Well, those of us in Arizona are in some prime time weather for
riding around the valley. Won’t be long till we will be pointing
our bikes to the North to take in some great riding and scenery. But for now,
short runs out to the lakes, Saguaro, Canyon, Pleasant or Bartlett are excellent
destinations to get out and enjoy this beautiful weather. Last Thursday I was in
the Bartlett Lake area doing a photo shoot of the Mako Glide for American Bagger
Magazine with photographer Rusty Childress. He is a really good photographer. We
utilized the road to Seven Springs for the riding shots which is a nice little
extension to your ride to Bartlett. Fun twisties and beautiful scenery with a
view of 4 peaks. Rusty took 689 photo’s but I paired it down to 35 for you to
view. Who said the raked baggers don’t handle well? Check out the cornering
shots. Click Slideshow button in upper right for full screen viewing. Click Here to
view. For those of you that were on the
Centennial Ride, take a look at this composition photo taken by Dan Eckstein on
Washington St. with the American Flags. Click Here to
I had been working on motorcycle stuff a lot lately with the Centennial Ride and getting ready to begin the Cyclerides.com
Westgate Bike Night on March 29th, so last
Saturday afternoon I decided to get back in the air for a change and flew the
172 up to Las Vegas to see the Cirque Du Soleil
“Viva Elvis” show. Being HUGE fans of the
Cirque “Beatles Love Show” and the Cirque ‘Michael Jackson Show” that we saw at
U.S. Air Arena on New Years Eve, we were anxious to see this one as well.
At about 3:30 PM Saturday we took off for my first time flying
to Las Vegas with our destination being the North Las Vegas
Airport. It is much easier to just fly into Henderson, but at this stage of my
flying career, with a little over 300 hours, I usually seek out the more
challenging way and wanted the experience of negotiating the Las Vegas Bravo
airspace. This is a lot harder and more involved way to go for sure, with radio
work and many vectors starting 30 miles away, but the pay off is the route they
bring you in takes you right over the top of the Las
Vegas strip and over McCarran
Intl. Airport which was cool to see.
It was a 2 hour flight and we landed at about 4:30 PM local time
at North Las Vegas. We took a cab to the new Aria Hotel & Casino where
the Elvis Show is and checked in. Wow! We had not been to the new City Center
complex with the Aria and several other hotels and shopping before, but it is
really nice. The Aria is a 4000 room hotel that is absolutely “state of the
art”. Everything in the room is controlled
electronically from a touch screen next to your bed including pushing a button
to close the curtains on the floor to ceiling windows in this 520 sq. ft. room
and choosing music to play on the TV. Being from Kansas, I remember being
impressed when I saw my first phone in a hotel bathroom at the Peach Tree Plaza
in Atlanta, GA. 35 years ago. This takes that to a whole new level. The touch
panel and the TV even displayed my name on the screen. Ok, obviously I
am easily impressed, but if you are looking to splurge for a night, this would
be the place to do it.
After a quick walk on the strip, we went to the Crystals
shopping area attached to the Aria for some dinner at Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina. Excellent food as you might have guessed and not as expensive as I
thought it would have been. But the lasagna was well worth it. We then made our
way to the Elvis show room for the Viva Elvis 9:30 PM show. Given that we had
seen the Beatles Love show twice and the Michael Jackson show, our expectations
were very high for this one. So after reading this you are planning to go to
Vegas to see one of these shows, here is my review. In my opinion, the Elvis
show was very good, and if you hadn’t seen a show like this before, I’m sure you
would enjoy it, especially if you like Elvis music. (Look at picture of stage) But in comparison to the Beatles “Love” show, it is
not even close, in my opinion.
If you are planning a trip to Vegas for a quick getaway, I would
absolutely recommend the Beatles “Love”
at the Mirage Hotel. It has won Best Show in Vegas 4 years
in a row. Regardless if you are big fan of the Beatles or not, the Cirque Du
Soleil show wrapped around their music is outstanding. I’m sure we will be
riding up there in the near future for our 3rd time seeing that show. To read
about our ride to Las Vegas in October of 2008, complete with photo’s, map and
links, Click Here.
