Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Well, it looks like the riding season is alive and well based on the over 400+ riders that came to the Grand Opening of the Hog Pen at the Roadhouse in Cave Creek this past Saturday. It was a very fun time with Dok and Gal out front entertaining the crowd. Thanks to all of you that attended. Click Here for photos of the event. As I sat on the patio watching bikes come and go I found it interesting to see the increasing amount of Women riders that I am seeing lately. And it wasn't that they were all on small bikes. There were Women on everything from Sportsters to Fat Boys to Road Glides. So, being a numbers kind of guy, I decided to do a little research and verify if what I was seeing was a phenomenon on that day, or if more Women riding is becoming a trend.
My first stop was the Harley-Davidson web site to see if I could find some numbers on how many Women were buying Harley's. They say that nationally 10% of their motorcycle sales are to Women. Hmmm...from what I see in this State, that didn't seem to be accurate, so I made some calls to the local dealerships in the Phoenix area and found that the numbers here are quite a bit higher than the National average. Here are the local numbers that I was able to get.
Superstition HD reported 3rd quarter 2005 was 16% sales to Women, up from 9% in the 2nd quarter.
Chester's HD reported 15% Sales to Women.
Buddy Stubbs reported a whopping 20% sales to Women.
Haceinda HD reported 11% sales to Women and steadily growing.
Arrowhead HD reported 17% sales to Women.
As you can tell by these numbers my thumbnail assessment was correct. The Phoenix area is running on average about 70% higher than the National average for Women riders. So who are these Women riders and why are they making their way into what has been a largely male dominated sport? Are they the 20 something girls that I see sitting on the motorcycles in the bike magazines? Have I been duped into thinking that these are the girls that ride these bikes? Well, I know better, but the magazines would like to make you think different. The statistics tell something completely different. Bret Irvine from Arrowhead HD gave me some numbers that really sheds some light on the demographics of Women riders. He said that from the responses to the new ownership survey of the Women that buy motorcycles:
4% are 21-30 yrs. old,
19% are 31-40 yrs. old,
42% are 41-50 yrs. old
29% are 51-60 yrs. old.
Even though this is what I knew just from looking at Women riding motorcycles, these statistics really surprised me. By these numbers, 71% of all Women buyers are between the ages of 41-60 yrs. old. My how times have changed! I can't imagine my Mother 20 years ago when she would have been 55, to walk in the door one day and say: "Hey guess what everybody, I just bought a Fat Boy! Let's go for a ride!". It just wouldn't have happened. But in 2005 it is happening about 1 out of every 3 sales. And it is not just small bikes. It is everything from Sportsters to Road Glides to Customs and Choppers.
Now that I know the demographics of who is riding, why are Women all of a sudden getting off of that cushy seat on the back and giving up that full time sightseeing to start riding their own bikes at this point in their lives? Paul James, communications manager for Harley-Davidson, Inc. was quoted as saying: "The presence of freedom, empowerment and exhilaration are universally appealing, more and more women are recognizing that fact, which is one reason why this is a growing trend in motorcycling." Since Mrs. C. starting riding at age 43, I had a pretty good idea of the thought process of wanting to ride, but I'll let a few Women that I talked to tell you for themselves why they started riding their own bikes.
This is from Debbie Metcalfe, Sales Manager at Chester's Harley-Davidson:
"My husband and I got back into riding in March of 2003 after raising our family and getting them through school. It was time for us, so we rented a bike for a weekend and off we went. We immediately fell in love with the motorcycle, the experience and bought our first Harley. At that time I said I was content to be the passenger. Well, that only lasted for three months and I wanted to get on my own bike, at age 44! I wanted to be in control of the bike and have my own experience. I was scared to death as I hadn't been on a bike since 1977. I went to a local motorcycle school and got my endorsement. Trav and I now take all of our vacations on our bikes. Motorcycling has brought us closer together than we have been in years. We are having a blast! "
This is from Kathy McKinnon, the poster girl for the Cyclerides.com Women Who Ride Gallery:
"After riding as a passenger with my husband for years, I began to notice more and more women riding and loved the look! I had to try it! I had to see for myself what it was like being in control! I took the necessary classes, got my license and haven't ridden on the back of a bike since! After 5 years, including two RIDING trips to Sturgis, numerous trips to Colorado, New Mexico, Mexico and all around Arizona, I think a woman looks great riding her own bike, but after experiencing it for myself, I understand it's so much more than that! As the saying goes...If I have to explain - you wouldn't understand!!"
This is from Nanci Klos, Superstition HD Ladies Of Harley:
"I have to admit, I found it a very sensual experience to ride on the back and thought it was such a thrill or hoot. I'd ride every chance I got. However, I'd dreamed of being able to ride myself but thought I could never afford it. If I could afford the bike, I couldn't afford the mechanic that goes along with it. If I thought riding on the back was a thrill, it pales in comparison to doing it yourself. I used to hear the engines roar and wish I could do that. Now I can say "I can do that". I can crank the throttle myself when I want to. I trust my own responses and ability and am extremely comfortable under my own power...and it is power! I don't have to wait for somebody to take me for a ride. I can get up and go anytime I want! I have a wonderful bond with my bike. We're a team and I'm in love with it! It is the best attitude adjustment and stress reliever! Total feeling of freedom and it's partly because you don't HAVE to wait for somebody to take you. Needless to say, it is such an emotional thing that it is difficult to put into words. I hope I've at least touched the surface of what a thrill it is!"
