Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Now this is what we have all been waiting for! The riding weather this past weekend was absolutely beautiful. Mrs. C. and I took advantage of it by tacking on 100 miles to the odometer on Sunday. Apparently a lot of you did the same, as there were more motorcycles on the road than I have seen for a long time. It seemed as though you couldn't go a mile without passing another rider with a big smile on their face. We took a ride through Cave Creek to take some pictures of the new Wild Willy's for their weekend Bike Days starting this Sunday and then up to get a sneak peek at the new Cave Creek Roadhouse that will be opening in about 5 weeks. We then headed back West to take a beautiful ride North on 7th Street to New River and then out to Anthem before returning home for a nice big chicken fried steak at the Texas Roadhouse. If you would like to take a nice ride in this area you can check out the New River to Fountain Hills Day Ride. If you would like some other ideas, see all of the Cyclerides.com Day Rides.
I have been noticing for the last couple of years there have been more women riding their own motorcycles, but this past Sunday it really seemed to stand out a little more. For what has been predominately a male dominated sport, is changing rapidly. More and more women are getting off the passenger seat and getting into the saddle of their own motorcycle. Harley-Davidson Motor Company has seen U.S. sales of its motorcycles to women grow from two percent of their total in 1985 to 10 percent, or 23,000 bikes, in 2003. That figure mirrors a national trend. According to the Motorcycle Industry Council, women accounted for nearly 10 percent of all motorcycle owners nationwide in 2003, up from 8.2 percent the previous year.
But the statistics in our area seems to be a little higher. According to Beverly LeResche, owner of Chosa's Harley-Davidson in Mesa, "over 16% of our sales were to women riders in 2004, and as high as 18% in the first quarter." 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 wanted to experience the thrill of handling a motorcycle first-hand." 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."
Beverly says that approximately 40% of the women buying motorcycles are in the 41-50 age group. "She said that the comments from these women buyers are that they have ridden on the back for years, but now the kids are in college, they have some extra time, and they want to get into the saddle of their own motorcycle." According to Ron Ariela of TEAM Arizona Motorcycle Training, 30% of his classes are now made up of women riders. He said that he has seen this number climb rapidly over the last couple of years.
Another sign that women are becoming a big part of the riding business, both as a rider or a passenger, is to see all of the Motorclothes that are available for women riders in your local Harley dealership. It seems as though half of the available clothing is now geared for women. Many dealers are expanding their line of women's apparel and adding female staffers to sell bikes to accommodate the growth. A few years ago it was kind of an oddity to see a women riding her own bike. All eyes would be upon them as they would ride in to their destination. While that does still happen, it seems that activity has now given way some to talking to the women about how they have accessorized their bikes with chrome and upgrades.
Having Mrs. C. ride along side of me has been a great experience for both of us. I enjoy 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. 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 3 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.
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.
I would like to start a pictorial page for women who ride their own motorcycle. If you ride your own bike. Have someone take a picture of you on your bike and send it in to me. I will start a gallery like I did for the "Readers Rides" page on the site. Email your photos to email@example.com .
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New!!! This Wednesday.
Hooters at 1-17 and Bell Rd. Wednesday Bike Night. Starting on Wednesday, January 19th, from 6pm - 9pm, Hooters at I-17 and Bell will be hosting a new Bike Night. They will feature a "Ride In" Bike Show with weekly prizes for 1st - 3rd. And then, the third Wednesday of every month we will crown the Bike of the Month with a Grand Prize and will also be featured on Cyclerides.com as the "Bike of the Week". We will have $2 Bud, Bud Light, and Mich Ultra bottles. There will be 20% off of all food and merchandise when you ride in on your bike. Stop by the first night for loads of Raffle Prizes. There will be VIP Motorcycle Parking and you will be greeted at the front door by a Hooter's Girl waiting to give you your raffle ticket. Hooter's is located in the Bell Canyon Shopping Center at 2834 W. Bell Rd., West of I-17 on Bell Rd. 602-375-0000.
Thursday Night features 4 Bike Nights all over the Valley.
Hooters at Arrowhead Bike Night. Every Third Thursday of the month Hooters is giving away a gift certificate for $1000 towards a custom paint job. Continues Giveaways and Raffles. Ride by and join in on the fun! Hooters will host a Bike Night every Thursday at the Hooters at Arrowhead located just 1 block S. of Bell on 83rd Ave. Stop by for some great food and Hooters Hospitality. There will be 20% off menu items (25% off with Cyclerides.com V.I.P. Card). $2.00 Corona Thursdays and plenty of parking next to the outdoor patio. Stop by for some giveaways and raffles from Hooters and Arrowhead Harley as well as great wings and fun at Hooters. Click Here to see Pictures and all the detailed information.
Casey Jones Grill Bike Night Are You A Poker Player?? Make plans to
play in National Pub Poker League "Texas Hold'em Tournament at Casey Jones. Tournaments at 7:00 and 10:00pm. Sign in starts at 6:00pm Thursday Nights. 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 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.
New! This Weekend!!!
