Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
3/23/11
 
Greetings Riders,
 
Well, here we are, 2 days away from the Phoenix area being transformed into Motorcycle Central for the State of Arizona. From the looks of the 10 day forecast, it says we will see high 70's to low 80's throughout the week with mostly sunny skies. You can't beat that for premium riding weather.
 
Hopefully by now you have an idea of how you are going to spend your time during Arizona Bike Week. But if you haven't gotten around to that yet, you can go to www.azbikeweek.com, click on Events, then choose the day that you would like to ride. 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. You can also see other events going on over the next couple of weeks listed below.
 
I will have a booth out at Cyclefest in Westworld starting on Wednesday. My plan is to be in the booth in between rides. But stop by and say Hi. I will be posting on the Cyclerides.com Facebook throughout the week. You can check updates there.
 

 
Tidbits and Updates:
 
I mentioned last week that the finishing touches were being put on the Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night which starts on Thursday, March 31st. It is all coming together nicely and looks like it is going to be a great kickoff to the Bike Night season at Westgate City Center. 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.
 
At 7:15pm 17 year old Alyssa Simmons will sing the National Anthem. Following this, Captain Ernie Lizarraga will be lead into Coyote Blvd. by a fire truck from his station escorting a large contingent of firefighters on motorcycles that will be riding to Westgate to help celebrate Ernie's return to health and hopefully see him back on a bike real soon. We will play a short video on the giant LED screen about Ernie's recovery and the accident that happened one year ago. I will then do a short interview with Ernie on stage to let him tell you in his own words how he has progressed over the last year. I also welcome others from the accident and families of the victims to attend and be recognized as well. This will be a very special night for Ernie and the others involved while also giving you a chance to personally show your support.
 
There will be Vendors, a Live Band featuring award winning "A Boy Named Sue" from 6-9pm at center court in Events Plaza of Westgate. Bike Night specials at participating restaurants, Motorcycle Parking on Coyote Blvd. and a GOOD TIME for ALL. See more information below and go to the Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night page for all the details.
 
For the first time ever there is an official Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night T-Shirt that will be available at the Arrowhead HD booth at Westgate on Bike Night for $15.00. They will also be available at Arrowhead Harley-Davidson and some Ridenow stores. Very cool shirt back. Take a look! They will also be available online after the 31st. Let me know what you think.
 
EAST SIDERS! This one is for you!
Cyclerides.com Mesa Riverview Bike Night begins a 10 night run on Friday, April 8th from 5-9pm.
For 2 years I have been looking for a great bike night location on the East side that would be comparable to the Westgate location. There is only one location in the valley that has a setup like Westgate, but Mesa Riverview has the next best venue available to host a bike night. I wanted a location that is new, clean, attractive, well lit at night, has plenty of places to go eat and have fun, and could create that critical mass of excitement in one location. This is private property, so the management has agreed to close the street for 2 blocks in the complex from Bass Pro to the theatre. This will be utilized for motorcycle only traffic and parking. The great thing about Mesa Riverview is that they have 3 GREAT restaurants on the 3 corners in the middle of the 2 blocks plus 3 more within a few hundred feet.
 
These locations are Toby Keith's Bar and Grill with 18,000 square feet of Restaurant, 85 Foot Guitar Shaped Bar, Live Music, Dance Floor, Tv's And Outdoor Patio And Beer Served In Mason Jars. 
 
Across the street from Toby's is the brand new 10,000 square foot Cactus Moon Sports Grill featuring 12 pool tables, Forty eight 65" plasma screen tv's, a huge bar in the middle, a dance floor and a Huge outdoor patio.
 
The other corner across from Cactus Moon is Matta's Grill & Cantina featuring 2 floors of great Mexican food dining, a great bar, beautiful interior design and an outdoor patio.
 
Within a few hundred feet of walking distance from the street parking is Chili's, Logan's Roadhouse and Famous Dave's. All of these restaurants will have Bike Night specials and are welcoming riders from all over the valley to a fun Friday night at Mesa Riverview located at the Loop 202 and Dobson Rd. in Mesa.
 
A live band in center court will be enjoyed by all the riders walking the streets as well as dining on the 3 outdoor patios. Toby's will then start National band acts at 9pm inside their place. There will also be vendors and special attractions throughout the run of this new East Side Cyclerides.com Bike Night. If you would like to be a vendor at this bike night, email me at info@cyclerides.com .
 
