Well, the countdown for Christmas has begun, only 10 days left
to get your shopping done, wrapped and under the tree. For me, I am
keeping to my usual schedule for gift buying and will probably kick it in gear
by Wednesday of next week. I’m guessing I already know what my present is from
Mrs. C. It is big, red, has 2 wheels and looks like a shark. If you missed the
newsletter last week recapping the Cyclerides.com Toys to Kids event, Click Here to
read. Rusty Childress put together a really
nice 2 minute video that gives a nice overview with music. Click
Here to view.
For those of you that haven’t heard, there was some big news
around the Harley community in the Valley this week. If this were a
newspaper and I needed a headline for the front page, it might look something
Rick Hatch Sells Hacienda
“But not riding off into the sunset”
Yes, it is true. Rick Hatch, owner of Hacienda Harley-Davidson,
has announced that after 38 years with Harley-Davidson, he has sold his
dealership and franchise located in North Scottsdale. When I first
heard the news, I was skeptical myself. After hearing this same story a few
times over the years, and it never happened, this seemed like just another
unfounded rumor, but this time it is true. I had the opportunity to sit down
with Rick today to get it straight from the man himself, and he confirmed that
he did in fact sell Hacienda HD and the closing of the sale is scheduled to be
in January of 2012.
My association with Rick goes back to 1999,
approximately one year after he built and opened the current store on Hayden Rd.
in Scottsdale. I was just starting Cyclerides.com and was introduced to Rick by
my buddy Scott Pasmore at one of Rick’s big rides, I think it was the Iron
Horse. Even though I was just getting the site going at that time, Rick’s was
the first dealership to step up with an ad on the site. I have always
appreciated his support and we have been friends ever since.
It was enjoyable sitting with Rick and Julie today reminiscing
the last 12 years and remembering all of the good times that
Hacienda has provided to the motorcycle community over those years. I remember
the first time walking into the store with the 40 foot ceilings built in a
rotunda design featuring stain glassed windows. It seemed like the Taj Mahal of
motorcycle dealerships. Or as Rick calls it, the “Taj MaHarley”. No other
dealership even came close to that type of building at the time. Whatever you
wanted to call it, it was beautiful and it catapulted Hacienda HD to one of the
top 25 dealerships in America. In fact, Hacienda raised the bar for other
dealerships eventually spawning mega stores all over the valley just to keep up.
Rick was always innovative with his rides, events and parties
setting the bar high for others to follow. Whatever he did was done
“all out” sparing no expense to put on a good party for the riders. The
Kickstart Party at Hacienda was monumental as it drew thousands of bikers to the
Friday night party to kick off Arizona Bike Week. When he opened the Custom
store just across the street and combined the two properties, it became the
perfect place for the Mega Party and was the place to be for several years. I
remember semi- truck loads of motorcycles being shipped down from Illinois to
participate in the event. Those were definitely memorable and enjoyable times
provided by Rick that set a lot of what we enjoy today in motion.
The biggest question on everyone’s mind is probably, why did he
sell? The rumor mill is in high gear with all kinds of reasons. Is
he sick, is he broke, is he retiring? What’s going on? The answer is none of the
above. He has been offered to sell this prime location and dealership many many
times over the last 13 years and hasn’t done it. But there comes a time that all
of us want to move on, and he is doing it on his own terms and his own timing.
In fact, he says it best in the attached press release; "This industry and
dealership has been my life for over 38 years", says Hatch. "Harley-Davidson is
an incredible franchise, and I am blessed to have been so successful with it for
all these years. I want all my customers to know this is a positive
change for me, my family, employees and all our Harley-Davidson friends
and customers. Change is good and it's happening right here, right now at
Hacienda Harley! I invite everyone to be a part of it."
It was my first question too, and he simply said that he wanted
to enjoy the fruits of his labor of the last 38 years and take some
time to travel, enjoy life, enjoy his family, ride his motorcycle and step off
of the hamster wheel for a while. My first word when I saw him was
“Congratulations!”. I hope you enjoy whatever it is you are going to do. So what
does the future hold? Rick and his wife Julie have plans to continue and expand
Eagle Rider Motorcycle Rentals, the valley's largest Harley rental facility
located near Scottsdale Airpark, just a couple of blocks from Hacienda. They
plan to expand the scope of the operation to other states as well as provide
group tours and organized day rides for out of state and out of the country
riders. Sounds like fun to me.
I personally want to thank Rick for all that he has done for me
personally as well as for all riders in Arizona, particularly over
the past 13 years with Hacienda HD in Scottsdale. He has made a huge
contribution to the motorcycle lifestyle in the Valley that will live on forever
and be remembered for years to come by us that enjoyed it. Mrs. C. and I wish
you well and hope to continue lending our hand to your new
Stay tuned to find out when you can take advantage of some storewide super deals that cannot be advertised. Also, mark
Saturday, January 14th on the calendar to say so long to Rick as he hosts
“THE RIDE” that will start and end at Hacienda. Registration begins at
10am. But donations will be accepted for Liberty Wildlife and the Colter
Foundation. Flyer will be posted soon.
