Well, it is mid February and the
weather has been unseasonably cool for us here in the desert. But
one thing we do know for sure is that PRIME riding weather is right around the
corner, and when that comes, we know that Arizona Bike
Week is not far off. In fact, This year is
the 15th anniversary of Arizona Bike Week and we are only 44 days away
from the start of the Pre-Rally Days which begin on March 25th
this year with the Backstage Biker Bash at
Chester's Harley Davidson featuring Gretchen Wilson in concert. That will be the
start of 10 days of non stop motorcycle activities and events around the
valley ending with Logan's Run Charity Ride and valley favorite
Arizona Bike Week has always been one
of my favorite times of year. There is always
something to do throughout the week, and as a rider, it is exciting to
see all of the other riders on the road that have come into town to
enjoy the weather and beauty of the Arizona riding that we have
all the time. With the event being moved up a week this year, I hope that the
organizers have picked the sweet spot of riding weather this year. Not too hot,
not too cold. I've seen it both ways. Check out this short video of the snow we rode
through in 2007 on the Wednesday ride.
Each year ABW gives out the "Arizona
Bike Week Hero Award" on the opening night at Westworld to a person who
they feel has made a contribution to the motorcycle community in Arizona over
the years. I am honored to say that this year they have chosen
me to be the recipient of that award for 2011. There will be a brief award
ceremony in the Handlebar Saloon at Westworld on Wednesday, March 30th at 8pm
following the Miss Arizona Bike Week competition. I am inviting all of you to
stop by and share this award with me. The Hideaway Grill in Cave Creek is
sponsoring a ride to escort Mrs. C. and I from the Hideaway to
Westworld leaving at 6pm. Make plans to ride with us to Westworld from the
Hideaway. Thanks again to Arizona Bike Week for this honor and allowing
me to be a part of the 15th Anniversary celebration.
There is so much on the ABW calendar
that I can't list them all in the letter, but I will give you some
of the highlights and ones that I think will be especially good. If you click on
the dates below, the link will take you to the event page of all the events for
Hideaway Grill Bike Week Schedule: The Hideaway Grill will also be kicking off 10 days of activities at the
Hideaway in Cave Creek. Click Here for their calendar.
2nd Annual Greasewood Flat & Cavalliere’s
Reata Pass Arizona Bike Week Music Festival March 26 & 27: Enjoy live country-western, bluegrass and rock music on both outdoor
patios all day.
7th Annual Buddy Stubbs Bike Week Bash:
13,000 people came and enjoyed a great party last year, 2011 will
be even bigger!! Admission is always FREE.
16th Annual Trifecta Custom Bike Show and
Blowout at the Steel Horse Saloon. Vendors, bike show, music.
4th Annual Born 2B Wild Liberty Wildlife
Ride. Proceeds benefit Liberty Wildlife.
The Hideaway Grill - AZ's Builders Bash:
AZ's premier builders will be at the Hideaway all day with their
newest and baddest creations!
Wednesday, March 30th - April 3rd
Cyclefest at Westworld begins. See tons of vendors, music all day and night, demo rides, food and lots
of ABW fun.
Riding for Kids Charity Run: This event is a 280 mile ride that
is the kick off ride for Arizona Bike Week. This route will be through southern
Arizona. All motorcycle makes and types are welcome. Always one of my
favorites and one that we go on every year.
Demo Rides Begin at Westworld: 5 Motorcycle manufacturers including Harley-Davidson, Kawasaki, Boss
Hoss, Star and Can-am.
Miss Arizona Bike Week Pageant in the
HandleBar Saloon: Join us for our 15th annual pageant,
featuring the sexiest biker chicks the southwest has to offer!
