Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Well, here we are in the middle of September. It is that time of year that the water cooler talk has changed from generally how hot it is, to "I'm sick of this weather, I am ready for Summer to be over!" That is because it has been humid lately making things seem overly hot, uncomfortable and generally creating a heavy disdain for the weather conditions. As for me, I don't mind the hot temperatures. But high humidity is why I moved from Kansas. Give me 105 and 5% humidity over 95 and 50% humidity any day. But the good news is that our Chamber of Commerce weather is right around the corner and it will soon be perfect riding weather both day and night. Check out the Rides and Events Calendar on www.cyclerides.com to see all of the new Bike Nights that you can partake in while enjoying a great evening ride.
A lot of you noticed my reference to a GPS in the reports from our Banff to Sturgis ride and inquired about it. Well, as most of you know by now I am kind of a "gadget" guy and love electronics of all kinds. I have so many chargers that I take on these trips that I had to bring my own 3-ways just to have enough plug-ins to get everything charged back up. This year I added a new item to my bag of goodies that quickly became the most useful travel tool that I have ever had. It is the Garmin Quest GPS.
You non tech types are probably saying right now, why do I need one of those? I can just go get a $5 map and be on my way. That is true. We have all done that for years and it worked. We also used to heat up our soup in a pan on the kitchen stove too. But we don't do that anymore either. The microwave makes it a lot easier and faster. Same with the GPS. Just tell it where you want to go, and it will give you the route to follow, how many miles you will have to ride, how long it will take you and it will even tell you when to make the turns. No more pulling out the map with a magnifying glass trying to see the micro sized numbers next to the roads and then adding them up in your head to see how far it is from here to Bryce Canyon. The Quest will do it all for you. In fact I just did that. From I-17 and Loop 101 it is 423 miles Bryce Canyon. Click Here to see the screen shots.
Not only will it tell you how to get there, it will monitor your travel to see if you are staying on course. If you happen to take a wrong turn, it will tell you that you are "Off Route" and ask you if you want to Recalculate. This feature saved me untold miles in Canada this past trip. I was traveling on Hwy. 2 in Alberta. But just outside of Fort Macleod the road makes a gentle sweeping curve to turn into Hwy. 3. To stay on Hwy. 2 you actually have to make a turn to the right to continue on South.
As you can see by the map, if you are not looking for that turn, you could easily follow the sweeping curve of the road and miss it. I did! About a quarter mile down Hwy. 3 I saw that my Quest was telling me that I was "Off Route" asking me if I wanted to recalculate. I couldn't understand why it would be asking me that, I was positive I was on the correct road. I pulled over and looked at the GPS to find that I had to make a turn to stay on the same road. It recalculated and got me back on the right road. This saved me a lot of miles as I was so sure I was on the right road, I even doubted the GPS as it was telling me that I was wrong.
Not only will this little device, measuring just about the same size as a cell phone, keep you on the right road, it will also help you find the nearest gas stations, restaurants and motels complete with address and phone number. When you find the one that you want, just click the route to button and it will take you right there. I used this feature in California earlier this Summer and it was a huge help as we were there over 4th of July weekend and all the Hotels were filled. I did a search in the area and finally found one about 12 miles inland. I clicked the "route to" button and told me which direction to go, what turns to make and took me right to it.
For those of you that have bikes and are sensitive to gas needs, you will always know exactly how far you are from your destination by just moving the cursor to your end location. Another really cool feature is the Trip Computer. Being a numbers guy, I tend to study this page at the end of every day just to see some statistics about the day. This page tells you everything you would want to know about your trip including total miles traveled, amount of time moving and moving average, amount of time stopped and your overall average as well as total amount of time traveled and top speed. This page will also give you your current speed in case your speedometer doesn't work or is not calibrated correctly.
As for installation on the bike, I did something a little different than most. I'm not a big fan of attaching things to handlebars, fairings, etc., so I just simply put some Velcro on the back of the Garmin, some Velcro on the handlebar mount and stuck it right below the speedometer. It stays very secure and at the end of the day or when I am going to be off of the bike for a while, I just take it off and stick it in my pocket. It is a really slick way to mount it. This way you can easily take it off and use it in your car with the cigarette lighter adapter and speaker that comes with it. Then it will actually talk to you and verbally tell you what turns to make. Makes negotiating the multiple freeway system in California a breeze.
As you can tell by this write-up, I am a huge fan of this little guy and it has become a permanent fixture on my bike for long rides, day rides or just finding a location here in town that I have never been to. It is literally as easy as moving the cursor on the screen to where you want to go, click OK and then click route to. The Quest will do the rest. The reason I chose the Garmin Quest is that it is small to mount on the bike and to put in my pocket to transport, has a 256 bright color screen and has a 20 hour battery life that will get me completely through the day without having to hook up a dedicated power source to it. I love this thing, just ask the people that I have traveled with, I am constantly giving them stats of where we are and how much farther to go.