I am looking forward to bringing some good fun to the East Valley riders and am currently adding the details to the page, but CLICK HERE to see some photos to give you an idea of how nice this property is and general information. SAVE THE DATE! Friday, April 8th and help me kick off this exciting new event.


 
Bike Nights
 
Every Thursday
 
Westgate Bike Night in Association with Cyclerides.com.
The wait is finally over. Welcome back to "The Times Square In The Desert". The Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night that has been a valley favorite for the last 2 years will begin again on Thursday, March 31st from 5-9 pm. It will run this season for 14 consecutive Thursday nights and end on June 30th. Anticipation has been building for this year and we are ready to kick it off for another season of fun and entertainment. We hope to make this season as good as the last by bringing you different programming each week with Live Bands, Vendors, Displays and Special Events. We look forward to seeing you again this year. Don't forget to pick up your brand new Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night T-Shirt.  
Click Here for Photos from last year.
 
Attractions for the first night:
 
To kick off the Westgate Bike Night on March 31st,
At 7:15pm 17 year old Alyssa Simmons will sing the National Anthem.
Following this, Captain Ernie Lizarraga will be lead into Coyote Blvd. by a fire truck from his station escorting a large contingent of firefighters on motorcycles that will be riding to Westgate to help celebrate Ernie's return to health and hopefully see him back on a bike real soon. We will play a short video on the giant LED screen about Ernie's recovery and the accident that happened one year ago. I will then do a short interview with Ernie on stage to let him tell you in his own words how he has progressed over the last year. I also welcome others from the accident and families of the victims to attend and be recognized as well. This will be a very special night for Ernie and the others involved while also giving you a chance to personally show your support.
 
Our musical guest for the 31st will be the "A Boy Named Sioux" playing their special brand of Outlaw Country and Southwest Rock. I'm sure you will enjoy this fresh new music. A Boy Named Sioux was formed in July 2007 and made a quick impression. They won the Phoenix New Times Best of Phoenix award 2008 for "Best Local Band". Also in 2008 they won the award for "Best Musical Group" at the Phoenix Music Awards. In 2009 they won "Country Group of the Year" at the Phoenix/L.A. Music Awards and in 2010 they finished in the top 5 for best local Band in the Phoenix New Times best of awards.
 
Click Here to view the new Westgate Bike Night Web Cam. Page automatically refreshes every 10 seconds. Will be live every Thursday for bike night from 5pm - 10pm.
 
I would like to give special thanks to our Sponsors of the Westgate Bike Night.
Please visit their booths at the event and click their links below to learn more about them.
 
Petersen Johnson Accident Lawyers.
Petersen Johnson is a local Arizona law firm, whose attorneys have over 60 years of combined legal experience in Accident/Injury law and DUI/Criminal Defense law.  We have substantial experience in representing riders injured in motorcycle accidents.  Ron Petersen and Brad Johnson are involved in every injury case.  We discount our fees; never our service.  Please call us locally at 602-650-1200 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Arrowhead HD and Ridenow Powersports
Your local Harley-Davidson dealership and proud sponsor of the Cyclerides.com/Westgate Bike Night. We are located just South of 83rd Ave. and Bell Rd. Stop to see the latest 2011 HD motorcycles and to pick up the new Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night T-Shirt. 623-247-5542.
T.E.A.M Arizona Motorcycle Training - "T.E.A.M. Arizona is the premier motorcycle rider education organization in Arizona.  We are dedicated to providing motorcycle education as a life-saving public service.  Through our passionate coaches and staff, we strive to deliver a FUN, safe, and consistent motorcycling experience to riders of all backgrounds and skill level.  T.E.A.M. Arizona is Your Road To Ride For Life."
Allstate Insurance - Steve Wingenfield Agent.
Stop by Steve Wingenfeld's Allstate tent on Bike Night and check out Allstate's NEW Lower rates on All Harley's and all cruiser bikes. Now you can save over 40% with multi-line discounts. You can stop in at our Westgate office on Coyote's Blvd(suite 1056) or call us at 623.581.0374. Check out our Motorcycle website at http://www.allstategarage.com/, Just input zip code 85305 to get to my web page.
C.R. Designs Custom Paint.
C.R. Designs Custom Paint is a Phoenix based company specializing in motorcycle custom paint.  From custom baggers to stock H-D paint sets, C.R. Designs can help with all your custom paint needs.  www.crdesigns.com  602-882-5161.
 
