Have you ever been looking forward to
something, discussing it with your friends, waiting for the day to come,
and when it does, you say "Oh Crap", is that already here? Well,
that is kind of where I am at right now. I have been looking forward to
Bikeweek, but now that the start is hours away,
I know that I am likely going to be pretty busy for the next 10 days. This year
to lessen the obligations a bit, I have decided to not have a booth at Cyclefest
and just enjoy the festivities with the rest of you. I will be riding around to
a lot of the events with camera in hand to share the activities with those who
can't make it. So if you run into me along the way, be sure and say HI and get
your picture taken for the Cyclerides.com Arizona Bike Week Picture
For us in the valley of the sun,
Arizona Bikeweek is the biggest motorcycle gathering of the year. So it is likely that a lot of you reading this now will participate in at
least one event along the way. The events at ABW are so extensive this year that
I am not even going to try and list everything in the newsletter or individually
on Cyclerides.com. They have done a nice job this year of organizing the ABW
site in an easy to navigate tabbed arrangement that you can go to for each day
to see what is on tap for you to do. Click the following link to go to
the ABW Events Page, then just click on the day that you would like to
participate. Some of the non ABW events are listed on Cyclerides.com April Event Calendar. You can see what else is going on there.
Combined with hosting 3 Cyclerides.com Bike Nights this week and
next, along with the Bikeweek activities over the next 10 days, chances are the newsletter editorial next week will likely be condensed.
But I will do my best to bring you all that I can. As a lot of you know,
technology advances have been great over the last couple of years and I am
taking advantage of that as well. Another place for you to stay current
with Bikeweek activities will be on the Cyclerides.com Facebook page. I will be
doing Mobile Picture Uploads and updates all along the way. So if you are not
able to participate, I will be your roving, or should I say, ROLLING reporter.
Just bookmark this page and check it often. http://www.facebook.com/cycleridescom
Even if you do not have a Facebook
profile, you can still view all of the photos, video and comments
on the page. If you are on Facebook, Join 2200 others and Become a Fan to
add your comments about your ABW experiences. Should be a fun place to interact
and see what others are doing.
Cyclerides.com Bike Nights this week should be
good. We will have Live music on the street at the Cyclerides.com Downtown Scottsdale
Bike Night featuring SAL CARLINO, a crowd favorite at the
Hideaway on weekends. Even though the weather has not been the best for this
night yet, I really like this venue and think that it will grow into an
excellent place to cruise to on Wednesday nights with Live Music on the
streets. Weather is going to be good, so ride by and see us
this Wednesday night and listen to the Sal Carlino band while grabbing
something to eat at one of the 4 Craftsman Ct. restaurants. ACME, Dos Gringos,
Upper Deck and Whitehouse.
Bike Night with Cyclerides.com has been fantastic this season. More bikes than you can count and loads of fun. This Thursday
night, ride into Coyote Blvd, enjoy the surroundings of the "Times Square
in the Desert" and meet NASCAR favorite Kurt Busch. He will be signing
autographs and have his show car on display in center court. This will be a
big night. His NASCAR show car will be rolling in at 7PM. Should be another fun
One last thing before I sign off this
week. This is where I put on my parental
hat to remind everyone to ride safe and to be mindful of how much
you have had to drink before you get on your bike. Remember, it is
not "un-cool" to be seen with a water bottle in your hand later in the evening
before your ride home, it is smart. DUI laws are really tough and not worth the
risk. And worse yet is the chance of being banged up. Also, Cagers are not going
to be used to all of the bikes that will be on the road for the next 10 days.
This puts defensive riding squarely on our shoulders to remain safe and to make
sure that they do not screw up. We will all have a good time, just
make sure to ride smart, take care of yourself and your riding buddies so
that we are all around for next year.
Have a great week. Look forward to seeing you
all at some point along the journey.
Highlights This Week
Join us at our 7-acre property for a day full of bikes,
vendors, food, entertainment, music and more!
Friday, April 9th
All Day event 11am - 8pm. Free
Event, Open House All Day, Live Music,
Food, Vendors, Fashion Shows
and More. Huge Tent Sale. Up to
Saturday, April 10th
This HUGE Buddy Stubbs party hosted over 13,000
people last year who came
and enjoyed a great party! 2010 will
be even bigger!! Admission is always FREE.