Barry Caraway – An “Arizona Bike Week
Hero": Please join us in the HandleBar at 8pm as we
salute the many accomplishments of a true Arizona Bike Week
Skid Row in Concert in the HandleBar Saloon -
9:00 AM - 6th Annual T-Bar Trail Ride:
Has turned in to one of the bigger rides at
Warrant in Concert in the HandleBar
Saloon: 9:00 PM
Demo Rides at Westworld: 5 Motorcycle manufacturers including Harley-Davidson, Kawasaki, Boss
Hoss, Star and Can-am.
The Hamsters Charity “Dry Heat” Poker
run!: Come Ride with The Hamster Custom Motorcycle group who’s
members include some very famous names from our industry such as Arlen, Cory and
Zach Ness, Paul Yaffe, Donny Smith, Dave Perewitz, Don Hotop, Brian Klock and
the list goes on and on.
Demo Rides at Westworld: 5 Motorcycle manufacturers including Harley-Davidson, Kawasaki, Boss
Hoss, Star and Can-am.“Tribute to Excellence” - 7:00 PM. Arlen Ness - Pioneer in the Motorcycle Customizing
"Heart" in Concert in the HandleBar
Saloon. 9pm. Heart took the music world by storm in the 70s.
Led by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, Heart is considered by many to be the best
“chick” band of all time. "I am really excited to see Heart. This should be the
best concert of Bike Week.
Chester's Harley-Davidson 12th Annual "Torch
Ride" to Cyclefest: Don’t miss the 12th ANNUAL TORCH RIDE with
Chester’s Harley-Davidson to benefit the Special Olympics Arizona. Largest ride
of ABW last year.
Paul Yaffe Bash: - 2pm. This
year Paul has moved the bash from his shop to Cyclefest at WestWorld to better
accommodate the ever growing party crowd!
Buckcherry in Concert in the HandleBar
Saloon: 9:00 PM
"Logan's Run" Logan's Valley Motorcycles Charity Poker
Ride: Logan’s Run Charity Poker Ride, presented by Logan’s
Valley Motorcycles. The FINAL ride of Arizona Bike Week 2011! Always
a local favorite.
Mogollon in concert at the HandleBar
Saloon: Mogollon has earned the reputation as one of the
Premier Country Rock Entertainment groups in the West and continues to keep
their high standard.
These are just a few of the events that will be
happening around the valley during Arizona Bike Week. Be sure to mark your
calendars for Arizona Bike Week with activities from March 25 - April 3rd. Go to www.azbikeweek.com for all
details on events and camping at the venue.
Every Thursday Night
It’s Biker Bull Night at Western Trails
Ranch! Come on out to the Ranch and
watch the bikers ride the bulls. This is a live bull show and Thursday’s are amateur night,
starts at 7:00pm every Thursday. Bull riding is billed as the most
exciting sport on the planet and that ain’t no lie. We have audience games
during the intermission with prizes, Happy Hour all night! Or ride the
Mechanical Bull $2.00 a ride. Buzzard’s Saloon and the Ice House will be open,
so come early and have dinner in our steakhouse. Check out our website at
www.westerntrailsranch.com. $5.00 admission at the gate; pays for the bull stock
production company, which is K4 Bucking Bulls Luke & Gina Kraut. It’s
just a good time – don’t miss the excitement. Western Trails Ranch is located at
37823 NW Grand Avenue Mile Marker 123.5 FROM SURPRISE Morristown AZ
Every Saturday in February
Harley-Davidson 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off. Sign Up Your Chili to win prizes
and trophies! Categories are: Best Overall Chili, Hottest Chili, Most Unique
Chili, Best Display, Best Named Chili. We supply the electricity.
You will make the chili at home, and bring it to plug in and serve! OR be a
judge! Spoons for tasting and ballots are only $5 and ALL proceeds benefit the
Arizona Animal Welfare League. Live music by Tin Weasel. 11am-1pm. Spend $100 or
more in MotorClothes and roll the dice to receive a sweet discount during the
event. Call 480-894-0404 to register, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Chester's HD is located
at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ.
