Wow, as I typed in the date above it was hard to
believe that we are almost half way through November and Christmas is only 45
days away. Toy runs, blanket drives and office parties will
soon be the talk. 2004 has been an absolute blur for me, particularly the last 4
months leading up to OCC making their trip to Tempe.
The real work started on Monday, November 1st,
as the ground was being marked and the tents were starting to be erected. At that point, I knew all the planning had been done and we were about to
build an event. By Wednesday, the main stage and the huge tent in "Teutulville"
were erected and waiting for the OCC trucks to arrive. Mike
Campo and company arrived and the process of
setting up their bikes and merchandise began. It creates quite a buzz when
their trucks roll into town as the anticipation of seeing the bikes,
merchandise and the cast of American Chopper start to build. By around 6:00pm
Wednesday evening things were winding down and we decided to grab Michael Campo
and 4 Saxon Choppers and ride to the
Billet Bar for the Tribune OCC
kickoff party. Campo wanted to do some riding, so after about an hour at
the Billet we did a little loop down McDowell to 44th St. to Camelback and
had dinner at Kona Grill.
On Thursday, the Theme Bikes rolled out of
the trailer and were placed perfectly on the risers under the tent. The vendors were lined up on the road by 8:00 am. and over the
next 10 hours Tempe Beach Park was transformed from a quiet city park to one of
the biggest 3 day motorcycle events ever seen in this State. The hustle and
bustle of vendors moving in was at a fever pitch and my little
electric scooter got a real workout as I was all over the park answering
questions. By 4:30 most of the vendors were in place and the media from
virtually all Radio, TV stations and Print Media showed up to see the
Mayor make Mikey the Honorary Mayor of Tempe for the weekend and present him with the keys to the city. The twist to
this was that these keys actually fit all the dumpsters in the city and the
Public Works department. All areas that Mikey already has
experience with in the OCC Shop.
Friday was the first day of the show and there were several hundred
people lined up waiting for the gates to open. The first day went very
smooth as about 5500 people made their way through the park to see the OCC
display, vendors and the 26 builders entered into the Best of the Southwest
Custom Motorcycle Show. This was a
very popular area as these guys really turned out some excellent one-off
custom motorcycles to display.
Saturday exceeded everyone's projections as
there were a total of almost 24,000 people through the gates
that day. The weather was sunny, even a little warm for this time
of year at around 85 degrees and it seemed that motorcycles were on everyone's
mind. As some of you know, the lines stretched across the Mill Ave. bridge and
up Rio Solado for about 3/4 of a mile each way. Everyone made it into the park
fairly quickly to settle in to looking at the Orange County Theme Bikes,
getting autographs, looking at
the 26 custom motorcycles and viewing the 80 excellent vendors that were
on site. Here are a couple of pictures of the venue taken from
the top of the America West building. The highlight of the day for the ones that
wanted to see the Teutul's was when Paul Sr. and Junior got on top of the
merchandise trailer and started signing and throwing Frisbees. The crowd
went wild and some were left with some nice souvenirs. Here is a video
clip. Later Saturday evening Bad Company's Paul Rodgers put on an
excellent concert filled with songs from the past. Here is a little video clip from
Sunday was threatened by rain but
the skies dried up for the day and held off until early evening to let another
4500 people get a last minute look at the event. Sunday was also the day that
the winner was crowned for the Best of the Southwest Custom Motorcycle Show. The
winner of the $5000 first prize went to Harold Fisher of Chandler Custom
Cycles. Second place went to Mark
Singleton and Mike Green of Iron Eagle Motorcycles and Third Place went to Louis Adney
of Roadrunner Motorcycles. There were some excellent bikes in this display.
Thanks to everyone who attended and everyone who
helped make this show a success. It was an incredible team that put
it together. I will be adding pictures this week. Watch the front page of
www.cyclerides.com and next
week's newsletter for the links.
As I mentioned above, the Toy Runs are right
around the corner. I would like to remind you of one in particular
that I am one of the co-organizers of and that is the 2nd Annual Toys To
Kids Ride. Last year there were over 2000 that
participated in the ride. Sign in starts at 8:00am and the ride leaves at
11:00am from Fountain Hills and ends at the Pavilion at Rawhide where
there will be 200 underprivileged kids waiting for you to bring them toys. We
will feed the kids and entertain them while they wait for you to
arrive. When you arrive you will stack the toys up in front of the kids
according to boys or girls. Once all the riders have arrived, the kids will be
able to pick out any 3 toys that they desire. The balance of the toys
will be distributed valley wide to needy families. The first 1000 riders
will receive a ride pin and lunch for $10. There will be a $5 donation for
the remaining riders that will be given to Hospice of the Valley and the Youth
Assistance Foundation. All riders are asked to bring one new toy. If you
missed last years ride, here are the photos. If you
really want to see what went on, Here
is the video page.
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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
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.
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
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
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
Restaurant and Saloon.
Live Music on the back Patio Every Sunday from 3-7pm.
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
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
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
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
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 .
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.
Friday - Sunday, November 12-14
. This is the Huge Annual Factory Authorized Tent Sale put on by
Arizona Motorsports. This 3 day event features displays of
Motorcycles, ATV's Watercraft, Boats, Scooters and Generators. There will
be New and Used Blowout Sales. All brands, All models, Dirt, Street and
Ski. Over 400 units Show Priced and Drastically Reduced and ready for immediate
delivery. Huge $200,000 Parts and Accessories Closeout. Up to 50% off on Gear,
Apparel, Parts & Accessories, Leathers, Saddle Bags, Chrome, & Much
More. Bring your whole family for Street and Trials Stunt Shows, Kids Games,
Activities, Food, Vendors. Enter to win a Bike a Day! All of this will be held
at Tempe Diablo Stadium located at 2200 W. Alameda Dr., Tempe, AZ. For more
information call 602-923-4360.