If you would like to get one for yourself or a gift for someone, I found a great GPS place on the internet to order mine. The cost is $369.95 for a factory new unit that includes a DVD with map software that has the entire United States and Canada, USB PC interface cable, A/C power adapter, external speaker with 12 volt cig. lighter plug and a suction cup mount for you windshield. You can easily do routes and waypoints on your computer and download them to your Quest. If you would prefer the Quest 2 that comes with ALL of the maps pre-loaded, the cost is $549.95. If you order by 5:00 Central time it will ship the same day. If you want it here the next day you can choose to have it overnighted for around $20. This place is located in Nebraska. Beware of the ones in New York, I have not had good luck getting product on time or in good condition from there. These guys were right on time and delivered what was promised at a great price.
Click Here for their web site for more information and
to order. HAVE FUN!!
You will never want to travel without your Garmin Quest again. I even take mine on commercial flights to see where we are at, how high and fast we are going.
Highlights This Week
New!! Chandler Harley-Davidson Tuesday Bike Night
New!! Superstition Harley-Davidson Rotating Wednesday Bike Night. 1st and 3rd Wednesday's
New!! Hacienda HD Wednesday Bike Night at the Tilted Kilt In Scottsdale.
New!! Brunch at Cave Creek Roadhouse starting at 7am. Click Here for 2 for 1 Coupon.
Saturday, September 16th
Superstition Harley-Davidson’s Wide-Open House. Music, Demo Rides, BBQ.
Chester's Harley-Davidson Giant 10 Hour Indoor Tent Sale. Huge Discounts.
National POW-MIA Recognition Day Event.
This Week's Bike Night Events
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 Chester’s 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.
Chandler Harley-Davidson Tuesday Bike Night at Nozzlehead's Grille & Pub. Stop by Two Wheel Tuesday Bike Night at Nozzlehead's Grille and Pub located at 4920 S. Gilbert Rd. in Chandler, AZ. Join us for Munchies and Music, Food and Drink, Specials, Raffle Prizes and good old fashion H-D fun! Nozzlehead's is a fun firefighter-themed restaurant that serves the best pure angus burgers and meatiest wings in the valley. 12 flavors of wings! 11 tap beers served out of the front-end of a real fire truck. Hot Times, Cold Drinks and Great Food! Stop by this Tuesday for the First Night!! Click Here for Map. Stop by Chandler Harley-Davidson located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler for a Nozzlehead Food Discount Coupon.
Hacienda Harley-Davidson Bike Night at The Tilted Kilt. Stop by the new Tilted Kilt located at 7077 E. Bell Rd. for the Hacienda HD Bike Night. Enjoy the new Tilted Kilt for dinner or drinks while sitting on the patio large patio or inside watching your favorite sporting event on one of the many TV's inside. Stop by Hacienda Harley and get your 15% off Biker Card for the Tilted Kilt. There will be Jack Daniels door prizes. Free Jack Daniel's Shirts, Hats, Beanies, Handkerchiefs and Bandannas. Hacienda Harley-Davidson and Tilted Kilt Gift Certificates. Take a ride and stop by this Wednesday night. 6pm till close. 7077 E. Bell Rd. 480-922-8424. Bike Parking.
1st and 3rd Wednesday Nights
Superstition Harley-Davidson’s Bike Night. Superstition Harley-Davidson Bike Nights are back! We’re inviting you to kick back with your buds and take advantage of biker benefits! We’re featuring a different location every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month! September 20th we’ll be at Los Gringos Locos located S. of Apache Trail on Phelps in Apache Junction (280 S. Phelps). From 6pm to 9pm, they’re servin’ it up right with $2 Domestic Drafts, $2 Mini Quesadillas & Nachos and $3 Taquitos, Peppers & Chile Queso's! Superstition Harley-Davidson in Apache Junction. (480) 346-0600 www.superstitionhd.com. Stay tuned for the October locations.
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
The "Hog Pen" at the Roadhouse Bike Weekend.
NEW!! Breakfast Buffet Now Beginning at 7am - Noon on Saturday! Click Here for your 2 for 1 breakfast buffet coupon good from 7am - 9am.
Grab a seat at the new Hog Pen bar rail and watch the bikes ride by. There
is plenty of new concrete motorcycle parking right out front. 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:
Wednesday: Live Music with "Easton Ashe" 9pm - Close
Friday: Live Music with "Easton Ashe" 9pm - 1:30am
Saturday: Live Music with "Radio Dogma" 9pm - 1:30am
Click here for the Cave Creek Roadhouse website. 480-575-3098
Sugar Daddy's Blues Biker Sunday Brunch.
