Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Well, can you believe that it is already the end of May? Judging by the weather we have been enjoying, I would never have believed it. But it looks like that is all about to come to an end next week as they are predicting that we will solidly break the 100 degree barrier and reach as high as 110 by next Saturday. But, it is a dry heat right? Dry heat or not, it is still plenty hot on a motorcycle. My personal tolerance reaches to about 107 degrees. I can pretty much deal with that, but at 110 not so much. That is when I head for the high country. Accuweather has a great page for monthly weather that gives you the highs of the past months and a 15 day future forecast. Click Here to view.
Now that Summer is here and the days will be getting longer, we will all be looking to take some rides, most likely out of the Valley of the Oven to temperatures more bearable for riding. And as luck would have it, Phoenix Magazine has just come out with their Special Bonus Issue entitled the 2010 Arizona Travel Guide. This issue is all about traveling in Arizona and features 21 Must-See destinations in the State from Bisbee to Lake Powell and from Yuma to Canyon De Chelly as well as 5 highlighted motorcycle rides and more than 240 of the best places to play, eat and stay.
The layout of this magazine is really nice in that you can easily turn to your location of interest by looking at a map of the state of Arizona that stretches across 2 pages. On page 20 they have highlighted the 21 locations on the map that they are featuring indicating what page the article can be found on in the magazine. This makes it extremely easy to navigate to your area of interest. Even though I have been to most of these locations at least once, I enjoyed reading the perspective of someone else to see what I had missed as well as getting some ideas on good places to eat or side trips to take that I would have likely missed on my first visit. For example, here is part of the page that they did on Bisbee. It reminded me to do the Queen Mine Tour.
Even though I thought we had ridden to every major attraction in the state of Arizona, after closer review I found that I had only been to 20 of the 21 locations listed in this article. For some reason, I have not been to Canyon De Chelly, that is tucked in the far Northeastern part of the State. And for that matter, as I looked at the map, I had not been through the Petrified National Forest National Park either. So I guess that can only mean one thing. ROAD TRIP! Canyon De Chelly is one of those places that I have seen many times on the weather report as the coldest part of the state, but it is tucked so far off the beaten path, that it has to be a destination. It is unlikely that you would just be riding by on your way to someplace else.
So as I sit here writing this story, I am already looking at Google maps to see what would be the best route for a round trip to this location. If any of you have ridden the roads around this area, let me know which ones are good and the ones to stay away from. This area is now on my radar and I will probably check it out soon. The 5 motorcycle rides that they highlighted were the same as last year. Click Here to watch the excellent 3 minute story that TV3 did on these rides.
So stop by your local book store and pick up the latest Phoenix Magazine 2010 Arizona Travel Guide. It will surely give you some good ideas and get you excited to plan your next trip. We subscribe to it and got it in the mail, but I called their office and found that it will be at bookstores and on newsstands today, May 27th. It might be a good issue to keep handy for when you are heading out for an Arizona road trip. If you are in the mood for a little Day Dreaming for ride ideas, check out the Cyclerides.com Day Rides Here.
Other News and Updates:
**Since this is Memorial Day this weekend, I would like to ask everyone to take just a moment sometime over the next few days to remember the thousands that have given their lives for our country. We can not ever quantify what their sacrifice means to the liberty that we have today.
**Check This Out.** We all listen to and sing the words to the Star Spangled Banner. But have you ever wondered what inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the words that became our National Anthem? I encourage you to take 11 minutes out of your weekend and set down to listen to this excellent narrative of how this song was written. It would also be a great history lesson for your kids. When I saw how long it was, I didn't think I would get through it, but I actually ended up listening to it 3 times. And the last 2 minutes is an outstanding rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. With all that is screwed up with this world today, this gives us hope that we can get our own government train wreck back on the tracks. You will enjoy the few minutes it takes to listen to this. It is quite inspiring and reminds us why America is so great. Click Here to Listen.
**If you have sent me an email in the last couple of weeks or so, I appreciate the replies and I am not ignoring you. The trip to Maui really put me behind and I am trying to catch up which I will do this weekend. Thanks for your support.
