I would first like to say welcome to all of the new subscribers to the
Cyclerides.com Weekly Update. We have added over 400 new subscribers in the last 2 months and 180 in the last week. If you missed the
newsletter last week about our trip to Las Vegas to see the Viva Elvis show,
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up over the new few months.
Well, within hours we will be turning the calendar to March, which is typically the busiest motorcycle month of the year for the State
of Arizona. Hard to believe we have already gone through 2 months of 2012. I
remember back when I was a young kid growing up in Kansas, March was always a
turning point on the calendar for me. January and February were really boring
because it was always too cold or snowy to go outside and play, so we were
cooped up in the house staring out the window waiting for the gray skies to move
on, the sun to come out and the mercury to rise past freezing.
We literally counted down the days of the first 2 months of the year, knowing that as the calendar turned to March, we would soon be released
from multiple games of Parcheesi, Monopoly and Sorry to able to spend more time
outside. Doesn’t quite work that way in Arizona, I am able to go outside and
play in January and February, but the change of the calendar association is
still there because this is the month I start looking forward to all of the
motorcycle activity associated with Arizona Bike Week.
This year, Arizona Bike Week
a little earlier with Pre-Rally days kicking off at Chester’s HD on
Friday, March 23rd with the Backstage Biker Bash, ending at Cyclefest on April
1st, with a whole lot of stuff in between. This is one of my favorite times of
the year. Not only are there many choices of things to do, but it is just plain
exciting to see all of the bikes in town sharing the same passion of riding
This year I will not have a booth at Bike Week, so this will
allow me to enjoy all of the activities and come and go as I please. Since there
are so many activities going on over this stretch of 10 days, some sanctioned
Bike Week events and some not, I am going to give what I consider to be the
highlight events, the ones that I plan to do myself and then link you to the
The Arizona Bike Week Pre-Rally weekend is always full of things to
do, and this year it is even amped up a notch. Here are the
Friday, March 23rd - Backstage Biker Bash at
Chester’s Harley-Davidson featuring Whiskey 6 and Lynch Mob. 5-11 PM. Free
Saturday, March 24th – Buddy Stubbs 8th Annual
Bike Week Bash Featuring
“Firehouse” Noon – 9 PM. Free Admission.
Saturday, March 24th - Backstage Biker Bash at
Chester’s Harley-Davidson featuring Molly Hatchet & Blackfoot. 11 AM – 11
PM. $15 Admission.
Sunday, March 25th - Backstage Biker Bash at
Chester’s Harley-Davidson featuring Jimmie Van Zant Band. 11 AM – 5 PM. $10
Sunday, March 25th – Arizona Bike Week Blast Off Party at
Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale featuring Bret Michaels in concert. 1 – 9 PM. Free
All of these events will include lots of food, drinks, vendors
and live music. See links for details.
Here are just a few of the bigger rides for the week:
Wednesday, March 28th – Wednesday’s Riding for Kids from
Buddy Stubbs. This is one that we do every year and plan to do again. If you
like to get out and ride while enjoying 230 miles of beautiful Arizona
landscape, this is the ride for you. The longest ride of Bike Week.
Wednesday, March 28th – Miss Arizona Bike Week Finals at the
Handlebar Saloon. 6 PM.
Friday, March 30th – MDA Heroes Ride from Chandler
Harley-Davidson on a scenic ride to Cyclefest to see REO Speedwagon.
Friday, March 30th – The Hamsters Charity “Dry Heat” Run! Ride leaves Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation at 11 AM. Goes
to Greasewood for lunch and Live Music then to Cyclefest for the REO concert.
Saturday, March 31st – 13th Annual Torch Ride for Special
Olympics. This is the only escorted ride for
ABW. This year the ride leaves the Pavillions in Scottsdale at 10 AM to ride the
back roads and ends at Chester’s Harley-Davidson in Mesa for a concert by The
Sunday, April 1st - Crusaders for the Children Child Empowerment
Ride led by Sons of Anarchy cast members OPIE
and LYLA. They will be leading the ride from Arrowhead Harley-Davidson to
Cyclefest. Ride leaves at 11:30 AM. Photo ops and autographs will be
Nightly concerts in The HandleBar Saloon:
Wednesday, March 28th, 9 PM - Quiet
Thursday, March 29th, 9 PM - Puddle
of Mudd, presented by Paul Yaffe's Bagger Nation.
