Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
11/11/09
 
Greetings Riders,
 
 
 
Well, the 2009 Rocky Point Rally has now come and gone. As expected, due to a list of reasons, the attendance was down considerably this year. But those who did make the trek South of the border seemed to be having their usual good time. The key this year was to keep it alive, which they did. I met with the organizers on Sunday and they are already planning for the event next year. The dates will be passed along as soon as I get them. 
 
It doesn't take much to get me excited about a motorcycle ride to just about anywhere. I mean, I get excited when Mrs. C. sends me to the store to pick up some milk. But the ride to the Rocky Point Rally tends to turn the anticipation level up a notch for some reason. I don't know whether it is the trip across the border to experience a different country and culture, the allure of the sea side resort destination, the viewing of the organized chaos downtown or just getting away from the real world for a few days. It is hard to put my finger on the exact reason, maybe all of the above. But this rally is different than any other for the simple reason that it allows the bikers to have some good fun without 200 police standing around like in Laughlin waiting for someone to jaywalk. At the Rocky Point Rally, the attitude of the city seems to be, "Have fun, just don't hurt anyone". With that in mind, the riders police themselves, the participants enjoy themselves and everything seems to work out just fine. For me, and I think I am speaking for many others, it is a refreshing experience in an increasingly overregulated world.
 
We left early Friday morning with temps around 70 degrees and partly cloudy skies. Just perfect for a 215 mile ride South Puerto Penasco and the Sea of Cortez. After stopping to get registered for the rally we arrived at the Las Palmas condo on Sandy Beach at around 1pm. We got settled in and then made our way down to the Malecon, aka, the fish market or downtown, for lunch and some second story viewing of the bikes cruising down below. Things started a little slow but you could tell that bikes were starting to make their way in from States. We then went to Playa Bonita to listen to High n' Tight playing on the beach and then on to one of our favorite new places called Portofino. This place has excellent food with a patio facing Sandy Beach and overlooking the inlet to the Marina. On weekends they have live music. Portofino is located at the top of the hill on the right side just before you drop down to the Malecon. Give it a try next time you are there.
 
On Saturday we awoke to a major fog over Sandy Beach. I have never seen anything like this down there, you couldn't even see the ocean from 100 yards away. But, by about 9am, the Sun won the battle and the fog was gone, leaving us all with a nice mess of dew mixed with the sand and dirt that was on our bikes. After a quick wipe down we were on our way to another favorite stop for breakfast across from the Marina called Coffee's Haus. On Saturday of the Rally the downtown is closed to car traffic so bikers can freely roam the streets and not have to worry about the locals running over you.
 
We got to downtown around noon to see the street was already lined with bikes and people. And the bars and restaurants with their second story railings bulging with onlookers trying to get a glimpse of the steady flow of bikes rolling past. The unique thing about the Rocky Point Rally is that there is little organized activities during the day. There is usually a small bike show and a couple of vendors. At this Rally the participants become the entertainment. Some people dress up with outfits, fake hair or costumes. And some even shed some clothing which tends to get the crowd amped up a notch and get the flash bulbs popping and beads flying. I'm starting to figure out where Joe Nichols wrote the song "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off". It must have been at the Rocky Point Rally. I'd like to see the look on some of these girls faces when they wake up from an afternoon with Don Julio to find out that everyone has a digital camera and that the internet goes all the way to Mexico, and then back to the United States. The gift that keeps on giving!
 
Another popular past time on Saturday afternoon in downtown, and a huge crowd pleaser, is the burnout. Aside from the other things I mentioned above, it appears to be part of the mystery as to who will endeavor to give the crowd what they want. It is hard to ride through the sea of people on the street without being prompted several times to "Light it up!". Since this is such a popular sport at this event, we decided to have the Cyclerides.com Burnout Pit this year in front of Debbie's Beach Bar. And yes, being one of those that likes to see a good smokie every once in a while, I did participate a couple of times with the Road Glide. Seems kind of crazy to burn rubber off a tire and not be moving, but it has become a spectator sport at the rally, and once a year I do my part to supply some entertainment. This guy even did it with a 12 pack on the tank.
 
