Well, I couldn’t begin this newsletter on September 11th without
recognizing an anniversary of one of the worst crimes ever against the United
States. It changed the way that we live in the U.S. in so many
ways, and we are reminded of that every time we go to the airport to travel. We
will always remember those innocent people who were just going to their job to
make a living and the first responders who lost their life trying to protect
them that day. We are still fighting the fight that started 12 years ago, and
probably always will. Alan Jackson said it best in his song, “Where were you
when the world stopped turning”. That has turned into a National Anthem of sorts
for 9-11. God Bless the USA!
Several of first responders that lost their lives that day were
firefighters. Firefighters have had a tough year in 2013 with all
of the wildfires around the country, and particularly here in Arizona with the
loss of 19 firefighters in Prescott. The Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike
Night will begin on Thursday, September 12th, from 5-9 PM. I have
been working for the past couple of weeks to make this a very special kickoff
night and am excited as well as honored to begin this season with a “Firefighter
Appreciation Night”, to give us an opportunity to show ALL of our firefighters
how much we appreciate the service that they provide for us in so many ways.
There will be representation from firefighters throughout the night, but at
7:30 PM we will have a 20 minute program that will honor our
firefighters. The presentation will begin with The Firefighter Bag
Pipers leading the honor guard, fire trucks, and Winds of Fire riders
down Coyotes Blvd. to the center of events plaza where they will perform
“America the Beautiful” on the pipes. If you have never seen these guys
perform, set aside this night to do that. The sounds of these bag pipes
seem to go right through you, especially for such a special night as this. We
will then have a representative from Prescott Fire that will speak as well as
Rick Picard, Deputy Chief from Peoria Fire with a special video presentation
honoring the Yarnell 19 fallen firefighters. Please join us on this night to
help show our love for these men and women who are there to help us every day.
We will even have a 1941 Fire Truck on display
for all to see as well as other firefighter displays.
For those of you that are new to the area, or have not been to a Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night
presented by Arrowhead Harley-Davidson and Ridenow Powersports I will bring you
up to speed. After a 2 1/2 month Summer hiatus, we are only days
away from kicking off the 2013 Fall Season of 10 consecutive Thursday Bike
Nights at Westgate City Center, located at the Loop 101 & Glendale Ave.
There is always disappointment when it ends in
the Spring, but the anticipation has been building this year and we are
once again ready kick off what has become the largest bike night in the
Southwest. Believe it or not, this Fall will end the 5th season of the Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike
Night that will end on Thursday, November 14th.
If you were there last year, you know the setting. In the midst of all the
lights, billboards and 30'x50' LED Video screen, Westgate has
created the feel of Times Square in the desert and on Thursdays it transforms
into a mini Sturgis. Coyote Blvd., located adjacent to the $6 million dancing
fountains will be blocked off for motorcycles only, as well as the entire events
plaza and everywhere else you can find a place to park your bike. If critical
mass creates energy, we have it here. Then throw in some music, lights, vendors,
happening bars and restaurants like Saddleranch, McFaddens, Margaritaville and
the Shout House, add the roar of a thousand motorcycles, and you've got yourself
a party every Thursday night.
This year we will kick off bike night with the high-energy performance of
valley favorite “74th Street Band”. Based out of Phoenix, AZ, 74th
Street is a five-piece classic and southern rock band featuring a triple-threat
guitar attack like no other. With a powerful, dynamic rhythm section and
five-part harmony vocals, 74th Street is considered a premier cover band in the
Valley of the Sun. A perfect way to kick of the Cyclerides.com
Westgate Bike Night.
There will be several restaurant specials at Westgate for bike
including the newest restaurant in events plaza area called
Whiskey Rose Bar & Grill. Click Here to View
Calendar Giveaway! Get your FREE ultra cool 2014 Main Event
Imaging "Riders USA" motorcycle culture & lifestyle CALENDAR on Thursday
September 12th at the opening of the Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night for the
Fall season. Free to the first 500 attendees, a $19.99 value, NO CHARGE! Just
look for the Cyclerides tent display.
I look forward to seeing you on Thursday, September 12th to join in
honoring our Firefighters with a short ceremony and to help kick
off another season of the Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike
Night presented by Arrowhead
HD and Ridenow
Powersports. Thanks to Rick Picard, Deputy
Chief Peoria Fire for all of his help in helping me organize this special event.
Ride safe! See you Thursday.
I will be back next week with my first story about our Nashville Ride 2013
featuring our tour of the Jack Daniels distillery in Lynchburg, TN.
A very historical and fascinating place to visit, not to mention a beautiful
ride to get there.
Thursday, September 12th
Thursday, September 12th – November 14th
Bike Night presented by Arrowhead
Harley-Davidson and Ridenow Powersports. Bike Night
begins Thursday night, September 12th from 5 pm – 9 pm at Westgate City Center
located at Loop 101 & Glendale Ave. for a total of 10 nights ending on
November 14th. This Thursday, you will once again be able to enjoy a party every
Thursday night with Live Music, Vendors, Restaurants, parking on Coyote Blvd.
next to the fountains and Hundreds of motorcycles to look at as they cruise by.
This is the place to be on Thursday nights for sure. See
story above for the Firefighter Appreciation Night.
