Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
12/15/04
 

Greetings Riders,
 
If you ever wondered why you live in Arizona, last weekend should have answered that question. 
It was an absolutely beautiful "Chamber of Commerce" weekend in the 70's that was perfect for riding and it looks like this weekend is going to be more of the same. If you are looking for a good deal on some Christmas shopping for the motorcycle junkie in your family or just need an excuse to get the bike out and ride someplace, this is your weekend. You can take advantage of some free food and fun with other riders as 5 of the 6 Harley dealers in town are having sales and Christmas Celebrations this weekend. Check the Rides and Events Calendar for times and locations and make the rounds.
 
As Americans, it seems as though part of our culture is to never be satisfied with status quo.
We are always looking for something new to new entertain us as we go through different trends. Just in my lifetime there have been many different changes in clothing, music, language and entertainment. 40 years ago changes were motivated by print media, radio and 3 channels of network television. In the new millennium it seems as though cable television is the catalyst for defining what we do. In the late 80's and 90's MTV and VH1 were the channels for teens and young adults. Now for those same baby boomers and motorsports fans, it is Discovery Channel that keeps us entertained. Four years ago it started with Jesse James in "Motorcycle Mania" building a motorcycle and riding it to Sturgis. Then it was on to a Father and Son bike building duo with the Teutul's and now there is everything from American Chopper, American Hot Rod, Monster Garage, Monster House, Extreme Engineering, MythBusters and Biker Buildoff's every week to keep our creative juices flowing and inspiring us to get out and try something new.
 
The latest craze sweeping the nation to watch on TV,
to entertain at home or go to your local restaurant or pub to compete against other players is Texas Hold'em Poker. I never thought I would be watching this on television, but I also never thought I would be watching guys build motorcycles either. The Travel Channel has taken the mantel on this sport and has made it huge by televising the World Poker Tour. Celebrities from movie stars to race car drivers are now getting involved in the sport as well. Recently the boys from American Chopper took on the crew from Trading Spaces. The promo even comes up with clever lines like: "Can the Trading Spaces crew design a win or are they just building a house of cards? Will Team American Chopper rake in the chips or run out of gas? Find out who's got the right tools to win on the World Poker Tour." And yes, I watched that episode too, I won't tell you who won just in case you want to watch the re-run yourself. Tonight is Ladies Night on the Travel Channel as the best Women players square off.
 
After taking all of this in for the last few months on television,
I thought I was ready to take what I had learned from the World Poker Tour and apply it in person. Not only can you play Texas Hold'em online or with your friends at home, you can now go to several places around town that are holding tournaments every week. Last Thursday night I decided to go to Casey Jones for the first National Pub Poker League tournament.  I was one of 17 players to sign up that night playing at 3 different tables. The good thing about playing Texas Hold'em especially in these settings is that anybody can win. You have to be somewhat smart about your bets, but it is about 90% luck and 10% skill. As the old saying goes, anyone with a "chip and a chair" can be a winner.
 
It is a free buy in, so there is no money exchanged, but you are given chip values of $4000 to start.
To begin with I had no expectations about winning the game. I was just wanting to get my feet wet and experience the game that I had been watching on TV. So throwing around $1000 of play money wasn't that big of a deal. The first few rounds were kind of slow as everyone at the table was trying to settle into to their best poker face. Once things started to heat up and players started dropping out, we had consolidated to seven players at one table and I was still alive! Now my attitude had changed from doing this for fun to actually thinking that I could win this thing. This was the very same point that this play money started to seem real and those $1000 chips were getting a little heavier to throw out as the adrenaline started to rise. 
 
We were soon down to only 3 players and I was still at the table.
I had a good stack of chips by this time, but a guy across the table had more. But after a few more hands the third guy went "all in" with $12,000 and I called, winning the hand and sending him packing leaving only 2 of us at the table to play to the end for all of the chips. At this point I had now moved ahead of my last opponent in chip value. We played a few more hands as I slowly pulled some more chips away. By this point, believe it or not, the adrenaline was running so high, that I actually found myself shaking as I was about to make my bets. It wasn't the fact that there was a $5 T-Shirt and a $25 gift certificate to Casey Jones on the line, I had now gone from a casual observer to one hand away from winning this thing and it was getting pretty exciting. 
 