Now for those who might want to try to please the crowd with a burnout take this advice. Try it somewhere else first. I can't think of anything much more embarrassing than trying to do a burnout in front of hundreds of people, to find out your bike won't do it. Makes that short roll through the crowd a lot longer when they are booing.
 
After a couple of hours of strolling the streets and watching the action, we rode over to the Black Dog for the start of the Parade through Rocky Point to deliver our candy to the hundreds of kids with bags standing on the side of the road. Apparently, this was one of the plans that fell through the cracks. The parade was supposed to start at 3 pm. But at 3:15pm there was still no one there to start the ride, so we took off and followed what the route was last year. And sure enough, the kids were waiting for us and we delivered all of our candy. For us, this is always one of the highlights of the trip. These kids, and parents for that matter, are always happy to see us rolling down the streets flinging candy to their children. The locals tell me that this is looked forward to all year long.
 
Saturday night we walked just down the street to Lapa Lapa restaurant to watch a beautiful sunset and have dinner on the upstairs patio overlooking the street. This is a great place to still have a good view of the street, a view of the water and some excellent food. I would highly recommend it any time you go to Rocky Point. We then took a cruise down Calle 13 and a stop at the Camel Toe Cantina before making our way back to the condo for a soak in the hot tub.
 
Sunday was a total leisurely day. In fact, I was the only one that rode a bike on Sunday. We got up and strolled down Sandy Beach to the Sonoran Sun for their excellent breakfast buffet on the patio. After a causal walk back down the beach it was to the pool side lounge chairs for some R&R. This is what it looked like from my angle. I took a quick ride downtown in mid afternoon to see how a Sunday looked after the rally. In my opinion, it was surprisingly busy. I guess a lot of people had the same idea to not be a part of the run for the border on Sunday.
 
We left Rocky Point at about 9:30am on Monday in perfect 70 degree weather for an excellent 215 mile ride home. The wait at the border was only about 20 minutes which was much better than the several hours in years past.   
 
So to sum it all up, with all of the roadblocks in front of the Rocky Point Rally this year that included the economy, swine flu, passport issues and bad press, attendance was down this year, but there were still 2900 bikes that attended the event. This number is arrived at by U.S. Customs counting the bikes coming back across the border through Monday. Even though this is down significantly from last year, it still appeared that everyone had a good time and are looking forward to next year. I will be back to you as soon as I get the dates for the 10th Anniversary of the Rocky Point Rally in 2010. It sounds like they are going to make it special.
 
I have included 297 photos from the Rally this year. Thanks to George Childress from Main Event Photos and Rich Sporski for contributing photos this year. I am using a new photo site called Smug Mug. I think you will really like it. If you move your mouse to the right side of the picture, you can click on a different size to make the photo bigger. Or, a good way to view them is to click the "Slideshow" button and let them go automatically, you can even adjust the speed or click through them yourself. This allows you to see them full size. There are some excellent photos in this collection.
 
One thing I find interesting when going to Mexico is what gets lost in translation. Check out this flyer and see what I mean.
 
Thanks to all who stopped to say Hi while in Rocky Point. I truly enjoy meeting those who read this newsletter and use Cyclerides.com. Thanks for all of your support.
 
Click Here for 297 Photos.
Click Here for short video of Mexican Street Band.
Click Here for short video of Major Burnout.
 

 
Veteran's Day
I would like to take this time to thank and honor our Veteran's who have served in the past for
their service to our country, and to our Men and Women who are currently serving today
with this song that was performed at the 2007 Hearts To Heroes Ride. It is called "I Thank The Soldier".
A very moving tribute that shows how grateful we should all be for our military Men and Women.
Click Here to View.
 

