Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Well, just as advertised, this past weekend was the perfect start to our riding season. Temperatures were mild with clear skies. The next 7 months should be excellent riding weather. Mrs. Cyclerides and I took the ride out to Canyon Lake for the Lost Dutchman Ride. The 14 mile ride to the lake from Apache Junction is really a nice ride. But the jewel of the ride is the part that not too many actually take. It is not very well known that the road is paved another 6 miles past Tortilla Flat, and that is some of the most beautiful part of the entire ride. And if you are really looking for some adventure, take the dirt road another 4 miles for some really incredible scenery through Fish Creek. If you haven't been, click here for the Tortilla Flat Day Ride.
Of course, with any ride you take, there are some potential hazards. With this particular ride, it is not rough roads, speeding 18 wheelers or slick "Tar Snakes". It is worse than that. When you leave the Canyon Lake area there are 3 things you definitely do not want to be behind. In order of most desirable to least these are; a Boat, a Motorhome and an "Out of State Tourist" in a large American car. That's right, the "Out of State Tourist" in a Cadillac is one of the worst possible situations you can be behind on a 14 mile road full of twisties and no passing zones. At least the guy pulling the boat has a clue. Whenever I leave Tortilla Flat I always try and time the departure so that there are no visible encumbrances in front of me. That wasn't the case this day. We drew the worst card possible. Just as we were ready to leave, I see a group of 4 senior citizens getting into a Sedan DeVille with Illinois plates for what was to be their leisurely drive back to Apache Junction. We were not able to get in front, so we were destined to follow them the entire way.
Having been behind this kind of scenario before, I had a sinking feeling about what was to come. My only hope was that he had not stopped at the overlook on the way down and would take one more peek at the lake on his way out. After only 2 miles, my worst suspicions had already come true. Our friends from the "Land of Lincoln" were determined to see every cactus individually on their 14 mile drive back to Apache Junction. Don't they know that those 10 mph corners are a suggested speed? There is not photo radar in those hills. After 6 miles of watching this guy negotiate these curves, I was betting that not only is he FROM the Land of Lincoln, he probably VOTED for Lincoln. I wouldn't deny anyone the opportunity to take in the scenery, but based upon the 12 cars, 3 boats and 14 motorcycles lined up bumper to bumper behind him, I'm guessing he might have been taking in a little more than his fair share of time.
So after 12 miles, 285 gear changes, 300 taps on the brakes and a dozen rubber band effects we were thoroughly exhausted. The good news was we had FINALLY reached the passing zone and speeds of more than 20 mph. We were now able to put good ole' Abe in OUR rear view mirror and hope to never see him again on winding roads. Our leisurely 20 minute ride from the lake had turned into a 40 minute lesson on slow riding, the use of the clutch and brakes and the exercising of patience. But all turned out good. Aside from being a little frustrated and worn out, I am now able to crush an unopened beer can with the strength I gained in my left hand from pulling in the clutch.
My suggestion is, if you see that you are going to be behind tourists in a large American car that haven't seen a cactus in 20 years, go back into Tortilla Flat and order up another Sarsaparilla. You will be glad you did.
I added over 90 new subscribers to the newsletter this week. If you did not get last week's letter, Click Here to read about the Grand Canyon Day Trip.
In This Issue:
San Felipes Wednesday
Bike Night. - WELCOME BACK TO RIDING PARTY TONIGHT!
This Thursday! Motorcycle Mania 4 Bikini Contest at Casey Jones Bike Night
Saturday, Chosa's Harley-Davidson 2004 Model Open House Free Food and Beverage.
First Wednesday Bike Night Sponsored by Chosa's Shop in Apache Junction at Los Gringos.
Here is something a little different. "A Day With Butkus"
This Week's Events
San Felipes Wednesday
Bike Night. - WELCOME BACK
TO RIDING PARTY TONIGHT!
Kick off the riding season with the Dos Equis/Tecate BEER MAIDENS at San Felipe's Cantina. Special price for bikers on Beer and Appetizer's. Free give aways begin at 8:00 pm from Dos Equis/Tecate. Rock on into a Wednesday night with DJ Fista the in-house D.J.
