Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
2/17/10
 
Greetings Riders,
 
Well, for those of us that live in the Southwest, the weather last weekend was a fantastic kickoff to the riding season. Sunny and the upper 70's, it doesn't get much better than that. I will be the first to say that I was more than ready to saddle up for "destination anywhere", as long as it included spinning a few centuries on the odometer. As it turns out, I ended up logging a little over 340 miles this weekend on the Road Glide. Another couple of hundred would have been great, but not bad for the first weekend of really being able to get out of town without getting wet or cold.
 
Not only was I really anxious to get the bike out for a nice ride, we actually had a reason and a destination. On Saturday we needed to go to Sedona to do some location recon for my Daughter's wedding. So as soon as I knew we needed to go there, I immediately said "ROAD TRIP" and the first good ride of the year was born. We left Carefree Highway and I-17 at about 10:30 am, giving ample time for things to warm up a little to the North. You would think it might have been cooler, but the coldest I saw on my digital thermometer was 59 degrees a little North of Sunset point, with most of the ride being around 65 degrees. A great riding temp with a hint of brisk along the way.
 
I personally enjoy the ride and scenery riding North on I-17. For an Interstate highway it is really very scenic. Now as for the crazy cage drivers that travel that road, I have a completely different opinion. There must be a stop somewhere outside of Anthem where these people stop to get their "Stupid Pills", because they have completely kicked in by the time they reach Black Canyon City. It appears that everyone is in a huge hurry to get to Flagstaff or Prescott for some reason and all want to get there the first. The way they change lanes and dart back and forth, it puts NASCAR to shame. So if you can stay out of the way of those that are high on the free SP's, you should enjoy that portion of your ride.
 
But the real payoff on the ride to Sedona is when you turn North on Hwy. 179, go about 4 miles and you get your first good look at the giant sculpted red rock formations that are waiting to mesmerize you for the remaining 9 miles to the heart of downtown. Now I have been to Sedona numerous times over the last 29 years, usually 3 or 4 times per year at least. But I can honestly say that I never tire of riding through this area and admiring what a beautiful part of our country this is. As you can tell from the All Ride Photos section on Cyclerides.com, we have ridden all over the Western United States including Canada, and I cannot think of one other place that compares to the unique setting, scope and raw beauty of Sedona. I'm not subscribing to the whole vortex & crystal razzmatazz that you hear about in Sedona, but I will admit to experiencing an elevated feeling of enjoyment as I view God's handiwork in this area from the seat of a motorcycle.  
 
Sedona Golf Resort was our first stop for a wedding location. It was just after Noon so we decided to eat lunch right there. If you are heading that way, they have a patio with great views of the red rocks and good food. I could recommend it for a great lunch stop on your way into town. Our next stop was L'Auberge of Sedona just off of the Main St. in Downtown Sedona next to Oak Creek. After taking a tour of this location, it was now about 4pm and time to head back South toward the Phoenix area before the sun went down. The new road to Sedona is really very nice, however the 6 roundabouts that they have installed will keep you busy trying to figure out if the car to your left that you are supposed to yield to is actually going to go around the circle or continue straight. Not a big fan of these on a motorcycle.
 
So if you are like me, and are ready to get that bike out of the garage and let it do what it was built for, to go more than 20 miles around town, pick a day that it is going to be sunny and 75 degrees here in Phoenix and you will have an enjoyable ride to Sedona. Just to give you an idea, it is only about 100 miles from I-17 and the Loop 101 to the heart of downtown Sedona. An easy and very enjoyable ride. Click Here for Map.
Click Here for All of the Beautiful Photos of the day. Click Link and then click "Slideshow" in upper right to view Full Screen.
 
