Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
December 2005 is only hours away and it is now only 25 days till Christmas. My how time flies as we get older. It seems like only a month ago Mrs. C. and I were riding through Montana in short sleeves. We wouldn't be doing that right now. I remember when I was 13 years old, I couldn't wait to be 14 so I could get my learners driving permit in Kansas. When I was 15, getting to 16 just wouldn't come fast enough so that I could get my full drivers license. When I was 17, I couldn't wait till I was 18 so that I could vote and become an adult. Well, as it turns out, I got my wish as a kid. Life sped up more than I would have liked. Now I'm 49 and trying to figure out where the last 30 years went and what I have done to show for it.
So much time had been concentrated on what I could do for me, that I am now having to play catch up for my part of giving back. Thanks to your support of Cyclerides.com, I have had the opportunity to try and do my part to make a difference. Not only providing information about charity rides and events, but being a part of creating, organizing and sponsoring a couple of very special events throughout the year. One of them is the Hearts to Heroes Ride to support our troops that many of you attended last March, which we will be doing again, and of course the Toys To Kids Ride that is now in its' 3rd year and coming up this Saturday.
The final preparations have been made for the Maricopa Sheriff's Office to lead us from Wesley Bolin Plaza to downtown Glendale at Murphy Park. The City of Glendale is opening their arms to welcome us to their City. The 200 children will be there waiting for us to arrive where we will have special entertainment for the children and the riders alike. So don't forget to bring some candy to throw to the kids as you drop off your gifts. For those of you that have other things to do that day, the program will end at around 1:30pm with the kids free for all to pick out their gifts. This should be the best Toys To Kids ride so far. I look forward to seeing everyone this Saturday. There will also be some free gifts for the riders. Throughout the program I will be throwing out 40 Cyclerides.com T-Shirts to the crowd.
For those of you that want to hang around after the event, there are over 80 Antique and Specialty Shops in Old Towne and Catlin Court for you to visit while you are there. There are also several restaurants for you to enjoy lunch. Click Here for a map of the downtown area.
Here are the details for the event:
As I mentioned in the past couple of weeks, Cyclerides.com will once again be co-hosting
Annual Toys To Kids ride on Saturday, December 3rd. This year it will start at Wesley
Bolin Plaza at the Capital in Phoenix, 1700 W. Washington, where riders will be greeted by Santa Clause and Dickens Carolers as you park your bikes. While you are waiting to ride you can enjoy Scott Pasmore's
special blend of coffee donated by TV3 and Tully's Coffee, water from CCV and donuts compliments of Cyclerides.com.
At 11:00 am the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office will escort us to Downtown Glendale's Murphy Park located at 58th ave. and Glendale where there will be 200 kids waiting for us in the amphitheater to receive your toys. Upon arriving you will drop your toys in front of the screaming kids. Feel free to bring some candy to throw to the kids as you walk by. You can then find a place to sit in the Amphitheater or go to one of the food vendors that will be set up in the park.
Once the riders have arrived, the show will begin with Robert Van Arlen, who is a Scottsdale based motivational speaker known for uniting an audience with music. From billion dollar corporations to youth groups, Robert has helped people in many walks of life make changes to better reach their dreams and goals. At this years ‘Toys To Kids’ event, Robert will conduct a rhythmic experience with the riders and kids, while teaching the value of melody, harmony and rhythm. He will distribute 700 vibrantly colored instruments called BoomWhackers™, donated by Ed LeClere of the NP Group to facilitate an unforgettable experience for the kids and riders alike.
After we have all become proficient with BoomWhackers, the King of Rock and Roll will take the stage in his "Blue Suede Shoes" and get us "All Shook Up" with his hits of the 50's and 60's. So "Don't Be Cruel", act like a "Hound Dog" or go your "Separate Ways", stick around and see if we can get Sheriff Joe to collaborate on a version of "Jailhouse Rock". We will be looking for participation from you, so get ready to sing.
When the program is finished, you can watch the kids go get any 3 of toys you have brought to them. This is a very special time to see the smiles on these kids faces when they get the toy they never thought they could have. The riders have always been awesome about bringing quality gifts and toys to this ride for the kids. Ages of the children will range from 6-12 years of age. You are doing a great thing, stay and enjoy the moment. Click Here for the link to past photos and video. After all the festivities are over enjoy some of the 70 shops in downtown Glendale.
Everyone is welcome. Plan to take the day off and ride with us. This year the ride is FREE. Just bring a toy and join the fun. This ride is co-organized by Cyclerides.com, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and Arizona Bike Week. I would consider it an honor for all of you to ride with us and make this a memorable day for the kids.
