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Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
3/20/13
 
Greetings Riders,
 
Well, the motorcycle riding weather is fully entrenched in Arizona and my bike is now the first vehicle out of the garage, especially when running errands around this big valley. Felt great putting 100 miles on it last Thursday just taking care of some business around town. With gas still close to $4.00 a gallon, even a 100 mile trip saves me $18, more than enough for a good lunch. It is soon time to start taking some rides out to the local lakes to view the wildflowers. Generally the best time for wildflowers is from late March to early May. With all of the rain we have gotten, it should be a good year for them. I have already seen a few starting to dot the hilltops around Bartlett Lake.
 
Not only are the wildflowers starting to bloom, but our favorite bike night, the Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night presented by Arrowhead Harley-Davidson and Ridenow Powersports is coming back to the West Valley, starting the Spring season on Thursday, March 28th from 5-9 PM and happening every Thursday through June 27th. There is always disappointment when it ends in the Fall, but the anticipation has been building this year and we are once again ready kick off what has become the largest bike night in the Southwest. Believe it or not, March 28th will begin the 5th season of the Cyclerides.com Westgate bike night. In the past couple of years we have kicked off bike night during Arizona Bike Week. This year, we will be launching 2 weeks prior to the start of bike week. This enables us to get in the 14 week season that will end on Thursday, June 27th.
 
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, vendors, 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.
 
This year we will kick off bike night with the 7 piece band called “Fuel It”. The band is made up of master musicians that will bring us the classics of rock and roll of the 70’s and 80’s. I’m sure we will all enjoy the music that Fuel It will bring to us.
 
Bike Night Restaurant Specials.
I have worked very hard to get the restaurants to come up with some consistent bike night specials. I think they have stepped up very well this year to offer some good deals. There will be restaurant specials all season long that include offers from:
 
McFadden’s -  10% discount on your bill when you show your M-class license on Bike Night. Plus, bikers can enjoy regular happy hour specials, including $2 Bud/Bud Light Drafts, $3 Wells and $5 Appetizers from 4-7pm.
Calico Jack’s Cantina -  $19.99 Bike Night Platters with Nacho chips, mini-chimis, onion rings and  jalapeno poppers, plus a pitcher of domestic draft beer. Enjoy 10% off your bill when you show your M-class license on Bike Night.
The Shout! House - $9 Natural Black Angus Burger, Fries, and Beer special ($15 value) and  a FREE cover for 2 card to come back on the weekend ($10 value) when you show your M-class license on Bike Night.
Kabuki - Take 15% off when you show your motorcycle license during Westgate Bike Night. Valid only during Westgate Bike Night events. Dine-in only. Valid only at Westgate City Center location. One offer per table per party. Not valid during Happy Hour and Reverse Happy Hour. Cannot be combined with any other offers or rewards. Excludes alcohol, tax, gratuity and gift card purchases.
Saddle Ranch - 2 chicken tacos for $5.50*. Classic pints of draft beer for only $3*. Plus, bikers can enjoy regular happy hour specials from 4-6:30pm with 50% off all appetizers and drinks. *Valid from 6:30pm to 10:00pm on all Bike Nights, excluding event days when there are concerts, sporting or other events at the Center, Stadium or Arena.
Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville - 10% off entire food bill to anyone who presents their M-Class driver's license. Plus, bikers can enjoy happy hour from 4-7pm with 50% off appetizers, $3 well vodka, rum and gin drinks, $4 Landshark 20oz drafts and $5 Who’s to Blame Margaritas.
 
The first 3 nights are likely to be pretty big leading up to Arizona Bike Week, so I would like to give you the schedule up to that time.
Thursday, March 28th: We will be in the normal location in the events plaza area next to Jobing.com Arena and the fountains featuring the music of “Fuel It”.
Thursday, April 4th: Due to a Coyotes Hockey game we will move one street to the North between the Yard house and the Theaters and will feature the music of the “Backstage Crew”.
Thursday, April 11th: We will be back to the the normal location and will feature our crowd favorite band “Sour Diesel Train Wreck” as the musical guest.
 
There are a couple of vendor spots still available. If you would be interested in one, email me at info@cyclerides.com .
 
I am excited to once again provide a great event for everyone to ride to and share your passion of motorcycle riding. As always, I look forward to seeing each and everyone of you as we kick of the Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night presented by Arrowhead Harley-Davidson and Ridenow Powersports together on Thursday, March 28th. Hope to see you there. Be sure to stop by and say Hello!
 
As always, check the Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night web page for upcoming special guests, musical acts and restaurant specials. Click Here to View. Please forward this newsletter to your riding pals who would also like to enjoy bike night.
 
Ride Safe and see you next week,
Barry
 

 
Highlights This Week
 
NEW!!
Spurs Saloon Thursday Night Bike Night.
Eastsiders!! You now have a great place for a Thursday Bike Night.
On Thursday nights you can enjoy the music of Mogollon’s Duo “George and Duane”.
Join me Thursday, March 21st to help kick off this bike night.
 
