Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
3/16/11
 
Greetings Riders,
 
Well, the last couple of weeks have been absolutely Chamber of Commerce type weather for us in the Phoenix area. It is no wonder why the streets and freeways are clogged with out of state plates when the middle of March offers up high temps in the 80's. And for motorcycle riders, it doesn't get much better than this. Hopefully you have been able to take advantage of it. The bike is now my first choice for transportation due to the weather and the price of gas. The savings are now significant on a trip across town.
 
So as I sit here looking at the calendar trying to map out the next 18 days through Bikeweek, things are going to be very busy for me for the next couple of weeks. Not only is there the web site to keep updated, the newsletter to write, preparations for Bikeweek activities, having a booth at Westworld this year and meetings to help organize the Arizona Centennial Ride, there is also the daily business for my Hat Saver product. 
 
The finishing touches are now being put on the first night of the Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night which starts on Thursday, March 31st. Not only that, I am also just finishing preparations to begin a very large bike night in the East valley starting on Friday, April 8th that will be announcing hopefully this weekend on the Cyclerides.com Facebook and certainly in the newsletter next week. It is all good, just a lot of concentration of activity at the same time, but happy to have the work.
 
So, needless to say, there is a lot going on over the next couple of weeks that will be a good time for all, but will have me going a few different directions at the same time. I am excited about Bikeweek this year and look forward to seeing all of you around town and hopefully putting on some miles.
 
As I mentioned above, we are ready to start up the Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night again for this Spring which will run for 14 weeks on Thursday nights, March 31st - June 30th, 5pm - 9pm. We had such a good Fall season with the bike night that we are really excited make this session even more fun this year. Thanks once again to Westgate City Center for opening their beautiful facility to a night that is all about motorcycles, no matter what kind you ride.
 
The first night will be a tribute to the fallen and injured riders of the horrible motorcycle accident on Carefree highway that happened almost exactly one year ago. Ernie Lizarraga, the Phoenix Fire Captain who was in extremely serious condition after the accident, clinging to life and in a coma for a month has been in intense rehabilitation ever since. I am happy to announce that Ernie will be at this first night on March 31st and is anxious to address the crowd from the stage to give us an update on his past year.
 
Ernie will be escorted in by Firefighters on motorcycles. His dream and personal goal is to ride again as soon as he can. I don't know, but if he feels up to it, he might even come in on 2 wheels on this night. We will have to wait and see. Regardless how he gets there, we are all excited to see him in person after all these months and hear what his journey has been over the last year since the accident. I will tell you this, you will find him to be an inspiration as he shares with you his road to recovery, his outlook on life and his feelings from the past. If you would like to show your support to Ernie, the other victims, and to the families of those who passed away on that unforgettable day, we will have Ernie on stage at 7:15pm on Thursday, March 31st at Westgate City Center located at on the SE Corner of Loop 101 and Glendale Ave. in Glendale. 
 
There will also be a Live Band, Vendors, Food and Drink specials and LOTS of motorcycles. I look forward to getting the bike night kicked off again and enjoying this great evening riding weather we are about to have. Keep checking the Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night Page for weekly updates for programming and photos each week.
 
I thank you for bearing with me over these next couple of weeks. I will bring you as much information as I can through the newsletter and also through the Cyclerides.com Facebook page as I update it from different events around the valley and at Westworld during Cyclefest. Even if you do not have a Facebook account, you can still bookmark www.facebook.com/cycleridescom and view all that I will be posting. If you are on Facebook, Click "Like" to follow our posts. You can also follow us on Twitter as Cyclerides.
 
The Arizona Bikeweek page is updated for you to choose the events that you would like to go to. There is so much to do that it is impossible to list all of it here, A couple of weeks ago I highlighted some of the major events happening during these 10 days. Click Here to View.
 
