Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
9/7/05
 

Greetings Riders,
 
I don't usually tread in these waters, but I am taking a week off of the report of our Glacier Ride 2005 to tackle a subject that I think has now reached more than just a problematic status. It has been 10 days now since Katrina blazed a destructive path through Louisiana and Mississippi. We have seen non-stop coverage on all of the TV stations showing us the incredible destruction of the area and talk radio has their programming set for the next several weeks. We have seen the good deeds of Americans that are giving their time and money to help these people that have had their lives as they knew it, brought to a complete halt. It is really unimaginable what they are going through. But we have also seen the worst of what Americans can be with the looting, shooting and general terrorism that the gangs of New Orleans have been displaying. Hopefully these issues are now under control.
 
But one form of looting that is still going on is the looting of the entire United States population by the American Oil Companies. It is unbelievable to me that our own American based companies would take advantage of a National disaster to extract even more money from the American public and hide behind the fact that a couple of refineries were out of service. Gas in our area has gone up over 70 cents per gallon to $3.29 almost immediately after the hurricane. Some areas doubled in price to as much as $6.00 per gallon. It is hard to believe that the gas that was in the ground at the time of the storm cost these companies any more than the day before, but yet prices shot up immediately, and in fact a lot of them starting the gouging a few days before.
 
Last night, FOX News reported that the five major oil companies in the United States made over 16 Billion dollars in profit just in the last quarter. 7.6 billion of that was from Exxon/Mobil alone. JUST ONE QUARTER! Annualized that would be over 64 Billion dollars in profit for the year. It is bad enough when the arabs stick it to us, but when our own American companies are taking advantage of us during these world conditions and natural disasters, it really hurts. Unfortunately this could only be the beginning of our problems. With gasoline this high, and most likely going higher, it is going to affect many other parts of our economy including food prices, transportation of all goods and services, and all petroleum based products. It will trickle down to the point that not only are we paying at the pump, but in many other areas.
 
I think it is time that something be done about the oil price problem. What can we do? There are at least 2 ways to do it. The least desirable way is government intervention. In my lifetime the government has instituted regulations to clean up the air, water, roads and even the airwaves. Sometimes we didn't like these regulations, but for the most part they accomplished what they were trying to do. How did this get done? By advocate groups that got together as a group to finally force our politicians to do something about the problems.
 
As a group, we have the ability to do both methods, but the best way is for us to take the problem into our own hands and control our own destiny. As a nation we need to reduce our consumption of oil and gas. Fox reported that if we were to decrease our use of gas by just 10%, that would be enough to force the price of oil and gas down. If we were to ride our motorcycle to work just one day per week, we would lower our entire week's consumption by at least 10%. Here is the math. If you drive 40 miles roundtrip to work 5 days per week that is 200 miles per week. If you are getting 12 miles per gallon out of your truck or SUV, you would use 16.5 gallons per week, that is 3.3 gallons per day. If you rode your bike one day of the week at 40 miles per gallon, that is one gallon for the day, a savings of 2.3 gallons for the week or 14% less fuel. Not only that, you get a free lunch, because you just saved $7.33 in fuel that day and you also have a perfect excuse to ride your bike to work.
 
It sounds kind of crazy, but desperate times mean desperate measures. Smaller groups than the amount of motorcycle riders in this country have made a difference before. Here are a couple of things we could do: We could have a nationwide "Ride Your Motorcycle To Work Day" every Friday. It would bring more awareness to the problem and be constructive in conserving fuel at the same time. I choose to ride my bike 75% of the time. Be it across town and back for meetings or just those short trips for local errands. I rode 120 miles roundtrip to Mesa and back last week on the bike. I figured that I had saved over $21 in gas just for that one trip by using 7 gallons or 70% less gas. Not to mention the fun of riding the bike.
 
The second thing that you can do is write a note to your U.S. Congressman to let them know that you are very concerned about the price of gas in our Country and you would like them to start work on legislation that would help control the cost of gas and prevent the gouging by our own oil companies. An easy way to contact your Congressman is to click here: http://mygov.governmentguide.com/mygov/dbq/officials/ Just type in your zip code and put your State in the drop down box. Select your Congressman and in the contact information you can write a note right there. If you don't know who your congressman is, you can go to this site to find out http://www.house.gov/writerep/.
 
If we don't make a stand right now as a Country, the oil companies will continue to raise prices and make billions more in profits and we will continue to be hamstrung by the arab oil producing countries. The bottom line is we have to wean ourselves from the dependency of oil and gas. That is either by voluntarily cutting back our own consumption, (and as motorcycle riders, we have the perfect means to do that) or we need to develop alternative fuel sources such as hydrogen. Either way, as a group, we need to do something. These are a few of my ideas, if you have any others, feel free to share them with me. Maybe we can get this started right here in Arizona.
 
