Well, Arizona Bikeweek has concluded and the Cyclerides
household can get back to normal for another year. As it turns out,
we followed our itinerary that was in last week’s
newsletter pretty close and it proved to be a
lot of fun. Everyone has their own opinions, but I think this was one of the
most enjoyable ABW’s in a long time. My compliments to Brad, Suzy and all others
involved in putting it together for a job well done. Participation by riders
from the first weekend to the last was at a very high level and most everyone
seemed to be enjoying themselves. All of the concerts at Cyclefest were high
quality and a success from what I heard from those who attended all of them. As
for my own experience, Mrs. C. and I went to the REO concert and it was
absolutely fantastic. The crowd was as big as I personally had ever seen out
there with people standing outside the tent all the way to the vendor tents on
both sides. Even though the guys in REO are now in their 60’s, they are still
spot on, put on one heck of a show and took us on a trip down memory lane. Great
I would also like to thank all of the dealerships and others who
participated in Bikeweek this year. It all came together to create
a great experience for riders on all sides of town. Looking forward to see how
next year develops.
We did get in one excellent 300 mile ride on Wednesday making our own route to Jerome. We took a detour off of I-17 through the
wine country on Page Springs Rd. Thanks to the Page Springs Cellars for the
excellent wine tasting and tour of the winery. It was then on to Old Town
Cottonwood for lunch at the Tavern Grill and then to Jerome and the Spirit Room
before taking the awesome ride over Mingus Mountain and down to Fain Rd. to
return home. I will be writing this route up for you next week. It is a great
alternative to getting to either Sedona or Jerome.
Here for some interesting Bike Week photos
by Rusty Childress.
for bike week photos by Biker Information Guide.
The opening night of the Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night
on March 29th presented by the Law Tigers
OFF THE HOOK and our biggest night ever! Not only were there well
over 2000 motorcycles that came through Westgate, there were also several
thousand Coyote Hockey fans that made their way down Coyote Blvd. past the
bikes. The 30 minutes prior to game time was very crowded for sure which is why
we had to shut down the street for about 45 minutes, but this week we
will be back to normal with cruising all night long. Huge overflow lots
on both sides of event plaza were full of bikes that wouldn’t fit inside which
we will have this week as well. We had Sour Diesel Trainwreck playing their
unique brand of Southern Rock that really set a cool vibe for the
If you missed the first Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night
presented by the Law Tigers last week, you can catch it every
Thursday night for the next 13 weeks through June 28th. This week we will have
crowd favorite and opening act for REO Speedwagon, “Hardride” for Live
Music. As always, there will be vendors, lots of motorcycle and people
watching as well as food and drink specials from the local restaurants. Click
Here to see the specials. It is going to be perfect riding weather on Thursday
night. Ride on by and check it out from 5-9 PM. Be sure to say HI. Click Here for
As for me, I will be doing the Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike
Night for the next 13 weeks as well as looking in to starting some other smaller
ones on the East side of town. Since we are getting into prime time
riding season, I will also be giving you some new and different ideas for riding
destinations as well as reminding you of a few of the old favorites that our
State has to offer.
I’ve put just under 4000 miles on the
Mako Glide since mid December and can’t wait to start taking some
extended trips on it. After these 4000 miles I can tell you that the bike rides
and handles better than stock. I was concerned about putting the 23” wheel on
the front and stretching the frame, but it is amazing how well it corners and
goes down the road. It tore up the curves on Mingus Mountain like I have never
Thanks to all for a great Arizona Bikeweek. Look forward to
seeing you at Westgate this Thursday.
Thursday, April 5th
Where: Westgate City
Center, Loop 101 and Glendale Ave. SE Corner. Next to Jobing.com
When: Thursday nights
beginning March 29th – June 28th
Time: 5 PM – 9
What: Bike Night. Live
Music, Food, Fun, Vendors, Motorcycles and Sturgis Style Cruising down Coyote
Blvd. Live Music with Sour Diesel Trainwreck.
will enjoy Live Music with “Hardride” featuring their great Classic Rock sounds.
and drink specials include: Calico Jack's -
$3 Tacos, $2 Bud and Coors Original, The Shout House -
$7 Burger, Fries, and a Beer, Shane's
Rib Shack is offering a FREE 10 piece Traditional Chicken Wings
Basket with the purchase of any Full Rack Rib Plate. Value $7.99.
Saddleranch - Chicken Tacos for $5.50, Classic Pints of
Draft Beer only $2.50, Large Pilsners of draft for only $4.50.
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.
Law Tigers is a professional association of motorcycle
injury lawyers who help riders every day. Our association of motorcycle accident
attorneys consists of a skilled group of personal injury lawyers whose mission
is to support and promote the well being of motorcyclists. Dedicated to rider
safety, awareness, and education, we are committed to the riding community. Find
an attorney near you from our network of motorcycle accident lawyers or call Law
Tigers, toll-free, at 1-800-529-8443. Our lawyers are available -- 24 hours a
day, 7 days a week.
Your local Harley-Davidson dealership and proud sponsor of the
Cyclerides.com/Westgate Bike Night. Stop by and see the latest in what
Harley-Davidson has to offer. Speak to one of our trained sales staff about what
Harley-Davidson motorcycle would be right for you. We are located just South of
83rd Ave. and Bell Rd. 623-247-5542.
