Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
It is now officially the riding season for the Valley of the Sun and it shows by taking a look at the events already lined up below. The month of October is only a few days old and already there are a record 25 events listed on Cyclerides.com for the month and November is starting to fill up as well. You can take a look at the Day Rides or the Event Calendar to plan your future rides. I will have another 3 Day ride up soon called the Four Canyon Ride. I mentioned it last week but didn't include the link. Click Here for some preview photos.
Hurricane Katrina happened just over a month ago but it seems like a year already. After the first couple of days it seems that all we have heard is the negative press about response times, partisan political bickering and finger pointing, reports of scams to raise money, reports of the $2000 Visas being used to buy Louis Vuitton purses and lap dances, minority mouth pieces claiming that the hurricane was all a plan by the Government to wipe out the poor and hundreds of millions of dollars have been raised without a good way to disperse it. I don't know about you, but as much as I would like to help, I am now officially in brain overload about the shotgun approach of donating to Katrina, suspicious of some money raising campaigns and a great big dose of apathy has set in. This is all frustrating to me because Katrina has caused a huge human tragedy and there are still many people suffering and displaced from their homes and will be for some time.
It appears that the Red Cross and other national organizations have raised plenty of money and up to this point I have kept my hand in my pocket aside from a direct donation to my Church that was going directly to a Sister Church in New Orleans. THAT IS UP UNTIL NOW. As much as I wanted to help the cause, I felt that I really wanted to be able to give directly to a family that could use all of the money to get themselves back on their feet. I can't imagine how these people must feel waking up one day and their jobs, houses and life as they knew it had changed. That opportunity to give directly has now presented itself to me and others in the motorcycle world that might feel the same way I do and would be willing to help a fellow rider.
Buck Rogers, a 17 year employee with Glendale/Arrowhead Harley-Davidson, has always been a big contributor to the motorcycle community. I've known Buck personally for 6 years and have found him to be an extremely upstanding man, a proud Vietnam Veteran and a "giver" to many organizations and to riders all over the State. Buck is now asking for some help. Most of his family witnessed first hand the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Buck had 10 members of his family affected by the storm from his 47 year old Sister Irma across Lake Pontchartrain in North Shore area to his 94 year old Mother in New Orleans St. Bernard parish and others in the surrounding parishes.
His Mother's house was 10 blocks from the levee, but fortunately she evacuated before the levee broke. His 89 year old Aunt Mae was missing until last Friday when she was found in North West Louisiana staying with folks that retrieved her from a shelter a couple of weeks ago. She didn't have any phone numbers to contact her family with, so it took a while for the people caring for her to track them down. Buck says she seems OK for 89 years old and the trauma of losing everything. His 75 year old Uncle Bill is still missing. Click Here for some photos of the damage to their homes.
As you have heard on the news, many of the people in New Orleans could not get or could not afford flood insurance. That was also the case with Buck's family. There was no flood insurance for the homes, just content insurance. Most of the homes are severely damaged as you have seen and have mold.
What can you do? Buck is going to the community that he knows so well for some help. He has gotten a motorcycle donated at cost from Arrowhead HD and is asking for those who would like to help, to buy a raffle ticket or two. Your $10 per ticket is tax deductible. This will give you a chance to win a motorcycle and if all of the 2000 tickets are sold, it will raise about $14,000 for Buck to disperse to his family to help them get back on their feet. Most of the near term issues are alternative living expenses, since they have to stay in motels or other accommodations, transportation, food and clothing.
When Buck came to me with this, I knew I had found a situation that I would feel good about contributing to and comfortable that the funds were going to be used properly. If you too are so inclined to help, you can stop by Arrowhead Harley-Davidson any time between now and October 23rd, located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Dr. in Peoria, AZ and purchase your raffle tickets for $10 each from any of the cashiers. There are also donation jars and you can make a donation at any Bank One to the "Buck Rogers Family Disaster Relief Fund". Or you can come to the party on October 23rd at Arrowhead Harley where the winner of the motorcycle will be drawn at 4:00pm. You can also stop by early for FREE Pizza and drinks, Raffle Prizes, 50/50 tickets and music by Bumbling Brothers Productions. Take your chance at winning a motorcycle and help a family at the same time.