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Republic Bike Night in Downtown Chandler
. For those of you in the East
Valley, Irish Republic restaurant and bar in downtown Chandler is
hosting a bike night on Wednesday nights. There will be motorcycle parking out
front with Food and Drink specials. Bike night is from 6 PM – 9 PM. Location is
58 S. San Marcos Place in Chandler, AZ. For more information go to www.irishrepublicaz.com .
Saturday, December 17th
Stubbs Harley-Davidson Customer Appreciation
. Buddy Stubbs Arizona
Harley-Davidson and Buddy Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson would like to invite you
join them for customer appreciation day on Saturday, December 17th,
from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy FREE food, drinks, great music and take advantage
of the complimentary gift wrapping services provided by the Ladies of Harley.
Mr. and Mrs. Clause will also be on hand for photographs and to receive
Christmas wishes from the little ones at the Anthem location from 11:00 a.m. to
12:00 p.m. and at the Phoenix location from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Don’t miss this
great family friendly event at your favorite Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson
location. For more information go to www.buddystubbs.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, December 17th
Harley-Davidson All-Day Holiday Festivities
. Stop by Hacienda
Harley-Davidson for your one-stop holiday shopping needs. Enjoy
All-Day Holiday Festivities: Free gift wrap by our Ladies of Harley group, Free
New Owners Workshop at 10am. Get some great deals in the Bargain Basement Sale
of Take-Off Parts from 9am-6pm. While you are there, have lunch on Hacienda HD.
Enjoy a Free BBQ on the patio from 11am-3pm. Hacienda Harley-Davidson is located
at 15600 N. Hayden Rd. in Scottsdale. 480-905-1903.
Saturday, December 17th
Christmas Celebration at the Old Vet’s Home at the VA Hospital
. We welcome
all to help us bring joy, love and respect to the 200 patients confined to the
VA’s “Old Vet’s Home”, located on the east end of the VA Hospital.
Located North on 3rd Street from Indian School Rd. Meet at 2:30 PM. An event you
will never forget. Many of these Veterans rarely receive visits from the outside
world, and not only need and desire companionship, but are all in desperate need
of the items listed to the left. Food, live entertainment, and special VIP’s
will also be in attendance. If you are not able to attend this years event,
please donate as many of the items listed , so we can insure each and every
patient will receive the items they need and the items they desire. Your
donations are needed. Place your donations in the collection
box. Socks, Robes, Slippers, Toiletries, Patriotic & Biker, T-Shirts, Photo
Frames, DVD’s, Diet Pop and Non -Alcoholic Beer. THANK YOU! Contact Tom Tardy at
Sunday, December 18th
Steven Martin 911 Toy Run
. Riders check-in in both cities (Phoenix or
Tucson) at the same time, 8:30 – 9:45 AM. Ride starts at 10 AM.
Sign-in for Phoenix riders at Chandler Harley-Davidson, 6895 W. Chandler Blvd.
in Chandler, AZ. Sign-in for Tucson riders at Tucson Harley-Davidson located at
7355 N. i-10 EB Frontage Rd. (I-10 at Ina Rd. Exit). Both ride groups will leave
at 10 AM toward Florence, AZ. The ride is about half way between both locations
(60 miles). Both groups should arrive about the same time. Bar-B-Q at the end of
the ride will be at the Pinal County Sheriffs Office near the Arizona State
Prison. ($6 if you eat.) Bike must have decal to enter this area. Donation is
$10 per person and a New Un-Wrapped toy at check in. Gifts donated will be
distributed by local officers and firefighters to children in need in patrolled
areas of public safety. See flyer for all details.
All Month of December
from Victory BMW
. For the entire month of December enjoy great deals on
motorcycles and service at Victory BMW. This holiday season make
the best part of going to Grandma’s house, getting to Grandma’s house. Take
advantage of factory to dealer incentives. Save up to $1800 on select 2011 BMW
models this December. But hurry! This is a time sensitive offer. Get your bike
ready to go for the upcoming riding season by taking advantage of these Holiday
Service Specials: $60 BMW Oil Change, FREE 30 Point Visual Inspection on ALL
motorcycles and scooters, FREE Tire Installation with purchase of in-stock BMW,
Piaggio, Vespa tires, FREE East Valley pickup and delivery through the month of
December for Manufacturer-required scheduled maintenance on BMW, Piaggio and
Vespa. You will also find 30% OFF on select in-stock apparel. Victory BMW and
Vespa Chandler is located at 1701 N. Arizona Avenue in Chandler, AZ
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Adding human voices to dogs actions
can be really funny. This one is. Click Here to
Here are 3 “Ooops” videos. Looks like some photoshop on the last one. Click
Here to View.
I have a bonus video this week. This is a very funny adaptation
from a movie about Hitler doing a ride to Sturgis. Click Here
Video of the Week:
Sounds like this Hippo better lay off the Taco
Bell lunches for a couple of weeks. Click Here to
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