Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
For those of you that are new to the Cyclerides.com newsletter or are still catching up with your emails from Summer rides or vacations, two weeks ago I gave you an overview of our 2800 mile ride from Seattle to Glacier Nat. Park, Yellowstone, Tetons, Jackson Hole, Bryce Nat. Park and back to Phoenix. I am now calling this "Glacier Ride 2005". If you missed the letter Click Here. Or if you would like to see the preview pictures again, Click Here. Last week I covered the first 2 days of the ride that took us through the Cascades in Washington and ending the second day with a game of "Dodge Deer" as we made our way into Whitefish Montana after dark. To view last week's letter Click Here. This week I will cover days 3 and 4 as we ride through Glacier National Park and the ride across Montana ending at the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park.
Day 3 we arose early to a beautiful Montana morning to take advantage of the complimentary breakfast on the deck of the Alpinglow Inn on Big Mountain Ski Resort in Whitefish, MT. We knew that we were about to embark on the signature part of our trip and we were anxious to get going. After a nice 33 mile ride from our hotel to the West Glacier entrance, we were more than ready to see and experience what we had heard so much about. We couldn't have asked for a better day as we road into the park. There was a beautiful blue sky, sunshine and warm temperatures that allowed us to ride with long sleeve t-shirts throughout the day.
The history of Glacier National Park reads like this. In 1910, President Taft signed the bill establishing Glacier as the country's 10th national park. The Great Northern Railway built a series of hotels and small backcountry lodges, called chalets, throughout the park. A typical visit to Glacier involved a train ride to the park, followed by a multi-day journey on horseback. Each day after a long ride in the mountains, guests would stay at a different hotel or chalet. Eventually, the demand for a road across the mountains led to the building of the Going-to-the-Sun Road. The construction of the Going-to-the-Sun Road was a huge undertaking. Even today, you will marvel at how such a road could have been built. The final section of the Going-to-the-Sun Road, over Logan Pass, was completed in 1932 after 11 years of work. The road is considered an engineering feat and is one of the six National Historic Landmarks in the park along with over 350 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. It is one of the most scenic roads in North America. The road you will travel from West Glacier to Saint Mary on the East side is about 50 miles. The actual Going-to-the-Sun Road over Logan Pass is about 18 miles.
As we made our way to Logan Pass through the very narrow winding road up the mountains, we were amazed at how they could have engineered and built this road in the 1920's while at the same time enjoying the beauty of the majestic mountains that were the result of glaciers moving through this area thousands of years ago. Shortly before making it to Logan Pass we spotted our first (and last) wild animal in the park, a lone white mountain goat that was near the observation area and eventually made his way up the mountain.
After a brief stop at Logan Pass visitor center, we started our 18 mile ride down the mountains past beautiful Saint Mary Lake, home to one of the most photographed areas of the park, Wild Goose Island. before completing our initial 50 miles through the center of the park to reach the East side. It was now time to take the 100 mile loop around to the South to return to West Glacier. On your way South on Hwy. 89 you will want to take Hwy. 49 that will take you on a beautiful 7 mile ride to the turnoff to the 7 mile ride to Two Medicine Lake. When you ride back out to 49 you will be 4 miles from East Glacier at the Historic Glacier Park Lodge, also known as the "Big Tree Hotel". You will definitely want to stop and take a look at this architectural wonder built in the early 1900's. The focal point of the Lodge is its lobby supported by entire Douglas Fir trees. Once again, an awesome part of the history that is abundant in Glacier National Park.
After a stop at the Lodge we made the 56 mile ride on Hwy. 2 back to West Glacier. Along the way we stopped at a place called "Goat Lick". This is where you can almost always see mountain goats as they down from the hills to the natural mineral licks along the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. The State even built a fence to direct the goats under the highway, providing safe passage to the lick. As we were standing at Goat Lick we saw a train rumbling by on the tracks through the trees. We then took a leisurely ride back to Whitefish and Truby's for some wood fired pizza on the patio to recount our 262 mile ride that day.
