Weekly Update

Greetings Riders,
Well, here we are, the 2nd of July and right at the start of the intense summer here in the valley.
This month's forecast HOT!! Highs of 110 for the next 10 days . But at least it is still getting into the mid 80's at night, which makes for great evening rides. This is the time of year when the asphalt is bubbling, your motor is pinging and begging for cool air, and your cold water feels hot and your hot water feels warm. And within a few more weeks we can look forward to dodging the monsoons, and trying to make it home before we get drenched. That is always exciting. But that's the price we pay for 9 months of great riding weather. I wouldn't want it the other way.
As you all know this Friday is Independence Day. With all of the wars, terrorism, threats on our country and unrest in the world, this day probably means more now than ever before.
Since complacency is a way of life in our Country, I thought it might be a good time to revisit what our Independence is all about. I found a web site that is full of information about What the 4th of July means. It gives the history behind the 4th of July 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence, The text of The Declaration of Independence and The Signers of the Declaration, U.S. Flag Flying Etiquette, a listing of all of our Presidents, Summertime recipes and more.
Here is another one that is excellent as well. It tells about the Liberty Bell, Traditions, The National Anthem, Who is Uncle Sam? and more.
So now do you think you know all about why we celebrate the 4th of July?
Take a little 10 question test and see how you compare to others with your knowledge of U.S. History. It is best to print the page after you make your picks and before you click the button so that you can compare them to the answers. Click Here For The Test.
And finally, I had this in the Extras Column a couple of weeks ago, but it is so good that I want to repeat it especially as we celebrate our nations Independence.
I've seen a lot of tributes to our armed services, but this one is really special. It is a slideshow presentation of photos dating back to World War 2 up to the present with a great music background. There are captions along the way to remind you of where we are. I'm sure the Veterans that have been in combat will find this especially moving. If you are on a dialup modem, it will take a few minutes to load, but hang in there, it is well worth the wait for this one. Click Here for the presentation. 

Have a good 4th of July Weekend and Ride Safe.

In This Issue:
Thursday, Finals of the Bikini Contest at ACME. Previous winners compete. Details Below.

Watch Fireworks from the Porch of the Hideaway Thursday and Friday nights.

Friday July 4th 4th of July MDA Benefit Blast

Saturday, The After 4th of July Red, White & Blow Out at Arrowhead HD and Chandler HD

All Week Long, Sale-A-Bration. at Chosa's Harley-Davidson


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. Live Band starting at 8:00pm! The evening riding weather is perfect, Casey Jones will be packed as it always is from here on. 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.

The Bikini Contest Finals this week at the ACME Bar and Grill . This is it!! All the previous winners will be back to compete in the ACME Bikini Contest Finals on July 3rd. Come check it out this week and see what happens. ACME is looking for contestants. 1st place $150, 2nd $50. Just show up with your best bikini. Contest begins at 9:30 PM. View the bikini contest while taking advantage of free appetizers and drink specials from the very cool rooftop lounge. Remember 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
Watch Fireworks from the porch of the Hideaway Thursday and Friday nights.

Stop by The Hideaway this Saturday and see a display of some awesome custom motorcycles from JIM NASI Customs. These are some of the best custom bikes in the United States. 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 6th
Hailey's Live Entertainment Sunday's 
This Weekend - "July 4th: Cash Dailey Band 8-12pm. July 5th: 2-6pm. July 6th: Danny Rhodes 2-6pm". Here is your chance to take a ride up North and stop in to Hailey's for some good food and entertainment 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 4th: Cash Dailey Band 8-12pm. July 5th: 2-6pm. July 6th: Danny Rhodes 2-6pmJuly 13th: Combo Deluxe. 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.
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 on their relaxing 5,000 square foot Tree Covered Patio 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.
Hacienda Harley-Davidson and Sugar Daddy's are teamed up for the biggest biker's brunch of the year. Come celebrate Harley-Davidson's 100th Anniversary and Hacienda's 30th Anniversary. Live music, fashion shows, custom bikes, bikini bike wash, motorcycle vendors, and much more. Beat the heat with our 5,000 sq ft temperature controlled patio with six air conditioning units, misters, and plenty of shade. Live bands throughout the day.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, July 4th - 6th, "Combo Deluxe".  
Thursday night July 3rd- The Chris Hiatt Band starts at 8 pm, takes a break during the fireworks show (around 9 pm) and then plays until 1 am.
Friday night July 4th- Combo Deluxe starts at 8 pm, takes a break during the fireworks show (again around 9 pm) and then plays until 1 am.
Both nights we are having 3 Picnic Dinners in addition to our regular menu.   Hot dogs, hamburgers, or BBQ chicken with coleslaw, corn on the cob, watermelon and a soft drink for one price.  1/4 pound hot dog picnic $4.50; 1/2 hamburger picnic $6.50; BBQ half of a chicken picnic $9.50.  Corona or Corona Light only $3 both nights.
Combo Deluxe stays in town all weekend and plays again on Saturday night from 9 pm to 1 am and Sunday from 4 - 8 pm.
Fandango is located at 6032 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek. 480-595-5633.
Upcoming Bands:
Thursday, July 3:
Chris Hiatt 8-close
Friday, July 4:
Saturday, July 5:
Sunday, July 6: COMBO DELUXE
Fandango 3Rd Anniversary Party Friday July 11Th Featuring Combo Deluxe Join Us To Celebrate

