Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
11/14/07
 

Greetings Riders,
 
Or should I say, "Hola Amigos". Well, the Rocky Point Rally 2007 is now in the books and what an entertaining one it was. Attendance seemed to be down a little bit this year, but there were still over 4000 bikes in town. We left Phoenix Thursday morning under a beautiful blue sky, met up with some friends in Gila Bend and had a nice 215 mile ride to Rocky Point. Fortunately, that was the day the weather cooled off by about 10 degrees, so the ride was very enjoyable. Shortly after leaving home I crossed another milestone on the Road Glide by logging 30,000 miles on the odometer. With the price of gas these days, 40k might not be too far away. I tend to ride it every chance I get these days. Since the bike gets over 3 times the mileage of the cage, just an 80 mile round trip to Mesa provides me with a free lunch in the form of a  $14 savings in fuel, and it is a lot more fun. Ok, I digress, back to the story.
 
After we checked into the condo we decided to just sit on the deck and enjoy the awesome weather and the view before riding downtown to our favorite restaurant, Lapa Lapa for dinner. For those of you that might be going down again next year or in the near future, I would highly recommend this restaurant. Not only is the food good, it is one of the best places to watch the beautiful sunsets over the water. As we were making our way out of the Malecon we got behind what we thought was a random 18 wheeler with a cool tiger painted on the back, but soon found out it was one of those things you might only find in Mexico. In fact, that 18 wheeler actually held several tigers and bears inside some cages on the truck. A beautiful white tiger was included for all to see. The problem was, anyone could have walked up to the cage and stuck their hand in there. And by the looks of these guys, they would have come back with a stump. I was literally 3 feet from this trailer on the bike taking the pics. Another truck had a HUGE elephant standing on a flat bed trailer pulling him around. In this picture, the elephant was checking out the guy in the pickup next to him. Apparently it was their way of promoting the local circus in town. It was a Hoot! Only in Mexico could you see this. Check out the picture links above.
 
I don't know what it is, maybe age or just wanting to enjoy things a little more fully, but I have been in this mode of slowing down the pace a little bit lately. Normally, my personality is the type to always want to go, go, go. But the last trip to Colorado and now this one, we decided to slow down and enjoy the time away a bit more. So Friday we decided to sleep in, take a morning walk on the beach while I flew my electric RC Plane and then head out for a late brunch at Coffee's Haus. A year ago, that would have been a tough sell for me, but I have to admit, it was pretty nice. Coffee's Haus is one of our favorite stops for breakfast. A very small place located on the main street across from the marina. Give it a try next time you are there.
 
We then rode on down to the Malecon where the Madness, aka, The Rocky Point Rally had already begun. For those of you that have not been there, the Malecon, or the fish market as some call it, is the 3 block one way street that drops you into the downtown area along the ocean where all of the trinket vendors, restaurants, bars and fresh seafood is sold. And during the rally, that one way road also turns into a sea of humanity on the streets, rooftops and bars watching the show of burnouts, bikes and antics, all in good fun. The great thing about this Rally as compared to say Laughlin, is that there are actually more riders than Police. That is the main reason that I don't go to Laughlin anymore. If you step off of the curb, you stand the chance of being arrested. In Rocky Point there were 2 police on the street, both directing traffic. And guess what? Over 3 days I didn't see or hear of any problems at all. Imagine that! The bikers pretty much police themselves. If someone gets out of line, the others let them know about it. Maybe Laughlin could take a page from this book and relax a little bit. By the time sunset rolls around, the riders are usually back to the hotels to freshen up before making the trek to Playa Bonita for the Friday Night Party and Manny's for a nightcap.