**Did you miss the photo gallery of the ride around Maui? Click Here to view.
**Check out this new Westgate Bike Night video by Rusty Childress of The Main Event Imaging! Click Here to View.
Highlights This Week
Thursday, May 27th
Come park on Coyote Blvd. and enjoy the view as over 1000 bikes roll into Westgate.
Watch motorcycle related videos on the Giant LED screen, view vendors, eat at one of the
local restaurants outdoor patios while enjoying the $6 million dancing fountains.
Enjoy Music and Videos all night.
Monday, May 31st
National Memorial Cemetery, Phoenix Arizona. American flags and motorcycles
line Cave Creek Road and Pinnacle Peak Road early Monday morning, May 31st.
Bike Nights This Week
Now on Wednesday Nights!
In an over overwhelming vote by 83%, the Chandler Bike Night has moved back to Wednesday nights.
I put a poll on the site to see which night was preferred by you the riders. It was a clear choice by 83% to move it back to Wednesday night. So forward this on to your riding pals that enjoy the Downtown Chandler Bike Night.
LIVE MUSIC with J.D. Madrid.
Enjoy food and drink specials from:
San Tan Brewery - Chicken Salad sliders and a pint of Beer $7.00
El Zocalo and
Once again we will have vendors, music and participating bars and restaurants for you to enjoy. 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 on Wednesday!
Jugg'z Saloon Wednesday 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.
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.
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 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.
The Westgate Bike Night in Association with Cyclerides.com is back and bigger than ever!
Come park on Coyote Blvd. and enjoy the view as over 1000 bikes roll into Westgate. Watch motorcycle related videos on the Giant LED screen, view vendors, eat at one of the local restaurants outdoor patios while enjoying the $6 million dancing fountains. Enjoy Music and Videos all night.
If you haven't made it out the the Westgate Bike Night yet, you only have 4 more weeks to ride out and enjoy the fun with 1000 people that share your passion of motorcycles. Walk the line and see all of the beautiful motorcycles lined up on Coyote Blvd. Click Here for Photos from last week.
Check out this new Westgate Bike Night video by Rusty Childress of The Main Event Imaging! Click Here to View.
Rusty is an excellent photographer and has many other great photos. Click Here to View.
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.
Arizona Victory Motorcycles. 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. Stop by their booth to the new Victory Cross Country motorcycle.
For the duration of this run over the next 4 weeks, I will be updating the Westgate Bike Night page with restaurant specials, special guests, musical guests and programming. You will also see photos from week's past. 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 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.
BABE'S BIKER BASH In Gilbert. Every Sunday is BIKE DAY at BABE'S, Ride Your Bike To BABE'S And Get 1/2 dozen Free Wings from 12-2pm. Party starts at Noon. Live Band at 2pm. This week is Men Without Shame. $3.00 Jack Daniels, $2.00 Drafts. All The Food & Drink Specials You Can Handle! Ride by Babe's new location this Sunday at 1686 N.Higley Rd. in Gilbert, AZ to enjoy Good Food, Live Music, Babe's Girls and sit on the outdoor patio to watch the bikes roll in. Plenty of motorcycle parking out front. See PHOTOS from last week on our Facebook and more information at our web site. www.babessportsbar.com/
Saturday, May 29th
Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson Celebrates Women Rider Month. Ride by Buddy Stubbs from 11am - 3pm for the popular end of the month party. Enjoy Free Hot Dogs, Drinks, Museum Tours, Live Music, 20% Off Women's Helmets, Pink/Label Motorclothes Fashion Show at 1pm. 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, May 29th
14th Annual MMA Verde Valley District 14th Annual Jester Memorial Run for Lost Brothers and Sisters. Registration 8:30 - 10:00am at KA Cycle, 595 S. 6th St, Cottonwood, AZ. FMI call Chris 928.300.6733. $15 Solo, $25 w/Rider. $200 for High hand, $75 for Low hand, Run Pins for the first 100 sign ups. Memorial Run Shirts, 50 /50 Raffle.
Saturday, May 29th
The Valerie Thompson
HopeKids Semi Annual Charity Ride. Meet and greet the HopeKids and families
at Chester’s Harley-Davidson.
Valerie will donate proceeds from the ride to the Hopekids.org. Pre Registration Chester’s Harley-Davidson 8:30 - 9:45 am. Ride leaves at 10 am. Donation Fee: $25/per bike and $35/double. Final Destination: Biker Babes and Beyond, Cottonwood, AZ. Music, Food and Raffle. Chester’s Harley-Davidson is located at 922 S. Country Club Drive in Mesa, AZ.
