Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Well, the last huge run of the year is now over.
The start of the W. Steven Martin Toy Run was home to thousands of motorcycles on the morning of December 15th.
The weather turned out to be great, certainly in comparison to last year's deep freeze that we rode in. As it turns
out, I didn't need layers 5, 6 and 7, it was a beautiful day. The starting location in downtown Chandler was a
really nice place to begin a ride. I was impressed with the old town relaxed atmosphere that this area provided.
Riders were able to stroll through the streets, grab a cup of Starbuck's coffee and listen to Christmas music from
W's Boom Box while waiting for the ride to begin. It was very nice. Thanks to the City of Chandler for opening
up their streets to us. At 10:00 am, 8 1/2 miles of motorcycles were on the way for a 50 mile
ride to the Pinal County Fairgrounds to our end ride destination with live music, food and more than enough
room to park. For me it was a 190 mile day, but that was the good news. Thanks
to W. Steven Martin for putting on yet another well planned and enjoyable ride.
Pictures from the Toy Run are up and can be found from a link on the front page of www.cyclerides.com and in the All Ride Photos section. I also did a video of the run that can be found on the new Video Link on the menu bar on the left side at www.cyclerides.com .
Those of you that have been using the site for a while know that I have started to concentrate on using video as a medium to share pictures and bring you expanded information about rides and charities. Since there are so many users of the site on Cox Cable internet or some other High Speed source, I think it is time to start using these capabilities more frequently. I got a lot of positive feedback on the tour of the W. Steven Martin Police Toy Warehouse. It even brought people out to ride, that normally might not have come. Even though we all like to ride and be around other motorcyclists, it is sometimes frustrating for me because I don't really know what the money is used for. Over the past several months I have tried to make this more clear to everyone who goes on these rides. I think the more we know about the cause and the better we understand where the money is going, the more interested we would be in supporting the event.
With all of that being said, I would like to introduce to you the next big ride and the video that I have done to support it. It is the City of Heroes Memorial Run scheduled for January 4th, 2003. This ride is sponsored by Rusty Childress of Childress Auto Mall, the Local Firefighters Unions and P.L.E.A. Proceeds from this ride benefits the 100 Club. Since the 100 club was formed 33 years ago, immediate cash benefits have been provided to deserving families of more than one hundred police officers, corrections officers and firefighters who gave their lives for their community. The 100 club is there to make sure that the surviving spouse and children are taken care of until their finances are taken care of. The money from this ride will be used to build a bronze and memorial for firefighter Bret Tarver who lost his life fighting a fire in March of 2000. The memorial will be placed at the Bret Tarver Elementary School on 51st Ave. N. of Indian School. Last year was the first year for this event. They raised enough money to build a bronze for Officer Marc Atkinson. You can see this at the Kids Street Park at 23rd Ave. and Hazelwood.
The video that you will see features an introduction to the ride by Scott Pasmore of 3TV, a very passionate interview with Bob Kahn, Asst. Chief with the Phoenix Fire Department who knew Bret Tarver very well, Rusty Childress at the site of the Marc Atkinson bronze from last years ride and an International Superstar as our special guest closes out the video. Can you guess who this is? Viewing this will give you a much better understanding as to what you will be riding for on January 4th, I'm sure you enjoy. Sign in will be at Childress Auto Mall, 23rd Ave. and Camelback from 8-10am. There will be a 50 mile ride ending at the Arizona International Auto Show at the Civic Center. Show entry is included with your donation. Ride end party is at Cooperstown. This is going to be a big ride. I look forward to seeing you there.
The video is programmed for both 56K dialup users and Hi Speed connections. So if you are using dialup, you can still watch it. Download time for 56k is about 8 minutes.
Click Here To See The Video.
There is also a great video that the 100 Club did to give you a better understanding for what they do. Click Here To See The 100 Club Video. I would highly recommend this great production.
This Week's Events
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.
