Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
There is now only 19 days until Christmas. But thanks to the 1200 riders that participated in the Cyclerides.com Toys To Kids Ride this past Saturday, there are 160 homeless kids from the Pappas Schools that experienced Christmas a little early. Although it was a little chilly in the morning, OK, a lot chilly in some areas, it turned out to be an absolutely beautiful day for the ride.
We started at Steele Indian School Park with donuts and coffee and at 11am we were on our way led by the DPS motors to Santa's Christmas Theme Park located at Firebird Raceway. While we were on our way, the kids were at Santa's being fed and entertained by jugglers, magicians and stilt walkers. Each child also received a gift bag provided by Santa's upon arrival. When we reached Santa's we rode through the entry and down the main corridor 1/2 mile to the middle of the park where the kids were waiting for us with screams and outstretched arms. I had gotten word before we left that they were really excited to see us and that proved to be the case.
After riding down the Main St., by the kids and around the big tree, the riders exited to park their bikes and bring back the toys to the kids. The riders did such a great job of bringing toys that they wouldn't all fit in front of the stage and we had to stack them in the food tent. Santa's provided entertainment for the kids and riders including a magician, juggler, a Parrott and dog from the Safari Show, and a great set by Elvis, as performed by Bret Kaiser. The entertainment closed with all of the kids coming on stage to show their appreciation of the day by singing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" to all of the riders. That was a very rewarding moment for all who were there.
The kids were then let loose on the toys and were able to pick any 3 toys from the stack that they wanted. They were also taken inside the tent to choose from toys in there to round out the 3 toy limit. A lot of the additional toys were taken back to Pappas Schools to share with the other kids that could not make it that day. On December 21st, every child at Pappas Schools will receive one gift from these toys. The others will be distributed to shelters throughout the Valley. Needless to say, your generous gifts will make many underprivileged kids happy throughout the Valley.
One thing I noticed about these particular kids from the Pappas Schools versus others in the past were that they were very well behaved and reserved in their actions. When I would ask to take a picture I would rarely get a smile unless it was really prompted. It was almost as if they were aged beyond their years with a lifetime of less than desirable experiences, all trapped in the body of a child. As you would look into some of their eyes you could see a forlorn look of fear, mistrust and uncertainty that runs deep and has been the norm for many of these very young children.
As they got back into the tent with the other toys and mostly the other children, you could see them loosen up a little bit. That is why the Pappas Schools are so important to these kids. It gives them a stable environment on a regular basis and a peer group that are in similar circumstances. This allows them to feel "normal" for 6 hours a day. If these same kids were to go to regular schools, it would be a rough time for them in today's society. My experience with these kids as I toured the school, talking with them at the toy ride and even riding the bus with them this past Monday that drops them to their shelters, has been a truly rewarding experience for me.
Most of these kids have gone through some rough times and in a lot of cases all they have is hope that things will get better. The motorcycle riders that attended the Toys To Kids Ride this past Saturday showed them that the whole world hasn't gone bad and there is love for these kids. Some kids see the rainbow, some see the rain. My hope is that all of these kids saw the rainbow this day. Martina McBride just released a song of hope that I want to dedicate to the kids of Pappas Schools. I have put this song to pictures of the kids from the ride. It not only speaks to these children, but to anyone that has gone through some hard times, had some broken dreams or a failed relationship. The song is called "Do It Anyway". Here are a couple of verses from the song:
This worlds gone crazy
And it's hard to believe
That tomorrow will be better than today
Believe it anyway
You can love someone with all your heart
For all the right reasons
And in a moment they can choose to walk away
Love 'em anyway
God is great but sometimes life ain't good
And when I pray
It doesn't always turn out like I think it should
But I do it anyway
I do it anyway
Click Here for the Photo Video with the entire song.
I want to say thank you to all that helped put on this event including Santa's for all their efforts on making our end location so special, the DPS for their escort, Tully's coffee, Photographic Lee and Rusty Childress for photos, TV3, Fox 10, AZ Rider and Nancy Paganelli of Thunderpress for their coverage, Safeway for their donations, Prime 3 for media, and all of the riders who donated over $3000 to pay for bus transportation, expenses and clothing for the Pappas Kids. We will be going on a shopping trip within the next week. I will update you when everything is bought and delivered. On behalf of Pappas Schools and Cyclerides.com I thank you for your generosity. It is all going to a great cause.
