Weekly Update

Greetings Riders,
LET THE RIDING SEASON BEGIN! The monsoon is finally over. The skies are blue and great riding weather is within our grasp. It is still a bit warm in the middle of the day, but the humidity is gone and early evening riding is really nice. Isn't it funny how our mind and body become conditioned to what we have to deal with? Another rider mentioned this to me and he is right. I remember riding out around Lake Pleasant in May when we had just gone over the 100 degree temperature mark with no humidity thinking to myself, this is brutal, I can't ride in this kind of heat! But after experiencing the high heat and humidity of July and August, I am now looking forward to the days of 100 with low humidity. That seems to be a good example of life, sometimes we don't know how good we have it until the heat gets turned up.
As for me, I'll be glad when the heat gets turned down a little bit. As you know from last weeks letter, I had a little bout with sunburn. Seems as though I was sweating so much that the sunscreen was totally removed by repeated wiping of sweat from my face. A rider here in town read my article and was kind enough to send me a package with her "Genuine RIDE Skin Care". It was an excellent array of skin care products that included Riders Block Oil Free SPF 30, Riders Lip Balm, Cleansing Cloths and Ride Renewal Facial Moisturizer. I had to do some errands around town on the motorcycle Friday so I thought it would be a good time to give the SPF 30 a try. I grabbed one of the tubes and applied the lotion liberally before my ride just as the instructions said. It seemed a bit on the oily side, but I thought it would it would go away with time.
I gave the sunscreen a good test as I spent about 4 hours out in the sun that day riding around the valley. I was Westbound on the 101 heading back home when I noticed a distinct burning on my arms. There was that itchy feeling and that intense heat feeling. I looked down and they were as red as they could be. Possibly the worst sunburn I had gotten the entire summer. You know the kind, where it feels like your skin is on fire. So I got home and showed Mrs. C. how red my arms were. She responded as any good wife would have by saying: "Why didn't you wear sunscreen? I explained to her that I had worn this new sunscreen that a rider had sent me to try, but it sure didn't work very well. She asked to take a look at it, so I picked up the tube to show her.
OOPS!!! In my haste to leave, I had mistakenly grabbed the wrong tube. I applied a nice layer of the "Ride Renewal" to my arms prior to riding instead of the "Riders Block". As it turns out, there is a BIG difference. I had gotten about 4 hours ahead of myself with this application. Ride Renewal consists of avocado butter and jojoba oil. These are 2 ingredients you might put on a Turkey before you put it in the oven. Not good for a riders arms prior to spending 4 hours in the sun, unless you are looking for one heck of a sunburn. Needless to say, it accelerated the burning instead of slowing it down.
As it turns out, I did get another chance to try the Riders Block in the order that it is to be used and it is excellent. It is designed to go on oil free which helps resist road dirt and is very water resistant to perspiration. My personal favorite is the Riders Balm Lip Treatment. As you all know when you ride, your lips tend to get dried out. This is the best stuff by far that I have ever used. It is a little expensive, but well worth it. You can order online at or you can pick it up at Hacienda Harley. I don't know of any other places that are carrying it yet. Give it a try.

In This Issue:
Hooter's Thursday Bike Night. First night with Giveaways and Raffles. Should be lots of bikes!
Chosa's 30 Year Anniversary Celebration. In store Poker Run, Free Lunch by Outback.
Thunder Valley Rally and Concerts in Camp Verde
Combo Deluxe is playing at
Haileys Grill in Mayer
Complete details on 

Tucson Riders!
Bike and Car Show Friday Night at Tucson Harley 6:30-9:00pm. Live Band! 


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.

Hooters at Arrowhead Bike Night. First Night This Week!
Get ready for a new Thursday Bike Night starting this week at Hooters at Arrowhead
on September 18th. There will be 20% off menu items (25% off with V.I.P. Card). $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 for details

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 Titan Motorcycles. 
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 21st
Hailey's Live Entertainment Sundays 
This Weekend - Sunday, September 21st: "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, 19th: Susan L. & Co. 9pm.
Sat. September, 20th: Karaoke Contest. 9pm.
Sun. September, 21st: Susan L. & Co. 4-8pm.

