February 2012 - Phoenix HOG by liuhongmeiyes


									                         Rider’s Digest
                         Phoenix, Arizona Chapter
                                  We Ride and Have Fun
                            Volume 29      Issue 2     February 2012

               RIDE # 1

     Features         What a great way to start off the New Year of 2012. We all departed
2    Information     Sunday morning at 11:00 A.M. after recovering from the prior night of
                     festivities. The ride was led by Mark our Chapter Director. At the
3    Mark’s Art      Valero gas station before we departed, Dealership gift cards were
                     awarded to two lucky bikes, number twenty-five and thirty-six.
6-7 Wednesday’s Ride (Sorry... I didn’t get their names.)

10 Hit & Run Reward   New members joining the usual gaggle of regulars, we rode the scenic
                      route through Cave Creek, Fountain Hills to Tempe. It was the warm-
17 A Little Humor     est New Years Day that I can remember. With clear skies and fabulous
23-25 *Activities
                      twisty roads we arrived at our destination, the Baseline Bar and Grill.
       Calendar       The place was inviting and they appeared to be ready for our very
                      large numbers. The ride is always fun but the camaraderie is even
                      Let’s go the Distance in 2012 and ride those beautiful bikes….. Alana
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Director              Mark Bryant
Asst. Director        Ken Gray
                                                         Our Mission
                                                  Your mission—if you choose to
Treasurer             Ed Cozens
                                                  accept it—will be a simple one:
Secretary             Londi Ford                     “To Ride and Have Fun.”
LOH                   Billie Fox
                                          Here’s the bottom line: We like to think of
Editor                Dave Laird          Chapter 93-from the director to the newest
Photographer          Alana Laird         Harley owner and passenger...as one big happy
Membership            Geri Cozens
                                          family! This helps us turn that Mission into re-
                                          ality. Does that sound like something you want
Safety Officer        Allen Bryan         to be a part of ? Then come ride with us. You’ll
Activities            Annette Gray        ride…. You’ll have fun!

    E-mail addresses for all officers              Mission Accomplished.
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                 Now that the Holiday Season has passed and life has somewhat returned to normal it’s time
                 to get down to business and gear up for some great riding weather. Now I’m a believer that
 MARK            you can ride all year long here in Phoenix, but some do not share my opinion. But, if you do
                 or don’t get out there and enjoy the beautiful weather and scenery that we have here in AZ.
With the great weather approaching, it’s time to get out and do some important checks and inspections on your
bike. If you have not inspected your bike before get out that owner’s manual and READ IT!! Many checks
can be performed by you and an assistant if necessary. Better to discover an issue early instead of being
stranded on the road somewhere. Pay close attention to tires (condition and pressure) and replace if needed. If
you’re not comfortable doing this inspection, give the SVC Department at Buddy Stubbs a call and arrange for
an inspection. AZ Bike Week is just around the corner so get that bike checked now.
AZ Bike Week can you believe it’s that time again? That means it’s time for our 2012 Wednesday Riding for
Kids event on March 28, 2012. Now, I know it’s on a Wednesday. What better way to get over the hump then
out riding for a great cause, Camp Courage. As with any of our past events, we cannot accomplish this event
without the help and support of all our members and surrounding community. Look out for some important
announcements concerning volunteers to help out. Remember, we have five stops to man, plus all the help
needed at registration time. We sure can use you if you have a couple of hours to spare. You can still ride the
ride as we will work around your schedule.
We also are looking for anyone or any group that would like to be a sponsor for this event. We try to keep the
costs down but it does cost money to put on a big event like this. We all know times are tough, but every little
bit helps. We are also in need of raffle prizes, for this event. There was a lot of excitement about all the prizes
that we had last year. Are you crafty? Would you like to make something to donate as a raffle item? Or are
you like me and not so crafty then purchasing an item to donate, would be greatly appreciated. The success of
this event hinges on all of us, let’s show AZ Bike Week what we can do and who we are.
2012 is a new year and we all want the best for HOG 93. Welcome to all the Officers for this year, both return-
ing and new. Together with the rest of HOG 93 we will have a fun filled year. We will have some new rides,
our trip to San Diego in April, and many returning rides, Alpine, Tombstone and others. All are good times
and great riding. Look on the E-ride Line and website for upcoming information of these and other events.
And as always if you found a great place to go don’t keep it to yourself let Annette know so that it can be
shared with everyone in the chapter.
One last item that I would like to touch upon, that is what I would like to call the HOG 93 “Member Code of
Conduct”. Sounds official Huh? Basically it’s this: As HOG 93 members it is our duty to conduct ourselves
properly on all our rides and events. Not only do we represent HOG 93 and our Supporting Dealership, but we
also represent the entire Harley Owners Group. As people in general, we may not always agree eye to eye on
everything. We also cannot let our personal comments interfere with the enjoyment of other members at our
events. So before you make comments about others or that you don’t think you were treated fairly, think
about what you are doing to those around you on the ride. Everyone is on the ride to enjoy the riding and fun
with others, not listening to someone bitch and complain. Leave it at home. We will never eliminate gossip; I
think everyone thrives on it a little. If you subscribe to it though, you owe it to yourself
and others to learn all the facts, and then decide for yourself, not just repeat it. You may
be surprised what you discover. Just don’t ruin a good time for others.
Last but not least have you seen the HOG room? Great job… to Annette for heading up
this project and those that she roped into helping her, Dennis, Bobby and Steve. When
you see them let them know what you think of the room. Get out Ride, and have Fun.
Laugh and meet some new friends. Life is too short and remember Friends are friends
for life and cancer REALLY SUCKS!
                                           See you on the road...Mark
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    New Year’s Day Ride 2012
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                         Wednesday’s Ride
                               Riding for Kids
                                   March 28, 2012