Click Here to see why the Arizona Republic is calling DC Ranch's Market Street the next "Hot Spot" As always you can enjoy good Mexican Food, Good Drinks and a Rockin' Good Time? San Felipes is your place in North Scottsdale. Not only are you allowed to dance on the bar at San Felipes...It is encouraged! See the pictures. San Felipes starts out mellow for the dinner crowd and then builds as the night goes on. It really gets going at around 10:00PM when the bartenders sing Karaoke on the bar. Billed as North Scottsdale's Only Dance Party with 100 Tequilas and No Cover, the DJ begins at 8:00 and will be playing your favorite tunes to get you going. And now they are inviting all riders to stop by and join in on the fun. Stop by for dinner and then sit back and wait for the fun to start. Located on the SE Corner of Pima and Thompson Peak Pkwy. There is a big new retail center there that is built to look like an old mining town. Really neat atmosphere with Bike Parking all across the front. San Felipes is easily accessible from just about anywhere. Just 2 miles N. of the 101 on Pima Rd. You can sit inside and eat, watch your favorite teams on the big screen or sit out on the patio and enjoy the evening weather. Bike night specials include: $3.00 Margaritas, $3.00 Bottles and 25% off all entrees. This is really a fun place. Some of you might recognize the San Felipes name from their restaurant on the Main St. in Flagstaff. Bike night is from 6PM - Close. For more information: 480-563-9495. Cyclerides.com V.I.P. Cardholders will get 25% Off Entrees all week long.
New!! Starts Next Wednesday!
Los Gringos Locos Wednesday Bike Night sponsored by Chosa's Harley-Davidson Shop.
Here is one for the riders in the far East Valley and Apache Junction. Los Gringos Locos and Chosa's HD Shop have combined for a Wednesday Bike Night. This is a great facility with a separate Cantina and an outdoor patio. Enjoy great Mexican food in the dining area or eat in the Cantina or outside. Happy Hour will be all evening long. $3.00 house margaritas, $1.50 domestics and $2.50 imports. Los Gringos is located at 280 S. Phelps Dr. in Apache Junction. That is just 2 blocks South of Apache Trail (Main) on Phelps. Join the gang from Chosa's HD Shop on Wednesday nights for some good food and fun. There will be raffle prizes and giveaways. More information at 480-288-5626. Click Here for Pictures.
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. This will all start on Wednesday, August 14th. I will have an information page on the event calendar that will give you all the details. Stop by and take a look, I'm sure you will like what you see. Info: 480-897-6200.
Thursday Night features Bike Nights all over the Valley. Look below to find one near you.
Casey Jones Grill Bike Night This Thursday Motorcycle Mania 4
Bikini Contest. The contest starts at 8:00pm. Stop by and voice your opinion on who
should go to the finals. 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.
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 (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.
Pass Food and Spirits Lounge Thursday Bike Night.
Far East Siders you now have a nice big place to go on Thursday nights. The newly remodeled and very large Thunder Pass Food and Spirits Lounge opened for the first time Thursday May 29th to kick off their Thursday Bike Night from 6pm to close. Thunder Pass owners are the same as the Spirits Lounge in Gilbert that a lot of you have gone to in the past. Spirits closed the doors on Saturday due to the loss of the lease. Rick's new place, taking the place of Spirits will be Thunder Pass located at 9303 E. Apache Trail in East Mesa. One block East of Ellsworth on Apache Trail (Main St.). They will have ladies night on Thursdays with $1.00 drinks, extensive food menu and a huge dance floor with a DJ. Thunder Pass features 2 patios. One out front and one in the back. Park your bikes right next to you. Rick invites all that have come to Spirits for the last 21 years to the new 300 seat Thunder Pass located on the County island between Mesa and Apache Junction.