For the duration of this run over the next 14 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. I look forward to seeing you all next week at Westgate. Westgate City Center is located on the SE Corner of the Loop 101 and Glendale Ave. in Glendale next to Jobing.com Arena and University of Phoenix Stadium.
 

 
This Week
 
SAVE THE DATE!
March 25th - April 3rd.
Arizona Bike Week 2011. Arizona Bike Week is only 2 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.
 
Cyclefest March 30th - April 3rd. Don't forget to take a walk through the vendors at Cyclefest in Westworld starting on March 30th. There will also be Demo trucks from Harley-Davidson, Kawasaki, Boss Hoss, Star Motorcycles and Can-Am. So sign up to test ride your new favorite bike. There will also be live music all day long from some of your favorite local bands.
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:  Gates open at 4 and Sludge of KDKB hits the stage with his band at 5pm. 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. 7pm is BS AC/DC Tribute band and at 9pm we have the National act Ultimate Van Halen band.
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, March 26th
AJ’s Custom Paint Grand Re-Opening Showcase. Free Admission, Gates open at 4:00 PM. Come join AJ's Customs for the grand opening of their new state of the art custom paint facility located a stones throw away from beautiful downtown Mesa.  AJ's Customs is a world wide leader in custom motorcycle painting known for painting for the likes of OEM powerhouses Harley Davidson Motor Company, Indian motorcycles and Victory Polaris.  What custom builders do Ajs's paint for you may ask? Do the names Paul Yaffe, Jim Nasi and Klock Werks sound familiar? That's right, come enjoy the in your face rock & roll of Lit-Up and TNT The Ultimate AC/DC Tribute, food and booze along with the opportunity to rub elbows with some of the finest bike builders and painters in the industry! AJ’s Custom Paint. 33 W. Broadway Rd., Mesa, AZ, 85210
 
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!
 
Sunday, March 27th
Arizona Paralyzed Veterans of America Poker Run. ALL proceeds benefit the AZ. chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America. Ride begins at Buddy Stubbs Harley Davidson 13850 n. Cave Creek Rd. Registration 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. $25.00 for single rider- $35.00 for rider with passenger Lunch included. Approx. 120 mile ride. Ends at Buffalo Chip Saloon in Cave Creek. Raffle Prizes - 50/50 drawing - Live Band - Fun, Food, and Prizes Galore also LIVE BULL RIDING.
PRE-REGISTRATION AT www.azpva.org
 
Next Week
 
Tuesday - Saturday
March 29th - April 2nd
Victory of Mesa "Dare to Compare Challenge". Ride a Victory and a Harley back to back, then decide! For the first time that I have ever heard of, a dealer is so confident in their product, that they are bringing in the competition to let you compare to their bikes. Victory of Mesa will have Harley-Davidson Wide Glide and a Street Glide for you to ride and compare to the comparable Victory models. Here is the deal. If you buy their's, we'll give you 100 Bucks. If you buy our's, we throw in $1000 in accessories or give you a grand more for your midsize trade-in. So come take the challenge between 10am - 4pm from Tuesday, March 29th - Saturday, April 2nd. Free refreshments will be available. Victory of Mesa is located at 833 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ.
 
Wednesday, March 30th
Wednesday's Riding for Kids. Sponsored by H.O.G. Chapter 93. This is the longest ride of AZ Bike Week and one that I go on every year and will be there again this year. Every year this ride attracts over 1000 riders. Sign up at Buddy Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix. Registration from 6:30am - 10am. This will be a 280 mile ride through Southern Arizona. Cost is $35 per person with shirts and pins to the first 725 entrants. This also includes admission into Cyclefest at Westworld where the ride will end at the Buddy Stubbs tent. Prizes will be drawn at 7pm. All proceeds go to Camp Courage Burn Camp for Kids.
 
Wednesday, March 30th
Arizona Bikeweek Hero Award Presentation. 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.
 