Our biggest ride of the year is Wednesday’s Ride a benefit ride for children’s charities.
This is an amazing ride, people from all over the country will show up. Last year, I met a
man that rode from Maine to Arizona just for Wednesday’s Ride.

This is one of those rides in which everyone just takes off after they register. Don’t worry
about getting lost there will be so many riders you can just follow the pack plus you get a
detailed map. The first year I rode Wednesday’s Ride I did not have a clue where I was
going. To my amazement I made every stop and never got lost.

OK, the big question???? Will it be cool or warm??? I don’t know, so bring your warm
stuff. The route is a scenic ride to the North. Also, don’t worry about fuel/restroom stops
they are planned into this outstanding ride.

   Take the day off…..Have a Blast….
    Pre-register now and be part of the
      best ride of Arizona Bike Week!!!
                     Register online at www.hog93.com
             Registration form available on page 7...sign up now!
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                       Hello H.O.G. Members,

                       I can always tell the sign of a good year is the New Year’s Day Ride. We
        Ken            had ten more riders this year than last. Thanks to all who shrugged off
                       the hangovers and rode with us, a lot of new faces are always a welcome

It is February already and so many rides to think of, there are a few highlighted rides coming
up this month and next; like the Arizona Centennial Ride. Our fine state is 100 years old; we
will be leaving from AZ H-D as a group ride to the staging area. Then we will join thousands
of other motorcycle enthusiasts to have an escorted ride to our State Capital for a 100 year
celebration. Next month is our now “new” Annual Tombstone ride. Which is a great ride to
meet new riders with multiple chapters’ coming together; you never know who you might
meet. Plus, a few long or short rides throughout. Don’t forget the first day of Bike Week is the
Wednesday Riding for Kids with some 700 riders, it’s a ride you must do. Traveling to north-
ern Arizona; with a free breakfast and picking up raffle tickets along the way. Registration is
available on our website now so go to www.hog93.com and click on Wednesday's Riding for
Kids logo on the right hand side and pre-register. The next few months is going to be busy for
us but exciting and to think this is only the beginning for many adventures to come for H.O.G.
93 in 2012.

I want to also take this time to give a big H.O.G. THANKS to my wife; Annette for heading up
the H.O.G. rooms makeover. It was a tremendous amount of work and with help from Dennis,
Bobby and Steve it looks unbelievable. New Year, New Meeting Date and New Paint! This
was a huge job but Annette stuck with it from early morning to closing time for over a week. I
know everyone will love it! She always amazes me, when you think she is just out of new ide-
as, she comes up with something again. She is always looking to make things new, fresh and
exciting and fun on the rides and off for all of us. Great Job, Annette! I need to talk to Mark
about getting her another 0 on her pay check.

“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will
       get you there.”