As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, Arizona Bikeweek has chosen me as their "Arizona Bikeweek Hero" award recipient for 2011. I'm not really comfortable with this kind of recognition, as I am happy just remaining under the radar and do what I do, but I am honored that they would think of me as having a positive impact on the motorcycle industry in Arizona over the last several years. The award will be given at 8pm on Wednesday, March 30th at Westworld in the Handlebar Saloon following the Miss Arizona Bikeweek competition. I would be honored to have all of those who could attend share this with me. If you are in the area, we will be riding from the Hideaway to Westworld at 6pm that day.
 
If you missed the newsletter last week about "Group Riding Etiquette 101", you will probably want to read it and share it with your riding groups. Click Here to Read.
 

 
Bike Nights

Every Thursday Night
It’s Biker Bull Night at Western Trails Ranch!  Come on out to the Ranch and watch the bikers ride the bulls. This is a live bull show and Thursday’s are amateur night, starts at 7:00pm every Thursday.  Bull riding is billed as the most exciting sport on the planet and that ain’t no lie.  We have audience games during the intermission with prizes, Happy Hour all night!  Or ride the Mechanical Bull $2.00 a ride. Buzzard’s Saloon and the Ice House will be open, so come early and have dinner in our steakhouse.  Check out our website at www.westerntrailsranch.com. $5.00 admission at the gate; pays for the bull stock production company, which is K4 Bucking Bulls Luke & Gina Kraut.  It’s just a good time – don’t miss the excitement. Western Trails Ranch is located at 37823 NW Grand Avenue Mile Marker 123.5 FROM SURPRISE Morristown AZ 85342.

This Week
 
Saturday and Sunday,
March 18th and 19th
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Demo Rides. This is your chance to ride the brand new 2011 Harley-Davidson of your choice. The Harley-Davidson factory demo truck will be at Arrowhead Harley-Davidson from 9am - 4pm on March 18th and 19th to let you experience the ride you have been dreaming about. It is always fun to see how the bike that you don't have would ride. There will be Food, Music, Vendors and Prizes! Must have a valid motorcycle license and be at least 21 years of age. Don't have a motorcycle license yet? Ask our sales associates about the Jump Start Rider Experience going on March 18th and 20th only. Arrowhead HD is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Ftns Ctr Dr. in Peoria, AZ. 623-247-5542.
 
Saturday, March 19th
Arizona Burn Center Chili Cook Off, a CASI sanctioned event is also being held on March 19th at Arrowhead HD. Benefits the Arizona Burn Center. $5 donation for tasting all day long. People's Choice Chili starting at 11am. CASI Competition Red Chili turn in at 2pm. For chili information contact Jerry Lee at 623-388-9745.
 
Saturday, March 19th
Buddy Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson Hogs & Dogs. Looking for a short ride out of town and a good time when you get there? Gear Up for Bike Week! Ride out to Buddy Stubbs Anthem dealership and Enjoy some Live Music while having some FREE Food and Drinks. This is always a good time. Event time 11am - 3pm. Buy 2 Get 1 Free. Purchase 2 Buddy Stubbs 2011 Bike Bash Sportster Raffle Tickets and receive 1 Free. Limit 1 free ticket per customer. Buddy Stubbs Anthem HD is located just 14 miles N. of Loop 101 off of I-17 exit 229. Take a ride out for some Free Food & Drink and take a look at this beautiful dealership located at 41715 N. 41st Dr. in Anthem, AZ. 623-465-1122.
 
Saturday, March 19th
2nd Annual Farkle Dice Run. Hosted by the MMA Eagle District. Meet at the Glenfair Bowling Lanes located at 6110 N. 59th Ave. Northwest side of 59th & Bethany Home Rd. 623-937-9225. $15 for couples/$10 for singles. Sign in 11am - Noon. 4 stops around the Southwest valley. Everyone is welcome. FMI: Call Mojo at 623-435-0727.
 
