Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
4/21/10
 
Greetings Riders,
 
Well, Arizona Bikeweek is over and life as I know it is now getting back to normal. I am always excited to see it coming up, but by about 2/3 of the way through, I am ready for it to wind down. Overall, I thought it was a very good ABW. Events the first weekend were fairly well attended, but the concerts at Cyclefest set new records with over 13,000 in attendance for George Thorogood and over 8000 for Dierks. That tells me that there must have been a whole lot more riders from out of town this year as they came in for the Cyclefest activities.
 
As with all annual events, I'm sure the staff of ABW is already tweaking to make the event better next year, but they are well on their way to building this into a premier national event. As for my input, I would tighten up the vendor displays to make it flow better. I seemed to lose track of where I had been and where I was supposed to go next. Also, I prefer to do more riding and less standing around. We have a beautiful state, how about five 200-300 mile rides, maybe Monday through Friday, for those of us that like to go across a few county lines in one day. I'm just saying.
 
My goal this year was to do at least 1000 miles for the week. I fell just a little short at 926 miles. Nine of us did the Wednesday Ride out of Stubbs. But as usual we took a little detour from the map and went up to Jerome for lunch to the Haunted Hamburger. Always a good time for a trip to Jerome. We then came back down the hill and took 260 over to Strawberry and then into Payson surprisingly seeing a lot of snow on the side of the road. At least it wasn't ACTUALLY snowing on us like it did a couple of years ago. For those of you that missed that, here is the short video, pretty funny. Click Here. Then down the hill to the Valley and back to Cyclefest. Always a fun day. We need more of those. Click Here for some good photos from the day.
 
Everyone knows that I enjoy riding, so you can imagine that seeing the odometer rolling up is exciting to me. I try to take a picture of the speedo when I cross milestone mileage, and this time I was on the 51 heading to the PYO party when I crossed 60,000 miles on the Road Glide. I've got it all fixed up the way I want it, so my plan at this point is to keep it to 100,000 miles or until they come out with another Yellow Road Glide. However, the correct numbers on the Lotto could change my mind.
 
The Torch Run out of Chester's on Saturday was incredible! I have heard several numbers, but I think the one that is accurate was that 2700 bikes were on that ride. Quite a turnout, and the biggest bike week ride to date raising over $55,000 for Special Olympics. Chester's did a great job feeding everyone, getting them checked in and executing the ride. Thanks to the DPS for an excellent escort. Check out the massive amount of people and bikes. Click Here to view photos.
 
I ended ABW with the Wish Riders ride for the Make-A-Wish foundation on Sunday morning. The group I ended up being in started at the Cardinals Stadium. This was being filmed for an ABC special that is supposed to air later in the year. You know when a network is involved because the helicopters and the expensive equipment is brought out. My entertainment on this 70 mile ride was watching this Mercedes SUV, that looked like something out of a "Mad Max" movie. It was outfitted with a boom attached to the roof with a camera on the end of it that would swing 360 degrees around the vehicle. You would literally be doing 70 mph down the 101 and this vehicle would pull up next to you and swing the camera right in front of you to get the shot. Pretty darned impressive. I understand that they will be back to the Phoenix in a month or so to do some more filming.
 
So, Arizona Bikeweek 2010 is now in our rear view mirror and we can get back to riding the State and planning our trips this Summer. I will be out trying to find those routes and little nuggets of scenery to share with you. I took some pictures throughout the week.
Click Here for Cyclerides.com Arizona Bikeweek Gallery with 361 photos in 6 galleries.
George Childress of The Main Event did an excellent photo video to music. This fully captures ABW this year. Click Here to view.
 
Thank you to all who took the time to say Hello and introduce yourself over the course of the last 10 days. I truly appreciate the kind words about Cyclerides.com and the newsletter. Look forward to seeing you at one of the local bike nights each week.
 
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Highlights This Week
 
Friday, April 23rd
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Hot Rods & Harleys Car and Bike Show.
Back by popular demand! Friday, April 23rd from 4pm - 8pm. Ride by and enjoy a beautiful display of
Customs, Hot Rods, T-Buckets, Muscle Cars and More.
 
Saturday, April 24th
Tucson Harley-Davidson MDA Ride.
Join us for our annual ride to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Beer Garden - Music - Bikini Contest.
 
