Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Well, if you like cool riding weather, you are loving this past week. Temperatures in the 60's during the day and 45 at night will require some extra clothing if you are out riding. This is a nice change to put on a jacket to ride, but if I had my choice, I would keep it at 95 in the day and 85 at night. It's kind of amazing that we are just talking about getting out the leather jackets. A friend of mine back East is talking about putting his bike away for the winter. Ugh! That must be why we have so many new riders showing up in Arizona all the time.
There have been so many emails regarding the last 2 newsletters that I thought I should share some of these responses with you. When I write these newsletters you are seeing my opinion on whatever it is that is being addressed. I know that not everyone is always going to agree with me and that is expected. That's what editorials are all about. But this time, the article about "The Loud Four" was unanimous. Everyone agreed that this was the classic railroad job performed right here in the "Wild West" town of Carefree. I had emails from police officers, attorneys, former judges and lots of interested riders that all agreed that justice was not done in this case. Most everyone agreed that this was now becoming a revenue source for Carefree and motorcycles were clearly their target.
There were many suggestions of what to do about this including a thousand bikes riding through Carefree or boycotting Carefree businesses. Those are interesting suggestions and would prove a point, but wouldn't change anything. The best way to put an end to this particular case would have been for one of these parties to appeal the ruling from this judge. I'm still hoping one of them will find the time to carry the torch for the rest of the motorcycling community to rectify this injustice.
The problem with boycotting Carefree is that we don't spend any money there as it is. We merely have to ride through that town on both sides to get to Cave Creek. The only way I see to change much in Carefree is to have the Mayor of Cave Creek and the businesses be more pro-active in dealing with Carefree to ease up on this ordinance. Otherwise it is going to financially impact Cave Creek. Because as more riders get tickets, less riders are going to want to deal with the issue. The "Loud Four" clearly saw the DB monitoring, were individually trying to be quiet, but got rung up on a group noise citation. This shows me that they will do anything to keep the bikes out. If the City of Cave Creek and the businesses are smart, they will start doing something about this stranglehold Carefree has on them right now. If not, they will be the ones to be impacted.
As for the Cashiers Check Scam that I mentioned 2 weeks ago, it appears that there have been a lot of you that have received the exact same email that I referred to in the story. Apparently it is not only motorcycles and cars that they are targeting. It is also jet skis, atv's, boats, musical instruments, or virtually anything that is a higher ticket item. So if you get an email about a classified that you have listed that is telling you that they are sending a cashiers check for more than the amount of your item, and instruct you to send the extra amount to someone else like a shipping agent, you know this is a scam. Just simply ignore any future correspondence. I have tried forwarding these to the FBI and Ebay to no avail. In these times, if nothing got blown up, then it is on the back burner. I'm glad this story was able to help a few of you that were already in the middle of negotiations with these criminals.
The 1st Annual "Toys To Kids" Ride is now only one month away. For those of you that are new to the Newsletter, Cyclerides.com has gotten together with Arizona Bike Week and Outback Productions to bring to you a Toy Ride that will bring the Kids to the Toys. The ride will start in Fountain Hills and ride the back way through Rio Verde and end at Rawhide. Here there will be 200 needy children waiting to receive your toys. They will be able to pick out the toys that they want with the help of Santa's Helpers. We will have Mike Chamberlin from TV3 there to entertain the kids and riders with music as well as magician Richard Steele. The ride is on Saturday, December 6th. Registration time is from 8:00am - 11:00am. on the Avenue of the Fountains in Fountain Hills. The cost is $10 per person and one new unwrapped toy. This includes a ride pin to the first 2500 riders and a complete lunch at Rawhide. ALL proceeds go to charity. Click Here for all the details. Hope to see you there.
In This Issue:
There are many rides, but here are a few highlights.
Arizona Motorsports Expo. Very large Manufacturer Tent Sale in Tempe Diablo Stadium.
Chosa's Harley-Davidson Holiday Fashion Show in Apache Junction
Attention Lady Riders!! Biker Babe Bonanza For The Woman Motorcyclist. Learn from the pros.
This Week's Events
Gringos Locos Wednesday Bike Night sponsored by Chosa's Harley-Davidson Shop.