This Week 

Friday, July 4th
4th of July MDA Benefit Blast. Here's an opportunity to spend the 4th of July with other riders and enjoy an evening ride to Pinnacle Peak Patio for dinner on the sunset Ramada overlooking the city lights. Here you can view the Valley's 4th of July fireworks at Pinnacle Peak, Rawhide, Paradise Valley, plus City Displays.  Ride to help Harley-Davidson and H.O.G's goal to raise a record 5 million dollars for MDA's Labor Day Telethon. First 300 entries receive a special MDA Ride Pin. Open to all motorcycle riders and families. $10 donation to MDA, There will be Live Music, Cash Bar and Dancing, Reserved Motorcycle Parking, Apple Pie and Ice Cream. Group Ride Dinner $10 per person cash paid at Pinnacle Peak Patio. You can start at either Hacienda Harley, 15600 N. Hayden Rd. in Scottsdale or Arizona HD at 13401 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix. Click here for more information and ride map.
Saturday, July 5th
The After 4th of July Red, White & Blow Out at Arrowhead Harley and Chandler Harley.
This is the savings event you've waited for all year! STORE WIDE MARK DOWNS in every department to help you gear up! Up to 60% OFF select Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories, Genuine Motor Parts and MotorClothes Apparel & Accessories! Ride home in style with the lowest prices all year on...100th Anniversary collectibles & Motorclothes, Mens, Ladies & Children's Apparel, Boots, Shoes, All Leather Apparel & So Much More. This could be your last opportunity to own a piece of history. One Day Only. Free Refreshments from 11am - 2pm. Arrowhead HD is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Ftn. Dr. in Peoria. 623-247-5642. Chandler HD is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler. 480-496-6800.
Sunday, July 6th - Friday, July 11th
Sale-A-Bration. Customer Appreciation Days All Week at Chosa's Harley-Davidson.
Customer Appreciation Days featuring special clearance items in Parts and Accessories throughout the week. Sunday from 10am-4pm All denim 20% off. Monday from 8am-7pm spend $50 and receive a free gift. Tuesday from 8am-7pm Footwear 20% off. Wednesday from 5pm-7pm 20% off Mens Leathers, Goggles, H-D Sunglasses amd Genuine HD Shirts. Thursday 5pm-7pm 20% off Womens Leathers, Purses, Wallets, Stamper and MOD Jewelry. Friday 5pm-9pm Free BBQ and Beverages. DJ music spun by Michael of Riz Biz. 25% off all 100th Anniversary Parts and Accessories and General Merchandise. Chosa's Harley-Davidson is located at 922 S. Country Club in Mesa. 480-894-0404. Beat The Heat on Saturday July 12th at Chosa's HD Shop in Apache Junction. Sunrise Specials from 6am-10am with a free continental breakfast. 25% off all 100th Anniversary General Merchandise.

Next Week 

Friday-Sunday, July 11-13
6th Annual Muddy's Mine Poker Run & Motorcycle Show. Sign-In Friday at noon or Saturday 9am-Noon. Charity Run to benefit Wilcox Community Food Pantry and DES Child Protective Services. Run location 15 miles Southeast of Wilcox at I-10 and Exits 334 or 336. Hwy. 186 Dos Cabezas Muddy's Mine. Donations: $10 per person + 1 ten dollar toy + 1 can of food. Proceeds to benefit local Willcox Children's Charities & Food Bank. Live Music, High & Low Hand Poker Run, Door Prizes, 50/50, Largest Organization Award, Wet T-Shirt Contest, Tattoo Contest, Field Events, Bike Show, Tight Jeans, Hairy Chest, & Best Pick-Up Line Contest, Trophies. All motorcycles welcome. More information at: 520-384-3006.
Saturday, July 12
Claro De Luna Moonlight Motorcycle Ride for Cancer Victims.
Take a moonlight ride benefiting Chandler Hospital's East Valley Regional Cancer Center. This benefit helps in purchasing items for the Center. These items might include music, headphones, wigs, prosthetic devices, books or help with living expenses, which aid in the care and comfort of cancer patients. The benefit ride will begin with registration at 6 PM at the Cancer Center. Riders leave at 7 PM and will go 43 miles to the benefit at The Galloping Goose Saloon in Coolidge. A $15/single or $20/couple donation will cover the cost of the ride, entrance and dinner at the Galloping Goose Saloon. The
first 100 riders to sign up will receive a Benefit T-Shirt. Address: 1875 W. Frye Road (South of Chandler Regional Hospital). Your donation includes a spaghetti dinner and a rock-n-roll band to party with by the full moon. Those not wishing to ride can meet at the Galloping Goose Saloon for the party. A $5 donation will be collected at the door. Address: 1980 S. Arizona Blvd, Coolidge, AZ (520) 723-3223.

Saturday, July 12th
Maricopa County Task Force Against Domestic Abuse. Sign-in 8-10am at Roosters Nightclub Cocktails & Food, 3731 E. Main Street in Mesa, AZ. Entry $10. Poker Prizes and End Party at TJ's , 1734 E. Main Street in Mesa, AZ. Live Music, raffles, 50/50 and more. (Donations gratefully accepted). Hosted by the MMA's Salt River District. For more information: 480 641-2125.

For more information go to the Rides and Events Calendar on

Stay tuned next week for 2 new short Day Rides to get you out in the mornings when it is still cool.
Want some cheap entertainment. Click here for the Tiger Trap video. This is pretty good.
As for me this week, I am going try and lay low and keep cool. Mornings are still fine, and if you have an afternoon destination that is alright too. I actually did 123 miles Tuesday between 10am and 2pm for one of the day rides and it was fine. Keep cool,have fun and ride safe this weekend.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"

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