Saturday, March 23rd
Tucson Harley-Davidson Demo Event.
Hey Tucson! This is your chance to ride the brand new 2013 Harley-Davidson motorcycle FOR FREE.
The Harley-Davidson factory demo truck will be at Tucson Harley-Davidson from 9am - 4pm
 
Saturday, March 23rd
Biker Information Guide Bike Night at Renegade Tap & Kitchen.
Starting at 3 pm till 10 pm with Happy Hour prices the whole time.
On March 23rd enjoy a Hog Roast on the Patio. There will be Live Music at 7PM.
 

 
Bike Nights
NEW!!
Spurs Saloon Thursday Night Bike Night. Eastsiders!! You now have a great place for a Thursday Bike Night. Spurs Saloon located at 2394 N Alma School Rd. Chandler, AZ. has the PERFECT location for a bike night. Spurs has a Large outdoor patio with an outside bar and Plenty of motorcycle parking right next it. And the really good news. . . The patio is located on the East side of the building so it will be shaded from the sun in the late afternoon. Nick, the owner is very motorcycle friendly and you will feel welcomed any day of the week. He understands that good food and great service is important for any bike night. On Thursday nights you can enjoy the music of Mogollon’s Duo “George and Duane”. Show your Bike Key for 20% off food order - $4 Jack Daniels - $1.75 Domestic Bottles - $5 Pork Sliders. Raffles, Food and Drink specials, Designated Bike Parking, Huge outdoor patio and GREAT entertainment! Stop by and check it out, you will be glad you did. 2394 N Alma School Rd. Chandler, AZ. Just 2 miles South of 60 on Alma School Rd. Map.
 

 
This Week
 
Saturday, March 23rd
Tucson Harley-Davidson Demo Event. Hey Tucson! This is your chance to ride the brand new 2013 Harley-Davidson motorcycle FOR FREE. The Harley-Davidson factory demo truck will be at Tucson Harley-Davidson from 9am - 4pm on March 23rd and 24th 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 FREE FOOD Saturday and Sunday from 11AM – 1PM! Raffle Prizes throughout the day. Must have a valid motorcycle license and be at least 21 years of age. Chandler Harley-Davidson is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, AZ. 480-496-6800.
 
Saturday, March 23rd
Biker Information Guide Bike Night at Renegade Tap & Kitchen. Starting at 3 pm till 10 pm with Happy Hour prices the whole time. This has quickly become a great stop on Saturday afternoon and evening for those riding on the East side. Plenty of motorcycle parking as well as spacious and comfortable outdoor patios. On March 23rd enjoy a Hog Roast on the Patio. There will be Live Music at 7PM, Drink Specials and Raffle prizes for all to enjoy. If you haven’t seen Renegade Tap and Kitchen yet, be sure to stop by and see this popular biker stop on the East side. Renegade is located at 9400 Shea Blvd. just east of the 101 Fwy, on the South side. Click Here for details.
 
Saturday, March 23rd
4th Annual American Legion Riders/SAL Chapter 58 Ride In Bike Show. Held in Memory of Kimmy Chapman. The American Legion Post 58 - 16837 E. Parkview Ave., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268, 480-837-5958 will once again hold this event. Proceeds donated to American Legion Charities. Open to the public - All are welcome to attend and participate. Bike Registration: 9:00 A.M. - Noon. Cost: $10.00 per bike (Ride in Only). 1st and 2nd Place Trophies awarded in the following classes: Stock Harley; Modified Harley; Custom; Antique; Metric; Bobber; Women's; also Trophy for Peoples Choice. Bike Judging at 3:00 P.M. followed by trophy presentations. Judging by Celebrity Judge Robert Shinn, owner/operator of Evil Twin Custom Motorcycles, Mesa, AZ and his staff of Celebrity Judges that includes Robert Shinn, owner/operator of Evil Twin Custom Motorcycles, Mesa, AZ and his staff of Celebrity Judges. Vendor sites available, $25.00 for 10X10 space. Venders please direct inquiries to: Kevin Woods, 480-628-3665, starryan1@cox.net. Corporate Sponsorship donations graciously accepted and appreciated. Please contact Kevin for details. Event/Party will also include: Live Bands and Music from 10:00 A.M. to at least 6:00 P.M. Antique Bike Display | Delicious food and many beverages and drink specials. Raffles and 50-50 drawings throughout the day. Come on out to the Post in the Hills and enjoy our beautiful AZ weather and Post Patio. Party down and have a great day! Further information available at American Legion Riders Post 58 Fountain Hills, AZ, or visit www.alr58.org. All other inquiries, please call or e mail Event Chairman Neil Lyons at 480-335-7055 or nlyons@cox.net
 