There were so many photos that I made a couple of different lists.
Click Here for the Toys To Kids photo directory.
Click Here for the Toys To Kids Video featuring the Pappas Kids.
Click Here for the Fox 10 TV coverage.
Highlights This Week
Saturday, December 9th
Demo Day at Chester’s Harley! Everyone wants a chance to sit in the saddle of the new 96" powered Harley-Davidson
Saturday, December 9th and 10th
Chandler Harley-Davidson V-Rod Demo Ride. 2 Days Only!! Now is your chance to ride the new Harley V-Rod with the 240 Rear tire.
December 4th - 15th
Chester's Win A Harley-Davidson DiceRoll Contest. This sounds like fun!
Want to win a brand-new Harley? YES! Alright then!
This Week's Bike Night Events
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.
Chandler Harley-Davidson Tuesday Bike Night at Nozzlehead's Grille & Pub. Stop by Two Wheel Tuesday Bike Night at Nozzlehead's Grille and Pub located at 4920 S. Gilbert Rd. in Chandler, AZ. Join us for Munchies and Music, Food and Drink, Specials, and good old fashion H-D fun! Nozzlehead's is a fun firefighter-themed restaurant that serves the best pure angus burgers and meatiest wings in the valley. 12 flavors of wings! 11 tap beers served out of the front-end of a real fire truck. Hot Times, Cold Drinks and Great Food! Stop by this Tuesday for the First Night!! Stop by Chandler Harley-Davidson located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler for a Nozzlehead Food Discount Coupon.
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
"Hog Pen" at the Roadhouse Bike Weekend. Breakfast Buffet Now Beginning at 8am - Noon on Saturday!
Grab a seat at the new Hog Pen bar rail and watch the bikes ride by. There is plenty of new concrete motorcycle
parking right out front. 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. Check out the
Monday Night Football BBQ.
Live Music Every Weekend:
Wednesday: Live Music with "Easton Ashe" 9pm - Close
Friday: Live Music with "The Crown Kings" 9pm - 1:30am
Saturday: Live Music with "The Crown Kings" 9pm - 1:30am
Click here for the Cave Creek Roadhouse website. 480-575-3098
Sugar Daddy's Blues
Biker Sunday Brunch.
Sugar Daddy's welcomes you back to riding with the Award Winning Sugar Daddy's Sunday Brunch voted "Best Sunday Brunch" by Newtimes 2006. Enjoy a $9 All You Can Eat Buffet, $2 Mimosas, $4 Bloody Mary Bar from 10am - 4pm. Relax to Live Music from 10am - 4pm on the 5700 sq. ft. climate controlled patio. Riding by later? Grab a quick BBQ from Noon - 5pm on the patio. You can also order off of the extensive 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. Or maybe just relax on the patio with your favorite beverage 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 9th
Demo Day at Chester’s Harley! Everyone wants a chance to sit in the saddle of the new 96" powered Harley-Davidson with the six-speed cruise drive transmission to see what all the fuss is about. Spend an afternoon in the future test riding all the road-shredding new 2007 Harley’s. Demo Day runs 9am to 5pm, with Coffee Bar from 8am - 10am and Free Lunch from 11am to 2pm. With each test ride at Chester's HD your name is entered into a drawing for a FREE Nylon Jacket ($135) value. It’s gonna be like Christmas for bad boys—don’t miss out! Click Here for Demo Ride requirements. 480-894-0404. Chester's HD is located at 922 S. Country Club in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404. Click Here for Map.
Saturday, December 9th and 10th
Chandler Harley-Davidson V-Rod Demo Ride. 2 Days Only!! Now is your chance to ride the new Harley V-Rod with the 240 Rear tire. Take a Demo Ride and receive a Free Harley-Davidson Gift while supplies last. Demo rides are from 10am - 4pm and food provided both days from 11am - 2pm. While you are there testing out the smooth riding Vrod, take advantage of the Pre-Holiday Sale Tier Discounts. The more you spend, the more you save. Up to 20% savings. Chandler HD is located just East of I-10 at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. 480-496-6800. Proper motorcycle riding gear and valid endorsement is required.
