Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Well, as predicted in last week's letter, the monsoons have moved on and near perfect
riding weather is here. If you are ever going to get out and enjoy your
motorcycle and the great riding in Arizona, now is the time. I would encourage you to take a look at the Day Rides
section on www.cyclerides.com to pick out one of the 17 Day Rides listed on that page. There are turn by turn
directions with photos, maps and even video on some of the rides. Some of my favorite rides are Sedona Via Jerome, Tonto
Natural Bridge and of course my Valley favorite Tortilla
Flat (don't forget to go the additional 6 miles of asphalt
past Tortilla Flat). If you would like to take 5 minutes to do some day dreaming, here is one of my favorite
riding videos. A lot of people have asked about the shooting of this video, it was all shot by me while riding
and holding the video camera. Really gives you a front seat perspective. Click Here for the video.
If you missed last week's newsletter Click Here. If you would like more details on the Garmin Quest GPS that I use for travel and a trip computer, Click Here , you can order online with same day shipping.
I stopped by Hacienda Harley last week for a quick meeting and while I was there, as I do at all the dealerships I go into, I like to take a walk around to see what is in their store that should be at my house. In my mind, that would be most of the stuff. But in the real world, I try to remain realistic and find those cool little items that I haven't seen before. This visit yielded exactly that. As I was walking around the store, touching everything in sight, to see if I got the "buy me now" vibe from it, I ran across Eric Herrmann's book titled, "How to Paint & Draw Motorcycles". Well, I have no intention to start painting or drawing motorcycles, but as I thumbed through the book, it really wasn't about teaching me how to paint and draw, but how HE painted his motorcycle related masterpieces. That I had some interest in.
A lot of you know Eric or have a least seen his work at many of the major motorcycle rallies across the United States. He lives right here in Arizona and has his studio in a beautiful desert setting East of Carefree, AZ. Eric has been commissioned by several motorcycle rallies including Laughlin and Laconia, as well as being chosen in 2001 to create a motorcycle painting to commemorate the Indianapolis 500 that now hangs in their museum. Eric has become the premier and most recognized motorcycle artist in the country with his creative style of painting and storytelling through hiding unique items within his paintings.
I've known Eric personally for about 6 years and have followed his paintings throughout this time. I actually own a couple of his prints including one of his most famous pieces named "Dangerous", and one that I can seem to personally relate to called "Crank'n". When you look at the painting you will see why. It is from the perspective of the rider going down this long desert highway with the tach red lined, and a police car filling up his rear view mirror. Crank'n is a classic! I have no idea why I can relate to this painting. Maybe this is why.
The book takes you from the early years of Eric Herrmann in grade school when he started drawing T-Bucket hot rods in math class through his 4 years at ASU School Of Art and highlights of 10 paintings from his last 14 years transforming himself into a world class artist. The parts of the book that I personally found most interesting were Eric's description of some of my favorite paintings. He will take you from the inception of the idea in his head to the final stroke on the canvas. For example, "Dangerous" is one of my favorite Eric Herrmann paintings. This painting really puts you in the drivers seat to experience what the rider, who is being reflected in the back of the tanker, is seeing. Eric takes you on a journey with both photos and words to show you how he prepares for, and ultimately puts his thoughts on canvas.
For me, this book was really interesting, as he allows you to get inside his mind to see the creativity, preparation, photos of subjects that he painted, the stories behind the paintings and the history of them once they were done. He also gives you insights on how to paint chrome on canvas, how reflections make up a lot of what you see and goes over the incredible attention to details that goes into each and everyone of his paintings. He will sometimes spend 2-3 months just in research for each painting.
After reading his book I called Eric to tell him how much I enjoyed the read. I then took a ride out to see his studio and to fill in a few of the blanks I had from reading his book. It was fun to see a lot of his paintings that I hadn't seen for a while and to see what he was working on now. His setup on the new work is just as he illustrates in his book. He has the bike painted on the canvas, pictures stuck in the corners as reference and is filling in the details around the focal point with the dog, panties, shoes, etc. I think I even caught him by surprise in our conversation. Being a detail guy myself, after reading the book I kind of felt like I had some lay knowledge about painting. After a couple of probing questions about his new work, he admitted that he was not expecting this to turn into an intellectual conversation, but was more than happy to fully answer my questions to the level that exceeded my limited knowledge. I thoroughly enjoyed my 90 minutes with Eric and am very impressed with what he has accomplished over the years.
