Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Well, You guys and gals did it again. The City Of Heroes Memorial Run more than doubled in size this year as over 2000 riders converged on the Childress Automall to start the ride year off with a bang. Here is a panorama of the parking lot. The ride was well organized with plenty of parking, ease of on site registration, vendors, coffee, doughnuts and great weather. A feature that I thought was very nice this year was the addition of the live band at the start of the ride. The upbeat music seemed to get everybody ready for a good ride.
At about 10:15 we were lining up ready to head out for our 50 mile escorted ride around the valley and end up at the Arizona Auto Show. We pulled out of Childress, rode 2 blocks to the freeway entrance, turned right and Oops! The horrifying sight of seeing bikes stopped where they should be riding, people standing where they should be riding a bike, bikes with kickstands down when they should be up, metal on the pavement instead of rubber and chaos growing by the second. Apparently one rider was going a little too fast when the bikes ahead slowed down. The story I heard was that he hit his rear brakes and the rear end slid around high siding the bike and ejecting him to the pavement. Two riders behind him tried to avoid the accident and got tangled up taking them both to the pavement as well. The report that I got was that one man went to the hospital in an ambulance with minor injuries and the other two were introduced to some road rash and repositioned metal on their bikes. We were glad to see that it was no more serious than that.
Needless to say, as a fellow rider it is really disconcerting to see some of your peers in that type of situation. Your first thoughts are always: Is everyone alright, is it one of my personal friends, do I need to stop, etc, etc. It definitely takes a little wind out of your sails for a while, but it gives you a chance to evaluate your own riding and how you can personally avoid the same type of mishap. After shaking that off and FINALLY getting the ride moving faster than 5 MPH (that scenario needs to be looked at) it was a smooth ride. One thing we don't talk about enough is the Police escorts on these rides. That has to be a nightmare trying to keep cars out of the way of the bikes and stopping interstate traffic to let us go by. I just want to say that the motor officers involved did a great job and we appreciate them working with us on these events. I applaud them all on a job well done. Thanks to Rusty Childress for all of his hard work in organizing an excellent event. Over 80 photos from the ride are available from a link on the front page of www.cyclerides.com .
I just want to remind everyone that Arizona Bike Week is now only 3 months away. The dates are April 4th - 13th. You can start planning for days off to ride. They are just starting to add events to the page, so keep checking to see the complete lineup. http://www.arizonabikeweek.com/
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.
Every Saturday and Sunday
Bike Days at
The Hideaway. This Saturday, January 11th, enjoy
Bourget Bike Show and Bikini Bike Wash. Ride out and see a display of some of the wildest bikes in the country. You can
also enjoy one of the hottest spots in Cave Creek for motorcyclists every weekend. Be a part of the Porch Posse
at The Hideaway, one of most popular stops in the Southwest for riders that come to Arizona. Stop by for one of
their great burgers and shop and Stampede Leathers while you are there. Check out the Friday Night Steak
Fry from 6-10 PM for only $7.95. Don't Forget, Every Day is Bike Day at the Hideaway. "There are no strangers here, just friends you haven't met yet! " 6746 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek, AZ. 480-595-0358
The Hideaway Schedule for January:
Monday-Friday: 10am - 6pm: $2 Well, Wine & Domestic Beer. Free Pizza Buffet 3pm - 6pm
January 18-19: Bike Weekend at the The Hideaway
January 25th: The Ramjet Racing Bike and Performance Parts Expo. Check out the latest in parts and accessories.
January 26th: Superbowl Party at the Hideaway. Food and Drink Specials.
There are now 2 Sunday stops with live entertainment and food and drink specials!
Sunday, January 12th- "The GD Roadshow".
This Sunday ride by Fandango and catch "The GD Roadshow" playing from 1:00PM - 5:00PM. This is Duane and George from Mogollon on acoustic guitars putting on a funny, high energy show playing some good music and having some fun with the crowd. 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:
January 19th: The GD Road Show. Duane and George from Mogollon are back as they perform as a Duo.
January 26th: The return of an Arizona favorite Combo Deluxe.