This is from Andreanne DePape, Motorclothes Manager at Buddy Stubbs HD.
"I had a strong desire to "graduate to the front seat" in 1999. So I took a motorcycle course and the following weekend Chazz rented me a Heritage Softail and we went for a ride. From that point on I was hooked. I purchased a Heritage Softail Classic. Now I ride a 2001 Heritage Springer."
This is from Beverly LeResche owner of Superstition HD:
"I asked Beverly why there was such an increase in women wanting to ride. She said that, "women have been riding on the back for years and have experienced the lifestyle and the freedom of riding, but now the kids are in college, they have some extra time, and want to get into the saddle and experience the thrill of handling a motorcycle first-hand."
As you can see by these testimonials, there is some passion behind these words. As for Mrs. Cyclerides and I, having Mrs. C. ride along side of me has been a great experience for both of us. We both look forward to our next ride together. I still get a kick out of looking over at her riding down the road, and seeing her enjoy the same excitement of riding a motorcycle that I am. She rode on the back for a few years and was fine with that. In fact, she still does when we take the long trips like you have seen on the site. But it was at my encouragement that she try riding her own bike so that she could share my passion of riding and experience the power of twisting the throttle or the excitement of rolling into a curve while being in control of her own two wheels.
And after a few years of riding on the back, she was ready to give it a try. She took the TEAM Arizona motorcycle training course in 2001 and was on her way. She started on a Kawasaki Vulcan 800 for 6 months and then moved to the Vrod in 2002 when it came out. It was tough on me for a couple of weeks when she first started riding, as I seemed to be looking in my rear view mirror at her more than I was looking ahead. But after a few rides, I finally had to kick her out of the nest, let her go, and she has done great at riding her own bike for the last 5 years. Our daughter took the class as well, but she just hasn't quite gotten the riding bug yet. But someday I think she will be out there right next to us.
The dealerships are also catering to more and more Women activities and to motorclothes for Women. Superstition HD recently organized a "Garages are for Girls Too" day at their dealership. Over 150 Women participated in the event. Chester's HD is working on their "Women's Riding Summit" that will take place this Spring. And for those of you that are ready to ride now, Buddy Stubbs has hosted 2 Ladies Nights and is hosting an all Girls Ride on Sunday January 29th called Buddy's Girls Ride led by Buddy Stubbs and the Women riders of the motorclothes department. Should be a good time.
If you are a Women that is thinking about graduating to the front seat, you are not alone. As you can see, there are more and more Women moving ahead one spot. But whether you ride on the back or ride your own, motorcycling is a great experience for both and a good way to build a better relationship for you and your spouse by sharing the same passion. If you don't ride on the back and your husband wants you to, give it a shot, you might be surprised what it will do for your relationship. If you are going to ride your own, just be sure and get the training you need before you take the plunge.
For those women that are thinking about riding your own motorcycle there are plenty of links on the internet that can help you get started. In fact, there is so much interest from women riders now that Harley-Davidson has a section devoted specifically to women riders. Click Here for the page. You will see links such as Why Women Ride, Riding Stories, Learning to Ride and the History of Female Riders. If you are thinking about learning to ride, now is the best time of year in Arizona to do that. The weather is good here now and you will be ready to take some rides out of town when Summer comes around.
If you are looking for other Women Riders to ride with, you can check with your local Harley Dealer for their Ladies of H.O.G. groups or try the local Gypsy Riders group here in town that recently sponsored the Inaugural Bikers Ball to benefit the Arizona Institute for Breast Health.
Most of you know that I have had a Women Who Ride Gallery up for a while. We now have over 85 Women that have sent in a picture on their bike to be displayed. If you don't have your picture on there yet, email me one with you on your bike to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I took the pictures I have, put some music to them, and you can now watch them as a photo video. It is really fun. Click Here to view the video.
Highlights This Week
Saturday, January 21st
Chester's Harley-Davidson Chili Brew Fest and Customer Appreciation Day. Let Chester's HD thank you for being a customer by knocking 10%-50% OFF Selected MotorClothes, Merchandise and Genuine Motor Parts and Accessories.
This Week's Bike Night Events
Chesterís 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 palateónot 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 Chesterís 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.