November 12th - 14th
Annual Rocky Point Rally. The 4th Rocky Point Rally is looking
like the biggest ever. Last year over 2000 motorcycles attended the Rally and
with all of the new events, it looks to be even bigger this year. Everything I
have heard from those that have attended, it is a very good time. If you haven't
reserved your room yet, this is your reminder to do so. Click
Here for all of the information on this
Saturday, November 13th
3rd Annual Halo Run
ride has quickly become a favorite of Valley Riders. The 3rd Annual
Halo Run is a charity fundraiser motorcycle event from which 100% of the
proceeds benefit the Children’s Angel Foundation. Registration is $20 single
rider and $30 for a couple and includes a continental breakfast at Glendale
Arena (starting location), a beautiful ride, and lunch at Casino Arizona (final
destination)! Pre Ride festivities include Live Music with CTS, Vendor Booths,
Raffle Tickets, and Much More. Plus, first 500 pre-registered riders receive a
t-shirt and rider pin! Ride Time 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Post-Ride Festivities
1:30 p.m - 5 p.m at Casino Arizona located at 101 & Indian Bend
includes Lunch, Raffle and Entertainment provided by Casino Arizona. Casino
Arizona (Indian Bend) gives each rider: Buffet and beverages (with no host bar),
A Casino Arizona gift. Plus enjoy: Live Music & Grand Prize Drawing of Two
Round Trip Tickets to any continental America West Airlines
Sunday, November 14th
Toys For Tots Poker Run
. This is an always popular Toy Run entering its 7th
year. The ride starts at Chandler Custom Cycles located at 2775 N.
Arizona Ave., 1 block S. of Elliot Rd. on the East side. Registration is from
9am - 10:30am. Please bring one unwrapped toy for ages 2-17, plus $15 donation
or $20 per person donation without toy. Last stop, Chandler Elks Lodge with Live
Music by Krak Smoking Grannies, Auction, 50/50, Door Prizes, Free Lunch. Free
T-Shirt to the first 200 Pre-Registration. All donations benefit the Child
Crisis Center. For more information call 480-497-3573.
20th Annual Verde
Valley Toy Run. This years 20th
annual Verde Valley Toy Run will begin in Cottonwood at the Fry's
Parking Lot at Hwy 260 & 89A. Registration is 8am - 10am. $20 and
new toy gets participant a Run T-Shirt, Poker Run, Main Street Parade, Bike Show
& Hot Rod Show Entry, A Fantastic Dinner Including Dessert, Door Prizes, And
Much More. Live music this year is LIMBS AKIMBO. For more info or
vendor space call Rose 928-634-5640.
Saturday, November 20th
Buddy Stubbs 5th
Annual Blanket Donation Drive. Help us support the Society of St. Vincent de
Paul Ministry to the homeless. How can you help? It's easy! Drop
off a new or used blanket on Saturday, November 20th at Buddy Stubbs Arizona
Harley-Davidson. Between 11am to 1pm there will be Live Music by Shirley's
Temple, Lunch served by Streets of New York and Hourly Prizes. Your donation is
priceless to those who receive it. Please give what you can and know that you
have made a difference in someone's life. You can drop off your blankets any
time between now and Nov. 20th. Buddy Stubbs is located at 13401 N. Cave Creek
Rd. in Phoenix, AZ. 602-971-3400.
Saturday, November 20th
Desert Moon Run
Charity Ride. One of a kind escorted night ride through the
Sonoran Desert with complete traffic control benefiting the kids of the valley.
All Bikes Welcome. $20 per rider - Pre-registered, $25 per rider day of run. Run
includes an outdoor party at the Buffalo Chip in Cave Creek, BBQ Dinner of
brisket, pork, chicken, coleslaw, beans and biscuits. Live Music from
2 bands, dancing, horseshoes, pool tables, volleyball, souvenir pin to the first
300 registered riders. The ride begins at Indian Motorcycle in Mesa located at
833 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa and ends at Buffalo Chip. Run day
registration from 12-6:15pm Saturday. Ride leaves at 6:30pm. Info at
Sunday, November 21st
"Birds On Bikes" sponsored by MMA of AZ. This is an annual
event that is growing every year. Your chance to help feed the homeless or less
fortunate. Strap your Turkey or fixings on the back of your bike and ride
to one of 3 starting locations:
From the West:
Throttle Up, 5030 W. Peoria.,
From the North: Maximum
Performance Cycles, NE Corner of Cave Creek Rd. and
From the East: TJ's Bar and Grill, 1734 E.
Main St., NW Corner.
Gather from 9:00-11:00AM for coffee and doughnuts and
at promptly 11:00AM head for St. Vincent de Paul's at 420 W. Watkins in
Phoenix. From 11:30-Noon meet the chefs and see how they feed the masses. If you
can't make it to a starting location, just meet everyone at St. Vincent to give
If I haven't answered your emails in the last
week or so I am not ignoring you, I just haven't had much time in front of the
computer. If it is important, email me again. Thanks for your
As for me this weekend, I am
probably going to the start of the Halo Run and then lay low and relax. There
are a lot of good events this weekend. Be sure and check the Rides and Events
Calendar on www.cyclerides.com .
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
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