Saturday, February 12th
Harley's Dinner on the Patio
. Everyone is looking for a destination on a
Saturday morning ride. And if there is FREE FOOD there it is even
better! Ride by Hacienda Harley-Davidson between 11am and 2pm for free food
every Saturday in February. Get your Free BBQ right off the grill served to
you by the Hacienda Diner Girls. Click Here for Photos. Hacienda is located at
15600 N. Hayden Rd. in Scottsdale, AZ.
Saturday, February 12th
East Valley Annual Valentines Day Party
. The party this year is
at the Goat Head Saloon located at 1423 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ.
Everyone welcome from 7pm till the fun ends. Raffle for a romantic weekend
for Two. Raffle tickets available from East Valley members. Donation is
still only $5.00 per person. Door prizes, 50/50. See flyer for details.
Sunday, February 13th
Copper Basin YMCA
Motorcycle Run & Poker Tournament. Registration at 8am. Free Pancake
Breakfast for all registered participants. Ride Leaves Copper
Basin YMCA located at 28300 N. Main St., San Tan Valley at 10am sharp.
Lunch served at 1pm at Copper Basin YMCA. Free Poker Tournament to follow.
Registration: $30..00 per bike. Entry fee entitles you to a pancake breakfast
and lunch for all registered participants. One T-shirt per bike, one entry for
motorcycle run, one entry to free poker tournament and one goodie bag. $25..00
to register for additional spot for lunch and free Poker Tournament. $10.00 for
extra T-shirts. For
general information or to become a sponsor, contact Anita Lopez at allopez@vosymca..org or 480.882.2242. Or visit us
at www..valllleyymca..org/copperbasiin. All
proceeds benefit the Copper Basin YMCA Strong Kids and Families
3rd Annual "Ride
For Love". Presented by the American Legion Riders of Arcadia Post 138.
All proceeds to go to Maverick Calloway. Maverick is 15 years old
and has a condition called Endocarditis and is in need of an operation to
replace his heart valves. Sign in from 9-10am at Evil Twin Custom Cycles located
at 2534 W. Broadway in Mesa. Donation $25.00 single, $30.00 per couple. Fun,
Dancing, Raffles. Stops at American Legion Posts 39, 91, 2 and The Rogue Bar.
End Stop D.A.V. with live music by: Crusin' from 1-5pm.
Saturday, February 19th
Chief Bill Lanford
Memorial Ride. Honoring our Fallen Firefighter Brother William D. “Bill”
Lanford was the Chief of Buckeye Valley Fire until he was
tragically killed while riding his Harley on Vulture Mine Road on February 6th
2003. Please join the many brother and sister Firefighters, Law Enforcement
Officers and all of his friends and family in honoring Chief Lanford on this
memorial ride. Everyone is welcome – Any Scooter, Hot Rod, or Apparatus, Ride
it, Drive it, Push it, or Pull it – Just come and make this a huge, memorable
event. Check-in at 8:00 A.M. – Ride Starts at 10:00 A.M. at Station 324: 25206
W. MC 85 Buckeye Az. 85326. Continental Breakfast Provided. $20.00 Single rider,
$25.00 Couple. Escorted, 100 mile ride, including a stop at Bill’s roadside
memorial on Vulture Mine Rd. Everyone Welcome to the After Ride Party. If
any questions please contact Jason at email@example.com or
Sunday, February 20th
6th Annual "Biker's
Soar For Wildlife". This is the 6th year for this run and from the beginning
this has been a well attended event. You might have seen my
articles and photos about the Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center in the past. If
not, CLICK HERE for Photos and
Story. This year the ride will end at Pioneer Restaurant and as
always, will have a great lunch, rock and roll music from the 60's, 70's &
80's, raffle and prizes. And of course you will get to see some of the
animals you are riding for at the end of the ride. Registration from 8am -
9:30am at Arrowhead Harley-Davidson located at 16130 Fountain Center dr. in
Peoria, AZ. Ride Starts at 9:00 am (New ride route with more
curves-approximately 120 miles) Single Rider: $30.00 or Rider with Passenger:
$35.00. Registration Includes: Lunch, T-shirt for and Ride Pin for the
FIRST 300 who register. More information, please call, 623-587-0139 or
visit the website at www.azwildlifecenter.net or send an email to
Sandy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Flag Run. The Checkered Flag Run is a
weekend in Arizona hosted by the Second
II None Phoenix Motorcycle Club, Phoenix International Raceway and Talking Stick
Resort and Casino. The weekend culminates with an escorted motorcycle run from
Talking Stick Resort and Casino to Phoenix International Raceway to watch NASCAR
Drivers, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson tear up the track in
the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, Sunday, February 27th,
2011. 3 days of activities and fun.
