Cyclerides.com Weekly Update

11/20/02

 
Greetings Riders,
 
Well, It was a weekend with no riding for me. Even though there were 2 good rides this past weekend Mrs. Cyclerides and I were set up inside the Civic Center both days greeting the riders that attended the 1st Annual Motorcycle Expo. We want to say Thank You to all who stopped by the booth and said Hi. We appreciate it very much. For a first year event this really went very well. There were over 100 vendors with everything from go peds to $100,000 motorcycles to flying machines. I think it was a job well done by the organizers of this event and look forward to it expanding and bringing in even more national names. We need something like this as an annual indoor event. If you didn't get to the show, here is a panorama of the show from the top of the Drag Specialties 18 wheeler. Click Here. I mentioned that there were some flying machines there. I've always had an interest in flying. I think I mentioned my helicopter flying experience about a year ago. My next adventure is probably going to be flying a powered paraglider. At least you don't have to worry about a car pulling out in front of you. Given my interest in aviation, I was riding by Scottsdale Airport yesterday and took this cool picture.
 
This is the time of year for rides and we have had no shortage of them so far. But there is one ride every year that I really look forward to that I want to give a special highlight. It is the Kicks For Kids Toy Run sponsored by Just Friends M/A and The Army Reserve NCO Council. The ride has been going for 20 years and has built quite a loyal following. I first got involved with them 3 years ago when I started Cyclerides.com. They were doing around 1000 bikes per year for the previous several years. But with the support of Cyclerides.com readers they have doubled the last 2 years and had over 4000 bikes last year. They had to bring in extra trucks just to receive all of the toys. I expect even more this year.
 
Why is this such a special event? It's hard for me to put into words, but I think it is because of the innocence of the event. There is no cost for the ride, no expectations, no sign in, no agenda. Just show up with a toy strapped on your bike and join in with all of the other riders that are there for the same reason. To have fun, give a little and enjoy the Christmas season. At a time of year when life gets busy and the pressure starts to build, this is a moment that you can just take a few hours off with your scooter, take a short ride and forget all about it. The mood that is created with this ride is really hard to describe. It is really kind of magical. Everyone is just so totally relaxed, happy to be there, walking around finding old friends or just viewing the decorations on the bikes. A lot of riders show up early to have a cup of coffee or donuts and bring their kids on the back to enjoy the day as well.
 
Not only are the riders involved, but the spectators are growing in numbers too. You will see hundreds, if not thousands of people standing on the side of the road with video cameras, still cameras or just waving at the riders. Churches along the route actually let out to see all of the decorated bikes riding by. A tradition that has really gotten going in the last couple of years is the riders throwing beads, Christmas candy, or trinkets to the kids watching the parade. They just go nuts when the candy or beads come flying. And once we get to the end of the route everyone takes the toys off of their bikes and hands them to a National Guardsman to put into an armory truck to be delivered to the less fortunate kids for Christmas. After that you can enjoy some cookies and apple cider for refreshments. It is so neat for something this simple to be such a special and well liked event. In my opinion, this is really the can't miss ride of the year.
 
Due to the amount of riders that are expected, I contacted the organizers and suggested that they get 19th Ave. closed down for a while so that the bikes could stage right on the street. This would alleviate a lot of problems with finding a place for all the bikes. They are checking into that and are hopeful this can happen. The route has changed this year. We will ride 19th ave. down to Buckeye. Turn East to 7th Ave. and then North to the Elks Lodge at 1012 S. 7th Ave. There will be prizes given for the best decorated bikes. Collector Pins will be available for sale at the ride for $3.00 each. To take a look at last years bikes and people that were decorated click the following link.

http://www.cycleridesusa.com/ridephotos/kickskids2001/ . I look forward to seeing everyone there. I will be doing photos as well as a video presentation of the ride.

 


 

In This Issue:

Chosa's Apache Junction Ride-In Bike Show
"Birds On Bikes" Turkey Drive
Three Thanksgiving Day Events

The Extras Column:

Two New Videos
Get Your Bike Detailed
My Bike For Sale In The Classifieds

 


This Week's Events

Wednesday

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. 

Thursday

Jetz Americana Thursday Bike Night. Want to be in pictures? 944 Magazine will be here taking pictures for next months issue this Thursday 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.

Casey 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. 

There are now 2 Sunday stops with live entertainment and food and drink specials! 

Sunday, November 24th - "Combo Deluxe". 
This Sunday ride by Fandango  and enjoy an Arizona Favorite Combo Deluxe. Lori and the boys really know how to rock the crowd. Combo Deluxe 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:
December 1st - Rhondavous opens up the month.
December 8th - Combo Deluxe. Lori and the boys will be in the house.
December 15th - It's Jamacian Me Crazy 2. Walt Richardson will be back with the Island sounds.
December 22nd - It's Fandango's Christmas Party and Light Parade. Light parade leaves Vulture Mine V-Twin at Sunset for Fandango. Combo Deluxe will be here bringing in the holiday cheer. 6-10pm. Specials all day long. Budweiser Santa will be passing out the gifts.
December 29th - Danny Rhodes and The Messengers will close out the year.

Sunday, November 24th  
Hailey's Live Entertainment Sunday's - This Weekend - "Rhondavous Saturday and Sunday"
Cruise Day at Hailey's this Sunday. View classic cars and cruisers, Vettes, etc. Hailey's is also continuing their live entertainment every Sunday. This Sunday enjoy the great sound of Rhondavous. 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 -  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.

This Weekend

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.

