Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Wow, what beautiful riding weather we are having now! The forecast is for mid 70's for the next week. So put on a long sleeve shirt, hop on the bike and go grab some free Vitamin D from our Arizona sun. With the events we have on the calendar plus all of the car shows going on around town this weekend, there are plenty of excuses to get out and take a ride.
Along with many of you I'm always looking for new and exciting things to do on the weekends. This past weekend I hit a home run along with 48,350 other fans at the 2003 AMA Supercross Series at Bank One Ballpark. Seems like in my busy world these days long term planning is measured in hours, not days or weeks. So after talking with some people about the Supercross last year and reading the article in Saturday's paper about Ricky Carmichael we made the decision to try and get some tickets to go that night. I was on hold with Ticketmaster when Stacia Prappas from Arizona Motorsports called on my cell phone and asked me if I would like 3 tickets to the Supercross that night. Wow! Now that's what I call "Ask and you shall receive". I graciously accepted and my long term plans were in place. In 5 hours Mrs. C. my daughter and I would be embarking on a new adventure...the high tech world of flying motorcycles.
Having never been to one of these I was eagerly anticipating what it would be like. As with anything I do for the first time I try and compare it with something similar I had done before. The closest thing I could come up with was the motorcycle exhibition 35 years ago at the local County Fair back in Kansas. You know what I'm talking about. The facility consisted of a 100 square foot cinder block concession stand built by the local 4-H club, a small dirt exhibition ring wrapped with white posts and chicken wire, three 200 watt flood lights mounted on telephone polls to illuminate the grounds, stadium seating for 300 (the whole town) and ole' Doc Johnson on a crackly microphone pumping up the crowd as little Jimmy Walker attempts to jump two horizontal 55 gallon drums with a 50 cc Yamaha trail bike.
Yep, those were the days. He cleared them by a good 2 feet and the crowd went wild.
But Those days are gone! The new improved Supercross days are here. I knew we were in for some excitement when we arrived an hour and a half early and the festivities had already begun. The streets were packed with people, music was playing and there was a definite buzz in the air similar to that of a playoff game. We made our way to our seats in the lower level and was amazed at what had been done to the inside of the ball park. Tons of dirt had been hauled in and transformed this home of the World Series Champion Diamondbacks into circus grounds for flying motorcycle daredevils. Click here for a panorama of the track.
At about 7:15 the music started, the lights went down, green lasers started fanning the crowd and the roof of Bank One Ballpark slowly began to open. About that time the spotlights hit the podium and the stars of the 250 class were announced much like the Suns are at a professional basketball game. The hype involved is similar to that of a WWF event. Moments before the race was to begin there was also a nice patriotic moment. 25 flags were carried in around the field and the National Anthem was sung as passenger jets roared over the open roof of Bank One Ballpark reminiscent of the B1B flying over during the World Series. After all of this the fans were sufficiently primed for some action and there was no disappointment. As the first wave of riders came roaring by and taking flight 30 feet in the air fans rose to their feet and cheered. The riders almost looked like dolphins in the water as they elevated and settled back to the track in time for a tight hairpin turn to do it all over again.
All in all this was some of the most exciting racing I have ever seen. It is fast paced, exciting and there are several heats for qualifying that build up to the main event race for both the "125" and "250" classes. The night ended with 17 year old phenom James Stewart winning the 125 class and Ezra Lusk winning the 250 class.
Note to NASCAR fans: "There is more to racing than turn left 4 times and start over". How about left turn, right turn, fly 50 feet in the air into a hairpin turn and then get to the good stuff? If you are like me and haven't been to one of these I would highly recommend it. My only disappointment after going to this is that they don't have them more often. The AMA Supercross is a 16 race season that that tours the country and only comes to Arizona once per year in January. Catch it if you can.
If you would like to know more about Supercross Racing here are some links.
The Official Supercross Website
U.S. Motocross Racing
Phoenix Supercross Press Release and Results
Once again I would like to thank Stacia Prappas and the Arizona Motorsports Group, owners of Town & County Motorsports in Chandler, Metro Motorsports in Glendale, Desert Motorsports in Scottsdale, USA Motorsports in Avondale, YSA Motorsports in Phoenix as well as Arrowhead Chandler and Tucson Harley-Davidsons, for giving us the opportunity to attend this great event.
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.