Saturday, December 9th
12th Annual Toy and Poker Run to benefit Crisis Nursery. Registration is from 10-11am at The Steel Horse Saloon located at 1768 W. Bell Rd. in Phoenix. Run entry per bike is $20 and a new and unwrapped toy. Ages for toys from newborn to 10 years old. First 100 participants receive a ride shirt. Final party stop at Steel Horse. All proceeds benefit the Crisis Nursery. More information at 602-942-8778.
Sunday, December 9th
Give To Those Who Gave Christmas Run. With Honor and Respect, in the spirit of Giving, an unescorted run to the Veteran's Home, 4141 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix. Leaving the American Italian
Club 7509 N 12th St, Phoenix, AZ 85020, at Noon. Please bring an unwrapped gift. Suggestions are foodstuffs, cookies and candy. Please, no hard candies though. And anything motorcycle related...tee shirts (particularly in larger sizes), hats, caps, pins, stickers, picture books. 200 Veterans call this facility home. Please join us to bring a Touch of Home this Holiday Season. Sponsored by ABATE of Arizona, Shadow Mountain Chapter.FMI: 602-399-1947.
Sunday, December 10th
10th Annual Christmas Angel Tree Run. Run sponsored by A.B.A.T.E. of Arizona. Sign in from 12pm - 1pm. Ride leaves at 1:15pm. Ride to Metro Center Mall, pick a wish off the Salvation Army Angel Trees and buy a gift for an underprivileged child. Run leaves Connolly's Bar and Grill, 5160 W. Northern in Glendale. 623-915-5645. Then returns for food and drink specials, 50/50, Raffles, Silent Auction. Tim, 480-538-0202.
December 1st - 24th
Chester's Harley-Davidson Holiday Scratchers. Does your holiday shopping include any authentic MotorClothes gear? From December 1st through the 24th, just drop $100 or more on MotorClothes here at Chester’s and you’ll get a free Scratcher card, which could net you a shotglass, logo t-shirt, pair of boots, leather jacket or even a $5,000 Chester’s gift card… But like they say, you’ve got to play to win, so stop in and buy today! Chester's HD is located at 922 S. Country Club in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404. Click Here for Map.
December 4th - 15th
Chester's Win A Harley-Davidson DiceRoll Contest. This sounds like fun!
Want to win a brand-new Harley? YES! Alright then! Tune in to Kool 94.5, December 4th through 15th, and listen for the cue to head to Chester’s. When you hear it, get here fast for a 10 percent discount on your next MotorClothes purchase, AND an invitation to Roll for a New Ride on December 16th! Come back with your invitation that day and roll the dice—if it spells “H A R L E Y”, you win a new Harley. It’s that easy, and that fun—and that’s just how we roll at Chester's! Chester's HD is located at 922 S. Country Club in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404. Click Here for Map.
Saturday, December 16th
Buddy Stubbs Customer Appreciation and Holiday Party. This is Our Thanks to you for a great year! Ride by Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson for some Holiday Cheer!
* Live Festive Music from 11 am - 3pm.
* Buddy’s Angels Holiday Fashion Show – showtimes 12:30pm & 1:30pm
* Free lunch 11 – 2pm, Free Pool Tournaments (sign up at 11am) Win top prizes
* Motorcycle Museum Tours starting at 12:30pm
* Free Gift Wrapping 11am – 3pm by Ladies of Harley, Free door prize giveaways throughout the day.
* All Day Personal Shopper Service. Chrome Center Workshop @ 11:30AM. Want to add more power to your bike? Stop by our Chrome Center and enter your name to win a free chrome gift.
* Over 215 great General Merchandise gift ideas under $40. Harley Gift Baskets for sale starting at $50.00 to $250.
Buddy Stubbs is conveniently located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix. 602-971-3400.