This Week's Bike Night Events
Hooters at 1-17 and Bell Rd. Tuesday Bike Night. Hooters at I-17 and Bell will be hosting a new Bike Night every Tuesday night from 6pm - 9pm. They will feature a "Ride In" Bike Show with weekly prizes for 1st - 3rd. And then, the third Tuesday of every month we will crown the Bike of the Month with a Grand Prize. We will have $2 Bud, Bud Light, and Bud Select bottles. There will be 20% off of all food and merchandise when you ride in on your bike. Stop by for loads of Raffle Prizes. There will be VIP Motorcycle Parking and you will be greeted at the front door by a Hooter's Girl waiting to give you your raffle ticket. Hooter's is located in the Bell Canyon Shopping Center at 2834 W. Bell Rd., West of I-17 on Bell Rd. 602-375-0000.
Superstition Harley-Davidson and Spirits Bar and Grill have teamed up to bring riders in the Far East Valley a great Thursday bike night. For those of you in Far East Mesa and Apache Junction, you now have a place to go on Thursday nights. And better yet, just for riding your bike to Spirits, they will give you a free hamburger. That’s right, every rider to show up on their bike between 7-10pm will receive a free hamburger! Stick around and win great prizes and raffle items from Superstition Harley-Davidson. ENTER YOUR NAME IN THE DRAWING EVERY THURSDAY IN OCTOBER FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A $250 GIFT CARD FROM SUPERSTITION HARLEY-DAVIDSON. Drawing will be on October 27th. Must be present to win. Enter once every Thursday in October to increase your odds of winning. Spirits is located at 9303 E. Apache Trail in East Mesa. One block East of Ellsworth on Apache Trail (Main St.). Come sit on the patio and watch the bikes roll in, stay inside and enjoy a game of pool, and friendly wait staff. The large dance floor is always open with music from Goodtime Charlie The OUTLAW DJ playing The Best of Country and the Best of Rock and Roll every Thursday night from 8:30p.m till 2am. With an extensive food menu, 2 patios, and monitors inside to watch your bike, Spirits is the hottest Bike night place to be in the east valley. The LEGEND of Spirits Lives on. More info at Superstition HD at 480-346-0600 or 480-986-5572.
Hooters Mesa Thursday Bike Night. Hooters in Mesa located at 6730 E. Superstition Springs Blvd. will host a Bike Night every Thursday night from 6-9 pm. If you haven't seen this Hooters yet you will have to stop by and take a look. This is one of the nicest locations that they have. Hooters will $2.00 Corona's and 20% off of food and merchandise if you ride your bike in. Stop by for raffles prizes every Thursday Night with Big Raffle prizes the first Thursday of every month. For more information call 480-396-9396.
Hooters at Arrowhead Bike Night. Continues Giveaways and Raffles. 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, $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. A valley favorite bike night for over 3 years. Ride in and sit out on the patio 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. You can always count on lots of bikes here.
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.
Every Saturday and Sunday
Cave Creek Roadhouse Bike Weekend. Take a ride and stop by the Hottest New Restaurant/Bar in Cave Creek where every weekend will be Bike Weekend. There is plenty of motorcycle parking right out front. I have mentioned this place before and now it has finally opened to rave reviews. CCR is located on Cave Creek Rd. in the heart of Cave Creek directly across from Harold's. It is a restaurant and bar that focuses on a broad menu of good food and has a large bar for socializing with your riding pals for a good time. It is built to look like something out of the 1800's, but it is brand new. Stop by this weekend for lunch, dinner or just to have a drink and take a look at the place. I can tell you that their hamburgers and steak fries are exceptional. Mrs. C. had the swordfish and said it was very good.
Live Music Every Weekend:
Friday: Live Music with "Crown Kings" 9pm - 1:30am
Saturday Night: Live Music with "Crown Kings" 9pm - 1:30am
Sunday: Live Music with "Walt Richardson" 4pm - 8pm
Click here for the Cave Creek Roadhouse website. 480-575-3098
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. Live Music from 10am on the patio.
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 email@example.com . 480-970-6556.
Saturday, October 8th
AZ Choirboys LEMC C.U.F.F.S. 2005. This ride benefits families of fallen Police Officer, Firefighters and Correction Officers killed or injured in the line of duty. Registration at Chester's Harley Davidson at 922 S. Country Club Drive in Mesa, AZ. Registration starts at 8:00am, last bike out at 10:30am. Final destination Phoenix F.O.P. Lodge 2. Vendors, Live Music, Raffles, Door Prizes, Auctions, 50/50. Entry fees: $15 for riders, $5 for passengers which includes one poker hand and ride pins to the first 500 entries. Lunch and T-shirts sold at the event. High Hand $300, Low Hand $100. For more information visit www.azchoirboys.com.
