Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Wow, what a week of travel and experiences. First of all, for those who travel for a living, I admire your tenacity to keep up that type of schedule. My travel mode actually started late Tuesday night. After getting the newsletter out I decided it was probably time to pack for the trip to QVC. I finally got to bed at about 1:30 AM only to get up 2 hours later to catch a 6:30 AM flight to Baltimore. Once we got there it was a 2 hour drive to West Chester, PA. Thursday I was up at 4:00 AM ET. to get to the studio by 5:00 AM. We had some extra time, so I was able to take a real behind the scenes tour of the studio before the morning crew showed up. What an incredible place they have built there. It is bigger than you can imagine. I heard that it was second in size to Universal Studios. Just the prop department alone is about half the size of a Fry's grocery store. There were many sets to tour in the studio area and it was fascinating to see how it all comes together.
Before I knew, it was time to get ready to go on. I made my way back to the green room for a bite of cookie, swig of Pepsi to calm the butterflies, and some last minute instruction. I settled in to watch the guests that were on before me, rehearsing in my mind what I was going to say and anticipating what is was going to be like to be standing there myself. At about 7:20 AM ET. the production assistant came into the green room to get me fitted with the audio for my 8 minutes of airtime. At this point, I knew that my months of waiting had been reduced to mere minutes. After a couple of "Test 1,2,3's" I was off to the my set in the QVC living room to tell the Hat Saver story.
It was now Showtime! That moment I had been anticipating for 6 months. It was kind of like waiting for that new motorcycle that you have had on order for months. You get the call that your wait is over, your bike has arrived and is ready to go. You go to the dealership, your months of dreams are right in front of you, they have given you the keys, all you have to do is throw a leg over it and take off. The only difference is there are not millions of people watching if you happen to ride off with the kick stand down. It was now my time to make sure I had the kick stand up and was ready for a smooth ride.
The lights came on, the red light on the camera was lit and the time to tell the world what I have been wanting to say for 5 years was finally here. And just like that, all this anticipation and years of waiting, was over in what seemed to be a mere moment. The host was wrapping it up and I was still ready to go. This had to be the fastest 8 minutes I have ever spent doing anything. It made that first intimate moment in my love life seem like an hour in comparison. But thankfully, the segment went very well. I had my kickstand up and rode away smoothly. The only part that hurt sales was that the host didn't ask for a demonstration until 2 minutes and 30 seconds had gone by. In the QVC world that is an eternity. You have to get a demo done within the first 30 seconds to maximize sales. But it was a tremendous experience and great exposure. Our next stop is hopefully another segment with QVC next Spring and then on to Home Shopping Network. If you would like to watch the spot you can Click Here For Hi Speed or Click Here for 56K Dialup.
So after a quick 2 hour drive back to Baltimore to catch my flight that turned out to be cancelled, several hours of waiting in the airport, several hours of flight time, and being up for 23 straight hours I had plenty of time to reflect. I was thankful for the opportunity to be on QVC, the safe trip and the fact that I live in Arizona. In over 4 hours of driving between Baltimore and West Chester I saw ONE motorcycle on the roads. ONE!! It was so cold and the wind was blowing over 30 mph it is no wonder there is no one riding back there. It really made me appreciate the weather and total freedom to be able to ride anytime we want here in good ole' Arizona.
Thanks for all of the well wishes from last week's letter. I appreciate it very much. See you all this weekend at the Arizona Motorcycle Expo. I will have a booth right as you walk in the front door. Stop by and say hi.
In This Issue:
*Arizona Motorcycle Expo Saturday and Sunday
*5th Annual Chandler Custom Cycles Toys For Tots Ride
*1st Annual Hard Rock Cafe/Make A Wish Rock and Roll Poker Run
*Free Breakfast to first 100 riders at Hacienda Harley
*See the new video "Soak Up The Sun" in the Extras Column
*Check out the New Cyclerides.com Long Sleeve T-Shirts
This Week's Events
The Wild Hare Wednesday Bike Night. All of you that used to go to Chuy's, this is your new place on the East side of town. This is a new 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.
New! New! New! Jetz Americana Thursday Bike Night. This bike night is growing fast, over 65 bikes last week. The new Jetz Bike Night Long Sleeve T-Shirts are in. Stop by, you might even get one thrown your way. Great bike parking right outside the patio that is now lighted. Stop by this week and see for yourself. I will even have some freebies for you. Jetz is a Super Nice Restaurant located in North Scottsdale 1 block South of Shea on Scottsdale Rd. behind the California Pizza Kitchen. They have a beautiful interior with flat screen TV's to watch your favorite teams or a large bar to lounge at with your friends. Jetz also has a large patio with an outdoor bar right next to where you will be parking your bikes. Thursday also happens to be ladies night at Jetz. Happy hour is 4-7pm with 1/2 price drinks and $4.95 appetizer menu. From 7:00PM till close there will be $2.00 domestic pint drafts. Ladies will then enjoy $3.00 drinks all night long. Bike night is all night till close. This is one nice place to go for dinner or hang out on the patio and watch the bikes roll by. Stop by and take a look. You will be impressed. Bikes are always welcome. Take a look at Jetz Saturday food and drink specials and the Sunday Brunch and the Bloody Mary bar with over 75 items. Click here to see the pictures of where you will be going and all of the information.
