Well, it has been an interesting start to this year as it relates to
motorcycle riding. The weather has been about as cool and rainy as
I have seen it for a few years. Just when you think it is time to get the bike
rolling again, the weekend comes around and it is cold or rainy. But as we all
know, that will soon change and motorcycle riding will be prime time. But by the
looks of the extended forecast, that might still be a couple of weeks away. But
it will be worth the wait.
And speaking of prime time riding, I would like
to announce that we will begin the 2013 Spring
season of the Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Nights this year on Thursday, March
28th running every Thursday through June 27th. We are already
working on programming for bike night to make it even bigger and better than in
years past. I look forward to seeing all of you on opening night, Thursday,
March 28th. Save the Date! We have limited space for vendors, if you would like
to be a vendor, please contact me at email@example.com
A lot of you probably saw the increasingly popular Westminster
Dog Show on TV this past Monday and Tuesday. It is amazing how
popular this event is getting. The winners are paraded around the morning news
shows like movie stars or MVP's of the Super Bowl. Just for fun I Googled "how
many dogs owners in the us". I found from the Humane Society of the United
States that there are over 77 million owned dogs in the United States. 39
percent of U.S. households own at least one dog. On average, owners have 1.7
dogs. Now I know why this show has become so popular.
Since there isn’t much riding going on right now, I thought I
would go into the archives and have a little fun. In 2003 I did a newsletter
article about the Westminster Dog Show that still rings true today. I think you
will enjoy how even today, I still relate a lot of things back to
Westminster Motorcycle Show
Mrs. C. is a huge dog fan and watches all 6 hours of this show every
year. I have to admit, this thing is really getting big. You see it
on the front pages of various newspapers, interviews with the winner on CBS The
Early Show and radio. I even remember a few years ago Scott Pasmore on 3 TV
admitted to having strange dreams about dogs floating away underneath some
helium balloons. He wouldn't say on the air what happened, but Cyclerides inside
sources have said that the balloons popped in flight and apparently it wasn't
pretty. Alrighty then Scott, maybe we should have Dr. Phil take a look at this
one. My suggestion would be to cut down on the Underdog cartoons, no Alpo
commercials before bedtime and refrain from sticking your head out of the window
while driving. All have been known to lead to strange dog dreams by
As always, when doing something that does not capture 100% of my attention,
I tend to revert everything back to my love for motorcycles. As I
was watching the 133rd Westminster Dog Show with Mrs. C. and hearing the booming
voice of announcer Mike LaFave introduce the Mastiff from the Working Group, I
thought maybe we could follow that same format with motorcycle shows. As you
might recall, Mike boomed out the background of the Mastiff as "one of the most
important breeds still in existence, he is a foundation dog that helped create
the Bulldog, the Boxer, the Great Dane, Saint Bernard and New Foundland. He has
been known for centuries in England and before that in Greece and Rome. He may
have originated in Tibet thousands of years ago. This is Mastiff, number
Why couldn't we do that with motorcycle shows? It would
instead go something like this: "The Harley-Davidson, one of the most important
brands still in existence, it is a foundation brand that helped create the
Yamaha, the Kawasaki, the Honda, the Suzuki and the Goldwing. Harley has been
known for over a century in the United States and abroad. And may have
originated in the mind of Walter Davidson's ancestors in Tibet thousands of
years ago." This is Harley-Davidson, Number six!
And when you change groups it would sound like this. And now I
would like to introduce the Sport Cruiser Group. "The V-Rod, a crossover breed
that has it's beginnings from the sport bike. 21st Century lore has it that a
Harley Deuce and a Yamaha V-Max had an intimate moment during a ride in Germany
and the V-Rod was born. As with all new breeds introduced into the club, the
V-Rod will not be accepted as its own category in the club until there is
acceptance by the public and continued breeding of other models." This is V-Rod,
So next year when you are watching the 136th Westminster Dog Show you can imagine what words Mike LaFave would use to describe your
motorcycle. And by the way Scott, you might want to move the dog bones away from
the protein bars, you must have gotten them mixed up a time or two to come up
with a dream like that.
I’ve been getting some emails and I just want to clear up some confusion on
an upcoming ride. As most of you know, from 2005-2008 I organized
and executed a very successful ride called the Cyclerides.com Hearts to Heroes.
In 2008 I ended this ride believing that needs had changed and it was time to
move on to taking care of the wounded soldiers that were coming home.
Unbeknownst to me, in April of 2008 an organization trademarked the name Hearts
to Heroes and are now calling their ride the 8th Annual Hearts to Heroes,
obviously trying to coat tail on the success of my ride. You can make your own
decisions of the class of the type of person or organization who
would do something like that, I certainly have mine. To avoid any confusion, I
just want to make it perfectly clear to everyone that I have
ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ORGANIZATION, EXECUTION OR
PROMOTERS OF THIS RIDE AND DO NOT ENDORSE IT IN ANY WAY. IT IS NOT A
CYCLERIDES.COM RIDE IN ANY WAY. If you would like to support our troops
who are in dire need, my suggestion would be to attend the Stand
Up for Standdown event on Saturday, February 16th
featuring the music of Hans Olson that supports homeless and in need Veterans.