Glacier National Park was fabulous, everything I thought it would be and more. You can just tell as you ride through this park that it is the Grand Daddy of them all. There is a certain mystic about it as you zig-zag up the old Going-To-The-Sun Road that reflects the history of those that built and traversed that same road over 100 years ago. It is a trip that is well worth while and should be pushed to the top of your "Summer Rides" to do list. I would also suggest to buy the National Parks Annual Pass for $50 as it only takes 3 park visits to get your money back. Click Here for pictures from Day 3. Believe it or not, a rider from Phoenix that takes the newsletter was riding the opposite direction on the Going-To-The-Sun Road at Logan Pass with his video camera going and saw us coming up the hill. I don't know how he recognized us, but he did and sent me a 30 second clip from the video. Click Here to view. Thanks Rick. Here is a link to Glacier National Park Service.
Day 4 was one of those days that I call a travel day. It is a day that gets me from point A to point B, to the next place I want to see without being too boring. Sometimes that is easier said than done. But in this case, the travel day was taking us 425 miles from virtually the Northern border of Montana to the Southern border at Wyoming. The ride wasn't bad at all as Montana is a beautiful State with lots of water, trees, mountains and rolling hills. There are a lot worse States to do 400 miles. We went through Helena, the capital of Montana and then on to Belgrade where we stopped at Yellowstone HD to pick up our souvenir t-shirts. We were then on our way to our eventual destination of Gardiner, MT, which is also the North entrance to Yellowstone National Park.
One of the fun things about traveling is to find that great place to eat in one of the most unlikely places. I was in the mood for a great big hamburger after a long day of riding. As we rode the main street we decided to try a little hole in the wall burger joint named Helen's Corral Ride-Inn. According to the sign, Helen could accommodate my desire for both a great Cheeseburger and a milk shake. And she did. 1/2 pound of pure Wyoming beef. It was the best burger I have ever had. We then retired to our Mammoth Hot Springs Best Western to get rested up for the next days ride through Yellowstone National Park. Click here for a few pictures from Day 4.
I will be back next week with Days 5 and 6 that will take us through Yellowstone National Park, The Grand Tetons and Jackson Hole.
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This Week's Bike Night Events
Copper State Cycles Two Wheeled Tuesday. Who knew that north Scottsdale's newest bike night was such a great place to hang out. Last nights motorcycle trivia contest was a huge success, and the winner really enjoyed the grand prize. Join Copper State Cycles and K O'Donnell's this Tuesday for a great time on the mist cooled patio. Enjoy $2 Bud drafts, Happy hour pricing on appetizers or a great meal from the full menu. Come see the new 2005 Red Horse Customs on display and visit with your friends. K O'Donnell's American Bar & Grill (formerly Uno's Pizza) located in the north Scottsdale area at 14850 N. Northsight, just of of the 101 & Raintree. Every Tuesday night from 7:00pm until...... 61" TV's and music on the mist cooled patio! Reserved parking in plain view for all bikes. For more information call 480-596-6820.
Hooters at 1-17 and Bell Rd. Wednesday Bike Night. Hooters at I-17 and Bell will be hosting a new Bike Night every Wednesday night from 6pm - 9pm. They will feature a "Ride In" Bike Show with weekly prizes for 1st - 3rd. And then, the third Wednesday of every month we will crown the Bike of the Month with a Grand Prize and will also be featured on Cyclerides.com as the "Bike of the Week". We will have $2 Bud, Bud Light, and Mich Ultra bottles. There will be 20% off of all food and merchandise when you ride in on your bike. Stop by for loads of Raffle Prizes. There will be VIP Motorcycle Parking and you will be greeted at the front door by a Hooter's Girl waiting to give you your raffle ticket. Hooter's is located in the Bell Canyon Shopping Center at 2834 W. Bell Rd., West of I-17 on Bell Rd. 602-375-0000.
NEW THURSDAY BIKE NIGHT IN THE FAR EAST VALLEY!!
New!! Superstition Harley-Davidson and Spirits Bar and Grill have teamed up to bring riders in the Far East Valley a great New Thursday bike night. For those of you in Far East Mesa and Apache Junction, you now have a place to go on Thursday nights. And better yet, just for riding your bike to Spirits, they will give you a free hamburger. That’s right, every rider to show up on their bike between 7-10pm will receive a free hamburger! Stick around and win great prizes and raffle items from Superstition Harley-Davidson. Spirits is located at 9303 E. Apache Trail in East Mesa. One block East of Ellsworth on Apache Trail (Main St.). Come sit on the patio and watch the bikes roll in, stay inside and enjoy a game of pool, and friendly wait staff. The large dance floor is always open with music from Goodtime Charlie The OUTLAW DJ playing The Best of Country and the Best of Rock and Roll every Thursday night from 8:30p.m till 2am. With an extensive food menu, 2 patios, and monitors inside to watch your bike, Spirits is the hottest Bike night place to be in the east valley. The LEGEND of Spirits Lives on. More info at Superstition HD at 480-346-0600 or 480-986-5572.