Friday, March 30th, 9 PM - REO Speedwagon,
presented by Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson.
Saturday, March 31st, 9 PM -
Tesla, presented by Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale.
There are also daily events at The Hideaway in Cave Creek and lots of other
events, demo rides, music, etc. going on at ABW throughout the week. Go to www.azbikeweek.com to see all of
those. There are also a lot of other charity and dealer events happening that
week as well that you can view on the Cyclerides.com Rides and Events calendar
that can be found at www.cyclerides.com.
That is a highlight list of things that will be coming up starting on March
23rd. Watch the Cyclerides.com Rides and Events Calendar for new
additions. Also watch the newsletter and the Cyclerides.com Facebook Page as I
will be posting pics from the events as they happen and be updating new events.
Go to www.facebook.com/cycleridescom .
Even if you are not a Facebook user you can view the photos and posts. “Like” us
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Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night
On Thursday, March 29th, I will be starting up The Cyclerides.com
Westgate Bike Night. For the first night we will be cross
marketing with the Phoenix Coyotes on game night. There will be ticket specials
for the Coyote Game that night. We will have vendors, live music, food and drink
specials and lots of bikes and fun. Bike Night will run every Thursday night
from 5-9 PM until June 28th, 14 nights in all. Put it on your calendar. This
should be a huge kick off for bike night. Click Here for the flyer
to print off for your office.
Friday, March 2nd
Stop 1 starts at 4 PM. Head over to HD
of Scottsdale located at 15600 N. Hayden
Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 408.905.1903. Get the official Threesome Card. This
is your first step to Enter to Win the Dyna Wide Glide. Munchies and
Stop 2 starts at 6 PM. Head up to the
Hideaway Grill in Cave Creek where it is Prime Rib night. Here you will get the
special Hideaway stamp for your card.
Stop 3 starts at 8 PM. Your Bike Night
Threesome ends here at the Dirty Dogg Saloon in Scottsdale. Exchange your card
(must have the Hideaway stamp for a raffle ticket to win Fantastic Prizes from
all 3 locations. Plus you will be entered to win the Dyna Wide Glide. Winner of
the Wide Glide will be announced at HD of Scottsdale’s Grand Opening/AZ Bike
Week Blast Off party featuring Bret Michaels on March 25th. Other entry options
available, see flyer for details. 480-905-1903.
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 Aria 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 5th – March 31st
Harley-Davidson Roll to Bike Week in Style
. Are you looking to spiff up your
bike for Bike Week? Time to add a little bling to separate it from
the crowd? This year roll to bike week in style with a new set of Performance
Machine Wheels! And it gets even better. Buy a set of Performance Machine Wheels
and get the matching air filter for FREE! A $440 value!* See flyer for details.
Chandler is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, AZ. 480-496-6800.
Thursday, March 8th
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 from 6 – 8:30 PM
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.
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Ftn. Ctr. Dr. in
Saturday, March 10th
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. $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
Saturday, March 10th
Run for the
. Benefitting Florence Crittenton a non profit organization that has served Arizona's girls and their family for over a Century.
Entry fee is 20.00 per rider, $10.00 per passenger. Registration begins at 8 am
at Skunk Motorsports in Mesa with the first 125 participants receiving ride bags
and pins. Pre-registration: http://www.sites.google.com/site/ddcharities/ or
day of at Skunk Motorsports. This ride takes you across the Valley of the Sun to
some of our favorite biker stops and ends at Chester's Harley Davidson where
there will be prizes for best/worst hand, a live band, food and
Saturday, March 10th
Ride 4 Change
All proceeds benefit: Will2Walk Foundation. 5 Stops, 5 Cards, Best
hand wins. Check-In 9 AM at Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale located at 15600 N.
Hayden Rd. in Scottsdale, AZ. First Bike Out at 9:30 AM, Last bike out 10:30 AM.
Last bike back at 4 PM. Register online at www.will2walk.org.
Saturday, March 10th
. "Take a Ride, Save a Butt". This ride benefits the Colon Cancer
Alliance Blue Note Fund. Ride begins at Chester's Harley-Davidson
located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. Registration from 10:30 AM. KSU
at Noon. $25 Single/$15 Passenger. Ride donations include a ride pin to all
riders and dinner at the River Bottom Grill in Florence. Ride, Friends, Food and
Music. Best hand wins $200. More information at www.colonallangels.webs.com .
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