Weekly Update

Greetings Riders,
Well, this is a short work week after the Labor Day holiday and it is being reflected in me getting the letter out later this week. But as the old saying goes, better late than never. We did some riding in the Durango area last weekend that I will be bringing that to you in the next couple of weeks. You won't want to miss the photos of this ride. Wow! This was my first time in this area and I was impressed.
Last week I left you after our visit to Mt. Rushmore. If you missed that newsletter and photos, Click Here to get caught up. The Mt. Rushmore visit was very special to me but we still had a lot more to see on our trip to the Sturgis area. One of the areas I had always heard about was the Ride through Custer State Park, particularly Iron Mountain Rd. and Needles Highway. I had seen a few pictures of the area, but really didn't know what to expect. We started out through the dense forest of the park and soon came upon our first of the pigtail bridges. These are really unique as you ride under the bridge and then circle around and come back on top of the road. It is a really cool sight to see all of the bikes wrapping around these bridges.
It wasn't long until we were heading directly into one of the 6 narrow tunnels that we would go through on our journey through Custer Park. These tunnels are amazingly narrow and small measuring as little as 8 feet 7 inches in width and 10 feet 10 inches tall. Not a place to go cruising with your motorhome, but motorcycles fit just fine and there were thousands of them cruising through the park throughout the day. The tunnel that I had been waiting for was the one with Mt. Rushmore looking directly into the tunnel as you go through. Fortunately we were going the right direction to see take advantage of the tunnel framing Rushmore. I was both surprised and amazed by the beauty of this visual as we rode through the tunnel. It is almost as if they trim the trees to give you this view of the monument.
As usual, wildlife wasn't nearly as plentiful as we had hoped, but we did ride by some friendly burros and a couple of goats or sheep on the road. We continued our ride through the park by following 16A to Hwy. 87 which is also known as Needles Highway. This was a beautiful ride as it took us through the forest and the rock spires that provide the namesake for "Needles" Highway. These rock formations are kind of a cross between the boulders we would see in Carefree and the Hoo Doos in Bryce Canyon. Whatever you want to call them, in your own mind you can almost see faces or images in some of these rocks. See what you can come up with. This 14 miles of road was labeled impossible to build in 1919, but Governor Norbeck provided the 150,000 pounds of dynamite and the determination to construct the roadway.
The ride on Needles took us through 3 more narrow tunnels ending with the one near Sylvan Lake that was a tourist attraction and the home of the "Needles Eye". A 40 foot tall rock with a 3 foot slit in it that resembles a giant needle. As we rode through this tunnel there were bikes parked everywhere watching the cars and bikes fit through this extremely narrow tunnel of only 8 feet wide. This entire loop is a must see when going to the Black Hills area.
We were then onto Sylvan Lake for a photo op and some water before making our way back to Sturgis. As with any mountain roads, you have to pay attention to the curves. This guy must have taken his eye off of the road for just a second and ended up down the hill.
Next we were leaving the serenity of the Black Hills for the mayhem of downtown Sturgis. One thing you will find out about downtown Sturgis is that there are not enough roadways into and out of the area. There are only 2 exits off of the freeway to reach Sturgis and they are both gridlock. If you go in the middle of the day it can easily take you 30 minutes of walking your bike to reach the downtown area. And when you do, there are thousands of bikes parked on the main street as well as everywhere else that you can find a place to park one. Stores that are normally something else throughout the year are converted to vendors from everything from T-Shirts shops to Tattoo Parlors.