Hooters Mesa Thursday Bike Night. Hooters in Mesa located at 6730 E. Superstition Springs Blvd. will host a Bike Night every Thursday night from 6-9 pm. If you haven't seen this Hooters yet you will have to stop by and take a look. This is one of the nicest locations that they have. Hooters will $2.00 Corona's and 20% off of food and merchandise if you ride your bike in. Stop by for raffles prizes every Thursday Night with Big Raffle prizes the first Thursday of every month. For more information call 480-396-9396.
Hooters at Arrowhead Bike Night. Continues Giveaways and Raffles. Ride by and join in on the fun! Hooters will host a Bike Night every Thursday at the Hooters at Arrowhead located just 1 block S. of Bell on 83rd Ave. Stop by for some great food and Hooters Hospitality. There will be 20% off menu items, $2.00 Corona Thursdays and plenty of parking next to the outdoor patio. Stop by for some giveaways and raffles from Hooters and Arrowhead Harley as well as great wings and fun at Hooters. Click Here to see Pictures and all the detailed information.
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
Cave Creek Roadhouse Bike Weekend. Take a ride and stop
by the Hottest New Restaurant/Bar in Cave Creek where every weekend will be Bike Weekend. There is plenty of motorcycle parking right out front. I have mentioned this place before
and now it has finally opened to rave reviews. 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 "Combo Deluxe" 9pm - 1:30am
Saturday Night: Live Music with "Combo Deluxe" 9pm - 1:30am
Sunday: Live Music with "Walt Richardson" 3pm - 7pm
Click here for the Cave Creek Roadhouse website. 480-575-3098
Sugar Daddy's Blues Biker Sunday Brunch.
Now is the perfect weather to be sitting out on the Sugar Daddy's patio, listening to Live Music while dining from the Brunch Menu. Live Music from 10am on the patio.
And Sunday Brunch Just Got Better! You now have 3 options to choose from.
Option #1: Eggs Benedict – Grilled English muffins, smoked ham, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.
Served with your chose of fresh fruit or crispy potatoes. ($8) or Sugar’s Pancakes – You won’t eat pancakes anywhere else. Buttermilk pancakes served with butter and syrup. ($5)
Option #2: Can’t decide what to eat? How about an All-You-Can-Eat buffet for ONLY $12.
Option #3: Order off our regular menu.
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. Enjoy live music from 10am - 2pm Or maybe just relax on the patio with your favorite beverage and enjoy the beautiful weather 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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 480-970-6556.
Saturday, August 27th
Bikes and BBQ at Buddy Stubbs. Join Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson from 11am - 2pm for a free BBQ lunch and meet Amy, the Arizona Dream Girls Calendar Cover Model. There will also be a Free Bikini Bike Wash, Free Motorcycle Museum Tour hosted by Buddy Stubbs. Free Pool Tournament starting at 11am, signup begins at 10am. 50/50 raffles hosted by Phoenix H.O.G. Chapter 93. Discounts and Specials throughout the dealership. Buddy Stubbs is located at 13401 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix. 602-971-3400.
Saturday, August 27th
C.H.O.I.R. Boys 2nd Annual Ride For The Families. Proceeds Benefit Arizona Fallen Officers and Local Arizona Injured Officers, Firefighters and their families. Come out and Support your State and Local Police and Firefighters…They’re always there for you! Registration 9:00 – 11:00 Grand Canyon Harley-Davidson, 10434 Highway 69, Mayer, AZ. $20.00 - Rider $35.00 - per couple
(includes poker hand, ride pin* & meal ticket for Desperado’s). After the ride, Desperados Bar and Grill. It all starts at 4:00 PM! • Food & Drink Specials • Live Music • Reserved Motorcycle Parking • Presentation of prizes including…50/50 Drawing…Bikini Raffle • Single elimination pool tournament for prize money. Only $5.00 entry! email@example.com
September 1st - 5th
Rally In The Rockies. This ride is getting bigger and better every year. The Rally In The Rockies will be a place to get out of the heat in Ignacio, Colorado. You can't ask for much better riding than the Telluride loop. The event this year will be held September 2nd - 6th. All Bikes are Welcome. There will be Evening Concerts including Led Zepplin Tribute Band Thursday, Lynyrd Skynyrd Super Tribute Concert on Friday at 9pm and The Guess Who on Saturday, AC/DC Super Tribute Concert Sunday, Poker Runs, Biker Field Events, Biker Bull Busting, Various Contests, Bike Parade, Vendors and much more. For all of the details and information go to http://www.rallyintherockies.com/.