ACME Bar and Grill . Remember when downtown Scottsdale was the place to be? They are back with the complete remodel of the place including the new rooftop bar. You will enjoy a Free Buffet from 8:00-9:30 PM, Drink Specials, Raffles every week, Great Music, Pool and lots of fun in Downtown Scottsdale. Make your plans for Thursday March 20th to kick off the return of ACME. Come early for the free buffet and get your raffle ticket and return at 10:00 PM for the drawing. ACME is located in Old Town Scottsdale at 4245 N. Craftsmen Ct. just South of 5th Ave. and West of Scottsdale Rd. For more information call 480-990-7111. Ride by and be a part of the Rebirth of the Acme Ride Night This Thursday Night. Click here for details and pictures.
The Bike Night At The Billet Bar. 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 on Bike Night. 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. Keep an eye on your prized possession (your motorcycle) on the monitors. 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 Easyriders on 3752 N. Scottsdale Rd. Check it out this Thursday night and all weekend long. Info: at 480-941-1876.
Saturday and Sunday
Bike Days at The Hideaway.
This Saturday Stop by and see the Bourget Custom Bike Show. The HIDEAWAY Grill is the creation of a guy named Mark, a motorcycle enthusiast who loves to ride his Harley-Davidson ! The HIDEAWAY opened in August 0f 1998 and was the only biker friendly establishment in Cave Creek. Since that time The HIDEAWAY Grill has become known World Wide. Any day of the year you can stop in and see some of the most Amazing Show Quality and Road Warrior Bikes in the southwest. Some of the Hideaway events have become legendary. If you havenít heard about these then keep an eye on the website for events. At The Hideaway there is something to do every night.
Click here for the Weekly Schedule of Events
Monday-Friday: 10am - 6pm: $2 Well, Wine & Domestic Beer. Free Pizza Buffet 3pm - 6pm
Exclusive Bike Shows at The Hideaway with the Hottest Custom Manufacturers:
Jim Nasi Customs: The 1st Saturday of Every Month.
Bourget's Custom Bike Show: The 2nd Saturday of Every Month.
Titan Motorcycles Show: The 3rd Saturday of Every Month.
Ramjet Racing Performance Parts Expo. The 4th Saturday of Every Month.
In addition to the Bike Shows there will be a free Bikini Bike Wash during the shows along with Fun, Food, Entertainment, Vendors and More.
Sunday, October 12th
Hailey's Live Entertainment Sundays -
This Weekend - Sunday, October 12th: "The Cash Dailey Band".
Here is your chance to take a ride up the hill to some cooler country to hear live music. Stop in at Hailey's for some good food and fun all weekend long. If you are looking for a short ride (only 60 miles from I-17 & Loop 101) this weekend, this is it. They also have a great ice cream parlor. I am giving the 5 spokes award for the best chocolate milkshakes I have had in a long, time. These things are awesome. Hailey's Grill is located just 60 miles from the Loop 101 and I-17 at 10434 SO. Hwy 69 right next door to the Harley-Davidson shop in Mayer, AZ. This is a fun ride for some great food and entertainment. For more information call 928-632-4448. Don't forget to use your Cyclerides.com V.I.P. Card for your 20% off food at Hailey's.Upcoming Bands appearing at Hailey's on Sundays:
Sugar Daddy's Blues Biker Sunday Brunch.
Live Music on the patio from 1-6PM this Sunday
Beat the heat with the coolest outdoor patio in Scottsdale. 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 - 5pm. Enjoy live music from 1-6pm and choose from 9 delicious ala carte brunch items or order off of the extensive menu including pizza, salads, burgers or sandwiches. Or maybe just relax on the patio with your favorite beverage and enjoy the beautiful weather and watch the bikes roll down Scottsdale Rd. You can even play a game of pool as you watch the activities on the patio. Don't forget to go inside and see the unbelievable decor inside Sugar Daddy's. It's a Cajun and blues delight. Even if you can't make it 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.
Fr: Blue Plate Special with Band 9pm-1am.
Sat: GD Roadshow 9:00pm.
Sun: George and Duane of Mogollon 4-8pm.
Live Music Every Weekend. Visit our outdoor Patio's and Roof Top Bar. Plenty of bike parking. This Sunday at Fandango catch the "George and Duane of Mogollon". If you missed this show last time they were here. Don't make the same mistake twice. George and Duane from Mogollon have a unique combination of music and comedy and are a favorite at Fandango. Sunday Bike Day features food and drink specials and the best bands in Arizona. Fandango is located at 6032 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek. There is also live music on Friday and Saturday night. More info at 480-595-5633
Saturday, October 11th
Chosa's Harley-Davidson 2004 Model Open House.
