompson Peak Pkwy. There is a big new retail center there that is built to look like an old mining town. Really neat atmosphere with Bike Parking all across the front. San Felipes is easily accessible from just about anywhere. Just 2 miles N. of the 101 on Pima Rd. You can sit inside and eat, watch your favorite teams on the big screen or sit out on the patio and enjoy the evening weather. Bike night specials include: $3.00 Margaritas, $3.00 Bottles and 25% off all entrees.  This is really a fun place. Some of you might recognize the San Felipes name from their restaurant on the Main St. in Flagstaff. Bike night is from 6PM - Close. For more information: 480-563-9495. V.I.P. Cardholders will get 25% Off Entrees all week long.
The Wild Hare Wednesday Bike Night. Looking for a Bike Night on the East side? Here is a bike night for the East side of town at a really nice location. Stop by and take a look, you will be impressed. It is called The Wild Hare located at 4910 W. Ray Rd. That is the NE Corner of Ray Rd. and Rural Rd. This is a really nice place with a very large outdoor patio. The inside has just been remodeled to double the seating along with adding a DJ, pool tables and games. The Wild Hare has a broad menu including 20 different appetizers, salads, wings, 17 different sandwiches, chicken, filet mignon, burgers and desserts including strawberry cheese cake. There will be food and drink specials that will run during bike night from 6 PM till close. This will all start on Wednesday, August 14th. I will have an information page on the event calendar that will give you all the details. Stop by and take a look, I'm sure you will like what you see. Info: 480-897-6200. 

Thursday Night

Chuy's in Tempe on Baseline. Many of you remember this bike night from a few years ago when it was one of the biggest in town before the neighborhood made them shut it down. They are Now Coming Back bigger than ever and excited to once again publicly invite the riders. I remember many a Thursday night making the loop from Chuy's to The Billet Bar to ACME. Now you can even go on up the road to Jetz. Or do it in reverse. Chuy's will be doing raffles every hour for Chuy's Bike Night shirts, Beanies and other prizes. All you have to do is go up to the counter and ask for a ticket. Bike night specials include: $1.50 Long Necks 6-9pm, $2.50 Corona all day, $3.50 Whiskey Rivers, $2.99 Domestic small pitcher, and Tri Tip Sandwich and fries for $5.49. Stop by this Thursday night and relive some of the old times at Chuy's on Baseline. It is always a good time. Chuy's is located at 1831 E. Baseline Rd. in Tempe, just 1 mile West of the 101 on Baseline and 1 mile South of US. 60 on Mc Clintock to Baseline. You can also stop by the Chuy's in Ahwautukee for Sunday Bike Day. More information at 480-777-2905.
Casey Jones Grill Bike Night in Phoenix on Thursday nights. The evening riding weather is still good. You can always count on lots of bikes here. Ride in 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.
Thunder Pass Food and Spirits Lounge Thursday Bike Night.
Far East Siders you now have a nice big place to go on Thursday nights. The newly remodeled and very large Thunder Pass Food and Spirits Lounge will be opening for the first time this Thursday May 29th to kick off their Thursday Bike Night from 6pm to close. Thunder Pass owners are the same as the Spirits Lounge in Gilbert that a lot of you have gone to in the past. Spirits closed the doors on Saturday due to the loss of the lease. Rick's new place, taking the place of Spirits will be Thunder Pass located at 9303 E. Apache Trail in East Mesa. One block East of Ellsworth on Apache Trail (Main St.). They will have ladies night on Thursdays with $1.00 drinks, extensive food menu and a huge dance floor with a DJ. Thunder Pass features 2 patios. One out front and one in the back. Park your bikes right next to you. Rick invites all that have come to Spirits for the last 21 years to the new 300 seat Thunder Pass located on the County island between Mesa and Apache Junction. 

Riders on the East side you now have the Thursday night Scottsdale Rd. Hat Trick!!
Jetz Americana, ACME Bar & Grill and The Billet Bar. Ride to all three.

