Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
4/6/11
 
Greetings Riders,
 
Well, Arizona Bike Week has finally come to a close. It seems to have been a long week for me this year. With the death of Kimmy on day 2, a lot of us rode with heavy hearts, trying to carry on as she would have wanted. So on Wednesday, our group, that ended up being 25 bikes, met up at Buddy Stubbs for the Wednesday Ride. They had a good route picked out to go South, but it was such a nice warm day, we decided to make up our own route and went North for the day through Page Springs, Old Town Cottonwood for lunch, Jerome for a stop at the Spirit Room and down the beautiful 12 mile Mingus Mountain on 89A to Fain Rd. where we made our way back to the Valley via Hwy. 69 and I-17. It was a beautiful day to ride this really good route.
 
We then ended up in Cave Creek at The Hideaway where Mark Bradshaw sponsored a ride for me from the Hideaway to Westworld for the presentation of the "Arizona Bike Week Hero" award. It was an honor to be chosen for this award and I would like to thank ABW once again for thinking of me when considering who to choose this year. And thanks to all of you for supporting our events throughout the past several year's. Picture of presentation. (Photo by Rusty Childress)
 
Thursday we had the first night of the Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night. It was a huge night and record crowd. Not only was it the first night back for the season at Westgate, but we also honored the fallen four from a year ago and focused on Ernie Lizarraga who was badly injured in the accident. The big question was, would he ride into Westgate on his motorcycle for the first time since the accident? The answer was a resounding YES! See Picture. Led by a Fire Truck, and supported by 60 firefighters behind him, he rode his chopper down Coyote Blvd. to cheers from the crowd. It was an awesome and emotional sight to see and be a part of. When Ernie got on stage, he had a surprise for me. He presented me with a Peoria Fire Dept. Firefighter hat complete with my last name on it. I was completely surprised by this and it will be a permanent part of my memorabilia display. Thanks to Ernie and all of the firefighters who participated for such a nice gesture.
 
After playing a video about Ernie from TV3 on the giant LED, I then spoke with Ernie on stage to hear in his own words how he was doing. His recovery has been remarkable and he is an inspiration to us all. The message is that if we work hard and have the determination to do something like ride a motorcycle again, that all things are possible and good things can happen. We also heard thank you's from Jason Anania who was also injured in the accident. My apologies for the low volume of sound. We were using the band PA that just didn't seem to carry enough volume for all of the people that were there. See the crowd.
 
It was now time to say goodbye to Kimmy. I reflected a little about Kimmy as we had her picture on the LED screen. We had 100 white balloons that were signed by riders to Kimmy. The first group were released by her daughter Kelly, then rest followed. Kelly then released one large pink balloon with Kimmy's name on it and a pink glow stick attached to it. I said, "Kimmy, this one has a light on it so you can see it coming". I hope she did. Overall, it was a great evening to see Ernie ride in and begin his riding life again, while giving Kimmy the sendoff that she deserved. The turnout was a record crowd as we estimated to have 2200-2500 riders attend on this night. Thanks to all who participated.
 
On Friday we went to the start of the Hamster ride at Paul Yaffe's shop and then out to Cave Creek for lunch and to the Hideaway for a bit before heading back to Westworld for a while. It was record heat that day of 100 degrees that started off a few sunburns for the season. I didn't get to hear "Heart" that night, but EVERYONE said it was one of the best shows ever at ABW.
 
Saturday, Mrs. C. and I did the Torch Run with Chester's HD and then hung around Westworld for most of the day. Sunday, we were back at Westworld for the Kimmy Celebration of Life ceremony at 1pm. My hat is off to Jim Moore for the great job of emceeing the event, I'm sure that had to be hard. Also to Cliff for the memorial ceremony and message that I know Kimmy would have wanted.
 
We ended the day with Mogollon starting at 3pm. These guys just seem to keep getting better with age and can still rock like no other. I'm going to have to figure out a way to get them out to Westgate for a bike night. Maybe I can get them on May 26th to play for the Memorial Day event that I have planned. Duane, are you in??
 
So ABW 2011 is now in the books and I will be turning my attention to the bike nights that I will be running for the next 13 weeks at the Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night and for 10 weeks at the new one for the East side, the Cyclerides.com Mesa Riverview Bike Night at the Loop 202 and Dobson in Mesa that is starting this Friday night from 5-9pm. We will not have it on the first Friday of May and June. It will end on June 24th. Ride on in for the first night to see this great venue for a bike night.
 
Rusty Childress, who is one of the best photographers that I know, and who always has exceptional pictures, was out and about during bike week. Take a look at the photos that he has posted. You might be in there!
Click Here to View ABW 2011. Here are Rusty's photos from ABW 2010 including a video.
 
Click Here for photos of the Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night taken by Barry, Jim Moore and Frank. 
Click Here for hundreds of photos of most ABW 2011 events from Biker Information Guide photographers.
 

Tidbits and Updates:
 
**Thanks again for all of the congratulations by email and in person. I appreciate that very much. Now I'm looking forward to getting in some riding and having fun at the bike nights. It is that perfect time of year for night riding. Weather this week might be kind of iffy for Friday night at Mesa Riverview, but if it breaks and you can make it, come check out the place, I'm sure you will like it. I will have a nice added bonus next week for this bike night that I am excited about. Will announce on Cyclerides.com Facebook on Monday. Look forward to seeing you all soon.
 
**Thanks to all who attended the Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night on Thursday, it was an incredible crowd and a fun program seeing Ernie. The weather for Thursday at Westgate should be fine at 81 degrees for a high. Maybe a little windy, but you will enjoy the Sal Carlino Band, all the bikes, the good food and fun. My next big blowout event night at Westgate will be a Memorial Day celebration on Thursday, May 26th. Save the date. Don't forget to pick up your brand new Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night T-Shirt. You can also purchase them any time at Arrowhead Harley-Davidson – RideNow Powersports Peoria, Goodyear and Surprise. 
 
