Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
10/13/04
 
Greetings Riders,
 
When I left you last week we had just retired back to the Newark Hampton Inn after a drive into New York City for a visit to the site of Ground Zero at the World Trade Center and then on to Times Square. Click Here to see all of the photos from that part of the trip. Monday morning we were up and on our way to Rock Tavern and Orange County Choppers by 10:30am. One thing about driving in New Jersey is that it makes California look like a piece of cake. There are more ways to get lost in Jersey than you can imagine. You have to be a graduate of the Evelyn Woods sign reading class to be able to figure out where you are going. Here is an example of a typical sign.
 
After some scuffed sidewalls from jumping a few curbs to make our turns, we finally rolled into Rock Tavern 45 minutes ahead of schedule for some BBQ at A Taste of Texas. By 1:00 pm we made our way down Stone Castle Rd. the home of OCC. We checked in with Keith and then headed around back so that Scott Pasmore could set up to do some interviews with the Paul Sr. Paul Jr. and Mikey. All of the guys were extremely nice and welcomed us to OCC. Paul Jr. was particularly wanting to know the details of the show and what the weather was going to be when they got there in November. Mikey was anxious to come back to Tempe to revisit what was his home for 5 months a few years ago.
 
The last time we were there we were not able to go back into the shop where they were working and filming. This time they welcomed us to see the new bike they were building and get footage of the recent build for Scott's interview. The whole experience kind of reminded me of the movie that came out a few years ago by the name of "Pleasantville". That was the one where the brother and sister got sucked into the TV and placed in the middle of their favorite TV show. They knew all of the characters and they knew what to expect from each one.
 
That was kind of what it was like for me. I found myself standing 10 feet from a Discovery cameraman watching Paul Jr. discuss with Vinny and Rick about the tank design for the Shelby bike. It was like watching the show from the inside out. What you see on the screen is just how it happens at the shop. No retakes, no scripts, just real life. For example, Mikey came from the shop below, walks into the shop, talks for a while and moves on. Senior comes out of the office, discusses some timing issues on the project and then walks out back. They are truly just filming what happens throughout the day. Paul Sr. said that they film about 200 hours of video and edit it down to 43 minutes for the show.
 
In between working on the bike and taking care of business, they all came by for their interview with Scott and gave him all of the time he needed. The interview with Paul Sr. was especially interesting as he gave some great personal insight as to how his life has changed in the last 2 years. He talked about working with his sons in the shop and that sometimes he might be a little hard on Jr., but that he was just trying keep him motivated to get the jobs done. Another thing that he said that struck me was that he is a big fan of the show himself. He watches it every Monday night with the rest of us. He acknowledged that he is in the show, but that the edited version from the 200 hours of filming is a complete surprise when it hits the television.
 
Another fun part of the day was being able to spend some one on one time with Rick. There was a break in the filming and everyone kind of scattered, so I took the time to talk to him. I think he is a great fabricator with the work he does on these bikes, but is also one heck of a nice guy. That same gentle spirit and polite delivery that you see on the show is him. He showed me all around the Shelby bike and told me their plans for tank, the lights, the fenders and the emblems that Shelby had sent them to use on the bike. He also spent a few minutes with me going through the book of all the Shelby's that the company had sent to them for ideas. Rick was also the primary builder on the new Sam's Club bike you will be seeing on millions of mailers all across the nation. It is a great looking bike in person.
 
Once all of the interviews were done, a look at the OCC clock on the shelf told us that it was time to leave and take the 4 mile drive to the OCC retail store in Montgomery, NY. They have set up a large store to sell all of their merchandise and to display their theme bikes. This day they had 9 of the theme bikes on display including the I-Robot Bike, The Lance Armstrong Bike and the POW Bike. It is a real nice setup and a place that can put a serious dent in your wallet with all the cool stuff they have to sell. After about 45 minutes here, it was back to the car for our 2 hour ride back to the airport.
 
It was a great trip and everyone at OCC were extremely hospitable and accommodating. ALL of them are very excited about coming to Arizona to see their fans. Be sure an tune in to TV 3 the first week of November to watch Scott Pasmore's story and his interviews with the guys. Stay to the end of the story, there is a surprise ending with Paul Sr. that you will get a kick out of. I will let you know in plenty of time when it will air. In the meantime, here is a personal welcome that the guys gave for the Cyclerides.com readers. Click Here for the Video.
 
Click Here to see all of the photos that I took on the trip.
 

