Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
3/10/10
 
Greetings Riders,
 
As I said last week, March is my favorite time of year as it pertains to riding. Just as the wildflowers will be opening their petals to display their blooms, garage doors will be opening to release the motorcycles that have been sitting way too long. Thousands of flowers of all types and colors will cover the hills just as thousands of motorcycles of all makes and sizes will take to the roads to go see them. With the rain we have had this year, the hillsides and mountains will project a brilliant green that we don't see that often around here, and within the next couple of weeks, the wildflowers should be in full swing for us to enjoy. My plan is to ride a couple of known routes and take some pictures for you to view. Then some from the air of the same area. To get your riding juices flowing, look at this picture from 2008 on the way to Bartlett Lake. Here is another one that I thought really captures the essence of Arizona riding in the Spring after some good rains.
 
Not only are the wildflowers starting to bloom, but our favorite bike night is coming back to the West Valley. Last spring we started the Westgate Bike Night in association with Cyclerides.com that turned out to be one of the most talked about and best attended bike nights this State has ever seen. There was some disappointment when it ended last July 2nd, but the anticipation has been building this year and we are ready to once again kick it off again on Thursday, March 18 from 5pm - 10pm. We hope to make this one even better than last year with different programming every week.  
 
If you were there last year, you know the setting. In the midst of all the lights, billboards and 30'x50' LED Video screen, Westgate has created the feel of Times Square in the desert and on Thursdays it transforms into a mini Sturgis. Coyote Blvd., located adjacent to the $6 million dancing fountains will be blocked off for motorcycles only, as well as the entire events plaza and everywhere else you can find a place to park your bike. If critical mass creates energy, we have it here. Then throw in some music, lights, video, happening bars and restaurants like Saddleranch, McFaddens, Margaritaville and the Shout House, add the roar of a thousand motorcycles, and you've got yourself a party every Thursday night.
 
To kick off the Westgate Bike Night on March 18th, we have Special Guest, World Renowned Motorcycle Builder Paul Yaffe who will be Featuring his Custom Baggers and the Arizona Centennial "Copper Chopper" Prototype. Paul was chosen to build the Copper Chopper that will tour the State to draw attention for the Arizona Centennial coming in 2012. This will be your opportunity to meet Paul give him some ideas for the bike.
 
Our musical guest for the 18th will be the "Urban Roots Band". This 8 piece band is excellent, I'm sure you will enjoy them. Urban Roots is bringing back the classic R&B, Motown, blues music and the memories that we all have from the early 70's with artists like Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett along with other timeless blues greats such as B.B. King and Eric Clapton. The current 8-piece band consists of all seasoned professional musicians who hail from the Boston and New York metro markets playing for major bands back East including Iron Butterfly and Chaka Kahn.
 
For the duration of this run over the next 15 weeks, I will be updating the Westgate Bike Night page with the weekly photos, restaurant specials, special guests, musical guests and programming. So bookmark this page and check back every week to see what is coming up. As a look ahead one week, I am proud to announce that the U.S. Navy Touring Rock Band will be performing live during bike night on March 25th. This is not your typical marching band. These guys rock. Stay tuned to the newsletter for more information. I look forward to seeing you all next week at Westgate.
 
New!!
Cyclerides.com Downtown Scottsdale Bike Night
For those of you on the East side of town, you have not been forgotten. This is something that I have wanted to do for a few years, and it is finally happening. I will be starting a new bike night in Downtown Scottsdale on Wednesday nights. Many of you might remember a few years ago when Arizona Bike Week had the Tuesday night party on Craftsman Ct. in Downtown Scottsdale. We will be blocking off Craftsman Ct. between 3rd Ave. and 5th Ave., just West of Scottsdale Rd. each Wednesday night for motorcycle only parking. This is the same location as the Downtown Scottsdale Block Party. Four bars and restaurants on this street will be participating in this event including Upper Deck Sports Grill, Dos Gringos, Whitehouse and Acme Bar & Grill. Three of these places have outdoor patios and are set up perfect for a bike night. Plenty of trees and a nice ambiance around. We will have music, vendors, food specials, drink specials and plenty of plenty of fun as we head into riding season. 
 
Put Wednesday, March 24th on your calendar for the Cyclerides.com Downtown Scottsdale Bike Night. More information to follow in the letter next week. If you would like to be a Sponsor or a Vendor at this event, email me at info@cyclerides.com. Click Here for photos of the street, restaurants and an aerial view. Should be a great place for a Wednesday night bike night in Scottsdale. Click Here For Information Page. Should be fun!
 
Chandler Bike Night Update!
Not sure it is going to happen. Politics. . . Go Figure.  
 