3 Live Bands and a Motorcycle
Join us at our 7-acre
property for a day full of bikes, vendors, food, entertainment, music and
Bike Nights This
NEW!! Day Changed to
For the riders in the Southeast Valley, the
Downtown Chandler Bike Night is back on! This year, the night for motorcycles in
Chandler changed. It is now on Tuesday nights. The really good news
is that the road will be blocked off for motorcycle only traffic which will
make this a much more safe and enjoyable event. Thanks to the City and the
Downtown Chandler Community Partnership for making this happen. Once again we
will have vendors, music and participating bars and restaurants for you to
enjoy. I will bring more details to you as I get them. Downtown Chandler is located just 5.5 miles South of U.S. 60 on Arizona
Ave. adjacent to Dr. AJ Chandler Park. (MAP) Bike Night will be from 6pm - 10pm. Look forward to seeing
all of you back again this year!
Great Crowd last week!
I think this is going to be a great
venue for bike night as we fill the streets with vendors, music and
For those of you on the East side of town, you
have not been forgotten. This is something that I have wanted to do
for a few years, and it is finally happening. I will be starting a new bike
night in Downtown Scottsdale on Wednesday nights. Many of you might remember a
few years ago when Arizona Bike Week had the Tuesday night party on Craftsman
Ct. in Downtown Scottsdale. We will be re-creating that great party by
blocking off Craftsman Ct. between 3rd Ave. and 5th Ave., just West of
Scottsdale Rd. each Wednesday night for motorcycle only
parking. This is the same location as the Downtown Scottsdale Block
Four bars and restaurants on this street will be
participating in this event with Bike Night specials including:
Upper Deck Sports Grill,
Acme Bar &
Three of these places have outdoor patios
and are set up perfect for a bike night. Plenty of trees and a nice
ambiance around. We will have LIVE Music, vendors, food specials, drink specials
and plenty of plenty of fun as we head into riding season.
The Weather is Supposed to be 80 degrees and
sunny this Wednesday.
This would be the perfect time to
give the Cyclerides.com Downtown Scottsdale Bike Night a try. Live
Special Thanks to Hacienda
Harley-Davidson in Scottsdale as our first sponsor of this event.
Be sure to stop by their display to see the latest in Harley-Davidson and Custom
If you would like to be
a Sponsor or a Vendor at this event, email me at email@example.com. Should be a great place for a Wednesday
night bike night in Scottsdale. Click Here For Information
Page and for New Photos of the
street, restaurants and an aerial view. Should be fun!
Billet Bar Bike Night has moved to
The Bike Night At The Billet Bar. The Billet Bar has now moved bike night to
Wednesday nights as well as Thursdays to take advantage of all of the bikes
expected to be in town for the Downtown Scottsdale Bike
Not only that, Billet Bar is now serving food cooked right there on the
That's right, Myron now has a grill and is serving up
1/4 pound cheeseburgers and chips right there hot off the grill for $6.50 every
day of the week. On bike night enjoy happy hour pricing on drinks all
night long. Click Here for 2 for 1 coupon for your first drink. Print it out and bring it in to
This is the
perfect time of year to set on the patio and watch the action on
Scottsdale. The Billet was Voted "BEST BIKER BAR IN PHOENIX" by New Times.
There is no better place to watch all the Bikes ride
down Scottsdale road than from The Billet Bar Patio. The Billet is ALWAYS packed
with bikes Every Day. Stop by and take a look at the New Flamed Booths on the
Paradise Patio. The new bars front and rear provide spacious seating, fresh air
atmosphere, perfect temperature and courteous staff. You can sit at the back bar
and watch your favorite TV on any of the seven big inch televisions. Play pool,
listen to the latest music and socialize. The front patio seats over 75 people
and is perfect for people watching on Scottsdale Rd. The Billet Bar is located
on 3752 N. Scottsdale Rd. Check it out this Thursday night and all weekend long.
Info: at 480-941-1876.