  
 
OCC Update - 23 Days Till OCC:
Added Attraction!
The Budweiser Roadhouse will be at the Best of the Southwest event including the Clydesdales.Launched in March of 2004, the Budweiser True Music Roadhouse is a mobile interactive immersion into music that consists of two 53-foot trailers that cast an impressive presence wherever they go. In the main trailer, the upper deck can hold 30 people, while the main level can hold 75. Once inside the trailer, visitors can watch, listen to, play, sing, and mix music – all in one place! The Roadhouse is a high-energy, multi-level, multi-room interactive experience through the extensive use of hydraulics and technology.
 
We have just added more area to the venue for the show. If you have an interest in vendor space, we now have more available. Contact Barry at info@cyclerides.com .
 
Discovery Channel has verified that they will be at the show filming the Teutul's and the event. This will be a great opportunity for the Custom builders in the bike show to get discovered as the next great custom bike builder for TV.
 
Daily tickets are now on sale for the OCC In Tempe Best of the Southwest Motorcycle Show. Click Here for the link to buy tickets. Read the instructions before going to the purchase page.
 
 
 
This Week's Events 

Wednesday 

The Wild Hare Wednesday Bike Night. Looking for a Bike Night on the East side? Here is a bike night for the East side of town at a really nice location. Stop by and take a look, you will be impressed. It is called The Wild Hare located at 4910 W. Ray Rd. That is the NE Corner of Ray Rd. and Rural Rd. This is a really nice place with a very large outdoor patio. The inside has just been remodeled to double the seating along with adding a DJ, pool tables and games. The Wild Hare has a broad menu including 20 different appetizers, salads, wings, 17 different sandwiches, chicken, filet mignon, burgers and desserts including strawberry cheese cake. There will be food and drink specials that will run during bike night from 6 PM till close.  Stop by and take a look, I'm sure you will like what you see. Info: 480-897-6200. 

Thursday Night
 
Thursday Night features 4 Bike Nights all over the Valley.

Hooters at Arrowhead Bike Night. Ride by and join in on the fun! Hooters will host a Bike Night every Thursday at the Hooters at Arrowhead located just 1 block S. of Bell on 83rd Ave. Stop by for some great food and Hooters Hospitality. There will be 20% off menu items (25% off with Cyclerides.com V.I.P. Card). $2.00 Corona Thursdays and plenty of parking next to the outdoor patio. Stop by for some giveaways and raffles from Hooters and Arrowhead Harley as well as great wings and fun at Hooters. Click Here to see Pictures and all the detailed information.

Casey Jones Grill Bike Night  The evening riding weather is good. You can always count on lots of bikes here. Ride in for what I call the Best Cheesesteak Sandwich in town. This thing melts in your mouth. They have 3 new pool tables, darts and foosball. Located in the Mervyns Shopping Center on the SE corner of 43rd Ave. and Thunderbird Rd. Casey Jones is a great place for a bike night featuring a large outdoor seating and over 150 people inside. And for those of you that want to watch a sporting event they have 50 TV's scattered throughout the restaurant connected to satellite to get any game you can think of. They have a full menu for lunch, dinner and a Happy Hour from 11:00AM - 7:00PM and a reverse happy hour from 10:00PM - 12:00 Midnight. $1.75 domestic bottles and $2.00 Jacks. There are always a lot of bikes showing up for bike night at Casey Jones Thursday night. Join them for open mic night on Wednesdays. Sunday.

Hooters at Ahwatukee Thursday Bike Night. Continues Giveaways and Raffles. The riders in Ahwatukee were wanting a Bike Night of their own, so Hooters Ahwatukee stepped up to provide a great place to come on your motorcycle on Thursday nights. Stop by for raffles, good times and good food at Hooters in Ahwatukee located at 4804 E. Chandler Blvd. There will be raffles and giveaways from Chandler Harley and Hooters as well as 20% off menu items (25% off with Cyclerides.com V.I.P. Card). $2.00 Corona Thursdays and plenty of parking next to the outdoor patio. Click Here for the pictures and all the details.
 

The Bike Night At The Billet Bar. 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. The food is amazing and always the latest in cold libations await. 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 right next to Genesis Custom Cycles on 3752 N. Scottsdale Rd. Check it out this Thursday night and all weekend long. Info: at 480-941-1876. Click Here for the New Billet Bar Page with pictures. 