Saturday, March 19th
STOP Rock N' Roll. Welcome to Volume 1 of the Phoenix Firefighters Stop!!!...Rock and Roll! Saturday, March 19th, the United Phoenix Firefighters present a day of music and fun to the Phoenix community. This concert will feature music from a ton of local bands and will feature the Gin Blossoms as the main headliner. This concert is a fundraiser for the United Phoenix Firefighters who support various community programs. This event will take place at Steele Indian School Park at 3rd St. & Indian School Rd. in Phoenix, Arizona. The gates open at 10am and the music will go all day long. Event take place at Steel Indian School Park 300 E. Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85012. General Admission tickets are $20 in advance. Order online at http://stoprockandroll.com/Ticket_Info.html
 
Saturday, March 19th
Spring Fling 2011. Helping Vets in Need presented by the Vietnam Vets Legacy Vets Chapter "0". Take a ride to Mayer, AZ and enjoy Food, Vendors, Raffle, and Music. $5 entry fee. All takes place at Smokin' Harleys Bar and Steakhouse. 10484 Hwy 69 in Mayer next to Grand Canyon Harley-Davidson.
 
Next Week
 
SAVE THE DATE!
March 25th - April 3rd.
Arizona Bike Week 2011. Arizona Bike Week is only 9 days away. The dates this year are March 30th - April 3rd for Cyclefest at Westworld in Scottsdale. Musical acts this year include Skid Row, Warrant, Heart and Buckcherry. Pre-Rally Days start Friday March 25th with the Chester's Harley-Davidson Backstage Biker Bash featuring Gretchen Wilson and the Herndon Brothers in concert. There are lots of RV and tent camping options available.
The Arizona Bikeweek web site has a lot of great information of activities and events. Go to www.arizonabikeweek.com for tickets and more information.
 
Friday, March 25th
Chester's Harley-Davidson BackStage Biker Bash 5. The Bash is Back and it is bigger than ever! Join Chester's Harley-Davidson for what has become a huge Friday night part to kick off Arizona Bikeweek. This year the Headliner for the BackStage Biker Bash is Nashville recording artist, country party girl and Redneck Woman "Gretchen Wilson" in concert. Opening for Gretchen Wilson will be the Herndon Brothers.
Gates open at 4pm.
Gretchen will take the stage at 8pm.
Join us at our seven acre event center for a night of great music, food, drinks and fun! See Paul Yaffe’s Arizona Centennial Copper Chopper on display.  Only $20 admission. Don’t miss the opening night party everyone will be talking about the rest of Arizona Bike Week! Chester’s Harley-Davidson is located at 922 S. Country Club Drive in Mesa. 480-894-0404.
 
Friday, March 25th
14th Annual Hacienda Harley-Davidson Kickstart Party. “The Party only Rick can throw!! Event time from 5-11pm. New for this year in addition to the three bands, The Ultimate Van Halen Tribute Band, BS - Brian Scott era AC/DC Tribute, and our very own KDKB Sludge’s Build a Band, Vendors, Beer Garden and Food, We are attempting to Break the World Record of the Largest Simultaneous Burn-out. Must be able to do a burn-out for three seconds within a 10 second window. Record is currently held by Smokey Mountain HD in Tennessee with 213 bikes. We are looking for 250 riders who can do a three second burnout. Top Prize- Tires for Life. We are asking participants to come in to the store to get their spot by Friday March 25th. At 6:15pm be a part of history and set a new certified GUINNESS WORLD RECORD simultaneous 3 second burn-out. Those who wish to pop their tire will be grouped together. We will have an adjudicator from Guinness Book of World Records on hand to verify the record break.
Cost: FREE admission includes Vendor Village and Burn-Out Contest.
$10 VIP (includes access to Concert and Beer Garden, cash bar & food)
ALL bikes are welcome. Great Rock & Roll, World Records, Giveaways, Vendors, Good Food, and a Full Bar guarantee a Great Time! Benefiting the Colter & Associates Foundation, 15600 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85260. Info at: Hacienda H-D, 480-905-1903
 