The Westgate Bike Night in
Association with Cyclerides.com is back and bigger
This turned out to
be one of the most talked about and best attended bike nights this
State has ever seen. There was some disappointment when
it ended last July 2nd, but the anticipation was building this year and we
kicked it off in a huge way on March 18th with an estimated 1500 bikes. We hope
to make this one even better than last year with different programming every
Here for Photos from last week.
Special Guest Builder: John Shope of Sinister
Industries displaying his Custom Baggers.
Meet and Greet with NASCAR
Driver Kurt Busch and autograph signing from 7:00 - 8:30pm in
Events Plaza at the Westgate Bike Night. Kurt
Busch NASCAR Show Car will be On Display!
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 -
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.
Performance. A full service shop
specializing in high performance upgrades and dyno tuning.
Let our team of professionals fulfill your performance needs and unlock
your bike’s full potential. Motorcycle Builder and performance expert
Nick Trask will be Featuring his turbo systems. This will
be your opportunity to meet Nick and see how he can improve the performance
of your bike.
Arizona Victory Motorcycles
We are pleased to announce our newest Sponsor to Westgate Bike Night. Arizona
Victory, one of the top Victory dealers in the United States is
located at 13401 N. Cave Creek Rd. Stop by their booth and see the latest from
American Made Victory Motorcycles including the Cross Country touring motorcycle
from Victory. Arrange your demo ride.
For the duration of this run over the next
12 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 this 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.
Looking for a good quick ride destination or
a great place to meet up with your group for a ride? Grab lunch before you go! Every Saturday from 11am - 2pm head to
Chester's Harley-Davidson for the "Party On The
** Enjoy FREE BBQ Burgers and Dogs with
all the fixins',
** Live Music this week
with Dok & Gal
** Outdoor Sidewalk Sale 9:30am - 4:30pm.
Great Deals to be had on some inventory reduction!
** Pool Tournament: First Place $50
Chester's Gift Card. 2nd Place a $25 Gift Card.
** Guess the horsepower contest. $25
Chester's Gift Card to the winner.
Park under the patio, hang out with other
riders, meet new friends and DEMO a brand new Harley-Davidson. Good times to be
had by all. The Party on the Patio will be happening EVERY Saturday at Chester's
Harley-Davidson located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ.
Friday, April 9th
Harley-Davidson Backstage Biker Bash IV featuring Jackyl"
Event starts at
12 noon, Jackyl Band to perform at 8pm with Road Rage Band opening
performance at 6pm. This will be the premiere ABW pre-rally party! Join us
at our 7-acre property for a day full of bikes, booze, girls, vendors, food,
entertainment, music, mayhem, and so much more! Last year we had over 13,000
raving fans attend. This year we'll ROCK even more! Buy your tickets
now at www.chestershd.com or www.backstagebikerbash.com.
Friday, April 9th
Food, Vendors, Fashion Shows,
Bikini Bike Wash, Dyno Shootout and More. Huge Tent Sale. Up to 70% Off. Hacienda Harley is located at
15600 N. Hayden Rd. in Scottsdale.
Saturday, April 10th
Stubbs 6th Annual Bike Week Bash. This HUGE Buddy Stubbs party hosted over
13,000 people last year who came and enjoyed a great party! 2010 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 - Ultimate Vodka - Great Food
- Even more Vendor Displays - 3 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! Limited to 2000
raffle tickets! Steve Poirier spent $10 and walked away with a $10,000
Harley-Davidson last year. Get your raffle ticket now before they’re gone at www.buddystubbshd.com/bikebash.
Put this party on your list of
"Can't Miss" events! 11am - 8pm.
Events of the day
11:00am - Live Music with Capital
1:00pm - Miss Arizona Bike Week
3:00pm - Live Music with Harry
5:00pm - Live Music with Easton
6:30pm - Sportster Giveaway
Buddy Stubbs is located at 13850 N Cave
Creek Road. Info: 602-971-3400.
Saturday, April 10th
Harley-Davidson Backstage Biker Bash IV
Featuring The Marshall Tucker
Band" & Semi Finals of Ms. Arizona Bike Week Contest.
open at 9am. The Marshall Tucker Band to perform at 8pm with Cadillac Angels
opening performance at 6pm. Semi finals are underway with Ms. Arizona Bike
Week contest starting at 7pm. A 7 acre beer garden with vendors, food,
entertainment throughout the day, fashion shows, music, bikes, girls, mayhem,
and so much more! Buy your tickets now at www.chestershd.com or www.backstagebikerbash.com.