         Assistant Director
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                  The HOG 93 group had an excellent ride on Saturday January 21st to
                  Byler’s Amish Kitchen in Black Canyon City. It was a little cold at 70
                  miles per hour, but the coffee was hot on the other end. I was really thrilled
                  to see so many lady riders riding their own bikes. We made up about 25%
                  of total riders. Way to go girls!
                   I am very excited about the coming year for the LOH. I have some ideas I
                   want to run by the board for some future rides. One of the things I would
                   like to do is a mall scavenger hunt. If you
haven’t done one of these, they are really fun and everyone can
participate. So, no, I haven’t forgotten you guys, there will be
something for everyone. Check into the E Ride line and join us
for the up coming rides whether you are a HOG member or not.
Till next month…. ride like a girl, ride safe and have fun!

 Hunan our kitty loves her new Harley-
Davidson Harness with matching Leash.

                                                                 Birth Certificate shows that
                                                                 you were born.

                                                                 A Death ertificate shows that
                                                                 we died.

                                                                 Pictures show that
                                                                 we lived!
   Did you know that Harley-Davidson sells pet goodies?
I didn’t even notice this section at Buddy Stubbs H-D till we
got this rescue cat from HALO a no kill shelter. Hunan also
got a stylish pink with skulls H-D Collar to match her outfit.
I think she looks….Way Cute! (Maybe, I am a little bias.)
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             Law Tigers Motorcycle Lawyers $10,000
                      Hit-and-Run Reward
                     Paid to Denver Teens
DENVER, COLO. (Jan. 18, 2012) — When Steven Sanchez and Jason Perez chased
down a drunk driver who fled the scene of an accident last summer, they didn’t do it
for a reward or recognition. However, because their actions led to the arrest and con-
viction of the perpetrator, Sanchez and Perez received a check for $10,000 from Law
Tigers, America’s Motorcycle Lawyers.
Tom Metier of Colorado Law Tigers gave the two boys, both 19, the Law Tigers Hit &
Run Reward, which recognizes individuals who assist in the felony conviction of a
driver responsible for hit-and-run motorcycle accident. After they witnessed Efrin Ville-
gas crash into motorcyclist Jon Brand and his fiancé Debbie Pyatok on July 10, 2010,
Villegas sped off.
Sanchez and Perez pursued him to a dead end, where he and his passenger tried to
flee on foot. The teens were able to detain the passenger until police arrived. Their
quick thinking and courageous response led to the arrest the next day of Villegas,
who later pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and is now serving nine years in prison.
Tragically, Brand, 59, was killed in the crash. Pyatok, who was severely injured, nomi-
nated the two young men for the honor. “I want to thank them again,” said Pyatok. “I
wouldn’t have been able to rest at night (without their help).”
The boys say instinct and a desire to see justice led them to chase the fleeing vehicle
that night. If I had to do it all over again, I would,” said Perez. “I wasn’t really in fear for
my life. I was just thinking, how does someone leave a scene like that?”
Perez, 19, who will graduate this May from Denver Justice High School, said he’ll
spend some of the money on Christmas gifts and potential college expenses. North
High School graduate Sanchez, also 19, says the money will go to his three-week-old
son and fiancé. “When I saw what happened, I just had to do something,” said
Sanchez. “We just couldn’t stand by and let this happen.”
“People who serve the needs of the community deserve to be recognized,” said
Metier, of Colorado Law Tigers. “I know that all of us hope that our own sons would be
as brave as Steven and Jason were if they saw someone being hurt, and we are so
glad to be able to honor them for their heroism.”
                             About Law Tigers
Law Tigers is a national network of local motorcycle accident attorneys
committed to protecting fellow motorcycle riders and helping family mem-
bers of those killed or injured in motorcycle accidents. For more information
visit: http://www.lawtigers.com/
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  THE 2012 WAS A
Literally standing room only! We decided to change
our meeting date to the same day as Hogs & Dogs
and that seemed to do the trick. We had 63 members
in attendance, with Jack and Frank Stubbs representing the dealership. We took our annual
group picture and new this year, also a group shot of all the lovely ladies of LOH.
                            HOG 93 meeting room was recently painted, supplies donated by
                            Rid-A-Bird, LLC. Annette and Ken Gray, Bobby Rumbaugh and
                            Dennis Brower supplied the love & labor, resulting in a fantastic
                            new look.