Jetz Americana Thursday Bike Night. This bike night is growing fast. Great bike parking right outside the patio that is now lighted. Stop by this week and see for yourself. Jetz is a Very 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. Happy hour is 4-7pm with 1/2 price drinks and $4.95 appetizer menu. From 7:00PM till close there will be BURGER & BEER $7.95 (½ lb of Certified Angus Beef and a domestic pint or bottle), DOMESTIC BOTTLES $3, JACK DANIELS $4. 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.
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 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 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, December 22nd- "Christmas Party and Light Parade With Combo Deluxe from 6-10pm".
This Sunday ride by Fandango for an evening with Fandango's Christmas Party and Light Parade. Light parade leaves Vulture Mine V-Twin (located at 2120 E. Rose Garden Lane in Phoenix) 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. 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 29th - Danny Rhodes and The Messengers will close out the year.
Sunday, December 22nd
Hailey's Live Entertainment Sunday's - This Weekend - "Rhondavous".
Hailey's is continuing their live entertainment every Sunday. This Sunday enjoy the Arizona favorite Rhondavous from 1:00-5:00pm. 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.
December 29th - Rhondavous,
January 1st - Combo Deluxe.
December 14th - 24th.
STEEDS 10th Anniversary Holiday Sale. Surgical-Steeds has been building and servicing American bikes up in North Scottsdale for 10 years now. They offer a great selection of parts and accessories for your Harley and Alternative American bikes along with a skilled crew to get the job done right the first time. To celebrate their 10th anniversary in their Scottsdale store they are having a sale just for Cyclerides.com readers. You guys can save a bunch of money on the great stuff at Steeds between NOW and Christmas eve. Click the following link for more information about STEEDS 10th Anniversary Holiday sale and redeem the Printable Coupon. They are even running specials on New and Used bikes with ZERO down financing. They just got a used Bourget Custom in stock that's priced under $17,500 too. Check 'em out, and let John and Deb at Steeds know that you heard about their sale on Cyclerides. Surgical Steeds is located on 9550 N. 90th St. in Scottsdale. 480-661-1990.
December 21st and 22nd.
Happy Harley Days at Arrowhead Harley and Chandler Harley-Davidson. Two Days, Two Locations. You are invited to be our guest at the Happy Harley Days party Saturday, December 21, 8:30am - 8:00 pm and Sunday, December 22, 10:00am - 6:00pm. We'll make your Harley Days bright during this 2 day only event! Join us for: Fantastic in-store specials hourly door prize raffles coffee & pastry. During this special event get our FAMOUS TIER DISCOUNTS on those last minute Harley gifts at up to 20% OFF* STOREWIDE! Papa John’s Pizza and beverage 11-4. FREE gift wrapping by Santa’s sexy Hooter’s helpers 15% OFF installation of any part or accessory purchased during this event!Arrowhead Harley-Davidson, 16130 N. Arrowhead Fountain, Center Dr., Peoria, (623) 247-5542
Chandler Harley-Davidson, 6895 W. Chandler Blvd., (at 56th Street) (480) 496-6800.
Saturday and Sunday,
December 21st and 22nd.
Chosa's Holiday Customer Appreciation Party. One day at each location.
You are invited to be our special guest at Chosa’s Holiday Customer Appreciation Party on Saturday, December 21st, 2002 from 8am to 5pm at Chosa’s in Mesa and Sunday, December 22nd, 2002 from 11am to 4pm at Chosa’s Shop in Apache Junction. Still trying to find that perfect gift for the holidays? BIG SAVINGS ON SELECTED HARLEY-DAVIDSON MERCHANDISE: 10-50% off selected MotorClothes Apparel, Accessories, Gifts and Collectibles. (In stock merchandise only) Stop in for our special holiday event and receive a FREE gift with any $100 purchase of MotorClothesTM Merchandise! One gift with purchase per customer. While supplies last. Roll the dice when you purchase $100 or more of MotorClothesTM merchandise! The number you roll is the dollar amount off your total purchase!