Join Chosa's Harley-Davidson in Mesa & Apache Junction Saturday October 11th for our Harley-Davidson Model Year 2004 Open House. It's the first great event of the next hundred years and you can join the excitement as we roll out the new 2004 models. Celebrate with FREE Food and Beverages from 10am-2pm, Door Prizes, and 20-60% off selected MotorClothes Apparel, Collectibles, and Genuine Motor Accessories. Plus throughout October you can enter for a chance to win a new Sportster 1200 Custom motorcycle. Rumble on in Saturday October 11th from 8am-5pm at Chosa's Mesa located at 922 S. Country Club and Apache Junction located at 2910 W. Apache Trail. 480-894-0404.
Saturday, October 11th
Arizona Roadmasters Poker Run. This is a benefit poker run to help Our Lady of The Valley Catholic Church in aiding a family in crisis. Sign in from 7am - 10am at Indian of Phoenix located at 1133 W. Bell Rd. in Phoenix. Events include Raffles, 50/50, and live entertainment with N.G.O. For more information call Jim at 602-795-9974.
Sunday, October 12th
Hogtoberfest With The Tucson H.O.G. Join the Tucson H.O.G. Chapter for Hogtoberfest XV sponsored by Tucson Harley-Davidson. Take part in this annual event which includes a Bike Show, Bike Games, Poker Run, Tattoo Contest, Fashion Show, Door Prizes, Live Auction, Live Music, Vendors, 50/50 drawing and a chance to win one of three $500 gift certificates to Harley-Davidson/Buell of Tucson! Plus, of course, the motorcycle raffle to help raise money for charity. So, be sure to buy your raffle ticket for a chance to own a part of history and do some good for others! Event times are 11am - 5pm at the Wildcat House located at 1801 N. Stone Ave. in Tucson. Poker Run registration is from 8am - 10:30am beginning at HD of Tucson at 250 E. Grant. $15 includes pin.
October 15th - 19th
Foothills Stampede Week at Chandler Harley-Davidson. It's a Stampede to savings!
Wednesday, 10/15 - It's a Chrome Stampede! 20% OFF all In-stock accessories and FREE oil change with accessory installation.
Thursday, 10/16 - It's a Leather Stampede! 20% OFF all In-stock leather jackets and pants.
Friday, 10/17 - It's a Steel Stampede! 4.99% oac and closeout pricing on All New 2003 Motorcycles, $500 in FREE accessories on all 2004 motorcycle purchases. One Day Only.
Friday 10/18 - Customer Appreciation Day! Last Chance to Pre-Register for the Stampede Ride. Famous tier discounts up to 20%. Up to 60% off select closeout items. Free Food and Drinks 12-4pm from Papa John's Pizza.
Free Door Prizes and Giveaways!
Chandler Harley-Davidson is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler. 480-496-6800
Saturday, October 18th
Biketoberfest at Bourget's of Arizona. The day starts with a Poker Run to benefit "The New Foundation". The run starts at The Hideaway in Cave Creek. Sign in from 10am - Noon. $20 entry fee. Run ends at Bourgets of AZ in Mesa.
Starting at Noon you can go directly to the Biketoberfest at Bourget's of Arizona located at 733 West Main Street in Mesa. This is an All Day blowout. There will be Live Bands all day, Lots of Vendors, Ride-In Motorcycle Competition, Beer, Food, Beverages, Many Activities including Raffles, Giveaways, and a Wet T-Shirt Contest. Bourgets of AZ Bikini Models will be on hand for pictures. Dozens of bikes in stock for your viewing pleasure. The Bourget BikeFest is hosted by KSLX Radio. Stop by any time and join in on the fun all day and into the evening. This should be a fun event. For more info call 480-844-9200.