Date: The ride is on Saturday,
Time: Line up from 8:00am - 11:00am. Ride leaves at 11:00 sharp.
Place: Wesley Bolin Plaza at the Capital Building located at 1700 W. Washington in Phoenix.
Cost: One unwrapped toy per person for children ages 6-12 years.
Refreshments and Food: Free at beginning of ride. Available at end of ride from vendors.
Festivities end: At approximately 1:30PM.
Parking: Motorcycle parking will be in the City parking garage and just East of the Civic Center.
Highlights This Week
Saturday, December 3rd
3rd Annual Toys To Kids. Don't miss this one!
Bring your toys to 200 waiting kids. Don't forget the candy.
Sunday, December 4th
Kicks For Kids Toy Run. 25 years for this toy ride.
New!! Starting this Tuesday
Chester's Bike Night at the Tilted Kilt.
Irish Pub with lots of fun and 2 Patios. Get your 15% of Biker Card at Chester's HD.
This Week's Bike Night Events
Starting Tuesday December 6th!
Chester’s Harley Davidson Biker Night at the Tilted Kilt in Tempe! If you are looking for some fun on a Tuesday night, With 2 outdoor patios and plenty of excitement, This place is a good time! The Tilted Kilt is home to the best Scotch-Irish experience in Arizona, with an award-winning menu, classic pub fare, and signature Kilt items sure to please any palate—not to mention twenty four globe-spanning beers on tap! Biker Night Tuesdays also mean $3 Jack Daniels and half-price appetizers. And, with a Tilted Kilt Biker Night Card, you receive 15% OFF your total bill. So what are you waiting for? Come on down and have a craic with Chester’s Harley-Davidson! The Tilted Kilt is located at 660 W. Warner Rd. in Tempe, AZ. Just 1.5 miles East of I-10 on Warner Rd. 480-592-0102. Click Here for Map.
Hooters at 1-17 and Bell Rd. Tuesday Bike Night. Hooters at I-17 and Bell will be hosting a new Bike Night every Tuesday night from 6pm - 9pm. They will feature a "Ride In" Bike Show with weekly prizes for 1st - 3rd. And then, the third Tuesday of every month we will crown the Bike of the Month with a Grand Prize. We will have $2 Bud, Bud Light, and Bud Select bottles. There will be 20% off of all food and merchandise when you ride in on your bike. Stop by for loads of Raffle Prizes. There will be VIP Motorcycle Parking and you will be greeted at the front door by a Hooter's Girl waiting to give you your raffle ticket. Hooter's is located in the Bell Canyon Shopping Center at 2834 W. Bell Rd., West of I-17 on Bell Rd. 602-375-0000.
Superstition Harley-Davidson and Spirits Bar and Grill have teamed up to bring riders in the Far East Valley a great Thursday bike night. For those of you in Far East Mesa and Apache Junction, you now have a place to go on Thursday nights. And better yet, just for riding your bike to Spirits, they will give you a free hamburger. That’s right, every rider to show up on their bike between 7-10pm will receive a free hamburger! Stick around and win great prizes and raffle items from Superstition Harley-Davidson. Spirits is located at 9303 E. Apache Trail in East Mesa. One block East of Ellsworth on Apache Trail (Main St.). Come sit on the patio and watch the bikes roll in, stay inside and enjoy a game of pool, and friendly wait staff. The large dance floor is always open with music from Goodtime Charlie The OUTLAW DJ playing The Best of Country and the Best of Rock and Roll every Thursday night from 8:30p.m till 2am. With an extensive food menu, 2 patios, and monitors inside to watch your bike, Spirits is the hottest Bike night place to be in the east valley. The LEGEND of Spirits Lives on. More info at Superstition HD at 480-346-0600 or 480-986-5572.
Hooters Mesa Thursday Bike Night. Hooters in Mesa located at 6730 E. Superstition Springs Blvd. will host a Bike Night every Thursday night from 6-9 pm. If you haven't seen this Hooters yet you will have to stop by and take a look. This is one of the nicest locations that they have. Hooters will $2.00 Corona's and 20% off of food and merchandise if you ride your bike in. Stop by for raffles prizes every Thursday Night with Big Raffle prizes the first Thursday of every month. For more information call 480-396-9396.
Hooters at Arrowhead Bike Night. 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, $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. A valley favorite bike night for over 3 years. Ride in and sit out on the patio 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. You can always count on lots of bikes here.
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.
Every Saturday and Sunday
Cave Creek Roadhouse Bike Weekend. Take a ride and stop
by the Hottest New Restaurant/Bar in Cave Creek where every weekend will be Bike Weekend. There is plenty of motorcycle parking right out front. I have mentioned this place before
and now it has finally opened to rave reviews. CCR is located on Cave Creek Rd. in the heart of Cave Creek
directly across from Harold's. It is a restaurant and bar that focuses on a broad menu of good food and has a large
bar for socializing with your riding pals for a good time. It is built to look like something out of the 1800's,
but it is brand new. Stop by this weekend for lunch, dinner or just to have a drink and take a look at the place.