Highlights This Week
 
Friday, November 13th
Draft Magazine's The Big Pour. Looking for something different to do on a Friday night? 
I have found something fun and unique for you to do, The Big Pour event featuring samples of 200 beers from around the world. And even better yet, as a Cyclerides.com newsletter reader, you can get in for FREE on Friday night that includes a concert by recording artist Raquel Aurilia. Stop by for some Food, Fun and Samples of Beer from around the world! Free Motorcycle parking will be provided. But if you want to drive, hop in the car and check it out.
Click Here for FREE Cyclerides.com Admission that includes 1 Free Pour.
 
Next Thursday!
Thursday, November 19th
Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill American Ride.
Put this one on your list of "Things To Do" for next Thursday night.
If anyone reading this likes to look at the best custom cars and motorcycles all at one place, don't miss this night at Toby Keith's Bar and Grill. Street will be blocked off to show the top 12 cars from the Goodguys Car Show as well as Custom Motorcycles from Paul Yaffe Originals, Troy Westerman of Borne Customs and many other local builders. Also many other custom cars.
Live bands performing: MetalHead and AC/DC tribute band Hell’s Bells

 
Bike Nights This Week
 
Wednesday
 
Only 2 nights left. LAST NIGHT is November 25th!
Look who showed up last night!! Well, at least the bus did.
Presented by Cyclerides.com and the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership. This is a first for the City of Chandler. They are opening up 2 blocks of Historic Downtown for a Wednesday Bike Night, and what a great venue it will be. This is the closest thing we will have to a Sturgis type experience. Within this 2 blocks there are 6 restaurants and bars that are participating with bike night specials. Parking will be on San Marcos Pl., and the area just to the East.
Restaurant Participants will include: Check for weekly specials.
The San Marcos Hotel with Live Entertainment in beautiful AJ's Courtyard.
Murphy's Law with Live Music,
San Tan Brewing
El Zocalo Mexican
The Bistro at Kokopelli Winery
98 South and Piza Pizza.
 
There will be music on the street and Vendors will be setting up this week.
Motorcycles will be on display by our Sponsors Chandler Harley-Davidson and Ridenow Powersports. We would also like to thank Chuck Franklin Law as one of our first sponsors. We will be adding activities and vendors as the event progresses over the next couple of weeks. Downtown Chandler is located just 5.5 miles South of U.S. 60 on Arizona Ave. adjacent to Dr. AJ Chandler Park. (MAPPlease ride out and join us from 6pm - 10pm.
If you would like to be a vendor at this event contact me at info@cyclerides.com
 
Chester's HD invites you to Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill Bike Night every Wednesday night. If you looking to get your bike out of the garage and ride someplace where you know other riders will be, head out to Toby Keith's located in the Mesa Riverview next to Bass Pro Shop, Loop 202 and Dobson, Mesa. 6PM til Close. Live Band starts at 7PM. Free Raffle and great prizes. Half price selected appetizers, $2 wells til 7pm. $3 longnecks or $12/bucket of 5. Designated bike parking. Ride With Us and get a free Chester's koozie! Leaves Chester's at 5:30PM sharp. This is really a fun place for a bike night that includes a large outdoor patio. Great Food, Great Music, Great Place, Great Time! For more information call Chester's HD at 480-894-0404.
 
