Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
11/17/04
 

Greetings Riders,
 
Well, the after show work is winding down and I am finally able to get back to my normal routine. Once again, I have to apologize if you have emailed me and I have not responded. I am trying to get caught up, but it will probably take a few more days. If it is important, please resend. After 4 solid months of more than double duty it is a welcome relief to be able to focus on the site and the rides coming up. One ride in particular that I am a part of is the 2nd Annual Toys To Kids Ride. We've had planning meetings on it this week and are ready to go on December 4th. We will once again be riding from Fountain Hills to Rawhide, food and ride pin to the first 1000 riders, a band to entertain, Santa and his Elf and as many as 200 kids there to receive your gifts. Click Here for pictures from last year and Click Here for video page from last year. If you don't do anything else, watch Part 2 of the video to get a real feel for the ride.
 
Whether you own a motorcycle or a car, one of the things that we all have to do sooner or later is make a visit to the Motor Vehicle Department for a license or registration. For some reason, a trip to the MVD for me is second only to the visit to the Doctor that says "bend over the table and then snaps his rubber glove". I'm not sure why I feel this way, maybe it is because I know that history has showed me that it ends up being a similar experience.
 
On this day, my dread of doing this task started in the parking lot, but I knew I had to get it done. When you plan your trip to the MVD you try and figure out the best possible time to go. Although there is no good time, I try and play that game anyway. So I chose to miss the lunch crowd and also miss the end of day crowd by going at around 2:30 in the afternoon. I walked in the front door to see a very short line of about 5 people. I'm thinking, this is good, maybe my luck has changed! Not so fast, about 2 minutes later the guy at the counter says "the line to get a number is over there". Apparently this was just the line for the idiots that didn't know there was another line. So off I go to the real line with the smart people that now has about 15 people in it. Still not too bad on MVD terms.
 
I got through that line pretty fast and received my number. To further entertain myself in an otherwise complete waste of time, it is kind of fun to see what letter and number you are going to get so that you can estimate how much time you are going to spend with 200 people you don't know. There is a little tote board on the walls  that display three entries of the letters A through F with numbers attached to let you know when you are supposed to report to your assigned window. I'm not sure what the letters mean, but it is usually all about how many numbers they are behind in your letter that counts. I get my ticket that tells me that I am C-196. I look at the board to see that they are displaying two A's and an F. So I am setting there staring at the board waiting anxiously as if I was one number away from a blackout jackpot in bingo, for the digital hostess to call the next number starting with a "C". A couple of minutes later she calls C-190 to window 17. I'm thinking, this is good, only 6 numbers to go and I am outta here. I have finally beat the system. 
 
I don't know who was in charge of setting up the MVD waiting area, but there are 4 sections of chairs that form a square all pointing to an open middle area. This is the area that also doubles as the Gymboree for the parents that bring their kids here for a family outing. After 20 minutes of watching kids slide across the floor, beat each other up, and make faces at us watching them, I had heard 12 F's, 8 B's and 5 A's called, but not one single time did my digital friend utter the letter C. At this point I was wishing I could trade my C in for an F. After another 25 minutes of staring at the people staring at me from across the room, and watching another 50 people come and go, I finally hear that electronic letter and number that I had been waiting to hear for the last 45 minutes, "C-196 to window 21". I didn't take into account that the Lady in charge of the C's might be going on break at 2:30. I guess I am going to have to kick my timing up to 3:00 next time.
 
As I get to the window, I give her the title of the scooter I had bought to run around the neighborhood. She looks at it and gives the expression of "this is a problem". She then uttered those dreaded words of "just a minute, I have to talk to my Supervisor". Equating those words to the snap of a latex glove, I waited another 15 minutes until she came back with her Supervisor to inform me that I would need to complete 3 more steps before I could get the scooter registered. The translation in real world terms were "you just wasted an hour of your time here, come back and try again". So as it turns out, my luck with visits to the MVD have not changed. It is still a lot like going to the Doctor that can't look you in the eye while examining you. Either place I seem to get it in.... Well, you get the point.
 
However, while I was there, I did get a good tip for those of you that just need to replace a drivers license. There is a computer just inside the door that will do a few tasks that you don't have to wait in line for and one of them is replacing your license. It only takes a couple of minutes if you use your existing picture.
 