Ok, here is a quick story that only an avid motorcycle rider will appreciate. Cagers would not even consider this. On Sunday, the weather was calling me again so I decided to take what I thought was going to be a nice 40 mile roundtrip out to the end of the Wildlife run at Scorpion Bay Marina at Lake Pleasant. But as I turned onto Carefree Highway headed West, which was about 5 miles from my destination, the traffic came to a halt with what looked to be at least a mile back up. Cars well ahead of me were starting to turn around and come back my direction and one was even motioning to go back. So after about 10 minutes of waiting I had enough. But the problem was, the only other way to get to my destination that was just a few miles in front of me was to take a route that was 50 miles longer bringing me in from the West.
 
So what's a guy to do? Let's look at the pros and cons of such a crazy idea.
Pros:                                                         Cons:  
1. Sunny and 77 degrees.                            1. It wasn't longer.
2. Full tank of gas.
3. Had plenty of time.
4. Added 50 miles to my ride.
 
So I turned around with a big smile on my face, Doobie Brothers in my ears, knowing that I was going to be enjoying this beautiful weather for a few more hours, with some warm wind in my face watching my odometer roll up to 340 miles for the weekend. Can't wait for my next detour. It's funny the difference in the thought process on a situation like this between a motorcycle rider and a cager. Most people in a car would have just aborted.  
 

 
Highlights This Week!
 
NEW!! Starts Wednesday February 17th.
Wednesday Bike Night at Legends Bar & Grill in Scottsdale. (Formerly Brokers).
24/7 Biker Specials: $5 Wings & Sliders, $5 Wells, $2.50 Bottle Beer, Free Soft Drinks.
Motorcycle Parking always. Stop by tonight and check it out!
 
NEW!!
Chester's Harley-Davidson "Party On The Patio".
Looking for a good quick ride destination or a great place to meet up with your group for a ride?
Grab lunch before you go! Every Saturday from 11am - 2pm head to Chester's Harley-Davidson for the
"Party On The Patio". Enjoy FREE BBQ Burgers and Dogs with all the fixins'
 
 
Saturday, February 20th
Chester's Harley-Davidson 2nd Annual Red, Wild & Hot Blood Drive & Chili Cook-Off.
Chester’s Harley-Davidson teams up with United Blood Services during its annual Chili Cook-Off contest.
 
Saturday and Sunday, February 20th and 21st.
Biker Babes and Beyond Grand Opening Event. BIKER BABES AND BEYOND, 
Nation’s First, “Rock While You Shop” Retailer, Demo's Unique Business Model At Grand Opening Event! - 
FREE concerts by, Jerome, AZ, “Spirit Room” Favorites Cadillac Angels and Los Guys and Combo Deluxe. 
 
Saturday, February 20th
Western Trails Ranch Presents "Midget Wrestling at its' Best" with the MWF (Micro Wrestling Federation)
competition at The Ranch. Western Trails Ranch, always known for bringing you Live Entertainment
has reached outside the box to bring you "The Greatest Little Show on Earth".
 

 
 
Bike Nights This Week
 
Wednesday Night
 
NEW!! Starts Wednesday February 17th.
Wednesday Bike Night at Legends Bar & Grill in Scottsdale. (Formerly Brokers). Brokers is under new ownership and is now called Legends Bar and Grill. It is the same fun place with great food and atmosphere. Wednesday is Bike Night, but the new owner is welcoming the motorcycle riders all the time with specials everyday just for riders. Legends is conveniently located on the SW Corner of Frank Lloyd Wright and Scottsdale Rd. Motorcycle parking available every day. Stop by this coming Wednesday night for the Kickoff Party. Make Legends a stop for your charity ride. More details to come.
 
 
Thursday Night
 
The Bike Night At The Billet Bar The Billet Bar is the place to be for the Summer nights and weekends. Set on the patio and watch the action. Voted "BEST BIKER BAR IN PHOENIX" by New Times. There is no better place to watch all the Bikes ride down Scottsdale road than from The Billet Bar Patio. The Billet is ALWAYS packed with bikes Every Day. Stop by and take a look at the New Flamed Booths on the Paradise Patio. The new bars front and rear provide spacious seating, fresh air atmosphere, perfect temperature and courteous staff. The food is amazing and always the latest in cold libations await. You can sit at the back bar and watch your favorite TV on any of the seven big inch televisions. Play pool, listen to the latest music and socialize. The front patio seats over 75 people and is perfect for people watching on Scottsdale Rd. The Billet Bar is located on 3752 N. Scottsdale Rd. Check it out this Thursday night and all weekend long. Info: at 480-941-1876. Click Here for the New Billet Bar Page with pictures.
 