Saturday and Sunday 

Pioneer Restaurant and Saloon. Now opening at 6:00AM for Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. All of us are looking for that quick getaway out of town for an early morning breakfast on the weekends, or a good stop on our way up North. The Pioneer Restaurant and Saloon is the perfect place for that and they are inviting all motorcycle riders to stop by for a good old fashioned breakfast on the patio or a cool drink on the way home. Sundays feature a $6.99 all you can eat breakfast including drinks and any day you can get my personal favorite 1/2 order of biscuits and gravy for $1.95.  This is a great dish. Breakfast starts at 7:00am. Pioneer is also open for lunch and dinner until 9:00 pm. On Saturday nights Canyon Walls plays from 7pm - 11pm. Pioneer is also a great place to get your group together for a sunset dinner ride. Sit out on the patio or the air conditioned dining room. Click Here for the complete menu. If you are organizing a ride, it is the perfect place for a ride end. Pioneer is located just 1 mile North of the Carefree Highway exit on I-17 at Pioneer Rd. exit 225. For private parties call Joey at 602-696-5245 or 623-465-1821.  

Sunday

Cocomo Joe's Sunday Bike Day Cocomo Joes's is now your place to ride to for Sunday NFL Football Games. Enjoy breakfast starting at 10:00am with $5.95 for a Burrito Loco, French Toast or 2 Eggs, Hash Browns, Bacon and Toast. Cocomo Joe's has the full NFL Package to make it easy for you to watch the game of your choice all day long. Cocomo Joe's is a very open and comfortable place to hang out and watch the games. They have a new large outdoor patio as well as 2 smaller ones around the side. There is a large dining area with TV's all around to keep up on all NFL football on Sundays. See the pictures here. There is also 3 pool tables and games for your enjoyment. There will be food and drink specials for ride days starting at 10:00am as well as blocked off preferred parking for motorcycles. The day starts at 10:00am with breakfast foods available. Bike day is from Noon - 6pm. Cocomo Joe's is located on the NW corner of Tatum and Dynamite Rd. So if you are riding to or from Cave Creek, or want to take a ride up North and not have to run the DB gauntlet, stop by Cocomo Joe's. 28244 N. Tatum Blvd. 480-538-8008. Stop by this Sunday for opening day. Click Here for all the details.

Sugar Daddy's Blues Biker Sunday Brunch.
Now is the perfect weather to be sitting out on the Sugar Daddy's patio, listening to Live Music while dining from the Brunch Menu. And Sunday Brunch Just Got Better! You now have 3 options to choose from. Option #1: Eggs Benedict – Grilled English muffins, smoked ham, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.
Served with your chose of fresh fruit or crispy potatoes. ($8) or
Sugar’s Pancakes – You won’t eat pancakes anywhere else. Buttermilk pancakes served with butter and syrup. ($5)
Option #2: Can’t decide what to eat? How about an All-You-Can-Eat buffet for ONLY $12.
Option #3: Order off our regular menu.
Our 5,000 sq. ft. temperature controlled patio has six air conditioning units, misters, and plenty of shade. Sugar Daddy's patio, food and entertainment is becoming a regular Sunday stop. If you haven't tried it yet, give them a try. Complimentary coffee is now served. Make Sugar Daddy's Blues your stop on your ride down Scottsdale Rd. for
Brunch or Lunch from 10am - 4pm. Enjoy live music from 10am - 2pm Or maybe just relax on the patio with your favorite beverage and enjoy the beautiful weather and watch the bikes roll down Scottsdale Rd.  Click here to see the awesome pictures and details of Sugar Daddy's located at 3102 N. Scottsdale Rd. between Indian School and Thomas on the West side of the road. Stop by and check it out. A great place to hang out. Plenty of Bike Parking. If you have suggestions, email them at sugardaddysaz@aol.com . 480-970-6556.

Sunday Evening
 
Looking for that last stop for food and drink after a Sunday ride? Bar Louie located 7014 E. Camelback Rd. under the roof at Scottsdale Fashion Square is providing you with your last stop. Starting at 5:00 pm you can pull up and park right on the curb in front of the outdoor patio at Bar Louie. All riders will receive food and drink specials on Sunday and an additional 20% off of your bill. Happy hour is from 3-7pm and 10-close. Stop by this Sunday and see what Bar Louie has to offer. Click Here to look at the pictures and for more information. Phone: 480-874-9944.
 
This Week
 
Sunday, October 17th
Ride For Kids supporting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. This year the ride for kids will be starting at the Glendale Arena located at 6520 N. 91st Ave. in Glendale. The location is 5 miles North of I-10 just East of Loop 101 at Glendale Ave. exit. Registration opens at 7:00am and closes at 9:45am. Ride travels through scenic areas with police escort. Celebration of Life program at endpoint includes award presentations to individuals, chapter/clubs and festivities. Free coffee, donuts and light lunch. For more information call 800-253-6530 or visit www.rideforkids.org. This ride is in need of a side car or 2 to carry some of the kids. If you have one email arizonagoldin@cox.net.
 