I am not a reader at all! I haven't read a novel since college, and that was because I had to. So if I don't read it on the internet, unless it is a reference book or a motorcycle magazine, it doesn't get read. That being said, I couldn't put this book down. I couldn't wait to see how the next painting was conceived. It is 141 pages of interesting non-fiction reading, with photos to support what he was referring to, and revolves around a subject that we all enjoy... motorcycles. Regardless, if you are familiar with Eric's work or not, I think you will find this book very interesting and will probably become a fan of his work. As I mentioned above, I currently own "Dangerous" and "Crank'n". After our trip to Sturgis this year and our infatuation with Deadwood, the next one I am going to get is "Up Late". This painting uses the Main St. of Deadwood as the location. You can read the very fascinating story about this painting in the book.
You can purchase the book at Hacienda Harley-Davidson in Scottsdale. To see all of Eric Herrmann's work or to order any of your favorite prints and a signed copy of the book, go to http://www.ericherrmannstudios.com/. Eric only produces 950 of each print and they are done. It is a true limited and numbered production. If you want one after that, it would be on the resale market. When the sales of a print cross 750, the price doubles from $125 to $250, and then up again at 850. So if you have a favorite, you'd better grab it before they are sold out or cross the magic numbers. I have number 829 of Crank'n and number 675 of Dangerous that I got this past Spring. This artwork is really starting to catch on. Most of his original canvas's of his paintings have sold for much more than the original prices and some of the early ones have doubled or tripled in price. If you would like to contact Eric call 480-575-7559.
To see the detail in Eric's Nascar Jack painting, Click Here and then go to the bottom of the text where it says Click Here to read more about Historic. It is very interesting. Enjoy!
Be sure and view the Extras column below for more interesting items including:
an update on the HOV Lane riding and the Billy Lane deadly crash.
Highlights This Week
Chester's Harley-Davidson Demo Day. Everyone loves a motorcycle Demo Day!
Saturday and Sunday
Chandler Harley-Davidson Wide-Open House. Free Food, Tier Discounts up to 20%
Thunder Valley Rally Poker Run. Grand Funk, Steppenwolf, Blood Sweat & Tears
This Week's Bike Night Events
Chester’s 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! Wednesday, October 4th we’ll be at Rock'em and Sock'em located on Apache Trail E. of Signal Butte in Apache Junction. From 6pm to 9pm, they’re servin’ it up right with $1 Domestic Drafts, $3 well drinks and FREE Buffet for all bikers.! Superstition Harley-Davidson in Apache Junction. (480) 346-0600 www.superstitionhd.com. Stay tuned for the October locations.
Wednesday, October 18th: San Tan Flat located at 6182 W. Hunt Hwy. in Queen Creek.
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 "Easton Ashe" 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 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 and Sunday, September 23rd and 24th
Chandler Harley-Davidson Wide-Open House. Roll into our Wide-Open House celebration and enter the Great Escapes Sweepstakes! You could win a 2007 HD Fat Boy motorcycle, plus a consultation with the H-D Styling team in Milwaukee and $10,000 in Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories to build your dream bike. You could also win one of two travel packages to the Harley-Davidson Great Escapes destinations of your choice. Free Food from 12 - 2pm. Tier Discounts up to 20%, Vendors, Raffles, Radio Remote and More! You can also take advantage of the Buell Demos with the Official Buell Demo Truck on site. 20% off all Buell Parts and Accessories with Demo. Chandler Harley-Davidson is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, Arizona. For more information call 480-496-6800. www.chandlerharley.com .
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.
Saturday, September 30th
Buddy Stubbs Wide Open House Party. Roll into the Wide-Open House Party at Buddy Stubbs Saturday, September 30th from 10am - 5pm to see the latest line-up of 2007 HD motorcycles featuring the new Twin Cam 96 and Six-Speed transmission. Stick around for one of the 2 fashion shows at 1pm and 2pm that will be unveiling the latest in Harley-Davidson motorclothes. There will also be Live Music, Free Food and Beverages, and a Motorcycle Museum Tour at 1:30pm. Enter to win a new 2007 Fat Boy, a consultation with the H-D Styling Team, and $10,000 in Parts and Accessories and 2 "Great Escapes" travel trips. Ride by Buddy Stubbs and enjoy the festivities at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix, AZ. 602-971-3400.
Saturday, September 30th
The 2nd Annual Gypsy
Riders Ball. Please join us for this fun and exciting evening benefiting
Arizona Institute for Breast Health (AIBH). Saturday September 30, 2006 at Monterra at Westworld in Scottsdale. Tickets are $65 per person that will include Dinner, Dancing, Live Music, Casino Tables, Custom Bike Displays, Live and Silent Auctions. To purchase tickets go to www.azgypsyriders.org or email email@example.com.