Saturday we had breakfast with some friends downtown on the top level of Sr. Amigo restaurant while watching the crowd swell below. By noon on Saturday the road through the Malecon has been choked with onlookers to the point of being wide enough for a set of handlebars to make it through. The locals are throwing water on the ground to encourage a burnout from the next bike in line. And yes, many do partake, which keeps the electricity in the crowd amped up for most of the day. I have to admit, the burnout of the day might have been by an HD Ultra Classic. You just don't see that everyday. We later took a trip out to JJ's Cantina before lining up for one of our favorite events, the motorcycle parade through Penasco. The locals love this event as they line the streets all around the route with their kids waiting for the riders to throw candy to them. It is a great time for all.
 
Saturday night was the Rare Earth concert at the Point next to Penasco Del Sol Hotel. A lot of people were wondering how this new wrinkle in the Rally was going to turn out. While the promoters did a great job of setting up a huge stage and sound system, it really didn't work all that well and turned out to be a non-event. The problem is that everyone wants to be downtown where the action is, and there just wasn't much of a reason to go to the official Rally site aside from a few display vendors that could be seen in a few minutes and some bands. Nothing else to keep you there. I really feel for the organizers of this event because it costs a lot of money to put this thing on, and there is none of the usual places to help recover that cost like vendors, sponsors, or a gate. I would hope that the City Fathers of Penasco would work with them in solving these problems so that the RPR could continue to thrive, or it might be over before we know it.
 
We decided to leave at 7:15am Sunday morning to beat the rush to the border. As it turns out, we weren't the only ones with that brilliant plan as it turned out to be the longest wait of the day at 45 minutes. But compared to last year, the border situation was very orderly as they had bikes going to one lane and campers around back to another. I had heard that later in the day the wait was down to under 1/2 hour, which is great compared to what I have seen on other weekends.
 
All in all, it was another very good time in Rocky Point, and one that was actually relaxing for me. Although I was still snap happy with the camera by taking over 500 pictures. I have posted 215 for you to look through to get a feel for the Rocky Point Rally 2007 as seen through my lense. A rider sent me this picture that he took on Hwy. 85 just outside of Buckeye that would absolutely take the prize for the "Burnout" of the weekend. Take a look at this. You won't believe it.
 
Until next year, "Adios Amigos".
 
Click Here for 215 Photos.
 


 

 Highlights This Week 

November 16-18
Arizona Boss Hoss Open House & Factory Demo Rides.
If you have never experienced the incredible power and great handling of a Boss Hoss,
this is your chance to see what you have been missing.
 

November 16th and 17th
Billet Bar Customer Appreciation Party and Against the Wind 2nd Anniversary Party.
Special guest appearance by Jack the Ripper on Saturday night at 9:30pm.
Jack is the 11 year old boy who appeared at many locations during AZ Bike Week.
 

Saturday, November 17th
Harley's Heroes - A Fundraising Tribute to Veterans.
An American Celebration at Chesterís Harley-Davidson. Flyover at 10am.
 

Saturday, November 17th
Addictions Body Art Grand Opening Party. Ride by Addictions Body Art new store in
Tolleson for their Grand Opening Party located south of the I-10 on 95th Avenue and Van Buren.
 

Sunday, November 18th
1st Annual Southwest Birds on Bikes sponsored by Chandler Harley-Davidson.
November 18th is our First Annual Southwest Birds on Bikes food drive for ST. Mary's Food Bank.
 
Sunday, November 18th
MMA Presents BIRDS ON BIKES. Strap your frozen Thanksgiving Turkey on your bike.
 


 

This Week's Bike Night Events 

Tuesday Nights 

Chandler Harley-Davidson Two Wheeled Tuesdays.
Take a ride on a Tuesday Night to the Chandler HD Bike Night at the Tilted Kilt
. Bike night is every Tuesday night with food and drink specials, but Chandler Harley will be doing a special with live music the first Tuesday of every month. Enter drawing to win door prizes and gift certificates. For November, look forward to another special night at the Kilt. There will be Raffles, Vendors, Bike Competition, Portable Dyno Competition. Watch next week for weekly event specials. Bike night hosted at the Tilted Kilt in Tempe located at 660 W. Warner Rd. 