I can tell you that their hamburgers and steak fries are exceptional. Mrs. C. had the swordfish and said it
was very good.
Live Music Every Weekend:
Thursday: Live Music with Todd & Ethan 8:30pm - 12:00am
Friday: Live Music with "Novella Bentley" 9pm - 1:30am
Saturday Night: Live Music with "Novella Bentley" 9pm - 1:30am
Sunday: Live Music with "Rondavous" 5pm - 9pm
Click here for the Cave Creek Roadhouse website. 480-575-3098
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. Live Music from 10am on the patio.
And Sunday Brunch Just Got Better! You now have 3 options to choose from.
Option #1: Eggs Benedict – Grilled English muffins, smoked ham, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.
Served with your chose of fresh fruit or crispy potatoes. ($8) or Sugar’s Pancakes – You won’t eat pancakes anywhere else. Buttermilk pancakes served with butter and syrup. ($5)
Option #2: Can’t 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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 480-970-6556.
Saturday, December 3rd
Cyclerides.com will once again be co-hosting the 3rd Annual Toys To Kids ride on Saturday, December 3rd. This year it will start at Wesley Bolin Plaza at the Capital in Phoenix and ride to Downtown Glendale's Murphy Park where there will be 200 kids waiting for us in the amphitheater to receive your toys. This should be an excellent ride escorted by Sheriff Joe and the MCSO. This is a great end location for the ride. There will be food vendors at the park. Plan to take the day off and ride with us. This year the ride is FREE. Just bring a toy and join the fun. Ride leaves from Wesley Bolin at 11:00am located at 1700 W. Washington.
I would consider it an honor for all of you to ride with us and make this a memorable day for the kids. If you are not familiar with the ride, Click Here for the links to past video and pictures.
Saturday, December 3rd
25th Annual Globe Toy Run. Meet across from Bullion Plaza Elementary School, Hwy. 60 in Miami. Rides leaves at 12:00 noon. Ride to the Globe Community Center for Music, Soda, Food, 50/50 Raffle, Auction and Door Prizes. Admission is one toy $10.00 value and 2 cans of Food. For more information: 602-942-9662.
Saturday, December 3rd
1st Annual SGT. Michael Marzano USMC Memorial Poker Run. Ride begins at the Roadrunner Restaurant and Saloon in New River located at I-17 & Exit 232. All vehicles welcome to participate. The Roadrunner will have a DJ, horseshoe pitch, volleyball, and a USMC chin up bar for competition, 50/50 raffle at 3:00pm. Other raffle drawings to follow. Ride fee is $25 per rider which includes a free t-shirt and lunch.
Sunday, December 4th
Kicks For Kids Toy Run. This is one of the popular runs every year. This year the route is the same as last year. Again this year the route will be escorted down 19th Ave. to Cactus then over to I-17, then down I-17 to Grant, to 7th Ave. where the ride ends at the Elks Lodge at 1007 S. 7th Ave. The street will be blocked off to accommodate parking. Sign In from 8-10am at the F.O.P. Lodge, 19th Ave. and Sweetwater. Donation is one new unwrapped toy with a minimum value of $5.00. Refreshments will be served at the ride destination. Awards for the most toys, Best Decorated Bike, Best Decorated Trike, Best Decorated Side Car Rig, Largest Club or Organization. More information at 623-846-9446.
Sunday, December 4th
18th Annual Casa Grande Toy Parade. Sign in at Dave White Park in Casa Grande starting at 10am. Ride leaves promptly at 12 Noon. Entry fee of $10 or toy of equal value. Ride pins to the first 500. All makes and models welcome including antique and hot rod cars. Raffle Prizes and 100's of Auction items. 520-421-2772.
Sunday, December 4th
3rd Annual Poker Run benefiting Arizona Action For Foster Children. Sign in 8am - 10am at The Rusty Spur located at 7245 E. Main Street in Scottsdale, AZ. Last card pickup at 5pm, Drawing at 6pm. Raffles, 50/50, Ride Pins and T-Shirts for first 100 entries. $20 per rider/$5 Passenger.