Saturday, March 23rd
Anthem H.O.G. #2376 2nd Annual Anthem Desert Ride for St. Mary's Food Bank. The Desert ride is an Anthem H.O.G. sponsored event to support the St. Mary's Food Bank. Due to the friendly competition and generosity of multiple Chapters, over 140,000 meals were raised compared to the 80,000 last year, (which also surpassed the year before).
St. Mary's advised us that donations have been down dramatically in every area that they receive them. Unfortunately, these reduced resources come when times are harder than ever for the people who need them in order to feed their families. There was one exception, however. For 3 years running, the very same H.O.G. Chapters who came together for this cause have doubled their donations each year, the only source of St. Mary's that increased rather than decreased. Anthem may be sponsoring this ride, but by putting our competitive spirits aside for just one day, the real winners will again be the St. Mary's Food Bank and all of the needy families that will be fed as a result of our cooperative participation. We are extending an invitation for you to share this with your Chapter Members (and all other bikers and clubs) and to encourage you to join us on this great benefit ride while taking in the scenic desert views of Arizona. This is a great opportunity for Arizona's HOG Chapters and friends to all come together and show their unity not just for HOG as a club, but to unite under a banner of charity and brotherhood. Shedding the stereotypes, we can show our respective communities a true sense of what biker character is all about. Don't miss out on this historical Multi-Chapter event! Your registration fee of $30.00 per bike made prior to March 15th, 2013 will include the following:A commemorative Ride T-shirt (To the first 60 who pre-register by March 15th). The satisfaction of knowing that your contribution will help needy families right here in your community! A beautiful ride across the State with your fellow H.O.G. Members and other biker friends. Raffle tickets will be picked up at the start and then at some of the ride stops along the way. Our route starts at Buddy Stubbs Anthem Harley Davidson and we will be traveling through Wikieup, Seligman, Chino Valley and then to the last stop at Connolly's Grill (2605 W Carefree Hwy Phoenix) at 5:30 P.M. Cash prizes and raffle items will be awarded at 6:30 P.M. Registrations and information can be found online at: http://www.anthemhog.com/
 
Saturday, March 23rd
3rd Annual Highway Thunder Charity Ride. Charity ride for Make-A-Wish presented by Phoenix Vulcan Riders is a Scavenger Hunt with Cash Prizes, High/Low Hands, Door Prizes and 50/50. Sign in 9am at Cycle Gear located at 1040 S. Country Club in Mesa. $30 Single Rider/+ $15 two up. Lunch included.
 
Saturday, March 23rd
American Legion Riders 5th Annual “Legacy” Scholarship Rally/Poker Run. Meet at 6822 N 57th Dr. Glendale AZ. Registration starts at 8:00 A.M. $20.00 per bike $10.00 per passenger. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place poker run winners. Come out for some fun , food, 50/50, raffle prizes and D.J. music. You do not have to be an American Legion Rider to participate or own a motorcycle. Ride pins to the 1st 100 registered.
 
Next Week
 
Thursday, March 28th
Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night starts on Thursday, March 28th from 5-9 PM. Just 2 weeks from today, you will once again be able to enjoy a party every Thursday night with Live Music, Vendors, Restaurants, parking on Coyote Blvd. next to the fountains and Hundreds of motorcycles to look at as they cruise by. This is the place to be on Thursday nights for sure. We will kick off this year with the 7 piece “Fuel It” Band for our Live entertainment. Weather should be great, I look forward to kicking off this new season on March 28th. Hope to see you there on opening night! Please pass on the word. Click Here for more information. Westgate City Center is located at the Loop 101 and Glendale Ave.
 
Saturday, March 30th
3rd Annual Rustler’s Run. Benefiting the Arizona Military Assistance Mission. Registration begins at 10AM at Buddy Stubbs HD located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix. Ride starts at 1PM. $25 for Rider and $15 for each passenger. Raffle Prizes, Fun and a great cause. Plus, an autographed guitar by Toby Keith will be up for auction. All bikes and cars welcome.
 
Upcoming Events
 
April 10th - 14th
Arizona Bike Week 2013.
Just over two weeks until Arizona Bike Week 2013!!
If you’ve ever bought tickets on-line to a concert or event, you know that you start off purchasing a forty-five dollar ticket and when all is said and done, you find out your credit card is being charged well over fifty bucks! Do you wonder what all those fees, taxes and surcharges are?? We do too.
To eliminate any confusion or surprises when purchasing tickets on-line for Arizona Bike Week, we thought we would break down all our fees for you:
Five-day pass to Cyclefest, HandleBar Saloon and Vendor Village, April 10-14 is $45. Incudes: Admission to Miss ABW Pageant, Harley Stunt Shows, Freestyle Jumper Shows, Tonic Concert, Blues Traveler Concert, Doobie Brothers Concert, Third Eye Blind Concert, Charlie Hunnam “Jax” Special Appearance, Freebird Concert and all other Cyclefest exhibitions, contests, etc. (sorry, too many to list). No Ticketing fees, Management fees, Convenience fees, Processing fees, Shipping fees, Facility fees, Service charge, Tax or Parking Fees. Total Cost $45.
Bottom line is; we don’t like getting hit with a bunch of add-on charges, so we don’t charge them. If you’d like to see for yourself, go to azbikeweek.com. And by the way, we also have single day passes available. No additional fees apply to those either. www.azbikeweek.com.
 
Extras
 
Mid Week Updates will be made on the Cyclerides.com Facebook. New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to Cyclerides.com Facebook. Over 4100 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!

So you think computers can do everything?? Not so fast. Click Here to View.

Do you think it is time for flying cars? It might be. Click Here to View.

Video of the Week. OMG! I guess there should be a stupid test for buying guns. 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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