Highlights This Week
 
Thursday, March 11th
Chandler Harley-Davidson Garage Party Event. Attention Women!!
You are invited to a Garage Party Event at Arrowhead Harley-Davidson. This is Girls Night Out!
 
Saturday, March 13th
2nd Annual Renegade Classics Outlet Store Customer Appreciation Party.
Come party with your friends at Renegade Classics from 9am - 4pm, Saturday, March 13th!!
 

  
Bike Nights This Week
 
Wednesday
 
Cyclerides.com Downtown Scottsdale Bike Night. Starts Wednesday, March 24th!
For those of you on the East side of town, you have not been forgotten. This is something that I have wanted to do for a few years, and it is finally happening. I will be starting a new bike night in Downtown Scottsdale on Wednesday nights. Many of you might remember a few years ago when Arizona Bike Week had the Tuesday night party on Craftsman Ct. in Downtown Scottsdale. We will be blocking off Craftsman Ct. between 3rd Ave. and 5th Ave., just West of Scottsdale Rd. each Wednesday night for motorcycle only parking. This is the same location as the Downtown Scottsdale Block Party. Four bars and restaurants on this street will be participating in this event including Upper Deck Sports Grill, Dos Gringos, Whitehouse and Acme Bar & Grill. Three of these places have outdoor patios and are set up perfect for a bike night. Plenty of trees and a nice ambiance around. We will have music, vendors, food specials, drink specials and plenty of plenty of fun as we head into riding season. 
 
Put Wednesday, March 24th on your calendar for the Cyclerides.com Downtown Scottsdale Bike Night. More information to follow in the letter next week. If you would like to be a Sponsor or a Vendor at this event, email me at info@cyclerides.com. Click Here for photos of the street, restaurants and an aerial view. Should be a great place for a Wednesday night bike night in Scottsdale. Click Here For Information Page. Should be fun!
 
Thursday Night
 
NEW!! Day Change to Thursday.
Wednesday Bike Night at Legends Bar & Grill in Scottsdale. (Formerly Brokers). Have you ever wished you could walk in to the real life Cheer's Bar from the TV Show?? For me, Legends is about as close as I will get. This is one of my favorite places to stop in North Scottsdale any day of the week. They are VERY motorcycle friendly with parking blocked off every day and extend their specials from Bike Night through every day of the week.
Enjoy these biker specials:
$5 wings and sliders
$5 well drinks and house wine
$2.50 beer in the bottle
Free soft drinks
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 Legends this coming Wednesday night and see what I mean. Make Legends a stop for your charity ride.
 
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.
 
 
Starts March 18th!
See details above.
 
 
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 Dok & Gal
** Outdoor Sidewalk Sale 9:30am - 4:30pm. Great Deals to be had on some inventory reduction!
** Pool Tournament: First Place $50 Chester's Gift Card. 2nd Place a $25 Gift Card.
** Guess the horsepower contest. $25 Chester's Gift Card to the winner.
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
 
Thursday, March 11th
Chandler Harley-Davidson Garage Party Event. Attention Women!! You are invited to a Garage Party Event at Arrowhead Harley-Davidson. This is Girls Night Out! For Women, by Women. No riding experience required. What is a Garage Party? Garage Party events are women-only social events hosted by H-D dealerships after hours that offer hands-on tips and seminars on motorcycling basics. Try on all the latest motorcycle safety gear like leather jackets, helmets, boots, riding gloves and more. Learn How to Pick Up a Bike: Learn the proper technique for lifting a bike off the ground, and practice it with one of our motorcycles. Sit on the motorcycles to see which ones you like the most. Learn how to customize a motorcycle to fit your personal style, and see how Fit Shop can tailor a Harley-Davidson motorcycle to fit you. Chandler Harley-Davidson will be hosting this event on March 10th from 6 to 8pm. This is a FREE event for women. Food and drinks will be provided along with raffle prizes and gift bags.  You must RSVP for this event by calling: 520-237-3913 or e-mail mpeebler@ridenow.com.  Chandler Harley-Davidson located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ.
 
Friday and Saturday, March 12th - 13th
1st Annual Duane Ellsworth Post 129 Extravaganza. Bare, Broncs & Bulls Car & Bike Show. Featuring Arts, Crafts, Antiques, Vintage Fair, Barrel Racing, Gymkhana and a special appearance by Country Artist Michael Peterson. Park Gates are open Friday 5PM -10PM, and Saturday 9AM – Midnight. Queen Creek Horseshoe Park, 20464 East Riggs Road. See Flyer for all details.
 
