Well, the riding weather in the Phoenix area couldn’t be better and the
October event calendar is filling up fast with new events. Click Here to
. Last weekend, Bob’s Biker Blast kicked off the season
with a huge party at Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale that brought out thousands of
motorcycles to enjoy beautiful Arizona days and nights. This is really the best
time of the year in my opinion. A good little getaway to enjoy this weather is
to get out of town and ride to the lakes. Take a look at the article I did a
couple of years ago called the “Four Lakes
Tour” for some ideas. You can also get plenty
ideas from the “Day Rides” section at www.cyclerides.com.
The Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike
presented by Arrowhead HD and Ridenow Powersports is the perfect
destination for an evening ride. This week we will be one street to
the North due to the Cardinals Thursday night game. But the game starts at 5:25
PM so traffic should not be a factor for riders coming in. This week we will
have a new band called “Mudstomp Hillbilly” that will perform for you. They have
been touring and are ready to release their first CD. Stop by and enjoy the
high energy Live show of “Mudstomp Hillbilly”.
The excitement of the new Indian Motorcycle has been on a roll since the
epic unveil in Sturgis this year. If you missed my ride
review of the Indian Chieftain in the newsletter last week, Click Here to
Read. You might be surprised what you will see.
The article includes pictures of the 140 mile ride to Bartlett Lake. You can see
the bikes in person at the Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night this Thursday
Great Smoky Mountain National Park and Wheels Through Time
If you have been following our Nashville Ride 2013, I left you 2 weeks ago
with my review of the Tail of the Dragon in Tennessee, which I
renamed the “TALE of the Dragon”. If you missed that letter, Click Here to
read. This week we will be going through the
beautiful Great Smoky Mountain National Park and on to the fantastic Wheels
Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, NC.
After doing the Tail of the Dragon and getting our T-Shirts at the 129
Dragon HD store, we followed Hwy. 129 to Maryville for lunch and
then on to Hwy. 321 to hwy. 73 aka, Little River Rd. This is an excellent little
scenic crossover road that shadows a river through the trees that will get you
Hwy. 441 that takes you through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You
will then follow 441 South through the park for a wonderful 30 mile ride through
the forest. This is an excellent ride on a very good road. You can then hop on
the Blue Ridge Parkway for 12 miles that will take you to Hwy. 19 where you will
be 5 miles from Maggie Valley, NC home of the Wheels Through Time vintage
motorcycle museum and the site of a very big item on my bucket list.
Through Time Museum
is home to the world’s premier collection of rare
American Vintage Motorcycles. This All-American motorcycle museum
is home to over 120 of America’s rarest and most historic classic motorcycles
that all run, with over 24 marques on display, including the likes of
Harley-Davidson, Indian, Excelsior, Crocker, Henderson, and much more. Western
North Carolina’s premier museum and tourism attraction features dozens of
motorcycle-related exhibits, ranging from board track racers, hill climbing, and
original paint machines to American Dirt Track racing, choppers and bobbers, and
one-of-a-kind motorcycles. The museum also annually holds a motorcycle raffle,
which helps them continue their mission.
Founded by Dale Walksler in 1993, WTT has become an integral piece in
discovering, maintaining, and preserving American motorcycle
history. The collection houses tens of thousands of motorcycle pictures,
historic memorabilia, and other motorcycle artifacts, and has been featured in
hundreds of motorcycle publications, including American Iron, Cycle World, Cycle
Source, and American Motorcyclist to name a few.
I had heard about this museum for several years and had recently seen WTT
featured on the TV Show “What’s In The Barn” on the Velocity
channel as well as Dale’s show about the Lee Hartung collection in
Illinois. If you haven’t seen the show “What’s in the Barn”, please
catch some past episodes on the Velocity Channel by Discovery or go to the web
site to watch them online. They are excellent. Especially the episode where they
started 120 of the motorcycles in 12 hours.
Needless to say, this was one stop that I was really looking forward to and
it well exceeded my expectations. Maggie Valley, NC is a small
little town that pretty much gained fame from an old theme park and the old Hee
Haw show where they started out by saying, “Live from the Stomping Ground in Maggie
Valley, North Carolina”. There actually is a building there called the Stomping
Ground on the main street, but I was never able to confirm that Hee Haw was
actually shot there. But none the less, the Wheels Through Time Museum is now
the big attraction in Maggie Valley bringing in thousands of motorcycle
enthusiasts throughout the year to pay and visit.