As for ways to help the Katrina victims, I am checking on ways that we can directly help the ones that have been sent to Arizona. I will be back to you next week with those possibilities.
 


If you missed any of the recent newsletters, you can reach them from the following links.
9/1/05 - Glacier Ride 2005 Days 5 & 6
8/24/05 - Glacier Ride 2005 Days 3 & 4
8/17/05 - Glacier Ride 2005 Days 1 & 2
8/10/05 - Glacier Ride 2005 Preview



This Week's Bike Night Events  
Tuesday 

Copper State Cycles Two Wheeled Tuesday. Who knew that north Scottsdale's newest bike night was such a great place to hang out. Last nights motorcycle trivia contest was a huge success, and the winner really enjoyed the grand prize. Join Copper State Cycles and K O'Donnell's this Tuesday for a great time on the mist cooled patio. Enjoy $2 Bud drafts, Happy hour pricing on appetizers or a great meal from the full menu. Come see the new 2005 Red Horse Customs on display and visit with your friends. K O'Donnell's American Bar & Grill (formerly Uno's Pizza) located in the north Scottsdale area at 14850 N. Northsight, just of of the 101 & Raintree. Every Tuesday night from 7:00pm until...... 61" TV's and music on the mist cooled patio! Reserved parking in plain view for all bikes. For more information call 480-596-6820.
 
***New Night Tuesday***
Hooters at 1-17 and Bell Rd. Tuesday Bike Night. Hooters at I-17 and Bell will be hosting a new Bike Night every Tuesday night from 6pm - 9pm. They will feature a "Ride In" Bike Show with weekly prizes for 1st - 3rd. And then, the third Tuesday of every month we will crown the Bike of the Month with a Grand Prize. We will have $2 Bud, Bud Light, and Bud Select bottles. There will be 20% off of all food and merchandise when you ride in on your bike. Stop by for loads of Raffle Prizes. There will be VIP Motorcycle Parking and you will be greeted at the front door by a Hooter's Girl waiting to give you your raffle ticket. Hooter's is located in the Bell Canyon Shopping Center at 2834 W. Bell Rd., West of I-17 on Bell Rd. 602-375-0000.  

Thursday Night

New!! Superstition Harley-Davidson and Spirits Bar and Grill have teamed up to bring riders in the Far East Valley a great New Thursday bike night. For those of you in Far East Mesa and Apache Junction, you now have a place to go on Thursday nights. And better yet, just for riding your bike to Spirits, they will give you a free hamburger. Thatís right, every rider to show up on their bike between 7-10pm will receive a free hamburger! Stick around and win great prizes and raffle items from Superstition Harley-Davidson. Spirits is located at 9303 E. Apache Trail in East Mesa. One block East of Ellsworth on Apache Trail (Main St.). Come sit on the patio and watch the bikes roll in, stay inside and enjoy a game of pool, and friendly wait staff.  The large dance floor is always open with music from Goodtime Charlie The OUTLAW DJ playing The Best of Country and the Best of Rock and Roll every Thursday night from 8:30p.m till 2am. With an extensive food menu, 2 patios, and monitors inside to watch your bike, Spirits is the hottest Bike night place to be in the east valley. The LEGEND of Spirits Lives on. More info at Superstition HD at 480-346-0600 or 480-986-5572.

Hooters Mesa Thursday Bike Night. Hooters in Mesa located at 6730 E. Superstition Springs Blvd. will host a Bike Night every Thursday night from 6-9 pm. If you haven't seen this Hooters yet you will have to stop by and take a look. This is one of the nicest locations that they have. Hooters will $2.00 Corona's and 20% off of food and merchandise if you ride your bike in. Stop by for raffles prizes every Thursday Night with Big Raffle prizes the first Thursday of every month. For more information call 480-396-9396.

Hooters at Arrowhead Bike Night. Continues Giveaways and Raffles. Ride by and join in on the fun! Hooters will host a Bike Night every Thursday at the Hooters at Arrowhead located just 1 block S. of Bell on 83rd Ave. Stop by for some great food and Hooters Hospitality. There will be 20% off menu items, $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 to see Pictures and all the detailed information.

Casey Jones Grill Bike Night. A valley favorite bike night for over 3 years. Ride in and sit out on the patio 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. You can always count on lots of bikes here.