Thursday Night 

NEW!!
Chester's Harley-Davidson Hooters & Harleys Thursday Bike Night. Join Chester's Harley-Davidson as they start their new Bike Night at Mesa Hooters located at 6730 E. Superstition Springs Blvd. Just South of U.S. 60 on Superstition Springs Dr. Live Music by Tin Weasel from 7-9pm, Jagger Girls from 6:30-8:30pm, Specials, 1/2 off appetizers. Raffles and Games. Biker Punch Cards. Ride from the dealerships at 5:30pm. Chester's HD is located at 922 S. Country Club in Mesa. For more information call 480-894-0404.
 
NOTICE!
Gordon Biersch is no longer doing a Thursday Bike Night. 
 

The Bike Night At The Billet Bar. Voted "BEST BIKER BAR IN PHOENIX" by New Times. There is no better place to watch all the Bikes ride down Scottsdale road than from The Billet Bar Patio. The Billet is ALWAYS packed with bikes Every Day. Stop by and take a look at the New Flamed Booths on the Paradise Patio. The new bars front and rear provide spacious seating, fresh air atmosphere, perfect temperature and courteous staff. The food is amazing and always the latest in cold libations await. You can sit at the back bar and watch your favorite TV on any of the seven big inch televisions. Play pool, listen to the latest music and socialize. The front patio seats over 75 people and is perfect for people watching on Scottsdale Rd. The Billet Bar is located on 3752 N. Scottsdale Rd. Check it out this Thursday night and all weekend long. Info: at 480-941-1876. Click Here for the New Billet Bar Page with pictures. 

Every Saturday and Sunday 

Harold's Cave Creek Corral Bike WeekendsThis is the patio that we have all been waiting for in Cave Creek. The new 4000 Sq. Ft. patio at Harold's is finally finished complete with misters, TV's and an outdoor bar. There is plenty of room to put some tables together and hang out with your riding group for breakfast, lunch or the cold beverage of your choice. 
Saturday: Every Saturday Patio Party 12-5. 50% off appetizers (under $10). Drink Specials, $2.00 Bud / Bud light Bottles, $3.00 16oz Bud / Bud Light Aluminum Bottles & Widmer Hefeweizen Pints. $3.00 Margaritas, Sunrise, etc.. (new cuervo flavors; lime, orange, & pineapple)
Sunday: Every Sunday. All you can eat Breakfast Buffet $8.99 (from 8am - Noon). Live Music from 2-6.
Sunday's are SERVICE INDUSTRY DAY (from 8am to close). Are you in the Service Industry. Golf, Hotel, Restaurant, etc. Show us your check stub & receive 20% off your entire bill because we appreciate all that you do.
(not valid on already discounted items) 
You can also choose from their full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu every day of the week. Plenty of new motorcycle parking right in front of the patio. A great destination patio for your weekend rides. Harold's is located at 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd., in Cave Creek. 480-488-1906.
There are still no tickets being given for DB violations. Just continue to keep the noise down as much as possible when riding through Carefree.

 

Every Sunday 

NEW!
The Popular Sugar Daddy's Sunday Biker Brunch. Voted Best Brunch in Phoenix New Times 2006. Sugar Daddy's is under new ownership and is undergoing a half million dollar makeover. The outdoor patio is being completely upgraded with new granite table tops and will be available for the new $9.00 all you can eat brunch. Sundays from 10am - 4pm. Live Music from 10am - 2pm.
Enjoy the patio with $2 mimosa's, $4 Skye Bloody Marys. Buffet includes, French Toast, Fruit, Eggs Benedict, Potatoes, Rice Veggies, Salad, Pasta Salad, Chicken Marsala, Biscuits and Gravy and much more. Sugar Daddy's is located at 3102 N. Scottsdale Rd. in Scottsdale. 480-970-6556.
 