Saturday, March 13th
2nd Annual Renegade Classics Outlet Store Customer Appreciation Party. Come party with your friends at Renegade Classics from 9am - 4pm, Saturday, March 13th!!  Free Barbeque Lunch, Tons Of Vendors, Hourly Giveaways,  Bike Blessings from Pastor Jeff,  Bikini Bike Wash courtesy of the Dirty Dogg girls and 15-50% off most items with tons of winter closeouts. Leather chaps & jackets - 25% Off. Harley Davidson Boots - 15% Off. Helmets - 15% Off. Winter Gloves - 30% Off. Ladies Bling Belts - 20% Off. SEWING - 50% Off All Day. Join us for a Fun Filled Saturday. Renegade Classics is located at 3102 E. Cactus Rd. in Phoenix, AZ. 602-595-9597. www.renegadephoenix.com .
 
Saturday, March 13th
Abby's Angel Ride. Join us for Abby's Angel Ride to raise money for services and programs benefiting children in Arizona with Down syndrome. Ride begins at Toso's Sports Bar & Grill located at 2401 W. Union Hills Dr. Registration Begins at 8am. Ride starts at 10am. All vehicles welcome to participate. BBQ Lunch at Roadrunner Steakhouse & Saloon begins at Noon. $20 Singles, $30 Doubles. Includes Ride Pin, Breakfast and BBQ Lunch, Raffle Prizes, Poker Run, Entertainment, Ride Ends at 4pm. More information contact Wes Keyes. 602-820-8267. www.abbysangelride.org .
 
Saturday, March 13th
Charity Motorcycle Run to Benefit Angels on Call. Sponsored by Stardust Building Supplies. We provide no cost home repairs to low/fixed income home owners in the Phoenix Metro area. Our typical recipient is in the 100% poverty level. Therefore, leaving little to no room for home repairs. Aging adults and families with small children are our primary homeowner. If a water heater goes out, we will buy a new one (hopefully donated) and install it for free.Registration starts at 9am at Stardust located at 1720 W. Broadway Rd. in Mesa, AZ. Refreshments will be served. 1st 150 registered riders receive T-Shirt and Ride pin. $20 Single, $5 passenger. Raffle Tickets. Last card in at 2:30pm. More information at 480-233-5108. www.angelsoncall.org .
 
Sunday, March 14th
American Cancer Society Poker Run Benefiting the Relay for Life Team. 100% of proceeds go to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Registration at Chester's HD from 10:30am - 11:30am located at 922 S. Country Club Rd. in Mesa. $10 Rider & $5 per passenger. Last bike in at 3:30pm. Live Music, 50/50 Raffle, Live Auction, $100 Cash for best hand. See flyer for more details.
 
Next Week
 
Saturday, March 20th
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Chili Cook-Off. This Casi Sanctioned Chili Cook-Off Benefits the Arizona Burn Center. Stop by Arrowhead HD for some of the best Chili in the Northwest Valley from 11am - 3pm. People's Choice Chili Stars at 11am. Red Chili Turn in 1pm. Hosted by Arrowhead Harely-Davidson. Special Celebrity Judges.
Swap Meet 9am - 2pm: While you are tasting some chili, browse some take of parts & other used parts. Public welcome to bring their used parts and sell flea market style. No fee for space. No dealers or vendors. No clothing. Cash sale only. No warranties, no returns. Call for more information and for a reservation. Only 45 spaces available. Arrowhead HD is located at 16130 Arrowhead Fountain Center Dr. in Peoria, AZ. 623-247-5542.
 
Saturday, March 20th
Motor for Microcephaly Classic Car Show and Poker Run. Benefiting Foundation for Children with Microcephaly. Registration from 11:00am-12:00pm at the Steel Horse Saloon located at NE Corner of 19th Ave. and Bell Rd. Run departs at 12pm. Run Fee is $15. Car/Bike Show entry fee is $5. Show starts at 3pm. Trophies awarded at 6pm. Prizes. Best/Worst hand. Best Car, Bike and Truck. 50/50 Raffle. More information, Amanda. 623-476-7494. amanda@childrenwithmicro.org.
 
Saturday, March 20th
Western Trails Ranch presents the Testical Festival with "Freebird" the #1 tribute band for Lynyrd Skynyrd in CONCERT! They've been here before and everyone wanted to see them back, they are just unbelievable. They will rock the Ranch and you will not be disappointed. This event draws thousands of people to the Ranch so come early. Tickets available at the gate. Gates open at NOON for this very special event. It's the Testical Festival!!! Come and have a BALL! Rocky Mountain Oysters to be served.
1PM: Vendors, Classic car show starts at. Free hay wagon rides.
3PM: The Blue Whiskey Band play. They are a Top Arizona Premier Country Band. 
8PM: Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute band "Freebird" takes the stage in concert!
$10 at the gate children under 12 Free! 2 tickets for $15 with coupon. Food will be available all day and all night until 9pm.
Our BBQ Pits will be open. Free Camping.
Western Trails Ranch is located 37823 Grand Ave., Mile Marker 123 1/2 in Morristown, AZ. Now open 7 Days per week, 10am - 9pm. More information at www.westertrainlsranch.com . Vendors and Classic car entrants call Budd at 623-521-0366.
 