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  

Cave Creek Roadhouse Bike Weekend. Take a ride and stop by the Hottest New Restaurant/Bar in Cave Creek where every weekend will be Bike Weekend. There is plenty of motorcycle parking right out front. I have mentioned this place before and now it has finally opened to rave reviews. 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:
Friday:
Live Music with "T.A.T.E." 9pm - 1:30am
Saturday Night: Live Music with "Danny Walls" 9pm - 1:30am
Sunday: Live Music with "Groove Defenders" 3pm - 7pm
Click here for the Cave Creek Roadhouse website.  480-575-3098

Sunday

Sugar Daddy's Blues Biker Sunday Brunch.
Now is the perfect weather to be sitting out on the Sugar Daddy's patio, listening to Live Music while dining from the Brunch Menu. Live Music from 10am on the patio.
And Sunday Brunch Just Got Better! You now have 3 options to choose from.
Option #1:
Eggs Benedict Ė Grilled English muffins, smoked ham, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.
Served with your chose of fresh fruit or crispy potatoes. ($8) or
Sugarís Pancakes Ė You wonít eat pancakes anywhere else. Buttermilk pancakes served with butter and syrup. ($5)
Option #2: Canít decide what to eat? How about an All-You-Can-Eat buffet for ONLY $12.
Option #3: Order off our regular menu.
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. Enjoy live music from 10am - 2pm Or maybe just relax on the patio with your favorite beverage and enjoy the beautiful weather 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 sugardaddysaz@aol.com . 480-970-6556.

This Week 

Saturday, September 10th and 11th
3rd Anniversary Arrowhead Harley-Davidson and Chromecoming Celebration. Join Arrowhead Harley-Davidson as they celebrate their 3rd Anniversary of their new store and at the same time see the new 2006 models from Harley-Davidson.
Saturday: Enjoy a People's Choice Chili Cook Off from 11-1pm
Free Hot Dogs starting at Noon.
Music from 1-4pm by Desert High and
Free Snow Cones from 1-3pm.
Sunday: At Noon stop by for some Free Wings and Chicken Fingers compliments of Fox and Hound.
12-5pm participate in a Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament.
Musical Entertainment from 1-4pm.
Snow cones from 2-4pm. Enter for a chance to win a new 2006 Dyna.
All Weekend take advantage of a Free Dyno analysis of your motorcycle.
 
Saturday, September 10th
2nd Annual Northern Arizona ALS Poker Run. Poker Run to benefit the ALS Association of AZ (ALS is more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, a fatal neuromuscular disease that affects 30,000 in USA). Registration is $15 for single; $25 for double; gets you continental breakfast, poker hand (cash for hi & lo hand), and BBQ at final stop. Registration 8:00 am to 10:30 am at Pima Ramada, Fort Tuthill in Flagstaff. For more information visit our web site www.alsaz.org.
 
Saturday, September 10th
1st Annual Poker Run For C.H.K. Sponsored by Clothes Helping Kids, Clothes Helping Kids seeks to support quality programs for children and youth, focusing especially on educational activities. Registration from 10-11:30am at Tri-City Eagles located at 2314 E. Apache Blvd. in Tempe, NE corner of Price and Apache Blvd. $15 single and $20 couple. Raffle Prizes, Auction Items, Live Music with Fool's Life, 50/50 drawing and refreshments at end of run. 

Next Week 

Saturday, September 17th
Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson Chromecoming Open House. Stop by Buddy Stubbs HD from 9am - 6pm to see the newest H-D models and colors including the FXDI 35th Anniversary Superglide, The FXDBI Dyna Street Bob, the FLHXI Street Glide and the new Screamin' Eagle's Fat Boy, V-Rod and Ultra Classic. You can also listen to the new Advanced Audio System by Harman/Kardon, see the All New Motorclothes and Rider Accessories with a Fashion Show at 11am and 2pm. There will also be Free Food, Refreshments and Free Dyno Runs for your bike. Buddy Stubbs new dealership is located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix. 602-971-3400. www.buddystubbs.com 

Extras 

After buying a new HD with a stock motor, I have found that the old power that I was used to in my other bike is just not there. Copper State Cycles has also recognized that problem and has a solution. For the month of September, Copper State will install a set of Wiseco flat top 95" pistons and a set of Andrews 21G gear drive cams for only $1750. This conversion does it's best work at normal road speeds. It has a much wider power band than stock and can pass a truck with a mere twist of the wrist-- there's no need to downshift. Useful power starts at a lower rpm and remains far higher than stock all the way to redline, with no loss of reliability and drivability is better than stock. For more information on how this upgrade can help you, or to schedule an appointment, call 480-596-6820. 

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