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Bike Nights
 
Every Thursday
 
Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night We started last week with over 2500 bikes. Thanks to all who attended.
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 from March 31st and end on June 30th. Anticipation has been building for this year and we kicked it off with a record crowd of almost 2500 bikes on March 31st 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. You can also purchase them any time at Arrowhead Harley-Davidson – RideNow Powersports Peoria, Goodyear and Surprise. 
 
Restaurant Pick of the night!
Try the Tuscan Oven for great food and their $8 pizza and beer special from 5-9. Also pick up the Tuscan Oven "Tomato" Card and receive 20% off all future visits.
 
Our musical guest for April 7th will be the "The Sal Carlino Band" playing their special brand of Classic Rock and Blues. Sal is a favorite that you have seen at The Hideaway over the last couple of years.
 
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 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.
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.
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.
 
For the duration of this run over the next 13 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.
 
Friday Nights
 
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.
We will not be able to have the bike night on the first Friday of May and June.
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, located at the Loop 202 and Dobson Rd. 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 14,000 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 5,000 square feet, 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 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. There is also a Gyro shop at the end of the street by the theatre and a Yogurt shop next to Matta's.
 
A live band featuring "Tin Weasel" 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 would like to give special thanks to our First Sponsors of the Cyclerides.com Mesa Riverview Bike Night.
Please visit their booths at the event and click their links below to learn more about them.
 
Chester's Harley-Davidson - Your local Harley-Davidson dealer. See our display at Bike Night. Store location at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404
Victory Big Dog Motorcycles of Mesa - Your store for Victory and Big Dog motorcycles. Visit our display at Bike Night. Store location at 833 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. 480-668-7969
T.E.A.M. Arizona Motorcycle Training - "T.E.A.M. Arizona is the premier motorcycle rider education organization in Arizona. 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. 480-998-9888
 
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 from 5-9pm.
 
Mesa Riverview is located at the SE Corner of the Loop 202 and Dobson Rd. Bike night location is next to Bass Pro.
 
This Week
 
Friday, April 8th
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Hot Rods & Harley's Car and Bike Show. Back by popular demand! Friday, April 8th from 3pm - 8pm. Ride by and enjoy a beautiful display of Customs, Hot Rods, T-Buckets, Muscle Cars and More. Get your picture taken with Big Red and the Cheerleaders. Food and Drinks. The show is free to enter and prizes will be awarded for the Best of Show, Best Car, Best Truck, Peoples Choice and Most Original. There will be Live Music, Raffle Prizes and Food. ALL Bikes and Cars welcome. Arrowhead HD is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center. Dr. in Peoria, AZ. 623-247-5542.
 
Saturday, April 9th
Ride to Save a Life with Mike Broomhead. Kick your stands up and ride from the East and the West and meet Mike Broomhead at  Steele Indian School Park at 5pm then ride on to Comerica Theater where Aaron Lewis of Staind and Mark Leddy are performing. Ride benefiting EMPACT Suicide Prevention programs and local VETS suffering from PTSD. Ride Fee: $45 per bike/ $30 per passenger includes ticket to concert. Ride without Concert Ticket: $30 per bike / $15 per passenger. See flyer for details.
 
Saturday, April 9th
1st Annual Skin & Steel. Bike Show - Tattoos - Swap Meet sponsored by The American Legion Riders, Post 2, Tempe. Event takes place 10 am - 4pm at the American Legion Post 2 located at 2125 S. Industrial Park Ave., Tempe, AZ. Events planned are a Bike Show, Local Custom Bike Builders with special tribute bikes on display. Entry $10, entry time 9am. Tattoo Contest with Nate Powers of Artistic Tattoo. Proceeds benefit Legacy Scholarship Fund Benefit. Vendors contact Eagle at 480-600-4056. Free Admission. $5 Sloppy Joe Lunch - Dunking Booth - Bean Bag Toss contest. Food, Music and Beer.
 
Next Week
 
Saturday, April 16th
Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry Memorial Run. A benefit run that will raise money to benefit the family of Fallen Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry, and honor his life by raising money for the Border Patrol Scholarship Fund and the 100 Club of Arizona. Brian was shot and killed in the line of duty on Dec. 15th, 2010 near Nogales, AZ. Registration starts at 8am at the Arena Bar in Benson, AZ located at 250 N. Prickly Pear Ave. Last bike out at 11am. $20 rider and $15 passenger. Meal included with registration. See flyer for details.  
 
Saturday, April 16th
Rustler's Run. Poker Run to benefit the Arizona National Guard Emergency Relief Fun. Registration at VFW located at 7220 E. Wilshire Dr. in Scottsdale, AZ. Registration begins at 8am, kickstands up at 10am. $25 per rider, $30 per couple. Lunch meal included at end party. The OCC "Patriot Chopper" scheduled to appear at the end party.
 
Saturday, April 16th
Buddy Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson Hogs and Dogs. On Saturday, April 16th turn your bike to destination Anthem for the always enjoyable Anthem Hogs and Dogs from 11am -3pm. As always there will be Free Food, Free Drink, Live Music and Day Special. Buy 1 helmet, get a second of same or lesser value for 50% off. Buddy Stubbs Anthem is located at 41715 N. 41st Dr. in Anthem, AZ
 
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 3000 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!

This is really cool. A passenger on a commercial airliner captured on his I-Phone the launch of the space shuttle. Click Here to View.

I really don't know what is funnier, what happened to the streaker, or the laughing. Click Here to View.

Video of the Week: I didn't know exercising could be hazardous to your health. It was for this guy. 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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