Saturday, March 20th
Historic Downtown Chandler BBQ Throwdown. “Official State Championship” BBQ Cook-off an “Official AZBarbeque Triple Crown of BBQ Event”. IBCA Sanctioned. Enjoy BBQ, Bikes and Rock & Roll in Historic Downtown Chandler. 10am - 9pm.
HDE Agency is proud to announce that the inaugural Downtown Chandler Barbeque Throwdown has been scheduled for Saturday, March 20, 2010. Cooks, vendors, and tourists from around the state and country will make their way to historic downtown Chandler for the event. The cook-off will be the largest International Barbeque Cookers Association (IBCA) sanctioned BBQ event in Arizona, drawing thousands of spectators and 35 nationally-sanctioned teams from all over the country. The event will be judged and governed by the IBCA, and is endorsed by the Arizona Barbecue Association. The Downtown Chandler Barbeque Throwdown is a competition for the best in four categories: pork ribs, pork shoulder/butt, brisket, and half chicken. There will also be a Backyard Division for chicken, burgers, carne asada, salsa and dessert.
Click Here for the TV Commercial
Entertainment:
10:30am - 1:30pm - "Take Cover"
2pm - 5pm - "Fire-Up"
5pm - 9pm - "74th Street Band"
Bike Show sponsored by Chandler Harley-Davidson.
Wing Eating Contest, Bags Tournament, Kid Zone, Dog Races and Horse Shoe Tournament.
$10 admission gets you 5 BBQ tastings.
Throwdown takes place in Historic Downtown Chandler in AJ Chandler Park on the East side. 3. S. Arizona Pl. Arizona Ave. and E. Commonwealth Ave. Click Here to Download Event Map.
 
Upcoming Events
 
Since Arizona Bike Week is our largest motorcycle event of the year, I thought I would give you few highlights of what is going to be happening during that week so that you would be able to make some plans.
Friday, April 9 - Chester's Harley Davidson - Backstage Biker Bash - Starting 12:00 noon - Featuring Jackyl in concert www.backstagebikerbash.com
Hacienda Harley Davidson - 13th Annual Kick Start Party - All Day - The party only Rick could throw! Miss Arizona Bike Week Semi Finals www.haciendaharleydavidson.com
Saturday, April 10 - Chester's Harley Davidson - Backstage Biker Bash - Starting 9:00am - Featuring The Marshall Tucker Band in concert. Miss Arizona Bike Week Semi Finals www.backstagebikerbash.com
Buddy Stubbs Harley Davidson - 6th Annual Bike Week Bash - Starting 11am - Featuring Harry Luge Jr. in concert. Miss Arizona Bike Week Semi Finals www.buddystubbs.com
Joeta's Leather - Lost Treasure Ride - Presented by Arizona Ribbon Riders - Registration 8 - 10am www.joetasleather.com
Sunday, April 11 - Steel Horse Saloon - The Trifecta Custom Bike Show and Blowout - Starting 10am Miss Arizona Bike Week Semi Finals www.steelhorsesaloon.com
Greasewood Flat - 2010 AZ Bike Week Music Fest - starting 12 noon www.greasewoodflat.net
The Hideaway Grill - Hideaway Contest Day - All Day www.hideaway-usa.com
Monday, April 12 - British Open - Monday Night Party - www.thebritishopenpub.com
Tuesday, April 13 - Billet Bar - Bike Week Party - www.azbilletbar.com
Dirty Dogg Saloon - Tattoo Tuesday Contest - www.dirtydoggsaloon.com
These are just a handful of happenings going on around town those five days.  For a complete list of Arizona Bike Week activities go to www.azbikeweek.com
 
Extras
 
New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to www.facebook.com/cycleridescom . 1800 FANS!
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.
 
E-Trade commercials are probably one of my all time favorites. Here is the latest E-Trade spot that has Lindsey Lohan suing for $100 million. She is really stretching on this one. Too funny.  Click Here to View.
 
Note to self. If you are going to go out and buy a new scooter to use as your only mode of transportation, be sure to know how to ride it before showing off to your friends. Click Here to View.
 
Video of the Week:
Ok, this is one of those videos that I felt like turning off a couple of times, but couldn't. I just knew that there had to be a bad ending coming. I can't decide if this is gutsy, or just plain stupid. You decide. The video quality is good, so you can go 200% or full screen.  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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