Sunday, May 30th
Kickstands Up for K-9's. American Legion Post 35, Chandler, AZ is sponsoring Kickstands up for K 9's. Sunday May 30, 2010. Registration 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m . at Kiley’s Grill, 2394 N. Alma School Rd, Chandler, AZ. Kiley’s, is located on Alma School Road between Elliot and Warner roads on the West side. 5 stop ride in the valley. Raffles, Door Prizes, and a Free Lunch is included at the American Legion Post 35, Chandler. Cost is $25 for Single, $30 for double. Live Music, Food, Beer Garden, Prizes and more. K-9 Demo at 3:30pm. Support the Chandler Police Department and the K9 Unit, enjoy the Memorial weekend and help to bring a new partner to the force. Ruff! Ruff!
Monday, May 31st
RidersUSA’s 4th Annual “Flags for Our Fallen” Memorial Day event. National Memorial Cemetery, Phoenix Arizona. American flags and motorcycles line Cave Creek Road and Pinnacle Peak Road early Monday morning, May 31st. Flag Display & Salute to arrivals: 6:30am . This is where you park your bike along the many flags lined on Cave Creek Road and say "thank you" to those that are going into the cemetery. Also, the Arizona Central T-Buckets will be joining us and lining their hot rods along Pinnacle Peak Road. As family members go into the cemetery, you salute them and let them know their relatives buried in the cemetery are not forgotten. Ride into the Cemetery: 7:45am We are pleased to have the American Legion Riders from Post 105 lead all the bikes that want to, inside and watch the Ceremony. Official Ceremony: 8:00am (inside cemetery) PLEASE NOTE: The flag display and salute along with the official Ceremony do NOT cost. They are free. Event pins are available to the first 200 bikes. Sponsor a flag with your name attached to it. Details Click Here. See the moving film clip of last year’s event. Click Here.
Saturday, June 5th
1st Annual Operation Live On, Ride On! Teddy Bear-Poker Run. The Starlight Children's Foundation is teaming up with the Operations Support Squadron Booster Club from Luke Air Force Base to host the "1st Annual Live on, Ride on" Teddy Bear-Poker Run. Registration will begin at Arrowhead Harley Davidson from 8am-10am. Your $20 donation (add $5 for a passenger) will include 1 teddy bear to be delivered to St Joseph's Hospital Pediatric Center. Additional bears may be available for purchase for $15. The ride will take you across nearly 70 miles of beautiful Phoenix roadways, with stops at St. Joseph's, Renegade Classics, The Hideaway Grill, Shades of Havana Cigars, and finally back to Arrowhead Harley where prizes will be given out to the 3 best poker hands. In addition, there will be a 50/50 drawing and entertainment until 5pm. The Operations Support Squadron Booster Club raises money every year through fundraisers to host the annual "Holiday Party". This event is designed to thank not only the men and women in uniform, but also their families, for the day to day sacrifice that is required of a military family. Starlight Children’s Foundation has dedicated itself to helping seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities.
Saturday, June 5th
The American Legion Legacy Run Cowboy Up Benefit. Proceeds go to the Legacy Scholarship Foundation. Check In at Evil Twin Customs at 2534 W. Broadway in Mesa from 9-10am. Destination American Legion Post 2 in Tempe, 2125 S. Industrial Pk. Ave. $15 per pilot, $20 with passenger. This will be a scavenger hunt. You will need a camera to play the game. Raffle prizes. Last bike in by 3pm. For more information contact Stevie at 602-501-7940.
Mid Week Updates will be made on the Cyclerides.com Facebook.
New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to Cyclerides.com Facebook. Over 2400 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!
Immigration has been a hot topic especially lately. Here is a funny music video by parody song writer Ray Stevens. This video has already had over 1.2 million views in the last 10 days. I'm sure you will enjoy. Click Here to View.
Everyone loves funny animal videos. This German Shepherd will crack you up. No pun intended. You will see what I mean. Click Here to View.
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These video's with the dog at the table eating are hilarious. Here is the recent one. Well done. Click Here to View.
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