Thursday Night
 
Bike Night Thursday at McDuffy's in Peoria. Ride by the newest Bike Night on the West side. Over 100 bikes every week.
McDuffy's is one of the finest West side locations for a bike night at a single restaurant. The 12,500 Sq. Ft. McDuffy's features 2 outdoor patios, a huge dining room with booths for seating, a very large area with high tops for you to easily hang out with your friends, an upper level for lounging or to play pool, a very large bar and 100 TV's to watch your favorite sporting event. Not only that the dinner menu is very broad and McDuffy's has excellent food at a very good price. Bike Nights features a $6.99 Menu that includes Classic Burgers, Charbroiled Chicken Breast Burger, Buffalo Wings, Chicken Quesadilla, Nachos, Popcorn Chicken, Pizza and 1/2 Drink Pricing. Stop by for the first night on Thursday, September 17th. McDuffy's is located just South of 83rd Ave. and Bell Rd. at 15814 N. 83rd Ave. 623-334-5000. Plenty of Motorcycle Parking! RAFFLES! For September Arrowhead Harley will be raffling off a set of "Games Riders Play". Harley-Davidson Folding Domino's table, a Harley Gammon Board, a Poker Chip Set and "Harleyopoly" Game set. Winner will be selected the last Bike Night in September. Octobers raffle will be a complete "Harley Cooler" set. 2010 Models will be on display.
 
The Bike Night At The Billet Bar The Billet Bar is the place to be for the Summer nights and weekends. Set on the patio and watch the action. 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 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 Sunday
 
Sunday Afternoon Bike Day/Night at Oggi's Pizza & Brewing. This is the stop for West side riders on a Sunday Afternoon.  Mrs. C. and I ate here and found Excellent Food! Just off the Loop 101 and 67th Ave. Stop at Oggi's Pizza where they will be having Sunday Afternoon Bike days starting at 4pm - 9pm. Enjoy three $5.99 Dinner Specials including: 1. Build your own Burger: half-pound angus beef burger cooked how you like it with your choice of toppings; 2. California Cobb Salad: fresh greens with sliced grilled chicken, gorgonzola cheese, avocado, tomato, green onions, mushrooms, eggs and bacon; and 3. Turkey Ranch Wrap: oven-roasted turkey breast, provolone cheese, fresh lettuce, tomato and avocado, with creamy ranch dressing and bacon in a sun-dried tomato wrap.  Happy Hour pricing on Drinks and Appetizers all night. 22 Televisions to view Sunday Night Football, a nice bar and large dining room as well as an Outdoor Patio to enjoy the great weather. Co-sponsored by Arrowhead Harley Davidson. Motorcycle parking out front. This is a great place to end the day with excellent food. Stop by this week and give it a try. 623-566-8080.
 
Facebook Comment about Oggi's. To everyone that hasn't been to Oggi's the service was good, the specials were almost more than we could finish and we met good people. Come On Riders SHOW UP!
 
This Week
 
Friday, November 13th
Draft Magazine's The Big Pour. Looking for something different to do on a Friday night? I have found something fun and unique for you to do, The Big Pour event featuring samples of 200 beers from around the world. And even better yet, as a Cyclerides.com newsletter reader, you can get in for FREE on Friday night that includes a concert by recording artist Raquel Aurilia. Stop by for some Food, Fun and Samples of Beer from around the world! Free Motorcycle parking will be provided. But if you want to drive, hop in the car and check it out.
 
DRAFT magazine announces the return of The Big Pour international beer tasting experience to Arizona, Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 12-14, at the Scottsdale Waterfront and SouthBridge. (Scottsdale Rd. and Camelback) In its second year in Arizona, The Big Pour is a beer connoisseur’s adventure featuring hundreds of craft beers from throughout the world. The Big Pour is the ultimate beer lover’s adventure with hundreds of craft beers from breweries across the globe, seminars, food pairing tips and some of the world’s most celebrated brewers and beer experts. After a rousing premier in 2008, The Big Pour also returns with live music headlined by Everclear on Saturday night and a special appearance by George Wendt, more well known as "Norm" from Cheers.
 
"We are thrilled to be in downtown Scottsdale where we know thousands of beer fans and connoisseurs will enjoy tasting distinctive beer brands and diverse flavors from literally throughout the world," said Austin Colby Wilson, publisher, DRAFT. "The Big Pour prides itself on delivering a high quality adventure in exploring the best and most coveted brews the world over, some never before tasted in Arizona."
 