Superstition Harley-Davidson and Spirits Bar and Grill have teamed up to bring riders in the Far East Valley a great Thursday bike night. For those of you in Far East Mesa and Apache Junction, you now have a place to go on Thursday nights. And better yet, just for riding your bike to Spirits, they will give you a free hamburger. Thatís right, every rider to show up on their bike between 7-10pm will receive a free hamburger! Stick around and win great prizes and raffle items from Superstition Harley-Davidson. Spirits is located at 9303 E. Apache Trail in East Mesa. One block East of Ellsworth on Apache Trail (Main St.). Come sit on the patio and watch the bikes roll in, stay inside and enjoy a game of pool, and friendly wait staff. The large dance floor is always open with music from Goodtime Charlie The OUTLAW DJ playing The Best of Country and the Best of Rock and Roll every Thursday night from 8:30p.m till 2am. With an extensive food menu, 2 patios, and monitors inside to watch your bike, Spirits is the hottest Bike night place to be in the east valley. The LEGEND of Spirits Lives on. More info at Superstition HD at 480-346-0600 or 480-986-5572.
Hooter's has cancelled all of their Bike Nights.
Casey Jones Grill Bike Night. A valley favorite bike night for over 3 years. Ride in and sit out on the patio 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.
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
The "Hog Pen" at the Roadhouse Bike Weekend.
Take a ride and stop by the "Hog Pen" at The Roadhouse, the Hottest New motorcycle patio in Cave Creek
where every weekend will be Bike Weekend. Now Featuring
a new Breakfast Buffet from 8am - Noon on Saturday and Sunday and Live Music on the patio every
Sunday from Noon - 4pm! 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.
Live Music Every Weekend:
Thursday: Live Music with Todd & Ethan 9pm - Close
Friday: Live Music with "Chuck Hall" 9pm - 1:30am
Saturday Night: Live Music with "Easton Ashe" 9pm - 1:30am
Sunday Afternoon: Live Music with "Dok and Gal" Noon - 4pm
Sunday Evening: Live Music with "Danny Rhodes" 5pm - 9pm
Click here for the Cave Creek Roadhouse website. 480-575-3098
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. Live Music from 10am on the patio.
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 email@example.com . 480-970-6556.
Saturday, January 21st
Chester's Harley-Davidson Customer Appreciation Day. Let Chester's HD thank you for being a customer by knocking 10%-50% OFF Selected MotorClothes, Merchandise and Genuine Motor Parts and Accessories. While you are there, enjoy their Chili and Brew Fest. There will be Chili and Salsa Tasting with the Tilted Kilt Girls as well as Beers of the World Sampling from 1-4pm. There will also be Live Music from Noon to 4pm as well as Prizes and More! The Arizona Adopt a Greyhound will be at the Dealership "Paws and Tales" from 11am - 3pm. Chester's is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404.
Saturday, January 28th
Buddy Stubbs Bikes and BBQ. Need an in town destination and an excuse to ride? Stop by Buddy Stubbs HD Saturday the 28th to hang out with other riders and meet some new friends at Buddy's Bikes and BBQ from 11am - 2pm. You will enjoy a Free Lunch, Live Band, Pool Tournaments and a 50/50 raffle. At 1:30pm take a guided tour of the Buddy Stubbs museum. Buddy Stubbs HD is located at 13401 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix. 602-971-3400.
Saturday, January 28th
Superstition Harley-Davidson 3rd Annual Customer Appreciation Night. ReadyÖSetÖMark your calendars for January 28th 6pm-9pm at Superstition Harley-Davidson. Weíre celebrating YOU! Itís our 3rd Annual Customer Appreciation Night. This celebration is all about you, our valued customers. Enjoy FREE Food, Drinks, and Door Prizes. There's no better way to show how much we appreciate you than by offering a night of HUGE savings: 30% OFF Sweatshirts, 15% OFF all Denim, 20% OFF Tires, 10% OFF maintenance & cleaning products and Up to 50% OFF special clearance items. Come to Superstition Harley-Davidson on January 28th 6pm-9pm and celebrate yourself! Our Customer Appreciation Night is all about you! Superstition HD is located at 2910 Apache Trail in Apache Junction. 480-346-0600.
Sunday, January 29th
Buddy's All Girls Ride. Calling All Lady Riders! Join the Buddy Stubbs Motorclothes Dept. riding team for a great ride led by Buddy Stubbs and the Women Riders of the Motorclothes Dept. Buddy will take you on a scenic ride from the dealership to the Hog Pen at The Cave Creek Roadhouse in Cave Creek for lunch. The ride is free! Lunch is at your own expense. Just come out for a nice leisurely ride and meet some other Lady riders. The ride starts at 10:30am sharp at Buddy Stubbs located at 13401 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix. Ladies Only! Leave the boys at home. For more information call 602-971-3400.
Sunday, January 29th
Arizona Freedom Rally. This is where the motorcycle riders of Arizona put on a very visible show of support for the Right's of ALL Motorcyclists here in Arizona. This event is sponsored by ABATE, MMA and the ACMC. There are always several hundred motorcycles that show support. 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 West down Washington to Wesley Bolin Plaza at 17th ave and Washington. Guest speakers to be announced. For more information call Ray Huston at 602-402-8026 or Bobbi Hartmann at 602-243-9479.
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