March 25th - April 3rd
The Hideaway Events during Arizona Bikeweek. The Hideaway has a full slate of events every day during Bikeweek including the Arizona Builder's Bash, Paul Yaffe's "Bagger Nation Day" and Cave Creek Day among many other events. CLICK HERE to see the daily event schedule.
Mark and The Hideaway will also be escorting Barry to Westworld to receive his "Arizona Bikeweek Hero" award on Wednesday, March 30th. We will be leaving the Hideaway at 6 pm for Westworld. Hope to see you all there.  
 
Saturday, March 26th
Buddy Stubbs 7th Annual Bike Week Bash. This HUGE Buddy Stubbs party hosted over 10,000 people last year who came and enjoyed a great party! 2011 will be even bigger!! Admission is always FREE. Located at Buddy Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson with partial proceeds benefiting Phoenix Harley Owners Group Charities, Inc. Featuring 2 Acre Miller Lite Beer Garden, Patron Margaritas - Pyrat Rum - Great Food - BIKINI CONTEST - Even more Vendor Displays - LIVE MUSIC with the Chris Parker Project and Whiskey Six - Museum Tours. Ample parking. FREE Shuttle Service. AND back by popular demand, one lucky person in attendance will WIN A HARLEY-DAVIDSON® SPORTSTER® 1200. Given away live on-stage! Only 2000 tickets to be sold. One lucky rider spent $10 and walked away with a $10,000 Harley-Davidson last year. Get your raffle ticket now at Buddy Stubbs HD. Put this party on your list of "Can't Miss" events! 11am - 8pm.
 
Events of the day include:
11am: Event Opens to Public
11-1 Pete & the Shortcummings
1:30-3:30 Chris Parker Project
3:45-4:30 Bikini Contest
5:00-7:00 - Whiskey 6
7:00 Raffle Begins
8:00 Bike Bash 2011 Ends
Museum Tours: Noon, 1pm, 2pm, 5pm.
Buddy Stubbs is located at 13850 N Cave Creek Road. Info: 602-971-3400.
 
Saturday and Sunday
March 26th and 27th
COME OUT TO CAVE CREEK TO VISIT THE BIKER FRIENDLY CAVE CREEK SMOKEHOUSE & POUR HOUSE PATIO!  With plenty of bike parking, it is the newest restaurant in Cave Creek. We offer a wonderful variety of cuisine such as BBQ Ribs, Burgers, Brisket Lasagna, a lot of different appetizers and sandwiches, as well as a great salad bar in the Smokehouse.
The Pour House Patio is a fun outdoor bar where you can enjoy a beer with a burger and the great Arizona weather with Happy Hour 11-6 weekdays.  On weekends there is live music Friday nights 7-11, Saturdays from 3-6 with Kyle and then again 7-11, and Nascar fun on Sundays.  There is free Texas Hold 'Em on Mondays, a Live Auction on Tuesdays, Open Mic on Wednesdays, Live Trivia on Thursdays.  Everything starts at 7pm. Great food, a Great staff and Biker Friendly, what else do you need?
Join the gang at the Smokehouse, located right in Frontier Town, for a $5.00 Burger & a Beer during all of bike week!  We also plan to have vendors on the Patio and lots of extra Motorcycle Parking down Linda Lane.  Make sure to make us a stop in your visit up to Cave Creek anytime! Cave Creek Smokehouse & Pour House Patio located at 6245 E Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek. (The old Satisfied Frog) 480-488-3317
www.cavecreeksmokehouse.com. For more info: ccsmokehouse@cox.net
 
Saturday, March 26th
Chandler Harley-Davidson BIKE NIGHT at Dos Gringos in Tempe. It is that time of year to start getting in some Arizona style evening riding. Chandler Harley-Davidson is hosting a bike night at Dos Gringos located at 8000 S. Priest Dr. in Tempe, AZ. Meet at Chandler HD at 6pm located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler for the ride over to Dos Gringos. Win prizes from Chandler Harley-Davidson and Dos Gringos. $1 Happy Shots, $2.50 Coronas, $3 Gringoritas and Well Drinks. $2 Tacos. Ride by and enjoy a Saturday night with your riding pals. Bike night is from 6pm - 9pm. 
 