The Big Pour Schedule:
Thursday Ticket -- $10 includes eight pours, celebrating Green Street Scottsdale featuring sustainable breweries, including Sierra Nevada and New Belgium brands, among many others.
Friday Ticket -- FREE With Cyclerides.com Ticket that includes 1 Free Pour. Click Here to Print. Normally a general admission ticket is $10 that includes eight pours. Recording artist Raquel Aurilia concert on Sierra Nevada Stage; beer pairing demos on the Westar Sub-Zero/Wolf Stage hosted by EaterAZ.com, pavilion, and more.
Saturday Ticket -- $35 admission, 15 pours, plus continuous music with headliner Everclear on Sierra Nevada Stage; beer pairings demos on Westar Sub-Zero/Wolf Stage hosted by EaterAZ.com; pavilion, and more.
Saturday “Fan” Ticket. A special limited number of $50 Fan tickets for ‘Norm’ fans includes his new book, a meet & greet, 15 pours and the Everclear concert, beer pairing demos and pavilion, activity on two stages, and more.
Click Here for Press Release and more details.
Click Here for FREE Cyclerides.com Admission that includes 1 Free Pour.
 
 
Saturday, November 14th
Toast To The Troops. Toast to the Troops (www.toasttothetroops.com) will hold its first thank you event for our military men and women in uniform. The purpose of the event is for people in the community to meet and express thanks to members of the military that sacrifice so much on our be-half and to raise money for Operation Homefront of Arizona. Toast to the Troops is one veteran and a handful of volunteers that bring together local businesses and their communities to honor the men and women serving in our armed forces. Toast to the Troops raises money through sponsorships and event ticket sales and donates 100% of its proceeds to non-profit organizations that help support active duty service members and their families in a time of need. Operation Homefront Arizona will receive all the proceeds from this event.
 
Join us at Toast to the Troops for an unforgettable evening where you can dine, socialize with uniformed troops, be entertained, view the hit documentary Brothers At War and express your genuine thanks to these amazing people. Get you tickets today – space is limited. Troops event will include: a dinner, entertainment, Military Honor Guard and Marine Corp Drill Team, singing of the National Anthem, celebrities and active duty service members in uniform. In addition, a viewing of the hit documentary Brothers At War www.brothersatwarmovie.com will be shown at the Harkins Theater. Event will be held at Mercedes Benz of Arrowhead located at 9620 W. Bell Rd. in Peoria. Start time is 5pm. Movie start time at Harkins Arrowhead is at 8pm. See website for details.
 
Saturday, November 14th
Fill-A-Need Poker Run to Prescott. The Fill-A-Need program is administered by the employees of the City of Goodyear in partnership with local businesses and involved citizens who together provide toys, clothing, and other needed items for children of families in crisis each holiday season.  Last year the program served nearly 500 children. Starts at Chick-Fil-A on SW corner of Dysart and McDowell in Goodyear. Check in 8-9am. Lunch provided and prizes. $20 recommended donation. $30 for couples. Proceeds benefit the Fill-A-Need providing toys and clothing for children of families in crisis.
 
Saturday, November 14th
Sheriff's Santa Poker Run. Leave from Pinal County Sheriff’s Office parking lot (971 Jason Lopez Circle, Florence, AZ) and end for lunch at San Tan Flats Grill (6185 W. Hunt Highway, Queen Creek). Registration: www.pinalcountyaz.gov, $25.00 single rider, $30.00 couple or $25.00 for couple with an unwrapped toy donation. ($10.00 minimum toy donation) $30.00/$35.00 after deadline or day of the ride. Entry Fee entitles you to a T-Shirt and one raffle ticket for rider and one for passenger. Route map handed out at time of check in. Rather than the traditional drawing of playing cards at each stop, participants will receive a stamp in the appropriate box at each stop. Upon arrival at San Tan Flats, participants will receive a raffle ticket for each stamp they received along the route. **Participants will be able to purchase additional raffle tickets prior to and following the ride.
 