Looking for a place to start the day for brunch or to just cool down? Enjoy Sugar Daddy's patio for brunch ordered off of the menu, a $2 Mimosa or a $4 build your own Bloody Mary bar from 10am - 4pm. You will also enjoy Live Music while dining from 10am on the patio.
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. Or maybe just relax on the patio with your favorite beverage 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, September 16th
Superstition Harley-Davidson’s Wide-Open House. Stop by from 10am-3pm to experience the New Twin Cam 96 Engine, plus other exciting, never before seen, enhancements. And, enjoy Music, Demo Rides, and FREE BBQ! Don’t worry about the heat! We’ll help cool you down with ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s…not to mention, great savings on all our gear. To top it off, we’ve jammed pack a safe full of prizes! Just come on down to Superstition Harley-Davidson to get your code that could crack the safe wide-open! Superstition HD is located at 2910 W. Apache Trail in Apache Junction, AZ. 480-346-0600. Click Here for Map.
Saturday, September 16th
Chester's Harley-Davidson Giant 10 Hour Indoor Tent Sale. Saturday, September 16th ride by Chester's HD from 8am - 6pm to find Big Savings on selected MotorClothes, Merchandise and Accessories. You will find HUGE, never before seen discounts on parts. So come on down to Chester's to find that bargain you have been looking for and Enjoy a Coffee Bar from 8am - 10am. Tom's BBQ from 11am - 2pm. Chester's is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa. 480-894-0404. www.chestershd.com .
Saturday, September 16th
National POW-MIA Recognition Day Event. Noon - 6:00pm at the American Legion Post 1 located at 364 N. 7th Ave. (7th Ave. and Van Buren). Music, 50/50 Raffle, Door Prizes and Raffles, Missing Man Table and Ceremony. $5.00 Per Person. First 50 people receive a special event pin. A portion of the proceeds go to The National League of Pow-Mia Families. Info: Robert at 480-430-5852.
Saturday, September 23rd
Chester's Harley-Davidson Demo Day. Everyone loves a motorcycle Demo Day! Have you been wondering what it is like to ride one of the new 2007 HD motorcycles with the new 96" motors? This is your chance to experience it for yourself. Demo rides will be from 9am - 5pm. If you are an early bird, there will be a Coffee Bar from 8am - 10am. Or come around lunch time from 11am - 2pm for Hot Dogs and Hamburgers. Don't miss this opportunity to get into the saddle of the highly acclaimed 2007 Harley-Davidson with the new 96" motors and 6 speed transmissions. You will be amazed! Chester's HD is located at 922 S. Country Club in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404. Click Here for Map.
Saturday, September 23rd
Thunder Valley Rally Poker Run. This is the 6th year for this popular event with $15 from every entry to benefit Toys For Tots of Northern Arizona.
Saturday Poker Run: This is a 7-Card, beautiful 150 Mile ride through the high country starting
at Cliff Castle Casino in Camp Verde and riding through Munds Park, Flagstaff and Mormon Lake among
other stops and then back to Cliff Castle Casino. Registration begins at 8:00am with the organized part of the
ride leaving at 10:00am. Riders and/or passengers will each receive a commemorative T-shirt, commemorative ride
pin, $10 in cash, and 5 entries into the Cliff Castle Casino Custom motorcycle giveaway. Cost of run is $25.
$15 goes to Toys For Tots of Northern Arizona. $10,000 in Prize money will be distributed for riders and passengers.
Highest Hand Rider and Passenger: $3000 each. Lowest Hand: $2000. Total of $10,000 in prize money. Click Here to pre-register online.
Saturday Concerts: Stick around for the Classic Rock Triple Header. $25 general admission will get you in to see John Kay & Steppenwolf, Grand Funk Railroad and Blood, Sweat & Tears in concert at the Stargazer Pavilion. Concert starts at 6pm. Click Here to purchase tickets.
Sunday, September 24th:
Thunder Valley Rally's Bike Show. This is always a good bike show and worth the ride up for. 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. Will announce prizes from 3pm - 4pm. There will be $8600 in prize money awarded in 13 different categories. $1000 to best of show. 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.
Almost as much as riding motorcycles I am a huge fan of flying and plan to soon get
my private pilot's license. Here is a great pictorial of a private
pilot that flew his small single engine plane from California to Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He took aerial pictures along
the way of famous landmarks. This is a very cool page of photos and commentary. Click Here to view. Enjoy!
Here is a funny video that could classify as an embarrassing moment. Click Here.
Here is one sheep that you wouldn't want to butt heads with. Click Here.