Friday - Sunday, October 7-9th
Parkerbikerfest. a run to raise money for the Players Ninth Street Youth Center. Starting with the closing of downtown, Friday night, in order to host the bikers at the street party and Bobby's Territorial Harley Davidson Bike show. The bikes roll UP onto a raised, checkered flag platform, complete with shining lights and smoke to let the crowds cheer and get an awesome view as they vie for the prize money and trophies.
Saturday its on to free breakfast and a spectacular tour of the river as it's Poker Run time for big $ and trophies. No sooner do the bikes return to their home base park on the rivers edge, and a bike rodeo begins with great prizes. Then it's off the bikes and on to a free dinner and live music.
Sunday morning starts with CMA services and an escorted rolling thunder through the community. Oh sure there's the full line up of vendors, 50/50's, free T-Shirts and run Pins and free camping, but most of all it the community of Parker, that extends its warmth and friendliness to the motorcycle community. One low price gets you entered into everything. See it all at www.parkerbikerfest.com . or the info line toll free at 928-669-6511.
Saturday, October 8th
2nd Annual Agent Orange Ride. Poker Run with Cash & Prizes. Sign-in 8-10am at Evolution Custom Cycles, 617 South McClintock Drive in Tempe, AZ. Poker Run, 50/50, Win Cash & Prizes including: A Fender Guitar & Amp, Southwest Airline Tickets, Leathers, T-Shirts, Hats, & More. Presented by The Order of the Silver Rose. From the Organizer, Buffalo Rick Galeener…Recently, our government has seen fit to revisit disability cases, and has severed compensation for any Vietnam veteran who "did not set foot on land, in Vietnam"! These are sailors and marines that served aboard ships stationed in the Gulf of Tonkin. They are suffering and dying from Agent Orange exposure and our VA system has seen fit to exclude them from compensation! Another promise broken! We will not break our promise! We will continue to recognize and award The Order of the Silver Rose to any veteran affected by Agent Orange. Get more info on the web at www.silverrose.org. We hope you will help in our effort by donating anything from Sponsorship dollars to Door Prizes. (Hats, t-shirts, products, services etc.) We'll take whatever we can get! It's for our vets! Thanks…Buffalo Rick Galeener, AZ Director, Order of the Silver Rose.
Sunday, October 9th
Hogtoberfest. Poker Run, Bike Show, Bike Games, Tattoo Contest, Door Prizes, Live Auction, Fashion Show, Live Music, Food, Drink, Vendors, 50/50, & a chance to win a $500 gift certificate to Harley-Davidson of Tucson. Jim Thomasson Memorial Poker Run-Sign-In 8-10:30am at Harley-Davidson of Tucson, 250 East Grant Road in Tucson, AZ. Payout for both High & Low Hands. Event Registration 11am-3:30pm at Beaudry RV, 3200 East Irvington Road in Tucson, On Site Registration includes: Admission, Event Pin (while supplies last), Door Prize Ticket, & a chance to win a $500 gift certificate to Harley-Davidson of Tucson (must be present to win). Plus there’s a chance to win a brand new 2005 Harley-Davidson, FLHRCI, Fuel Injected, Black, Road King Classic. Tickets are $5 each & $1 from each ticket will be distributed equally between: Pima Youth Partnership, Tucson Area Reading Council, TROT, & Las Familias. 520-792-0111.
Ride For Miracles 2005. Hosted by RE/MAX Professionals. 7am - 8:15am meet at Arrowhead Harley-Davidson for registration and continental breakfast sponsored by Krispy Kreme. 8:30am ride leaves AHD and continues on the Loop 101 East to West World in Scottsdale. $30 per rider includes admission to the event, 1 raffle ticket and a T-Shirt. All money raised goes to Phoenix Children's Hospital. For more information call: 623-643-1044.
Saturday, October 15th
Easyriders 2005 V-Twin Bike Show. See your favorite custom bike builders including Billy Lane, Paul Yaffe, Dave Perewitz, Kim Suter and more all under one roof October 15th at the Phoenix Civic Plaza. Wall to wall custom bikes, Motorcycle Trade Show, Live Music by Blackberry Smoke, Roadware Fashion Show, Door Prizes and much more done only the way Easyriders can do it. Enter your bike into the Easyriders Custom Bike Show. Click Here to enter. Admission $16 for the day. Show hours 10am - 10pm.