                          Director Mark opened the meeting welcoming old and new mem-
                          bers. Mark told us he will be asking for vol-
unteers for Wednesday's Riding for Kids and the Buddy's Bike Week
Bash events. We discussed raffle prizes, donations and possible sponsors
for Wednesday’s Ride. If you can help out with any of these items please
                          contact Mark or Ken.

                            Membership Officer Geri reminded members
                            that their local membership expires when their national member-
                            ship. National membership must be current to re-new local mem-
                            bership. Next, Allen Bryan Safety Officer reported that we accu-
                            mulated a total 6,280 HOG 93 miles for 2012 already! The meet-
                            ing ended with raffling two gift cards, several Biker Bears and
many t-shirts.
Be sure to check HOG 93 website at hog93.com for
current events. Also, you can register to receive the
                weekly e-ride line delivered to your
                email address.
                 Thank you all for attending the first
                 meeting of 2012…..

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    Motorcycle Safety                           So if you are a new rider in that type
                                                of environment, what do you need
Every month the editorial staff of Chapter 93 to do? SLOW DOWN give your
tries to put something about safety in the Rid- self a chance to live long enough to
er’s Digest Newsletter.                         become a safe rider in that new environment.
                                            Once, while riding the twisty turns of one of
So let me add my two cents worth. I have    our local mountains. I stopped to help a fellow
recently taken the MSF intermediate and     motorcycle rider that had just crashed. When
advanced safe rider courses. I have found   DPS got there the officer told me it was his
them to be very helpful and would recommend job to patrol that mountain. He also told me
them to everyone. The other thing that quali-
                                            every weekend a young person on a foreign
fies me to write this article are, I have been
                                            made sports bike has a really serious accident
riding since I was 13 years old. I’m 60 some-
                                            on the mountain. Key word here is YOUNG,
thing now…..Experience!                     in most cases lack of practice riding in that
                                            new environment. Go slow the first ten or
There is one more part that goes beyond the
                                            more times you ride the mountain. Take your
  rider courses that is seldom mentioned.
                                            time learn the mountain.
In my professional career I have taught many       I sometimes worry about some of the Road
students to play musical instruments. There is     Captains in various HOG Chapters I have rode
one really big key (Pun) in learning to play a     with over the years. The only time you see
musical instrument…. PRACTICE ! You                some of them on a ride is when they are
cannot become a better, safer rider without        leading it. How safe is that?
practice. The only way to get practice is to
                                                   I said it earlier and I will say it again, the only
ride. Don’t practice your mistakes or you will
                                                   way to practice is ride your motorcycle. No
learn to make them effortlessly. Practice all
                                                   matter how careful you ride if you are out of
aspects of your riding at all safe speeds and in
                                                   practice you are not a safe rider.
all situations and weather.
                                                   So get that motorcycle out of the garage and
Weather is a biggie you almost never know          go practice.
when you will get caught in bad weather. So
don’t be afraid to ride in adverse weather.
Remember you need to constantly practice to
be a good safe rider.                              Dave
Ok, this brings me to another point. Even if
you have been riding many years, the first
time you ride into rain or any other adverse
weather you are a new rider in that environ-
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        Gold Field Mining Camp Ride