Saturday, December 16 and 17th
Chester's Harley-Davidson Candy Cane Weekend. Mmm, candy canes. Bad for your teeth, great for your wallet. You heard me! Stop by Chester’s for Candy Cane Weekend, December 16th and 17th, pick up one of our candy canes, and you could end up saving as much as 30% on your total Motorclothes purchase! And if sugary sweets aren’t your thing, we’re also slinging pipin’ hot FREE pizza from 11 to 2pm. Your stomach or your wallet… like it or not, one of you is leaving here FULL! Chester's HD is located at 922 S. Country Club in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404. Click Here for Map.
Saturday December 16th
Phoenix Rescue Mission Canned Food & Clothes Drive. Sponsored By Bikers For Christ/Rushing Wind Bible Fellowship. Phoenix Rescue Mission is a vibrant and growing Christian Mission serving needy and homeless men, women and families in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Founded in 1952, the Mission today seeks to provide food, shelter, and other services to as many as possible of the estimated 10,000+ homeless people in need throughout the Valley of the Sun. Join us from 9:00 - 10:30am to drop off the much needed items. Rushing Wind Bible Fellowship @ the Crossing Community Church campus. 2452 West Warner Road Chandler. Warner just east of the 101 on the North side of the road.
Sunday, December 17th
W. Steven Martin's Police Toy Run. Check in starts at 8:30am at the Gilbert Police Department located at Gilbert and Civic Center Dr. North of Ray Rd. Food, ATM and fuel are available across the street. Ride leaves at 10am. The ride will be 50-60 miles and will end at Tempe Police Dept. Ride will be escorted by DPS. $10 donation and a new toy per bike. Gifts will be given out to children in Arizona by Officers and Fire Fighters year round to make a difference in the life of a child this holiday season. The most needed gifts are for boys and girls 11-16 years of age. 480-899-0366.
Sunday, December 17th
Todd's Kids Benefit Run. Ride starts 10am at Superstition Harley-Davidson located at 2910 W. Apache Trail in Apache Junction. $25 per couple or $15 single. Todd Beauregard, 31, was killed in a hit and run motorcycle accident Sunday, November 12th while on his way to work. Melani, his wife and their children, Alex, TlJ., James and Kyle mourn their loss. Kyle is only 5 weeks old. Join the memorial ride to benefit Todd's Kids. The ride is to Saguaro Lake, through Fountain Hills to Greasewood Flats ending at Sugar Daddy's in Scottsdale. Click Here for donation information.
End Of Year Sale!! Now till the end of the year only. We will continue the 2 tires for $329.95. That's Right! 2
tires installed for only $329.95. Whitewalls, Avons, and the impossible
to get "Dunlops" slightly higher. The Cyclerides.Com
special this week is 20% off full service oil changes.
We have gift certificates and a Chrome/Accessory registry for Christmas also.
"The Ride In Ride Out specialist", Now with 2 locations at 2530
E. Bell Rd. in Phoenix and 1900 N. Mc Clintock in Tempe for the "RE-Tire while you wait special. For more
information or to make an appointment, call Jim at 602-923-0114. Tuesday through Friday 9am - 6pm. Saturday
8am - 3pm.
Want a new HARLEY and clean up your credit at the same time? Maybe some extra cash for the Holidays? Let Dave at MORTGAGE PRO USA assist you. If you own a home with equity and have a steady income, I can help. Give me a call for a debt consolidation/cash-out refinance. MORTGAGE PRO USA specializes in sub prime business. I deal with over 300 lenders in all 50 states who will refinance manufactured homes, single family residences, condo's, commercial, & land loans. Mention you saw this ad in Cyclerides & when your loan funds, you will receive a $500.00 gift certificate to your choice of any one of the Cyclerides advertisers. Email David Herr at email@example.com or call Ofc: 602-682-6355. Cell: 480-888-6961.
Looking for that special Christmas gift for your significant other? Here is one that I really like. The Garmin GPS. Click Here for my Story on it. Click Here to order.
This short video is hilarious. It is not what you think it is at the start. Click Here.
Here is a funny new spin of the old skit "Who's on First" with Bush and Condolezza Rice. Click Here.
Next week I will be back with my report on the Carefree Noise Ordinance. I have met with council members and will be doing some tests of my own in Carefree to see how the unbiased numbers come in. Should be very interesting.
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