Curly's Customs is a full service Custom Paint & Body
Shop for the motorcycle enthusiast. We refinish Harley Davidson and Metric
motorcycles. Our goal is to provide high quality workmanship & materials at
a very reasonable price. Curly's is located at 12030 N. 111th Ave. in Youngtown,
AZ. 623- 977-0339. Stop by and see them at Bike Night.
Stop by and talk to our staff at bike night or at one of
our many valley locations. We feature many brands including Polaris, Yamaha,
Kawasaki, Suzuki, Honda, Can-Am, BMW, Victory, KTM, Spyder, and Ski-doo. Click
Here for a list of our locations.
Saturday, April 7th
6th Annual "Legacy" Scholarship Rally. American Legion Riders Post
29 in Glendale is holding their 6th Annual Legacy Scholarship
Rally. Everyone welcome - Bike or Cage. Music, Food, Fun Ride, Raffles, Ride
Pins to first 100. All proceeds go to the Legacy Fund which supports children of
fallen military heroes. Rider $20 - Passenger $10. Registration 8:00 a.m. to
10:00 a.m. American Legion Post 29 is located at 6822 N. 57th Drive in Glendale,
AZ. For more info contact Vern at 602-978-3930.
Saturday and Sunday,
April 14th and 15th
Harley-Davidson Demo Event
. This is your chance to ride the brand new 2012
Harley-Davidson of your choice. The Harley-Davidson
factory demo truck will be at Tucson Harley-Davidson from 9am - 4pm on April
14th and 15th 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 vendors on site both days! Must have a valid motorcycle license and be at
least 21 years of age. Tucson Harley-Davidson is located at 7355 N. I-10
Eastbound Frontage Rd. Tucson, AZ. 520-751-3380.
Saturday, April 14th
Fight Against Cancer Benefit Poker Run
. The ride kicks off at Marlin’s
Motorcycle Shop at 2116 W. Deer Valley Rd. 8:30 – 10:00am Sign-ups.
Ride at your own pace. After party starting at 1:00pm at the Steel Horse Saloon
at 1818 W. Bell Rd. $10/Single $15/Couple. Raffle, vendors, entertainment, and
more! Come out and ride to help a little girl and her fight against cancer. All
proceeds go to Amberhaze. For more information: Beagle BRCBeagle@me.com
Saturday, April 14th
of Scottsdale Bikini Contest
. We are looking for contestants for our
on Saturday, April 14th. First Place Prize: $1000. Second Place: $500 and Third Place: $250. It will be a full day of Bikes,
Bikini’s and Barbeque from 10 AM – 4 PM. Contestants contact El at 480-905-1903.
New Owner! New Attitude! Say goodbye to the old and hello to your NEW
Harley-Davidson dealer. See us for your motorcycle rental needs. HD of
Scottsdale is located at 15600 N. Hayden Rd. in Scottsdale, AZ. www.hdofscottsdale.com 480-905-1903.
Saturday, April 21
WITH HEARTS Charity Ride
. Scottsdale HOG Chapter presents its third annual
HOGS With Hearts Charity Ride to support MDA Summer Camp. Summer
camp allows kids with muscular dystrophy a rare opportunity to spend a week away
from their families in the cool pines at Camp Shadow Pines on the Rim taking
nature hikes, riding horses, playing wheelchair soccer, attending a prom, and
various other events over the course of the week. It is a great time for
all the kids and is it an important break from their daily routine of dealing
with muscular dystrophy. Let’s help as many kids as possible attend
camp! Registration is from 8:30 to 10:00 with all bikes back by
3:00. We have a new route and new ride format! Pre-registration is
$25 (single rider) and $35 (two-up) and includes a pin, ride shirt and lunch for
each rider/passenger. Registration at the event includes pin and
lunch. Breakfast is available at our first stop and is free with the
purchase of a beverage. Pre-register by April 12 at www.hog97.com. On-site registration also
available (does not include ride shirt). Everyone has a chance to win $250
in cash prizes. And don’t forget the raffle prizes and share the
wealth! Ride starts and ends at Harley Davidson of Scottsdale, 15600 N.
Hayden Road, Scottsdale. For info email Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, May 5th
Inaugural "Blues, Bruise and
May 5th event at the Westside Sports Complex gives revelers an
alternative to traditional Cinco de Mayo celebrations; more than
15,000 patrons expected to enjoy the festivities. The inaugural "Blues, Bruise
and BBQs" Cinco de Mayo Festival. On Saturday, May 5, 2012,
from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m., the Westside Sports Complex (aka Fear Farm) will be
transformed into a huge backyard playground with the sweet aroma of barbeque and
amazing blues tunes wafting through the air. This 21-and-over event will feature
live music by renowned national festival acts the Delgado Brothers (popular
Latin blues band from Los Angeles), Leon J & JukeJoint, and eight regional
and local blues bands Other entertainment includes a custom Harley show, a
hellacious hogs (motorcycles) competition, a low rider and classic car show, and
a wing-eating contest. Tickets can be purchased for $10,
which is good for general admission. A combo ticket for the festival and the
Muay Thai Kickboxing event is $30, while a $50 VIP ticket will include entry to
the festival and a ringside seat to the Muay Thai Kickboxing event. Entry for
the Kiwi Dash is $65. Go to http://www.bluesbruiseandbbqs.com/ for more
Mid Week Updates will be made on
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Facebook if you are inclined. Click the LIKE button!
This kid is only 2 years old, but he is
apparently destined to be a performer. Click Here to
Video of the Week:
Check out this tribute to veterans done with a
card trick. This video has had over 2.8 million views. Awesome! Click Here to
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