The museum is a 30,000 square feet packed, and I mean packed with old
vintage motorcycles, motors, parts, signs, and you name it. There
are several areas that are recreated to look just like an old 1920’s motorcycle shop and a
1950’s shop. A hill climb
display and a racing display upstairs. Not only are there motorcycles in here,
there are some old cars as well. As you make your way around the lower level it
is almost overwhelming trying to take it all in, in just one visit. Not only are
they old bikes from the early 1900’s, they are still “Farm Fresh”, just the way
they found them. So you are really transported back in the day, a lot of times
with old photos to go along with it. And the really cool part is, they claim
that all of the motorcycles run. They even did a show on that.
We had the opportunity to meet Dale
at the museum and spend some time with him. He is one
of the nicest guys you will ever meet and has seems to be genuinely interested
in what brought you there. He even came outside to pose for a picture with us on
our motorcycles and then posted it on the Wheels
Through Time Facebook. Not only does he have an incredible passion
for preserving old motorcycles, but he is happy to hop on any random motorcycle
and start it as he did when we were there with a 1912 Indian.
I could go on for hours about WTT, but they would only be words that would
not come close to communicating how incredibly inspiring this place is. The words that I could best use would be to encourage anyone to put the
Wheels Through Time Museum on your list of things to do in your lifetime. It
really places you into a time 100 years ago where you can get a view of what the
industrial revolution was all about and how transportation made that happen.
Seeing the pictures of how the motorcycle lifestyle was back then, shows a
culture that is not much different than it is today. The next time you are
planning a trip back East, certainly go out of your way to stop here and say hi
to Dale. Tell him we sent you. Maggie Valley is only 35 miles from Asheville, NC
and 95 miles from Knoxville, TN.
I encourage you to see for yourself the past 110 years through the rusty
spokes of motorcycles at the Wheels Through Time Museum. If you
can’t make it back there, I would encourage you to go to their web site at
click on the Video tab. Also go to the What’s in the Barn web site and watch some of the past episodes. Dale has done a
fantastic job preserving and purveying the history of the motorcycle and I would
like to personally thank him for doing that for all of us to enjoy. You can tell
it is a labor of love.
I have about 100 photos from the ride through the Great Smoky Mountain
National Park and from the Wheels Through Time Museum to give a brief look into
this magnificent place.
We will be one street to the North this week due to Cardinals Game
that starts at 5:25 PM.
Thursday, Sept. 12th – Nov. 14th –
Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike
Night this Fall being presented by Arrowhead
Harley-Davidson and Ridenow
Powersports. Bike Night began
Thursday night, September 12th with a HUGE crowd and will continue for a total
of 10 nights ending on November 14th from 5 pm – 9 pm. 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.
Attractions this week:
Live Music this week with “Mudstomp Hillbilly” 6-9
Here are the details for the Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night
presented by Arrowhead HD and Ridenow Powersports:
Where: Westgate City Center, Loop 101 and Glendale Ave. SE Corner. Next to
When: Thursday nights beginning September 12th – Nov. 14th
Time: 5 PM – 9 PM
What: Bike Night. Live Music, Food, Fun, Vendors, Motorcycles and Sturgis Style
Cruising down Coyote Blvd.
Thanks to our Presenting Sponsors Arrowhead Harley-Davidson and
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.
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
And to our Associate SponsorsCurly's Customs. Curly's Customs is a full service Custom Paint & Body
Shop for the motorcycle enthusiast. 623- 977-0339. Stop by and see them at Bike
Scottsdale Victory and Indian
Motorcycles. Scottsdale, Arizona NOW has it's own INDIAN
& VICTORY Motorcycle Dealership! The New 2014 Indian Motorcycles revealed at
Sturgis on August 3rd are NOW AVAILABLE for PRE-ORDERING! Be the First to OWN a
NEW INDIAN MOTORCYCLE that will revolutionize the Motorcycle Industry!
Stop by and See us at Bike Night.
Night Restaurant Specials.
have worked very hard to get the restaurants to come up with some consistent
bike night specials. I think they have stepped up very well this year to offer some good
deals. There will be restaurant specials all season long that include offers
McFadden’s - 10% discount on your bill
when you show your M-class license on Bike Night. Plus, bikers can enjoy regular
happy hour specials, including $2 domestic Drafts, $3 Wells and $5 Appetizers
Calico Jack’s Cantina - $19.99 Bike Night Platters with Nacho
chips, mini-chimis, onion rings and jalapeno poppers, plus a pitcher of domestic
draft beer. Enjoy 10% off your bill when you show your M-class license on Bike
The Shout! House - $9 Natural Black Angus Burger, Fries,
and Beer special ($15 value) and a FREE cover for 2 card to come back on the
weekend ($10 value) when you show your M-class license on Bike
Kabuki - Take 15% off when you show your
motorcycle license during Westgate Bike Night. Valid only during Westgate Bike
Night events. Dine-in only. Valid only at Westgate City Center location. One
offer per table per party. Not valid during Happy Hour and Reverse Happy Hour.