Sunday October 1st.
The 17th Annual Lost Dutchman Amazing Ride. Sponsored by the East Valley H.O.G. Chapter. This is annually a very well attended ride. Proceeds benefit East Valley Organizations that aid others in need. Registration from 7am - 10am at Chester's Harley-Davidson at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa. $25 per person registration fee. Ride pin to 1st 500 registered. Bike Show, Vendors, Silent Auction & 50/50, Cash Bar, Cash Prizes, Live music from Noon-4pm with "Michael Russo and the MC". Final Stop, Air Conditioned Mesa Convention Center. Catered Lunch included. For more information, call the East Valley H.O.G. Chapter Activities Hotline (480) 844-0803.
Sunday, October 1st
3rd Annual Agent Orange Ride. Poker Run with Cash & Prizes. Sign-in 8-10am at Evolution Custom Cycles, 617 South McClintock Drive in Tempe, AZ. Poker Run, 50/50, Win Cash & Prizes including: A Fender Guitar & Amp, Southwest Airline Tickets, Leathers, T-Shirts, Hats, & More. Presented by The Order of the Silver Rose. From the Organizer, Buffalo Rick Galeener…Recently, our government has seen fit to revisit disability cases, and has severed compensation for any Vietnam veteran who "did not set foot on land, in Vietnam"! These are sailors and marines that served aboard ships stationed in the Gulf of Tonkin. They are suffering and dying from Agent Orange exposure and our VA system has seen fit to exclude them from compensation! Another promise broken! We will not break our promise! We will continue to recognize and award The Order of the Silver Rose to any veteran affected by Agent Orange. Get more info on the web at www.silverrose.org. We hope you will help in our effort by donating anything from Sponsorship dollars to Door Prizes. (Hats, t-shirts, products, services etc.) We'll take whatever we can get! It's for our vets! Thanks…Buffalo Rick Galeener, AZ Director, Order of the Silver Rose. firstname.lastname@example.org
Cyclerides.com Toys To Kids Ride.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 2nd for the Cyclerides.com Toys To Kids
Ride. This year is going to have a very exciting end location which will be at one of the largest holiday-themed
entertainment parks, Santa's Christmas
Theme Park located at Firebird Raceway. The
kids will be entertained, fed and waiting for us there at the main stage. There will be live entertainment, rides,
live animals and food for the riders when we arrive. All riders will enter free. Your entire family will be
invited at half-price, even if they didn't ride. Stay tuned for details.
Riding In The HOV Lane Update by Ray Huston, MMA Lobbyist.
What happened was a simple mistake made by an over zealous, uninformed, Gilbert Police Officer. He stopped three different motorcyclists at three different times and cited them for riding in the HOV lane without a passenger. Don’t ask me what he was doing on the freeways, except maybe………………???
The DPS officers are in tune with our privilege of riding the HOV’s. The rest of the story is that the Motorcycle Rights Organizations were informed of this situation and we went to work. The temporary fix is that the Gilbert Police Officer mailed a letter to all three persons that he cited and told them that he was going to ask the judge to dismiss the citations. I am sure that someone in his department got wind of it and let him know about some of the federal laws all across the country that allows motorcycles to ride in HOV lanes without passengers.
Bottom line: Keep on riding in the HOV lanes, and I am sure that you will not get stopped for this practice. The message here is that we are entitled to ride in the HOV lanes for several reasons. So please keep up the practice and if you happen to get cited, please do not pay the citation, do not argue with the nice policeman, just email me at email@example.com .
Rally In The Rockies Update.
Most of you have heard that the Rally In The Rockies event was cancelled
this past Labor Day Weekend. Now the legal battles are starting and it is shaping up to be bikers against the County
in Colorado. You can read all about it on the front page of the Rally In The Rockies web site.
Billy Lane Crash Update
You might have heard by now that motorcycle builder Billy Lane of Biker Build-off
fame was involved in a crash that killed a fellow motorcyclist. Billy
apparently attempted to pass some cars on a double yellow no passing zone while driving in his pickup in Florida
and ran head-on into an oncoming motorcyclist. The man riding the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene.
Tests are being ran to see if alcohol was involved on the part of Billy Lane. Click Here for newspaper account of the crash. Click Here for a really good
news channel video
of the accident.
This subject will be hot and heavy come election day and will be with us for quite a while. Here is an interesting article that was sent to me today. Just when I thought I had heard it all... Click here for the rest of the story.