Cave Creek Idol Karaoke Contest, sponsored by Ori Custom Homes and hosted by Erika Krueger (the short dark haired girl that can really sing) continues this week.  Anyone can join in on the Karaoke starting at 9:00pm and then if you want to join the competition, sign up for the contest at 8:30pm. This will all lead up to the finals on October 25th where the winner will receive $500 Cash. Don't want to join the contest, that's okay too!  After the contest we keep the karaoke going until closing time.
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

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!
Chosa'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 $200 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.
Next Week 

Saturday, September 27th
Operation Freedom Bird. Operation Freedom Bird is holding a poker run to raise funds to send vets to the Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C. this year. This is a non profit organization. All proceeds go directly to assisting Vietnam Veterans attend the Wall in Washington, D.C. Operation Freedom Bird provides Arizona's veterans of the Vietnam War with a unique opportunity to share their experiences, confront their feelings and pay tribute to their fallen brothers and sisters. Fifty veterans have been selected each year since 1988 to participate in a 4 day therapeutic trip to the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Veterans Day. Ride starts at the Steel Horse Saloon, 19th Ave. and Bell. (NE Corner). Sign in at 10:30am, ride leaves at 11:30am. $20 per rider includes ride shirt. Information at 602-942-8778.
Saturday, September 27th
1st Annual Founders Motorcycle Ride. Presented by Grand Canyon Harley-Davidson to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northern Arizona. Enjoy the beauty of Northern Arizona while helping to raise funds to provide wishes to children who have life threatening medical conditions. Ride pins to the first 100. Ride starts at Grand Canyon Harley-Davidson in Mayer, 10434 Hwy 69 at 9:00am. Ride ends at Bucky's Casino, Food, Band, & Entertainment. $20 single and $25 double. Information at: 928 632-4009.

Sunday, September 28th
Memory Ride Poker Run. Presented by the Alzheimer's Association Desert Southwest Chapter. Ride leaves from Outback Steakhouse in Mesa at    Event day registration $15, all passengers $5. Registration times: 7:30 - 9:30am. Coffee and light refreshments, Lunch and Entertainment. 602-528-0545.

Upcoming Events 

October 24th -26th
It's almost time for the small river community of Parker to open their doors for the annual ParkerBikerFest III, October 24-26, a run to raise money for the Players Ninth Street Youth Center. Starting with the closing of downtown, Friday night, to host the bikers at the street party and Jim's Harley Davidson Bike show. The bikes roll up onto a raised, checkered flag platform, complete with shining lights and smoke to let the crowds cheer and get an awesome view as they vie for the prize money and trophies.
Saturday its on to free breakfast and a spectacular tour of the river as it's Poker Run time for big $ and trophies. No sooner do the bikes return to their home base park on the rivers edge, and a bike rodeo begins with great biker prizes.  Then it's off the bikes and on to a free dinner and live music.

Sunday morning starts with CMA services and an escorted rolling thunder through the community.

And there's the full line up of vendors, 50/50's, free T-Shirts and run Pins and free camping, but most of all it the community of Parker, that extends its warmth and friendliness to the motorcycle community.  One low price gets you entered into everything.  See it all at . or the info line toll free at 1-888-733-7275.   


I am pleased to announce that Cycle Trader has chosen as their exclusive provider for Rides and Events in their magazine. Every week you can find a full page listing of Events and Bike Nights from 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. 

I mentioned last week that Tim Davis, a man that many of us here in Phoenix knew very well, was killed while riding his motorcycle in North Dakota. 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 at 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. There is a group meeting at the Steel Horse at 12:30pm, leaving at 1:00pm for the Church. If you need more information contact Gordon at 602-231-1512.
As for me, I will be at the kickoff of the Hooter's Bike Night on Thursday and then take a ride up North this weekend for a surprise "Day Ride Feature" and enjoy some great riding. Should be a beautiful weekend to get out and take a ride.


Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,

Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"

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