Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Wow! What a beautiful weekend for riding and we took advantage of it by tacking on additional 250 miles to the odometers on the bikes. It's that time of year that layering becomes the buzz word when trying to decide what to wear. If you start your ride shortly after sunrise you will need some additional clothing to get started, but you will soon be down to short or long sleeve shirt for the rest of the day.
I mentioned last week that I was looking forward to doing a new type of ride called the Special Olympics Arizona Activities Run. And after all the anticipation I was not disappointed at all. Instead of drawing cards at each stop, there was a different activity for you to test your skills. This was probably one of the most fun rides that I have ever participated in and from the buzz of the crowd, that thought was shared by almost everyone. Poker runs seem to be getting a little "tired" and I believe ride organizers are going to have to get a little more creative with the entertainment value of these rides in order to entice the large crowds of riders back to these worthwhile charity events.
The first stop was Superstition Harley-Davidson in Apache Junction. Soon to be the largest HD Dealership in the State. We signed up, got our packets and participated in our first event by throwing 2 horseshoes trying to earn points to be registered on our card. Unfortunately for me, the big "goose egg" was the first number entered for me. It seems as though the glaze from the Krispy Kreme doughnuts must have made the horseshoe stick to my hand causing it to release long after my follow through and ultimately landing somewhere in East Mesa. The second shoe was at least within walking distance from the nearest stake, but not close enough to score.
From there we were on to TEAM Arizona where we were met by a couple of Special Olympians and basketball goals set up in the parking lot. After playing basketball in High School and City Leagues up until about 40 years old, I thought that this is where I would make up some ground. You had the choice to shoot from three different lines to get as high as 15 points per shot. Of course, I chose the longest shot for the most points to try and put some ground between me and the rest of the field. What I didn't know was that the Special Olympians must have recognized my former basketball prowess and decided that they should try and guard me while I was shooting my free throws. Although I didn't throw up any "air balls" their efforts must have worked as I walked away from there with a measly 15 points.
After a fun little game of 2 on 1 with the kids, to show them that I could still "shake and bake", I was on my way with my tail between my legs needing to make up some serious points on the next stop. We pulled into 5 and Diner to find riders throwing double XL t-shirts filled with Styrofoam popcorn. The object was to throw these giant T-shirt bean bags as far as you could to gain points gauged by how many feet they went. Looked simple enough, but the trick was to keep them low. After a respectable hurl of 31 feet, it was not enough to make up much ground on the field. So we were off to the Southwest Airlines hangar at Sky Harbor Airport where I would need a couple of bulls to make up some much needed ground. Unfortunately, even without the hazing of the Special Olympians, I was not able to find the center of the dart board and walked away with only 41 points for a total of 87 points. However, Mrs. C. did hit one bull's-eye for 50 points and another rider hit 2 for a total of 100 points.
Barring any positive tests of steroid use from my opponents, I could see that my dreams of a Special Olympics Gold Medal were now in serious jeopardy. We left the Southwest Hangar and made our way down Washington St. to Jackson's on 3rd for our last event, the coin drop. This was simply a game of luck, which is something I hadn't had much of that day. And this event didn't change that as I dropped my penny only to watch it flip flop through the water like a presidential candidate, heading directly for the 15 point cup before suddenly veering left (imagine that) onto the aquarium floor. Leaving me with a grand total of 87 points, not nearly enough to overtake the eventual winner.
All in all it was a very fun ride and one that kept everyone talking, interacting with each other and interested. But in the end, it wasn't a great day for my ego. When the winners were announced I found that I had gotten beat by a Girl with 220 points and a Special Olympian with 187 points. Hmmm! Maybe I should put the Yearbook days behind me and stick to solo sports like Sky Diving, Bungee Jumping and of course Riding. I would highly recommend this type of ride and will certainly do the activities run again next year. Click Here for all of the photos.
OCC Update: Now Only 8 Days Until Tempe Beach Park Will Transformed into "Teutulville".
Starting Monday the building and the preparation will begin to bring to Tempe what will likely be the biggest 3 day motorcycle event ever in the State of Arizona. You have probably seen the television commercials on Cox Communications, or seen the articles in the paper by now. But the buzz to finally see the Teutul's, 15 of their theme bikes, and the awesome bikes from the unknown builders competing in the Cyclerides.com "Best of the Southwest Custom Motorcycle Show" is growing by the day. The entertainment schedule is set with live music starting at noon every day with acts including Bad Company's Paul Rodgers on Saturday Night, local band "Crush" on Friday Night as well as local favorites CTS on Saturday afternoon and Rondavous on Sunday afternoon. You won't want to miss this one. Motorcycle parking will be directly South of the park in the America West lot and on Mill Ave. If you don't want to stand in line at the gate, you can Click Here to purchase tickets online.
Be sure and look for the Cyclerides.com Booth directly across from the Custom Bike Show.
This Week's Events
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 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 480-970-6556.
New!! Bar Louie Sunday Evening Bike Night. New!!
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.
Saturday, October 30th
Harley Halloween Party. Ride in a join us all day if you dare. Do you have an Awesome Chopper? If you do, bring it to Arrowhead Harley Davidson and enter it in the "Arizona's Hottest Chopper Contest" and win $500. Registration is from 9-11:30am. Noon to 1:45pm is the Bike Display and Voting. 1:45-2pm the winners will be announced.