Here is one for the riders in the far East Valley and Apache Junction. Los Gringos Locos and Chosa's HD Shop have combined for a Wednesday Bike Night. This is a great facility with a separate Cantina and an outdoor patio. Enjoy great Mexican food in the dining area or eat in the Cantina or outside. Happy Hour will be all evening long. $3.00 house margaritas, $1.50 domestics and $2.50 imports. Los Gringos is located at 280 S. Phelps Dr. in Apache Junction. That is just 2 blocks South of Apache Trail (Main) on Phelps. Join the gang from Chosa's HD Shop on Wednesday nights for some good food and fun. There will be raffle prizes and giveaways. More information at 480-288-5626. Click Here for Pictures.
San Felipes Wednesday Bike Night. - Click Here to see why the Arizona Republic is calling DC Ranch's Market Street the next "Hot Spot" As always you can enjoy good Mexican Food, Good Drinks and a Rockin' Good Time? San Felipes is your place in North Scottsdale. Not only are you allowed to dance on the bar at San Felipes...It is encouraged! See the pictures. San Felipes starts out mellow for the dinner crowd and then builds as the night goes on. It really gets going at around 10:00PM when the bartenders sing Karaoke on the bar. Billed as North Scottsdale's Only Dance Party with 100 Tequilas and No Cover, the DJ begins at 8:00 and will be playing your favorite tunes to get you going. And now they are inviting all riders to stop by and join in on the fun. Stop by for dinner and then sit back and wait for the fun to start. Located on the SE Corner of Pima and Thompson Peak Pkwy. There is a big new retail center there that is built to look like an old mining town. Really neat atmosphere with Bike Parking all across the front. San Felipes is easily accessible from just about anywhere. Just 2 miles N. of the 101 on Pima Rd. You can sit inside and eat, watch your favorite teams on the big screen or sit out on the patio and enjoy the evening weather. Bike night specials include: $3.00 Margaritas, $3.00 Bottles and 25% off all entrees. This is really a fun place. Some of you might recognize the San Felipes name from their restaurant on the Main St. in Flagstaff. Bike night is from 6PM - Close. For more information: 480-563-9495. Cyclerides.com V.I.P. Cardholders will get 25% Off Entrees all week long.
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. 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 Night features Bike Nights all over the Valley. Look below to find one near you.
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.
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 Night. Continues 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.
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 (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.
Pass Food and Spirits Lounge Thursday Bike Night.
Far East Siders you now have a nice big place to go on Thursday nights. The newly remodeled and very large Thunder Pass Food and Spirits Lounge opened for the first time Thursday May 29th to kick off their Thursday Bike Night from 6pm to close. Thunder Pass owners are the same as the Spirits Lounge in Gilbert that a lot of you have gone to in the past. Spirits closed the doors on Saturday due to the loss of the lease. Rick's new place, taking the place of Spirits will be Thunder Pass located at 9303 E. Apache Trail in East Mesa. One block East of Ellsworth on Apache Trail (Main St.). They will have ladies night on Thursdays with $1.00 drinks, extensive food menu and a huge dance floor with a DJ. Thunder Pass features 2 patios. One out front and one in the back. Park your bikes right next to you. Rick invites all that have come to Spirits for the last 21 years to the new 300 seat Thunder Pass located on the County island between Mesa and Apache Junction.
ACME Bar and Grill . Remember when downtown Scottsdale was the place to be? They are back with the complete remodel of the place including the new rooftop bar. You will enjoy a Free Buffet from 8:00-9:30 PM, Drink Specials, Raffles every week, Great Music, Pool and lots of fun in Downtown Scottsdale. Make your plans for Thursday March 20th to kick off the return of ACME. Come early for the free buffet and get your raffle ticket and return at 10:00 PM for the drawing. ACME is located in Old Town Scottsdale at 4245 N. Craftsmen Ct. just South of 5th Ave. and West of Scottsdale Rd. For more information call 480-990-7111. Ride by and be a part of the Rebirth of the Acme Ride Night This Thursday Night. Click here for details and pictures.