Saturday, April 24th
Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson Hogs and Dogs.
Ride by and Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson and enjoy his famous monthly Hogs and Dogs
event from 11am - 3pm. LIVE Music, FREE Food, FREE Drinks,
 

 
Bike Nights This Week
 
Tuesday
 
NEW!! Day Changed to Tuesday.
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.
Enjoy food and drink specials from:
San Tan Brewery,
Murphy's Law,
El Zocalo and 
Piza Piza
Fat Cat.
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!
 
Jugg'z Saloon Tuesday Bike Night After Hours Party. Jugg'z Saloon is inviting you to stop by their "After Hours Party" for the Downtown Chandler Bike Night from 7pm - Close. Jugg'z is located just 1.5 miles South of Downtown Chandler at 851 S. Arizona Ave. in Chandler. Enjoy 12 Wings & Beer for $6.00, 12" Pizza and Beer for $6.00 and $2.00 Coors Light and Bud Light. 2 Pool Tables, 2 Dart Boards and 4 TV's for sporting events. Bike Parking in front of bar.
 
Wednesday
 
Cyclerides.com Downtown Scottsdale Bike Night. LIVE MUSIC On The Street with the Sal Carlino Band. A regular at the Hideaway.
I think this is going to be a great venue for bike night as we fill the streets with vendors, music and bikes.
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 Party.
 
Four bars and restaurants on this street will be participating in this event with Bike Night specials including:
Upper Deck Sports Grill,
Dos Gringos, 
Whitehouse and
Acme Bar & Grill. 
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 85 degrees and sunny this Wednesday.
This would be the perfect time to give the Cyclerides.com Downtown Scottsdale Bike Night a try. Live Music with Sal Carlino!
 
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 motorcycles.
 
If you would like to be a Sponsor or a Vendor at this event, email me at info@cyclerides.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!
 
New!!
Billet Bar Bike Night has moved to Wednesdays as well as Thursdays!
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 Night. 
Not only that, Billet Bar is now serving food cooked right there on the grill!
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 redeem.
 
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.
 
Thursday Night
 
The Westgate Bike Night in Association with Cyclerides.com is back and bigger than ever!
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 week. Click Here for Photos from last week.
 
If you can't make it, 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.
 
Fusion Powder Coating. Professional powder coating for everything metal from motorcycles and sand rails to fencing. Stop 
by their booth and see examples of their work.
 
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 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 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.
 
Every Saturday
NEW!!
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 Patio".  
** 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. 480-894-0404.
 
This Week
 
Friday, April 23rd
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Hot Rods & Harleys Car and Bike Show. Back by popular demand! Friday, April 23rd from 4pm - 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 Peoples Choice 1st, 2nd and 3rd car and bike. Entrants in the car and bike show will receive a free event T-shirt.  ALL Bikes and Cars welcome. Arrowhead HD is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center. Dr. in Peoria, AZ. 623-247-5542.
 
Saturday, April 24th
Tucson Harley-Davidson MDA Ride. Join us for our annual ride to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Ride starts at RideNow Powersports located at 7501 E. 22nd St. in Tucson. Ride will end at Tucson Harley with an after party and Hooptie Event (Ugliest Cars and Bikes in Tucson) There will also be a bikini contest for Miss Hooptie! Beer Garden - Music - Bikini Contest. All proceeds will go to MDA. Raffle prizes. Jam packed day of fun! FMI or to register for the ride please call: 520-795-3434.
 
Saturday, April 24th
Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson Hogs and Dogs. Ride by and Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson and enjoy his famous monthly Hogs and Dogs event from 11am - 3pm. LIVE Music, FREE Food, FREE Drinks, FREE Motorcycle Museum Tours with Buddy Stubbs, FREE pool tournament for prizes and Meet The Arizona Roller Derby and find some bargains in the big Sidewalk Sale. Test Ride a New Harley and enter to win daily $500 HD gift cards. Plus, you will be entered to win the ultimate Super Ride. This event is always a good time and one that riders look forward to every month. Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson is located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix, AZ. 602-971-3400. www.buddystubbshd.com .
 