Bike Night Thursday at McDuffy's in Peoria. Ride by the best Bike Night on the West side. 
McDuffy's is one of the finest West side locations for a bike night at a single restaurant. The 12,500 Sq. Ft. McDuffy's features 2 outdoor patios, a huge dining room with booths for seating, a very large area with high tops for you to easily hang out with your friends, an upper level for lounging or to play pool, a very large bar and 100 TV's to watch your favorite sporting event. Not only that the dinner menu is very broad and McDuffy's has excellent food at a very good price. Bike Nights features a $6.99 Menu that includes Classic Burgers, Charbroiled Chicken Breast Burger, Buffalo Wings, Chicken Quesadilla, Nachos, Popcorn Chicken, Pizza and 1/2 Drink Pricing. McDuffy's is located just South of 83rd Ave. and Bell Rd. at 15814 N. 83rd Ave. 623-334-5000. Plenty of Motorcycle Parking!
 
Every Saturday
 
NEW!!
Looking for a good quick ride destination or a great place to meet up with your group for a ride? Grab lunch before you go! Every Saturday from 11am - 2pm head to Chester's Harley-Davidson for the "Party On The Patio".  Enjoy FREE BBQ Burgers and Dogs with all the fixins', Live Music this week with Jynx and an Outdoor Sidewalk Sale. Great Deals to be had on some inventory reduction! Park under the patio, hang out with other riders, meet new friends and DEMO a brand new Harley-Davidson. Good times to be had by all. The Party on the Patio will be happening EVERY Saturday at Chester's Harley-Davidson located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404.
 
This Week
 
Saturday, February 20th
Chester's Harley-Davidson 2nd Annual Red, Wild & Hot Blood Drive & Chili Cook-Off. Chester’s Harley-Davidson teams up with United Blood Services during its annual Chili Cook-Off contest. Find the HERO in you! Participants can “give red” by donating blood, “see wild” as Liberty Wildlife rescue organization will be present, and “eat hot” by sampling various chili’s! The United Blood Services bloodmobile will be at Chester’s from 10:30am-2:30pm. All donors will be automatically entered to win 1 of 2 shopping sprees for $1000. Eligibility questions, call 800-288-2199 Ext. 5497. People's Choice Chili Cook-off Contest: 11am-1pm. Free Chili Tasting. $5 donation requested with 100% proceeds benefiting Liberty Wildlife. Live Music and much more. Be a contestant or a judge in the Chili Cook-off. Call Chester's to sign up your chili. 480-894-0404. It's free to participate - just bring alot of chili. Meet the Liberty Wildlife Animal Ambassadors from 10:30am-1:30pm. Chester's HD is located at 922 S. Country Club in Mesa, AZ.
 
Saturday and Sunday, February 20th and 21st.
Biker Babes and Beyond Grand Opening Event. BIKER BABES AND BEYOND,  Nation’s First, “Rock While You Shop” Retailer, Demo's Unique Business Model At Grand Opening Event! -  FREE concerts by, Jerome, AZ, “Spirit Room” Favorites Cadillac Angels and Los Guys.  Saturday, February 20th from 12-6 pm and on Sunday, February 21st see Jerome favorite Llory McDonald and Combo Deluxe with the Biker Babes and Beyond Rock n’ Roll Travelin’ Fashion Show at noon.  Rock while you shop!!! Biker Babes and Beyond is a retail clothing and accessory store with unique Clothing and Accessories for Motorcyclists -  men and women alike. We also carry a general line of clothing and accessories for woman of all ages. Biker Babes is unlike other retail situations in that it is a half store, half music venue.  Their slogan, "Rock While You Shop" has been trademarked. Biker Babes and Beyond is located at 1124 N. Main Street,  Old Town Cottonwood, Arizona, a popular destination in and of itself for bikers from all over the Great State of Arizona.  It is also on the road to Jerome, Arizona, a famous and historic destination for bikers from throughout the country and the world. Click Here for Press Release and more information. www.bikersbabesandbeyond.com
 