On Saturday at Chosa’s in Mesa, from 11am to 1pm, enjoy Chosa's FREE Biker BBQ and Santa will be there handing out candy canes! On Sunday at Chosa’s Shop in Apache Junction, from 11am to 1pm, enjoy Chosa's FREE Biker Brunch and Santa will be there handing out candy canes! 480-894-0404.
Saturday, December 21st
MMA's 4th Annual Sunshine Acres Benefit Run. Come join MMA for this worthy cause. In lieu of stuffed toys, we are seeking donations of toiletries, games, radios, school type clothes, and school supplies (Backpacks, calculators, fancy pencils/notebooks, pens..etc).**$5.00 + Donated item or $10.00 per bike. Party at TJ's after delivering our generous donations. Run sign in 9-11am at Tri-City Eagles (Just east off the loop 101 on Apache Blvd /Main St.) More information at 480-984-7742 or 480-898-3319.
Christmas Potluck at The Hideaway.The Annual Christmas 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 Christmas Dinner with the HIDEAWAY Family! We'll be Cooking Plenty of BIRDS so bring in Your Favorite Side Dish & we'll have a Christmas Dinner that can't be beat!!! So if you got no place to go or get Fed-up with a house full of relatives come on over & enjoy some Christmas Cheer with us. All this fun for FREE!
January 4th, 2003
The first major run of 2003. The City of Heroes Memorial Run. This run is sure to kick off the new year with a big crowd. This ride benefits the City of Heroes Memorial Fund and families of fallen Officers and Fire Fighters. Escorted 50 mile interstate ride from Childress Automall to the 2003 Arizona International Auto Show. Ride end party at Cooperstown. First 600 receive t-shirt and pin. Sign-in 8-10 am at Childress Automall, 23rd Ave. and Camelback. $20 single/$35. Vendors, entertainment, and continental breakfast included. Phoenix, AZ 800.284.2548.
Click here to see the video.
I have installed a couple of new link buttons on the site at www.cyclerides.com . The first one is a Video Button that is active now. I now have 9 Original Cyclerides.com videos for you to view. I have just added the New City Of Heroes and the Video from the W. Steven Martin Toy Run on that page. These videos are programmed for both Hi Speed connections for the best quality and 56K connections. If you are running 56 K don't be afraid to watch them. They are fairly small and will download on most machines in 8-10 minutes. I also have a section for Other Videos that I will place video worth viewing in that area for you to enjoy. Go to www.cyclerides.com and click on the Video button on the left.
The other new button is the Archive Button. It is not live yet but will be used to store old newsletters and editorials like "The Wave" story and the "Why Wear Ear Plugs?" story. It will be active in a few days.
3. It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a motor vehicle, a motorcycle, or combination of vehicles, at any time, or any condition of grade, load, acceleration or deceleration, in such a manner as to exceed eighty-five (85) dBA based on a measurement taken at a distance of twenty-five (25) feet or more from the source of the noise. For purpose of this Section, "dBA" shall mean weighted decibel, a sound level measurement unit.
Here is the section that appears be a might ambiguous:
4. It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a motor vehicle, a motorcycle, or combination of vehicles, at any time, or under any condition of grade, load, acceleration or deceleration, in such a manner that two (2) reasonable people of normal sensory perception, not residing in the same house, one (1) of whom may be a law enforcement officer, are caused discomfort or annoyance.
Wow! Now that is wide open! I'm not going to harp on this now. I am going to wait and see how Carefree handles this. You now know the ordinance, you have been warned. From what I have been told, I don't think Cave Creek is particularly interested in following suit with this. If you think you might be in violation, my suggestion would be to not go through Carefree to get to Cave Creek until we find out how this is going to be enforced. If you are coming down Scottsdale Rd. heading North you can just turn West on Carefree Highway and go to Cave Creek Rd. and head North. I'll keep you up to date as to the progress of this new ordinance.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
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