Weekly Update

Greetings Riders,
"Hey, this is Barry Caraway coming to you from S U N B U R N radio in beautiful downtown Phoenix, AZ. We are at the Bank One Ballpark for the end of the Patriot Parade where it is a delightful 104 degrees with 50% humidity. But don't let that fool you, that equates to a comfort index of only 142 degrees. If you are out riding in this dreadful heat, don't forget to stop by our location and take a dip in our pool filled with sunscreen. That is the only way you will be able to keep this stuff on today. And it is guaranteed to prolong your symptoms of heat stroke by up to 45 minutes. Be sure and stop by the studio for your free T-Shirt that says: "Phoenix....It's a Dry Heat." That is what I envision it sounding like if I would have been a radio DJ on Sunday at the end of the Patriot Parade.
It seems like every year I make at least one sun care faux paux. This time it was not wearing head covering that did me in. Since I have blonde hair and light skin I tend to burn very easily. That is why you usually see me wearing a hat. For some reason, this day I decided to make a fashion statement and NOT wear the hat. BIG MISTAKE! Within 15 minutes of walking around, all the sunscreen I had diligently applied per instructions 30 minutes before going out into the sun, was now long gone on and wiped off with the sweat. It would have taken the "Glue Stick Sunscreen Experience" that I talked about a couple of years ago to keep it from coming off this day. So after 2 1/2 hours of walking around the staging area taking pictures and a 40 minute ride to the Ballpark, I was now a candidate for a "Red Lobster" commercial. I was the guy "glowing red" on the Aloe bottle with a circle and a line through my face. Click Here to see a picture that a rider took of me while on the ride. That red glow on my face was not a reflection of the orange safety vest I had wrapped around my neck. By the time we got to downtown Phoenix I was sufficiently toasted. Not even the George Foreman grill could have gotten me any more well done.
But after the day is done, it is all about the ride, and this was a very well executed ride. In the perfect world of rides there would have been shaded picnic tables and waitresses bringing us "Umbrella" drinks of our choice as we waited to begin. But as they say, our guys are living in tents in Iraq in much worse heat than this, it's the least we could do. There were hundreds of flags on bikes, riders brought out their Patriotic T-Shirts and were ready to make a show of support for our Country and our Troops. Being a year removed from 9-11 the emotion was a little less than last year. But we also didn't have the little kids in Chandler waving flags or the crossed ladder trucks to ride under that were so memorable from last year. And of course the heat started to play a big factor as we hit downtown Phoenix, everyone scrambled for the first food and refreshment of their choice. Thanks to W. Steven for organizing a ride of this magnitude for us. Click Here for the pictures from the ride. I also have video that will be on the site sometime this week.
To seek some relief from the sun after the ride, we headed to a cool theatre to see "The Italian Job". I would highly recommend this movie full of action and intrigue. A fun "Who Done It" movie. 


See the Extras column below about 2 riders that we lost last week in accidents.
Get ready for a new Thursday Bike Night starting next week at Hooters at Arrowhead on September 18th. There will be food and drink specials and plenty of parking next to the outdoor patio. Stop by for some raffles and giveaways from Hooters and Arrowhead Harley as well as great wings and fun at Hooters. Click Here for details. 

This Week's 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
Thursday Night features Bike Nights all over the Valley. Look below to find one near you.

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 opened for the first time 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.
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.
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 and Sunday

Bike Days at The Hideaway
Stop by The Hideaway this Saturday and see a display of some awesome custom motorcycles from Bourget's Motorcycles. 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, September 14th
Hailey's Live Entertainment Sundays 
This Weekend - Sunday, September 14th: "Combo Deluxe"
Here is your chance to take a ride up the hill to some cooler country to hear Lori and the Boys with Combo Deluxe. 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, time. These things are awesome.  Hailey's Grill is located just 60 miles from the Loop 101 and I-17 at 10434 SO. 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:

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.

Fri. September, 12th: Combo Deluxe 9pm.
Sat. September, 13th: Combo Deluxe 9pm.
Sun. September, 14th: George & Duane from Mogollon 4-8pm.

Lots of great stuff going on this weekend so come on out to Cave Creek. Too hot for your bike?  Pile everybody in the mini-van!  If you do bring your bike please remember the best way in and out of Cave Creek is via Cave Creek Road.  Have a great weekend and ride safe. Fandango is located at 6032 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek. 480-595-5633.

This Week


September 11th - 14th
The 3rd Annual Las Vegas Bikefest

For the last 2 years this has been one of my favorite events. It is held in downtown Las Vegas without the hotel gauging rates associated with other runs in the State of Nevada. And this year the Vendor area has been moved to the air conditioned Cashman Center. As always there will be the Friday night party and bike parking on the outdoor mall under the Fremont Street Experience with the music of Blue Oyster Cult and Steppenwolf. There will be the always high quality Custom Bike Show, Mr. and Mrs. Las Vegas Bikefest competitions, a $10,000 Poker Run, Poker Walk, Tatoo Contest and all of the fun associated with Las Vegas. And of course cruising the Las Vegas Strip. If you are planning on going you'd better make hotel reservations now. 2 hotels have already sold out. They are expecting over 20,000 riders to attend this year. If you would like to ride to Vegas with a group, Hacienda Customs has a group leaving at 8:00am Thursday, September 11th. Click Here for details.