There are plenty of places to eat and drink, but we made our stop that night at One Eyed Jack's for dinner and to meet some friends from Phoenix that are regulars at Sturgis. This is one amazing place. I have never seen so many bikes, vendors and people in one little place like this before. We did ride by and take some pictures of some of the places that we had heard about such as The Broken Spoke, The Full Throttle Saloon, Thunder Road, The Knuckle SaloonSturgis Harley-Davidson and of course the climb up the ladder for the typical shot of the Main Street of Sturgis. The local authorities must have really put a stop to a lot of the stories that we had heard of Sturgis, because we didn't see anything remotely close to the stories that have been told of past experiences. I guess those activities are confined to the campgrounds now.
Our last day in Sturgis was spent just taking it easy around the area. We rode to Spearfish to ride with the Hamsters and the Discovery Channel to the Legends 50 location where the finale of the Biker Build-off between Ron Perowitz and our own Paul Yaffe would be voted on and filmed. Both were great bikes, but you will have to wait for the show to air to see who won.
As I have stated before, this trip was supposed to be full of wildlife from Banff to the Black Hills. We saw bear signs, elk signs, etc. all across this West, but rarely did we see anything. So we figured that our best opportunity to see wildlife was to go to Bear Country in Rapid City and take the V-Rod bus right next to the wildlife. Well, we finally got to see our bears up close and personal, as well as some mountain goats and sheep as well. There are several photos of these in the gallery.
This year rain was not an "if" proposition, it was a "when" you were going to get drenched. We were on our way to see Spearfish when our drenching was about to happen. We had heard from another rider that there was a storm brewing with hail and heavy rain. It looked like we could go around it, but that wasn't to be the case. We soon found out that the rider we talked to had a very accurate weather report. It rained and hailed so hard that we had to seek shelter with about 200 other riders at the information center for the Pactola Reservoir. As we continued our trip when the rain let up, it had hailed so much down the road that it looked like snow. But it is all part of the thrill of traveling on a motorcycle and we got to meet some new friends along the way.
Later that night we were invited to the Hamster dinner with Myron Larabee, a long time Hamster and owner of the Billet Bar in Scottsdale. I had heard a lot about the Hamsters and seen the special on these guys on the Discovery Channel and was anxious to see this group in action. The Hamsters are a bunch of regulars guys that have been together for over 30 years and meet once per year in Sturgis. The criteria is that you have to be invited to join the group and you have to ride a custom motorcycle to Sturgis. These are a great bunch of fun loving guys. What I didn't know about them was that they are also very giving. They raised over $40,000 in an auction at the dinner that night for their Children's Charity. It was great seeing some of the names in the motorcycle industry in person as well as a special night for the Arlen Ness family as Cory Ness's son was inducted as a Hamster to make 3 generations of Ness's in the group. Thanks to Myron for inviting us to the dinner.
Our time in the Sturgis area during the Rally was great. We enjoyed seeing all of the sites including Deadwood, Sturgis, Mt. Rushmore and the riding in the Custer State Park area. If you haven't made it to this area yet, you should put it on your list of things to do. You will not be disappointed. We were there at the very start of the Rally on a Friday. That seems to be a good time to go as you will miss the massive crowds.