Saturday, February 20th
Hogs With Hearts Poker Run. Hacienda HOG Chapter 97 is hosting Hogs with Hearts Poker Run. This run is to raise funds to send kids with muscular dystrophy to MDA Summer Camp at Camp Shadow Pines in Show Low, Arizona in June. We have over $8,000 worth of raffle prizes to give away 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 ride pin, breakfast burritos at start at Hacienda Harley Davidson, lunch at Casino Arizona, high hand prize and raffle prizes. 110 raffle prizes valued at close to $10,000. Best Hand grand prize is a Flat Screen TV. Ride Registration 8am - 10am at Hacienda HD located at 15600 N. Hayden Rd. in Scottsdale. All Bikes Welcome. More information at www.hog97.com .
 
Saturday, February 20th
Western Trails Ranch Presents "Midget Wrestling at its' Best" with the MWF (Micro Wrestling Federation) competition at The Ranch. Western Trails Ranch, always known for bringing you Live Entertainment has reached outside the box to bring you "The Greatest Little Show on Earth". The MWF offers Midget Wrestling at its' Best! It's more fun than a barrel of monkey's. Gates open at 1pm. Classic Rock Band "Category Five" at 2pm. MWF Midget Wrestling from 7pm - 9pm. After party meet and greet, pictures, etc. Admission is $10 per person at the gate. Western Trails Ranch is a 12 acre Old West Town with 2 Saloons and a Cowboy BBQ Steak House. A place to eat, drink, dance and enjoy the great outdoors. Ranch is located at 37823 Grand Ave. Mile Marker 123 1/2 www.westerntrailsranch.com .
 
Saturday, February 20th
MMA of Arizona 18th Annual Joe Eggleston Freedom Beach Party and Peoples Choice Bike Show. This is the big fundraiser of the year for the motorcycle rights organization, the MMA. Party is from Noon to 5:00 PM at Roadrunner Steakhouse, 47801 N. Black Canyon Hwy, in New River, AZ. Live Music by Brotherhood of Blues Band. $10 Admission includes Free Meal. Vendors, Bike Show, Tattoo Contest, 50/50 and Door Prizes. For more information call Cindy at 623-695-5659.
 
Sunday, February 21st
Operation Transition Warrior First Annual Scrabble Run and Chili Cook-Off. Run registration begins at 9:30am with the run starting at 10am. Location is the American Legion #105, 3534 W. Calavar Rd. in Phoenix. $10 per person donation for the run. Registration for the chili cook-off begins at noon and contest is at 1pm. $5 for bowl and cornbread taste. Cash prize awarded for the highest points on a Scrabble word. 3 awards for chili cook-off. There will be raffles and 50/50. More information contact Sweet Pea at 623-205-1914.
 
Next Week
 
Wednesday, February 24th
MMA and ABATE of Arizona Present Motorcycle Day at the Dome. The purpose of the Motorcycle Day at the Dome is to meet, greet and converse with your district legislators and to discuss various issues facing motorcyclists today. Representatives from various motorcycle organizations and legislators will attend this event. This event is sponsored by MMA and ABATE of Arizona with volunteer organizations and motorcycle clubs. The date is Wednesday 2/24/10, from 11:30am - 1pm on the Capitol grounds, Arizona House & Senate Lawn 1700 W. Washington St. in Phoenix. As always. a barricaded area, reserved for bike parking will be on 17th Ave between Washington and Jefferson, the full length of the Capitol grounds. Your lobbyists can not do this alone and we are asking for your help to make this another great year with our legislation. See flyer for more details.  
 