THERE WILL BE NO PATRIOT PARADE THIS YEAR. W. Steven Martin has decided to not do a Patriot Ride this year and continue next year with a big ride for the 5th Anniversary in 2006. Click Here for a letter from W. Steven explaining his decision.
From time to time companies will bring products to me to test for
them. Being the inquisitive type, I am usually willing to try something
to see if it really works. If it works, I am happy to pass the good products on to you. If it "really"
works, I will stand on the desk and shout it out. For this product,
I am standing on the desk.
Charlie Mitchell from Custom Performance called me this week and said that he had a new product for me to test that was a metal conditioner called MILITEC-1. He went on to say that when you add MILITEC-1 to your oil, that my engine would produce more horsepower, quiet my engine and make it run smoother. I know what you are thinking as you read this: "I've heard all of this before". Yep, I had too. The first thing that came to mind for me was, another wonder product for engines. For me, a "wonder product" is one that I pay good money for and then "wonder" if it is really working. This time I needed proof before I would be convinced. Charlie said bring your Road Glide down to the shop and I'll prove it to you. I had nothing to lose, so I brought the bike to the shop, Nick put it on the Dyno for three passes and came up with a maximum horsepower of 68.7 hp, a torque reading of 72.8 and a temperature reading on the cylinders of 269 degrees.
Nick then added 4 ounces of MILITEC-1 to my oil and said go ride for about 15 miles and bring it back and we will dyno it again. I rode it 17 miles, came back to the shop, put it on the dyno and the horsepower now registered at 72.2 Hp. and 75.9 torque with cylinder temp of 254 degrees. This was amazing! A full 3.5 horsepower increase (5%) and 3.1 torque increase (4.2%) along with a 15 degree (5%) decrease in temperature. These are horsepower and torque increases that you can feel from the seat. I was absolutely speechless and immediately thought back to all those times I had spent $300-$600 on carburetors and exhaust pipes just with the hope of picking up a 3 or 4 more horsepower. With MILITEC-1 I got 3.5 more HP out of the bike and it only costs $21.95 for an 8 ounce bottle of which you add 4 ounces to your engine oil and 4 ounces to your transmission which helps smooth out the shifting.
Now that you know the results, you are probably wondering "how it works". The company information states that even though MILITEC-1 is added to the oil, it is not an oil additive. MILITEC-1 contains no viscosity enhancers or other oil augmentation compounds. It does not modify the primary lubricant in any way. Instead, MILITEC-1 is a metal conditioner. MILITEC-1 simply uses the circulating oil as a means to reach the critical hot spots and metallic friction surfaces within the machinery. When the oil carries MILITEC-1 to these areas, MILITEC-1 exits the oil, leaving the oil completely unaffected and unchanged. Click Here for the Brochure.
MILITEC-1 is an absolutely amazing product. My bike now has noticeably more power, runs smoother, cooler and has never shifted better. This is one of those rare instances that I got an additive type of product and had it proven to me that it really does what it says it will do. I would highly recommend MILITEC-1 for your motorcycle as well as your car or truck. I am now going to add MILITEC-1 to all of the engines in my garage. You can purchase your bottle of MILITEC-1 at Custom Performance located at 21601 N. 3rd Ave. in Phoenix, 623-879-8488 or Click Here to purchase from their online store. You can also purchase from the Cyclerides.com Online Store. For more information, or if you have a business and would like to become a dealer, you can call Charlie at 602-527-6261.
As for me this weekend, I am going to brave the heat and take advantage of some free
BBQ and fun at Buddy Stubbs this Saturday.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
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