This Week 

Friday - Sunday
November 16-18

Arizona Boss Hoss Open House & Factory Demo Rides. If you have never experienced the incredible power and great handling of a Boss Hoss, this is your chance to see what you have been missing. I took a demo ride on 2 of these bikes this week and was amazed at the smoothness, balance, ease of ride and power that these bikes have. They are worth taking one for a ride. Join Arizona Boss Hoss for an open house at their new location located at 9550 N. 90th St. in Scottsdale. Demo rides are Saturday and Sunday from 9am - 4pm. The Boss Hoss Factory tour truck will be coming in with all of the latest 2008 models for you to see and test ride including the all-new Corvette LS-2 powered V8 bikes and trikes. Even though this bike looks intimidating, it is more nimble and easy to ride than you can imagine. And the exhilarating power and torque that comes from this bike is one of a kind. Food and drink will be available both days. Click Here to watch the introductory video.

 

November 16th and 17th

Billet Bar Customer Appreciation Party and Against the Wind 2nd Anniversary Party. Against the Wind, leathers & more is having a 2nd year anniversary sale and the Billet Bar is having a Customer Appreciation Party. Live music by the Whiskey Dogs, Friday & Saturday, lots of prizes and giveaways. Also a special guest appearance by Jack the Ripper on Saturday night. Jack is the 11 year old boy who appeared at many locations during AZ Bike Week. Jack plays in a band and is said to be the next Mick Jaguar or Eric Clapton. For more information you can call the Billet Bar 480-941-1876 or Against the Wind, 480-945-3458. Details in next weeks newsletter. Jack at 9:30 pm on Saturday and Whiskey Dogs at 11pm.

 

Saturday, November 17th

Harley's Heroes - A Fundraising Tribute to Veterans. An American Celebration at Chesterís Harley-Davidson.
9am Welcome, 9:30am Star-Spangled Banner & Flag Raising, 10am Flyover, 11am-1pm Lunch, 12pm Music Starts
Free All-American Food * Live Music With Tin Weasel
Sidewalk Sale * Harley-Davidson Police Demo Fleet
Commemorative Air Force Flyover * Westwood High School Marching Band
Ladies Of Harley 50/50 Raffle * Fallen Heroes Car
Show your support of Disabled American Veterans with the purchase of a Harleyís Heroes Commemorative Pin. Join the fanfare. Share the love of motorcycles.

Disabled American Veterans National Service Office on Wheels comes to Chesterís Harley-Davidson so that you can get the benefits and services you earned for free. This event gives you the best counseling and claim filing advice you can get anywhere at no cost. Need a ride? Veteranís Free Shuttle Service is provided by Chesterís for veterans. Call and we will schedule it. Chester's is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404.

 

Saturday, November 17th

Addictions Body Art Grand Opening Party. Ride by Addictions Body Art new store in Tolleson for their Grand Opening Party located south of the I-10 on 95th Avenue and Van Buren. There will be Food, Music and Prizes drawn every 30 minutes. Addictions Body Art Tattoo Studio is a shop that provides tattoos, piercing and jewelry. We offer you a unique experience as this is not your typical tattoo studio.  Our studio is bright and clean.  We have separate rooms for each artists. This gives you the privacy you want while being tattooed. We also have MP3 players to listen to while you are being tattooed. We have three wonderful artists who can tattoo something from the flash rack or they will work with you to design the tattoo you have always wanted. We offer a clean sterilized environment. For both the tattoos and piercing, we use new, sterilized needles.  All are factory packaged. All surfaces are disinfected between customers. Our staff is trained in Red Cross First Aid, CPR and blood borne pathogens. We can be reached at 623-474-2767. Or, check out our web-site at addictionsbodyarttattoos.com

 

Saturday, November 17th

6th Annual Vietnam Vets Chili Cook Off and Poker Run. This event benefits Operation Freedom Bird. Tasting: Peoples Choices 11am - 3pm. Casi Rules: 9:30 am Cooks Meeting. 3pm Turn-In. Poker Run registration 8am. Depart 8:30am. Event takes place at the Steel Horse located at 1768 W. Bell Rd. in Phoenix.