Noon - 4pm: Free Food and Goblin's Brew
2:30 pm: Kid's Costume Contest for $25 Gift Card
3:00 pm: Adult Costume Contest for $75 Gift Card
3:30 pm: Pie Eating Contest for $50 Gift Card
4:30 pm: Bob For Apples contest for $50 Gift Card
5:30 pm: $250 Gift Card Raffle Drawing.
Plus: One day only Manager's Special Markdowns with prices so low it will scare you.
Arrowhead HD is located in Peoria 1 Block S. of Bell Rd. and 1 block West of 83rd. Ave. Just off of the Loop 101. For more information call 623-324-5542.
Saturday, October 30th
2-WHEEL EXCITEMENT ON MILL AVENUE
Motorcycle riders and enthusiasts will be happy to know that a new store is about to open in town that will meet all their needs. Chosa's Harley-Davidson On Mill will open its doors on Saturday, October 30th at 10 a.m. Chosa's Harley-Davidson On Mill is located at 690 South Mill Avenue, Suite 120A, just north of University in Tempe, AZ. The Harley lifestyle experience is promoted throughout this 2,400-square-foot store dealing exclusively in Harley-Davidson® T-shirts, MotorClothes® apparel, accessories, gifts, collectibles, and more. You will find items ranging from clothing, tattoo patches, coffee mugs, belt buckles and infant wear to memorabilia. All authentic, all Harley! The store's official Grand Opening Celebration will be on Friday, December 3rd. Store hours are Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Be sure and take a walk down Mill during the OCC event to see the new store.
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 31
Motorcycle Mania 5. Don’t miss Motorcycle Mania 5 This Halloween! 2 fun-filled events, 1 incredible day! Participate in either of 2 rides leaving from 2 alternative locations or attend the Block Party. Converging rides from Skunk Motorsports in Mesa and Hacienda Harley in Scottsdale. Escorted rides will leave 9 am and converge on a desert scenic tour ending at the Madison Street Jail, the site of the huge Halloween Motorcycle block party in downtown Phoenix at approximately 10:30 a.m. Rides escorted by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Sunday, October 31, 2004. Register at 7:00 am, Ride at 9:00 am, at both Skunk Motorsports in Mesa and adjacent to Hacienda Harley in Scottsdale. Admission: $30 Rider, $25 Passenger. For those who pre-register www.lawtigers.com rider $25, Passenger is $20. Ride Fee includes entrance into Block Party (Madison @ First Avenue, downtown Phoenix), tee-shirt (to first 500); ride pin (to first 500), Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Fun Contests & Prizes, Haunted Jail Tour, Street Acts, Daredevil Motorcycle Stunts, Tiger Babes, Hooter Girls, Motorcycle Precision Drill Team, Military Displays, Bike Contests, Halloween Costume Contest, Live Music, Big 50/50, Over 50 vendors and new this year ... beer garden. Entry fee for block party (10am – 4pm; Madison & First Avenue) $10.00 for adults; children under 12 free. Proceeds benefit MCSO Youth Assistance Foundation. For more information call 602-271-0183. Click Here for all of the details.
Wednesday, November 3rd
Pre OCC Event Party At the Billet Bar. Here is your chance to win tickets to the OCC event every half hour beginning at 6pm. Stop by the world famous Billet Bar Wednesday, November 3rd from 5:30 p.m - 10 p.m for a warm up to the OCC in Tempe, Best of the Southwest Custom Motorcycle Show. Don't miss out on your chance to win tickets to the show - a three day celebration featuring the cast from Orange County Choppers. A pair of tickets to the show will be raffled off every 1/2 hour beginning at 6 p.m.! RAFFLE IS FREE! 3 day/2night vacation at El Dorado Ranch & La Ventana Del Mar Golf Resort in San Felipe, Baja Mexico will also be raffled. The Billet Bar is located in Old Town Scottsdale at 3725 N. Scottsdale Rd. For more information call 480-941-1876.
Friday - Sunday
November 5th - 7th
OCC In Tempe - "Best of the Southwest Custom Motorcycle Show".
Most of you know by now that The Teutul's from Orange County Choppers are coming to Tempe November 5th - 7th. They are bringing 15 of their theme bikes with them and will be signing autographs 10am - 6pm Friday and Saturday. 10am - 3pm on Sunday. The Custom Builders Bike Show Contestants are in place and they are fantastic. A great selection of unknown custom bike builders. There is also an excellent selection of vendors in place that will have something for everyone. If you don't want to stand in line at the gate, you can buy your tickets online and get in much faster. Click Here for the link to buy tickets.
For those of you that remember the Rocky Horror Picture Show, here is another funny political flash movie with Bush and Kerry similar to that of the Jib Jab one that was so popular a couple of months ago. Click Here to view.
As for me this weekend, Scott Pasmore and I will be judging the "Arizona's Hottest Chopper Contest" at Arrowhead Harley-Davidson at around 1:00pm on Saturday. If you get a chance, stop by and say Hi. And then going to the Motorcycle Mania event in Downtown Phoenix on Sunday.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
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