 Looking for a good way to spend
 some of your free time?
 Contact: Chapter 93
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                                                        January 28th
                                                        Hogs & Dogs
Just a Thought???                                  As a Chapter 93 member I have had the
Sometimes I think people in any type of group great pleasure of riding with other Chapter
tend to loose sight of the purpose of why they     93 members in the extreme heat, and freez-
joined that group in the first place.              ing cold. I have taken strong rain in my face
                                                   and stronger wind at my side. We have rode
What are we in Chapter 93 all about? What is
                                                   in bumper to bumper traffic. We have even
the purpose we all joined up for in the begin-
                                                   experienced super nice weather together.
ning? That’s easy, To Ride Motorcycles and
                                                   You know the kind that makes you just want
Have Fun!                                          to keep on riding. We go through the good
We should remember this, we cannot loose sight and the bad all together. That makes us
of this. We all joined Chapter 93 so we could      Chapter 93!
ride motorcycles together. I think it is safer and
                                                   We are not just fair weather riders, we are
more fun to ride with forty or more of your best
                                                   not just go to meeting riders. All of it goes
friends. That is what Chapter 93 is all about!
                                                   together to make us Chapter 93 Riders.
Riding Motorcycles….. Motorcycles Are Us!
We are Motorcycle People. That is what binds See you on the next RIDE, don’t
us together. That is what binds the whole          forget to bring your motorcycle.
motorcycle community together. That is what
makes the motorcycle brotherhood of the whole Moose Doggie
world. That is why we feel pain when we see
another cyclist go down, no matter what kind of
motorcycle they are riding.
OK, here is another point. If we were the
Chapter 93 knitting club and you walked in and
wanted to join us, but you said you hate to knit.
That is a no brainer! So, why would anyone
join the Chapter 93 Harley-Davidson Motorcy-
cle Riding Organization and never ride with
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A H.O.G.® chapter is where lasting relationships are formed. Where laughter is heard. Where
plans for dinner rides and fund-raisers come to life. Where memories are made. It's where peo-
ple like you come together to share their common interest in Harley-Davidson® motorcycles –
and the unique lifestyle that makes H.O.G. so special.
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                                February Humor
Adult Truths 
1. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.
2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.
4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.
5. How the heck are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?
6. Was learning cursive really necessary?
7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my
8. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.
9. Bad decisions make good stories.
10. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart
my collection...again.
11. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes
to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.
12. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses
begin with Coor's Lite than Kay.
13. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still
didn't hear or understand a word they said?
14. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting
in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!
15. Shirts get dirty… Underwear gets dirty... Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them
16. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.
17. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their
cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet everyone can find and push the snooze
button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time.
18. People who forward e- mail without deleting the tons of previous recipients should be shot and
then tarred and feathered.
19. The first testicular guard, the "Cup," was used in Hockey in 1874 and the
first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to
realize that their brain is also important. Ladies quit Laughing!
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I am over Sixty and the Armed Forces think I'm too old to track
down terrorists. You can't be older than 42 to join the military.
They've got the whole thing backwards. Instead of sending 18-
year olds off to fight, they ought to take us old guys. You
shouldn't be able to join a military unit until you're at least 35.
For starters, researchers say 18-year-olds think about sex eve-
ry 10 seconds. Old guys only think about sex a couple of times
a day, leaving us more than 28,000 additional seconds per day
to concentrate on the enemy.
Young guys haven't lived long enough to be cranky, and a
cranky soldier is a dangerous soldier. 'My back hurts! I can't sleep, I'm tired and hungry.' We are im-
patient and maybe letting us kill some #^% hole that desperately deserves it will make us feel better
and shut us up for awhile. An 18-year-old doesn't even like to get up before 10am. Old guys always
get up early to pee, so what the heck. Besides, like I said, I'm tired and can't sleep and since I'm al-
ready up, I may as well be up killing some fanatical son-of-a-gun. I wake up every morning pissed
off and wanting to kill somebody anyway.
If captured we couldn't spill the beans because we'd forget where we put them. In fact, name, rank,
and serial number would be a real brainteaser. Boot camp would be easier for old guys. We're used
to getting screamed and yelled at and we're used to soft food. We've also developed an apprecia-
tion for guns. We've been using them for years as an excuse to get out of the house, away from the
screaming and yelling.
However...they could lighten up on the obstacle course . I've been in combat and never saw a single
20-foot wall with rope hanging over the side, nor did I ever do any pushups after completing basic
training. Actually, the running part is kind of a waste of energy, too. I've never seen anyone outrun a
An 18-year-old has the whole world ahead of him. He's still learning to shave and to start a conver-
sation with a pretty girl. He still hasn't figured out that a baseball cap has a brim to shade his eyes,
not the back of his head.
These are all great reasons to keep our kids at home to learn a little more about life before sending
them off into harm's way. Let us old guys track down those dirty rotten coward terrorists. The last
thing an enemy would want to see is a couple million pissed off old geezers with attitudes and auto-
matic weapons, who knows that their best years are already behind them.
You could also recruit Women over 50!!! You think MEN have attitudes?? Ohhhhhh my!!! If nothing
else, put them on border patrol. They'll have it secured the first night!
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Mark Bryant’s Desk at Work...
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By The Law Tigers
America’s Injury Lawyers Who Ride

Gravel and Potholes-If it causes a Motorcycle Accident, Who is Liable?
We want to address an issue that generates numerous questions among riders. In particular, to what degree is a city,
county or state liable when a road hazard is to blame for a motorcycle accident?

