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Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
4/11/12
 
Greetings Riders,
 
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 time.
 
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 would like to sign up for the Cyclerides.com Weekly Update Click Here.
 
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.
 
Bike Nights
 
Every Thursday Night
Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night presented by The Law Tigers: Don’t miss our third 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.
You will enjoy Live Music with “Hardride” featuring their great Classic Rock sounds.
Food 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. Margaritaville: 15% Off Food with “M” class license. 
Click Here for Flyer.
 
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.
 
Presenting Sponsor The Law Tigers
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.
 
Arrowhead HD
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.
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.
 
Ridenow Powersports
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.
 
This Week
 
Saturday and Sunday,
April 14th and 15th
Tucson 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
Amberhaze 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
Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale Bikini Contest. We are looking for contestants for our Bikini Contest 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
Ride with Chester’s Harley-Davidson to Encanterra for the Good Life Festival to see the “Guess Who” and “Styx” in concert. This should be a great outdoor concert on the lawn at Encanterra Country Club in San Tan Valley. Tickets on sale now at Chester’s HD for this awesome concert by 2 outstanding bands. General admission is $35 and reserved seating is $45. Live music starts at 1 PM, Guess Who at 2 PM and Styx at 4 PM. Ride to concert will be leaving Chester’s at 11:30 AM on Saturday, April 14th. Tickets on sale at Chester’s or online at www.theGoodLifeFest.com . For more information call Chester’s HD at 480-894-0404.
 
Next Week
 
Saturday, April 21
HOGS 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 assistantdirector@hog97.com.
 
Saturday, April 21st
1st 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
2nd Annual Rustler's Run 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.
 
Upcoming Events
 
Saturday, May 5th
Inaugural "Blues, Bruise and BBQs". 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 information.
 
Extras

Mid Week Updates will be made on the Cyclerides.com Facebook. New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to Cyclerides.com Facebook. Over 3700 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 video gives a new meaning to the term “Thrill Ride”. Click Here to View

Apparently drunk Jay Walking is frowned upon in this foreign country. Click Here to View
 
Video of the Week: Ever wish people with bad cell phone etiquette would get their due? Watch this. 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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