Cannot be combined with any other offers or rewards. Excludes alcohol, tax,
gratuity and gift card purchases.
Saddle Ranch - 2 chicken tacos for $5.50*. Classic
pints of draft beer for only $3.75 when showing M class on license. Plus, bikers
can enjoy regular happy hour specials from 4-6:30pm with 50% off all appetizers
and drinks. *Valid from 6:30pm to 10:00pm on all Bike Nights, excluding event
days when there are concerts, sporting or other events at the Center, Stadium or
Mama Gia’s – Enjoy $3 domestic beer and $.50 cent wings
with an order of 24 or more when showing M class on license.
Shane’s Rib Shack – Free 10 piece
traditional chicken wings with the purchase of 20 traditional chicken wings when
you show your M class license. Plus, domestic beer for $2 per bottle.
Whiskey Rose Bar & Grill. Take 10%
off your bill when you show your M class on license. Excludes
Day Ride leaves at Noon, 15 Year Anniversary Celebration,
Vendors all day.
Live Music 2:00 - 10:00 P.M.
15 Year Anniversary Celebration Continues, 100 Club ride
starts here, KDKB with "Ruby Cheeks", Hog Roast, Tattoo contest, Ice Luge,
Vendors all day
Live music 2:00 - 10:00 P.M.
15 Year Anniversary Celebration still going strong, Buddy
Stubbs ride ends here at 2:00 P.M., Vendors all day
Live music 11:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.
Saturday, October 19th
Biketoberfest. Join Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson at the
Hideaway Grill’s Cave Creek Biketoberfest! Friday October 18th
through Sunday October 20th. Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson will be manning our
40’x40’ tent at the Tap Haus with great Harley-Davidson® merchandise and
motorcycles. There will be great live music from Metal Kings and CCR’s Johnny
Bulldog, as well as many events, activities and rides happening all weekend this
is an event you don’t want to miss! For more information go to www.cavecreekbiketoberfest.com or www.buddystubbs.com.
Saturday & Sunday
October 19 – 20
Harley-Davidson Open House & Demo Days
. Come Together at Superstition
Harley-Davidson Demo Days and 2014 Model Year Open House!
Saturday 10 to 4 - Free In-Store Poker Run, Boom! Audio Workshop, Demo
Rides, Jump Start Rider Experience. Sunday 11 to 3 - Demo Days
Continue. All riders welcome. Come with a vision, ride off on your
dream! Superstition HD is located at 2910 W. Apache Trail in Apache Junction,
Saturday & Sunday
October 19 – 20
of Scottsdale Demo Days
. Indian & Victory Motorcycles of Scottsdale Open
House and Demo Days, Make sure you join us for our First of many,
2014 Indian Motorcycle Demo rides. Be the first to experience the all new
“THUNDERSTROKE 111” Indian engine, built and backed by Polaris, a 3 billion
dollar corporation and the leader of the Power Sports industry. Ride the
new 2014 Indian Chief motorcycles this weekend at no charge. The day
begins at 9a.m. and goes continuously until 5p.m. Refreshments will be
provided and lunch will be available. Gifts will be raffled
throughout the entire day. All Demo riders will receive a $250.00 coupon
which can be used towards apparel and accessories with the purchase of a brand
new 2014 Indian Motorcycle at our Scottsdale dealership. Come to the
INDIAN MOTORCYCLE EXPERIENCE in Scottsdale, 8420 E. Butherus Drive, Scottsdale
AZ, 85260 (just north of the Scottsdale Gun Club). For more information go
to www.indianvictorysdl.com or call 480-607-7070. You can also see us at
BIKETOBERFEST!!!! Join Indian & Victory Motorcycles of Scottsdale at
the Hideaway Grill’s Cave Creek inaugural Biketoberfest! Friday October 18th
through Sunday October 20th. Indian & Victory Motorcycles of
Scottsdale will be providing dedicated display for our brand new 2014 Indian
motorcycles and Indian apparel, as well as the new 2014 Victory motorcycles and
apparel, which will be available to you. Our 2014 Indian Chieftain will be
on display and tickets will be raffled for you to win a dream of a
lifetime. Proceeds will go to the “Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association”
as a tribute to all Veterans. The Metal Kings and CCR’s Johnny Bulldog
will be providing live entertainment. There will be a variety of rides and
activities throughout the 3 day festival. Be part of the BIKETOBERFEST
INDIAN EXPERIENCE. For more information go to www.cavecreekbiktoberfest.com or www.indianvictorysdl.com
Saturday, October 19th
Annual 100 Club of AZ Poker Run Ride
. Free Registration at The Hideaway
Grill - 6746 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ from 9:00 - 11:00
A.M. includes entry ticket for our special event drawing. $5 Poker Score Cards -
Highest Poker Hand wins a Tactical Shotgun! ***Raffle tickets available at all
stops*** Shotguns, handguns, Tasers and more big ticket prizes. Buy raffle
tickets at Hideaway or Tap Haus by 6PM since you do not need to be present to
win. Don't have a bike but still want to participate?