Saturday, April 24th
Lost Dutchman State Park Run. The Lost Dutchman State Park is scheduled to close on June 3rd. This park is located on the Apache Trail, at the base of the Superstition Mountains. Many people within the community and surrounding communities have shown interest in keeping this state park open. Superstition Harley-Davidson is spear heading one of the efforts to keep this park open. There will be a Lost Dutchman State Park benefit ride starting at Superstition Harley-Davidson on April 24th. This ride will consist of an observation run, entrance to the park and lunch provided by Superstition Harley-Davidson. The cost is $15.00 per person. Registration is available on line at www.superstitionhd.com, under events page, or you may register the day of the event between 8-10am. This ride is not motorcycle specific, although more fun, all vehicles are welcome. All proceeds generated by this benefit ride will go to the Lost Dutchman State Park Foundation, a non-profit 501-3c organization. (Not the state of Arizona) Please come out and support great cause!! Friends of the Lost Dutchman State Park. Mark LeResche and Beverly LeResche.
 
Sunday, April 25th
7th Annual Run for the Kids. All proceeds benefit the Arizona State School for the Deaf and Blind. Pins for the first 100 Riders. High Hand $250/Low Hand $75. 50/50 Drawing, Raffle & Door Prizes. Registration at 10am at the AZ School for Deaf and Blind located at 1200 West Speedway Blvd. in Tucson. Last bike out at 12 Noon. Last bike in at American Legion Post 109 at 3:30pm. All kid-friendly stops. Day of event: $20 donation per rider/$15 passenger. All proceeds benefit the Arizona State School for the Deaf and Blind.
 
Sunday, April 25th
W. Steven Martin's Law Ride 2010. The 2010 Law Ride is also a scavenger hunt with five stops. There will be a total of 25 items on your list. The more items you find, the more chances you have to win prizes. All items are small and will fit into a small plastic bag or bike trunk. You don't need to get every item to win a prize in the scavenger hunt. Ride start: 9:00 am at Chandler Harley-Davidson located at 56th St. and Chandler Blvd. Prize drawing 12:30pm at our surprise destination. Help us honor all 231 Arizona Officers died in the line of duty in our state's history. Funds raised from this event will support Police Week programs and events. $10 per bike.
 
NOTE:
To clear up any confusion. Another group is using the name Hearts to Heroes for an upcoming ride. Some have thought this is my ride. I want to make it clear that I have Absolutely, Positively, NOTHING to do with the organization, execution or promotion of this event.
 
Next Week
 
Saturday, May 1st
Have you ever wondered how much horsepower you have when you are fully loaded and trying to pass those cars on a slow 2 lane road? It seems like never enough! But now you can find out how much you have and where you need to be to get around those cars in plenty of time. Stop by Chester's HD on Saturday, March 6th for a FREE Baseline Run on our Dyno and let us tell you how much Torque and Horsepower your motor is producing. While you are there, enjoy FREE Food and Live Music at the "Party on the Patio". Free Pool Tournaments. Games start at 12 Noon. Top prizes to the 1st and 2nd place winners. Stop by Chester's Harley-Davidson from 10am - 3pm on Saturday, February 6th for all of the fun. Chester's HD is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404.
 
Saturday, May 1st
Benefit Ride for Jason Jr. Jason is a 9 year old boy who has Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy and Autism. Jason is limited to certain activities, and he has never experienced the thrill of riding a bicycle with his brother and their friends. This event is to raise money for the special needs bicycle that is needed for Jason to ride. Come to the Hideaway in Cave Creek on Saturday, May 1st to make a difference in this little boys life. Music, Food, Raffle prizes. $5 Ride-In and $5 Raffle tickets. Click Here for the full story of Jason.
 
Saturday, May 1st
5th Annual Amanda's Run. Amanda is a 24 year old victim of a violet crime that left  her paralyzed in January 2006.  Through miracles and physical therapy, she has made great progress.  To help in this life-changing ordeal a POKER RUN will be held to benefit Amanda and her 6 year old daughter.  A portion of the proceeds will go to the Arizona Spinal Cord Injury Association. Registration is from 8-9am at the Black Bear Restaurant located on the I-10 and Dysart Rd. on the SW corner.  $15.00-entry $5.00-passenger. More information at b57rooster@aol.com .
 
Saturday, May 1st
Bike and Biker Blessing. In memory of Clyde H. Nachand and all fallen riders. 10am at Church of the Beatitudes, United Church of Christ, 555 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix, AZ. Food, Beverages and conversation in the courtyard following the blessing.  
 