ACME Bar and GrillRemember when downtown Scottsdale was the place to be? They are back with the complete remodel of the place including the new rooftop bar. You will enjoy a Free Buffet from 8:00-9:30 PM, Drink Specials, Raffles every week, Great Music, Pool and lots of fun in Downtown Scottsdale. Make your plans for Thursday March 20th to kick off the return of ACME. Come early for the free buffet and get your raffle ticket and return at 10:00 PM for the drawing. ACME is located in Old Town Scottsdale at 4245 N. Craftsmen Ct. just South of 5th Ave. and West of Scottsdale Rd. For more information call 480-990-7111. Ride by and be a part of the Rebirth of the Acme Ride Night This Thursday Night.  Click here for details and pictures.

Jetz Americana Thursday Bike Night.

INCREDIBLE would best describe the weather right now for an evening ride.  INCREDIBLE is also the menu at Jetz prepared by Chef James Devine and the INCREDIBLE atmosphere created with DJ Aaron.  Don’t miss any of these this and every THURSDAY!  Preferred parking, delicious menu, and great music can be expected along with specials that run all night!  Nitro Happy Hour starts with ½ price cocktails and a $4.95 appetizer menu from 4-7pm.  Roll right into the Full Throttle Late Nite with $3 domestic bottles, $4 Jack Daniels, and a $7.95 Burger and Brew Special.  Jetz is in the SW corner of Scottsdale Road and Gold Dust, just one block south of Shea behind CPK.  Pull up, park, and party at one of Scottsdale’s finest.  Click here to see the pictures of where you will be going and all of the information.

The Bike Night At The Billet Bar. 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 on Bike Night. 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. Keep an eye on your prized possession (your motorcycle) on the monitors. 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 Easyriders on 3752 N. Scottsdale Rd. Check it out this Thursday night and all weekend long. Info: at 480-941-1876. 

Saturday Night

Saturday Night Bike Night at Broker's Bar and Grill. Need a destination on a Saturday night for some great food and refreshments with other riders?? This is a great little place that reminds me of the show Cheer's. A lot of you already stop at Broker's for the excellent food and refreshments on the patio. Now they are having an official Bike Night starting May 10th from 6pm - Close with several food and drink specials. I'm sure the place will be packed on Saturday nights. Broker's is located on the SW corner of Scottsdale Rd. and Bell Rd. in North Scottsdale next to Paris Paris. Food Specials will be $6.00 Burger meal, $5.00 Chicken Sandwich meal and $1.00 Burger Sliders (each). Drink specials include $2.50 domestic bottles, $3.00 imports, $3.50 drafts, $4.50 Guinness and Black & Tans, $4.50 Well Drinks.  Click Here for pictures and more information.

Saturday and Sunday

Bike Days at The Hideaway
Stop by The Hideaway this Saturday and see a display of some awesome custom motorcycles from Titan Motorcycles.
The HIDEAWAY Grill is the creation of a guy named Mark, a motorcycle enthusiast who loves to ride his Harley-Davidson ! The HIDEAWAY opened in August 0f 1998 and was the only biker friendly establishment in Cave Creek. Since that time The HIDEAWAY Grill has become known World Wide. Any day of the year you can stop in and see some of the most Amazing Show Quality and Road Warrior Bikes in the southwest. Some of the Hideaway events have become legendary.  If you haven’t heard about these then keep an eye on the website for events. At The Hideaway there is something to do every night. Click here for the Weekly Schedule of Events
Monday-Friday: 10am - 6pm: $2 Well, Wine & Domestic Beer. Free Pizza Buffet 3pm - 6pm
Exclusive Bike Shows at The Hideaway with the Hottest Custom Manufacturers:
Jim Nasi Customs: The 1st Saturday of Every Month.
Bourget's Custom Bike Show: The 2nd Saturday of Every Month.
Titan Motorcycles Show: The 3rd Saturday of Every Month.
Ramjet Racing Performance Parts Expo. The 4th Saturday of Every Month.
In addition to the Bike Shows there will be a free Bikini Bike Wash during the shows along with Fun, Food, Entertainment, Vendors and More. 