Next Week
 
Thursday, November 19th
Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill American Ride.
If anyone reading this likes to look at the best custom cars and motorcycles all at one place, don't miss this night at Toby Keith's Bar and Grill. For those of you that haven’t visited Toby Keith’s “I love this bar and Grill” you need to put it on your to do list! It’s an awesome venue with a huge bar that is watched over by some of the best looking bartenders in the valley! Well here’s the perfect opportunity!
 
Thursday November 19th Paul Yaffe of Paul Yaffe Originals fame and Troy Westerman of Borne Customs have gotten together with Toby’s to throw a cruise night to end all cruise nights! They’ve booked top notch Valley talent like Metal Head and AC/DC tribute band Hell’s Bells as well as the clubs house band Marshall Reign to rock the house all night long! Then they invited every bike and car builder from Maricopa county to come and show off their latest customs! Since the Good Guys Car Event is in town We’ve solicited the Top 12 Street Rods from that event which will be located right in front of the bar in their own VIP parking section. Members of Good Guys will even receive 20% off of food and drink for the evening courtesy of Toby Keith's!
 
So, if you’re a fan of everything custom from Outrageous Choppers to wild Street Rods you won’t want to miss Toby Keith's American Ride! Expect hundreds of cars and motorcycles and a night of great music and plenty of "Eye Candy". The evening’s events will be hosted by none other than 93.3 KDKB’s Ruby Cheeks. Plenty of parking and all are welcome. The street out front will be reserved for Classic Car and motorcycle parking.
 
 
Saturday, November 21st
Dierks Bentley Celebrity Motorcycle Ride & Jam Session. Multi-platinum country music star Dierks Bentley announced today the lineup of artists joining his “Miles & Music for Kids” celebrity motorcycle ride and concert in his hometown of Phoenix, AZ on Sat, Nov. 21.  Joining Bentley for a post-ride jam at Tempe Marketplace will be Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers, Jessi Colter, Jimmy Wayne and Stoney LaRue, while Mark Curtis of KPNX Channel 12 will host.  All proceeds will benefit Phoenix Children's, a Children's Miracle Network Hospital.
 
Registration will begin at Buddy Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson (13850 N. Cave Creek Rd.).  Vendors, food and live music by 74th Street Band will be a part of the registration and kickoff at Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson! Fans who purchase VIP Ride tickets will be able to ride in the first pack with Dierks Bentley. The ride will cruise along the beautiful, mountain-lined Piestewa Peak Parkway to the Red Mountain Freeway, passing through downtown and Phoenix Children's Hospital and ending with the star-studded afternoon concert at Tempe Marketplace with dedicated and secure parking for motorcyclists. Tickets for the family-friendly event start at $20 and are available HERE!
 
Sunday, November 22nd
Birds On Bikes. Presented by the Modified Motorcycle Association of Arizona. Grab a frozen bird, strap it on and meet the rest of the flock at 5 different locations. Gathering time is 10am for the ride to St. Vincent de Paul to deliver the turkey. Plan to arrive at the St. Vincent de Paul site at 11:30am, No Earlier. From the West: Charlie's Place, 4324 W. Thunderbird. From the North: Steel Horse Saloon, 1818 W. Bell Rd. From the East: Smokey's, 1734 E. Main in Mesa. From the SW: Moose Lodge-Goodyear, 1572 Cotton Lane. From the NW: Curly's Customs, 12030 N. 111th Ave. For more information call Cindy Gates at 623-695-5659.
 
Extras
 
Some of you might have seen this clip before, but it is worth viewing again. Someone slowed it way down. You can actually see this rider duck his head in the last frame.  Click Here to View.
 
Here is one of those stunts where timing is REALLY important. Amazing. Click Here to View
 
Video of the Week
Ok, this might be a good example of how too much beer can damage brain cells. I Might have had it in the letter before, but it makes me laugh every time I watch it. Click Here to View. Click on the Video of the Week graphic on the page.
 
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Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
 
Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
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