Saturday, May 1st
Ride 4 Recovery. Benefiting Casting For Recovery Arizona to support breast cancer survivors. Registration Begins at 10 AM Renegades Classic Phoenix, 3102 East Cactus Road in Phoenix, (32nd St. and Cactus).  Ride Ends at Dirty Dogg Saloon,  Scottsdale, 10409 N. Scottsdale Rd. This ride is to help women who have survived breast cancer, and to show them they are NOT alone. Today, over 500 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. All the money raised will stay in Arizona. $25 a person $40 a couple Registration fee includes: Coffee and Donuts at registration, lunch on route, a goodie bag, live music and a door prize ticket. Casting for Recovery is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit.
 
Saturday, May 1st
Jacob's Journey House Journey Run. All proceeds will go to support Jacob's Journey House and My Fathers House. $10 donation for rider and passenger. Registration & Breakfast 9-10am at "My Fathers House" located at 3030 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. Pancake breakfast included. First 100 riders receive bandana. 5 stops ending at Arrowhead HD. High hand and low hand poker run.
 
Sunday, May 2nd
Dice Run Sponsored by MMA Westsiders District. Funds will send MMA Westsiders representation to Orlando, FL. for the NCOM 25th Annual Convention. $10 per card. Meet at the Moose Lodge in Goodyear, 1572 S. Cotton Lane. Breakfast served 8-10am for $5. Kick stands up at 10am. Bikini Bike and Car wash at Hoot and Howl, 55 N. Litchfield Rd. Cash prize awarded to the highest and lowest roll. All riders welcome.
 
Sunday, May 2nd
"Ernie Palooza" Benefit Ride to benefit Ernie Lizarraga. Most of you have heard of the horrible motorcycle accident on March 25th. An inattentive driver, who is now known to have been impaired, literally ran over 8 motorcycles while they were stopped at an intersection, killing four motorcyclists and seriously injuring five others. If you missed the article that I wrote on this, Click Here. One of the survivors is Ernie Lizarraga, a Phoenix Firefighter Captain, who was critically injured, has battled to stay alive and is on a very long term recovery process right now. Ernie is STILL in the hospital listed in serious condition. As you may imagine, the hospital bills are increasing every single day and have reached astronomical proportion with no end in the immediate future. Please come support Ernie and the Phoenix Firefighters on May 2nd  for an all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast, BBQ lunch at  Notorious P.I.G., Live Music, Raffle Prizes and best of all, a BENEFIT RIDE! This is a ride hosted by United Phoenix Firefighters local 493 and the Phoenix Firefighters Emerald Society.
 
Timeline:
** The day starts from 7:30am - 10:00am with a Pancake Breakfast at Ernie's Phoenix Fire Station 54 located at 99th Ave. & Campbell featuring hot coffee and fresh pancakes. $5.00 donation for all you can eat.
** The Ride For Ernie starts at 10:30am - 2:00pm that will take you to Desert Ridge Shopping Center, Loop 101 and Tatum for the end location of the Notorious P.I.G. All American BBQ.
** Party for Ernie from 2pm - 9pm at Notorious P.IG. at Desert Ridge. Raffle Prizes, Silent Auction, BBQ & Live Music at 4pm.
 
I really like the way the have put this event together, because you are able to participate in a few different ways, to a level of financial giving that you are comfortable with.
Cost: There is an all inclusive price or an Ala Carte option for the ride.
$35 per rider (save $15 over ala carte pricing) Includes event T-Shirt, Pancake Breakfast, BBQ at Notorious and Raffle Ticket. Passenger rides for free, but would have to buy meal and t-shirt if they want those items.
$25 Ride and T-Shirt.
$20 T-Shirt only.
$10 BBQ Feed, Notorious P.I.G. at Desert Ridge.
$5 all you can eat pancake breakfast. 
Raffle Tickets $5 each or 5 for $20.
Register Online at www.erniesride.com/
 
Extras
 
Mid Week Updates will be made on the Cyclerides.com Facebook.
New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to Cyclerides.com Facebook. Over 2300 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 an example of "How to fail a breathalyzer". I can't understand what these guys are saying, but the actions you will get.  Click Here to View.
 
Just when you think you've caught the big one. This sea lion saw an easy meal. Click Here to View.
 
Video of the Week:
I think this might have been around before, but it still makes me laugh. It is titled "Why Seniors Break Their Hips". Click Here to View.
 
 
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
 
Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
www.cyclerides.com
info@cyclerides.com
 

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