Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
The Valley weather has been very "rider friendly" so far this season. We have been over 99 days with no rain and moderate to record temps several times this year. This is about as good as we could ask for. If you are looking for some ride ideas in the Phoenix and outlying areas, check the Day Rides section on www.cyclerides.com for plenty of destinations.
After a few emails and a phone conversation last week about brands of motorcycles and how they are presented on Cyclerides.com, I thought I should address this subject to let everyone know where I am coming from as to what I write about and the content found on the site. First of all, Cyclerides was started over 6 years ago as a hobby and a way to share basic information about rides and events here in the Phoenix area. I never had any real visions for where I was expecting Cyclerides to go, I've just been trying keep up and maintain a high standard of content for the site. It has constantly grown and is a "work in progress" to evolve into what it is today with the many thousands that use the site and the over 6000 of you that take the newsletter. I thank all of you your support of the events on the site and for the positive emails that I receive.
If I had a mission statement for the site, which I don't, because that would have meant that I expected to still be doing this 6 years later, it would read something like this: "The purpose of Cyclerides.com is to promote safe and positive motorcycling, give back to the community by organizing selected charitable events, encourage riders to participate while fully experiencing the joy of motorcycling and provide riders of ALL makes and models with resources to further enhance their riding experience by sharing my own travels and observations."
The key phrase in that mission statement for this discussion is "provide riders of ALL makes and models with resources to further enhance their riding experience". One of the common concerns I get from the non HD readers is that there isn't much about the Metric bikes and other brands on the site. They are right, there really isn't. But it is not because I am intentionally excluding the metric bike, or any others, it is because the bulk of the information, statistics, etc. that are readily available, are from Harley, not from the other brands.
For example, when I was doing the research for the Women riders story last week, I called a local Honda dealer to get an idea of what percentage of their sales were to Women. The answer was that they don't keep those statistics. I searched google for the same information and found nothing. I know there are Women riding Hondas, but the manufacturer is not keeping track of how many. But when I called the local Harley dealerships, every one of them had that information readily available. So as you can see, I had to go with the information that was at hand.
Another reason that you will find more reference to HD on Cyclerides.com and in the newsletter is because that according to the poll that I did a couple of weeks ago, 60% of those that use the site ride Harley's. That is also what Mrs. C. and I ride. So consequently, that is the experience and knowledge that I have to draw from. If I were doing a web site and a newsletter on classic cars and I owned a Ford Mustang, chances are the bulk of my information, references and photos would probably be focused on Ford's and not Pontiac Firebirds. But that wouldn't mean that I didn't recognize the Firebird as worthy of being called a car or park next to my Mustang. The theme and the thread of the site would still be about going to Classic car events to view and enjoy all classic cars while sharing with others the passion of the hobby.
The same applies to Cyclerides.com. I enjoy looking at and being around all brands of motorcycles and the riders that are on them, but the bulk of those that I see or are around are of the HD variety. If you look at 4 of the 7 events that are on the event calendar for January, they are HD dealership events. Either the metric dealerships or others are not as organized, not having events, or they do not want to advertise to let the rest of us know about them.
The Honda dealership owner that I talked to asked: "What is all the fuss about owning and riding a Harley?" He was puzzled why anyone would pay so much for inferior equipment, when you could get something much better for half the price. If someone were to pose that question to you as an HD rider, you might find it hard to concisely communicate the answer to that in words, and certainly challenging to do in a brief sentence. Now I know where the phrase "If I have to explain it to you, you wouldn't understand" comes from.
It is hard to explain. Part of riding a motorcycle is self-expression and that comes in many different forms. That is why we add chrome, custom paint and ride the brands we ride. But if I had to put it into words it is because I enjoy the aura and history of the American made Harley-Davidson product, I like the classic lines of the bikes, the sound of the engines, the ride and handling of the bikes, the camaraderie and benefits of the now 1 million strong Harley Owners Group with over 1350 chapters worldwide, the intense loyalty of the riders, and the affinity that goes along with owning one of the top 10 most recognizable logos in the world. What other brand could you ride where you can get a toilet seat, dog toy or ceiling fan with your motorcycle logo on it or sit next to a guy or girl with the logo tattooed on their body? I would suspect no where.