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. 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 - 5pm. Enjoy live music from 1-6pm and choose from 9 delicious ala carte brunch items or order off of the extensive menu including pizza, salads, burgers or sandwiches. Or maybe just relax on the patio with your favorite beverage and enjoy the beautiful weather and watch the bikes roll down Scottsdale Rd. You can even play a game of pool as you watch the activities on the patio. Don't forget to go inside and see the unbelievable decor inside Sugar Daddy's. It's a Cajun and blues delight. Even if you can't make it 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.
There are 10 Events This Weekend, So I will give a brief overview and you can click on the links for details on the ones that you are interested in.
Friday-Sunday, November 7th - 9th
Arizona Motorsports Expo. This is going to be a very large Manufacturer Tent Sale taking place in Tempe Diablo Stadium. There will be motorcycles, ATV's, Watercraft, Boats and Scooters. All Brands, All Models, Dirt, Street and Ski. Over 400 Units Show Priced and Drastically Reduced and ready for immediate delivery. There will also be Demo Rides and Bike Show, LBZ Freestyle Shows, Jeff Aaron Stunt Trial Rider, Dyno Competitions, Kids Games, Food, Raffle Prizes, Vendors and an ATV Charity Raffle. And $200,000 in Gear, Apparel and Accessories plus savings up to 50%. Friday: Noon-8pm, Saturday: 10am-8pm, Sunday: 10am-6pm. For more information call 62-923-4360.
Saturday, November 8th
Chosa's Harley-Davidson Holiday Fashion Show in Apache Junction. Come see the latest Harley-Davidson Fashions modeled for you on Saturday, November 8th at 1:00 PM. There will be Food, Door Prizes and 20-60% off on selected General Merchandise and Motorclothes Items. This includes Summer merchandise, selected leathers and more. Chosas Apache Junction is located at 2910 W. Apache Trail in Apache Junction. 480-346-0600.
Saturday, November 8th
2nd Annual Rock N Roll Poker to Benefit Make A Wish. Meet at the Make A Wish Foundation located on the SE Corner of 7th Street and Northern Ave. for donuts provided by Krispy Kreme. Event registration and Sign In between 10am and Noon. Draw a card at the designated sponsored stops and on to the final stop at Thunder Pass for Music, Food and Fun starting at 4:00 pm. Entry Fee $20 per rider, $10 per passenger. Ride pin for the first 300 registered riders. For more information call Sandy Frazier at 623-907-3741.
Saturday, November 8th
2nd Annual Darrell Ashford Charity Run. The ride will start at the Eagles at 2314 E. Apache in Tempe at 10:00am. $25 donation. For more information click the above link or call 480-491-8568.
Saturday, November 8th
Ride For New Life Charity Poker Run. Ride from Glendale to Wickenburg. Rides starts at Arrowhead Community Bank from 8:30-10:00am located one block North of Bell Rd. on 75th Ave. Over $3000 in prizes. $15 per hand, $10 per passenger. Run Benefits the New Life Center domestic violence shelter. Click the above link for more information.
Saturday, November 8th
3rd annual Veteran's Day Poker Run. The Vietnam Vets and Legacy Vets M/C are presenting the 3rd annual Veteran's Day Poker Run, Saturday, November 8th. Register between 8 a.m. and Noon at Arizona Joe's in Apache Junction, 417 S. Winchester Rd. (480) 983-6116. $15 Single - $25 Couple, includes a $5 food ticket. Pre-register at Joe's or with Spiderman (480) 983-8910 or email email@example.com.
Sunday, November 9th
Biker Babe Bonanza For The Woman Motorcyclist. Attention Lady Riders!! Here is your chance to learn from the Pros. First lesson is: How to be a Safe Rider presented by T.E.A.M. Arizona. Second lesson is: Bike Basics 101. Mick and Jack from Skunk Work will give you hands on training on how to do basic maintenance on your motorcycle. Third Lesson is: Learning how to Protect Yourself presented by Becky Alan. This will all take place from 11:30am to 1:30pm at Skunk Work Motorsports located at 1902 N. Country Club in Mesa. There will be free Hot Dogs, Bottled Water, Door Prizes and Gift Bags sponsored by Joeta's Leather and Skunkwork Motorsports.
Space is limited so be sure and register early. Call 480-649-2800.
Sunday, November 9th
Cody Newcomb Benefit. A charity ride to benefit a great kid who was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Poker Run, 50/50, Silent Auction, Raffle, Dinner Catered by Carrabba's and Live Music by The Tina Bailey Band. Click the above link to read about Cody and the ride.