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Every Saturday and Sunday
Bike Days at
The Hideaway. This Saturday 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 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 19th- "The GD Roadshow".
Fandango - Live Music Every Sunday from 1:00PM - 5:00PM. Visit our outdoor Patio's and Roof Top Bar. Plenty of bike parking. This Sunday at Fandango catch the "GD Roadshow". If you missed this show last week. Don't make the same mistake twice. George and Duane from Mogollon have a unique combination of music and comedy and are a favorite at Fandango. Sunday Bike Day features food and drink specials from Noon to 6PM and the best bands in Arizona. 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 or www.restaurant.com/fandango. Here is the band lineup for the rest of the month:
January 26th: The return of an Arizona favorite Combo Deluxe.
February 2nd: "GD Road Show"
Sunday, January 19th
Hailey's Live Entertainment Sunday's - This Sunday - "Rhondavous". Hailey's is continuing their live entertainment every Sunday. This Sunday enjoy the Arizona favorite Rhondavous from 1:00-5:00pm. There will also be a Car Show featuring Corvettes, PT Cruisers and Classics. They have been getting 50-60 cars when they have these shows. The weather should be nice this weekend, give it a try. 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.
January 26th - Sunday Brunch with Danny Rhodes and The Messengers from 11 -3. Superbowl buffet starting at 4:00 pm for the big Superbowl party.
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.
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.
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Poker Run For Robert Schaible. The registration will be 9:30 - 11:30 Am at Genesis Custom Cycles located at 2000 E. Indian School Rd. in Phoenix. Food and Beverages will be available. There will be 6 stops. Run Ends And The Party Begins at The Alamo - 11807 N. Saguaro Blvd. in Fountain Hills. The cost is $15 single and $25 double. Poker Run Includes A Chance To Win High And Low Hand - $150. There Will Be Auctions, Raffles, And A 50/50. Over $3,000 Of Donations And Prizes. Music Will Be The Smokin' Section From 3 - 7 PM. Bobbie is currently battling cancer. These funds will help bridge the gap financially until his medical insurance is available. For more information you can contact Elaine at 480-215-3944 or click the above link.
AZ Thunder Cycles Superbowl Bike Run and Party. Sign in at 1:00 PM at AZ Thunder Cycles located at 2302 N. Scottsdale Rd. Come join us for the three things you love the most !!! Riding, Football and Party!!! Enjoy: Free Food, 60 Inch TV, Soft Drinks and ??? Get your picks for the Football Pool. Fun Benefit Run For Easter Seals. $25.00 Single, $10.00 Passenger. Sign In at AZ Thundercycles at 1:00, Then ride with the group through some favorite spots. Then back to AZ Thundercycles for the Big Party. For more information call: 480-990-8700.
A.B.A.T.E. of Phoenix Superbowl Poker Run. Sign-In From 8:30 to 10:30 AM at the Top Rack located at 5400 N. 59th Ave. in Glendale. $10 per hand. $150 to the winner. $100 for second best. If you think you might need just one or two more chances to win, extra cards will be available for $1.00 each at the last stop. Food and Drink Specials, Door Prizes, 50/50 Drawing. More information at 623-535-8330.
Custom Performance, located at 21601
N. 3rd. Ave. is offering a 5,000 MILE SERVICE for $ 179.95. This
Chrome filter, 3 qts Harley Oil, 1qt Transmission oil, Primary Case Oil, Derby O-ring, Inspection Cover Gasket, 2 NGK plugs, and 2 Hours Labor
Service Includes: Oil and Filter change, Change Transmission and Primary oils, Top off fluids, Lube and adjust cables, Adjust clutch, primary chain, rear drive belt and tire pressures, Replace spark plugs, Clean air filter, Check Brakes, Check charging system and engine state of tune. Special Good to Feb.28,2003
You can call Custom Performance for an appointment at 623-879-8488.
There is a new A.B.A.T.E. chapter starting in Wickenburg. If you would be interested in participating in the formation of this chapter the first meeting will be on Feb 9. Contact Mike Riggin at 928-684-2953 for more information.
If you are planning on riding to the Daytona Bike Week and would like some company, email me your contact information and I will post it so that you can meet up with other riders.
As for me this weekend I am going to try and take in as many of the events in this town that I can. Cars, Motorcycles, Tent sales at dealerships. We have it all this weekend.
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
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