Saturday, March 26th
Jen Hoffman Memorial Poker Run. Jen Hoffmann Memorial Poker Run proceeds to benefit Susan G Komen 3 Day for the Cure. Registration 8:00-10:00 on March 26th at Chuy's Mesquite Broiler at McKellips & Gilbert in Mesa. Run takes you on a beautiful ride through the Arizona desert. Bush Hwy to Fountain Hills and back to Chuy's for lunch. Double $35, single $25. Prizes for Best and Worst Hands, Raffles, 50/50 & more. RSVP at jhmemorialride@yahoo.com so we will know how much food we'll need. Just email how many will attend.
 
Saturday, March 26th
8th Annual Power to Cure Huntington's Disease Poker Run. Join us for a scenic day ride and poker run through Usery Pass, Fountain Hills and North Scottsdale for a 100 mile ride. At 10 am Saturday, March 26th, riders will depart from Hacienda Harley-Davidson, 15600 N. Hayden Rd. in Scottsdale. A free BBQ lunch will be provided at the end back at Hacienda Harley where  there will be more fun activities and awards. Enjoy a beautiful ride and free lunch while helping those with Adult Onset Huntington's Disease and Juvenile HD in Arizona. $25 Single and $35 two up. More information email: Sandra_Petraitis@q.com .
 
Saturday, March 26th
1st Annual Lost Dutchman State Park Observation Run. Be sure to save the date for a great cause. The Lost Dutchman State Park has been affected by the budget crisis in Arizona. This park could be closed due to budget restraints. With your help we'll be able to keep this park open for all to enjoy. All proceeds from this ride benefit the Lost Dutchman State Park. Everyone Welcome! Bikes, Bicycles, Cars, RV's. We don't care what you ride we just want you to ride. Exhibitors - Music - Food! Registration 8-10 am at Superstition Harley-Davidson located at 2910 W. Apache Trail. $15 per person. Whether you are taking the ride or just want to Party at the Park!
 
Saturday, March 26th
American Legion Riders Post 29 5th Annual Legacy Scholarship Rally. All proceeds to the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund which supports children of fallen military heroes. Registration $20 per bike and $10 per passenger - includes end of ride lunch.  Breakfast will be available.  Raffles and music at end of ride.  Registration from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  First bike out at 9:00 a.m - Last bike in at 2:00 p.m.  Best hand $250.00 - Worst hand $100.00. American Legion Post 29 is located on 57th Drive between Grand Ave.and Glendale Ave, 6822 N. 57th Drive. If you need additional information please call Vern at 602-978-3930 or e-mail at booth3947@q.com
 
Saturday, March 26th
Celebrate with ABATE.  Southern Arizona Chapter of ABATE of Arizona .  This is our fourth annual poker run.  The run starts at The Kettle Restaurant, 748 W Starr Pass Blvd (22nd st west of I-10), Tucson AZ.   Check in 9:00 am with last bike out at 10 am.  Ride ends at La Gitana Cantina in scenic Arivaca.  High and Low poker hands awarded at 1:30 pm.  $15 includes scenic ride map and lunch.  The free poker run is an all new route and stops.  Raffles, 50/50 tickets and ABATE merchandise available.  Can’t make the run, come to the after party in Arivaca.  All bikes and riders are welcome.  FMI Ron Kool ronabate@yahoo.com 520-203-2323
 
