Well, last weekend Mother Nature
fired a little shot over the fairing to get us
prepared for the heat that will soon be normal riding weather for us in the
valley. Mrs. C. and I ended up doing about 160 miles on Saturday going
from the NW Valley to Queen Creek, to Cave Creek and then back to the West
Valley. Not a route I would have picked for sure, but one that was necessary in
our travels that day, I saw 98 degrees on the digital thermometer on my bike. It
wasn't terrible, but it got my attention enough to know that it is the time
of year to start putting a couple of bottles of water in the ole' saddle
Our destination was Cave Creek
to see the big car show that was going on out there Saturday. We parked at the Hideaway and then did a walk in both directions to check
out some cars. I thought it was cool that they would block off the outside lane
in both directions to park the classic cars, but I think there might be a better
way to do it. I kind of felt like I was in a human "Frogger" game, going in and
out of the cars while trying to keep from getting hit by a snowbird checking out
a T-Bucket, a giant iron lizard or a pine rocking chair at
an antique store.
Due to the fact that I was looking
behind me more than in front, I think I saw more 2010 Sedan De
Ville's grilles than I did '57 Chevy's. Maybe next time they can park the
classic cars more of a 30 degree angle, instead of a 90 degree
angle along the road to leave more walking space to view them. I'm just
sayin'. Other than the fear factor, it was nice to see all the cars there.
I don't what the reason was, but I
slept like an "Aircraft Controller" last night. I didn't even wake
up until the second plane had already landed, or in my case, the alarm had
gone off twice. It must have been because I have already started dreaming of
some road trips that I want to take. In fact, I made the reservations today
for the 4 day, 1100 mile trip we will be taking over the Memorial Day
weekend through Arizona and New Mexico. Memorial Day is a good time to take an
extra day off of work on the front or back side of the holiday and get 4 days
worth of travel for only one vacation day.
A good idea for a hustling 3 day ride or a
leisurely 4 day ride would be one that we did a few years ago that
I called the Four Canyon Tour. You really have
to hustle to get this done in 3 days, but it can be done. It is a fantastic
ride for you road warriors that like to get out, lay down some miles and
see some pretty scenery. Four days for those that would like the same
scenery in a more leisurely ride. Click Here for Part
1 that links to Part 2 at the bottom.
Another fantastic ride is the Utah National
Scenic Byway 12 ride. This one will take you about 3.5 days. We
actually went to Flagstaff for the night in the late afternoon to get a jump on
things. The rest of it you can do in 3 hustling days for a long weekend, like
the upcoming Memorial Day. The reason I am giving you a couple of these ideas is
that if you are going to do a ride around Memorial Day, you should probably be
getting some motel reservations as both of these routes are in areas that don't
have a lot of rooms available, so you will have to plan ahead a little
There is no better time to start day dreaming
your rides than right now. The best thing ever invented on a smart
phone in my opinion was the Google Maps app. Now I can plot new routes and talk
to people about roads that we have ridden right from the palm of my hand. Check
out both of these rides I mentioned above, you would not be disappointed in
either one of them. I am really excited to start putting on some miles
and generating smiles! Let me know if you go.
I am planning a big
Memorial Day celebration for Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night on Thursday, May
26th and am excited to announce that MOGOLLON
will provide the Live Music that night. For those of you that
haven't heard it, they do a 15 minute patriotic set that will blow your socks
off and put goosebumps on your arms. I have a few other surprises for that night
as well as we honor our fallen on Memorial Day. Don't miss it.
Should be our biggest night yet.
**This Thursday night at the Cyclerides.com
Westgate Bike Night ride by and see a new band to the area called "Fuel It".
You will really enjoy this 7 piece band and their classic rock and
roll. Weather should be great for riding this Thursday and Friday nights. Check
out the specials at Tuscan Oven while you are there and the burger deals at the
Shout House. I will be selling the Cyclerides.com
Westgate Bike Night T-Shirt at my booth. Pick one up.
**The Cyclerides.com Mesa Riverview Bike
Night on Friday night is growing fast. 500 bikes last week and
everyone had a great time. Huge extension of patio's for both Cactus Moon and
Matta's so that you can sit out on the patio and watch the bands and the bikes.
Be sure to stop by the Cyclerides.com Photo Gallery that is in the storefront
right behind the band. I have displayed 50 of my favorite riding and flying
photos. Check out this short video of the Bike Night by Rusty Childress . Click Here.
In case you haven't heard yet, Polaris
Industries, the parent company of Victory Motorcycles has purchased
the historic Indian Motorcycle Company and plans to revive it ONE more
time. This should be an interesting match. If Indian ever had a chance to ride
again, this could be it. Click Here.
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 began 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
Restaurant Pick of the night!