Next Week

Saturday, September 20th
Chosa's 30 Year Anniversary. You are personally invited to celebrate Chosa's 30 Year Anniversary!
9AM - 4PM "A Ride Through Time" A photo exhibit from the Chosa's Harley-Davidson Archives.
10AM-2PM Bikini bike wash and In-store poker run;
10AM – 4PM Door prizes;
11AM-2PM Free Lunch provided by Outback Steakhouse to the first 500 people;
Noon-4PM Live music by the Nick Sterling band featuring 13 year old guitar sensation Nick Sterling!
Chosas's Harley-Davidson is located at 922 S. Country Club in Mesa. 480-894-0404.
Saturday and Sunday September 20th - 21st.
Thunder Valley Rally. This is the 3rd year for this well planned event.
Saturday Poker RunThis is a 7-Card stop starting at Cliff Castle Casino in Camp Verde, through Mormon Lake and Munds Park and back to Cliff Castle Casino. Registration begins at 8:00am with the organized ride leaving at 10:00am. Riders and/or passengers will each receive a commemorative T-shirt, commemorative ride pin, a coupon for $10 in quarters, and a Club Thunder card for raffles, tickets, prizes and more. Cost of run is $25. $15 goes to Make-A-Wish. Prize money will be distributed for riders and passengers. Highest Hand: $1,000. Lowest Hand: $500. Total of $3000 in prize money. 
Saturday September 20, Concert: Two of the hottest nostalgia bands going, John Kay and Steppenwolf, and Bad Company's Paul Rodgers Band. Gates open at 6pm. Opening act is John Kay & Steppenwolf. They will take the stage at 6:30pm Bad Company's Paul Rodgers Band will take the stage at 8pm. Tickets are $25.00. Click here to order online. For more information call 928-567-7999.
Sunday, September 21: Thunder Valley Rall's Bike Show. Registration is $10 to enter your bike. Register from 8:00am - 10:00am. Bike show class viewing and voting will take place between 10am - Noon. Mickey Jones, event emcee will announce prizes from 2pm - 4pm. There will be $7225 in prize money awarded in 11 different categories. Click Here to see all the categories and detail information on the Bike Show. Cliff Castle Casino is located off of I-17 at Exit 289 in Camp Verde, AZ.

Saturday, September 20th
3rd Annual Habitat For Humanity Ride. This ride is sponsored by Grand Canyon Harley-Davidson to raise money for low income families to finance their homes at an affordable cost. Sign in at Grand Canyon Harley Store in Prescott located at 138 S. Montezuma St. (Whiskey Row). Sign in is from 8am -9am. Ride will end at Grand Canyon HD in Mayer for Hot Dogs/Hamburgers and Cold Drinks. Pre-Registration is $20 singles, $30 doubles. Day of event is $30/$40. To pre register call 928-445-8003.

September 19th-21st
Mountain Madness X. This ride is sponsored by the motorcycle clubs and organizations of the Arizona Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs. Campground is 24 miles East of Payson. Go East on 260 out of Payson to Christopher Creek, then 3 more miles turn right on Cole Cord Rd. and another 3 miles down county road to campground. Singles $15, Couples $20. There will be Bike Show, Field Events, Bike Games, Beer, Food, Vendors and Live Entertainment. For more information call Priest at 602-788-8873.
Sunday, September 21st.
Ridin' for a Reason 2003. Third Annual Poker Run to Benefit The Child Crisis Center East Valley. Outback Steakhouse, Chosa's Harley-Davidson and Fordyce Floors invite you to come and join them for the Ridin' For a Reason Poker Run. Check in is from 8-9am at Chosa's HD located at 922 S. Country Club Rd. in Mesa. Ride will go to the local Outback Steakhouses and Chosa's Apache Junction to draw cards. You will end up at the Outback in Mesa for a complete Filet dinner, drinks and prizes. Best hand wins $1000 worth of merchandise at Chosa's. Ride cost is $100 per motorcycle, good for 1 or 2 riders. That includes beverages at every stop, Complete Steak dinner, and two adult beverage tickets at the end of the ride. For more info call Mike Olsen at 602-432-8903. 

Go to the Rides and Events Calendar on for more ride information.

I am pleased to announce that Cycle Trader is now publishing the Event calendar in Cycle Trader Magazine. Every week you can find a full page listing of Events and Bike Nights. This week you will find the listings on Page 6. If you need to list a bike on Cycle Trader you can now do that directly from the Classifieds Page. Just click on the Cycle Trader logo. Thanks to Cycle Trader for choosing for their Event Listing information.
As I have said before, the worst part of my work here is to report when riders lose their lives on the road. There have been 2 riders that have been killed on motorcycles this past week. Tim Davis is a man that many of us here in Phoenix knew very well. He worked for 26 years with Honeywell and was always involved with Charity rides and was the first to ask if he could help. I always looked forward to seeing Tim at the events and bike nights around the valley. He truly loved his motorcycle and riding. Tim was riding with Jim Black through North Dakota when he rode into the rear of a semi truck at approximately 70 mph. There were no skid marks. Although it is unknown at this time, it is believed that he might have fallen asleep. Tim will surely be missed by all who knew him. Funeral services will be 2:00pm Thursday, September 18th at Community Church of Joy located just North of the Loop 101 on 75th Ave. You are encouraged to ride your motorcycle to the service. If you need more information contact Gordon at 602-231-1512.
The other man is Jim Thomasson. He was the Tucson H.O.G. Road Captain and was run down by a hit-n-run driver on Sunday afternoon in Tucson after returning from the Patriot Parade in Phoenix. Jim was a former health-care executive retired from private medical practice. "Jim loved motorcycles and the H.O.G. association, and he displayed it proudly on his leather jacket," said younger brother John Thomasson. He was a big part of the Tucson Community and the motorcycle world in Tucson. He will also be missed. Click Here for an article about the incident in the Tucson Citizen.
God Bless these men and their families in this very tough time. 

Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"

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