Arizona Motorcycle Expo. CA International announces the 3rd Annual Arizona Motorcycle Expo to be held December 9,
10, 11, 2005 at the Arizona State Fairgrounds. This show is for anyone
who loves riding
motorcycles. “The intent for this show was to create and provide an atmosphere for the entire family who enjoys all aspects of motorcycling in Arizona”, says Andy Myers, owner of CA International. Whether you ride a Harley, motocross, street bike, cruiser, tourer, or custom bike, Arizona is a great place to ride. Additions to the 2005 Arizona Motorcycle Expo will include Paul Yaffee building a bike in 3 days, Ron Simms exhibition and Johnny Chop and raffle for a XR 50. The Arizona Motorcycle Expo will be held in conjunction with the 2005 Arizona Sand Expo, and new 2005 Arizona Truck Expo & Off-Road Show. Three awesome events, one great location, all at the same time for one price. Each show is separate from each other but attendees are only charged one entrance fee for all three events. Admission is only $12 for all three events and children under 13 are free! More information at www.azmotorcycleexpo.com or call 480-899-6458. Click Here For Map.
Saturday, December 10th
Chester's Harley-Davidson Demo Day. Isn't this great? The Harley Dealers are starting give DEMO RIDES! This is your chance to ride that bike you have been wanting to try out. Sit down and get moving on a Harley-Davidson DEMO RIDE Saturday, December 10th from 9am to 4pm at Chester's Harley-Davidson. Then for 2 bucks get yourself a stuffed Idaho Spud—complete with chili and all the toppings—and the best part, your $2 go straight to the Child Crisis Center - East Valley. Test ride a Harley and your stuffed spud is on us! And don’t forget to stuff those stockings with gifts from Chester’s Harley-Davidson. No more phony looks of excitement from friends and loved ones. Instead, shop and find great gifts to fit any budget! Chester's is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404. Click Here For Map.
Sunday, December 11th
The 1st Annual Red Kettle Run. Make a difference in a child’s life this Christmas by participating in our Red Kettle Toy Drive and Run for the Apache Junction Salvation Army. Drop off your new and unwrapped toys here at Superstition Harley Davidson between November 25 through December 11th and give a child a Christmas they’ll never forget! Then join us for the festivities on December 11th for a FREE pancake breakfast from 9am to 10am followed with the ride to the Apache Junction Salvation Army to deliver the gifts! Your participation means so much…remember to drop your new and unwrapped toys off here from November 25 to December 11th. Superstition HD is located at 2910 W. Apache Trail in Apache Junction, AZ. 480-346-0600. Click Here For Map.
Sunday, December 11th
9th Annual Christmas Angel Tree Run. Run sponsored by A.B.A.T.E. of Arizona. Sign in from 10am - 11am. Ride leaves at 11:30am. Ride to Arrowhead Mall, pick a wish off the Salvation Army Angel Trees and buy a gift for an underprivileged child. Run leaves Charley's Place, 4324 W. Thunderbird Rd. in Phoenix then returns for food and drink specials, 50/50, Raffles, Silent Auction. 602-432-9073.
Sunday, December 11th
Turkey Run. Sponsored by American Legion John J. Morris Post 62 Riders in Peoria, AZ. Ride begins at 10:30am and all turkey donations will be taken to the West Side Food Bank. Breakfast available at the Post from 8am - 10am. Legion is located 3 blocks N. or Peoria Ave. on 99th Ave.
Sunday, December 11th
Sun Riders 24th Annual Motorcycle Toy Parade. Register from 8am - 11:30am in the heart of Downtown Tucson, The Tucson Convention Center. Parade leaves 12 Noon Sharp for the Pima County Fairgrounds. $25 per person, run pin available to first 2,000 registrants or $15 plus a toy valued at $10 or more. Includes one free Victory Kingpin Motorcycle raffle ticket to the first 3000 registrants. Door Prizes, Music, Raffles, 50/50 Drawing, Vendors, Refreshments, Drawing for a brand new Victory Kingpin. Special Guest Appearance by Dan Haggerty.
Looking for that unique Christmas gift for your significant other? This is a great
gift. Check it out! Andrenaline
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models including a line for Firefighters. Made right here in Phoenix, AZ. Stock linkages retail for $189.99 and
one of a kind Custom linkages start at $250.00. Store is located at 21609 N. 12th Ave. Suite #400. Call 623-826-0311
for store hours or to order your linkage today. www.adrenalinesports.com
For those of you that have an appreciation for military aviation, check out this video from the Flat Top of the USS Ronald Reagan. This is excellent. Click Here to view.
For those of you that were at the Rocky Point Rally 2005, I have added a video, with music from Mogollon of that event. If you didn't go, in 4 minutes you can be entertained and see what you missed. Click Here to view the video.
As for me this week, I will be at the Toys To Kids ride this Saturday and am going to try and check out the new Chester's Harley-Davidson bike night at the Tilted Kilt on Tuesday Night. See you this Saturday.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
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