Saturday, April 10th
2nd Annual Queen
Creek Chamber of Commerce Token Ride. Join us for the QC Chamber's 2nd
Annual Token Ride, benefiting the Queen Creek Fire Department,
Capt. Eric Tinkham memorial fund. 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM. Queen Creek
Marketplace, Ellsworth Loop & Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek, AZ. $25 Single
Rider, $35 Double Rider, Ride starts at QC Chick-fil-A, Ride ends at Rhino
Caffe and is followed by a CAR SHOW! Ride length: 85 miles.
Saturday, April 10th
The Inaugural Craig Creed
Memorial Poker Run
. On April 2, 2009 Craig died in motorcycle accident that
occurred after attending the funeral of a Soldier killed in Afghanistan. He was there representing the Patriot Guard Riders. The motorcycle ride
will run from Buddy Stubbs on Cave Creek, then take Shea Blvd to Fountain Hills,
over to Rio Verde back to Dynamite down to Cave Creek then return to Buddy
Stubbs where we will have a private parking area reserved for our riders during
their Annual Bike Week Bash. The entry fee is $35.00 pre-registration ($50.00
after April 4th) and will include a meal, drink of choice (alcohol included),
t-shirt, a poker hand and (10) raffle tickets. The cost for a second rider is
$10 and will include a meal, drink of choice (alcohol included) and (5) raffle
Saturday, April 10th
. PCPOM Memorial Run. All riders will ride in honor of
a fallen officer whose name is on the pcpom wall and will be given a flower to
be placed at the wall in honor of their officer Registration & Breakfast:
8:30-9:45 AM, Ride Starts 10:00 AM. Starting Point: Pinal County Peace Officer
Memorial Wall (971 Jason Lopez Circle Florence, AZ) Registration Fee: $25.00 per
Bike (Includes Breakfast, Ride Bag, T-Shirt and one Raffle Ticket)
Ride 4 Haiti.
Cruisers, Sport Bikes, Harley Davidson, and Three-Wheelers will
have an unforgettable experience riding together, unified in a common purpose to
help those in desperate need in Haiti from the recent and devastating
earthquakes that have possibly killed over 200,000 people and leaving an
estimated 3 million people affected by its aftermath. To both young and old
alike, this event will mean a sense of hope for a better tomorrow for Haiti.
Ride 4 Haiti is an all-weather event, and it will be held, rain or shine. Sign
in at Chandler
Harley-Davidson located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. Chandler, AZ 85226.
9:00AM – 11:00AM Check-In/Sign Up.
FIRST COME FIRST TO GO!
There are no special parking once at the Hideaway, the advantage is that you
will be the first to leave Chandler so getting to the event at the Hideaway will
be that much easier. 10:40AM – 11:00AM Welcoming Ceremony Celebrity guest
introductions. 12:00PM Caravan Of Bikes To The Hideaway. http://www.ride4haiti.com/
Sunday, April 11th
Help Fill The Toy Chest. Come join us in our 2nd annual charity event to make a difference in the lives of the thousands of children who
receive care at Cardon Children's Medical Center each year. Attendees are
encouraged to bring a NEW,'unwrapped' toy to the event. Donating a toy may seem
like a small gesture but it can go a long way in comforting a sick child. begin
at Toby Keith's and take us to Cardon Children's Medical Center to drop off toys
for the children then through the scenic Usery Pass Road area and circling back
to Toby Keith's for food, fun, live music and raffle prizes. See Flyer for
Wednesday - Sunday, April 14-17
Click Here for Event Page for all of the
activities over the 10 days.
Buy your 5 Day event pass to
Cyclefest at WestWorld for just $50 online and you'll be sure to get
your music fix as well. Opening night of Cyclefest is Wednesday, April 14th and
Vince Neill will be starting the party off right, with all your favorite Motley
Crue hits. Thursday night Ratt will be jamming for all you metal heads.