Saturday, October 18th
"A Day With Butkus". The Cubs are in the playoffs and one of "Da Bears" most famous players is going to be here in town. I know there are a lot of Chicago fans in this town. If you are one of them or just an avid football fan that would like to hangout with one of the best linebackers in the game, come to Jetz on Saturday, October 18th and spend 4 hours with Hall of Fame Football player Dick Butkus. You will receive an Official NFL Autographed football, an 8x10 photo of YOU and Butkus, Food, Drinks, Memorabilia and Giveaways all for $145.00. Just for mentioning Cyclerides.com you will receive a 10% discount. Seating is very limited. To sign up call 623-572-9010. The event is from 4pm - 8pm. You can also sign up at the door if seating is still available. Jetz is located 1 block S. of Scottsdale and Shea on Gold Dust.
Saturday, October 18th
Grand Canyon Harley-Davidson in Bellemont Open House. Take a ride up North and join the fun for a day of Food and Refreshments, Fashion Show, Bike Show, Store Specials, Door Prizes and Drawings. Event times are from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Get your first look at the 2004 Model Harley's and Motorclothes. Grand Canyon HD in Bellemont is located 8 miles West of I-17 on I-40 at Exit 185. For more information call 1-866-867-GCHD.
Sunday, October 19th
3rd Annual Foothills Stampede & Poker Run. This sounds like a good ride. It is the 3rd year of the ride sponsored by the Foothills H.O.G. Chapter and it is really starting to become a popular event. The Poker Run begins at Chandler Harley-Davidson from 8:30am - 10:00am. The ride takes a scenic tour through the desert and ends at a very unique location called the Rockin' R Ranch in Mesa. The information on their web site says that The Rockin' R Ranch is a real pioneer ranch still owned and operated by one of Arizona's original pioneer families. The Rockin' R is not just a tourist site contrived to look "authentic", but a real, historic Arizona ranch with a history as exciting as the West was wild! for Food, Vendors, Games, Door Prizes and Live Music with the Noisemakers. Cost is $20 per person. Ride Pins to the first 350 registrants. You may pre-register on Saturday from 8:30am-5:00pm at Chandler Harley located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. Sounds like a fun ride. More information at 480-496-6800.
Sunday, October 19th
Ride For Kids to Benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. This is the official charity of the Honda Rider's Club of America. Sign in at the Boeing Company located at 5000 E. McDowell Rd. in Mesa, AZ. Registration is from 7:30am - 9:45am. Ride begins at 10:00am Sharp. Money raised from this ride will go to help children that are diagnosed with brain tumors and to improve the lives of seriously ill children by funding medical research. For more information about this cause go to www.ride4kids.org. For local information call 480-503-3333.
Thursday - Sunday, October 30th - November 2nd
Biketoberwest. How about a nice ride to San Diego for a First-of-itís-Kind Motorcycle Event that is taking place over Halloween Weekend in San Diego, CA. BiketoberWest will take place primarily at Qualcomm Stadium with additional events at the Town & Country Hotel a short five minute putt away in Mission Valley. A few of the special attractions at BiketoberWest will be a poolside screening of Easy Rider Ė complete with a replica of Captain America- at the Town & Country Hotel on Thursday, opening night; and a Halloween party under the stars on Friday. There are an abundance of activities on the schedule including a choice of 4 Poker Runs through the beautiful countryside around San Diego, Vendor Village, Battle of the Bands on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and a Concert featuring veteran rockers Edgar Winter, Rick Derringer, and Dave Mason. Concert is a $25 fee. For all the cost information and details check out their website at www.biketoberwest.com.
Mileage Calculator. It seems like I am always wondering how far someplace is from here. I ran across this web page that is great for getting a quick calculation as to mileage between cities. Just type in your starting city such as Phoenix, AZ and the destination city and press calculate. It will immediately tell you how many miles it is to your destination. It is figured as a direct line between the two points. Give it a try.
It must be the time to sell bikes. I have tons of bikes to add to the Classifieds. Keep checking back this week as I will be adding new listings every day.
As for me this week, I will be heading over to San Felipe's tonight for the Welcome Back to Riding Party and Thursday night for the Motorcycle Mania 4 Bikini Contest at Casey Jones.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
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