This year we will kick off bike night with the high-energy
performance of valley favorite “74th Street Band”. Based out of Phoenix, AZ,
74th Street is a five-piece classic and southern rock band featuring a
triple-threat guitar attack like no other. With a powerful, dynamic rhythm
section and five-part harmony vocals, 74th Street is considered a premier cover
band in the Valley of the Sun. A perfect way to kick of the Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike
Saturday, September 14th
**Start the day from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM with FREE registration
and FREE Pancake Breakfast at HD of Scottsdale located at 15600 N. Hayden Rd. in
**11:00 AM kickstands up to Wesley Bolin Plaza memorial site.
**Noon will begin the presentation by John Ferry,
FDNYC/Scottsdale Fire Dept, Captain. Bagpiper.
**1:00 PM Kickstands up back to HD of Scottsdale. 1:30 PM HOG
BBQ at HD of Scottsdale dealership. Wheel O’ Prizes, raffle, dunk tank.
Donations from food and beverages benefit local Scottsdale and
Phoenix Fire Fighter Assoc. Visit www.hdofscottsdale.com to register.
Saturday, September 14th
Harley-Davidson Party on the Patio
. Stop by Chester’s Party on the Patio
from 11 AM – 2 PM for Lunch, Live Music and the chance to win a
FREE Reno vacation, all to support the fight against colon cancer. Not only can
you get Lunch and listen to great Live Music, but you can also see the latest
2014 Harley-Davidson motorcycles in person and. Welcome Back Greg Warrington as
General Manager of Chester’s HD is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa,
Saturday, September 14th
7th Annual Freedom Gathering
. A celebration and tribute to Veterans.
Donation: $15 per person – $10 if registered by September 11th.
Donating registrants will be eligible for the Freedom Seven Fun Run, “Freedom is
Not Free” patch, “Freedom 7” rocker & entry into Oktoberfest. Those who
register and attend the AZALR meeting in Ash Fork (180 Miles) will get maximum
beads. There will be early open and late close for the Freedom Seven Run at the
Post. There will also be vendors, Music, and food available at Oktoberfest. The
Post will have activities for the evening after 4 PM. American Legion Post 86:
Hwy 260 at Lumber Valley Road, Overgaard, AZ.
Friday – Sunday
. Thunder Valley Rally 2013 in Old Town Cottonwood, AZ. This rally
is under new management and promises to be a real party this year! The Bootlegger capital of Arizona knows how to throw a party with FREE
concerts by “Jackyl” and “Leon Russell”. Sturgis style parking on Main, Huge
Beer Garden, Top Builders, Vendors, Outrageous Poker Run through the Verde
Valley Wine Country $2,000 in prize money, Bike Show with $1,000 in prize money
and prizes and a Miss TVR Pageant are just the start of a smokin’ good time in
Old Town. Visit www.thundervalleyrallyaz.com for event updates
and make your reservations now. A 4-Coyotes Production & City of Cottonwood.
Sponsored by: Tequila Penasco, Grand Canyon Harley-Davidson, Law Tigers, Nation
Wide Vision, Hensley, Beverage Co Budweiser, D&K Cycles & Service,
Cottonwood Motorsports. Make your plans to ride to Cottonwood and join party!!
Friday and Saturday
September 20th and 21st
Friday: “Shelly’s Sun Down
5-6 PM Registration at HDOS
6:30 PM Kickstands Up riding to Thunder Valley Rally 2013 with
Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale.
9:00 PM enjoy the FREE Jackyl Concert.
Saturday: “Janeen’s Sunrise
7-8 AM Registration at HDOS
8 AM Kickstands Up
Ride with HDOS for the poker run through wine country followed
by a full day of entertainment including free concert by the Legendary Leon
Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale is located at 15600 N. Hayden
Rd. in Scottsdale, AZ.
Saturday, September 28th
Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson Open House
. Join Buddy Stubbs Anthem
Harley-Davidson on Saturday, September 21st from 11am – 2pm for
Hogs & Dogs as well as a brand new Boom! Audio workshop. Are you ready to
learn about all the new updates and changes to the audio and infotainment system
that Harley-Davidson has introduced on the new Rushmore Touring bikes? RSVP
today at www.boomworkshop.eventbrite.com. Anthem H-D will
also have free food and drinks while supplies last with all donations going to
HOG 2376 charities. For more information go to www.anthemhd.com or call (623) 465-1122. Buddy Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson is located
at 41715 N. 41st Drive, Anthem AZ 85086.
Saturday & Sunday
September 28th and 29th
Stubbs Harley-Davidson Demo Truck Days
. The H-D Factory Demo Truck is coming
to Buddy Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson! On September 28th and 29th we will be hosting factory demo rides on all the new 2014 Harley-Davidson
motorcycles. Buddy Stubbs would like to invite everyone to come ride one or ride
them all! Demo rides will be from 10AM to 4PM both days. Don’t have you’re
endorsement yet? We’re there for you, throw a leg over our H-D JumpStart and
feel the rumble of a real Harley as you twist the throttle and shift through the
gears. For more information go to www.buddystubbshd.com or call (602) 971-3400.
Buddy Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson is located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Road,
Phoenix AZ 85022.
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Twerking, whatever that is, seems to be the latest craze. Check out this
latest bit by Jimmy Kimmel where he fools the world with a hoax twerking video.
Pretty funny!. Click Here
Video of the Week.
guy has to be the WORST scooter rider ever. And it is a comical video to watch.
I’m sure you will rewind more than once. Click Here to
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Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To
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