Friday night it's the hottest country act around, Dierks Bentley (FYI Guys; this
dude's going to attract even more hot chicks to his show than Bret Michaels did
a couple years ago). And Saturday night it's that "Bad to the Bone" rocker
George Thorogood & The Destroyers. These concerts start at 9pm but you won't
want to miss the opening bands, featuring some hot local
Wednesday, April 14th
Wednesday Ride For Kids. Presented by Phoenix. H.O.G. Chapter 93. This is
the biggest mid week 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. This year riders will enjoy a beautiful 234 mile ride through
Wickenburg, Yarnell, Kirkland Junction, Prescott, Mayer and back to
Westworld for the Vince Neil concert in the Handlebar Saloon. Sign in
will be at Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in
Phoenix. Registration time is 6:30am - 10:00am. $35 per person. First 600
receive tshirt, first 750 receive pin. Your entry price includes entry to
Cyclefest and the Vince Neil concert. Raffle Prizes and Awards will be
given away at 6:30pm. You can Click Here to sign
Friday, April 16th
Pooches 2 Poker Run to benefit the Arizona Humane Society. Pre-Registration online at www.azhumane.org -$25.00 per rider, $15.00 per passenger, or register in person at
Chandler Harley Davidson. Registration includes a ride T-shirt, entry into Cyclefest,
and a free pancake breakfast sponsored by Hills Science Diet. Breakfast will be
served starting at 7:30am at Chandler Harley Davidson, 6895 W. Chandler Blvd.,
which will also be the starting point of the ride. We will have great raffle prizes, a 50/50 drawing and
prizes for high/low hand at the end of the ride, which is Cyclefest.
For more information, www.azhumane.org, or www.chandlerharley.com . The Arizona Humane Society relies solely on donations and
receives no government funding, so please help us support this worthy
Saturday, April 17th
Harley-Davidson 11th Annual "Torch Ride" to Cyclefest. Don’t miss the 11th
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 1900 riders and over
$40,000 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 George Thorogood. Kickstands up at
10:30am. RIDE WITH US! Chester’s
922 S. Country Club Drive, Mesa, AZ,
Saturday, April 17th
Bikers. This event was formed to benefit the families of the fallen riders
in the horrible accident on March 25th on Carefree Hwy. Saturday,
April 17th at Harold's Cave Creek Corral, 6895 E Cave Creek rd., we will be
holding a huge raffle from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Included in the raffle, will be
gift certificates, services, motorcycle accessories and equipment, tools, and
much more! At 3:00pm the Live Auction will begin. There, we will be selling
several items to include: motorcycle equipment, trips, cigar packages, sports
memorabilia, tattoo packages, and maybe even a motorcycle or two!!!! 100% of the
proceeds will go straight to the families of the victims for funeral costs,
medical bills, and any other needs they may have. Merchandise donations are
welcomed by calling Mitch Jordan at 623-293-2305.
Sunday, April 18th
Blessing of the Bikes. Bike week has come to an end. Now,
you're invited to finish off Bike Week with a Blessing! All bikers welcome. Free
ride-pin for first 200 riders - Free lunch - Official Crossroads Blessing of the
Bikes T-shirts will be available for $15 (short sleeve) or $20 (long sleeve).
XXL and XXXL add $2 more. Crossroads Alliance Church believes that we must honor
those who put their lives on the line for all Americans. We realize freedom
isn't free, so we thank God for our police, firefighters, and the men and women
of the United States Military. Hope to see you all this year at the 2010
Blessing of the Bikes.
Sunday, April 18th
Run" Logan's Valley Motorcycles Charity Poker Ride.
The Final ride
of Arizona Bike Week 2010! Always a favorite. Proceeds 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 followed by an afternoon of rowdy
entertainment with local favorite Mogollon, 3-6pm in the HandleBar Saloon.
Registration opens at 10am at Cyclefest.
Mid Week Updates will be made
on the Cyclerides.com Facebook.
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. BECOME A
Breaking News! The man who hit and killed 4 bikers near
27th Ave. & Carefree Hwy. has been arrested. Police believe he
had meth in his system at time of crash. Not only that, they caught him driving
yesterday on the 51 driving erratically and most likely under the influence and
driving again. See the story from TV3 web site. Click Here.
Biker Information Guide Bike Week edition is now out. Check your local bike
shops to get your copy.
This video shows you how to take off a table cloth without
moving the dishes. Click
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