Through February 20th
Scottsdale 2012 Rental Fleet Blow Out! Our 2012 Rental Fleet is Going. . .
Going. . . Gone! But we kept the best units for you! Starting at
$8,995. These bikes have low miles and have been meticulously maintained by our
#1 service department. Now is the time to get yourself that Harley-Davidson
you’ve been dreaming about!
HURRY: UNITS MUST BE SOLD BY FEBRUARY
20TH OR THEY TOO WILL BE GONE!
Give them a call now to reserve your
new bike. Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale is located at 15600 N. Hayden Rd. in
Scottsdale, AZ. Call 480-905-1903.
Saturday, February 16th
Anthem Hogs and Dogs. Buddy Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson invites you to
ride over to their store on Saturday, February 16th, from 11am to
2pm to take back Valentine’s Day! Join Buddy’s crew for complimentary food and
drinks while taking advantage of their 20% off ALL in stock jewelry sale! It
will be a great day for a ride and an even better day when you pick out that
special something that you wanted but didn’t receive for Valentine’s Day. Anthem
H-D H.O.G. Chapter 2376 will be providing the FREE food and drinks so be sure to
stop by and say hello. Buddy Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson is located at 41715
N. 41st Dr. Anthem, AZ 85086.
Saturday, February 16thStand Up for Stand
. Stand Up For StandDown is an event being presented by Spectacular
Entertainment to raise money for Arizona StandDown which helps homeless and in
need veterans. There will be a motorcycle run- registration is 8:00
- 10:00 A.M. at VFW Post 1433, 7618 N. 63rd Ave, Glendale. $20 solo & $35
couple. Last stop is a concert at Chopper John's - 2546 E. Indian School Rd,
Phx. We have an amazing number of cool raffle prizes, leather jackets, a Bulova
Harley watch, 2- $100 gift certs for tattoos, and so much more! Concert 2:00
P.M. - 2:00 A.M. Hans Olson, Gary Beckert, Almost Irish, Swain's World, Rhythm
Edition, Wild at Harp with Motown Hall of Fame drummer Jerome Teasely, Bird
City, Elvis Before Noon & Arsenic Kitchen. Food, drink specials, raffle,
auction, prizes and more! Proudly sponsored by: Chopper John's and Harley
Davidson Motorcycles of Scottsdale AZ. To volunteer or make a donation call
Saturday, February 16th3rd
Annual Lost Dutchman State Park Run
. Superstition Harley-Davidson Lost
Dutchman State Park Benefit Ride and Party at the Park. Ride at
your own pace observation run ending at Lost Dutchman State Park. Lunch, live
music, vendors, raffles. Help us keep Lost Dutchman State Park one of the most
profitable in the state. All proceeds directly impact Lost Dutchman State Park.
Superstition Harley-Davidson – 2910 W Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ 85120 |
www.superstitionhd.com | 480.346.0600
Sunday, February 17thBikers Soar for
Wildlife Poker Run
. Want to see Eagles, Red Tail Hawks, Burrowing Owls, and
Turkey Vultures up close? Join us for our 8th annual “Bikers Soar
For Wildlife” motorcycle ride sponsored by the Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center
Auxiliary (AMWCA). All proceeds go to help rescue, rehabilitate and care for the
hundreds of animals that come to the Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center each year.
The ride starts and ends at Buffalo Chip Saloon - 6811 E. Cave Creek Rd. Cave
Creek, AZ. 85331. Sign-up is 8:00 - 9:30 A.M. Breakfast will be available for
purchase on a first come basis. As always participants will enjoy a great lunch,
music, a raffle, auction and a large display of animals courtesy of the
volunteers at Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center. Pre-registration is $25.00 for
rider, $35.00 for rider & passenger. The first 200 who pre-register will
receive a ride shirt and pin. After February 8, 2013, registration prices are
$30.00 for rider and $40.00 for rider & passenger.
Wednesday, February 20th
Motorcycle Day at the
Dome. Sponsored by ABATE of Arizona. The purpose of the Motorcycle Day at
the Dome (MDATD) is to meet, greet and converse with your State/District
Legislators and National Senators/Representatives in their offices
OR on the Senate Lawn of the State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St. in Phoenix.
You will have the opportunity to discuss various issues facing Motorcyclists
today. You can also sit in the gallery as the Legislators are in session.