This Sunday is the Grand Opening of Wild Willy's Weekend Bike Days in Cave Creek. Stop by for Live Music this weekend and every Saturday and Sunday from 2-5pm. This is the best place in Cave Creek for Food, Fun and Entertainment. Happy Hour every day from 11:00am -7:00pm featuring $2.00 domestics, $3.00 well drinks and $13.00 bucket of crabs. You can also choose from Wild Willy's Extensive Menu with Appetizers, Salads, Sandwiches and Dinner Entrees. You will find Great Food, Great Service, Tasty Appetizers and Drinks at Wild Willy's. This is the best food menu I have seen in Cave Creek. Wild Willy's is formerly Fandango and is under new ownership. It has been remodeled and features a new bar with a giant TV screen, plenty of outdoor seating on the upper and lower patios, seating on the top deck for a great view of the mountains and the bikes riding by. The parking lot has been improved for easy navigation and sealed. Wild Willy's is located at 6032 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek. More information at 480-355-6150.
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 480-970-6556.
Saturday, January 22nd
Oasis At The Islands Car and Motorcycle Show. Looking for a nice little ride and some automotive eye candy? Then check out the Oasis at the Islands Shopping Plaza Car and Motorcycle Show. Show will be limited to 100 cars and 20 motorcycles. The show is from 9:00am - 4:00pm. The Oasis is located at 1455 W. Elliot Rd. in Gilbert, AZ. Just 2 miles South of the US 60 at Elliot and McQueen. There will be six different classes of cars and 2 classes of motorcycles. If you would like to enter, Click Here.
Saturday, January 29th
Superstition Harley-Davidson's 2nd Annual Customer Appreciation Night. Stop by Superstition Harley-Davidson in Apache Junction from 6pm to 9pm for our 2nd Annual Customer Appreciation Night! Take advantage of BIG savings on selected Harley-Davidson merchandise. 10-50% off selected MotorClothes Apparel, Leathers, Helmets, Boots, Gifts and Collectibles. All specials are limited to IN STOCK items only, and cannot be combined with any other Superstition offers. Don't forget about spectacular door prizes and spin the prize wheel when you spend a $100 or more in MotorClothes Merchandise - where you are always a winner! And that's not all- enjoy complimentary appetizers and beverages! With savings this good, you'll want to stock up at Superstition Harley-Davidson! Located at 2910 W. Apache Trail in Apache Junction. 480-346-0600.
Sunday, January 30th
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 to Wesley Bolin Plaza at 17th ave and Washington. Guest speakers are Senator Linda Aguirre, Doc Reichenbach, NCOM Chairman and Local Representatives From: ABATE-ACMC-MMA. For more information call Ray Huston at 602-402-8026 or Bobbi Hartmann at 602-243-9479.
Sunday, January 30th
Tsunami Relief Benefit, 5 Bands...One Cause! Stop by Flicka's at 2003 N. Scottsdale Rd. from 2:00 - 9:00 pm and enjoy the music of Mogollon, Furious George, T.A.T.E., Uncle Sandwich and The Scones. There will be raffles, door prizes and a free food buffet. Come have fun for a good cause. All proceeds benefit The American Red Cross. For more information call 480-945-3618.
For those of you who have been to V-Twin Consignments, you already know about the fantastic deals they have on Quality pre-owned parts, as well as new parts. For those of you that have not been there stop by and check out their inventory. You never know what you will find that would be the perfect part for your bike. And if you have some parts setting around the garage, this is your place to sell them. If it is new parts you are looking for, V-Twin is an authorized dealer for Drag Specialties, Custom Chrome, V-twin, Kuryakyn, Rivera, and Barnett. They also have a full service center, with the best shop rates in town, by appointment only, contact them for there oil change specials. They are now offering to all cyclists the opportunity to purchase a warranty, or extended warranty for there new or used motorcycle. There are several different warranties to choose from, and they can even cover your performance parts i.e.: Screamin Eagle ad-on parts that Harley won't cover, contact them for details. Having trouble getting your bike thru emissions, V-Twin has the answer, the most economical solution to get your bike to pass. Stop by and say HI at 1716 W. Bell Rd. Sunday February 13 we will have our 1st Annual Customer Appreciation Day from 11am to 2pm. There will be food , drawings, giveaways, and 15% off of everything in stock, and all orders placed that day. Get your consigned parts in before that day. For more information about new or used parts and service phone 602-548-5799.
EVIL TWIN WANTS YOUR BUSINESS AND WE ARE GOING TO PROVE IT! To celebrate the coming of 2005, EVIL TWIN is offering $20.05 LABOR RATE for the month of
January on all service work!! Give us a try.
As always, free pickup and delivery. Come on in for fast friendly service, and low low prices. Visit Evil Twin
at 2534 W. Broadway in Mesa (thatís just East of the 101 on Broadway) or call them to make an appointment at 480-784-0040.
And don't forget to check out the Custom Bike Kits assembled starting as low as $12,999.00.
As for me this weekend, in I will be throwing an 80th birthday party for my Father on Sunday. Hopefully I will get in a few miles here and there on Saturday. Enjoy the awesome weather.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,