If you’ve ridden your motorcycle long enough, you’ve experienced the “out of control sensation” and potential road haz-
ard created by a gaping pothole or loose gravel. If you are unfortunate enough “to go down”, do you have a legal claim
against the agency responsible for the repair and/or maintenance of that road? As you might have assumed, there is
neither a quick nor definitive answer. So if you are a cautious rider and your accident was not the result of your riding
ability, who’s to blame?

First, a distinction must be made as to the cause of the particular hazard in question. For example, let’s take loose grav-
el on the road. If the gravel is the result of new construction in the area, or a gravel truck made a turn at that location,
prematurely dumping a portion of its load onto the road, then you may have a claim against the trucking or construction
company responsible for the hazard they created. Clearly, they have an obligation to warn you of a potential impending
hazard. That’s one of the reasons that construction areas are usually so clearly marked with cautionary signs.

On the other hand, if the road gravel buildup is caused by normal traffic use and/or natural causes (wind and erosion),
then it becomes a more complex set of issues. There will always be some road debris that evades cleaning crews.
How much road-covered gravel must be present to constitute a hazard? Did the entity responsible for maintaining the
road know, or should they have known that the hazard existed? That is to say, at the time, did the entity have proper
notice of the hazard and fail to act upon it? Were they given a reasonable amount of time to reduce or eliminate the
hazard? And under these particular circumstances (at the time of the accident), what would be considered a reasonable
amount of time?

What if there’s a gaping pothole in the road? Clearly the responsible entity must know about it before they would be
able to fix it. To what degree are they responsible for the continuous monitoring of the road? Once they are made
aware of the pothole, what is considered a reasonable amount of time to fix it? Or perhaps they knew the pothole was
there, but did not know that it presented any real hazard to you. Is it reasonable to expect that with all of the logistical
and financial constraints placed on the agency, every road can be perfectly maintained all of the time?

When seeking compensatory damages from a public entity, these are the issues that you can likely expect their attorney
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 This is going to be big folks, it is big! 100 years for Arizona!
               This is the Feature Ride For This Month.
                     A once in a life time experience….
                     Meet at AZ H-D 9:30 am, ride at 10:00 am
                         Road Captain: Ken Gray
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                           Phoenix HOG Chapter 93                              Created by Annette Gray

            February 2012
Sun               Mon          Tue           Wed            Thu          Fri              Sat

                                             1.             2.           3.               4.
                                                                         Evening          Sweetheart
                                                                         Ride             Ride

5.    Superbowl   6.           7.            8.             9.           10.              11.
                                                                                          AZ 100 Years

12.               13.          14.           15.            16.          17.              18. Let’s Ride!
Nothing Over                                                             Evening
$5.00 Lunch                    Happy                                     Ride             Anthem
                               Valentine’s                                                Hogs & Dogs

19.               20.          21.           22.            23.          24.              25.
Opt. Ride                                    Bike Night!
                                                                                          Hogs & Dogs

26.               27.          28.           29.

Breakfast Ride

Director: Mark Bryant                                      Activities: Annette Gray
director@hog93.com                                         activities@hog93.com
Assistant Director: Ken Gray                               Head Safety Officer: Allen Bryan
asst.director@hog93.com                                    safety@hog93.com
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                                                   February 2012
                                                        “Let’s Ride”
February 3, Friday - “ Evening Ride” “The CodFather”
                  Fish and Chips Anyone?
                  1618 E. Bell Rd., Phx. 85022 602-788-1199
                  Meet at 6:00 pm, ride at 6:30 pm
                  Road Captain - Mike Dennison
February 4, Saturday - “ Sweetheart Ride”
                  Can you say “Chocolate, Chocolate and More Chocolate”
                  More than 30 chocolate specialty vendors, traditional annual ride.
                  5850 W. Glendale
                  Meet at 9:30 am, Ride at 10:00 am
                  Road Captain - Josh McKenna
February 11, Saturday - Arizona Centennial Ride
                  This is going to be big folks, it is big! 100 years for Arizona.
                  $25.00 - T-Shirt, pin and once in a life time experience.
                  Pre-register at www.az100years.org/centennial-ride/registration/
                  Meet at 9:30 am, ride at 10:00 am
                  Road Captain: Ken Gray - This is the Feature Ride For This Month.
February 12, Sunday - Nothing over $5.00 Lunch Ride - Recommended by a member.
                  Italian Style - Good Food, Great Service and nothing over $5.00 for the lunch menu.
                  1546 W. Bell Rd. 602-889-9406
                  Meet at 11:30 am, ride at 12:00 am
                  Road Captain: Steve Boston
February 17, Friday - Dairy Queen - Evening Ride to Cave Creek
                  6548 E. Cave Creek Rd. 480-488-2819
                  Meet at 6:00 pm, ride at 6:30 pm
                  Road Captain: Mark McCay
February 18, Saturday– Let’s Ride! “Gold Rush Days
                  Let’s ride to Wickenburg and see what the 64th Festival is all about.
                  Saturday is suppose to be one of the largest parades in Arizona.
                  Music, arts and crafts, carnival, food, rodeo.
                  For a wild rootin’-tootin’ good time, come out and ride your iron horse.
                  Meet 8 am, ride at 8:30 am
                  Road Captain: Ken & Annette Gray
February 22, Wednesday- Bike Night!
                  Each month during the week we are going to pick a place for a Bike Night!
                  This month; Hammered Hog (sponsor)
                  3230 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phx. 85032 602-992-3700
                  Meet 6 pm, ride at 6:30 pm
                  Road Captain: Annette Gray

