Well, as the old saying goes, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go
awry”. This would be the case with me as I sit here tonight trying
to get the newsletter out. My intent last week was to lay out this new favorite
ride of mine to the wine country up North complete with pictures, maps and other
ideas for a good day ride, but with all of the other things that cropped up this
week, I just couldn’t do it justice. And if I can’t do it right for you, I would
rather postpone it. So as I sit here without a plan B for the editorial part of
the letter, I will tell you what I have been working on that has been taking my
With bike night season and great evening riding weather upon us, after
starting the Cyclerides.com Bike
Night at Westgate
presented by the Law Tigers, I have been
getting a lot of requests for something on the East side of the Valley. As most
of you know, last year I also did an East side bike night at Mesa Riverview.
What you don’t know is that the powers that be at Mesa Riverview decided to do a
full blown redevelopment which includes taking out some buildings, and
redeveloping the street area. Unfortunately that took away the venue as we used
it last year. The good news is that part of what has taken away my newsletter
writing time are some meetings with Cactus Moon and other restaurants at
Riverview that would like to continue bike nights there again this year.
We are currently working out the logistics that include
parking, street closure and putting a live band outdoors every Friday night as
we did last season. We are close to getting everything we need to make that
happen, so I should be able to let you know that it is a go, or not, next week.
The bottom line is, I am working to make it the best that it can possibly be, or
I will not go forward with it. But my fingers are crossed that we will be able
to resurrect this bike night for the East Valley.
I am also working on 2 other bike nights in the East Valley. One in downtown Chandler that would be on Wednesday nights and one in
East Mesa on Thursday nights. I am really excited about all of these locations
and will do my best to make them a great destination for you and a good excuse
to get your bike out of the garage for a weeknight ride. Hopefully I will be
able to announce all of these in the letter next week. Stay tuned to the
Cyclerides.com Facebook for the
announcements as soon as I get them and in the newsletter next week. If you
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Sorry for not getting the Wine Ride story done for you, but I
will do my best to get it completely done and out to you next Wednesday. I have
some good pictures from both the air and the ground as well as a detailed map
for this 250+ mile route. I’m sure you will like it as much as we did.
As you might know, the Phoenix Coyotes made the playoffs this year. Congratulations to them. But scheduling gave them a home game this
Thursday night. For the playoffs they are taking events plaza at Westgate where
we normally do bike night and making it a beer garden. There will be several
displays and stages for radio and TV stations set up for the game. Since so many
of us look forward to bike night, I didn’t want to cancel it or move it to
another day, so we decided to take the the 2 streets to the North for bike
parking and put the band in the the middle grassy area. I really think this is
going to be a cool change for bike night. You will be able to get food from some
of the surrounding restaurants including Johnny Rockets, Mama Gina’s, Shane’s or
Wich Wich and bring it in, sit on the grass and watch the band and the bikes
cruise the square. Plus you can walk over to the events plaza area and see all
of the action there as well.
Time is 5-9 PM. We will still have all the vendors, Live Music with
“Hardride” starts at 6 PM and bike parking all around the square
with a bike show in the middle. I’m anxious to see how this temporary location
is going to work out. Look forward to seeing you there. Click Here for
Details and Photos.
Every Thursday Night
Where: Westgate City Center,
Loop 101 and Glendale Ave. SE Corner. Next to Jobing.com Arena.
When: Thursday nights
beginning March 29th – June 28th
Time: 5 PM – 9 PM
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,
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.
Margaritaville: 15% Off Food with “M” class
I would like to give special thanks to our Sponsors of the Westgate
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 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.
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 14th
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 email@example.com.
Saturday, April 21st
Annual Southern Arizona Poker Run
to benefit the Law Enforcement Torch Run
for Special Olympics. Run will begin at the Florence Prison Outlet
Store on the corner of Hwy. 79 and Butte Ave. Participants must have completed
all paperwork to include release, etc. in order to participate in the run and
draw a poker hand. Prizes for the best and worst hand. $25/$15. Includes shirt,
poker card and pin for all paid riders. Pins to first 200 riders. Registration
8-9 AM. 8:30 AM ride begins. See flyer for registration form and details.
Sunday, April 22nd
to benefit the AZ National Guard Emergency Relief Fund. Registration begins at 8AM with Kick stands up at 10AM. Starting at the
VFW Post at 7720 E. Wilshire Dr. in Scottsdale. $20 Solo/$30 Couple. Plenty of
Raffle Items also 50/50 Raffle.
Saturday, May 5th
Inaugural "Blues, Bruise and
A Major Festival event ‘Ride In’! Bring
your bike and your babe and Ride in literally, to an all day Music
Festival with National Festival Favorite The Delgado Brothers Headlining
the event coming in from Los Angeles CA. This event has a Biker Village that
will be hosting Bike games, contests, and plenty of FUN all day long! The
Biker Village supports Children’s Cancer and is hosted by The Americans
Motorcycle Club. There are several rides forming to help support this
cause and will Ride into this event. Bikes have an opportunity for ‘VIP
inside the event Parking in the Biker Village’ for only $5 per bike.
General Admission is only $10 per person.
The music Festival will also featuring Blues Hall of Fame
acts: Leon J & JukeJoint - Big Nick and the Gila Monsters -Bill Tarsha
and the Rocket 88’s - Paris James - and Geo Bowman. Other acts on the line up
are national acts Christopher Robin Band, and the popular Wiley Ones. The
Festival also has a BBQ Village with over 50 BBQ trucks, Beer tents and VIP
cocktail lounges, a Bar in the Biker Village where the fun will commence, as
well as a Body Painting Competition and the event finishes the night with a MMA
Fight Card on location in the 2 Knuckles professional Fight Zone.
Don’t miss this opportunity to show off your Bike, Show off
your Babe, play some bike games, and enjoy incredible music, food, and drinks as
you Ride In, to this amazing event! May 5th. 10am-11pm, 101 & I-10 at
the Fear Farm Location the West Side Sports Complex. Go to http://www.bluesbruiseandbbqs.com/ for more
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Facebook if you are inclined. Click the LIKE button!
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“Thrill Ride”. Click Here to
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Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
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