Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
10/20/04
 
Greetings Riders,
 
Last week I left you telling of my trip to New York with Scott Pasmore from TV3 to do a story on the Teutul's from Orange County Choppers. If you didn't see the story, you can Click Here to read. If you didn't see the short video of Paul Sr., Paul Jr. and Mikey's personal invitation to you to come see them when they are here November 5-7th Click Here. It is a small file so even dialup users should have no problem viewing this video.
 
If you are reading this letter right now, chances are you ride a motorcycle or have an interest in them. For those of us that ride, we all have our own reasons why we do so. Some ride for transportation, some for the lifestyle and some for the pure recreation of seeing the countryside while becoming a part of it. For those of you that have done the latter, you know what I mean. Whatever your reasons, if you have ever gotten out across the country and pulled into a gas station, it doesn't take you long to tell that motorcycling is probably as big an icon of an activity as it has been since the days of Marlon Brando in "Wild One" or Peter Fonda in "Easy Rider". As you take a break in these little towns, the locals just can't seem to get enough of hearing about where you are going and where you have been. It's almost as if they want to escape for a moment and share a little of your adventure with you before they return back to reality. It is apparent that motorcycling has reached higher grounds of interest than ever before.
 
I have seen the crossover interest in motorcycling growing over the last several years. You don't have to look much further than the sales of Harley-Davidson's that have doubled over the last 5 years and the countless custom motorcycles that are setting sales records every year. Even those who don't ride have a fascination with riding. What WE already knew was recently put out there for the general public to read for themselves. In the October 18 issue of Newsweek Magazine, there was a 3 page article about the popularity of motorcycles. They point to the incredible popularity of the Harley motorcycles, motorclothes and lifestyle that the brand has built, but they also point to Discovery Channel bringing motorcycle programs into our homes every week.
 
As you all know, the TV blitz of motorcycle shows started with a little documentary about a rebel minded young man in California named Jesse James starring in a show called "Motorcycle Mania". That intriguing story about a bike builder and his life got the interest of motorcycle reality shows going. But it wasn't until last year when the first show aired about a Father and Son building motorcycles in upstate New York that things really got going. The tumultuous relationship between the two combined with the incredible talented design and creativity of the Son was an instant hit. It seems as though we just can't get enough of seeing them create theme bikes that are modeled after a fire truck or a Statue of Liberty bike that uses actual copper from Liberty herself. And yes, you are probably one of the 10 1/2 million people every week that watch the Teutul's from Orange County Choppers in Discovery Channel's top rated show known as "American Chopper".
 
Love them as we do, not every one is a fan. I have heard some other bike builders that have not quite reached the fame and fortune of the Teutul's have had some less than complimentary things to say about their rise to success. Even Newsweek reported that Harley-Davidson CEO Jeff Bleustein said that "he cringes at what he sees as subpar engineering on the show. It may look pretty but will it hold together?" He also acknowledges that "American Chopper" is bringing more people into showrooms. But he points out that bike sales were rising long before the Teutul's showed up. While that is true, it doesn't change the insatiable desire that we all have to see what side trip the OCC gang is going to take this week, what profound words Mikey will have for us, what drama is going to unfold as Paul Sr. tries to get Jr. to "get to gettin" and what awesome creation is the next one to roll off the lift in Rock Tavern, NY. And this phenomenon of watching "reality motorcycle" seems to grow with each passing week. In the last 2 months alone they have been on The Tonight Show, The David Letterman Show and Regis and Kelly. I can't think of any other motorcycle personalities that have been that popular to cross over like they have. If you missed the Teutul's last week on Letterman, Here is the video (27MB, 10 minutes) of that appearance. It was really good. 
 
They can all say what they want, but I believe Discovery channel with the Biker Buildoff Series, "Motorcycle Mania" with Jesse James and in particular "American Choppers" with OCC is behind the recent craze about motorcycles. These programs are giving the general public just a little bitty piece of what we that ride already know. I think television and the popularity of guys like the Teutul's is the main reason that it is projected that 1 million motorcycles will be sold this year. It is also why that when I pulled into a gas station on the coast of California, a 12 year old boy came up to me and said: "Hey Mister! Cool motorcycle, I'm going to get me one some day?" I just smiled and said, "I hope you do".


OCC Update - Only 12 Days Till OCC
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Most of you know by now that OCC will be rolling into Tempe for a 3 day event November 5-7. They will be signing autographs under a huge tent for 8 hours per day on Friday and Saturday and 5 hours on Sunday. They are bringing an unprecedented 15 of their theme bikes that will be displayed on risers for everyone to see and take pictures of. We are setting up the viewing so that even if you are not in line to get autographs, you will have full access to viewing the bikes. The show is coming together nicely with great vendors and an over-full "Best Of The Southwest Custom Motorcycle Show". There are over 25 Custom bikes from all over the Southwest that will be displayed for the 3 days and you are going to pick the winner that will receive the $5000 first prize. There are some incredible bikes in this show. You will be impressed. Dodge has now signed on to bring their concept car display including the "V-12 Viper Motorcycle". If you haven't seen this yet, it is very cool. Gabe will also be displaying his AHDRA Drag Racing bike and starting it up a couple of times a day. If you haven't heard one of these run, you will be impressed. Click Here for the link to buy tickets.
  