Sunday, July 20th
Hailey's Live Entertainment Sunday's 
This Weekend - "Joker's Wild with Car and Bike Show 2-6pm". 
Here is your chance to take a ride up the hill to some cooler country to hear Joker's Wild. Stop in at Hailey's for some good food and fun all weekend long. If you are looking for a short ride (only 60 miles from I-17 & Loop 101) this weekend, this is it. They also have a great ice cream parlor. I am giving the 5 spokes award for the best chocolate milkshakes I have had in a long, long time. These things are awesome.  Hailey's Grill is located just 60 miles from the Loop 101 and I-17 at 10434 S. Hwy 69 right next door to the Harley-Davidson shop in Mayer, AZ.  This is a fun ride for some great food and entertainment. For more information call 928-632-4448. Don't forget to use your V.I.P. Card for your 20% off food at Hailey's.
Upcoming Bands appearing at Hailey's on Sundays:
July 20th:
Car and Bike Show and Joker's Wild 2-6pm. July 27th: Combo Deluxe.

Sugar Daddy's Blues Biker Sunday Brunch.
Live Music on the patio from 1-6PM this Sunday
Beat the heat with the coolest outdoor patio in Scottsdale.
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 11am - 5pm. Enjoy live music from 1-6pm and choose from 9 delicious ala carte brunch items or order off of the extensive menu including pizza, salads, burgers or sandwiches. Or maybe just relax on the patio with your favorite beverage and enjoy the beautiful weather and watch the bikes roll down Scottsdale Rd. You can even play a game of pool as you watch the activities on the patio. Don't forget to go inside and see the unbelievable decor inside Sugar Daddy's. It's a Cajun and blues delight. Even if you can't make it   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 . 480-970-6556.

Friday, July 18th, "Combo Deluxe 9pm - 1am".  
Saturday, July 19th, Cave Creek Idol Karaoke Contest 8-9pm
Followed by George and Duane 9pm - 1am
Sunday, July 20th, George and Duane from Mogollon 4pm - 8pm.
CAVE CREEK IDOL KARAOKE CONTEST Saturday July 19 at 8:30 pm.  Sponsored by Ori Custom Homes and hosted by Erika Krueger.  YOU could be the first Cave Creek Idol.  2 winners from each week will advance to the finals.  Cash prizes at the finals.  Bring your friends...the winners each week are selected by audience applause.
GEORGE & DWAYNE OF MOGOLLON - Saturday July 19th, 9pm - 1am. Sunday, July 20th from 4 - 8 PM.
We are keeping the Sunday Bike Day going for you!  Come party with George & Dwayne, have a cold draft Bud or Bud Light for only $1.25 and try one of our new menu items, like the Hickory Burger or Hawaiian Burger.
Fandango is located at 6032 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek. 480-595-5633.

This Weekend

July 18 & 19
10th Annual Great Escape Rally
Located in the Kaibab National Forest, at an elevation of 6700 feet above sea level. Williams Arizona offers clear, crisp air, with mild temperatures in July, your Great Escape from the summer heat and the crowded big city.  And the historic district of this once bawdy frontier town now offers glimpses into Williams Arizona colorful past. On Friday night, the Great Escape Rally Kickoff party with live music, and the Bar Stool Races, at the Famous Sultana Bar from 8pm - Midnight.  Then on Saturday at the Events Fair Grounds, there will be Live Music, Vendors, 50/50, Bike Games, Tent and RV camping  and more!  And the popular Great Escape Poker Walk leads you along the brick sidewalks of the historic district Saloon Row. Scenic rides through Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, and more, that you can enjoy during the Great Escape Rally. The 1200 motel rooms and dozens of restaurants make Williams an ideal location, so make your motel reservations early for the event, ride in and have a good time. The Great Escape Rally is open to All Motorcycles! For more information call 928-758-5699.