Those are my reasons, I'm sure you might have many more. And for those that ride other brands, there are plenty of good reasons for that as well. Most of them are excellent bikes. Mrs. C. started on a Kawasaki Vulcan 800 that I would hop on and ride quite often myself. It was a great bike. So for those of you that have thought of sending me an email of concern about the mostly HD content, now you know where I stand. I embrace riders of ALL MOTORCYCLES and encourage everyone to use the site and the resources available to add miles and memories on whatever bike that you ride. There seems to be a lingering myth among metric riders and others that HD riders don't want to associate with them. I have never witnessed that to be true. As for this HD rider, the bottom line is I don't care what you ride, I am just happy to see that you are out there on 2 wheels enjoying the sport.
As that famous prophet Rodney King once said, "let's all just get along".
Highlights This Week
Saturday, January 28th
Buddy Stubbs Bikes and BBQ. Need an in town destination and an excuse to ride?
Saturday, January 28th
Superstition Harley-Davidson 3rd Annual Customer Appreciation Night. 30% OFF Sweatshirts, 15% OFF all Denim, 20% OFF Tires, 10% OFF maintenance & cleaning products and Up to 50% OFF special clearance items.
Sunday, January 29th
Buddy's All Girls Ride. Calling All Lady Riders!
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.
Thursday, February 2nd
The First Night of the Uncle Sam's Thursday Bike Night. Riders on the West side,
this is what you have been asking for.
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.
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 "9 Ball" 9pm - 1:30am
Saturday Night: Live Music with "T.A.T.E." 9pm - 1:30am
Sunday Afternoon: Live Music with "Dok and Gal" Noon - 4pm
Sunday Evening: Live Music with "Walt Richardson" 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 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. Raffles prizes will be available at the start of the ride and appetizers at the Roadhouse at the end.
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.
Thursday, February 2nd
The First Night of the Uncle Sam's Thursday Bike Night. Riders on the West side, this is what you have been asking for. The brand new Uncle Sam's Restaurant located at 18913 N. 83rd Ave is starting a bike night that will be every Thursday night. This is a very nice new restaurant with EXCELLENT food including Pizza, Chessesteaks (which they are known valley wide for) Wings, Hoagies, Grinders and Salads. They have a large outdoor patio with TV's and Music. There is plenty of parking for motorcycles next to the patio that will be reserved for bikes. Ride by and help us kick off this first night to build a fun bike night on the West side. Food and drink specials will be available for motorcycle riders on bike night. Arrowhead Harley will be there the first night with a chance for raffle prizes for anyone who rides in. For more information call 623-362-3900. Uncle Sam's is located just one block North of Union Hills on 83rd Ave. just off of the Loop 101. Click here for the map.
Saturday, February 4th
Desert Rose Chili Lovers Cook Off. Ride out to Desert Rose at 18300 S Old Hwy 80 in Arlington, for a good ride and some good Chili. If you want to ride with a group, you can meet at the Sam's Club at 8340 W. McDowell. Ride leaves at 11:00am. The cost is $5.00 per person. $2 per chili entry. $3 for Kids 7-14. Kids under 7 free. Registration is from Noon - 4:00pm. There will be vendors, Live Music, 50/50 and more. Everyone welcome. Portion of the proceeds to the Michael's Garden. For more information or to enter your chili call Terrye at 623-826-5293.
Sunday, February 5th
A.B.A.T.E. Superbowl Poker Run. Poker Run sponsored by ABATE of AZ Phoenix Chapter. Sign-In from 9-10:30am at the Charley's Place, 4324 W. Thunderbird in Phoenix. $10 per hand. $2 for extra cards drawn at last stop. 50/50 drawing and Door Prizes. Run Ends at Peckerhead's located at Cactus/T-Bird & Cave Creek Rd. Last card drawn at 2:30pm. More information: Turtle at 602-432-9073.
Many of you know Logan from Logan's Valley Motorcycles and Logan's Run during Bike Week. Well, He and 3 others that he works with have taken the Team Weightloss Challenge with TV3. Watch this spot from Channel 3 of Rick, Logan, Jim and Ryan about how they are going to lose weight as a team from a combined 1120 pounds. Click Here for the page and then go to Team 4 and click on Meet Team Logan's Long Shots for the video.
I don't where these guys come up with these stunt ideas. But here is one with a motorcycle and a plane. You will want to play this one a few times to let it sink in. Click Here to View.
Here is a funny video compilation of people doing stupid things. It is called keeping the ER in business. Click Here to view.
Did you see the Cyclerides.com Women Riders Gallery video from last week? If not,
Click Here to View.
As for me us this week, Mrs. C. will be riding in the Buddy's Girls Ride this Sunday and I will be there to take some pictures. If you want to be added to the Women Riders Gallery, let me know that day and I will take your picture and add it to the page.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,