In This Issue:
Saturday, Oct. 23rd. Try Something New! This will be fun. Special Olympics Arizona Activities Run
Click Here For The Video From TV3
Sunday, October 24th. Cruise For A Cause.
Sunday, October 24th. Doug Matteson Benefit Ride

 
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. Live Music on the back Patio Every Sunday from 3-7pm. 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 Karen at 602-493-7373.  

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 Ė Grilled English muffins, smoked ham, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.
Served with your chose of fresh fruit or crispy potatoes. ($8) or
Sugarís Pancakes Ė You wonít eat pancakes anywhere else. Buttermilk pancakes served with butter and syrup. ($5)
Option #2: Canít 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
 
Saturday, October 23rd
Special Olympics Arizona Activities Run. Want something different in a Charity Ride? How about testing your skills with the Special Olympians? Here you go! We had 10 of the Special Olympians and the Director of Special Olympics in Arizona on TV3 this morning who provided great insight to the cause. Thanks to Scott for a great interview. Click Here for the Video. 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. At each event you will be assisted by "Special Olympians" to help you with your task. 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, Silent Auction with great items and presentation of prizes. Winners will receive a specially made for this event 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. Don't Miss This One!
 
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. 
 
Next Week
 
Saturday, October 30th
Ridin' For a Reason. This event is to benefit Phoenix Children's Hospital. The ride starts at Phoenix Children's Hospital with registration and continental breakfast from 8-10am. PCH is located at 1919 E. Thomas Rd. in Phoenix just off of Hwy 51. Branscombe Richmond is the Master of Ceremonies. Single riders $20 and double riders $25. Ride T-Shirts to the First 500 registered riders. Event patch for every rider. There will be a 50/50 drawing, Raffles, Auction and Live music with CTS. Cash Prizes for Best and Worst Poker Hands. Ride ends at the Buffalo Chip in Cave Creek. For more information call 602-546-2640.
 
Sunday, October 31st
Hogs With Hearts. Join Hacienda H.O.G. Chapter 97 for their first annual HOGS With Hearts Charity Poker Run to benefit the Children's Angel Foundation and Colter & Associates Foundation. Be one of the first 200 registered bikers by clicking HERE or calling (480) 905-1903, and you will receive a commemorative ride T-Shirt. Your entry fee of $25.00 (for Single Riders) and $35.00 (for Double Riders) includes one souvenir t-shirt (for the first 200 registered bikers) and one poker hand per bike, and lunch for each person. Music & lunch will be provided by Casino Arizona. Participants will also be provided a Continental Breakfast, an opportunity to enter a 50/50 Drawing and various Raffles. The Best High Hand will win a prize valued at $1000. Event day registration starts at 7:30AM and ends at 9:30AM. The ride departs Hacienda Harley-Davidson at 15600 North Hayden Road in Scottsdale, AZ at 9:30AM and ends at Casino Arizona at McKellips & 101. The prize drawing occurs at 1:30PM. For more information call 480-905-1903.
 
Sunday, October 31st
Motorcycle Mania 5. Don't Miss Motorcycle Mania 5 This Halloween! 2 Fun-Filled Events, 1 Incredible Day! Converging rides from Skunk Motorsports in Mesa and Hacienda Harley in Scottsdale. Rides include admission to huge Halloween Motorcycle Block Party. Scenic escorted rides will converge in the desert with rest stop and continue to the Madison Street Jail, the site of the huge Halloween Motorcycle block party in downtown Phoenix at approximately 11:00 am. Rides escorted by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Sunday, October 31, 2004. Register at 7:30 am, Ride at 9:00 am at both Skunk Motorsports in Mesa and Hacienda Harley in Scottsdale. Admission: $30 Rider, $25 Passenger. $25/$20 for those who pre-register Includes: T-shirt (first 500 to register), Ride Pin (first 500 to register), Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Fun Contests & Prizes, Haunted Jail Tour, Tiger Babes, Motorcycle Drill Team, Military Displays, Bike Contests, Live Music, Motorcycle Stunts, Big 50/50, Over 50 Vendors. For more information call 602-271-0183. Click Here for all of the details.
 
Upcoming Events
 
Saturday, December 4th
Toys To Kids Ride. I have had some emails asking if we were going to do the "Toys To Kids Ride" again this year. And the answer is YES! It was such a rewarding time for everyone involved last year that we are anxious to do it again. This year the ride will be on Saturday, December 4th starting in Fountain Hills. We will again have 200 kids with us at the event to receive your toys and are working on the entertainment for the kids and for the riders. So mark December 4th on your calendar for the Toys To Kids Ride. $5 donation. Ride pin to the first 1000 riders. If you missed last year's ride, Click Here for photos. Click Here for the Video Page.
 
March 18-20th
World of Wheels. 36th Annual World Of Wheels Dates are March 18-20th 2005 for Vendors or to enter your Motorcycle in the custom show. Call Kimmy 623-334-1545.
 
Extras
 
Readers Rides:
There are now over 150 entries in the Readers Rides section with more to add right now. If you have a good picture of you next to a Sign, a well known part of Americana or a Famous Landscape of where you have ridden, email it to me at info@cyclerides.com to be included in the pictorial. Take a look.
 
The Classifieds are one of the most hit pages on the site. If you are looking for a bike, be sure and check here.
 
One of my favorite things to do is make video's for the site. If you haven't looked at them for a while, it is a good way to take a break and take a virtual ride. Click Here for the Video Page.
 
As for me, I'm practicing my horseshoes, darts and basketball shooting. Mrs. Cyclerides and I will be doing the Arizona Activities Run for Special Olympics on Saturday. See you there.
 
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
 
Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
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