Happy Independence Day! Well, it is July 4th and we are still in the "hot box" of the United States with a predicted 115 today. You know your sense of weather has become warped when you are excited about a cooling trend that will get us clear down to only 105 degrees. But this is price we pay for the other 9 months of great weather. I've done both, and this beats shoveling snow all winter by a long shot. People back home ask how I can take this kind of heat. I usually say I've never had to shovel it and I've never gotten stuck in it. So it could be worse.
This is just an FYI. Some of you might have noticed that the site was down last Friday due to equipment failure at my hosting company. As a result my email was down for a couple of days and you might have had a bounce back if you had sent something to me. If you have something of importance that didn't get delivered feel free to resend it.
As a result of doing this letter, being honest and saying what is on my mind, I tend to get some passionate replies to my editorial. That is fine, it lets me know you are reading. I had a lot of response from last week's newsletter about motorcycle safety and I would like to address something that came up as a result. If you didn't read the letter Click Here. Some of you wondered out loud how I could talk about motorcycle safety and the fact that 50% of the motorcycle accidents are alcohol related while at the same time advertising Bike Nights that sell alcohol. First of all, I don't think there is any doubt about how I feel about drinking excessively and riding a motorcycle. It is undeniable how dangerous riding while impaired can be. It is hard enough to focus on all the crazies in cars when sober.
Bike Nights are advertised on the site to give all riders a place to congregate, meet new friends and socialize with their riding groups on a given night. They become a great reason to get out for a short destination ride to spend some time with others that share your passion. Most all of the locations are primarily restaurants that have patios and also sell alcohol. No matter where we could find to have a place for a bike night, there is likely going to be alcohol served in some form. So before you email "Shame on Me" and cast the first stone, tell me that you have never ridden your motorcycle to a place that sells alcohol. I doubt anyone can say that. It is then up to you whether you drink or not, but you surely can eat. Somehow this has gotten twisted around in some peoples mind that I am telling you to go to a Bike Night, and just because they sell beer you are presumed to drink too much. I know that 90% of you are way smarter than that, and the other 10% that seem to want to push the envelope, I am suggesting that you learn from others that have drank too much and ridden their last ride. Everyone knows their limits, I certainly know mine and have never gone beyond that. There is never "just one more for the road" with me. Bottled water is very soon the drink of choice at that point. Not only is it a very serious crime, but it is just not smart.
So to say that I am hypocritical for telling you to ride to a place that sells alcohol is a stretch in my mind. We are all adults here and know right from wrong. Just because you visit a brewery, doesn't mean you have to try and drink all of the beer. My message on this is quite to the contrary. It's not the fact that alcohol is available, it is about being responsible and using good judgment in how much you consume.
It was brought up in last week's letter to remind everyone that just because you get on a motorcycle, you are not invincible, and more than ever you should moderate your alcohol consumption to legal limits and more importantly to what you personally can handle. In my mind, a good example would be that if I sent you to an event with a bon fire, and you got too close to the fire and got burned, it wasn't because the fire was there, it was because you got too close to the fire. I wouldn't expect you to not go to another event with a bon fire. You would be smart enough that when you started getting close to the fire you would feel the heat and back away. My message to riding and drinking is, when you starting feeling the heat back away from the fire, and you won't get burned.
Thanks for all of your replies, the content in last week's letter was obviously food for thought. As a result of some of your replies about the beginners riding classes, I am going to take one myself at TEAM Arizona as soon as the weather cools down a little bit. I heard some very good things about it and am anxious to get a refresher course on basic riding skills.
REQUEST FROM YOU:
Since this is riding season for longer trips, I am going to start Volume 2 of the Readers Rides Pictorial section. There are so many in the last one that it is too big to handle. So, if you take a trip this summer and photograph yourself next to a landmark, send it in and I will display it like this. Click Here. Also, if you would like to write a little story about your adventure and where you traveled, I am starting a Readers Rides Editorial section so that everyone can share their rides and give others ideas of where to go. Just email your pictures or your articles to email@example.com . Please note where the picture was taken.
Friday, July 6th
Harley's Heroes Phoenix Tour. Harley's Heroes Tour arrives in Phoenix
July 6th at Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson from 10am - 6pm.
Month of July
July is Chster's Harley-Davidson Luckiest Month of the Century.
The luckiest day of the century may have been 7/7/07, but Chesterís Harley Davidson in
Mesa wants YOU to get lucky ALL MONTH!
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 palate, not 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.
Bike Night at Buffalo Wild Wings Mesa-Falcon Field. This is a great new stop for riders on the East Side. Enjoy GREAT FOOD and Live Music every Wednesday night with Soul Catcher, featuring acoustic blues and classic rock from 7pm - 10pm every Wednesday Night at Buffalo Wild Wings located at 4425 E. McKellips Rd. in Mesa, AZ, just across from Falcon Field. Special motorcycle parking in front of the patio. Choose from the extensive new menu including Wings, Chicken Tenders, Huge selection of salads, Wraps, Sandwiches, Ribs & Combos, Burgers, Desserts and Beverages. Click Here for complete menu. Bike Night specials are 50 Cent Legs all day, $2.50 Coronas & Pacificos, $2.00 Well Rum and Coke, $2.00 Well Vodka Tonics, $1.75 Bud Light Pints, $1.75 Miller Light Pints. Sit inside and watch your favorite sporting events on over 50 TV's and 5 Giant Screen TV's or sit outside on the huge patio where there are more TV's and enjoy the evening air. Wherever you find to relax, you will be sure to have a good time, good food and good entertainment at the Buffalo Wings Wednesday Bike Night. 480-218-9464. Click Here to take a look at Buffalo Wild Wings.