This is quickly becoming a very big event. Here are a few details of what is
going to happen:
For $35.00 this is what you get, all
Friday Feb. 25 - Meet and Greet at Talking
Stick Resort 5-9pm (includes 2 drinks Hosted by 3 Amigo's Tequila)
Feb. 26th - Picnic at Hacienda Harley-Davidson 11-6pm (Food, Fun, Games,
Music and more)
Saturday Feb. 26th - Leather and Lace Ball at
Talking Stick Resort 9p-2a (Miss Checkered Flag Contest)
Sunday Feb 27th
- Police Escort to PIR, Subway Fresh Fit 500 from Talking Stick Resort
When you get to PIR you will have reserved seats, VIP motorcycle
Largest Motorcycle Club present wins $5,000.00, Largest
Female Club present wins $2,500.00, Largest Social Club present wins $1,000.00,
Bike Show like no other judged by Paul Yaffe, Brian Klock and Rick Hatch. Bike
Show winner $3,000.00 and escorts PIR President to winner circle to present
Subway Fresh Fit 500 trophy. All this for only $35.00. For more information or
to buy tickets call Ed LeClere at 602-315-0711. Or go to www.checkeredflagrun.com register your group or buy
Saturday, February 26th
Hogs with Hearts Poker Run. Hacienda HOG Chapter 97 is hosting the Second Annual Hogs
with Hearts Poker Run. This run is in
support of the MDA Children’s Summer Camp at Camp Shadow Pines east of Payson,
Arizona. We’ll be giving away over $5,000 worth of raffle prizes so
don’t miss out on your chance for some great prizes as well as making a
difference in a child's life. The entry fee is $25 for a single rider and $35
two-up. Fee includes a t-shirt for the first 100 registered riders, ride pin,
coffee and breakfast supplied by Dunkin Donuts at the start, lunch and live
music at the end. The ride will start at Hacienda Harley-Davidson.
There will be prizes for high and low hand as well as dozens of raffle prizes
including a Shell Vacation Club week valued at over $2100. Best Hand grand prize
is $250 cash. Ride Registration is from 8am - 10am at Hacienda HD located
at 15600 N. Hayden Rd. in Scottsdale. All Bikes Welcome. Join us for a
great 120 mile ride through beautiful Arizona scenery and make a huge difference
in a child’s life. More information and online registration at www.hog97.com
Mid Week Updates will be made on the
New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go
to Cyclerides.com Facebook. Over 2800 FANS! Take a look at all the new photos posted on the
wall. If you are not on Facebook, you can still view the
page, but you will not be able
to post. There will be a link there for you to sign up for Facebook if you
are inclined. Click the LIKE button!
I had somehow missed this Bud commercial
over the years. It is called "The Streaker". Pretty entertaining. Click Here to View.
Here is one of those set up gags to mess
with people in an elevator. Funny stuff. Click Here to View.
Video of the Week: I never get tired of seeing a multi-story building
get imploded. How do they do this? Is it Luck or Skill? But it is
awesome! Click Here to View. Click on the Video of the Week graphic on the page.
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Cyclerides.com Weekly Update Click Here.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To
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