Saturday, February 27th
Buddy Stubbs Classic Car and Bike Show. Don't miss the always fun Buddy Stubbs Classic Car and Bike Show from 11am to 3pm, We all need a destination on a Saturday and this is a good one. Centrally located and an easy ride from anywhere in the valley. Enjoy Free Food and Drinks, Museum Tours with Buddy, Pool Tournament, and Sales in General Merchandise and Parts. Enter your motorcycle in 5 judged categories. Best Bagger, Best Import, Best pre-1983 Vintage, Best MMI Student Bike and Best Custom. Enter your Classic Car for Best of Show. Call 602 971-3400 now to reserve your spot. Winner of each category win $100 Stubs Gift Card. Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson is located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix, AZ. 602-971-3400.
 
Saturday, February 27th
Chester's Harley-Davidson Ride With Us. I get a lot of emails from people wanting to know of informal groups to ride with. Chester's monthly Ride With Us is the PERFECT time to take a ride and meet some new friends. They do a great job of making everyone feel comfortable and welcome. And it is FREE. This month the ride is to Gila Bend stopping for lunch at Harrahs Casino and back to Chester's.  Chester's Ride With Us is quickly becoming a popular event every month at the dealership. Riders from all over the valley make their way to Chester's for these rides. This is a good opportunity to ride with some friends that you haven't met yet. Saddle up with Chester's Harley-Davidson for a fun ride to Gila Bend and back to Chester's. Everyone is Welcome! Ride Starts at Chester's located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa. Registration from 9:00am - 10:00am. Kickstands up at 10:30am. This is a FREE ride.  Call now to reserve your spot. 480-894-0404.
 
Saturday, February 27th
Viper Thunder Classic Motorcycle Poker Run. All proceeds to benefit the Verrado Viper Marching Band. Sign-In starts at 8am. Run leaves Verrado High School at 9am located at 20050 W. Indian School Rd. in Buckeye, AZ. $20 donation per hand. Ride to Gila Bend and return to the car show. Registration includes entering motorcycle into the Viper Thunder Classic Car and Cycle Show. Need not be present to win.
 
Saturday, February 27th
1st Annual Golden RME Poker Run hosted by KFYI. Join KFYI's MIKE BROOMHEAD for the 1st Annual RME Golden Poker Run to support the members of Arizona's Law Enforcement Community. Registration begins 10:30am at The Helmet Center located at 25225 N. Lake Pleasant Pkwy. (99th Ave & Happy Valley Rd in NW Peoria) Ride ends with Party & Raffle at Toby Keith's I LOVE THIS BAR 1065 N. Dobson, Mesa between 3pm - 4pm. Registration fee of $25.00 per player will go to FOP for Fallen Officers Memorial and covers your game & food at the end party. Donations being accepted by 100 Club in memory of Lt. Eric Shuhandler. Call 602-374-6131 for more info.
 
Extras
 
New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to www.facebook.com/cycleridescom .
Take a look at all the new photos posted on the wall. I invite you to post a picture of yourself by a sign or landmark from a trip you have taken, or a picture of you on your motorcycle. Or just share your favorite ride with 1600 other motorcycle enthusiasts. 
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.
 
Ever wonder what the guy in line in front of you at the airport is doing? You might be surprised. Check out the image from this thermal camera. Click Here to View.
 
This is a clip from Comedy Central that will leave you both laughing AND shaking your head that there are really people like this out there in Berkeley, CA. Very funny bit. Click Here to View
 
Ever had a day like this? When you think you just caught a break?  Click Here to View.
 
Video of the Week:
This clip is absolutely Laugh Out Loud Funny. It is called Doggie Dinner. Don't miss this one. Someone got real creative.  
Click on the Video of the Week graphic on the page. Click Here to View.
 
 
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
 
Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
www.cyclerides.com
info@cyclerides.com
 

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