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.
Need something to take to your Thanksgiving dinner? Hacienda Chapter 97 LOH is having a fundraiser Bake Sale this Sat., Nov. 23rd, at Hacienda from 8am to 12 noon?  This fundraiser is for the LOH and the charities that we support.  There will be cookies, candy, breads, cakes, pies, etc to purchase as individual servings and to purchase as a whole. 

Thanksgiving Day Events

The 8th Annual Thanksgiving Day Poker Run. Got the day off on Thanksgiving and want to take a good ride? Here is your opportunity to do it with a group and get back home for your afternoon turkey. The Ride starts at Indian of Phoenix for your 1st Card and Leaves at 7:00am. Stop for breakfast at The Golden Nugget in Wickenburg AZ. for your 2nd Card Ride on to the Burro Inn in Nowhere AZ. for the 3rd Card. Ride continues to the top of Yarnell Hill for refreshments and your 4th Card. Final Stop The Bird Cage on Prescotts Whiskey Row for the 5th Card and Prizes. $25 for single rider, $35 for double riders. Price includes T-Shirt and Pin. More information at 602-978-5200.

8th Annual Thanksgiving Day Wild Turkey Run. Meet at the Billet Bar at 8:00AM. Have you home for Thanksgiving feast. Everyone is invited. 3752 N. Scottsdale Rd. For more information: 480-941-1876.

Annual Thanksgiving Potluck at The Hideaway. The Annual Thanksgiving Potluck at The HIDEAWAY has become a Tradition for many of our Friends, make it your Tradition. We Provide the BIRD, You Provide the FIXIN'S. Come on over and Enjoy Thanksgiving with the HIDEAWAY Family! We'll be Cooking Plenty of BIRDS so bring in Your Favorite Side Dish & we'll have a Thanksgiving that can't be beat!!! All this Fun for FREE !!! Event time is 12:00 Noon till 6:00PM.

"There are no Strangers here, just Friends you haven't met yet". For more information: 480-595-0358.

 

Next Weekend

 

Saturday, November 30th

Biker's Discount Supply Open House and Poker Run. Saturday November 30th Starting at the new BDS store sign-in from 10:00am to 12:00 Noon. BDS is located 15242 Cave Creek Rd. Poker run includes a chance to win: Best Hand - A basic leather jacket. 2nd Best Hand - A pair of leather chaps, Worst Hand - A leather vest. Over $2,000 in raffle prizes. All for only $10.00. The run ends & the party starts at 4:00 pm at the Steelhorse Saloon. More info call Kimmy at 602-992-2229.

 

Saturday, November 30th

Loners M/C of Prescott & A.B.A.T.E. of Yavapai Co. Annual Charity Toy Run. Everyone will meet at the Town Square in Prescott by 11:30 AM. The parade will be leaving the square at Noon and travel to the Pinon Pines at the corner of 89 & old 89A. Proceeds will benefit: Prescott Child Development Center, Faith House, Meals on Wheels, Teddy Bears for Prescott Police, Head Start, Child Haven of Prescott Valley, Salvation Army, Mayer Kiwanis for Kids. 50/50 Drawing, Silent & Live Auction, Live Music, Full bar. Donations: 1 new toy & 2 cans of food, $10 per person. More information at 928-445-8960.
 
Visit the Rides and Events Calendar on
www.cyclerides.com for more rides. 

Extras 

Need that riding season detail on your bike?? Or maybe just freshen up your Car, Truck, Boat, Classic or RV with a new coat of waxIf you are like me and you like your bike or car to look its best but don't always have the time, all you need to do is pick up the phone, Call Clint Canada of Red Rock Mobile Detailing  at 602-618-8500 and he will come to your home or office to detail any of your vehicles. Prices start at just $75.00. While he's there take advantage of his multi-vehicle discounts. If you have a boat in the water, Clint will go to the lake to do the job. Clint works alone so customer service is extremely important. Time is not an issue. Doing a good job is. Take a look at these references: Barrett Jackson Classic Cars, Dave; Scottsdale Lotus, Chip; Leo Gephart Classic Cars; Hawk's Corvettes, Jay. Red Rock Highlights: Personal Service, Travel Anywhere In The Valley, Multi-Car Discounts, Steam Cleaning,  and get 10% Off When You Mention Cyclerides. Ask about weekly or bi-weekly maintenance hand wash programs. Call: 602-618-8500 for a quote on mobile detail for your motorcycle, car or truck. Click here for details or see the Yellow Pages on www.cyclerides.com .
 
I have decided to sell my bike and build something else. If you know anyone looking for a bike in excellent condition with a beautiful paint job for Christmas, go to the 
Classifieds. It is the first bike on the list. Click on the picture for a full page view.
 
I've added 2 new original video's this week.
I took some pictures from the Patriot Parade and put the music of Lee Greenwood's "God Bless The USA" to it. The video is 3:18 long and is available for Hi Speed and 56K.  I also took some bike photos and put them to the music of Aerosmith's "Walk This Way". Take a look at them, I think you will enjoy. The links are on the front page of www.cyclerides.com .
The Arizona Bike Week guys will be out at The Billet Bar this Thursday for 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.

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 only have 4 shirts left but I will be restocking them before the Turkey Run that leaves from there this weekend.  
 
Click here to view the shirt on the Online Store.

As for me this week. I will be at the Casey Jones and Jetz bike nights this week. Mrs. C. and I are going to try and make the Turkey run down to St. Vincent De Pauls this Sunday. Should be a good turnout this year. Check out the 4 starting locations on the Rides and Events Calendar on www.cyclerides.com . See you there.

Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,

Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
www.cyclerides.com
info@cyclerides.com

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