 
I have several pictures from the OCC Event on the site now.
I have 153 photos taken by PhotoGraphic Lee, 90 by Biker Information Guide and some coming from Cyclerides.com. Click Here for the Photo Page. I also have the video of the report that Scott Pasmore did on OCC from our trip back there. It is a really good report. Click Here for Broadband and Click Here for Dialup version of the report.
 

 

This Week's Events 

Wednesday 

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.  Stop by and take a look, I'm sure you will like what you see. Info: 480-897-6200. 

Thursday Night
 
Thursday Night features 4 Bike Nights all over the Valley.

Hooters at Arrowhead Bike Night. Every Third Thursday of the month Hooters is giving away a gift certificate for $1000 towards a custom paint job. 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.

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.

Hooters at Ahwatukee Thursday Bike NightContinues 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.
 

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 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 pictures. 

Saturday and Sunday 

Pioneer Restaurant and Saloon. Live Music on the back Patio Every Sunday from 3-7pm. Now 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. The biscuits and gravy are awesome and my personal recommendation. Breakfast starts at 6:00am. Pioneer is also open for lunch and dinner. On Saturday nights Live Music from 6pm - 10pm. 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 at 602-493-7373.  

Sunday

Cocomo Joe's 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 details.

Sugar 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 Ė Grilled English muffins, smoked ham, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.
Served with your chose of fresh fruit or crispy potatoes. ($8) or
Sugarís Pancakes Ė You wonít eat pancakes anywhere else. Buttermilk pancakes served with butter and syrup. ($5)
Option #2: Canít decide what to eat? How about an All-You-Can-Eat buffet for ONLY $12.
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 sugardaddysaz@aol.com . 480-970-6556.

Sunday Evening 

Bar Louie Sunday Evening Bike Night.
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. Phone: 480-874-9944. 

This Week 

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 480-668-7969.
 
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 Greenway. 
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 your turkey.
 

Next Week 

Friday, November 26th
Superstition After Thanksgiving Day Sale & Holiday Preview.
Do Thanksgiving Harley-Davidson Style. Friday, November 26th 8:00am - 7:00pm. Green and red, make way for orange and black! Harley-Davidson® gifts for the holidays. FREE gift wrapping from 11am to 3pm. Receive a gift card with qualifying MotorClothes purchase! Enjoy holiday treats and refreshments! And don't forget that a Superstition Harley-Davidson gift card makes the perfect stocking stuffer! Superstition HD is located at 2910 W. Apache Trail in Apache Junction. 480-346-0600.
 
Saturday, November 27th
Operation Appreciation. This is a Toy Drive and Poker Run to Benefit USMC Families. All riders are invited to join the Arizona Stray Feathers for a Day of Thanks and Support for our Troops. Provide one $10 toy for the toy drive. Poker run registration 10am - 11am at Indian Motorcycle of Phoenix. 1133 W. Bell Rd. $20 includes one card. Additional card $5. First 75 registered receive event ride shirt. Meet active duty Marines at each stop on the Poker Run. High Hand $200, Low Hand $50. 2:00pm Final Stop at Pioneer Restaurant and Saloon. Food and Drink available to purchase. Live Music provided by Tumbleweed Junction. Click Here for all information.
 
Saturday, November 27th
Old Pueblo Riders With the Tucson Kiwanis Bike Show and Car Show. This event benefits Mobile Meals and Children and family services. Please bring food item to donate at entrance. BBQ from 11:00am - 2:00pm. BBQ tickets $10 in advance. Limited quantities at show. Trophies in six motorcycle categories including People's Choice award. Family entertainment, bring the kids. Registration begins at 10:00am at the Rillito Race Track, First Ave. and River Rd. in Tucson. Pre-Registration $15 per motorcycle, $20 day of event. Free admission for spectators. Click Here for all information and pre-registration information. 520-579-8244. 

Extras 

Here is a pretty incredible video. It is of a Harrier hovering above the water and all of a sudden loses power and drops into the ocean as the pilot ejects. Pretty cool shot. Click Here. 2.3mb.
 
Here is a great picture of some F-16's doing a fly-over Kyle Field in Texas during an Aggies Football game. This is a very cool shot from the air as seen from an F-16. Click Here.
 
As for me this weekend, I am going to take one of my Day Rides and enjoy the great weather that we are supposed to be having this weekend. Enjoy and Ride Safe.
 
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
 
Barry Caraway
"The Ride Is Yours - Take The Ride"
www.cyclerides.com
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