The last hand was dealt and I had gotten a 9 and a 7 in the hole.
Not a hand that you would normally feel that good about. But I was the "big blind" on that hand and my opponent didn't raise, so I got to see the flop for free. The first card up was a 9, the next card up was a 7 and the next was a Queen. As you can see, I now had 2 pair in a 2 man game with 2 cards to go. Now that is a hand that you can work with. But unbeknownst to me, my opponent had paired up with the Queen and was equally proud of his hand and came out betting $5000 which I saw and raised $5000. We went the next 2 cards with the same bets until he was "all in" after the River card with no other pairs showing on the board.
 
When the cards were turned over the 9's and 7's had stood up and the "
Kid from Kansas" had taken all of the chips and won the tournament. So what had started out as an exploratory outing just to see what all of the fuss was about with this Texas Hold'em Poker, turned out to be an exciting evening. I don't profess to be a great poker player by any means, all I did was prove the old saying that anyone with a "chip and a chair" can win one of these games. But it is a good time for both Men and Women and a way to have fun with some friends in the home or at the pubs. Casey Jones has tournaments every Thursday night on Bike Night at 7:00pm and 10:00pm and every Sunday at 5:00pm. If you want to play at home, Costco is in on the craze of selling chip sets.
 
The Travel Channel is a great resource for Texas Hold'em. You can play the game on the site, practice, learn the rules, see video clips, play along with some of the great players, or play along from the episode with the Teutul's on some hands and see a video clip of the final cards. Check it out.
 


 
In this Issue: 

December 13th - 24th - Chosa's Harley-Davidson's 12 Days of Christmas.
December 13th - 24th -
Superstition Harley-Davidson's 12 Days of Christmas 

Saturday, December 18th - Buddy Stubbs Customer Appreciation Christmas Party.

December 18th and 19th - Happy Harley Days from Arrowhead and Chandler Harley-Davidson.

Sunday, December 19th - W. Steven Martin's Police Toy Run.

 


  

This Week's Events 

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  Are You A Poker Player?? Make plans to play in National Pub Poker League "Texas Hold'em Tournament at Casey Jones. Tournaments at 7:00 and 10:00pm. Sign in starts at 6:00pm Thursday Nights. 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. You can always count on lots of bikes here.

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. 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.

This Week 

December 13th - 24th
Chosa's Harley-Davidson's 12 Days of Christmas.
Think Harley-Davidson® gifts for the holidays. Don't miss your chance to SAVE, SAVE, SAVE
during Chosa's Harley-Davidson's 12 Days of Christmas. And don't forget that a Chosa's Harley-Davidson gift card makes the perfect stocking stuffer!
MON, DEC 13: 13% OFF All Womens Jeans & Shirts. TUES, DEC 14:  P & A Inventory Specials
WED, DEC 15: $15 OFF Mens or Womens Fleece Hoodies, THURS, DEC 16: 16% OFF Mens Jeans & Mens Shirts (DOES NOT INCLUDE SHORT SLEEVE OR LONG SLEEVE T-SHIRTS)
FRI, DEC 17: Pick a Jingle Bell to receive 10, 20, or 30% OFF your final purchase of MotorClothes(tm) Merchandise! (Jingle bell is chosen at time of check-out. Discount not valid towards motorcycles, labor or rentals.)
SAT, DEC 18:
18% OFF All Mens & Womens Leather  Jackets, Vests & Chaps
SUN, DEC 19: 19% OFF All Mens & Womens Boots, MON, DEC 20: 20% OFF All Baseball Caps & Knit Caps,
TUES, DEC 21: 21% OFF All Harley Pet Items, WED, DEC 22: 22% OFF Stamper or MOD Jewelry,
THURS, DEC 23:
Spin the Prize Wheel when you purchase $100 or more in MotorClothes(tm) Merchandise!
FRI, DEC 24: 24% OFF Managers Special on Stocking Stuffers
*All sales are final. Limited to regularly priced IN STOCK items only. Cannot be combined with any other Chosa's offers. Chosa's is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ 480-894-0404.

 

December 13th - 24th

Superstition Harley-Davidson's 12 Days of Christmas.

Don't miss your chance to SAVE, SAVE, SAVE during Superstition Harley-Davidson's 12 Days of Christmas. And don't forget that a Superstition Harley-Davidson gift card makes the perfect stocking stuffer! Superstition Harley-Davidson's 12 Days of Christmas schedule of savings: 

MON, DEC 13: 13% OFF All Denim Jackets, Jeans, Shirts & Vests. TUES, DEC 14: 14% OFF All Wallets & Purses,
WED, DEC 15: 15% OFF All Games & Clocks. THURS, DEC 16: 16% OFF Belts, Buckles & Socks.
FRI, DEC 17: 17% OFF All Boots {does not include sale boots).