If you haven't been here yet, try the Tuscan Oven for great food and their $8
pizza and beer special from 5-9. Plenty of space on their outdoor
patio or their bar inside.
Also pick up the Tuscan Oven
"Tomato" Card and receive 20% off all future visits.
Our musical guest for April 21st will be
"Fuel It" playing their special brand of Classic Rock.
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.
T.E.A.M Arizona Motorcycle
Training - "T.E.A.M.
Arizona is the premier motorcycle rider education organization in Arizona.
We are dedicated to providing motorcycle education as a life-saving public
service. 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. T.E.A.M. Arizona is Your Road To Ride For
For the duration of this run over the next
10 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
EAST SIDERS! This one is for
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
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.
to see photos of these great restaurants.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.
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
Victory BMW - Stop by 1717 N. Arizona Ave. in Chandler to see our full line BMW
touring motorcycles. We carry a great selection of apparel and accessories to
complete your BMW riding experience. We have new Arai, Shoei and Scorpion
helmets in stock. We just got our new Olympia order as well.
The Law Tigers - "If you have injured in a motorcycle accident, call 800-LAWTIGERS
(529-8443) or visit lawtigers.com. We know bikes, bikers, and the
law. The Law Tigers, Arizona's Injury Lawyers Who Ride."
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.
See you this week from
Mesa Riverview is located at
the SE Corner of the Loop 202 and Dobson Rd. Bike night location is next
to Bass Pro. Follow the signs to cruise the Main
Vet Tix Craig
Creed Rally Ride
. This ride is to honor the memory of a man who loved his
Family, Friends and Country. He was fulfilling a mission with the
Patriot Guard Riders when he lost his life honoring a brave soldier who died in
combat. The day will be packed with activities and things for you to
enjoy. Food, beverages, prizes, raffle, and live music by the CTS band at
Arizona Victory for the after party. For anyone that wants to come to the
after party but not the ride, it's only $5. You can even just buy a poker
hand and play too! $25 Rider, $35 couple. Food, drink, raffle prizes, t-shirt,
music, honor guard. Riders will depart the Arizona Victory Motorcycles
dealership on 1133 W. Bell Rd, Phoenix at 10:00am and run up I17 to Carefree HWY
heading west to New River Rd. to stop for lunch in New River then on to Cave
Creek and back down Cave Creek Rd returning to Victory via HWY 101 no later than
3pm for the festivities and prizes. All proceeds benefit Vet Tix. Register at AZ
Victory Motorcycle located at 1133 W. Bell Rd. in Phoenix. Kick stands up at
10am. Last bike in at 3pm.
Saturday, April 30th
Harley-Davidson Used Swap Parts Meet & Spring Car & Bike Show
. Event time 9am - 3pm. Ride by Chandler Harley-Davidson and enjoy a
beautiful display of Customs, Hot Rods, T-Buckets, Muscle Cars and More. The show is free to enter
and prizes will be awarded for the Best of Show, Best Car, Best Rat Rod, Best
Truck, Peoples Choice and Most Original. There will be Live Music, Raffle
Prizes and Food and Drinks. Bike wash by the Harley Girls. ALL Bikes and Cars
Saturday, April 30th
. ALR Post 39 Robbies Ride Benefitting our fallen Heroes
Program. April 30th, 5th Anniversary of the loss of Gilbert's first
Officer. Sign up 9:30 am Kick stands up 10:00 am. Start & Finish: Gilbert
American Legion Post 39 - 206 N. Gilbert Rd. in Gilbert. 4-5 stops along route,
about 120 mi ride. Ending at Post 39 with entertainment, raffle, and Pie
Tossing! Registration: Min. Donation: $20 Single Rider/$25 w/Passenger Check-In
Day Of Ride: 7:30 am-9:00 am. Pre-Registrants receive a Ride T-shirt with logo
*Same Day Registrants will receive a T-shirt based on availability! So Register
Early, No guarantee of shirts being on-hand day of event!!!
Saturday, April 30th
Highlands 2011 Car & Bike
. Event time 9am - 2pm. Gates Open at 7 AM for Show Entries,
Registration 7AM – 9AM, Awards at 1:00 PM. Food, Live Band (The
450's), 50/50 drawing, door prizes. Goodie bags, dash plaques for the first 100
entries, BMW demo drives courtesy of Chapman BMW, NEW Shopping Escape
(crafts,jewelry, and specialty items) for the women, and car accessory, car
specialty items shopping. Kid’s Korral with bouncies, face painting,
entertainment, and more. Early entry fee $25 per vehicle before April 16, 2011,
after that it is $35 per vehicle. Online registration ends April 29, 2011.
Highlands is located at 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd. in Scottsdale,
AZ. (1 block E. of Pima on Pinnacle Peak Rd.) 480-348-9191.
February 1st - April
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
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