Sunday, January 12th
Hailey's Live Entertainment Sunday's - This Sunday - "Combo Deluxe". Hailey's is continuing their live entertainment every Sunday. This Sunday enjoy the Arizona favorite Combo Deluxe 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.
Sunday January 12th
Benefit Ride For Jonathan Hernandez. Benefit Ride dedicated to the memory of Jonathan Hernandez. December 13, 2003 - Johnny tragically died while at the dentist office. Channel 12 did a cover piece on this horrible accident, especially the effects of too much Novocain. This ride is to help Johnny's family. The ride will depart the Hacienda Harley, 15600 N. Hayden Rd in Scottsdale around 11am and go to Taste of Chicago (Thunderbird & Scottsdale Rd). Donations are $10 per rider or whatever one can contribute. Donations will be collected at Taste of Chicago. More info at 480-905-1903.
Saturday and Sunday, January 18 & 19
Hacienda Harley Big Outdoor Tent Sale. Remember The Great Deals on The Last Outdoor Tent Sale?? Here We Go Again!!We've got a HUGE SURPLUS of New & Used Take Off Parts, Saddlebags, Fenders, Gas Tanks, Seats, Etc...MUST BE SOLD! Plus All of the Basement Sale Clothing Items! *1st 50 People Get Free Breakfast* *Hourly Raffles* Vendors Welcome. $25.00 (for both days) a vendor gets a 10x10ft space to display their goods. Interested vendors need to contact Paul Bennett (at our store telephone # 480-905-1903) Saturday, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Sunday, 10:00 AM - 4 PM. Hacienda is located at 15600 N. Hayden Rd. in Scottsdale. 480-905-1903.
Sunday, January 19th
Arizona Freedom Rally 2003. This is where we (the motorcycle riders of Arizona) put on a very visible show of support for the Right's of ALL Motorcyclists here in Arizona. Last years turnout was very big. Sign in 9:00 AM, Parade Lines Up at 10:30 AM. Start at Park Central Mall - Central and Earl, Between Indian School and Thomas on Central in Phoenix. Parade to Wesley Bolin Plaza at 17th ave and Washington. Hear guest speakers and Local Representatives From:ABATE-ACMC-MMA. Vendors and food. 480 855-4023 or 480 694-0741.
Everyone knows that motorcyclists are giving people. The East Valley H.O.G. Chapter out of Chosa's shared with me what they were able to raise last year. They raised $18,481.64 in 2002, through various charity rides and fundraisers. During the 2002 East Valley HOG Chapter Charity Breakfast that will be held at 7am on Wednesday, January 22nd at Chosa's in Mesa, checks will be individually presented to representatives from seven Valley organizations: Child Crisis Center - East Valley; Sojourner Center; Eye Dog Foundation; Salvation Army Christmas Angels; Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley; Society of St. Vincent de Paul and End Stalking In America (E.S.I.A.).
While we are on the subject. Here is a story that was in The Tribune that I heard about over Christmas.
It is about a group of 45 riders in the East Valley that decided they wanted to do something to make a difference
this year. Read about how a name almost cost the needy a whole bunch of food and money. I think you will
find this interesting.
Here is how it starts:
When 77-year-old Elaine Crawford received a call from a motorcycle club stating that its members wanted to help, the food outreach coordinator for an east Mesa church reacted with distrust. “Boy, did my defenses go up,” she said. “Then he told me the name of his club was Arizona DarkStars, and with that, I almost hung up the phone. He told me they were looking for a charitable organization to sponsor or contribute to. Well, that made me sit up and listen.” Click here for the whole story.
FYI: For those of you using the Windows Media Player on your machines. The new final version of the Windows Media Player 9.0 was made available on January 7th. You can download here.
Here is a small video that I ran across the other day. It is of a factory demonstration of a V-Rod doing a very smokey burnout. It is about 15 seconds long. http://silvercrow.com/Vrod/mvc-012v.mpg.
As for me, I am looking forward to getting back in to the bike nights. Hopefully the weather will cooperate. Stay tuned for the announcement of a new Friday bike night coming in the next 3 weeks.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
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