 

Saturday, November 17th

On the Road for Heroes 2007. Benefit Motorcycle Run & Party for Operation Homefront of AZ. Show your support for our Troops and the families they leave behind!! Sat Nov. 17th, 2007 at The Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse located at 6811 E Cave Creek Road 85331. $20.00 - 1 Rider/ $30.00  2nd Ride. Includes BBQ Meal with all the fix'in's. Event T-Shirt and Run Pin GTD for the first 200 riders. Raffle tickets being sold at each stop for lots of awesome prizes! Winners will be drawn at the benefit party later that evening. Party only donation $15.00 per person/ $20.00 per person includes BBQ Meal. 2 Bands Featuring PHAT BASTARD and then EASTON ASHE. Full dress Marine Corp Color Guard presenting the colors. Great  Giveaways from Coors, Coke and Absolute Vodka. Do your part and Support Our Troops By Helping their Families!

 

Saturday, November 17th

Run To Maricopa. A poker run to benefit the 2007 Goodyear Holiday Fill-A-Need program that provides toys, clothing and basic items for those in need throughout the Southwest Valley each holiday season. Breakfast and sign in from 9-10am. Ride at 10am.  Start at the City of Goodyear Community Park, 3151 N. Litchfield Road. End at Harrah's Ak-Chin in Maricopa. Join in and help the kids. Recommended donation of $20. For more information call Jeff at 623-703-6167.

 

Saturday, November 17th

Samantha's Ride. Benefit ride for Samantha, a 6 year old child that has been diagnosed with "Childhood Seizures". Medical bills are not covered by insurance. Register at Bongo's Bar and Grill located at 4080 W. Ray Rd. (NW corner of Ray Rd. and McClintock Dr.) in Chandler, AZ. from 8am - 10am. Ride leaves at 10:30am. $30 per rider and $40 with passenger. Each participant receives a T-Shirt and light breakfast. For more information call 480-330-0943 or email samanthasride@gmail.com .

 

Sunday, November 18th

1st Annual Southwest Birds on Bikes sponsored by Chandler Harley-Davidson. November 18th is our First Annual Southwest Birds on Bikes food drive for ST. Mary's Food Bank. We'll have food barrels for non perishable donations at all Coulter, RideNow, Arrowhead and Chandler Harley-Davidson Dealerships, along with the Tilted Kilt's in Tempe and Scottsdale. (All these destinations will have donation barrels through the Holidays.) On November 18th we will start our Southwest Birds on Bikes ride from Chandler Harley-Davidson to end at the Tilted Kilt in Tempe. There will be stops along the way to pick up a raffle ticket. The more tickets you pick up, the better your chances of winning many great prizes. The donation to start this fun day is a frozen turkey at the starting point or $15.00 per person. This includes a commemorative T-Shirt, Lunch at the Kilt, Live Music and Vendors. All proceeds will benefit the ST. Mary's food bank. Please join us and bring a friend for a very good cause. Help make the Holiday memorable, for someone less fortunate. For more information call 480-496-6800.

 

Sunday, November 18th

MMA Presents BIRDS ON BIKES. Strap your frozen Thanksgiving Turkey on your bike and the flocks will gather between 9 - 10am at the following locations: Charlie's Place - 4324 W. Thunderbird in Phoenix, Bikers Bay - 2530 E. Bell Rd in Phoenix. Smokey's (TJ's) - 1734 E. Main St. in Mesa, Moose Lodge - 1572 Cotton Lane in Goodyear. If you want to meet the flock at St. Vincents, plan to be there by 11:30am. Monetary Donations to be made out to St. Vincent de Paul - 420 w. Watkins, Phoenix AZ. For more information call: CJ AND BETTY at 602-788-2088.