Sunday, October 17th
4th Annual Foothills Stampede & Poker RunChandler Harley Davidson will be hosting a fund raising event on October 17, 2004 at the Corona Ranch in Laveen, Arizona. The event is known as the Foothills Stampede Poker Run. The Stampede is a major fundraiser for the Chandler Compadres charity and is open to all bikers and bike enthusiasts. The chapter is a social organization with the purpose of riding safe and having fun. The event will begin at 8:00am starting at Chandler Harley Davidson, 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler with an approximate 100 mile poker route ending at Corona Ranch, 29th Ave & Baseline Rd, Laveen, Arizona. $20 per person donation. There will be live music, approximately 20 vendors, bike and non-bike games, food & drinks. Prizes will be awarded to the high and low poker hands, along with 50/50 and raffle drawing for additional prizes. Ride pins to the first 500 to participate in the poker run. A tax deduction form for donated items and funds will be available upon request. More information contact Mitch Lanoue or Dru Lanoue at 480-586-8281 or 480-703-9012. Click Here for all the details.
 
Next Week
 
Saturday, October 23rd
Special Olympics Arizona Activities Run. Want something different in a Charity Ride? Here you go! There are a lot of good events set up this month, but one that I am a co-sponsor of that could break the mold of the typical poker run is the Special Olympics Arizona Activities Run. I have always wanted to do a run that would make every stop a little more exciting by inserting several everyday sports to accumulate points. With this run you will sign in and start out with a horseshoe toss at Superstition Harley-Davidson. You will then go to the next 3 stops where you will shoot a basketball, test your skills at a bean bag toss, and see if you can zero in for 50 points by getting a bulleseye on the dart board. The ride will end at Jackson's on 3rd in downtown Phoenix with Live Music and a quarter drop. Win a Gold, Silver or Bronze Medal as well as cash prizes. This should be a very fun ride that will add a little variety to the typical poker run. Sign in 8-10:30am at Superstition Harley located at 2910 W. Apache Trail in Apache Junction. $15 per person includes Ride Pin and Door Prizes. First 500 are guaranteed a ride pin. 480-346-0600. 
 
Sunday, October 24th
Cruise For A Cause. This 1st Annual Poker Run will benefit Hospice Family Care Foundation.  The Foundation was established in 1992 and has improved the quality of life for hundreds of terminally ill patients and their families. With your financial support, the Foundation is able to improve the quality of life of those who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, and their families.  A patient could receive a much needed wheelchair ramp; a caregiver could remain at home without financial worries in the final weeks of the patient's life; a family member or friend could be flown from another state to visit the patient plus the many other requests for financial assistance that the Foundation receives. The ride has 3 starting locations. Grand Canyon Harley-Davidson, Mayer, Tucson Harley-Davidson and Embassy Suites Hotel Phoenix - Tempe. Ride ends at Iguana Mack's in Chandler. Day of event $30 per person or $40 per couple. Includes Long Sleeve T-Shirt, Lunch and Live Entertainment at end of ride. More information: Joy Butler at 480-889-1116.
 
Sunday, October 24th
Doug Matteson Benefit Ride. Deputy Doug Matteson and a friend were sharing a single lane of highway on their motorcycles at approximately 2:15am on eastbound U.S. 60 near Alma School Road when an off duty Scottsdale Officer, driving at speeds in excess of 100 mph and tried to go between the pair, police said. Doug was struck and thrown from his bike about 60 feet across the concrete. He pulled himself by his arms across three lanes of the freeway to avoid an oncoming truck, then lost consciousness. Doug lost so much blood that only a quick-thinking nurse who put a tourniquet on his leg saved his life.  His leg had to be amputated. Doug had a cut above his eye and road rash on both arms. Doug wasn't wearing a helmet and was lucky he suffered no brain or spinal injuries. Doug is determined to ride again and return to work but now is facing extraordinary medical bills such as a prosthesis that will cost approximately $45,000. The Ride begins at both Joeta's Leather Stores. Mesa store located at 202 W. Main in Mesa sign in from 9-11am. Peoria store located at 16140 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Dr. sign in from 10am - Noon. Ride ends at Pioneer Restaurant and Saloon. Live Music by CTS. $15 solo, $25 double. Includes BBQ and Ride Pin to the first 250 riders. 480-827-1868. 
 
Extras
 
There are a lot good rides coming up this month and next. Check the Rides and Events Calendar for October and November on www.cyclerides.com for all of the upcoming rides.
 
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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