Follow along by car and drive over to the Tap Haus by 6:00 P.M. to join in the
auction! Free Concert at the Tap Haus - 6900 E Cave Creek Rd Cave Creek,
AZ 85331 featuring Johnny Bulldog (Lead Singer of Creedence Clearwater
Revisited) Prizes include; shotguns, handguns, Tasers, etc. 100% of the proceeds
benefit the 100 Club of Arizona. See you at the 2013 Cave Creek Biketoberfest's
2nd Annual 100 Club of AZ Poker Run!
Sunday, October 20th
Burn Camp Ride
. Join Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson and HOG Chapter 93 on
Sunday October 20th as we ride from AZ H-D to Biketoberfest raising
money for the Wind and Fire Burn Camp! Ride will leave from Buddy Stubbs AZ H-D
and stop at Gizmo’s in New River and finally end up at Cave Creek Biketoberfest.
Registration opens on 10/20 at 9:30AM with the last bike out by 11AM. Lunch will
be included in with the ride and will be at Gizmo’s in New River. Entire pack
will leave Gizmo’s at 1:30pm and ride into Biketoberfest as one group. Enjoy
raffle prizes, and more! Ride fee: $20 for rider / $15 for passenger. For more
information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. All proceeds to will go to Wind
& Fire Charity.
Sunday, October 20th
Annual Bikers for Boobies Charity Motorcycle Ride sponsored by
The Dirty Dogg Saloon, Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale, and Chuck Franklin
Law. Registration opens at 9:00 A.M. at Harley-Davidson of
Scottsdale - 15600 N Hayden Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85260. Rocking end at the
Dirty Dogg Saloon in Scottsdale. There will be live music, drink specials,
raffle, auction and many surprises. We will be having the Live Bra and
Auction again this year with our men sporting our creative creations on
stage. So, get out your pink bandannas and show your support! Bikers For
Boobies is a 501(c) 3 not for profit charity that provides cancer awareness,
education and financial resources for all cancers. See flyer for details.
Friday – Sunday
Motorcycle of Chandler Demo Days
. You’ve heard all about the brand new
Indian Motorcycles for 2014 that have been completely redesigned
and are now being produced by the multi-billion dollar Polaris Corporation. Now
is your chance to ride one for yourself and see what all the fuss is about.
Indian of Chandler is having 3 big Demo Days that will put you in the saddle of
a 2014 Indian to let you see the difference. 9 AM – 5 PM Friday, Saturday and
Sunday, Oct. 25-27. Also join us for Oktoberfest! There will be Live Music
(Saturday only), Raffles and Giveaways, Oktoberfest Girls and Free Food. Indian
of Chandler is located at 1701 N. Arizona Ave. in Chandler, AZ. 480-899-9113.
Saturday, October 26th
Harley-Davidson Party on the Patio
. Stop by Chester's Harley-Davidson
Saturday, October 26th from 11AM-2PM for our monthly party on the patio! FREE
event to you, and benefiting Friends for Life Animal Rescue!
Getting ready for this year's Halloween but feel in the giving spirit of the
holidays? Stop by Chester's Harley-Davidson Saturday, October 26th from 11AM-2PM
for a scary good time! FREE FOOD provided by Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers
restaurant, LIVE MUSIC by local band Unknown Associates, BIKE WASH by the Dirty
Dogg Girls, plus FREE ENTRY for a chance to win a Vegas Vacation! (one entry per
person, winner drawn at 2PM, must be present to win) ALL MONEY raised will go
directly to Friends for Life Animal Rescue. Friends for Life will be collecting
supplies that they are in dire need of, which include: Dog & cat food (wet
& dry), cat litter (clay only), paper towels, toilet paper, cleaning
supplies, and copy paper. **Friends for life is a non-profit, volunteer based
organization enriching the lives of hundreds of local animals** What more could
you ask for on a Saturday afternoon? We'll see you there! Chester’s HD is
located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ.
Saturday, October 26th
Stubbs Harley-Davidson Hogs & Dogs
. Join Buddy Stubbs Arizona
Harley-Davidson on Saturday, October 26th from 11am – 3pm 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? We’ll also
cover the available Boom! products for your bike. RSVP today @
boomworkshop.eventbrite.com. Buddy Stubbs H-D will also have free food and
drinks (while supplies last), bikini bike wash and museum tours with all
donations going to HOG 2376 charities. For more information go to www.buddystubbshd.com or call
(602)971-3400. Buddy Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson is located at 13850 N. Cave
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