Sunday, March 27th
Kensi's Ride. Kensi is a sweet 10 year old girl who has spent the last year battling Wilm's cancer. Kensi was diagnosed February 2010 and has been in and out of hospitals all year. Kensi won the fight against Wilm's on her kidney, but recently found out that the cancer has spread to both of her lungs. Kensi's ride is to raise money to help her family pay medical bills. Missy, Kensi's Mom is a teacher and a single parent of two. Please help raise money by participating in Kensi's Ride. Registration is 9-11am at Chandler Custom Cycles located at 2775 N. Arizona Ave. Suite #8 in Chandler. $15 per person includes lunch. Ends at San Tan Flats at 6185 W. Hunt Hwy. in Queen Creek, AZ. See Flyer for donation details.
 
Sunday, March 27th
Born 2 B Wild - Liberty Wildlife's 4th Annual Run. Sign Up at Logan's Valley Motorcycles located at 1440 W. Main St., Mesa, Az. Final Stop: Cody's of Cavecreek at 6032 E. Cave Creek rd., Cave Creek AZ. Ride 9am-11am. Last bike out at 11am. Last Bike in 3pm for raffle, winnings, music ,auction and food. $25.00 per person, $40.00 per couple. Entry Fee Includes: Donuts, coffee in the am , 1 raffle ticket 1 door prize ticket , lunch at Cody's, live music, and  some  great surprises First 150  PRE-registered riders receive Born 2B Wild event shirt and bag. Live Music By Arizona Blue Project Food, Raffle, 50/50, Auction And More.
 
Sunday, March 27th
3rd Annual Helping Hands for Single Moms Ride for Success! HOT 97.5 has joined forces with Helping Hands for Single Moms for the 3rd Annual Ride for Success hosted by Nina D! It all happens on Sunday, March 27th. Sign in from 8 AM - 9:15am at ASU West located at 4701 W. Thunderbird in Glendale. $20 per bike. We’re raising funds to help Arizona’s single moms get a college education, gain financial independence and provide a better future for themselves and their kids!special appearances from the Phoenix Suns Gorilla and ASU’s Sparky! The ROLLIN' KNIGHTS motorcycle club is "Takin' it to the Streets" starting with a (loud) send-off from the ASU west campus!
 
Special Ongoing Event
 
February 1st - April 30th
Chester's Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra Giveaway.
Looking for a new bike, have a little extra time on your hands and know a lot of people? Chester's HD is giving you the opportunity to win a 2011 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra for a little effort on your part. Giveaway program starts February 1, 2011, and ends April 30, 2011. Just bring someone you know into Chester's Harley-Davidson to buy a new bike. You must accompany buyer to the dealership and have proof of purchase signed off by the General Manager. Buyer must agree to Chester's Harley-Davidson's terms of sale and cannot already have a deal pending at Chester's.  Validity of referral is at the sole discretion of the General Manager and could be denied. The person who brings in the most new bike sales wins a 2011 Harley-Davidson Road Glide® Ultra. Referrals must be contracted and take delivery of a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle at Chester's Harley-Davidson by April 30, 2011. Winner must refer a minimum of three sales to qualify.  There will be no ties.  In the event that 2 or more persons bring in the highest amount of qualifying buyers, the winner will be the person that reaches the minimum of three sales first. Winner is responsible for all applicable sales tax, license and doc fees. Click Here for details.
 
Extras

Mid Week Updates will be made on the Cyclerides.com Facebook. New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to Cyclerides.com Facebook. Over 2800 FANS! Take a look at all the new photos posted on the wall. 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. Click the LIKE button!

I have no idea why watching ships being launched after repair is so interesting, but it is. Click Here to View.

Have you ever wondered the proper way to blow a turkey call? This woman seems to have some experience at itClick Here to View.

Video of the Week: This best man found a unique way to make the highlight reel at a wedding. Wow! Click Here to View. Click on the Video of the Week graphic on the page.

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Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
 
Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
www.cyclerides.com

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