By the time we slept in a bit on Sunday morning, we made our
way back to the airport by around 11:30 AM greeting by 28 MPH winds. Fortunately
right in our face so it wasn’t a huge deal to take off in. The ATC routed us to
the Northeast going right over the top of Nellis AFB and just to the South
of Las Vegas Intl. Speedway. We had
a nice flight back and was back in the Valley by around 2 PM. So after 4.3 hours
of flying, I have gotten my fix and will be enjoying the beautiful 80 degree
weather that is forecast for this weekend by riding over to the Stubbs Classic Car and Bike Show
on Saturday and checking out the Monopoly Game at Arrowhead HD on
We are right at the doorstep of some great riding weather and
plenty of things to do over the next several weeks. Should be fun. Look forward
to seeing you this weekend.
Tidbits and Updates:
**If you missed the newsletter last week about the Arizona
Centennial Ride with links to photos. Click
** I came across some other photos taken by Dan Eckstein. They
are excellent photos that has lots of people pictures. You might be in here.
Click Here to View.
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Save the Date!
I have been asked this question a lot lately, so here
is the answer.
Wednesday, February 22nd
ABATE of Arizona is hosting Motorcycle
Day at the Dome on Wednesday, February 22nd from 10am to 3pm.
This event is to allow motorcyclists from across Arizona to meet their
legislators and discuss issues that affect our rights to ride. Meeting place is
the Senate Lawn located at 1700 W. Washington St. in Phoenix, AZ. Contact your
legislatures and make appointments with them. Explain motorcycling issues to our
representatives. Learn the legislative process.
Thursday, February 23rd
Harley-Davidson Women’s Garage Party
. Do you know a woman interested in
learning about motorcycles? She can learn more about the sport of
riding at our women-only Garage Party. This is a FREE EVENT that offers fun,
beginner information for women with limited – or even no – background with
motorcycles. Forward this invitation to your female friend and tell her to join
us for one night of fun workshops and festive activities during this event
geared toward women who dream of riding, but just aren’t sure how to get started
on their motorcycle journey. You must RSVP for this event. There is limited
space. So gather your friends and get signed up today! For more information or
to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 480-496-6800.
Saturday, February 25th
Stubbs Classic Car & Bike Show
. Buddy Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson is
hosting a Classic Car and Motorcycle show at the dealership! Come
by on Saturday, February 25th to enjoy amazing automobiles from a time gone by.
If you would like to enter your classic car to custom motorcycle in the show
simply email 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 at 3PM. 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. Buddy Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson is located at
13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85022. Or, on the web at www.buddystubbshd.com.
Sunday, February 26th
for Chris Ottaviani
. Chris was badly injured in a motorcycle accident back
on January 3rd and spent a little over 45 days in ICU and will be
recovering for a while yet. The accident has brought a burden of cost and
hardship to the family. All proceeds will go to help them get back on their
feet. Registration 8am –9:45am at Invision Auto Body located 4134 E. Valley Auto
Dr. in Mesa, AZ. $20 per Rider, $30 for double. This will be a 5 stop ride in
the East Valley. See flyer for details.
Sunday, February 26th
Harley-Davidson presents Monopoly Sunday Fun Day Tournament
. Who doesn’t
love board games?!? Arrowhead Harley-Davidson hosting a Sunday Fun Day on February 26th from 11 AM – 4 PM. There will be tables setup with four
rounds of Monopoly going on at one time. After a specific set of time we will
stop the games and have everyone count up their total amount of cash and assets.
Gift cards and other merchandise will be given out for the winners and the
rounds will continue on from there. Arrowhead HD will be offering FREE FOOD to
the tournament participants. They will also have raffle prizes and music going
during the day. RSVP for this event by calling the store at 623-247-5542.