This concludes the report on our Banff to Sturgis Ride 2006. I will soon be compiling this in one easily accessible area that you can refer to again and share with your friends. Hope you will be able to get out and share some of these same roads in the future. Thanks for riding along with us. If you are not currently receiving the Newsletter, Click Here to sign up.
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Highlights This Week 
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 9th - Chester's Harley-Davidson Wide-Open House. 10-30% off.

September 9th - Arrowhead Harley-Davidson 4th Anniversary. See Michele Smith from American Thunder.

All Weekend - Hacienda Harley-Davidson Wide Open House. '07 Demo Rides, BBQ.

Sunday, September 10th - Arrowhead Roundup (Formerly the "Greasewood Poker Run")

Sunday, September 10th - 911 Patriot Fifth Anniversary Ride. Remember 911.



This Week's Bike Night Events 

Tuesday Nights 

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. 

Wednesday Nights 

NEW!! 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 

NEW!! 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 Stay tuned for the October locations. 

Thursday Night 

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. 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 "Crown Kings" 9pm - 1:30am

Saturday: Live Music with "Crown Kings" 9pm - 1:30am


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 . 480-970-6556.

This Week 

Saturday, September 9th
Chester's Harley-Davidson Wide-Open House. Visit our WIDE OPEN HOUSE event on Saturday, September 9th from 8am to 6pm and find powerful inspiration by checking out the new Twin Cam 96™ engine and exciting 2007 models. You could also win a 2007 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy motorcycle, plus a consultation with the H-D Styling team in Milwaukee and $10,000 in Genuine Parts & Accessories to build your dream bike. You could also win one of two trips to the "Great Escapes" destination of your choice. Receive an additional 10%-30% off with your purchase of $96 or more in Motorclothes Apparel. Coffee Bar 8am-10am. Lunch 11am-2pm. Chester's Harley-Davidson is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404. Click Here for Map.
Saturday and Sunday, September 9th & 10th
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson 4th Anniversary. Stop by Arrowhead Harley-Davidson on Saturday and Sunday to help celebrate their 4th Anniversary. Michele Smith, host of American Thunder on the Speed Channel will be in the store Saturday from 12-5pm signing autographs and will also be hosting and MC of the fashion show at 1pm. You will also find In-Store Specials, Vendors, Trip Meter Contest, Money Machine, Most Ride Pins Contest, Refreshments, Entertainment, Giveaways and More! You can also enter for your chance to win a brand new Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200C motorcycle September 9th at 5pm. You can also sign up for the Arrowhead Chapter 83 Round-up ride. Arrowhead Harley-Davidson is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Ftn. Ctr. Dr. in Peoria, just South of 83rd ave. and Bell Rd. 623-247-5542.
Saturday, September 9th - 11th
Hacienda Harley-Davidson Wide Open House. Come join us at Hacienda Harley-Davidson, Buell and Hacienda Harley-Davidson North on September 9th, 10th and 11th for our Wide Open House.  There will be BBQ's all weekend long, along with '07 demo rides, and sales galore. 
On Sunday join us between 6:30 and 8:00 a.m. for a complimentary pancake breakfast and registration for W. Steven Martin's Patriot Run.  Riders will be leaving Hacienda at 9:00 a.m.  There will also be an appearance by Hacienda's own VT Race Girl, Valerie Thompson Sunday afternoon.  Come join the fun here at Hacienda Harley-Davidson, Buell and North. 15600 N. Hayden Rd or 15750 N. Northsight Boulevard. 480-905-1903.,
Sunday, September 10th
911 Patriot Fifth Anniversary Ride. Ride with W. Steven Martin and Honor our Heroes. The ride starts and ends at Gila River Casino, located at I-10 and Maricopa Rd., as a tribute to our Heroes and Military. Many people have forgotten how the 911 attack has changed the world we live in. Check in at Gila River Casino Wild Horse Pass from 8am - 9:45am. Live Music before the ride from 8am - 9:30am by CTS. Full breakfast buffet special before the ride for $4.95. Ride starts at 10am for a 50-80 mile ride. Lunch special after for $5 per person. Live concert after the ride Noon to 1:30pm by Molly Hatchet. A $10 donation per bike is requested to join the ride. Proceeds benefit the WSM Police Memorial Program and Police & Fire Toy Drive in Arizona. Click Here for more information.
Sunday, September 10th
Arrowhead Roundup (Formerly the "Greasewood Poker Run"). Skills-based Poker Run. Cash Prizes for the top three poker hands. Ride Pins to the first 300 registered. BBQ Lunch and no host-cash bar. Large Vendor area on site. Live Music. Ride ends at Western Trails Ranch. Run Day registration $20 per person from 8am - 10am at Arrowhead Harley-Davidson located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Ftn. Ctr. Dr. in Peoria, just South of 83rd ave. and Bell Rd. 623-247-5542.


Next Week 

Saturday, September 16th
Superstition Harley-Davidson’s Wide-Open HouseStop 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. .
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. 


For those of you that like flying without an airplane, this is really a great video clip. Click Here. 
This is HILARIOUS! Another classic clip from the Newlywed Game Show. Click Here. 
Have you been around someone talking on a Bluetooth headset and you thought they were talking to you? Keystone did a good commercial using that theme. Click Here. 

Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All, 

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

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