Jones Grill Bike Night in Phoenix on Thursday nights. The evening riding weather is perfect, Casey Jones
will be packed as it always is from here on. You
can always count on 100+ 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 drafts. 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.
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.
This is a good weekend for events. I always hate to see 2 good rides on the same day. But you can't go wrong with either, and they both pass through the Expo.
November 16th and 17th
The Arizona Motorcycle Expo coming to town on November 16th and 17th. Bring the whole family! There is something for everyone. Over 100 vendors that represent a wide range of products. Start your Christmas shopping early. This is the first year for this event and they have attracted some of the top names in town and the vendor spots are completely sold out. I talked to the organizer of this event and it looks to be a top notch well run event. This is a high caliber manufacturers type expo. All of the top bike builders and suppliers will be there including Paul Yaffee, Surgical Steeds, Jim Nasi and many more. It is a very family oriented event with activities for the kids as well. So feel free to bring your kids along. You will see everything from Custom Motorcycles, Harley's, Quads, Custom Go-Peds, Display from Toy Junkies, Hourly Giveaways, Drawing for a Honda 250 Quad and much more. There will be a huge spectators chosen bike show, so be sure and bring your camera. This will be the type of Expo that if you are looking for manufacturer products for your bike or Christmas gifts this would be a place to come take a look. This is a show of what is new in motorcycling and accessories. Welcome to Phoenix. Click Here to see the list of vendors. Admission is $8.00 and children under 13 are free. The Expo will be held at the Phoenix Civic Plaza in downtown Phoenix adjacent to Bank One Ballpark. I will have a booth just inside the front door. Stop by and say Hi
Sunday, November 17th
1st Annual Hard Rock Cafe Rock & Roll Poker Run To Benefit "Make A Wish". Every once in a while a couple of well known groups will get together for a charity ride. This time it is The Make A Wish Foundation and The Hard Rock Cafe getting together for a poker run. The run starts at The Make A Wish Foundation at the SE Corner of 7th St. and Northern in Phoenix. Registration from 10:00 AM till Noon. 2. Then on to Arrowhead H-D; doughnuts and coffee. 3. Aunt Chilada's Squaw Peak; Munchies. 4. Casino Arizona. 5. Chosa's AJ; Coffee, Hot chocolate, cookies. 6. AZ Motorcycle Expo; Free ticket. Start arriving here @ 3:30. The ticket for the Expo is included in the cost of the ride. You will then end up just a block from there for the last stop at the Hard Rock Cafe located at 3 S. 2nd St. in Phoenix. Draw ANY card at the designated sponsor stops and then join up at the Hard Rock where there will be Live Music with Rhondavous, 50/50, Raffles and an auction for several items including a ride in a Russian MIG Fighter Jet at 7:30 PM. Anyone can come to the auction, you don't have to be on the ride. Ride cost is $20 per rider and $10 per passenger that includes your ticket to the Arizona Motorcycle Expo. Ride pins are really cool and cost extra. Click here to see them.
Sunday, November 17th
5th Annual Chandler Custom Cycles Toys For Tots Ride. This is the 5th year for this run and it has become one of the Valley's Favorite Toy Runs. One of the neat things about this run is that you actually make a stop at the Child Crisis Center to visit with the kids and give them the toys. Since these shelters don't have national sponsors this is the most important time of the year for them to raise money. So these events really make a difference for them. $15.00 per person with toy, $20.00 per person without toy. All Registered Get A Free Ticket To The Arizona Motorcycle Expo as one of the stops. You will also get a Free Lunch, Live Music from Krak Smokin' Grannies, 50/50 drawing, Lots of Door Prizes, Highest Hand Wins $250. Registration is from 9:00-10:30 registration at Chandler Custom Cycles located at 2775 N. Arizona Ave. in Chandler. Sponsored by Chandler Custom Cycles and the Chandler Elks Lodge #2429. More information at 480-497-3573.
Every Saturday and Sunday
Free Breakfast To The First 100 Riders EVERY Saturday and Sunday at Hacienda Harley. Isn't it great to be a rider? Just because you ride you are getting free breakfast. That's right, the first 100 riders that come by Hacienda Harley on Saturday and Sunday for the month of November will get a free breakfast of Bacon, Eggs, Pancakes, Juice, Coffee and other breakfast items. Hacienda has added tables with umbrellas on the South patio of the dealership and will be cooking breakfast right out on the grill. Just plan your morning ride by the dealership, eat breakfast and head out on your ride. You can park on the South side of the dealership right next to the patio. The hours are Saturday's 8:00am - 11:00am, Sunday's 9:00am - 11:00am. Hacienda Harley-Davidson is located at 15600 N. Hayden Rd. in North Scottsdale. Stop by and give it a try. What do you have to lose? Click the above link for pictures of the patio and details.