Arrowhead HD is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Ftn. Ctr. Dr. in Peoria,
Friday and Saturday, March 2nd and 3rd
2nd Annual Checkered Flag
. This is a unique event put on by Alan “A.P.” Powell that incorporates
Motorcycles, NASCAR and Parties, all for one $25 ticket. The
Checkered Flag Run is a weekend in Arizona hosted by Phoenix International
Raceway, Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, and The Radisson Hotel. The weekend
culminates with motorcycle rides to Phoenix International Raceway to watch
NASCAR Drivers tear up the track at the Bashas Supermarkets 200 NASCAR
Nationwide Series race, Saturday March 3rd, 2012. Here is the itinerary for the
Friday, March 2nd
Join us for the “Checkered Flag Run Kickstands Down Pre Bash”
at Chandler Harley-Davidson, 12 pm – 4 pm. Free Food, Cold Drinks, & Bikini
Bike Wash! Discounts on Service, Merchandise, & Parts!
CFR Meet and Greet at Airia Night Club at Wildhorse Pass. Live
performance by Honey Brown 6PM – 10PM.
Saturday, March 3rd
Checkered Flag Run at PIR. Bike Show and Entertainment 9AM –
Noon. Bike Show first place is $2000 Cash. Race Time 1PM – 4PM. The 3 Amigos
Tequila Leather/Lace Ball at Ovations Live! Show Room at Wild Horse Pass Hotel
and Casino 9PM – 2AM.
Sunday, March 4th
. Boxer Luv Rescue currently has over 150 Boxers up for adoption
and the numbers grow every day. They are a non-profit organization
that saves hundreds of dogs each year with the help of it’s volunteers and your
donations. Adopt a Boxer today. Registration starts 9:30 AM at Chester’s
Harley-Davidson in Mesa, AZ. Last bike out at 11 AM, Last bike in at 3 PM. $20
per bike. Raffle, Door Prizes and 50/50. All proceeds will go to Boxer Luv
Rescue. For more information and to pre register go to www.boxerluv.org.
March 28th – April 1st
Arizona Bike Week 2012 is fast approaching!
We're starting the contestant search for the Miss Arizona Bike
Week Pageant and are looking for some sexy biker chicks. We'll be signing up
girls at a few of our favorite watering holes over the next few weeks. It
just takes a few minutes to fill out the entry form and then we'll conduct a
brief interview. The chosen contestants will compete at Cyclefest, on
opening night, March 28th. The lucky winner will receive a $1,500 cash prize and
be crowned "Miss Arizona Bike Week 2012".
Ladies, if you want to enter the pageant, make sure you get to
one of the sign up parties. Guys, come on out and get a sneak peek at the
hotties that will be gracing the stage of the HandleBar Saloon at Cyclefest.
More info and online application at azbikeweek.com
Sign up Parties:
Dirty Dogg Saloon - Wednesday, February 22nd,
Hideaway Grill - Sunday, February 26th, 1-4pm
Steel Horse Saloon - Thursday, March 1st, 7-9pm
Chopper John's - Friday, March 9th, 8-10pm
Everyone's invited to the sign up parties, so stop by and say
hi to the ABW crew!!
Mid Week Updates will be made on the Cyclerides.com
Facebook. New Easy to remember
Facebook address. Go to Cyclerides.com Facebook. Over
3600 FANS! Take a look at
all the new photos posted on the wall. If you are not on Facebook, you can still view the
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!
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reservation. We honor competitors offers. Renting Harley-Davidson Motorcycles
from anyone other than a Harley-Davidson Authorized rentals dealer would be like
renting a tuxedo from a clown store! HD of Scottsdale is located at 15600 N.
Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 408.905.1903. www.hdofscottsdale.com
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This little dog was barking checks
that he couldn’t cash. Little dogs are famous for this. Click Here to
Redneck tug of war. Uh Oh! Someone hooked this up to the wrong part of the
truck. Click Here to
Video of the Week:
I think this would have to be classified as a
rough landing. Fortunately they have ejections seats in those planes. Click
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Blessings and Safe Riding To
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