Friday, April 1st
The Hamsters Charity “Dry Heat” Poker run! Come Ride with The Hamster Custom Motorcycle group who’s members include some very famous names from our industry such as Arlen, Cory and Zach Ness, Paul Yaffe, Donny Smith, Dave Perewitz, Don Hotop, Brian Klock and the list goes on and on. This year we’ve planned the first annual Hamster Poker Run with proceeds to benefit The Black Hills Children’s Care in Sturgis South Dakota. We will meet at Paul Yaffe Originals located at 2211 E Indian School Road between 9am and 10:45am on Friday the 1st of April. Paul’s shop will be open to explore and there will be coffee and donuts for the early riders. The ride will depart at 11:00am. Lunch will be served Cody’s Smoke House and Grill in beautiful Cave Creek from 12:30 to 1:30. The run will wrap up at Cyclefest in WestWorld and High and Low Poker Hands will be awarded at the Handlebar Saloon at 5:00pm. Registration includes: Poker Hand and ride w the Hamsters/Lunch at Cody’s Smokehouse/Entry into Cyclefest for Heart, live in concert. Pre Register: $25 per rider/$10 per passenger. Day of Event: $30 per rider/$15 per passenger. Heart will hit the stage around 8 to round off this awesome day!
 
Saturday, April 2nd
Chester's Harley-Davidson Torch Ride. Chester's Harley-Davidson 12th Annual "Torch Ride" to Cyclefest.
Don’t miss the 12th ANNUAL TORCH RIDE with Chester’s Harley-Davidson to benefit the Special Olympics Arizona. If you haven’t already pre-registered at www.chestershd.com, you can register the day of the ride from 8-10am at Chester’s. Last year there were 2100 riders and over $50,800 was raised. And the ride is expected to be even bigger this year!  This is the only fully escorted ride to Arizona Bike Week Cyclefest.  Registration includes commemorative Ride Pin, Pancake Breakfast, and admission to Cyclefest including a Live Concert by Buckcherry. Kickstands up at 10:00am. RIDE WITH US!
Chester’s Harley-Davidson is located at 922 S. Country Club Drive, Mesa, AZ, 85210.
 
Saturday, April 2nd
Eric Herrmann Studios Open House. Eric Herrmann is one of the best motorcycle and motorsports artist working today. He has created countless classics that all of you would recognize including such creative "Dangerous", "Crank'n", and one of my favorites, "Up-Late", the Eric's rendition of a rider that has forgot his clear's and is riding up the street in Deadwood. Definitely a classic. On Saturday, April 2nd, Eric is opening his studio for all to come see his work. Not only will it be a good time, it is a good ride as his studio is just off Cave Creek Rd. East of Desert Mountain. There will be Bikes, Bands, Food, Hot Rods, Builders and Racers. All makes welcome. The Studio is located at 42215 N. La Plata Rd. 480-575-7559. Click Here for an Eric Herrmann hand drawn map.
 
Sunday, April 3rd
Logan's Run. Logan’s Run Charity Poker Ride, presented by Logan’s Valley Motorcycles.  The FINAL ride of Arizona Bike Week 2011!  Always a local favorite.  Proceeds to benefit “The Crusader for the Children” and their list of local children organizations. This leisurely unescorted 110 mile ride through the beautiful Sonoran Desert begins and ends at ABW Cyclefest at WestWorld.  It’s followed by an afternoon of rowdy entertainment with local favorite Mogollon, 3-6 in the HandleBar Saloon. Day of event registration 10am-1pm near the main entrance to Cyclefest.  Pre-register and receive a free run t-shirt, either online at www.LogansMC.com or at Logan’s Valley Motorcycles in Mesa. $25 per person entry gets you entry into Cyclefest on Sunday, a free lunch @ Iguana Mack’s (stop #4), a ride pin, and a free poker run entry with $1000 in cash prizes.  Please join us in supporting a great cause and don’t miss out on the final event of Arizona Bike Week 2011.
 
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 2900 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!

Glad these are not our special forces. Click Here to View.

Here is a video that should be shown when demonstrating how NOT to lay out stop sticksClick Here to View.

Video of the Week: I think it is time to re-valuate how we deal with terrorist. This would be a good way to start. 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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