Saturday, October 15th
Superstition Harley-Davidson Breast Cancer Awareness Weekend. We’re doing our part at Superstition Harley Davidson! October 15th and 16th is Breast Cancer Awareness Weekend, only at Superstition Harley Davidson. Come visit us that weekend and take 20% off all pink Motorclothes products. If you’re one of the first 50 customers to make a purchase on either day, we’ll give you a Free Breast Cancer Ribbon lapel pin! You can also purchase a raffle ticket for only $20 for your chance to win the one of a kind Breast Cancer Chopper, which we’ll have on display! This bike was build by Firebird Custom Choppers, was featured in the March issue of Rumble Magazine, and sports many unique items, like ribbon-shaped spokes! Proceeds from the raffle go to the Arizona Institute for Breast Health and the bike will be raffled off April 9, 2006 It’s all going down October 15th and 16th, ONLY at Superstition Harley-Davison located at 2910 W. Apache Trail in Apache Junction. 480-346-0600.
Saturday, October 15th
Tim Johnson Benefit Ride. A few weeks ago I mentioned the story about Tim Johnson, co-owner of MPC Custom Cycles, who on September 1st was involved in a severe motorcycle accident in California with his wife Judy. She is doing well, but Tim is still in very serious condition. Extreme swelling in his brain has left him without basic motor skills and unable to communicate or have any movement on his right side. But thanks to many prayers, it is a miracle he is still with us as the doctors gave him virtually no chance to survive the first night. But after 14 days in a coma, he is slowly improving. To compound problems there have been insurance issues and they will not pay to have Tim brought back to Phoenix. So the family is asking for your help to raise the $8,000 to fly Tim back home via a life support transportation. You can make a donation at MPC anytime or join the event on the 15th and make a donation then. Refreshments at 10:30am and ride leaves at 11:30am. For more information on how you can help, contact RJ Naylor at 602-569-6320. MPC is located at 2424 E. Greenway Rd., NE Corner of Cave Creek Rd. and Greenway Rd.
Sunday October 16th
Ride For Kids Supporting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. The Ride For Kids® is a motorcyclist’s program that is helping to find the cause and cure of pediatric brain tumors. The Ride For Kids® also serves as a nationally recognized educational and patient support program for patients and their families, and the medical community. Brain tumors are the most deadly of all the childhood cancers. Ride starts at the Glendale Arena located at 6520 N. 91st. Ave. in Glendale. Registration opens at 8am and closes at 9:45am. Free coffee, doughnuts and light lunch.
Sunday October 16th
5th Annual Foothills Stampede and Poker Run. Sponsored by Foothills HOG Chapter. All proceeds benefit Chandler Compadres. Registration is $20 Per Person and includes the Poker Run, T-Shirt to the first 300 mail-in registrants, Ride Pin to the first 500, Vendors, Shopping, Entrance to Run’s End Party Corona Ranch, Lunch, Live Music by SilverCreek, Bike Games, “Old West” Entertainment, Door Prizes, & “Share The Wealth” Raffle. Presented by Foothills HOG Chapter 76, the ride proceeds will benefit the Chandler Compadres Inc. It will begin at Chandler Harley Davidson & travel to Corona Ranch in Lavine in the West Valley, AZ. 480 496-6800 or http://www.foothillshog.com
Sunday October 16th
1st Annual "Share the Magic" Charity Poker Run. Presented by AZ Beta Sigma Phis Against Domestic Abuse. Registration at 10am at Arrowhead Harley-Davidson, ride leaves at 11am. $25 per person. First 100 registrations receive a free pin and bandana. 50/50, Raffles, Entertainment and Lunch. More information at 602-230-7281.
The 6th Annual Motorcycle Mania is coming up on October 30th. The Custom bike show is sponsored by Biker Information Guide and is looking for bikes for the show. To enter your Bike in the Motorcycle Show call Kimmy at 623-334-1545, or Click Here to print a registration form.
Copper State Cycles is repeating their Huge Tire BLOW OUT SALE. Now through the month of October is the time to replace your tires at Copper State Cycles. All Dunlap, Metzeler, Avon and Michelin tires are 30% off MSRP. We've also reduced our install to a flat $35 per tire. Need brake pads while the wheels are off? Reduced pricing on all DP brake pads as well. Does your scoot need a 5k or 10K service. Take 20% off the already low price. That makes your Factory 5K service only $296 and your Factory 10K service only $376. Both prices include your choice of synthetic or standard oil. Buy a 2006 red horse custom during the month of October, and receive either Lifetime scheduled maintenance ( a $1795 value ) or $1000 in Copper State bucks to purchase anything in the store. Copper State Cycles is located at 8245 E. Butherus in Scottsdale. Click Here for Map. Call for appointment at 480-596-6820 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
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