 

Next Week

 

Saturday, November 24th

Buddy Stubbs 8th Annual Denim Drive and Party. From now until November 24th, Donate your old "jeans!" Not only are we collecting blankets for St. Vincent de Paul but also jeans! For the 8th year, we've teamed up with KSLX. Drop boxes at front reception. On Saturday the 24th, 11am-3pm there will be a Big Party! KSLX Live Remote, Music by Wallstreet Band, Free BBQ Lunch, 1st 100 people to bring jeans for donation receive KSLX gift, HUGE Outdoor Sidewalk Sale, 12:30pm Motorcycle Museum tours begin, free pool tournaments. Buddy Stubbs is located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix. 602-971-7401.

 

Upcoming Event

 
Saturday, December 1st.

We are only 17 days away from the Cyclerides.com Toys To Kids Ride that will take place on Saturday, December 1st. If you haven't done this ride before, don't miss the most entertaining Toy Ride in the Valley! This year we are staging in Downtown Glendale at Murphy Park where there will be a performance by the Arizona Dickens Carolers. Coffee, Donuts and Water will be available. We will then be taking a short ride to Westgate City Center where there will be 100 homeless kids from Pappas schools waiting for us to arrive with presents. We will feed them, entertain them and let them play in the snow that Westgate is bringing in for the kids while they wait for us to arrive. We will have a stage set up for about 30 minutes of entertainment for the riders and kids including the Westside Children's Choir, Animal Acts, Jugglers, etc. before allowing them to all get any 3 presents that they desire. This is really a fun sight to see as this is the only gifts that some of these children will get for Christmas and they are really excited. Past years for this ride have been a lot of fun and I am currently working to finalize entertainment for the day. Click Here for the Flyer. Please pass this around to your riding groups. It is really special to see how these kids react when the riders bring in the toys, and for some, it is the only Christmas present they will get. Click Here for the video of last year.
 
What: Cyclerides.com Toys To Kids Ride
When: Saturday, December 1st, 2007
Where: Downtown Glendale, 58th Dr. and Glenn Ave. Dickens Caroler's will perform from 9am - 10:30am.
Time: Lineup 8am - 11am. Ride Leaves at 11am.
Ending: Westgate City Center, 93rd Ave. and Glendale Ave.
Activity: 100 Homeless Kids from Pappas Schools will be there to receive your gifts. 30 minutes of entertainment on stage before the kids get their gifts. Snow will be brought in for the kids. Bring gifts for boys and girls ages 6-12.
Refreshments: Food and Drink will be available at Westgate.
After Ride: The Jimmy Buffet's Margaretville House Band will start an afternoon concert immediately following the ride at approximately 1pm. Have lunch and stick around for some great music.
 
UPDATE! Immediately after the event will be a special concert featuring the Jimmy Buffet's Margaretville's house band that will take place on the same stage. This is an excellent cover band that you will really enjoy. There will be plenty of food and drink available at the event. Margaretville will also be open at that time.

 

Extras 

Here is a Saturday Night Live skit featuring Peyton Manning that is pretty funny. Click Here to View.
 

I'm not sure if this is real or some video work by Dreamworks. But this shows in slow speed what happens when a bullet travels through various items. Pretty interesting. Click Here to View.

 

Here is some interesting Police work in South Africa. Maybe our cops should try this. Might cut down on some of those high speed pursuits. Click Here to View.

 

The Classifieds are really moving some items. More motorcycles and parts have sold this week. If you have old parts laying around or a motorcycle, trailer, atv, etc. to sell, put in on the site. It is only $10 for 60 day listing and includes an upload of 5 photos. Click Here to View the 120 listings. Don't forget to use the "Sort" function to find parts, etc.

 

Hearts to Heroes DVD's are available to purchase for $12 per copy or 2 for $22. Includes never before seen footage and the ride around PIR. The reviews from those that have watched it are great. If you missed the event, this is your chance to see it. If you went, you will enjoy it again. Click Here to Purchase.

 

Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All, 

Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours -  Take The Ride"

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