SAT, DEC 18: 18% OFF All Jewelry and enjoy Biker Brew and holiday breads & cookies 

SUN, DEC 19: 19% OFF Leather  Jackets, Chaps & Vests. MON, DEC 20: 20% OFF All Harley Pet & Auto Products.
TUES, DEC 21: 21% OFF All Glassware. WED, DEC 22: 22% OFF All Hats - Baseball, Knit, Skull & Ivy Caps.
THURS, DEC 23: 23% OFF Loungewear - Slippers, Sweats, Boxers & Thongs
FRI, DEC 24: 24% OFF All Christmas Merchandise.
*All sales are final. Limited to regularly priced IN STOCK items only. Cannot be combined with any other Superstition H-D offers. Superstition HD is located at 2910 W. Apache Trail in Apache Junction.
480-346-0600. 

Saturday, December 18th
Buddy Stubbs Customer Appreciation Christmas Party. Stop by Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson, Saturday, December 18th for a party from 11:00am-3:00pm. There will be Free Food, Drink and Live Music for your entertainment. While you are there, save 20% off all in store merchandise for those last minute Christmas presents. Buddy Stubbs is located at 13401 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix. For more information call 602-971-3400. Look for the opening of their new State of the Art Facility opening April 1st, 2005.
 
Saturday and Sunday, December 18th and 19th
Happy Harley Days from Arrowhead and Chandler Harley-Davidson. Stop by either Arrowhead or Chandler HD for Holiday Savings. Also join us for Free Food and Drink from 11am - 2pm both days. You will also find Fantastic In-Store Specials, Hourly Door Prizes and Raffles, Coffee and Pastry, Free Gift Wrapping and Daily 50/50 Charity Raffles for $250 Gift Card. And don't forget the Famous Tier Discounts for savings up to 20% off Storewide of Fashion, Collectibles, Jewelry, Leather and Infant and Kids Apparel. And if you buy a 2005 Harley you will receive $250 in Motorclothes. Arrowhead HD is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Fountain Ctr. Dr. in Peoria. 623-247-5542. Chandler HD is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, AZ. 480-496-6800.
 
Sunday, December 19th
W. Steven Martin's Police Toy Run. Check in from 8:00-10:00am in Downtown Chandler. Located at Chandler Blvd. and Arizona Ave. in front of the San Marcos Hotel. $10 donation per bike plus one new unwrapped toy. They need help with Teen Gifts. This year the ride is 80 miles round trip. You will end up back at the starting point in Chandler and draw for door prizes and 50/50 contest winners. You should be back in Chandler by 1:00pm. Police Santa Badge Pin and T-Shirts will be available. For more information call 480-921-6366 or 480-899-0366. 

Next Week
 
Merry Christmas!! 

If any of you out there are looking for a Church to attend a Christmas Service this year, I would like to invite you to our Church on the West side of the Valley. It is Christ's Church of the Valley, known as CCV to most. It is a big new Church that holds about 3500 people each service so you won't feel out of place if you come and you will really enjoy it. CCV even has a motorcycle ministry. There will be 6 identical services this year. Two services on Thursday, December 23rd at 6:00pm and 8:00pm and Four services on Friday, December 24th at 3:00, 5:00, 7:00, and 9:00pm. CCV is located at 7007 W. Happy Valley Rd. in Peoria. 623-376-2444.
 


 
Extras 

I have a few more videos for you that came across my email this week.
 
The first one is titled:
Why Grandmas Shouldn't Skydive.
The second is titled:
Don't bring a rifle to a tank battle.
The last one is a compelling video of military taking out some insurgents.
Click Here.
 
Motorcycle insurance is becoming a real issue with riders today
especially if you are riding a custom or a special construction type of motorcycle. It is sometimes hard to get any insurance, much less something that you can afford. Janson & Stuart Insurance Agency is an independent agency that can take care of all of your insurance needs, from Harley's to Metrics and Customs. By offering multiple insurance companies such as Progressive, Safeco, AIG, and Foremost, Janson & Stuart can design a program that meets your needs, every time. And with multiple companies and programs, comes multiple ways to save you time and money. One call, 4 quotes, and all your questions answered.  Let Janson & Stuart help you spend more time on the road, and less time worrying about your motorcycle insurance.  The next time you have insurance needs, give Clay Janson and his staff a call at (602)955-7705 or email Clay at clayton@jansonaz.com. You can always find Janson & Stuart in the Business Search on www.cyclerides.com.
 
As for me this weekend, I am going to take advantage of some of the sales at the dealerships for some last minute shopping. Of course I will take the long way around to take advantage of this great weather. 

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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