For more information go to the Rides and Events Calendar on
Next Weekend


Friday - Sunday, July 25th - 27th
Too Broke For Sturgis. This is the second year ABATE is holding "Too Broke For Sturgis" at Mormon Lake Lodge Cost for the weekend is $20 single, $30 couple, or $10 day pass. Includes camping spot, entertainment, games, etc.  FMI: 602-843-2906. Vendors call Steve Musgrave at 602-335-1210. There are public restrooms, showers, washer/dryers. RV hook-up spaces are available at a reduced rate, and cabins are available to rent as well. Call 1-928-354-2359 for reservations. The Chuck Hall Band is playing on an outdoor stage on Friday and Saturday nights in arena. There will be vendors, raffle for prizes, and 50/50 tickets. Poker run Saturday in the pines, will return to MLL in time for bike games in the arena 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm. A bike show will be going on at the same time. Tattoo contest will be held in the evening, after kiddie hours. Other new surprise events will be held. MLL will have more variety of food available this year, always at reasonable prices. Horse back riding is also available. ALL RIDERS ARE WELCOME. This is some of the best country Arizona has to offer! Come and have a great time, while supporting ABATE, Arizona's State Motorcycle Rights Organization. 


There is a fellow rider that needs your help. I have gotten a few emails about Mike Cantrell, a retired Mesa PD motor officer that has been diagnosed with Leukemia and needs blood. Here is the text that I received. "A fellow brother "Mike Cantrell" is in desperate need of blood/ bone morrow. He is to sum it up "one of the best people anyone can know". He is a retired Mesa P.D cop and has given back tenfold to his community and those lives he has touched. In a word "LEUKEMIA" has come into play and he is in a fight. United Blood service has set up a "pint for pint" blood draw at any location, just say retired Mesa cop Mike Cantrell, and they will get it to him. He is at Desert Sam and his beautiful wife Debbie and daughter would appreciate any help in the way of blood/bone morrow. An account has also been set up in his name at Bank of America to defray costs. He is an avid rider and the most genuine man I know and he is always in a good mood, the kind of man that is a real friend. He is a fighter. Thanks for the help. The "Choir Boys" are holding a benefit golf tournament for Mike on August 16th at 7:00 am at the View Point Golf Course in Mesa. For more information contact Chris Alonzo at 602-370-6885. It's always nice to put a face to a story. Here are a couple of pics of Mike and his wife.

And now from the "Local boy makes good department". Paul Yaffe Originals will be featured July 22nd on the Travel Channel in a show called Billionaire Secrets. It is supposed to air at 6pm and 9pm PST. Be sure and check your local listings on that night as these times sometimes change. Paul will also be featured on the Discovery Channel on September 1st battling Indian Larry in "Biker Build Off 3". Check local listings for times. See if you can guess who wins.
Ok, Harley riders have been the brunt of a lot of jokes in the past about parts falling off, oil leaks, etc. etc. In fact, I can remember a Gold Wing site that had a flash movie of parts falling off of a Harley. I shared that one with you, so I thought I would share this one. It is a classic. Even a 10 year old can get it.
A 10 year old girl was walking down the street when a big man on a black motorcycle pulls up beside her and says,
Hey little girl, do you want to go for a ride?"
"NO!" says the girl as she keeps on walking.
The motorcycle pulls up beside her again and says,
"Hey kid, I'll give you $10 if you hop on the back".
"NO!" screams the girl and starts running down the street.
The motorcyclist pulls up along side the girl again and says,
"Okay kid, I'll give you $20 and a BIG bag of candy if you'll hop up on the back of my bike and take a ride."
At this point the girl stops, turns to the motorcyclist and screams,
"Look Dad, YOU bought the Honda, so YOU ride it!"
As for me, I have another Ride and Fly in mind that I might be taking this weekend. I'll let you know if it happens. As always, I will have the camera and camcorder along.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"

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