Representatives from Motorcycle Rights Organization Members, Motorcycle Clubs
(MCs), Independent Riders and Motorcycle Supporters will attend the Annual
Motorcycle Day at the Dome. This event is sponsored by ABATE of Arizona and the
date is Wednesday, February 20th from 10:30-3pm on the Capitol grounds, House
lawn. All volunteer organizations/workers and clubs should be on sight by
8:30am. Please mark your calendars. "All Bikers Welcome". A barricaded area is
reserved for bike parking on 17th Ave between Washington and Jefferson , the
full length of the Capitol grounds itself. Any delivery vehicles will have to
enter the area from the Washington side. We have notified TV stations for media
coverage. Your lobbyists cannot do this alone and we are asking for your help to
make this another great year with our Legislation. We are asking that each of
you invite as many of your motorcyclist friends as you can to participate in
this important event. WE ARE ASKING ALL MOTORCYCLISTS TO PLEASE CALL or EMAIL
your 2 Representatives and 1 Senator and Set-up an appointment with them to meet
in their office from 9am-3pm. Or ask them to join you on the House lawn to
discuss some key points effecting motorcyclists in Arizona. The Motorcycle Day at the Dome Committee (MDATD) is made up of all 4 MROs
in the State of Arizona (Abate,MMA, ACMC, & MMAA). Sponsored by ABATEof
Wednesday, February 20th
* Dyno Room Demonstration with Jeff Bryant,
Master Tech. See what it takes to make your engine perform the best it
* Lighting with Randy Fyffe, Parts Manager. See
available options in lighting to make your bike safer.
Maintenance with Ari Pappas, Service Professional. See what it takes to
keep your bike in perfect shape.
Event starts at 6PM and is FREE to attend. Refreshments and
snacks will be provided during the event. Space is Limited – RSVP Today to
firstname.lastname@example.org . All participants
receive a 10 pack of “Win a Slim” registrations. Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale is located at 15600 N.
Hayden Rd. in Scottsdale, AZ. Call 480-905-1903.
Saturday, February 23rd
Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson Hot Rods & Harleys
. Buddy Stubbs is
hosting a Hot Rods & Harleys show at the dealership! Come by on
Saturday, February 23rd to enjoy amazing automobiles from a time gone by. If you
would like to enter your classic car or custom motorcycle in the show simply
e-mail email@example.com. Sweet cars, cool custom bikes, FREE food and
drinks, what’s not to love? The event will run from 11AM - 3PM with prizes and
trophies given away @ 2:30PM. In addition to the already great festivities,
Buddy Stubbs H-D will be hosting live music by the 50’s rock band Come Back
Buddy! Of course there will be tours of Buddy’s Motorcycle Museum and more! We
look forward to having everyone join us and feel free to call Phillip with any
questions at (602) 971-3400.
Saturday, February 23rd
Harley-Davidson 2nd Annual AZ HogFest & Benefit Ride
. Event time is from
Noon to 9:00pm. Ride leaves Sacaton at noon following the "Ira Hayes - Iwo
Jima Flag Raising Ceremony". Ends at Superstition Harley-Davidson
with a huge party. Whole Hog Competition. People's Choice Best Damn
BBQ Competition. Live Music featuring "Trailer Park" Beer
Garden. Ride Benefits VFW Post 7968 Charities. Single Rider $20. Rider
& tail Gunner $30. Ride voucher includes lunch. Party is FREE
and open to the public. All bikes welcome. Register at www.azhogfest.com or at Superstition Harley-Davidson, 2910 W Apache Trail, Apache
Junction, AZ 85119.
Saturday, February 23rd
Rescue Poker Run
. On Saturday February 23 please help support the
Rottweiler's in our county shelters by helping us help them! We are
going to be kicking off this game at Porkopolis at 1445 S. Arizona Ave (AZ Ave
and the 202) at noon. Riders will be collecting poker cards at various stops in
the valley and then return to Porkopolis to see if they claim the best or worst
hand. Winners will get a Prize. There will also be some great Raffles to be won!
Drink specials to enjoy. Music along the way! The event will be hosted by Brady
Bogan from the morning show on KUPD! If you do not have a bike and want to play
along anyway, you are welcome to ride in you car, truck, golf cart, whatever you
want! Register early at get a free Rotten Rottie Rescue t-shirt!
Saturday, February 23rd
Biker Information Guide Bike Night at Renegade Tap & Kitchen.
Starting at 3 pm till 10 pm with Happy Hour prices the whole time. Nationwide Vision Center has made a donation to Crickets Benefit Fund in
the form of a complete Lasik Surgery Package for someone to win at our February
23 Bike Night. If you know anyone that would like or need this procedure we will
be auctioning it off along with a host of other great gifts. We will be starting
at 3 pm at Renegade Tap & Kitchen on Shea Blvd. at 94th Street, Rain or
Shine. The restaurant will be giving us Happy Hour prices on drinks and
appetizers all day and night. Jim Moore will be drawing the name of the winner
of the custom painted refrigerator at about 7:30. There will be door prizes and
fun for all. Renegade is located at 9400 Shea Blvd. just east of the 101 Fwy, on
the South side.
Arizona Bike Week
. The countdown
is on for Arizona Bike Week 2013. In only 8 weeks the Southwest
will be filled with motorcycles taking part in some beautiful riding and
enjoying a great motorcycle rally with concerts this year featuring Tonic,
Blues Traveler, Doobie Brothers and Third Eye Blind. On
Sunday see “Jax” from Sons of Anarchy leading a ride from Arrowhead HD and at
Cyclefest from Noon – 5pm. To start your planning, go to www.azbikeweek.com or you can pick up your Guide to Rides that will be available at all
participating ABW locations beginning this weekend. And there will be Miss ABW
signup parties at Kimmyz on Greenway, this Saturday 8-10pm and at the Hideaway
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