There are now 2 Sunday stops with live entertainment and food and drink specials!
Sunday, November 10th
- "The GD Roadshow".
This Sunday ride by Fandango ride by and see the always entertaining GD Roadshow. This is George and Duane on acoustic guitars putting on a funny, high energy show playing some good music and having some fun with the crowd. The GD Roadshow will be playing from 1:00PM - 5:00PM. Gina and Annette would like to show their long time support of motorcyclists enthusiasts by celebrating Bike Day every Sunday with live music from 1pm-5pm along with lunch and drink specials from noon-6pm. 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.Here is the band lineup for the rest of the month:
November 24th - Combo Deluxe closes out the month.
Sunday, November 10th
Hailey's Live Entertainment Sunday's - This Weekend - "Kenny Love and the Rockefellers"
Hailey's is continuing their live entertainment every Sunday. This Sunday is . If you are looking for a short ride (only 60 miles from I-17 & Loop 101) this weekend with some good food and entertainment, 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, long time. These things are awesome. Hailey's Grill is located just 60 miles from the Loop 101 and I-17 at 10434 S. 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. Here is the upcoming schedule of bands.
November 23rd- Turkey Collection. Bring in a turkey and get a free brunch buffet. Starts 11:00. Rhondavous plays from 12-4pm. November 24th - Cruise Day at Hailey's. View classic cars and cruisers, vettes, etc. Rhondavous from 1-5pm. December 1st - TBA, December 7th - Cruise Day with Rhondavous., December 8th- TBA. December 15th - Combo Deluxe, December 22nd - Rhondavous, December 29th - Rhondavous, January 1st - Combo Deluxe
Saturday, November 23rd.
Chosa's Apache Junction Ride-In Motorcycle Show and H.O.G. Chili Cookoff. Take a ride out to Chosa's Harley-Davidson in Apache Junction and participate in a good old-fashioned bike show and chili cook-off. Chosa's AJ is located at 2910 W. Apache Trail in Apache Junction. There will be 7 classes including Touring, Dyna/FXR, Softail, Sportster, Radical Custom, Buell and Antique. Each entry must be ridden into the registration area and show area to qualify. Everyone attending the show, can vote for their favorite bike in each class. Awards are judged by ballot count. First, Second and Third place each receive a Trophy. People’s Choice Best Of Show receives one trophy. Trophies are awarded at 12:30. Photo session immediately follows trophy presentation. Following the Bike Show get your palettes warmed up for the Chili Tasting. There will be about a dozen different chili's for you to taste and vote on. Trophies are awarded at 2:30 PM with photo session to follow. For more information call 480-894-0404.
Sunday, November 24th
"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 4 starting locations:
From the West: Arrowhead Harley, 1 blk S. of 83rd and Bell Rd.,
From the North: Bikers Discount Supply, 15242 Cave Creek Rd. (1blk. S. of Greenway).
From the East: Chosa's Harley-Davidson, 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa.
From the South: Chandler Harley-Davidson, 56th St. and Chandler Blvd.
Gather from 10:00-11:00AM 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 your turkey.
Visit the Rides and Events Calendar on www.cyclerides.com for more rides.
I'm amazed at all of the people that are switching to Cox internet. If you haven't looked into it, it is only a few dollars more than you are paying now and well worth it. I added this video last week. I used new software, so Windows Media Player might ask you if you want to download a new codec. Just click yes and it will update your system so that you can see the video. Check out the new video I titled "Soak Up The Sun". I took these shots a few weeks ago on the ride to Canyon Lake. It is 2 1/2 minutes long with the background music of Sheryl Crow's Soak Up The Sun. It makes you want to get out and ride. I think you will enjoy. I did 3 different sizes of the video. There is also one for those that have 56K dialup. You can reach the links from the front page of www.cyclerides.com .
The weather has cooled down and long sleeves
are a must. The Cyclerides.com Long Sleeve white T-Shirts are now available. They are high quality Hanes Beefy T's and feature the
new logo small on the front and a large on the back. The left sleeve says: "The Road Is Yours".
The right sleeve says: "Take The Ride". You can purchase them online for $15.00 plus shipping or pick
one up off the rack at Arrowhead Harley-Davidson. They have 8 shirts left in L and XL.
Click here to view the shirt on the Online Store.
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The Arizona Bike Week guys will be out at Jetz this Thursday Bike Night with the new raffle bikes. New for 2003 will be 3 chances to win. First Prize will be a 2002 Ford/Harley Davidson F-150 Supercrew pick-up. Second Prize a 2003 Harley Davidson Screaming Eagle Deuce. And third prize a 2003 Honda VTX 1800 V-Twin. A $1000.00 cash bonus will be awarded any prizewinner that is present at the drawing. Tickets are $20 each. Stop by Jetz and take a look.
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As for me this week, I will have a booth at the Arizona Motorcycle Expo and will be in and out of there. Look for me and Mrs. Cyclerides right when you walk in the front door next to Rumble Magazine. Stop and say Hi.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
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