February 25, Saturday - General Meeting
                  Meeting begins at 10:00 am
                  Officers meet at 8:30 am
February 25, Saturday - Buddy Stubbs Arizona H-D Hogs & Dogs 11 am - 3pm
                  13850 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phx., AZ 85022
                  Free Food, Live Music, Museum Tour
February 26, Sunday - Breakfast Ride - Fort McDowell Casino - Café 87
                  Breakfast - Steak & Eggs for $5.00 or The Classics, Omelets, Lighter Side.
                  We are taking the back way, folks.
                  Meet at 8 am, ride at 8:30 am
                  Road Captain: Allen Bryan

   Please Note: Rides on Sunday or when the dealership is closed, depart from the Valero Gas Station on Cave
                                            Creek Rd. & the 101.
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                              Future/Opportunity Rides
                                     and Events!
February 19th, 2012 “Bikers Soar for Wildlife” - Opportunity Ride
       7th Annual Bikers Soar for Wildlife Run, ride benefits wildlife at the Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center.
       Registration is at Skunk Creek 27201 N. Black Canyon Hwy.
       Lunch, a raffle, auction, and more. A large display of wildlife.
       Pre-Registration $25., passenger $30.
       Go to www.azwildlifecenter.com for details.

March 9 - 11th, 2012 - Tombstone Ride
        Book your rooms now, call the Tombstone Motel at 888-455-3478.
        Key Word: H.O.G. Chapter
        Meet at 8:30 am, ride at 9:00 am
        There will be group rides on Saturday morning from the Tombstone Motel:
        Chiricahua National Monument, Gammus Gulch western movie set, Bisbee

March 24th, 2012 - Buddy Stubbs Bike Week Bash
       Arizona’s largest Bike Week pre-rally party returns!
       From 12 - 9PM.
       Join them as they celebrate with top notch food (HOG Pitt), vendors, live music and much more!
       This year they will have Jägermeister as an event sponsor along with other supporters such as
       Miller, Patron, and Pyrat Rum.
       Clear your calendars now so you don't miss this great FREE event.

March 28th - April 1st, 2012 - Arizona Bike Week
       Go to www.azbikeweek.com for details.

March 28, 2012 - Wednesday’s Riding For Kids
       Our biggest ride of the year!
       Northern Route.
       Details coming soon!

April 12 - 15, 2012 - San Diego, CA
         Officers are going to H.O.G. Officer Training and you are welcome to ride to San Diego and stay at:
         Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
         San Diego, California
         Discounted rate $125.00 plus tax a night. Key word: Harley Davidson Group/H.O.G. Group
         Call for reservations 1-619-232-1234
         Ride details coming soon!

April 22, 2012 - Laughlin River Run “Ride To The River”
         Go to www.laughlinriverrun.com for details.

June 7-9, 2012 - Arizona State H.O.G. Rally—Williams, Arizona
        Go to www.azstatehogrally.com/regdetail.html for information.
        Also: all hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts are filling up fast.
        A group from H.O.G. 93 will be staying at the 9 Arizona Motor Hotel, right in the center of downtown Williams.
        If you are interested in a reasonable but very clean Hotel call them now: 1-928-635-4552 $55.00 Keyword: Chapter

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