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Thursday Bike Night at Gordon Biersch Brewery at Westgate. Live Music on the patio this week 6:30 - 9:30pm!! You can also sign up for the Gordon Biersch Passport card. Get your GB Passport. Pay $20 for the card, and you will get a $20 gift certificate to redeem for food and drink. On Bike Nights you will receive double rewards to build points for free food and drink. Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant in Glendale features the best Beer Garden you will find in this State, an impressive bar area equipped with TVs and speaker system, great food, and a large outdoor patio seating. Bike night specials include: Extended Happy Hour for Riders to 8:00pm
Happy Hour includes:
$1.00 off Gordon Biersch Lagers
$2.00 off all Wines by the Glass
$5.00 Martinis, Margaritas and Mojitos
4.95 Appetizer Specials: Southwest Egg rolls, Tapas, Chicken Wings, Bruschetta, Crispy Artichoke Hearts, Garlic Fries, Mini Pizza's Cheese or Pepperoni.
Try my favorite, the Gordon Biersch "Golden Export" or a sampler
of all 5 of their beers brewed on site. Plenty of motorcycle only parking. Gordon Biersch is located
at 6915 N. 95th Ave. at Westgate City Center, Loop 101 and Glendale next to the Cardinals Stadium. An easy ride
from anywhere in the Valley. 623-877-4300.
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.
Every Saturday and Sunday
Harold's Cave Creek Corral Bike Weekends. This is the patio that we have all been waiting for in Cave Creek. The new 4000 Sq. Ft. patio at Harold's is finally finished complete with misters, TV's and an outdoor bar. There is plenty of room to put some tables together and hang out with your riding group for breakfast, lunch or the cold beverage of your choice. Live Music from Noon to 4pm every Saturday with Bob Bouchard, the man who plays at Greasewood every weekend. Enjoy TV's all around the patio with a walk up bar. Ride out on Sunday's and enjoy the All You Can Eat breakfast buffet for $8.99 on Sundays from 8am - Noon. Or grab one of Harold's fantastic hamburgers and watch the bikes roll by on Cave Creek Rd. from the patio. 50% Off Appetizers and $2.00 Bud/Bud Light bottles. You can also choose from their full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu every day of the week. Plenty of new motorcycle parking right in front of the patio. A great destination patio for your weekend rides. Harold's is located at 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd., in Cave Creek. 480-488-1906. There are still no tickets being given for DB violations. Just continue to keep the noise down as much as possible when riding through Carefree.
Friday, July 6th
Harley's Heroes Phoenix Tour. Harley's Heroes Tour arrives in Phoenix July 6th at Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson from 10am - 6pm. The tour features a Disabled American Veterans Mobile Service Office to provide free benefits counseling to our nation's heroes. Military Veterans in the Phoenix area can receive free counseling and assistance with their government benefits when a Disabled American Veterans Mobile Service Office rolls into Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson. The Harley-Davidson foundation, Inc. has awarded a $1 Million grant to DAV to provide in-community benefits counseling to our Nation's Heroes. Buddy Stubbs HD is located at 13850 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ. Phone: 602-971-3400.
Saturday, July 7th
Operation America Rising. Largest Rally in History "Operation America Rising" Will take place on 7-7-07 in every capital city in America at the same time. There will be prominent speakers and entertainers. Children and adults will be gathered together saluting America's finest. This national salute to our troops will be a gleaming observance of America's patriotism. People of all ages will show our troops that we are behind them and their mission and that we are not the silent majority any more. The media, government leaders, and United States military will hear our voice on that bright July day. We need all of the support we can get. God bless you and we will see you on 7-7-07! Local Country artist NICK NICHOLSON will be headlining the event at the Venue in Scottsdale located at 7117 3rd Ave. in Scottsdale, AZ. from 5-7pm.
Month of July
July is Chster's Harley-Davidson Luckiest Month of the Century.
The luckiest day of the century may have been 7/7/07, but Chesterís Harley Davidson in Mesa wants YOU to get lucky ALL MONTH!
For the month of July, Chesterís Harley- Davidson is offering you amazing deals on items throughout the dealership! Purchase any í07 model motorcycle during the month of July and get $777 off! Roll the dice in MotorClothes® and a lucky 7 will get you a free gift! Get 7% off your total Parts and Accessories purchase! So stop by Chesterís Harley Davidson in Mesa and take advantage of the Luckiest Month of the Century! Excludes sales items. In-stock items only. Cannot be combined with any other promotions or discounts. Chester's is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa. 480-894-0404.
Here is a 30 second demonstration of why the French have decided to be friends with
the United States again. Click Here to View.
This is HILARIOUS! Jay Leno is at it again with an edited post jail interview parody with Paris Hilton. Click Here to View.
I might have had this in the letter a while ago, but it came around again and keeps me totally interested for the whole story. Now this is something that I wouldn't do. Click Here to View.
And now in honor of Independence Day, here is the feel good story of the day. It is amazing what some people will do for our country and for our troops. Click Here to View.