Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
1/22/03
 

Greetings Riders,
 
What beautiful weather for riding.
We really need to soak this up before the dreaded triple digits show up. There haven't been many motorcycle events lately but there sure has been a lot of car related things to do. Between the Barrett-Jackson auction, the World of Wheels and the Boat Show the previous weekend I have spent about $400,000 out of my imaginary piggy bank on toys. It is really fun, and frustrating, for and old motorhead to go look at some of the fully restored cars that are now selling for $50,000 that are the very same cars that we used to drive the snot out of and then park next to the barn and let rust to the ground. I never imagined that these cars would be worth so much. If only we would have had those 30 years forward looking goggles on.
 
I am always interested in trying to improve rides and events in any way that I can.
Whether it is by advising ride promoters, businesses or passing on feedback that I get from the riders. To take this more widespread I have started the Cyclerides.com Weekly Survey on the site. This week's question is "What Do You Feel Is A Reasonable Price To Pay For A Charity Ride?" I have several different possibilities of answers for you to choose from. Once you choose your answer and click vote, you will be taken to the results page to see how the other riders have voted. You can only vote once per poll question, but you can come back as often as you would like and click the Current Results button at the bottom of the poll to see how the voting is going.
 
I will have various questions on future polls
that will include the type of food you would like at rides, your favorite day for rides, product polls, ratings of events, favorite photo polls, quick polls about current events, questions from businesses, etc. Whatever will help us improve our riding experiences. I would also invite you to email me with your ideas about what you would like to see discussed. The polls will be open for 4-5 days. I might even sometimes have concurrent polls going that are related. So check back often and see what the new question is. I will then have a new section in the newsletter that will report the final results of the polls. Hopefully this will help organizers of rides and businesses know what we are looking for as riders that participate. To log your vote go to the front page of www.cyclerides.com . That is where the poll will always be. Click the button for your answer and then click the Vote button to see the results.
 
There are a few rides that are still a few weeks out that I want to preview because in some cases there is limited space available.
 
March 1st is the
1st Annual Arizona Bike Week "Ride To The Suns". The cost is $20 per person and you get a ticket to the Suns Vs. Hornets game, a Visor, Ride Pin, and secured parking on the street behind the arena. There will be pre and post game parties with lots of giveaways. Tickets are limited and can be bought at any of the Harley dealerships as well as Metro Motorsports and Town and Country Motorsports. Tickets are limited. Proceeds to the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Bike Week Charities Foundation. Now this sounds like a good deal to me. I will be there.
 
March 8th is
The Diamondbacks Line Drive For Kids. Cost is $30.00 per rider and participants receive: Breakfast, Lunch, Event T-Shirt, Spring Training Game Ticket and Ride Pin. This ride is limited to 500 Participants. You can sign up online at the above link. This ride is always a good time. I have been to 2 out of the last 3 and will probably go this year.
 
March 16th is 
The 15th Annual Greasewood Poker Run. Pre registration price is $15 per person, $20 day of ride. Includes BBQ or Chicken Lunch (Hey Buck, thanks for adding the chicken), ride pin, poker run and...music by Mogollon. Now you can't beat that. I will definitely be there for that one.  Click the above link for pre registration and information.
 
April 4th - 13th.
Arizona Bike Week. Make plans to take in many of the events that week. Event dates and information are being posted to the above site.
 
April 24th - 27th.
Rocky Point Fun Run. Tired of the over priced rooms, crowds and the police state of the Laughlin River Run? Here is an alternative. Check out the Rocky Point Fun Run that is happening at the same time.
 

Happenings This Week
 
Wednesday

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. 

Thursday

Jetz Americana Thursday Bike NightThis bike night is growing fastGreat 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.

Casey 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 The Ramjet Racing Bike and Performance Parts Expo. Check out the latest in parts and accessories. 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 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 26th- "Combo Deluxe". 
Fandango - Live Music Every Sunday from 1:00PM - 5:00PM.
Visit our outdoor Patio's and Roof Top Bar. Plenty of bike parking.
FANDANGO ROCKS EVERY SUNDAY!! Super Bowl Sunday join the party with one of Arizona’s favorite COMBO DELUXE. For you football fans we’ll have extra TV’s, for you party ~ well, it’s always a PARTY!! Sunday Bike Day features food and drink specials from NOON to 6pm and the best bands in Arizona. Fandango is located 64)32 E. Cave Creek Rd., in Cave Creek. There is also live music Friday and Saturday nights. For more info call 480-595-5633 or www.restaurant.com/fandango. Here is the band lineup for the rest of the month:
February 2nd: "GD Road Show"
February 9th: "GD Road Show"
February 16th: Combo Deluxe
February 22nd: Run to Fandango Old Time Clam Bake, Noon - 6PM. Live Reggae music with Walt Richardson and the Morning Star Band.

Sunday, January 26th
Hailey's Live Entertainment Sunday's This Sunday - "Danny Rhodes and The Messengers". Hailey's is continuing their live entertainment every Sunday. This Sunday enjoy a Sunday Brunch with Danny Rhodes and The Messengers from 11:00-3:00pm. There will also be a Superbowl buffet starting at 4:00 pm for the big Superbowl party. 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.

This Week

Saturday, January 25th
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.

Sunday, January 26th
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.

Sunday, January 26th
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.

Extras

It is always sad when someone in our riding community is affected in some adverse way. It seems to affect us all, even if we didn't know them. But many of you do know Myron Larrabee, owner of Easyrider's and The Billet Bar. He has been around the valley and motorcycles for over 30 years . This past Friday his wife Cindi unexpectedly passed away during the night at their home. Mrs. C. and I have known Myron for the last 3 years and we want to personally pass along our condolences to Myron and his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Here is the obituary as it was posted in the Arizona Republic:
Cindi Faulkinbury Larrabee, 48, born Aug. 29, 1954 in Chicago and moved to Scottsdale, AZ in 1969, unexpectedly passed away Jan. 18, 2003. She was a woman full of love, compassion and vitality that embraced life each day. Her vibrant and warm smile will be missed by all who knew her. Cindi was actively engaged as a true partner with her husband in running their three businesses, Easy Rider, The Billet Bar and World Gym Fitness. She is survived by her husband Myron, mother, Del Faulkinbury and brother, Gary Faulkinbury. Memorial services will be held Friday, January 24, 2003 at 11:00 A.M. at Messinger Mortuary, 7601 E. Indian School Rd., Scottsdale.

Just a reminder to check out the Classifieds on the site. There are a lot of bikes and parts to choose from right now. If you have something on there that has sold please email me and let me know. 

Enjoy your week of riding and the big Super Bowl this weekend. If you want to watch it with other riders check out the site for those places having Super Bowl Parties. I'll take Tampa Bay in a close game. 

Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,

Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
www.cyclerides.com
info@cyclerides.com

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