Sunday, November 9th
19th Annual Verde Valley Toy Run. Ride begins in Cottonwood at the Fry's Parking Lot at Hwy 260 & 89A. Ends at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds. Everyone Welcome. Live Music, Dinner, Auction, Raffles Bike Show, Car Show, Vendors and More. $20 and new unwrapped toy. Click the above link for more information.
Sunday, November 9th
Wings of Phoenix 22nd Annual Motorcycle Turkey Run. A poker run that starts at Arrowhead HD from 8-10am. $18 per person, Bike Games, Lunch, Door Prizes. Click the above link for more information.
Saturday, November 15th
2nd Annual Halo Run. I went to the start of this run last year and it was one of the best organized rides I had seen in a long time. I was anxious to see what they would do this year and it looks like an excellent itinerary. Pre-Ride Festivities are from 8-10am at Turf Paradise located at 15th Ave. and Bell Rd. where breakfast will be served with Live Music and Vendors. Go on the run and end up at Casino Arizona at the Loop 101 and Indian Bend. Post Ride Festivities include Lunch, Raffle (take a look at these raffle prizes) and Entertainment. Casino Arizona will give each rider: Buffet and Beverages, A Cash Token, A Player's Card, A Casino Arizona Gift and Two Tickets to Showstoppers. Plus you will enjoy Live Music, Exhibits and the Grand Prize Raffle Drawing. Pre-Registration Cost is $20 per person and $25 per couple. Pre Register and receive Run T-Shirt, Halo Run Pin and entry in the drawing for two $250 cash drawings. The 2nd Annual Halo Run is a charity fundraiser motorcycle event from which 100% of the proceeds benefit the Children's Angel Foundation. (Click Here to see what they do). This event is organized entirely by Children's Angel Foundation volunteers and staff and supported by generous sponsor contributions. Only a few shirts and pins left. Click Here To Register or call 480-513-9270.
Saturday, November 15th
A Day With Gale Sayers. Here's one for the Football Fans. This is your opportunity to meet and spend some time with a Hall of Fame Football Player. On Saturday, November 15th you can spend the afternoon with Gale Sayers at Coach & Willies located downtown Phoenix just South of 3rd St. and Jackson. You will receive an 8x10 photo of you and Gale Sayers, food and drinks and participate in memorabilia and giveaways for $95 per person. Seating is limited. Call ahead to reserve your entry at 623-572-9010.
Sunday, November 16th
6th Annual Chandler Custom Cycles Toys For Tots Ride. This is the 6th 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. 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. You will also get a Free Lunch, Live Music from Krak Smokin' Grannies, 50/50 drawing, Auction and Lots of Door Prizes. Highest Hand Wins $250. Registration is from 9:00-10:30am registration at Chandler Custom Cycles located at 2775 N. Arizona Ave. in Chandler. Ride ends at the Elks Lodge for lunch and activities. Sponsored by Chandler Custom Cycles and the Chandler Elks Lodge #2429. More information at 480-497-3573.
As you all know, this coming Tuesday is Veteran's Day. In light of the things that have happened to this country in the past couple of years, Veteran's Day probably means more to me than it ever has before. I have to admit that I am one that didn't appreciate Veteran's Day as much as I should have. My own Father was in World War 2 and I haven't even given him the credit that I should have for being there when our country called on him. It wasn't until the September 11th attack that I have ever experienced what it felt like to have my freedom compromised, or ever had to think about what freedom really meant to me or why we have it. I am in that age bracket that I grew up hearing about the Vietnam War, but didn't understand why we were there. That war finally ended about 3 months before I turned 18, so I didn't serve over there nor did I pursue a career in the armed services. And now with the Iraq war, I am reminded daily that our Men and Women are fighting for our freedom. I want to thank all the past, present and future Veterans that fight for our country and may God Bless all of them. Click Here for a link that explains Veterans Day.
Need that break from work for just a minute?
Test your geography with the Locate the State and Capitals game. The West is easy, but the East can get a little
As for me, I will be soaking up some of this Mid 70's riding weather this
weekend. Have Fun and Enjoy.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
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